Bristol police: Suspicious character turns out to be woman's son


The following items were among the Bristol police log Nov. 12-18, 2013:

Tuesday, Nov. 12

A caller from Elder Care One on Franklin Street reported an incident of fraud.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

A Prospect Street resident reported that he had done work on a car, had a key made but had not been paid yet. Police advised that it was a civil matter.

Someone reported a possible missing man from the RI Veterans Home. A passerby also called police to report that a man was walking south on Metacom Avenue, with just a t-shirt and jeans. He was transported back to the Veterans Home.

John P. Martin, 22, of 112 Bradford St., Bristol, was arrested on charges of domestic/simple assault/battery.

A caller reported a possible suspicious car parked near Columban Drive. It belonged to someone who had taken the RIPTA bus to Providence, who said he'd return in an hour.

Derek Dechaine, 38, of Taunton, Mass., was arrested on charges of passing a fraudulent check over $1,500.

Thursday, Nov. 14

At 1:47 a.m., police received a call about loud music coming from a home on Bradford Street.

A Jane Lane resident reported that her car can been broken into overnight. Both back doors were found open with the lights on.

Paul J. Toledo, 51, of 31 Robin Drive, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.

Someone reported the theft of their GPS and an E-Z Pass, which was taken on Halloween night.

A caller reported a dead deer on the State Street Dock. It had washed up on shore.

An anonymous caller told police about a disturbance at a bus stop on Hope Street. Police determined there was no issue; just three adults and five children waiting for the RIPTA bus.

Police responded to a home on Lincoln Avenue at 11:57 p.m. for a report of loud music. The resident was watching a movie and was told to lower the volume.

Friday, Nov. 15

A caller reported to police at 1:14 a.m. that three people were sitting in a white car at Colt Plaza, one person was laying on the ground. Police determined there were no issues. The woman on the ground was drunk and left in the care of her friends.

Russell Eugene Browner, 44, of Fall River, Mass., was arrested on a 4th District Court warrant charge.

A Bourne Street resident reported that she and her neighbor got into a fight.

A caller reported that he believed he was being followed by another driver on Hope Street at Asylum Road.

A Charles Street resident reported that she was having issues with a rude census taker.

Saturday, Nov. 16

A caller reported witnessing a fight at 12:37 a.m. in the Shell Gas parking lot on Metacom Avenue.

Ian M. Auerbach, 22, of 103 Bay View Ave., Bristol, was arrested on charges of procuring alcohol for underage persons.

Drew Pennell, 22, of Norwall, Conn., was arrested on charges of procuring alcohol for underage persons.

A resident of Dimond Avenue reported that when she got home at 1:04 a.m., her garage door was open and someone had broken into her car.

Kate Storella, 34, of Cranston, was arrested on charges of theft from a building.

A caller reported seeing an intoxicated man walking in the middle of Wood Street at Collins Street. Police determined that the man wasn't drunk, just walking home.

Sunday, Nov. 17

A State Street caller reported that her brother was just punched in the face.

A woman called police at 2:04 a.m. stating she saw a suspicious male character sitting behind a stone wall, across from her home. She wanted to stay on the line until police arrived. She then realized that the suspicious person was actually her son.

Police received a call from an Academy Avenue resident stating that someone tore several leaf bags that were in the roadway and put them in his yard.

A Michael Drive resident was told to remove the camper on his property, per town ordinance.

Police were called to the dock at Colt State Park for a report of a possible diver in distress. The female in the water was not in distress, however. She was screaming to get her husband's attention because she lost her mask in the water.

Monday, Nov. 18

A Roosevelt Drive resident asked police to check on a car that had pulled over at 12:53 a.m. It was sitting idle for 10 to 15 minutes. Police determined there were no issues. The driver was just making a phone call.

Police responded to an area of Colt State Park for a report that two cars were driving recklessly on the grass. It was apparently not intentional, and one car got stuck in the turf.

A High Street caller reported to police that her mother let an unknown person use the telephone.

Police were called to a Hope Street home for a report of a second-floor tenant continuously dropping things on the floor. The first-floor resident was unsure if it was intentional.



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