Bristol Police Log: Gun reports, arguing neighbors occupy cops
BRISTOL — Bristol police dealt with a variety of incidents in September, according to a log of activity just released by Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.
Through the month, Bristol police conducted three town contract patrols and six patrols funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program on various roads around town at all hours of the day. These patrols netted 15 warnings and four tickets for various driving violations.
In other action in September, Bristol police:
• On Sept. 1 at 10:53 a.m. received a call of a man walking down Mountain Terrace with a rifle. Since it was the first day of bear season, police did not consider this to be suspicious and took no action.
• On Sept. 1 at 12:33 a.m. took a complaint from a Mountain Street resident that an adult relative living in the home was sleeping with a knife under their bed. Police took no action.
• On Sept. 1 at 6:48 p.m. took a report of damage done to the door of a business by the fire department, which was responding to an alarm activation. Police told the business owner to take the issue up with the town.
• On Sept. 2 a Pennsylvania woman gave police an undisclosed sum of cash she found on the street. After an owner did not come forward, police donated the money to the Have a Heart Food Shelf.
• On Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. received a cell phone that was found on the town green. The owner later picked it up.
• On Sept. 3 at 8:40 a.m. closed the South Street Bridge to traffic so Mount Abraham Union High School officials could photograph their senior class.
• On Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. responded to a Devino Lane home for a resident who had fallen during a hike and was bleeding badly. Police provided aid until Middlebury Emergency Rescue Service arrived.
• On Sept. 3 at 8:50 p.m. took a complaint of a speeding vehicle at the Kountry Trailer Park. Police arrived but found no speeders, and told the person to call again if the problem persisted.
• On Sept. 4 at 9:40 a.m. cleared topsoil and rocks that had spilled into the intersection of Main and West streets with the help of a crew working behind Cubber’s Restaurant.
• On Sept. 4 at 8:25 p.m. responded to a Pine Street home for a man with a gun who was threatening to kill himself, or entice police to shoot him. The man shot himself, and a state trooper also shot a woman who refused to drop a gun. A full story on this incident and photos appeared in the Addison Independent at the time of the incident.
• On Sept. 6 at 12:30 a.m. responded to a burglary alarm at a Baslow Road home, but found the home secure.
• On Sept. 6 at 7:20 a.m. responded to the area of West Pleasant Street and Munsill Avenue for a report of illegal trash burning. Police spoke with a resident about burning, but observed no criminal activity.
• On Sept. 7 at 1:28 p.m. responded to a North Street home for a man complaining of psychiatric issues, and gave him a ride to Porter Hospital.
• On Sept. 7 at 9:17 p.m. looked for a stray dog on Main Street, but the owner picked it up before they arrived.
• On Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. took a complaint from a resident who said her neighbor had sexually harassed her. Police referred the case to family court and recommended a stalking order.
• On Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m. responded to a Main Street apartment to a report of a 24-year-old man fighting others. When they arrived he’d calmed down and was talking with a Bristol Rescue Squad staffer.
• On Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. closed the South Street Bridge to traffic for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
• On Sept. 8 at 5:10 p.m. received a report that more than 30 motorcyclists were southbound on Route 116 and “driving aggressively.” Police waited at the Lord’s Prayer Rock to intercept the horde, but no bikers arrived. Police also searched town parks north of the village, but found nothing.
• On Sept. 9 at 1:25 p.m. helped Bristol Elementary School staff handle an out-of-control student. An officer stood by and took down statements for possible court action.
• On Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. got a tip from a resident that a felon was picking up several rifles from a Bristol home and transporting them to New York. Police alerted law enforcement in that state, as well as the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
• On Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. acted on a tip that marijuana was growing near Lincoln Road and Route 116. Police found one marijuana plant and destroyed it.
• On Sept. 10 at 8:30 p.m. found a Labrador retriever wandering in the road, where it was almost struck by several vehicles. Police took it to the pound.
• On Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. helped a family install a car seat.
• On Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m. picked up a marijuana pipe found by a MAUHS janitor and destroyed it. That same day, police issued two tobacco violation tickets to Mount Abe students.
• On Sept. 13 at 12:37 p.m. assisted state troopers with an animal complaint. Police said they obtained “biological information” from the complainant, whose dog has been shot three times with a crossbow while it was chasing a bear for bear hunting.
• On Sept. 13 at 1:42 took a call from a man who said he had been struck by a car while crossing Main Street near the National Bank of Middlebury. The man said the person who hit him was talking on a cell phone, and also drove away from the accident, which occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12. Police haven’t located the driver.
• On Sept. 13 at 9:04 p.m. responded to a North Street residence after a neighbor reported that a man was lurking around their home. When police arrived, the homeowner said the man turned out to be a relative retrieving their bicycle.
• On Sept. 14 at 12:49 p.m. responded to River Road for a choking infant. The child was treated on scene and did not need to go to the hospital.
• On Sept. 14 at 5:20 p.m. helped a motorist with a disabled car at the main intersection in town. Police pulled the car to the side of the road until a tow truck arrived.
• On Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. helped troopers look for a reportedly suicidal man, but did not find him at his home.
• On Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. responded to River Road for a domestic dispute to find a man and woman arguing. Police hung around until the man gathered his things and left.
• On Sept. 15 at 6:45 p.m. mediated a dispute between neighbors, and referred the incident to the building manager.
• On Sept. 15 at 11:30 p.m. helped troopers look for two youths at a relatives’ home, but did not find them.
• On Sept. 17 at 9:45 a.m. looked near the town dump for two missing youths, but the search came up empty.
• On Sept. 17 at 10:14 a.m. responded to West Pleasant Street and Munsill Avenue for a report of an illegal trash burn, but found none.
• On Sept. 17 at 3:38 p.m. a West Street resident reported a neighbor had acted in a “menacing way” while walking to his vehicle with a gun in his hand. The neighbor told police he had been out shooting, and wasn’t trying to threaten anyone. Police decided no action was necessary.
• On the afternoon of Sept. 17 helped a MAUHS student conduct research for a paper on heroin use in Bristol.
• On Sept. 17 at 8:13 p.m. responded to a minor two-vehicle crash on Garfield Street and wrote up a report.
• On Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. responded along with the Bristol Rescue Squad to a Munsill Avenue home for a man with a severe head injury. Medical professionals transported the man to the hospital.
• On Sept. 18 responded to a family dispute on West Pleasant Street. Police called the Counseling Service of Addison County Crisis Intervention Team for help. Police said counselors developed a safety plan for the family, and no criminal action is pending.
• On the afternoon of Sept. 19 met with the principal of Bristol Elementary School to discuss a threat made by a non-custodial parent. Police said the threat was not carried out.
• On Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m. provided security at the Starksboro Sports Department Soccer Jamboree at Mount Abraham. No problems were encountered.
• On Sept. 20 at 8:17 p.m. assisted Vermont Fish and Wildlife wardens in Lincoln in searching for suspected deer poachers.
• On Sept. 21 at 1:43 p.m. assisted Vergennes police in searching for a wanted man on Lovers Lane, but didn’t find him.
• On Sept. 21 at 5:40 p.m. arrested Jesse Terry, 47, of Rutland on an outstanding warrant from the Department of Corrections.
• On Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. took a report of two bicycles stolen from the front yard of a South Street home.
• On Sept. 22 just before noon were called to MAUHS to handle a dispute between a 16-year-old female student and her 18-year-old boyfriend, who was not a student. Police took the girl home to her mother while the boy’s parents picked him up from the school.
• On Sept. 22 at 4:16 p.m. responded to a West Street business for a report of a suspicious person. Police encountered an 85-year-old woman who was confused and disoriented. Police took the woman back to the nursing home from which she had wandered.
• On Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. helped state troopers treat a man on Chrissy’s Court who was bleeding heavily. Bristol Rescue Squad arrived to take the man to the hospital.
• On Sept. 22 mediated a dispute between residents on South Street.
• On Sept. 23 at 3:31 p.m. responded to a domestic disturbance at Champlain Farms, but said the person involved drove away just before police arrived and could not be located.
• On Sept. 23 took a report of a stolen Ford Ranger pickup truck. The owner said her husband had been driving the truck until he was arrested Sept. 21 on Basin Street. Police learned that the husband’s friend had moved the truck, and took no further action.
• On Sept. 23 at 9:45 p.m. responded to Starksboro to help state troopers search a vehicle. The search yielded drug paraphernalia.
• On Sept. 24 at 8:20 a.m. responded to MAUHS to talk with a student who was receiving threatening messages via Facebook. Police informed the suspect about possible legal action, and referred the case to the Addison County State’s Attorney.
• On Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. responded to a school bus accident on Burpee Road and provided traffic control until state police arrived.
• On Sept. 24 at 7:38 p.m. received a complaint from a Mountain Street residence of a suspicious man selling items door to door. The resident said the man appeared to be watching a child. Police caught up with the man and found out he was a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner salesman and doing demonstrations in the area.
• On Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. took a report of a resident depositing fraudulent checks into his bank account from a “Craigslist contact.” Police provided no additional details, but said an investigation is ongoing.
• On Sept. 26 arrested Brian D. Lattrell, 41, of Bristol for driving with a suspended license after spotting him driving his truck.
• On Sept. 27 at 12:30 a.m. completed a walk around the town green on behalf of the Bristol Recreation Department to make sure the tables they had set up for the Harvest Festival were undisturbed in the night. Police said everything was where it was supposed to be.
• On Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. participated in a drug take back program, accepting expired and unused medications for safe disposal. Police noted that residents can turn in expired medication at any time.
• On Sept. 27 just after noon responded to a two-car crash on Main Street.
• On Sept. 27 wrote up a report about a minor car accident on West Street that resulted in no injuries.
• On Sept. 27 at 4:45 p.m. responded to a Munsill Avenue home for a man with chest pain. The Bristol Rescue Squad arrived to take the man to the hospital.
• On Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. responded to a North Street residence for a confused elderly man. The police called a family member of the man, who helped diffuse the situation.
• On Sept. 28 at 6:50 a.m. took a complaint from a resident who suspected her ex-boyfriend had severed her propane line. Police alerted the fire department and gas company, who shut off service. Police determined the line was damaged under “suspicious circumstances” but did not have enough evidence to proceed with a criminal investigation.
• On Sept. 28 at 2:51 p.m. responded to the town landfill after the fire department extinguished a brush fire set by an unknown person. Police weren’t able to establish any suspects.
• On Sept. 26 at 3:51 on behalf of the Department of Children and Families checked the welfare of a two-year-old who DCF staff were unable to contact for several days. Police found the child in good health.
• On Sept. 28 at 5:09 p.m. helped state troopers recover a stolen phone on Lincoln Gap Road during an investigation into car break-ins.
• On Sept. 28 picked up a makeup bag containing needles and drug paraphernalia from the Champlain Farms parking lot.
• On Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. witnessed a custody exchange between two parents on Garfield Street.
• On Sept. 29 a West Street resident complained that a woman she knew gave her the finger while driving by her home. Police noted that his does not constitute a crime, but said they would talk to the bird-flipper.
• On Sept. 29 at 4:41 p.m. received a small amount of marijuana a MAUHS employee found in a box at the school. Police were unable to locate the owner, and disposed of the drugs.
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