Bristol police 'keep the peace'


The following report is compiled from the Bristol Police Department call log for the week of Aug. 19-25, 2013.

Monday, Aug. 19

The RI Department of Transportation was notified that the turning lane street sign near Sip n'Dip on Hope Street was spray painted.

A Massasoit Avenue resident reported that a neighbor was playing the drums. The noise meter did not calculate a violation.

Animal control was called to a Roosevelt Drive home to remove a dead bat.

A caller reported a suspicious white work van near Independence Park, and it appeared to have scrap metal inside. It was gone before police arrived.

A Sousa Street resident reported a loose dog, which the owner then secured.

Police were called to a home on Mt. Hope Avenue for a report of loud music. It was a television, and the owner was told to turn it down.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Police were called to Old Ferry Road for a report that fishermen were under the bridge in the right-of-way.

An Ambrose Drive resident reported that someone hacked into her email account.

A River Street male reported that he was being threatened over a report he recently filed with police.

An anonymous caller reported a possible domestic issue inside a car at Colt State Park. A male, identified as Giovanni E. Desousa, 20, 0f Warren, was arguing with his girlfriend. Police observed the girlfriend to have a red, swollen and bruised left eye. Mr. Desousa had a scratch mark on his face and neck. Police questioned Mr. Desousa, who allegedly admitted that he punched her in the face when they were arguing. Mr. Desousa was arrested on charges of domestic assault/battery.

A Burton Street resident requested help for one of her sons. He was transported to Newport Hospital.

A Dewolf Avenue resident reported that his neighbor was vandalizing his yard. Police determined it to be a civil matter.

Police were called to an area near Balzano's Restaurant on Mount Hope Ave for a reported car accident - a car had struck a stone building. Upon arrival, police saw the driver, Laurie A. Thomas, of 11 Rosita Ave., Bristol, walking along the driver's side of the black Volvo, allegedly unsteady on her feet. Police allege she also smelled of alcohol. Witnesses on scene told police they were behind the Volvo several streets back, and reported seeing Ms. Thomas driving in an erratic manner. Police conducted a field sobriety test on Ms. Thomas, which they had to stop due to her safety. She was arrested on charges of DUI - second offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Police were called to Bristol Autobody Works for a report of vandalism to one of the shop's tow trucks. One of the window's on the passenger side had been busted, and papers were laying on top of the glass. The documents were a Cox bill and several pages of Paypal invoices with the name John Manuel Almeida on them. Following an investigation, Mr. Almeida, 39, of 2 Scott Lane, Bristol, was arrested on charges of vandalism, malicious destruction to property.

Public safety officers at Roger Williams University requested police respond for a larceny complaint. The officers had footage of a male, identified as Richard W. Beley, of Barrington, allegedly stealing a laptop from the basement storage room of the Almeida Court Building. Police questioned Mr. Beley, who allegedly admitted to taking the computer. He had been hired by the campus to do maintenance on the property. He was arrested on charges of larceny under $1,500.

A female reported receiving a check from an actual company, but the signature and information are not correct.

A caller reported that a car had been parked on his lawn all day. Smithfield Police Department was notified to contact the owner.

A Franklin Street resident reported that his landlord was denying him access to his home.

After stopping a green Pontiac Grand Prix on Metacom Ave for a safety violation, police arrested William Raymond Dupre, 35, of Pawtucket, on a 6th district court bench warrant for failure to pay child support.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Police were notified that a truck towing a trailer north on Rte. 114 was knocking down tree limbs and branches, creating debris in the road. The truck was stopped, and then escorted by police to his destination. The debris was removed by DOT.

A caller reported that a person was driving a go-kart on Tupelo Street, weaving in and out of traffic.

The fire department was called to Maher Rehab Center for a smell of smoke on the east side of the building.

A River Street resident requested that police respond to "keep the peace" while his sister picks up his child. The mom was allegedly yelling at the man's sister.

Police were called to the home of Ann Marie Serapiglia for an initial breaking and entering report. Following an investigation, Ms. Serapiglia was arrested on a warrant charge for failure to appear.

A caller reported loud music from a party on State Street.

Police were called to a home on Third Street for a landlord-tenant dispute.

Shortly past midnight, police saw Greg Trexler, 40, of 4 Michael Drive, Bristol, walking in the area of Metacom Avenue wearing a backpack. When questioned, police learned that there was an active warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear for restitution review. He was subsequently taken into custody.

Friday, Aug. 23

A Monterey Road resident reported that he witnessed a hand-to-hand transaction between his daughter and an unknown person in a small white car.

The owner of Hair, Heart and Soul reported that scammers pretending to be the National Grid called her, but she refused them money.

A Roosevelt Drive resident reported that he was assaulted by a co-worker. He told police he was struck in the back of his head with a shovel and choked.

A caller reported that she confronted a male who was abusing his dog, and then the male threatened her.

Police dispersed two students from the area of Hope and Thames streets who were interfering with traffic.

Animal control requested police assistance for an intoxicated male on Dewolf Avenue.

Animal control was called to Independence Park for a report that two large dogs were locked inside a boat.

The fire department was called to an area of State Street and Belcourt Avenue for a report of smoke in the area, possible open burning.

Police responded to Thames Waterside Bar and Grill for a report that a car parked outside had been running for a couple of hours.

Police responded to Blithewold Gardens for a car that went over the grass. There was no damage and the person was looking for Columban Fathers.

A Mallory Court resident reported that noises were coming from their yard, possibly two foxes fighting.

Police escorted three juveniles to the police station and called their parents, because the teens allegedly broke a window at Jade Palace.

A Wood Street resident reported that his dog was stolen.

Saturday. Aug. 24

Bristol Rescue was called to the State Street Dock for a report of an intoxicated female.

A caller reported that three people were running across Mt. Hope Bridge. Police determined that they were students at Roger Williams University out for a run.

A State Street resident reported that her boyfriend changed the locks at her home, and she was unable to get her stuff.

A caller reported that a group on scooters had been drinking and driving recklessly near Ammouri's Gas and Food Mart.

A Sherry Avenue resident reported that a male person withheld her mail at the post office without her permission.

A Burton Street resident called to report that a cell phone was stolen. The person called back later to state they found it.

Police were called to a Third Street residence to remove the homeowner's niece.

A Sousa Street resident reported that a car had been parked in front of their home for four days. Police determined the car was parked legally and belonged to a friend of a neighbor.

Police were called to an area of Lower Ferry Road for a report of a group hanging out in a cul-de-sac. It was a group of new college students and they were checking out the area.

Sunday, Aug. 25

A caller reported that a male was laying in the grass near Mt. Hope Avenue and Jewett Street. He was sleeping.

A Meadow Lane resident reported that a car had been parked in front of their home with its headlights on for over four hours.

Public safety at Roger Williams University requested police respond to the campus dining hall for a possible break-in to the Sovereign Bank ATM.

Police stopped a car driven by Nicholas J. Sturgis, 21, of 75 Ridge Road, Bristol, because he allegedly nearly hit several parked cars while traveling. He was asked to exit the car and told police he would not submit to a field sobriety test. Police allegedly detected an odor of alcohol from Mr. Sturgis' breath and it appeared he was unsteady on his feet. He was arrested on charges of DUI-first offense, and failure to submit to a chemical test.

A caller reported that a trailer was stolen, with "J's Junk Removal," on it. The person later called back to report that it was not missing, and a friend had taken it without asking.

A Viking Drive resident reported that his son was out of control and breaking furnishings in the home.

A caller reported that there was an illegal yard sale on town property, which was determined to be private property.

Neighboring marine rescue and fire departments were called to assist a boat that was believed to be on fire in the Kickemuit River. The boat was diesel and told rescue personnel that it smokes while operating, normally.

Police were called to an area of Beach Road for a report of fireworks.

Police responded to an area of Bradford and Thames streets for a report of a disorderly male in the area. He was throwing his bike around and yelling obscenities in the roadway. Police determined that he wasn't disorderly and that he was just having problems with his gear.

A Roma Street resident reported that an unknown person was knocking on their door.








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