Bristol Police: Hot pets, lawnmower assault

The Bristol Police Department responded to the following calls between Monday, July 21 and Sunday, July 27: Monday, July 21 A caller reported their sunglasses were damaged at Colt Andrews School on Hope Street. A large television was left on a property on Edmund Lane. Officers referred the call to the Department of Public Works. A driver at Bristol Town Beach on Asylum Road called to report damage to the windshield from a softball at the park. The caller said the call was for informational purposes only. Tuesday, July 22 Officers were called to the Town Beach on Asylum Road at about 10 a.m. for reports of a suspicious man in a gray Toyota Camry with a "Jesus fish" on the back. The man didn't drive through the ticket booth, but went to the attendant to ask some questions. When he was asked to wait for someone who could answer him, the man left and headed into Colt State Park. A man on Murphy Avenue called to report his 8-year-old daughter had called him to report her mother and boyfriend were arguing. Officers filed the report. An out-board motor was reportedly stolen from a home on Narrows Road. A caller on Sousa Street complained of a motorcycle revving its engine. The complaint was unfounded. Two juveniles reportedly were jumping off the Stone Harbour Boardwalk into the marina at about 9:30 p.m. They were gone when officers arrived. A few minutes later, there were reports of two juveniles driving recklessly on scooters on Lafayette Drive. They also were gone on arrival.

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Wednesday, July 23 A suspicious man was reportedly looking into cars parked along Doran Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. Officers could not find the man who was reportedly wearing black shorts, a white shirt and sneakers, last seen walking north toward Perry Street. A Hopeworth Avenue man called police to speak with an officer regarding "an issue he has with his son being disrespectful." A man was reportedly walking at Wood and Bradford streets dragging an injured dog around 8 p.m. Officers could not find the man. Thursday, July 24 A caller of Third Street reported two children had broken into his apartment and caused some damage inside. It turned out to be a dispute between neighbors, who reportedly worked it out on their own. A Lincoln Avenue man received a phone call from someone named "Michael" claiming to be related. The caller said he was in jail and needed bail money. When he was questioned, "Michael" quickly hung up. Officers made note of the possible phone scam. Four suspicious men were reportedly standing around a car at East Bay Community Action on Wood Street at about 1:30 p.m. They were gone when officers arrived. Friday, July 25 A man entered Police Department headquarters at about 8 a.m. to report he was being followed by a woman who was taking photos and videos of him at the Stop & Shop on Metacom Avenue. Officers filed the report. A caller on Sweeney Street complained about a group of juveniles who routinely hang out in a neighborhood park at night making noise and being disorderly. The caller requested more police patrols in the area after 9 p.m. A resident on Poli Street called to report being assaulted by a landscaper, who reportedly hit him with a lawn mower. The landscaper claimed it was nothing more than a verbal argument. The caller declined to press charges. Officers dispersed a group of people having a barbecue under the Mt. Hope Bridge at about 3 p.m. Officers received several calls about dogs locked in cars in the heat. Leaving a pet in a hot car without proper ventilation was is now a crime in Rhode Island. Saturday, July 26 A group of men were reportedly walking through the Quito's parking lot looking in cars around midnight. They were gone when officers arrived. A 30-foot sailboat ran aground with two men on board near the State Street Dock. Police alerted the town harbormaster. Bristol Police assisted as a Portsmouth police officer stopped a woman from jumping off the Mt. Hope Bridge Saturday afternoon, according to police. On Saturday at 3:35 p.m., police responded to the bridge for the report of a female walking on the span. Officer David Powers located the female near the center span, standing on the railings and leaning over the side of the bridge, police said. After speaking with the 25-year-old woman for several minutes, Officer Powers learned she was distraught and wanted to end her life. Officer Powers was able to restrain the woman to prevent her from jumping, police said. The woman was transported to Newport Hospital for evaluation. Officers broke up a fight between two men on Murphy Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27 A fight broke out on Wood Street just after 1 a.m. involving six men. One was banned from nearby Common Pub. A caller reported a propane truck on Ballou Boulevard was smoking and may be leaking fuel. Officers contacted the driver who explained that's the truck's normal operation and there is no problem. A man attempted to report his car had been stolen from Bristol Town Beach on Asylum Road. He reportedly later admitted the deception.


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