Bristol Police Log: Cops investigate counterfeit bills

BRISTOL — Police in Bristol investigated the use of counterfeit bills in town recently, according to a log sent by Chief Kevin Gibbs last week that details what his department worked on in the end of October and November.
It started Nov. 1, when at 9:10 a.m. police took a complaint of a counterfeit $20 bill used at a West Street business, and contacted the U.S. Secret Service. Two days later, police took a report from the landlord of a Main Street apartment that a tenant had paid rent using two counterfeit $20 bills. On Nov. 6 at 8:30 p.m., while investigating counterfeiting, police found a Mountain Street resident with two fake $100 bills. Police continue to investigate.
In other action in November, Bristol police:
•  On Friday, Oct. 31, at 10:37 p.m. stopped a vehicle on Main Street after observing too many people in it. Police found six people in a car with only five seats. The driver was also prohibited from taking passengers. Police called all of the passengers’ parents and a licensed driver came to pick up the car.
•  On Nov. 1 at 12:13 a.m. responded to the Hewitt Road area to help state troopers chase a vehicle, which ended up crashing into a home. Police captured the driver and provided medical care until the Bristol Rescue Squad arrived.
•  On Nov. 1 at 12:49 a.m. helped a woman at a Munsill Avenue home who had fallen in her bathtub.
•  On Nov. 1 at 2:20 a.m. responded to an alarm activation at a Maple Street business, but found it to be secure.
•  On Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. stopped a car on West Street for having a loud exhaust. Police found the inspection sticker had been tampered with to delay its expiration, and issued the driver a ticket for that offense.
•  On Nov. 1 at 10:06 p.m. approached a woman whom they saw walking down West Street and nearly stumble and fall. Police suspected the woman was drunk, and said she refused to cooperate. Police took her to the Act 1 detox center in Burlington, where they said she continued to be belligerent. They took the woman to the Chittenden County Correctional Facility for detoxification.
•  On Nov. 2 at 12:29 a.m. assisted state troopers with a driving under the influence and aggravated domestic assault investigation on Briggs Hill Road. Troopers arrested a man during that incident.
•  On Nov. 2 at 9:50 p.m. while patrolling East Street observed a man sitting on the sidewalk with a container of alcohol. After determining the man to be just 20 years old, police picked him up and released him to a responsible adult without incident and issued “appropriate paperwork.”
•  On Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. responded to The Hub teen center for a report of a vehicle spinning in the parking lot. Police said they will take action against the driver.
•  On Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. took a report of a vandalized campaign lawn sign at a Mountain Street residence.
•  On Nov. 3 at an undisclosed time responded to a Main Street business for a report of a woman under the influence of drugs. Police found her in the restroom of the establishment and waited for medical personnel to arrive.
•  On Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. took a report of a car that was vandalized while parked at the recreation field. Police said a witness reported seeing a teenage girl key the side of the car as she walked by with friends. Police later located the teen, a 16-year-old girl, and cited her for unlawful mischief.
•  On Nov. 3 at 5:42 p.m. took in a red and silver men’s bicycle that a resident found underneath the South Street bridge. Police haven’t yet found the owner.
• On Nov. 3 at 6:42 p.m. a Basin Street resident reported a suspicious person sitting on the side of the road at Basin and East streets. Police determined the person was a local resident, and took no action.
•  On Nov. 4 at 9:30 a.m. responded to Mount Abe where staff there recovered evidence of a drug sale on a school bus from a student. Police cited a 14-year-old male student on suspicion of selling marijuana on school grounds and also cited a 17-year-old male student who they said traded a weapon for marijuana.
•  On Nov. 4 at 9:35 a.m. while still at the high school received a pipe with marijuana residue that a staff member found in the building. Police said no one has yet claimed ownership of the pipe.
•  On Nov. 4 at just before 11 p.m. helped state troopers with a family disturbance on Estey Road. Police helped calm an argument between a father and son.
•  On Nov. 5 helped a business develop a security plan after receiving information about a planned armed robbery there.
•  On Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m. arrested New Haven resident Ryan Oliver Sprigg, 31, on an arrest warrant from New Hampshire. A judge in that state issued the arrest warrant after Sprigg didn’t show for an Oct. 10 hearing. Sprigg waived his right to an extradition hearing and was taken back to the Granite State.
•  On Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. responded to the Kountry Trailer Park for a report of loud music coming from a car. Police found a woman in the car and told her to turn it down.
•  On Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. cited a 16-year-old male student at Mount Abe for possession of marijuana.
•  On Nov. 6 at 9:03 p.m. were dispatched to a Pine Street home where a woman had fallen and injured her ankle. Police stood by until medical personnel arrived.
•  On Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. responded to Maplefields to investigate a gas drive-off. Police said they’ll follow up.
•  On Nov. 7 at 8:14 p.m. responded to a West Street business for a report that an employee had found an elderly man in a dark blue coat walking a yellow Labrador retriever behind the store. Police said the employee reported that the man and dog “left quickly” after being confronted. Police said nothing was stolen and they don’t know why the man was behind the store.
•  On Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. responded to a Maple Street home for a resident with abdominal pain and stood by until the Bristol Rescue Squad arrived.
•  On Nov. 8 at 6:45 a.m. responded to Rite Aid for a reported alarm, but determined it to be a false alarm.
•  On Nov. 8 at 9:42 p.m. responded to a Main Street apartment for a report of a man trying to break in. Police learned the man was trying to get inside to gather his belongings, against the wishes of the resident of the apartment. The man left, and police checked on the resident, who “appeared fine.”
•  On Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. took a complaint from a district resident about a neighbor.
•  On Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m. took a complaint of a stray German shepherd on Hewitt Road. The owner later picked up the dog.
•  On Nov. 9 at 3:21 p.m. responded to a minor two-car crash in the Shaw’s parking lot. A pickup truck backed out of a parking space and hit a different vehicle, and there were no injuries.
•  On Nov. 9 at 11:35 p.m. responded to a tripped alarm at a West Street business, but found it to be secure.
•  On Nov. 10 at 8:41 a.m. a Pine Street resident reported that someone had broken into an abandoned home. Police checked the place out, but determined nothing was missing or had been disturbed.
•  On Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. a teenage girl reported being harassed by a teen who was prohibited from doing so by a court order. Police said their investigation revealed an “underlying dispute involving a male teen” but took no action.
•  On Nov. 11 at 4:03 opened a case about “drug information” in town.
•  On Nov. 11 took a report of a missing 17-year-old after he did not return home from school. Police located the boy 11 days later, on Nov. 22, and cited three Hinesburg women on suspicion of harboring a runaway. The women are: Manuela Mauss, 32, who is also the boy’s mother; Tina Miller, 38; and Michelle Granger, 42.
•  On Nov. 12 received information that a car had been sold in exchange for drugs without consent of the owner. On Nov. 15, Bristol police and state troopers executed a search warrant in Shoreham and recovered the vehicle, and also found evidence of drug possession. Police said the investigation is ongoing and released no additional details.
•  On Nov. 14 at 10:43 a.m. responded to Maplefields for a gas drive-off. Police said a Hummer with Florida license plates reading “Y7PAY” stole $26.75 in fuel. Police weren’t able to find the vehicle.
•  On Nov. 15 at 1:49 a.m. responded to a Main Street home after a resident said a previous partner was coming and the resident feared for their safety. Police told the resident to call them for any further assistance.
•  On Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. received a report from a resident of nude photographs being sent to their teen daughter using a smartphone application. Police are trying to find out who sent them.
•  On Nov. 15 at noon took a report of vandalism at Mount Abe, where an unknown number of vehicles had damaged the lawn near the sundial on campus.
•  On Nov. 15 just after 8 p.m. heard what officers believe to be a gunshot from a small-caliber gun near Maple Street. Police walked around the neighborhood, but found nothing.
•  On Nov. 16 at 11:35 a.m. responded to the Living Well Care Home where they said a 78-year-old woman with dementia had assaulted an employee as she tried to leave. An officer helped staff keep the woman inside, as they feared for her safety as the outside temperature hovered above freezing. Police eventually called a family member of the woman to assist the staff.
•  On Nov. 16 at 9:46 p.m. helped troopers conduct a consent search and screening of an impaired driver on Route 116 in Starksboro. Police arrested the driver, and the case was handled by Vermont State Police.
•  On Nov. 18 at 9:25 a.m. responded to Bristol Elementary School for an out-of-control student. The student calmed down before police arrived.
•  On Nov. 19 just before 6 p.m. issued a temporary relief from abuse order to a Pine Street resident.
•  On Nov. 18 at 4:38 p.m. responded to the skate park where a Lincoln woman said her teen child was refusing to come home. The teen ran from the park as police spoke with the mother. Police searched the area, and said the teen was later returned home by the father.
•  On Nov. 18 at 10:39 p.m. took a noise complaint from a resident who heard loud banging at a neighbor’s residence for 45 minutes. Police found the culprit to be the neighbor’s son, who was kicking a soccer ball against an exterior door.
•  On Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m. responded to a Prince Lane home at the request of a mother to pick up a youth who was skipping school. Police took the kid to school without incident.
•  On Nov. 19 at 1:11 p.m. tried to issue a subpoena to a Main Street resident but the resident wasn’t home. Police served the resident at a later time.
•  On Nov. 19 at 9:34 p.m. received a report of a stolen propane tank on South Street that had been taken sometime that day. Police determined that the gas company had taken the tank after the resident did not pay the bill.
•  On Nov. 20 at noon Hub teen center staff reported an aggressive driver. Police said they took “traffic court action” but did not elaborate further.
•  On Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. patrolled the construction zone near Route 116 at Carlstrom Road and issued two tickets for speeding.
•  On Nov. 20 at 5:40 p.m. conducted a town-contracted patrol at an undisclosed location and issued two warnings for speeding.
•  On Nov. 20 at 10:40 p.m. on Plank Road in New Haven assisted state police with a suspected intoxicated driver with a handgun and two passengers who were not cooperative.
•  On Nov. 21 at 5:24 p.m. responded to a family dispute at a Main Street home. Police said everyone had calmed down by the time they arrived.
•  On Nov. 22 at 9:36 p.m. responded to Stoney Hill Road for a report of a two-month-old infant struggling to breathe. An officer provided oxygen and assessed the infant’s vital signs until the Bristol Rescue Squad arrived.
•  On Nov. 23 at 9:42 a.m. took a report of possible drug activity on the town green that happened the night before. Their investigation is ongoing.
•  On Nov. 24 at 8 a.m. received a report of a vehicle damaged by tree limbs during high winds. No one was hurt, but the damage included a smashed rear window.
•  On Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. received a report of damage to a sign in front of the old high school. Police reckon the sign had blown over in high winds, and then a vehicle backed into and partially over the sign.
•  On Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. spoke with Cub Scouts, took fingerprints and handed out educational materials at Bristol Elementary School along with the fire department and rescue squad.
•  On Nov. 24 at 7:39 p.m. responded to a tripped alarm at the Bristol Redemption Center, but found no signs of forced entry.
•  On Nov. 25 just after 11 a.m. responded to Stoney Hill Road where two vehicles collided nearly head-on. Police checked the occupants for serious injuries and then directed traffic until state police took over the scene.
•  On Nov. 25 at 11:47 a.m. a resident called to report a suspicious vehicle with two people inside looking at homes on a dead end street. Police found the suspects, who turned out to be a young couple looking for an apartment to rent.
•  On Nov. 25 just before 5 p.m. responded to a West Street business to help a North Street resident who explained to police his belief that the person who owns the home in which he lives was teleported across the street. Police said the man also told them he needed to report the teleportation to avoid any trouble with the Department of Defense. Police said the man “appeared OK” and returned to his apartment.
•  On Nov. 25 at 6:40 p.m. conducted a town-contracted patrol on Monkton Road and issued two tickets for speeding and one warning.
•  On Nov. 25 at 2:02 p.m. talked to a resident who said someone had taken a pop-up camper from her boyfriend’s mother’s residence on Oak Lane. The officer told the woman to call state police, as the address is outside of the Bristol Police District.
•  On Nov. 26 at 10:08 a.m. responded to a report of illegal dumping in the Dumpsters of a Main Street apartment building. Police determined the suspect to be the son of a tenant, and took no action.
•  On Nov. 26 at noon took a report from a Starksboro woman who had lost her wallet after leaving it on the roof of her car at Champlain Farms. Later, she called back to say a citizen had returned her wallet after finding it in the road.
•  On Nov. 26 at 12:20 p.m. responded to South Street near the Lathrop mill to put down a fox they suspected to be rabid.
•  On Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. conducted a town-contracted patrol near the new bridge on Route 116, but observed no law breaking.
•  On Nov. 28 at 10:48 a.m. took a report of a gas drive-off from Maplefields by a car with out-of-state plates an hour and a half earlier. Police provided information about the vehicle to the store.
•  On Nov. 28 at 5:37 p.m. responded to Merchants Bank on West Street for a reported suspicious vehicle. Police didn’t find it, but stood by until the employees closed up for the night.
•  On Nov. 29 at 10:30 a.m. a resident brought a puppy to the police department that was found on Monkton Road. Since the animal warden was not available, police located the owner, who picked up the dog.
•  On Nov. 29 at 6:12 p.m. responded to Hillside Drive in Starksboro to assist state police with a male teen who they suspected to be overdosing on hallucinogenic drugs, and acting violent. Police took him to the hospital, as he was too combative to be transported in an ambulance.
•  On Nov. 29 at 7:53 p.m. responded with Bristol firefighters to a reported chimney fire at a Pleasant Street home. Police found no active fire and checked the welfare of the residents.
•  On Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. patrolled the construction zone near Carlstrom Road and Route 116, issuing one ticket and four warnings.

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