Bristol Police log: Police warn locals about their images on web pages
BRISTOL — Bristol police pro-actively reviewed several internet sites known to contain explicit content of local citizens on Jan. 2. A police officer alerted a local citizen that non-explicit images of them had been posted online “in a way that would entice others to post explicit images of the person,” according to a log provided by Chief Kevin Gibbs.
Between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8, Bristol police also conducted seven town-contracted patrols on local roads, including Burpee, Hardscrabble, Hewitt, Monkton and Plank roads and Route 116. Officers issued four speeding tickets and five warnings for speeding. The BPD also conducted a consent search and issued a warning for marijuana possession and a warning for not having the vehicle properly inspected.
In other recent action, Bristol police:
• On Jan. 2 contacted the owner of a debit card turned in to the BPD after it had been found in the automated teller at a Main Street bank.
• Helped someone get into an apartment building to locate their significant other on Jan. 2
• Helped Middlebury police, on Jan. 2, to locate a man they wanted to arrest for violation of a restraining order. The man was located in Lincoln.
• Investigated, on Jan. 3, an incident of trash being dumped over the embankment on a Pine Street property. Police identified the owner of the trash and issued a $500 ticket for dumping refuse.
• Worked out of the police space at Bristol Elementary School on Jan. 3, interacting with students, staff and parents.
• Responded, on Jan. 3, to a report of a woman who had fallen on Prince Lane and was unconscious. Officers administered care, and the Bristol Rescue Squad took the woman to the hospital.
• Responded to Mount Abraham Union High School, where a student was refusing to leave on Jan. 4.
• Took fingerprints for an employment application on Jan. 4.
• Conducted a forensic preview of a computer tablet device related to an active investigation on Jan. 4.
• Assisted the Addison County Humane Society, on Jan. 4, by checking up on a dog, after the ACHS had received complaints about its welfare. Police found the dog to be in good health and properly cared for.
• Participated in an EMT training at the Hinesburg firehouse on Jan. 4.
• Received a report of a possible probation violation at a Mountain Street residence involving a known sex offender on Jan. 5. Police contacted probation and parole officials as well as the Vermont Sex Offender Registry, but determined that there did not appear to be any probation violation. Police will continue to monitor the situation.
• Responded to an alarm activation at a West Street business on Jan. 5.
• Received the official report from a local firearms dealer on the sale of multiple weapons to an individual on Jan. 6. No issues were encountered.
• Assisted Vermont State Police with a custodial interference case on Hewitt Road in Bristol on Jan. 6. The issue was resolved until a court proceeding can be convened.
• Were notified, on Jan. 7, about a series of assaults that had occurred at Mount Abe last month and this month. Police were notified by a parent of a student victim, but had not been notified by the school. An investigation is ongoing.
• Were dispatched to a Starksboro residence to assist a state police trooper not responding to status checks during a reported assault investigation on Jan. 8. The request for assistance was cancelled while the Bristol officer was en route, as the dispatcher was able to reach the trooper and verify the officer did not need assistance.
• Checked downtown business via foot patrol on Jan. 8.
• Responded to an alarm activation at a West Street business on Jan. 8. Police found the building secure. Multiple alarms activations have occurred at the same business over the last several weeks, and the business owner is trying to remedy the problem.
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