Bristol police: Urinating in public is a no-no


The following report is compiled from the Bristol Police Department call log for the week of Oct. 15 - 21, 2013:

Tuesday, Oct. 15

An anonymous caller reported a disturbance. Protesters were on the sidewalk in front of the post office.

A Poli Street resident reported that her dog bit someone.

A caller reported they were being threatened via a land-line phone.

A female reported to police that she had been in an argument with Herbert L. George, 72, of 10 Smith St., Bristol. She told police that he allegedly threw her purse at her, lunged at her and swung his fist at her face. Police investigated the incident and believed there was enough evidence to arrest Mr. George on charges of simple assault.

The mother of a Roger Williams University student called police because her daughter said there was loud music coming from the dorm next to hers and she couldn't sleep.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Police were called to an area in front of Bristol Good Neighbors soup kitchen because there was a suspicious pill bottle. It was an empty prescription bottle with a cigarette  sticking out of the top.

A caller reported that a male was sitting down in the woods across from the new residence halls at RWU, with an orange jacket on. Officers made contact with the person, who was a female. She had dropped her phone and was checking to see if it still worked.

A caller reported that there were people in a green pickup truck possibly smoking marijuana in the area of Gooding Plaza.

A West Street resident reported that a group of males were arguing in the roadway at 8:31 p.m. Officers determined it was a group of friends playing in the backyard.

A Mt. Hope Avenue resident reported that her boyfriend broke into her apartment and stole her pit bull.

Thursday, Oct. 17

At 5:01 p.m., a caller reported that one of two men walking down State Street exposed himself and began urinating as he was walking.

Another caller reported at 5:29 p.m. that a male was urinating on the side of a building on Bradford Street, and then rummaging through trash.

A Hamlet Drive resident reported loud turbine noise from the Safeway Auto wind turbine at 7:46 p.m.


A Noyes Avenue resident reported that his mother would not let him take his car off her property.

While on foot patrol at 1:01 a.m., officers allegedly saw Ryan P. Feeley, 25, of N. Attleboro, Mass., urinating on the side of a building on State Street. He was cited for violating a town ordinance of urinating in public.

A 9-1-1 operator stated that children were in the background of a call, yelling. Officers determined children had been playing with the phone.

A caller reported seeing a front door of a Hope Street residence open. Police investigated the property and everything appeared secure.

A Bradford Street resident reported a loud house party in the area at 10:38 p.m. Officers determined there was no party; just two subjects talking on the front porch.

Saturday, Oct. 19

While on patrol at 12:17 a.m., police saw three males walking down Bay View Avenue, allegedly drinking alcohol. They were cited for violating a town ordinance of drinking in public: Eric Diffily, 22, of N. Reading, Mass.; Todd M. Carson, 21, of Pennington, N.J.; and Eric T. Bransfield, 22, of Lynn, Mass.

Bristol Rescue was requested to respond to a  Hope Street residence for an 18-year-old male who was having an argument with his mother at 2:25 a.m.

While on a routine check of Lower Ferry Road at 9:15 p.m., police saw two men walk out from behind the wall. After running background checks on both, police arrested Nicholas E. Serbst, 22, of 7 Basswood Drive, Bristol, on a warrant charge of failure to appear for a disorderly conduct hearing.

A caller reported that there was an 8-year-old skating in the roadway near Mulberry Road. Officers determined that it was a child crossing the street with his parent.

A caller reported hearing noises in front of Common Pub at 11:29 p.m. It was "people happy about the game."

Sunday, Oct. 20

A St. Elzabeth Street caller reported that her landlord shut the heat off to her apartment.

A Highview Avenue caller reported a car that appeared suspicious parked in the driveway of a vacant house. Apparently the driver was picking up a friend and pulled into the wrong driveway.

Police responded to a "suspicious male" at the Church Street dock, who turned out to be a man fishing off the dock.


 Monday, Oct. 21

Animal Control was called to a High Street home to check the fourth floor apartment for cats.

A pharmacist reported that someone tried to pass off illegal prescriptions, which were determined to be legal.

A caller reported seeing an unrestrained child in the lap of a driver near Colt State Park.


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