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Bristol Police Log: Reported stabbing was actually a hockey stick beating

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BRISTOL — Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs was called out at 1 a.m. on Nov. 21 to deal with a reported stabbing on North Street. When he arrived, he found that no stabbing had occurred, but there had been a physical dispute.

“One of the subjects who lived at the apartment had an ex-girlfriend staying with him,” explained Gibbs. “The two got into a dispute. The ex-girlfriend called her sister. The sister talked to her boyfriend. And the story I got at the house is that the boyfriend of the sister called and threatened to come stab this guy.”

The sister’s boyfriend ended up going to the North Street residence, where the two men got into a fight. When Gibbs arrived on the scene, the North Street man had face and arm injuries from the tussle, and the sister’s boyfriend had already left. 

Vermont State Police, who assisted Gibbs, found the sister’s boyfriend near his Starksboro residence. The North Street resident had apparently beaten the boyfriend with a hockey stick.

“When we went and saw (the boyfriend), he had been tuned up by a hockey stick,” said Gibbs. “(The North Street resident) didn’t say anything about a hockey stick. Neither did anyone else. So basically we ended up issuing a notice against trespass for the guy who got thumped, and no charges were filed against anybody.”

Meanwhile, Gibbs and his team responded to a range of routine issues over the past two weeks. Bristol police:

  On Nov. 14 found a Samsung phone with a type pad on the Bristol green, which has not yet been claimed.

  On Nov. 15 found a stray dog on Route 116. The husky-shepherd mix belonged to a Carlstrom Road resident who reclaimed the dog.

“(The Bristol resident) thought (the dog) walked off to go die, so he didn’t even look for it initially, and then he found out we had it,” said Gibbs.

  On Nov. 15 responded to a theft at Shaw’s supermarket. While a 17-year-old Bristol male was checking out, he allegedly jacked a stack of tickets for a promotional game. When police confronted him, he turned over the unopened tickets. The store did not want to prosecute, but is considering asking police to issue a no-trespassing notice.

  On Nov. 15 assisted the VSP with a domestic disturbance. While taking an intoxicated male to the hospital, Gibbs said the trooper noticed a suspicious bag hanging out of his pocket.

“Apparently he was asked to remove the bag, and it just so happened to be full of marijuana,” said Gibbs, who explained that the VSP are charging the man with possession of marijuana. 

  On Nov. 16 prepared an affidavit for the Addison County State’s Attorney to take away parental custody of a 16-year-old Bristol youth. The youth had repeatedly failed to show up to school, and Gibbs explained that the state’s attorney was considering placing the youth in foster care, but no decision had yet been made.

  On Nov. 16 received a report of a stolen $20 skateboard at The Hub teen center. “Apparently there were three guys who showed up and asked to use a kid’s skateboard. The three guys apparently left at some point, and the kid couldn’t find his skateboard,” said Gibbs.

  On Nov. 18 served a relief from abuse order — which is an order aimed at protecting a given citizen and can vary depending on the particular situation — to a woman on South Street at the request of a man, who she was bothering.

  On Nov. 19 responded to an alarm at the Living Well care home. Before arriving, the officer received a call that there was no problem.

  On Nov. 19 assisted VSP with a report of a man who assaulted his wife in front of their young teenager.

  On Nov. 19 received a report of kids throwing sticks at cars in Kountry Trailer Park, but no nuisance was found upon arrival.

  On Nov. 19 received a report from a Bristol woman that she was harassed by a Lincoln woman. The Bristol woman was coming out of Rite Aid when she encountered the Lincoln woman who had a handicapped license plate for someone else. The Bristol woman said something to her, and the Lincoln woman yelled back.

“I explained to the (Bristol) complainant that the harassment itself was not criminal, but that if she liked I could issue a ticket for the handicapped parking violation, which she said she would like me to do, so I did,” explained Gibbs.

  On Nov. 20 received a request from the VSP and the Department of Children and Families to locate a mother who they believed may have abused her infant. The mother agreed to take her child to Fletcher Allen Health Care to undergo an examination for signs of physical abuse. No such signs were found.

  On Nov. 22 responded to a domestic disturbance on Liberty Street. A male and female had apparently been sleeping in a car when the male punched the window out and left the scene. The female refused to give a statement or press charges, but did accept a relief from abuse order.

  On Nov. 23 received a report of a hit and run in Shaw’s parking lot. “A witness reported seeing the suspect get out, look at the damage, get back in his car and drive away,” said Gibbs.

The witness recorded the license plate of the New Haven suspect, but Gibbs has not yet had a chance to go to the suspect’s residence to address the issue.

  On Nov. 23 received a report of a stolen dog from Kountry Trailer Park. “The dog belongs to a man and his wife, and the son-in-law, at the request of the estranged wife, went into the man’s house and took the dog,” said Gibbs. “My understanding is they were sharing custody of the dog, and either she didn’t want to share anymore or he wasn’t sharing and so she took the dog. No court action was taken.”

  On Nov. 24 received a report of a stolen cell phone at the Maplefields in Bristol and by the time the officer responded, the owner had recovered the phone.

  On Nov. 25 assisted VSP in recovering a stolen vehicle on Stoney Hill Road.

  On Nov. 27 received a report of a vandalized vehicle on Main Street. A woman visiting a friend found three of her four tires slashed.

  On Nov. 27 received a report of a stolen flat screen TV on South Street. The police are still investigating this crime.

  On Nov. 27 assisted the VSP with an occupied home invasion on Woodland Drive. VSP Lt. Gary Genova reported that the owners of the home awoke that day to hear a scuffling in the next room. When they entered the living room they found the room was ransacked, though no one was in it, and the sliding door to the outside was open. Police continue to investigate, anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Szarejko at 388-4919.

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