Bristol Police Log: Police seize pot-growing material

BRISTOL — Bristol police, assisted by a Vermont State Police K-9, executed a search warrant at a Mountain Street home on Nov. 18, following an investigation and information regarding the cultivation and possession of marijuana by a teenage male.
Police seized evidence, including what they called a small growing operation. Court action is pending. Although the residents were not home at the time of the search, police said they found several teens there.
Between Nov. 14 and 27, Bristol police provided town-contracted traffic patrol on seven dates on Lincoln, Burpee, Hardscrabble, Monkton and Hewitt roads, Route 116 and at Daniel’s Four Corners. Officers issued one ticket for a stop sign violation, two speeding tickets, citations for expired registration and seatbelt violations and eight warnings. Officers of the Bristol Police Department (BPD) also conducted foot patrol and checks of downtown businesses on Nov. 14, 17, 19, 23, 25 and 27.
Two officers attended annual mandatory CPR Training at the Bristol Rescue Squad to maintain certification as emergency medical technicians on Nov. 16. And on Nov. 18, an officer attended seven hours of training in Burlington.
In other recent actions, Bristol police:
•  Assisted the Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program at Mount Abraham Union High School with its Sticker Shock event on Nov. 14. Students were transported to five area stores where stickers warning of the consequences of furnishing alcohol to minors were placed on cases of beer in the stores. Seven VTLSP students took part.
•  Worked out of the BPD space at Bristol Elementary School on Nov. 14, 15, 17 and 21, interacting with students and staff, including discussion with Principal Kevin Robinson about truancy.
•  Helped a resident retrieve her car keys on Nov. 14.
•  Assisted with an active investigation as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on Nov. 15.
•  Responded to a Drake Smith Road residence where Cindy Fuller-Winters, 58, was found dead by her boyfriend. Police initiated an investigation, together with the Medical Examiner’s Office. Foul play is not suspected. An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death.
•  Assisted Vergennes police with the search of a car stopped on Green Street in Vergennes on Nov. 15.
•  Issued a juvenile citation for possession of marijuana to a student at MAUHS on Nov. 15 and released the student to their parent without incident.
•  Took a report on Nov. 16 of a driver who had passed a stopped school bus on Oct. 25 at 8:03 a.m. Police warned the vehicle owner.
•  Received a request on Nov. 16 from MAUHS for assistance with a student who has been repeatedly truant, despite meetings with the student and family. Action is pending.
•  Responded to a Mountain Street home for a 911 hang-up on Nov. 17. Police spoke to the homeowner’s daughter and determined the family was teaching the elderly woman how to use the emergency button on her new cell phone.
•  Attended a meeting with MAUHS staff, social service providers and the family of a middle school student with truancy issues to discuss attendance on Nov. 18.
•  Assisted the Bristol town administrator on Nov. 17 with notifying residence on Maple and Pine streets and Taylor Avenue of a 36-hour water boil notice following a water line repair on Pine Street.
•  Investigated a report of juveniles hanging around the Bristol town garage on Nov. 17.
•  Investigated a report of a man in a black hat and black coat acting weird, standing in front a silver SUV on Pine Street on Nov. 18. Police found and questioned a man answering that description. Because the man seemed nervous when asked about illegal contraband in the vehicle (and other observations), police asked for consent to search the vehicle and were denied.
•  Responded on Nov. 18 to a Pine Street business where a man was reportedly making a scene and trying to enter a locked door by pulling on the handle and yelling obscenities at the receptionist. Police informed the man that if he acted like that again there could be charges, and he apologized to the employees.
•  On Nov. 18 at 11:30 p.m. arrested Michael Paul Laflam, 38, of Hinesburg for an outstanding warrant after a traffic stop for driving with a suspended license. Police took Laflam to the BPD office, and an Addison County sheriff’s deputy transported him to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington.
•  Noticed a vehicle in the parking lot of a closed local service station with the dome light on and rear window down on Nov. 20. It appeared the vehicle had been towed to the location and dropped off. The officer contacted the owner to inform them of the dome light and window. The officer assisted in getting the keys to the vehicle and took care of the problems. The keys were left at the municipal office to be claimed by the owner.
•  Ticketed and had towed two vehicles parked in violation of the winter parking ban on Nov. 20.
•  On Nov. 21 received a report from Mountain Street of the theft of a “VT Strong” plate from the front of a vehicle parked in the driveway overnight.
•  On Nov. 21 an officer observed a vehicle traveling on Route 7 that was reported to have caused an accident near the intersection of Route 17 in New Haven. The Bristol officer stopped the vehicle for Vermont State Police, who responded to interview the driver regarding the accident.
•  On Nov. 21 received a request from a resident to check a vacant home.
•  On Nov. 22 referred to state police a report of a domestic cat shot near a home outside the police district.
•  On Nov. 22 assisted in the execution of a search warrant upon cellular phones in connection with an active investigation.
•  On Nov. 22 assisted the Bristol Rescue Squad at a North Street residence.
•  On Nov. 23 at 8:22 a.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash at Kountry Trailer Park. A park resident, leaving the park, was backed into by another resident backing her car from her driveway. The struck vehicle was inoperable as a result of the collision. No one was hurt, and no court action was taken.
•  On Nov. 23 received a driver’s license found at MAUHS; police left a message at the home of the owner to pick the license up from the police department.
•  On Nov. 23 responded to a one-car crash on Mountain Street at the intersection of Mountain View Street. Police said the driver drove passed a “Road Closed” sign and the car drove into a trench cut across the street causing heavy damage to the vehicle.
•  On Nov. 23 assisted a Kountry Trailer Park resident concerned about cameras on a neighboring property. Follow-up is planned.
•  On Nov. 23 a driver who had locked their keys in their vehicle, which was still running and partially in the traveled portion of the roadway. The officer was able to unlock the car without incident.
•  On Nov. 23 at 10:12 p.m. took a male chocolate Lab into custody after he showed up at a Ledge Lane residence. The dog had no tags to identify the owner so the dog was taken to the pound. It was later recovered by its owner.
•  On Nov. 24 at 12:18 a.m. responded with state police to a Rockydale resident who was reporting someone trying to break into his home. The caller was known to police and has dementia and has made similar complaints recently. Officers checked his welfare and found him to be OK.
•  On Nov. 24 at 8:54 a.m. assisted a Fish and Wildlife game warden in Lincoln on Gap Road for a man who was seen shooting from the roadway. The officer located and identified the man. The Bristol officer turned over all information to the game warden when he arrived, and the warden issued a ticket to the man for shooting from the roadway.
•  On Nov. 26 accepted found property from a citizen and returned it to its owner.
•  On Nov. 26 were told that a dog had bitten a jogger on North Street; investigation continues.
•  On Nov. 26 checked the welfare of a Garfield Street resident, who said she was fine.
•  On Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. went to a reported family fight on Mountain Street. Upon arrival the officer learned a man and woman had been arguing and both parties wished to remain on-scene. Approximately 10 minutes later officers were re-dispatched to the residence after the parties had another disagreement. The woman was provided courtesy transportation from the residence.
•  On Nov. 27 at approximately 11:49 a.m. stopped a car driven on Liberty Street by Timothy Lee Taylor, 50, of Bristol. Police said Taylor has two pending cases for driving with a criminally suspended license before the Addison Superior Court, criminal division, from arrests earlier this year. In each of the two pending cases the judge ordered Taylor cannot drive any motor vehicle, including a car, truck or motorcycle. Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs reported that Taylor’s driver’s license has been suspended since 2000 for driving under the influence. On Sunday, police cited Taylor again for driving with a suspended license.
•  On Nov. 27 cited Kathleen Ayers, 48, of Vergennes for violating conditions of release. Police report that at just before noon an officer was conducting a traffic stop and arrest on Stoney Hill Road when Ayers arrived and parked her vehicle next to the officer’s vehicle to speak with the subject of that investigation. The investigating officer later learned that Ayers did not have a valid driver’s license and had active court conditions that she not operate a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. The officer issued Ayers a ticket for driving with a suspended license and a citation for violating her conditions of release.

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