Bristol call log: Loose dogs, reckless drivers, suspicious explosion


It's not all about chasing criminals and making arrests. Police officers deal with a multitude of issues, from the inconsequential to the potentially serious. Here's a collection of typical calls Bristol Police deal with every week:

Monday, April 14

A caller reported a syringe was found in the parking lot at 500 Wood St. Officers arrived to remove the syringe.

A man was reportedly attacked at his home on Baker Street. He refused medical treatment and there is no report of an arrest.

Police received reports of a reckless, speeding vehicle at the corner of Magnolia and State streets. Police were unable to locate the brown or beige Ford.

Tuesday, April 15

Officers responded to reports of suspicious activity at St. Mary's Church on Wood Street. The caller, fearing vandals were in the church, reported that all the doors to the church were wide open. There were no reports of vandalism.

A resident of Hope Street called to report a loud explosion and a flash in the area. Officers were unable to find evidence of the explosion.

Wednesday, April 16

A caller on Herzig Street reported a neighbor's door standing open and no one around. Officers investigated, finding a large dog inside. Officers left a voicemail for the home owner and secured the front door.

A juvenile was arrested at Mt. Hope High School April 16 and charged with simple assault.

A caller reported a large pothole in a parking lot on Gooding Avenue that is a hazard to drivers. Officers referred the caller to the private property owner.

Officers responded to a large plume of black smoke coming from the industrial area around Ballou Boulevard. Firefighters put out a dumpster fire at C&C Fiberglass and components. There were no injuries or damage to buildings.

Reports of a blue sedan driving recklessly on Thames Street were inconclusive when officers could not locate the car.

A caller reported suspicious activity at a neighbor's house on Center Street. The neighbor was in the process of moving.

Thursday, April 17

A resident called to complain that his car had been damaged after it was towed. Officers directed him to the tow yard to seek repairs. It was later determined the complaint was not valid. The damaged car part the driver brought to the tow yard came off a white vehicle. The caller's car is black.

Officers responded to three loose dog reports. They returned the dogs to their owners.

A caller reported three men were on the roof of Mt. Hope High School. Officers investigated and brought two of the men back to the station. There was no indication of charges.

Friday, April 18

An employee of Ammouri's Gas and Food Mart on Hope Street called to complain that a driver had driven off with the pump still attached to the car.

Officers responded to the Subway sandwich shop on Metacom Avenue to chase away juveniles running around the building.

A caller reported a car was stopped on the Mt. Hope Bridge and a man was standing on a beam of the bridge. The car and the man were gone when officers arrived.

Saturday, April 19

Officers removed a disorderly man refusing to leave Fins pub on Thames Street.

A caller on Washington Street reported his car had been damaged, but decided he did not want to seek further police assistance.

Officers responded to complaints of a barking dog on Duffield Road, a loose dog on Michael Drive, a reported dog bite on Terrance Drive and an injured rabbit on Scott Lane.

Sunday, April 20

A caller reported a seal had washed up on the shore. Officers contacted the state Department of Environmental Management, which determined the seal was likely resting during a migration.

Officers responded to two reckless driving calls, one on Metacom Avenue, another on Gooding Avenue. In both cases, the reckless driver was gone on arrival.


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