Bristol Police Log: Police aid man with health crisis

BRISTOL — At around 8 p.m. on Feb. 3, Bristol police responded to a report that a middle-aged man was trying to get women into his vehicle in the area of Prince Lane.
Police located the man on Route 116 and found him to be experiencing a mental health crisis. The Vermont State Police referred the man to the UVM Medical Center in Burlington for evaluation.
Between Jan 29 and Feb. 5, Bristol police conducted nine town-contracted traffic patrols, covering Hewitt, Lincoln, Burpee, Monkton, Stoney Hill and Hardscrabble roads, among others. Officers issued six tickets and eight warnings. Tickets were issued for speeding and a stop sign violation. Warnings were issued for failure to possess proof of insurance, speeding, defective equipment, improper display of license plate and running a stop sign.
On Jan. 31 and on Feb. 1, 2 and 5, Bristol police checked the security at Mount Abraham Union High School.
In other activity Jan. 29-Feb. 5 Bristol police:
•  Received a complaint from a person who came into the station of harassment and threats over social media and began investigating on Jan. 29.
•  Investigated a reported open door on Lawson Lane on Jan. 30. Police found no signs of forced entry and notified the homeowner.
•  Worked out of the office at Bristol Elementary School, interacting with students and staff on Jan. 30.
•  Assisted an elderly resident of Rhode Island who was left in Bristol following a dispute with family members on Jan. 30. The officer coordinated with WomenSafe to arrange transportation for the stranded elderly person.
•  Investigated a report to the Department for Children and Families that drugs (methamphetamine and crack cocaine) were being made in a district residence in which an infant was also present on Jan. 30. The complainant had called DCF to report that she could smell the drugs through her window. An officer went to the complainant’s apartment but could not smell any drugs. However, the officer was able to smell a tub of bleach that was in the complainant’s kitchen sink. The same complainant has made numerous reports in the past of the same thing and all reports were unfounded.
•  Worked out of the Bristol Elementary School office on Feb. 1. While there, an officer also met with the principal to discuss student safety patrol and visited with staff and students.
•  Prepared a truancy notice for an MAUHS student and family on Feb. 1.
•  Monitored the MAUHS student parking lot beginning at 2:35 p.m. on Feb. 1 in response to reports of aggressive driving by students as the buses leave. Police issued one warning for violation of a one-way road sign.
•  Investigated a reported theft from a Munsill Avenue apartment on Feb. 1 and determined that no theft had happened. Police said the complainant has a history of false reports due to an ongoing medical issue.
•  Assisted an elderly female resident with dementia who had been located walking outside, not dressed for the weather on Feb. 1. Police contacted the caregiver, who immediately retrieved the elderly woman, who was not injured.
•  Worked out of Bristol Elementary on Feb. 3, visiting with students and staff. Police investigated a reported assault that had occurred at the school on Jan. 31, but found the incident to have been horseplay on the playground that had been addressed by school staff.
•  On Feb. 2 began investigating a reported attempted fraud in which an unknown subject was attempting to obtain tax-related documents from a local organization.
•  Checked security at the Hub teen center after receiving a request from Hub staff on Feb. 2. No problems were found.
•  Fingerprinted three individuals as part of background checks for working in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union on Feb. 3.
•  Investigated a report of a resident receiving threats through social media on Feb. 3.
•  Helped calm a disruptive student at MAUHS on Feb. 3
•  Responded on Feb. 3 to Briggs Hill Road, where a Bristol road crew member reported the town truck was on fire. Bristol fire and police both responded to the scene. No one was injured and the vehicle was removed from the roadway.
•  On Feb. 3 conducted a consent search of an electronic device as part of an active investigation. The device was found to contain paraphernalia of child exploitation material.
•  Conducted foot patrol and business checks in the downtown area on Feb. 4.
•  Responded to an establishment on Airport Drive for a reported disorderly customer on Feb. 4.
•  Conducted a consent search of an electronic device as part of an active investigation on Feb. 4. Police found no contraband items on the device, and marked it to be returned to the owner.
•  Conducted a bar check at the American Legion during their Super Bowl party on Feb. 5.

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