Bristol Police: Man turns himself in, charged with arson


The following items were among the Bristol police log Oct. 29 - Nov. 5, 2013:

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Shawn J. Vargas, 23, of 21 Magnolia St., Bristol, was arrested on a bench warrant charge for failure to appear for a suspended license hearing.

Firefighters responded to the DPW on Minturn Road for a mulch fire.

A caller reported hearing a child scream for help from a home nearby on Kennedy Court.

Police responded to a home at the Francis Street Apartments for a report that a male and female were screaming, and a loud crash was heard.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Animal control was called to a home on Clifton Road for a report that a raccoon was in the swimming pool.

Graffiti was found on the wall of 150 Franklin St., the DCYF building, and on a transformer on Franklin Street.

Police were called to a home on Kickemuit Avenue to keep the peace. There was a dispute over items left in a will.

Thursday, Oct. 31

A High Street resident reported a case of internet fraud. He told police he sent cash to a woman he met online, whom he thought would be a girlfriend.

Roger Williams University reported an incident of mail tampering.

Police responded to a home on Fales Road for an unknown 9-1-1 call. Officers spoke with two people, both of whom said it was a misdial.

At 8:57 p.m., a caller reported that there were a bunch of kids in at Sowams Park, possibly vandalizing property. Police found there to be no issues. The kids were just exchanging candy.

Friday, Nov. 1

Six mailboxes were discovered along Evangeline Court and Sherman Avenue. They had been torn from the ground and left near a stone wall.

Police responded to a Hope Street residence for another accidental 9-1-1 call.

A caller reported there were kids skateboarding in the roadway near Rome and Wilson streets. She almost struck one of them while backing out of her driveway.

Saturday, Nov. 2

A caller reported that there was small unoccupied boat taking on wate.

Police responded to a home on River Avenue for an accidental 9-1-1 call. It was an elderly woman trying to dial long-distance.

Sunday, Nov. 3

Security at Roger Williams University reported that a resident assistant saw an intoxicated student leave campus in a green-colored Subaru, potentially intoxicated.

A caller reported a loud noise coming from the wind turbine at Safeway Auto at 2:34 a.m.

Brandon K. Raposa, 21, of 57 St. Elizabeth St., Bristol, was arrested on a warrant charge for failure to appear on charges of simple assault.

Monday, Nov. 4

Richard T. Defrenna, 43, of 363 Wood St., Bristol, was arrested on charges of violating a restraining order.

Arnold Lumber reported receiving an insufficient funds check for $2,035.22.

Nicholas Braga, 30, of 30 Smith St., Bristol, turned himself in to police after a warrant for his arrest was issued. He was charged with arson in the fifth-degree.


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