Bristol Police: Loud parties, late-night bulldozing


Police officers do a lot more than arrest criminals. Here's a look at the calls Bristol Police handled last week:

Monday, June 23

A Barrington woman was charged with driving without a license or with an expired license after an anonymous resident called police to report a driver possibly drinking from an open container while driving. Officers pulled the woman over at Metacom Avenue and Chestnut Street.

A bicycle was stolen from a home on Sowams Drive. It is estimated to be worth about $180.

Bristol police assisted Fall River authorities with a distress call from a boat in the bay north of Fall River.

A caller reported a black dog tied to a barrel at the State Street Dock on Thames Street. The owner was nearby.

Officers responded to a nuisance complaint on Sousa Street just after 7 p.m. A resident on Sousa Street frequently calls police to the neighborhood.

A group of kids were reportedly playing with pellet guns in the woods near North Burial Ground around 8 p.m. They were gone when officers arrived.

Twice within a half hour just after 10 p.m., officers were called to the Mt. Hope Bridge to escort pedestrians off the span.

An anonymous caller reported a black Jeep driving recklessly at Hope Street and Jefferson Lane. The report was unfounded.

A caller reported a truck was following her through Bristol's streets. She started driving toward the police station, and the truck turned down Chestnut Street.

Tuesday, June 24

A resident on Oliver Street called police to tell them "she's old and tired and wants to go to bed." Officers investigated and delivered the "highly intoxicated" woman to Newport Hospital.

A caller on Evangeline Court called to report a neighbor power washing his truck at 1:30 a.m.

Officers responded to a fight at the Town Beach at about 1 p.m. A caller reported he was being threatened by another man with a golf club. The dispute was over a dog and there was no assault.

Someone left a bike behind at Paper, Packaging & Panache on Hope Street. It has been locked up in a bike rack in front of the store for a month. It will be removed if the owner can't be found.

A pit bull brought to the 4th of July concerts in Independence Park was reportedly being aggressive to other concert goers. Officers asked the dog's owners to leave.

Ten kids were loitering in front of the CVS on State Street. They were dispersed.

A woman was reported;y being followed by her ex-boyfriend down Narrows Road and King Philip Avenue. Officers continue to investigate.

Wednesday, June 25

A resident on Sunnyside Drive called to report a strange noise in the backyard. It turns out the resident left the outdoor water running.

A reportedly intoxicated man was hanging out on someone's front porch on Hope Street around noon. Officers removed him.

A man on Everett Street called after he was bitten by a cat. Officers advised him to file a report in the station.

A suspicious man was reportedly walking through the parking lot of General Machine Works on Gooding Avenue just before midnight. The thin, white man wearing a baseball cap was gone when officers arrived.

Thursday, June 26

A caller on Metacom Avenue reported someone trying to turn the front door knob around 1 a.m. A neighbor in the same apartment building was fixing an ornament on the knob.

A 911 caller on Metacom Avenue reported a man in the area waving a gun around. Officers checked surrounding streets and businesses, but were unable to find him.

A caller complained of kids jumping off the dock at Independence Park.

A caller reported a "distraught" woman clutching a bottle of Southern Comfort whisky sitting in the grassy area at the base of the Mt. Hope Bridge. Officers were unable to find her.

A woman reported her car stolen from in front of the Cake Gallery on Hope Street. It was found down the street in front of Alfred's consignments.

Friday, June 27

A man and woman were reportedly fighting at the Bristol-Warren town line on Hope Street just after midnight. Officers could not find the couple.

Two brothers were fighting in the street at Wood and Franklin streets at about 10 a.m. Officers spoke with the boys' grandmother, who sent the juveniles home on State Street.

A caller from Kelly's Seafood on Gooding Avenue reported he was assaulted by a man who owed him money for fish. The man took off in a white Toyota.

A caller complained of boys "using vulgar language" while playing basketball in the Town Common.

Officers responded to several noise complaints from 9:30 p.m. through 11 p.m. on Chestnut Street, Clifton Road, San Juan Drive, Bay View Avenue and State Street. Most were fireworks complaints.

Saturday, June 28

A couple was arguing in the middle of the road on Easterbrooks Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. The woman apparently did not want the man to drive that night. The man agreed and gave her his keys, and the couple went inside.

A man was reportedly riding a dirt bike with a toddler on the front on Sefton Road at about 7 p.m. Officers spoke with the man who parked the bike for the night.

Officers responded to a fight at the Bristol House of Pizza on State Street. They spoke to one man with an injury to his face. There were no arrests made.

A resident on Coggeshall Avenue was reportedly using a bulldozer to tear down a tree just before midnight. Officers advised him not to use the bulldozer.

Sunday, June 29

Guests at the Bristol Harbor Inn were reportedly making too much noise at about 1:30 a.m. Officers asked them to quiet down.

A caller reported a man possibly sleeping in a car on Richmond Street at about 3:30 a.m. There was no problem; the man lives on that street.

A caller reported a dog left in a car at Floral Symphony LTD on Thames Street. There was no problem; the car was in the shade with the windows open.

Officers responded to an emergency call from Quito's Shellfish Company on Thames Street just before 9 p.m. The juvenile suffered a laceration to the head at the 4th of July Concert Series in Independence Park. The juvenile and parents declined medical treatment.


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