Excerpts from the Bristol Police Department Activity Log, February 2009:
A Starksboro man was ticketed for two traffic light violations following a complaint received from another resident who witnessed both violations in the early morning hours.
Assisted a District Resident whose vehicle was being repossessed.
A citizen turned in a license plate found on Prince Lane. The plate was returned to its owner.
Checked a 911 hang up at the Federated Church on Church Street. No one found at the church and no evidence of an emergency.
A district resident reported a vehicle violating the one way street on Mountain Street near the elementary school. A warning letter was sent to the vehicle owner.
A district resident reported two juveniles had thrown snow balls at his vehicle as he was traveling on North Street. The juveniles were warned.
Assisted motorist locked out of vehicle on Burpee Road.
Received a complaint from three pedestrians who claimed a male juvenile District Resident had nearly sideswiped them as they walked south on Airport Drive. The driver of the vehicle reported the pedestrians were walking abreast in the roadway and shouted at him as he drove by. No action taken.
Town highway personnel advised finding household trash in Main Street sidewalk trash receptacles. The subject depositing the trash was warned for littering.
A Bristol Town Resident reported his ex-wife tried to force him off the road when the two encountered each other on South Street. The ex-wife advised, when located, she had not done so and claimed her ex-husband had turned around and followed her from South Street. No action was taken.
A District Resident reported her vehicle was sideswiped while it was parked in a driveway on East Street. Minor damage was caused to her vehicle. A suspect vehicle was not identified.
Took a report on a minor traffic crash in the Maplefield's Mobil parking lot. Assisted one of the parties with an uncooperative owner refusing to provide insurance information or make restitution for damages.
Took a report from a district resident who advised of a minor crash in Shaw's Parking earlier. Her insurance agent requested she report the crash to police.
Provided a funds escort to a Main Street business making a bank deposit.
Staff at Maplefield's Mobil reported a suspicious person asking questions about the business that included hours of operation and whether or not employees could access the safe. The subject and his vehicle were captured on the store surveillance camera and an effort is being made to identify the subject.
Two vehicles were ticketed and towed after being found in violation of the winter parking ban.
Inspected a child seat for a district resident.
Received a request for checks of a district residence while the family was away on a short trip.
An officer investigated a two vehicle crash in the Rite Aid parking lot. A vehicle, belonging to a Starksboro man, rolled from a parking spot in the middle of the parking and collided with another vehicle owned by another Starksboro man. The first vehicle was believed to have been parked without setting the parking brake. No court action was taken.
At the request of the Department of Corrections a meeting was held at the Bristol Municipal Building. Over a dozen victims and concerned citizens were invited to the meeting to discuss the March 8 release of a subject charged with Harassment by Electronic Means. BPD is planning a community meeting to address citizen concerns around subjects listed on the state's Sex Offender Registry and high risk criminal offenders who are released into the community.
A cellular phone, found in a snow bank near the town offices, was found to belong to a Granville, N.Y., woman. The owner was contacted and the phone returned.
A district resident reported receiving calls from a subject she advised had claimed to be a Bristol firefighter who was doing fund raising.
A 14-year-old Bristol male was charged with shoplifting after store employees caught the youth stealing a cell phone blue tooth device.
Received reports of shots fired on Main Street. Two Main Street residents reported hearing three shots and then noticing a vehicle traveling slowly on Main Street. An officer located expended fireworks on the street. The vehicle was not located.
Assisted VSP in a search of the Starksboro area for a Fish & Wildlife Officer who had not been heard from in several hours. Shortly after the search began the Warden was located elsewhere.
Received a report from Maplefield's Mobil that a man was drinking beer in the parking lot. The subject was gone on arrival but identified and later contacted and warned for violation of the town's open container ordinance...
Kevin E. Gibbs
Chief of Police
Bristol Police Department