Bristol Police Log: Cops busy with out-of-control students, drunk drivers

BRISTOL — Bristol police dealt with a variety of incidents in the month of October, according to a crime log issued last week by Chief Kevin Gibbs. They included out-of-control students, drug violations, drunken driving and several false alarms.
In those 31 days, Bristol police:
•  On Oct. 1 at 10:50 a.m. were asked by officials at Mount Abraham Union High School to issue a no-trespass notice against a former student.
•  On Oct. 1 at noon responded to Bristol Elementary School to deal with an out-of-control student. Police restrained the student until a parent arrived.
•  On Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. responded to a report that a teenage girl had left home and planned to commit suicide. With the assistance of state troopers, police looked for the girl, but she later returned home. While police were evaluating the girl, they said she became disorderly. Police arrested the girl, and a judge later ordered her into the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
•  On Oct. 3 just before 9:30 a.m. responded to St. Ambrose Church where an alarm had been activated from the church’s new elevator. Police learned that a parishioner had accidentally hit the “help” button in the elevator.
•  On Oct. 3 at 10:21 a.m. received a report that a Middlebury resident was sending harassing text messages to a Garfield Street resident. Police told the Middlebury resident to knock it off.
•  On Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. police opened up their doors to the public as part of a Bristol Works open house. About 75 residents stopped by the station.
•  On Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. received a complaint that someone was making threatening gestures toward employees and customers at a village convenience store. Police issued a no-trespass notice against that person.
•  On Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. served a no-trespass order on a Bristol resident on behalf of Hinesburg police.
•  On Oct. 5 at 9:18 p.m. responded to a Maple Street home to help an elderly woman with hip pain. The Bristol Rescue Squad took her to the hospital.
•  On Oct. 6 at 1:40 p.m. responded to Bristol Elementary School to help staff with an out-of-control student. Police brought the student to professional help in Middlebury.
•  On Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. responded to a report of a marijuana odor at a Main Street building. Police went there and sniffed around, but couldn’t detect anything.
•  On Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. responded to a car/deer accident on Route 116 South. The driver wasn’t hurt.
•  On Oct. 7 at 6:40 p.m. stopped a car for speeding on Monkton Road. After seeing an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, which the driver admitted to drinking from, the officer issued the driver a ticket for “alcohol while driving.”
•  On Oct. 8 at 10:10 a.m. received an undisclosed amount of cash that had been found on the town green.
•  On Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. received a complaint of a fire in the woods near South Street along the New Haven River. Police found a group of boys who had started a campfire, and ordered them to put it out and never do it again.
•  On Oct. 8 at 10:05 p.m. stopped a car on Stoney Hill Road because they knew the driver had a suspended license. Police issued the driver tickets for that and also for not having car insurance. Police had the car towed and gave the driver a ride to West Street.
•  On Oct. 9 received a complaint from a Bristol resident who said her ex-boyfriend was threatening her over the phone. Police were able to reach the man, and warned him about such behavior.
•  On Oct. 9 at 1:50 p.m. received a complaint from a resident who said a driver talking on a cell phone failed to yield to him at a West Street crosswalk. Police found the driver and warned her.
•  On Oct. 9 arrested Vergennes resident Michael Lorenzo Gagnon, 20, and New Haven resident Patrick Lee Cota, 21, on suspicion of petit larceny and sale of stolen property. Police allege the pair stole scrap metal from a Main Street property and tried to scrap it at a junkyard in Hinesburg. Once in custody, Cota was also arrested by Vergennes police on an unrelated charge.
•  On Oct. 9 at 9:51 p.m. found a disabled vehicle on Stoney Hill Road. Police said the car only had three tires and a rim. Police called a tow truck to take the vehicle away.
•  On Oct. 10 at 8:40 a.m. a Maplefields employee told police that a customer had sideswiped his vehicle in the parking lot, and then left. Police said their investigation revealed that after the accident, the employee and customer examined the employee’s car and determined there was no damage. Only later did the employee see that his car had actually been damaged. Police called the customer and completed an accident report.
•  On Oct. 10 at 12:20 p.m. responded to Bristol Elementary School to talk to a student and their parent about the student running from the school without permission.
•  On the morning of Oct. 8 Chief Gibbs traveled to Montpelier to give a speech about distracted driving to the Governor’s Highway Safety Distracted Driving Task Force.
•  On Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. responded to a reported drug deal in progress at a West Street business, but were unable to locate any illicit activity.
•  On Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. an officer arrived at the department headquarters to find a blue sports bag containing three empty wallets and an eyeglass case. The officer put the items in the lost and found.
•  On Oct. 12 at 12:30 a.m. assisted Vergennes police with an assault incident involving several people at Northlands Job Corps.
•  On Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. conducted a town-contracted patrol of Monkton road and issued two speeding tickets.
•  On Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. responded to a Prince Lane business for a car illegally parked in a construction zone. Police found the owner and told the owner to move it.
•  On Oct. 13 at 9:17 a.m. responded to North and Elm streets for a woman reported to be attempting to enter homes. Police said they knew the woman from previous encounters involving mental health issues, and gave her a lift home and placed her in the custody of a family member.
•  On Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. completed a Vermont Sexual Offender Compliance check on a 30-year-old man living in Bristol. The check revealed the subject was in compliance with his regulations as a sex offender. Later that day police also made sex offender registry checks on other local residents but found they weren’t home.
•  On Oct. 13 arrested town resident Randy Gorton for violating an abuse prevention order through telephone and email communication. Police took him to jail in lieu of bail.
•  On Oct. 13 at 9:30 p.m. arrested Middlebury resident Zachariah Rusk, 19, on an outstanding warrant for missing a court date. Rusk was due to answer to charges of felony drug sale to minors and felony conspiracy to sell narcotics.
•  On Oct. 14 just before 1:30 p.m. helped state troopers conduct a welfare check and investigate a reported shooting at Robert Young Road in Starksboro. The investigation revealed there was no shooting, though police couldn’t find the person they were looking for.
•  On Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. a St. Albans man told police he loaned a vehicle to a Bristol woman and she refused to return it. Police found the woman and arranged for her to return the vehicle.
•  On Oct. 15 just after noon responded to Bristol Elementary School for an out-of-control student. Police said the boy assaulted a staff member, but was under control when they got there. Police added that in a previous incident they responded to the school and determined the same student had assaulted three staff members. Police said the case is before the Family Division of the Addison County Superior Court.
•  On Oct. 15 a Middlebury man let police know that he backed his vehicle into a Dumpster near Rite Aid. There was no damage, and police took no action.
•  On Oct. 16 at 3:41 p.m. responded to a reported dispute between neighboring business owners on Main Street. Police learned the disagreement regarded the boundary between the two adjacent businesses, and told each proprietor to take up the issue with counsel.
•  On Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. responded to a report of a fight in progress on Main Street, but discovered the same business owners from the previous day again arguing about the same issue. Police stood by and calmed the situation.
•  On Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. arrested Middlebury resident Jacob Wesley Wrightington, 21, on suspicion of driving under the influence on Upper Notch Road. Wrightington drew the attention of police because he was driving a car with no license plates at a rate of 15 miles per hour. Police said Wrightington submitted to an impairment test that showed a blood alcohol content of 0.142 percent; the legal limit is 0.08. Police also learned Wrightington had an outstanding warrant for failing to show up at court to answer to a charge of retail theft. Police jailed him without bail.
•  On Oct. 19 at 1:12 a.m. assisted troopers with a DUI arrest at a traffic stop on Stoney Hill Road at Lover’s Lane.
•  On Oct. 19 at 2:16 p.m. responded to Holley Hall to assist a man hired to paint the building after he locked himself out.
•  On Oct. 19 at 9:30 p.m. responded to Shaw’s supermarket for an elderly man with a medical issue. Police stood by with the 60-year-old resident until the Bristol Rescue Squad arrived.
•  On Oct. 20 at 10:18 a.m. wrote a report of an accident at Brown-McClay Funeral Home where a delivery truck had struck the roof overhang, causing minor damage.
•  On Oct. 20 just after noon took a report from staff at MAUHS of a male student in possession of marijuana. Police issued the youth court diversion paperwork.
•  On the evening of Oct. 20 gave a Cub Scout troop a tour of the department and answered questions about police work.
•  On Oct. 21 just before 9 a.m. helped state police with a reportedly suicidal woman on Rockydale Road. Police met the woman outside her home and eventually she was taken to Porter Hospital by Bristol Rescue Squad personnel.
•  On Oct. 21 at 5:17 p.m. on behalf of the Addison County Superior Court issued a relief from abuse order to a town resident.
•  On Oct. 22 at 3:46 p.m. mediated a dispute between family members on South Street while one family member attempted to move out of the residence. Police stood by while the family member finished moving out.
•  On Oct. 22 at 7:11 p.m. took a report from a resident that a family member had stormed into his residence without permission and “caused a scene.” Police warned the family member about her actions.
•  On Oct. 23 arrested town resident Cassandra Fraser-Brown, 23, after the National Bank of Middlebury told police she wrote several checks belonging to a family member on a closed account and cashed them using an ATM. Police cited her for forgery.
•  On Oct. 23 just before 8 p.m. responded to MAUHS for a fire alarm activation. Turns out, the drama club’s smoke machine was the culprit.
•  On Oct. 24 at 11:26 a.m. responded to a Route 116 home to pick up a stray dog. Police said the hound was cold, wet and shivering, and had been wandering in the road. After sharing the dog’s photo online, the owner came to the department to pick it up.
•  On Oct. 24 at 1:47 p.m. an employee at a West Street business reported being harassed by a woman. Police served the woman with a no-trespass order.
•  On Oct. 25 at noon police responded to Maple Street for an old woman who had fallen out of her car, but found the report to be untrue.
• On Oct. 25 at 9:08 p.m. helped state troopers find a car that had fled a traffic stop in the area of Monkton and Burpee roads. Police found the vehicle, and state police handled the case.
•  On Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. completed a town contracted patrol on Upper Notch Road, issuing one ticket for failing to signal.
•  On Oct. 26 at 10:40 p.m. responded to an elderly woman showing signs of a stroke. Police prepared the woman to be transported by ambulance to the hospital.
•  On Oct. 27 at 1:30 a.m. helped state police investigate a burglary on Sand Road in Ferrisburgh. A neighbor reported seeing flashlights, and police noticed forced entry to the building and thought a burglar could still be inside. Officers cleared the residence and found no one.
•  On Oct. 27 at 12:39 p.m. received a report of two people stealing firewood at a residence. Police seemed to catch the suspects red-handed, until they determined that one was the son of the property owner, and they were legitimately selling firewood.
•  On Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m. arrested Hinesburg resident Nicholas A. Meunier, 21, on suspicion of DUI. While on patrol, police saw a car pull into the lot near Lord’s Prayer Rock and turn off its headlights. After a few minutes, an officer approached the car and while speaking with Meunier detected the smell of alcohol and an open bottle of rum in the car. Police said Meunier’s roadside blood alcohol content test registered a result of 0.108 percent, above the legal limit.
•  On Oct. 31 took a report from a concerned citizen about drug activity in town.
•  On Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m. warned a citizen for driving too fast while kids were trick-or-treating.

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