BRISTOL — Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs joined with Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel on March 29 to speak at a student assembly at Vergennes Union High School. Mount Abraham Union High School students were transported to VUHS for the substance/healthy life choices group presentation.
Meanwhile, students from Vergennes Union Middle School were transported to MAUHS, where they and Mount Abe middle schoolers listened to a presentation on bullying.
While at the presentation at VUHS, Gibbs and school staff assisted Vergennes Area Rescue Squad with a female student who collapsed during the event. She was transported by VARS to Porter Hospital for examination.
In other recent activity, Bristol police:
• At 12:30 p.m. on March 26 took a truant male student to Mount Abraham Union High School.
• On March 26, at the request of a citizen and following discussion by the selectboard, checked Notch Road for speeders. Police performed another check on March 31 and stopped one vehicle.
• On March 26 at 5:54 p.m. received a report from a resident that his 11-year-old son failed to come home from school. The father said he had searched the village and checked friends’ houses. Family and police continued to search; the boy was found on South Street near the bridge playing in the woods.
• On March 26 at 10:43 p.m. a resident reported a former “female acquaintance” of her son had entered his residence and climbed into bed with him while he was sleeping. She reported her son was very upset. When police located the female acquaintance she denied any involvement. The complainant’s son declined to complete a statement and wanted no other action taken.
• At 1:28 p.m. on March 27 helped MAUHS staff return a student to school, and spoke with the student about the dangers of running from school.
• On March 27 at 4:53 p.m. a West Pleasant Street resident called to report he had received a threatening phone call. He reported a male subject called looking for personal property belonging to the complainant’s former female acquaintance. When advised he did not have the property the caller threatened to come to the complainant’s house and harm him. The threat was not carried out and the identity of the caller is not yet known.
• On March 27 gave instruction to municipal office personnel in the setup and use of a portable generator, which is at the municipal offices for power outages and emergencies.
• At 8:36 a.m. on March 28 received a report from a Bristol woman of aggressive driving by a male juvenile. The juvenile reportedly followed the woman too closely and repeatedly sounded his horn. The juvenile will be warned.
• On March 30 at approximately 10:58 a.m. arrested Barrett Donald LaRose, 29, of Starksboro at his residence on an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear in Addison Superior Court for charges related to a false pretenses charge. Bristol police were assisted by the Addison County Sheriff’s Department.
• On March 30 at approximately 3:15 p.m. received an anonymous complaint of a male subject shouting obscenities while walking on North Street. The male subject was located and notified of the complaint.
• On March 31 at 6:01 p.m. stopped a car driven by Heather Kandzior, 31, for several violations and cited her for a criminal count of driving with a suspended license.
• On March 31 at 10:33 p.m. responded to Munsill Avenue for a reported family fight, but found all was quiet.
• On April 1 at 11:03 a.m. received a report of a tall, white male walking on Main Street shouting obscenities and hitting signs. Police could not find the man, but said one parking sign on Main Street was found bent.
• On April 1 at 11:53 a.m. were asked to go to the residence of a female juvenile who had previously been truant from school and transport her to MAUHS because she was again missing from school. Police found she was not home, so the officer unsuccessfully checked the village and reported back to MAUHS.
• On April 1 at 12:53 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash in front of the town offices in which a local woman reportedly sideswiped a truck belonging to a local man. Damage to both vehicles was minor. No one was hurt.
• On April 2 at 9:07 a.m. received a complaint that one local 26-year-old woman was sending harassing text and Facebook messages to another local 26-year-old woman. Police warned the sender that continued harassment might result in criminal action.
• On April 2 at 3:19 p.m. were told that a Munsill Avenue apartment had been broken into between 10 p.m. on April 1 and 1:45 the next day and that tobacco products and cash were taken.
• On April 3 at 4:15 p.m. received a report that a child had been threatened by another child using a baseball bat. The incident was not ongoing at the time of the call. The victim reported being chased away from a tree fort located on a neighbor’s property by the suspect who was threatening the victim with the baseball bat as they ran. Police warned the 10-year-old boy suspect in the presence of his mother.
• On April 3 at 4 p.m. received a report from a staff member of the Hub teen center of suspicious activity believed to be a drug deal in progress on the grounds. Police response was delayed due to backed up calls and complaints. Later follow-up showed one of the suspects identified in a possible drug transaction had previously been given notice against trespass for the Hub. Court action is pending against that subject.
• On April 5 at 6:54 a.m. the owner of property on Basin Street called to report a male subject was operating a dirt bike on her property without permission and causing damage to the property. The complainant could not be reached on callback but police left a voice mail message for her.
Later that day, at 6:25 p.m. police spoke with the complainant, whose primary residence is out of state. She told police that a family member who lives in the area told her about the incident. An officer checked the property and could find no sign of dirt bike operation or damage. There was evidence of dirt bike operation in the northeast corner of the town’s property, where it appears a dirt bike travels from a male suspect’s residence and turns around. The officer told the complainant that the male and his parents would be notified and he would be warned for driving on private property without permission.
• On April 5 at 1:12 p.m. aided an Addison County Sheriff’s deputy on Plank Road west of the Bristol town line, where the deputy was apprehending a wanted man out of New Jersey who had a firearm in his vehicle. The wanted man was taken into custody on the fugitive warrant without incident and taken away by the deputy.
• On April 6 at 10:33 a.m. responded to a report that a vehicle had crashed into the Shaw’s supermarket building. The vehicle was gone when the officer arrived, however a witness provided information to identify the vehicle. The registered owner of the vehicle, identified as a senior police district resident, was contacted; she told the police officer she thought she had her foot on the brake as she parked. Next thing she realized the vehicle jumped the curb (she called it the “bump thing”) struck a shopping cart and came to a rest on the sidewalk next to the building. Paperwork will be filed with DMV asking that the resident be re-tested.
• On April 6 at approximately 10:35 p.m. checked the welfare of a Kountry Trailer Park resident after a relative believed a subject at the residence was intoxicated. The subject was contacted and advised there were no issues at the residence.
• On April 8 at 11:48 a.m. were called to MAUHS where a student who had been disruptive in class needed to be transported home. The student was refusing to be transported by family or staff. On arrival the student complied with a request to go home in the cruiser and was transported home without incident.
• On April 8 at 6 p.m. conducted a town-contracted patrol and issued tickets for speeding and a vehicle that was uninspected.