Bristol Police Log: Police on the go in April

BRISTOL — During the second half of April, the Bristol Police Department dealt with many typical police chores and also made a few arrests.
A report on April activity issued recently by Chief Kevin Gibbs said that Bristol officers:
• Investigated an incident at Mount Abe in which a female student had reportedly assaulted a male student at 11:22 a.m. on April 14. The mother of the female student alleged the male student had bullied her daughter. But school administrators found that allegation to be unfounded. Juvenile court action is pending.
• At the request of the Mount Abe administration, prepared a truancy notice to be served to a student with significant absences on April 14.
• On April 14 began an investigation, still ongoing, into possible illegal use of computers and the Internet by a Bristol resident.
• Had a vehicle that was blocking street sweeping towed from Main Street at 11:50 p.m. on April 14.
• Sent a warning letter to the owner of a vehicle reported as passing a stopped school bus on Airport Drive at 8:20 a.m. on April 15.
• Completed a trespass notice to restrict a student’s access to Mount Abe on April 15. The student had been reported as coming onto campus and disrupting others when not in a scheduled class.
• Responded to Shaw’s, where an intoxicated male kept reentering the store after being asked to leave. Police spoke to the man, who was also a Shaw’s employee, and advised him not to reenter the store or bother patrons or he would be detoxed.
• Assisted a state police trooper in processing a DUI at 10 p.m. on April 15.
• On April 16 the chief spoke to the congregation of the 7th Day Adventist Church on a variety of safety topics and answered questions.
• On April 17 at 7:10 p.m. responded to a Mountain Street residence after a female caller reported having been involved in a verbal domestic with a boyfriend who had locked her out of the house. While on the phone with dispatch the caller reported he had unlocked the door and no police service was needed. An officer still went by the residence and spoke to the complainant to verify no crime had occurred.
• On April 18 were told that a vehicle had been parked in the same spot for two months. Police found that the plates on the vehicle had not been assigned to it, and it had no inspection sticker nor contact info for a registered owner. Police had the vehicle towed by Green Mountain Towing.
• On April 19 took a lost dog to the pound after police received a complaint from a Prince Lane business.
• On April 19 found and returned to its owner a used car dealer license plate.
• On April 19 received a report from a Prince Lane business employee that her vehicle, which had been parked in front of the business all day, had been hit and damaged. The vehicle that hit her had left and the operator did not contact her or leave a note. Police completed a crash report.
• On April 19 at 9:40 p.m. issued, without incident, an extended final relief from abuse order on a police district resident.
• On April 20 at 9 a.m. received a call for a welfare check at a Maple Street residence, but the officer found nothing. The officer later learned the incident occurred in Addison and not in Bristol.
• On April 22 checked the welfare of a Main Street resident. The officer determined that the individual had moved out of the area.
• On April 22 at 10:19 p.m. were dispatched to the North Street and Plank Road area for reported gunfire. An officer patrolled the area but heard no further gunfire.
• On April 23 received a report from an off-duty police officer of a man driving with a suspended license. Police located the vehicle on Route 116 South and the on-duty officer cited Travis Manning, 35, for driving with a suspended license.
• On April 23 at approximately 6:43 p.m. saw a vehicle on Notch Road without a registration sticker affixed to the plate. A computer query revealed the registered owner, 26-year-old Jacob Maurice Rochon of Monkton, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a probation violation. The police officer stopped the vehicle and took Rochon into custody without incident, and had him lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.
• On April 23 at 11:30 p.m. heard from a local resident that a family member had visited unannounced from out of state and after he left the complainant learned he had been reported as a missing person from their home state. Attempts to locate the family member in the area were unsuccessful and the originating agency was notified of the sighting in Bristol.
• On April 24 received a complaint from a mother about her daughter’s boyfriend; she said that they had been broken up for several month but the boyfriend still threatens and harasses the daughter. The officer explained that nothing could be done until a relief from abuse order or stalking order was in place. The mother said she understood and was going with the daughter to the courthouse to attain such paperwork.
• On April 26 co-hosted a Glock Armorer course with the Vermont Police Academy. The course was attended by two Bristol officers who successfully completed the practical and written exams earning Glock Armorer certification.
• On April 26 talked with a woman with Alzheimer’s disease, who was making threats to herself and a caretaker. After a half-hour conversation, she calmed down and went to take a nap.
• On April 27 assisted the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations with a phone examination. Evidence obtained was turned over to a detective.
• On April 27 an officer attended two hours of training at the Bristol Rescue Squad for upkeep of Emergency Medical Technician certification.
• On April 27 worked out of the police department office at the elementary school, met with staff members regarding concerns about two students, and made referrals.
• On April 27 assisted state police with a one-car crash on Stoney Hill Road near the guardrail.
• On April 27 assisted Middlebury police in the search of a cellular phone as part of an ongoing investigation.
• On April 29 received a report from a volunteer crossing guard of a suspicious vehicle slowly driving by the intersection of North and Spring streets during morning crossing duties. The vehicle was known to belong to a local resident who is known to police and not a threat to children.
• On April 29 received a report from a resident of Lower Meadow Lane that a man came to her door wearing a Casella uniform shirt and told her that he worked for the electric company in the area and was preparing to do some tree cutting near power lines. The man asked about neighbors, wanting to know if they were home. Another man also wearing a Casella uniform shirt was seen sitting in a burgundy-colored pickup in the driveway. The resident expressed concern the men were casing homes for criminal intent.
Police followed up and learned that the men were employees of Vaillancourt Tree and Landscape Service working for Green Mountain Power. Both subjects were former employees of Casella Waste Management and told police that the uniform shirts provided by Casella were warmer and more reflective than uniforms provided by Vaillancourt.
• On April 29 responded to Bristol Road at Mountain Road to assist a state trooper requesting additional units for transporting passengers of a stopped vehicle. The passengers were provided courtesy transportation without incident.

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