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Bristol Police Log: Officers deal with repeated calls saying neighbors making drugs

BRISTOL — Bristol police received a call on March 6 at 2:55 a.m. from a Munsill Avenue resident reporting that her neighbors were using and making drugs. The same complainant called again at 12:16 p.m. that day.
Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said that his officers did not respond because the caller has made dozens of false reports.
Then on March 9 the Bristol Police Department responded to Munsill Avenue at the request of the fire department for a report of smoke and the odor of methamphetamine being made. The same resident had called the town fire warden at home to make the report. Both the police and fire departments investigated the incident and found the resident’s claims to be unfounded.
The police department is still working to address this issue involving a resident, Gibbs said.
Between March 6 and March 12, the BPD conducted three town-contracted traffic patrols, covering Daniel’s Four Corners and Hewitt Road. Police issued one warning for no insurance and two tickets for speeding.
Also during that period, Bristol police conducted five security checks at Mount Abraham Union High School and took fingerprints for six individuals requesting background checks, including several individuals volunteering or seeking employment in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union.
In other activity from March 6-12, Bristol police:
•  Met with a student leadership organization at Mount Abe on March 6 to discuss concerns about text messages with sexually explicit content, known as sexting. The group will continue to meet as a working group, focusing on public education and prevention.
•  Assisted with an interview as part of an open investigation with the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations on March 7.
•  Took a report on March 7 of an MAUHS staff member who had received an email and phone call at work from a merchant advising a purchase was in process. The staff member advised they had not completed or authorized a purchase for the item and recognized that someone had used their information.
•  Began investigating reported drug trafficking on March 7.
•  Worked out of the space at Bristol Elementary School on March 7 and 8, interacting with staff and students in the classroom, gym, and hallways.
•  Served a temporary relief from abuse order to a district resident on March 7.
•  Provided security at an MAUHS girls’ basketball game on March 7 and issued one ticket to a motorist passing a stopped school bus in front of the school.
•  Checked Main Street businesses on a downtown foot patrol on March 8.
•  Met with three classes at MAUHS and answered questions about police procedures in criminal investigations, including evidence handling and interrogations on March 8.
•  Responded to a panic alarm activation at Martin’s Hardware on West Street on March 8. Police found the alarm had been accidentally activated as employees were trying to leave for the day.
•  Investigated a vehicle reported to have been sitting in the Champlain Farms parking lot for about 45 minutes on March 9. The driver was found to be tired and was just resting before continuing on to Rutland.
•  Responded to MAUHS to remove a noncompliant male student on March 9. The student is already the subject of court action, so Bristol police advised the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
•  Investigated possible vandalism to a Mountain Street resident’s vehicle on March 9.
•  Met with service providers and the family of a student with truancy issues on March 9 to help develop a plan to improve the student’s school attendance. The officer explained what would happen if attendance does not improve.
•  Arrested Joseph Bley, 36, of Oregon for driving under the influence and for attempted sale of marijuana on March 10 and responded to Main Street where Bley was reported as stalking a local woman also on March 10. Following the Bristol Police Department’s investigation, Bley was arraigned for stalking on March 13. Bristol officers also helpd Vermont State Police deal with Bley, whom they cited for driving under the influence, test refusal, twice on March 10.
•  Took a report on March 10 from a Hardscrabble Road resident who said he found bullet holes in his garage door. Two days earlier the resident heard gun shots in the area. Bristol police referred the matter to the Vermont State Police, as it occurred outside the police district.
•  Served court paperwork on a South Street resident on March 10.
•  Responded to a reported alarm activation at a Prince Lane business on March 12. Upon arrival the officer found the building to be secure and notified the owner of the alarm.

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