Bristol Police: Boat break-ins, wayward bat


Bristol Police responded to the following calls between Monday, July 28 and Sunday, Aug. 3:

Monday, July 28

Officers began the week investigating a possible assault that reportedly occurred the previous Saturday at St. Elizabeth Manor on Dawn Hill Road. There was no arrest made.

A suspicious person was reportedly hanging around the area of Harrison Street overnight Sunday trying to enter cars in the area.

A dog was reportedly locked in a car at the corner of Hope and Bradford streets just after noon. The car was gone when officers arrived. It is now a crime in Rhode Island to leave a pet in an unventilated vehicle.

Alan R. St. Vincent, 19, of 905 Hope St., Bristol, was arrested on a 2nd District Court bench warrant.

A person was sleeping in the bushes at Independence Park on Thames Street at about 4:30 p.m. Officers transported the person to the VA hospital.

Officers investigated an assault on Wood Street at about 6 p.m., bringing two people into the police station to give statements, but no arrests were made.

Reports came into the police station of a group of kids fighting in the street on Hopeworth Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. The kids were actually friends playing in the neighborhood during an overnight party. They went in for the night.

Tuesday, July 29

Scott Michael Laroche, 47, of 118 Water St., Apt. R2, Warren, was arrested on a 6th District Court bench warrant.

An inflatable dinghy went missing from a home on Smith Street. The owner is unsure if the dinghy was stolen, according to reports.

A bat flew into a house on High Street at about 11:30 a.m., an unusual time for a bat to be active. Officers took the bat to the state Health Department laboratories in Providence to test it for rabies.

Officers assisted with an injured dog that may have been hit by a car on Hope Street around 1:30 p.m. Police contacted the dog's owner, who came to pick it up.

A resident on Harrison Street called to complain about his neighbor moving "No Parking" signs on the street. Police filed a report on the incident.

A pedestrian walking at Metacom and Gooding avenues called to report the crosswalk signal on the north side of the road is not working properly. Officers notified the state Department of Transportation.

A group of juveniles was reportedly jumping off the dock at Herreshoff Marina on Hope Street and boarding boats that don't belong to them around 5 p.m. Police notified the town harbormaster. Barrington Police have dealt with a similar incident this week, in which two juveniles startled a bloat owner sleeping on his vessel.

A man on a bicycle was reportedly drinking in the parking lot of 1776 Liquors on Metacom Avenue.

Wednesday, July 30

A resident on Patricia Ann Drive called to report two suspicious people rummaging through trash on the street. Officers responded to find no problem - the pair was collecting scrap metal by the side of the road.

A resident at Belvedere and Annawamscutt drives called police to report that a private tree company was cutting down a tree. Officers responded to find the tree standing. The tee's owner hired the company to remove some limbs threatening the home. IN a separate incident, Department of Public Works employees called to report a resident on Belvedere Drive was cutting limbs from a town-owned tree. The home owner was advised any changes to the town's canopy must be first approved at Town Hall.

A boater reported his vessel had been broken into. Police referred the caller to DEM.

Thursday, July 31

Debris was reportedly flying out of a tractor trailer truck on Metacom Avenue just before 11:30 a.m. Officers issued the driver a court summons and towed the truck.

A car was vandalized on Broadview Avenue.

A woman on Berry Lane called believing she had been scammed. Officers investigated and found no crime.

Friday, Aug. 1

Dylan Matteo, 21, of 3526 Westminster Drive, Oceanside, NY, was charged with driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .15.

Officers responded to nuisance and noise calls in the wee hours Friday morning on John Street, Thames Street and Opechee Drive.

A man was reportedly refusing to leave a liquor store on Hope Street just after 9 a.m. Officers called rescue personnel, who brought the man to the VA Hospital for an evaluation.

A caller at Shore Road and Mulberry Road reported suspicious activity in the niehgborhood. A rental company was setting up for a party.

Officers responded to an accident involving injuries near Benny's on Metacom Avenue. Rescue personnel brought a driver to Rhode Island Hospital with neck and back pain.

A resident on Sousa Street called police wanting to speak to an officer regarding her neighbor, a common call from Sousa Street. Officers filed the report.

Virginia M. Goncalves, 56, of 6 Chilton St., Apt. 1, Bristol, was charged with violating a protective order.

Officers responded to two noise complaints in DeWolf Avenue between 9 and 10 p.m. Residents complained of loud music and people screaming.

Saturday, Aug. 2

Two people were reportedly breaking into boats at Rockwell Dock around 3 a.m. The pair ran up Constitution Street after they were spotted. Police were unable to find them, and nothing was reported missing from the boats.

A couple on St. Elizabeth Street was arguing loudly inside their home with the windows open around 3:30 a.m. Officers advised the couple to close the windows and keep it down for the night.

Officers broke up a fight pn State Street around 9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 3

Callers filed noise complaints on Catherine Street, DeWolf Avenue and E Street in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The groups of people were asked to keep it down.

A reckless driver complaint at Butterworth Avenue and Slocum Street turned out to be someone playing with a go-kart. The driver was advised to keep it off the streets.

Officers responded to calls of an intoxicated woman needing assistance at Jacky's Galaxie on Metacom Avenue around 9 p.m. Her daughter drove her home.


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