Bristol Police Log: Police week filled with safety, security and fun

BRISTOL — Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs assisted with a “Fun Day” event at Bristol Elementary School on the afternoon of June 8 by blocking off the roadway in front of the school so youngsters could make chalk art on the pavement in front of the school.
Gibbs did not encounter any problems.
Between June 5 and 11 Bristol police conducted town contracted traffic patrols three times on Monkton and Meehan roads, Route 116 and Daniels Four Corners, issuing one warning for speeding. While on patrol near Daniels Four Corners on June 8 at a little past 7 p.m., the officer responded to a motorcycle crash near Villa Drive. The officer found the male who had been driving a motorcycle lying on the ground with apparent minor injuries. While speaking to the driver, the Bristol officer detected the odor of intoxicants on the man’s breath and contacted state police to investigate the crash.
Bristol police also checked Main Street businesses on June 10 and conducted two foot patrols downtown without incident on June 11 — once at 12:45 a.m. and again at 10:43 p.m.
A Bristol police officer checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School each day between June 5 and 11; no problems were found except once. On June 7 at 11 p.m. the officer found that a vehicle had torn up several grassy areas, including an athletic field. No other damage was found to school property. Police discussed the damage with school administrators the next day.
During that week, officers also took fingerprints three times — once for employment, once for the schools and once for a student seeking a visa for an exchange student program. Out-of-district fees were collected for the service.
In other recent activity, Bristol police:
•  On June 5 at 12:42 a.m. responded to the American Legion for an alarm activation and found the building secure.
•  On June 5 responded to a Kountry Trailer Park resident to assist the Bristol Rescue Squad. A resident had called about a possible allergic reaction and the dispatcher said they could hear what sounded like an argument in the background so they were not sure what was going on. Police found the argument was between the caller and his mother, who did not think he needed to call the ambulance since she could take him to the hospital.
•  On June 5 were told by a motorist of a large tree and power lines down on Lovers Lane; police notified. Green Mountain Power and the town road crew.
•  On June 6 at 10:26 a.m. went to a Starksboro residence to pick up a truant student and transport that student to school as requested. The student initially refused to go but agreed to go with a parent. The officer followed the family vehicle to school and escorted the student into the building without incident.
•  On June 6 worked out of the office at Bristol Elementary School; the officer discussed an issue involving a parent with an administrator and visited with students and staff passing.
•  On June 7 received a report from a man who said that as he was walking on the street he was harassed by a neighbor. The neighbor had prior conditions of release not to contact or harass the man who made the report following some criminal charges. All charges were found to have been resolved. Bristol police told a Department of Probation and Parole officer of the incident, and a citation for probation violation is possible.
•  On June 7 received a bike from a citizen, photographed the bike and posted the picture on the police department’s Facebook page. The blue, Giant 21-speed bike was found abandoned behind a home on North Street.
•  On June 8 just before noon checked a report of a suspicious vehicle and/or person on Main Street. The officer located the vehicle and spoke with the driver, who was conducting legitimate business in town.
•  On June 8 at around 10:30 p.m. saw patrons of a local bar on the sidewalk with drinks. The officer warned the patrons and told the bartender that the drinks law had been noted and issued the bartender a warning.
•  On June 8 at 10 minutes to 11 p.m. checked the welfare of a female Mountain Street resident. Police found that a man had been repeatedly texting complaints about the woman. Police warned the man against further texting. Police left, but returned shortly thereafter after receiving a report that the same man was causing further disturbance at the home. The officer found the man in the woods shouting at someone on his phone or at himself. The police officer told him several times to come out of the woods or be charged with causing too much noise at night. The man came out and the officer warned him that further complaints might result in his arrest. Police got no further complaints.
•  On June 10 kept watch at the Mount Abraham Union High School graduation without incident.
•  On June 10 at 11:19 a.m. were dispatched to West Street for a dispute between two people. The officer interviewed both parties and told them they should avoid each other while pursuing solutions to issues.
•  On June 11 told a person reporting a motor vehicle crash that it had occurred outside the police district and referred them to state police.
•  On June 11 at 10:48 p.m. located an unsecured business and locked the door.

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