Bristol police log: 'Everyone shut up'


The following report is compiled from the Bristol Police Department call log for the week of Sept. 16-22, 2013:


Monday, Sept. 16

Police were called to an area of Opechee Drive for a report of vandalism. Someone had removed a town tree.

A caller reported someone stole a ladder from Anthony Avenue.

Police responded to a home on High Street for a possible noise violation. It was deemed to be a loud television, and the owner was told to turn it down.

A Greenway Drive resident reported that there were dogs barking nearby.

Police were called to an area of Sherman Avenue for a report of a disturbance at 2 p.m. Two males were standing on opposite sides of a car, arguing. One man, identified as Edward V. Verna, 19, of 237 State St., Bristol, allegedlly continued to yell belligerent remarks at the other male after officers told him to stop. Mr. Verna was then asked to calm down, at which point he allegedly brushed by the officer, shoving him with his right arm. The officer restrained him and charged Mr. Verna with disorderly conduct.

Police were called to an area of Monterey Road for a car accident. A dog was struck and killed.

Police arrested Manuel J. Barboza, 56, of 381 Wood St., Bristol on charges of domestic assault, a felony, following an investigation that he allegedly struck a female with the handle of a hoe. The female had filed a report the day before, alleging that she and Mr. Barboza were working in her garden when they started arguing about vegetables. At that time, she told police he picked up a hoe and hit her in the face with the handle. She had an injury over her left eye, which required stitches.

A caller reported that a male was in the area of Wood and State streets yelling obscenities and "looking for a fight." He was dispersed by police.


Tuesday, Sept. 17

Police responded to a home on Garfield Avenue because a resident found an open gun box while throwing out his trash. Officers confirmed it was a styrofoam container that held an airsoft gun.

Police arrested Jason W. Almeida, 37, of 173 Bradford St., Bristol, on charges of violating a no-contact order. He allegedly placed a phone call to a female who had a restraining order against him.

A Hilltop Street resident reported that a boat trailer had been abandoned in front of his home.


Wednesday, Sept. 18

A Mt. Hope Avenue caller reported that an unwanted male party kept ringing her doorbell at 7:47 a.m.

A caller reported that a young male was riding down Chestnut Street with his back down on a skateboard.

Police were called to the courtyard of a home on Wood Street for report of a verbal confrontation.

A Wood Street business woman asked to speak to police about juveniles playing in front of her store, allegedly harassing her customers.


Thursday, Sept. 19

A caller reported that she was assaulted by her husband.

A caller reported that loud music was coming from Ultimate Fitness on Gooding Avenue. The owner was advised to turn it down, and classes ended at 5 p.m.

Police received several calls about an elderly male walking Mt. Hope Bridge at 5:10 p.m. He was transported to the hospital by Bristol Rescue.

After stopping a car for a registration check at the intersection of Hope and Wardwell streets, police arrested Robert N. Bruneau, 52, of Fall River, Mass., on a bench warrant. Mr. Bruneau was a passenger in the car that was stopped.

Jason W. Almeida, 37, of 173 Bradford St., Bristol, was arrested on charges of violating a no-contact order. Police arrived to a home on Bradford Street where he had been knocking on the door of a female's apartment, who has a restringing order against him.

Police were called to a home on Wood Street for a noise complaint at 11:55 p.m. Upon arriving, officers saw a male, who acknowledged the officers, enter the home shouting "everyone shut up." He was identified as Thomas Tobias Williams, 20, of Jamestown. A background check of Mr. Williams revealed an active warrant for his arrest out of Narragansett for possession of a schedule I-V drug. He was taken into custody.

A caller reported that a male was looking inside mail boxes on Rosedale Drive. It was a realtor who was dropping off paperwork.

Police arrested Jonathan Child, 27, of Smithfield, on charges of aggravated assault. On Sept. 7, 2012, police were called to the parking lot of New England Tent for a disturbance. Police approached three males, one of whom was bleeding. The male who was bleeding told police that Mr. Child allegedly ran him over with his car. The male and Mr. Child had an argument over money, and which point Mr. Child got into his car to leave. The male told police he stood in front of Mr. Child's car to prevent him from leaving, but Mr. Child allegedly revved up his engine and went forward. The male jumped into the air and was struck by Mr. Child's front bumper, landing on the windshield. He refused treatment, and said he wished to press charges.


Friday, Sept. 20

Police were called to a home on Thompson Avenue for a noise complaint. There were no issues. The decibel reading was 20, and they were playing video games.

A caller reported her laptop was stolen.

A State Street caller reported that the smoke coming from her neighbor's house was bothering her. Nothing was showing when police checked the area.

A caller reported that one of her patients was making threats to her secretary over the phone.

Police responded to an area of Lafayette and Leahy drives for a report that a male dog had gotten loose and was chasing people who were walking. The dog owner and officer were unable to catch the dog, but continued to try.

A caller reported an alleged house party at a home on Richmond Street. Two people were sitting on the deck talking. Officers advised them of the noise ordinance.


Saturday, Sept. 21

Police were called to an area of DeWolf Avenue for a report that construction was taking place before 8 a.m. The workers were advised of the noise ordinance and said they'd pick back up after that.

A Valley Drive resident reported that his tires were slashed.

A Sherman Avenue resident reported catching a loose dog and had it tied up. The dog was found wandering Norman Street. It was taken to the animal shelter.

A caller reported that there were three males standing at the top of Mt. Hope Bridge. They were cyclists who stopped to look at the view and were at the base of the bridge when police arrived.

Police responded to a vacant home on Lugent Lane for a report that the front door had been left open. The copper piping was intact and it was an oversight by the landscaper.

A Lincoln Avenue caller reported hearing loud "bangs" or explosions in the area.

Police responded to a State Street home for an accidental 9-1-1 call. A juvenile had been playing with the phone.

A Washington Street resident reported that a baseball from Guiteras Field broke his windshield.

Police were called to a home on Metacom Avenue for a report of a domestic disturbance in progress. Upon arrival, police saw two females at the end of the driveway, one of whom was upset. The female told officers that she had allegedly been slapped in the face by Ilidio Antonio Silva, 45, of 52 Primrose Drive, Bristol. She told police that Mr. Silva was helping the other female to get her car started when the two got into an argument. The injured female stepped between the two, inserting herself in the argument. At one point, she told officers, she thought Mr. Silva was going to hit her so she put her hands up to cover her face, knocking the hat off Mr. Silva's head. He allegedly got angry and slapped her in the face. He was arrested on charges of simple assault.

A Church Street resident reported that an unknown male was taking pictures of her home. Police determined that he was just on the phone, not taking pictures.


Sunday, Sept. 22

Police spoke with the owner of a Vernon Avenue home about the barking dogs. The problem seemed to be solved.

A business manager of a store on Metacom Avenue reported that a male was living in his car in the store's parking lot. He was gone before police arrived.

Police were called to the East Burial Grounds for a report that the gate was unsecured and people were inside.

A caller reported a verbal altercation on High Street. Police determined that a female was having an argument on a phone and was told to keep it down.




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