Bristol police officer struck while responding to domestic complaint

bpd signWednesday, Jan. 2
After receiving a domestic complaint at 4:12 p.m., police responded to a Seaview Avenue residence where they observed a woman talking on a cell phone outside. As they spoke with 
Deirdre Mosher-Silva, 46, of 6 Seaview Ave., she allegedly became combative with police, yelling profanities at them. After refusing to cooperate with police requests to calm down, she was led to a patrol car. There she struggled with police, allegedly striking one of the officers in the shoulder and ear with a closed fist. According to police, she told them that she was armed and had guns inside the residence. Ms. Silva was removed from the police car and searched for weapons, however none was found. Police charged Ms. Mosher-Silva with simple assault or battery and resisting arrest.
Saturday, Jan. 5
While on patrol, police observed a man walking on Chilton Street at 12:54 a.m. 
Anthony J. Vasconcellos, 50, of 59 St. Elizabeth St., Apt. 1, was known to police as having an active warrant for disorderly conduct. While being taken into custody, police found a plastic bag containing a brown leafy substance in his pocket. Mr. Vasconcellos  was charged on the warrant for disorderly conduct and with possession of marijuana.
At 4:39 p.m., police observed 
Joseph Silva, 57, of 115 Dewolf Ave., as he walked on State Street. Mr. Silva was known to police for having an active warrant for failure to appear in court. He was arrested and charged on a bench warrant issued by Sixth Division District Court.
While on a traffic post at Hope Street and Washington Street, police using radar clocked a car speeding by at 8:28 p.m. doing 47 m.p.h. in the posted 25 m.p.h. zone. When police stopped the car, they approached, allegedly smelling the odor of marijuana coming from the car. When asked, the driver, 
James Afonso, 27, of 14 Prospect St., reportedly told police he had marijuana in his pocket. Police charged Mr. Afonso with possession of marijuana and also cited him for speeding.
Sunday, Jan. 6
At 11:59 p.m., police went to a Doran Avenue residence where they arrested 
Thomas Smith, 59, of 14 Doran Ave., Apt. 2, when he answered the door. According to police, they were contacted earlier after a woman complained that she and Mr. Smith had an argument and then he slapped her in the face. Mr. Smith allegedly took money from her and left the apartment. Police charged Mr. Smith with domestic simple assault.


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