Police investigate bridge walkers, loud parties, more windmill noise


Monday, April 7

A resident called to report a suspicious man on the Mt. Hope Bridge who was throwing wires off the bridge and appeared to be preparing to repel off the bridge. Portsmouth officers received the same call and told Bristol Police the man is from Coastal Electric and was working on the bridge.

Twice more last Monday callers reported a suspicious man walking northbound on the bridge. The first time, Bristol officers were unable to find him. The second time, Portsmouth Police located the man and escorted him off the bridge.

A caller reported finding an arrow in her yard on Poppasquash Road. Police determined it was possibly from a hunter.

Tuesday, April 8

A small fire broke out in a dumpster behind Bristol Sunset Cafe on Hope Street. It was quickly extinguished.

A resident on Mason Avenue called to report a loud banging in the neighborhood. Officers found the culprit - a loose door swinging in the wind on a nearby home. The door was secured.

A resident on Sousa Street called to voice a noise complaint, saying a neighbor was playing loud music. None was playing when officers arrived.

Wednesday, April 9

A Donna Court resident called to complain about her neighbor's loud truck. The resident told officers the neighbor starts his truck in the morning and routinely lets it idle for 30-45 minutes. The neighbor was gone when officers arrived, but they said they would return the next day to speak to the truck owner.

A suspicious man in a reflective orange vest holding some sort of device in his hand was reportedly going door-to-door on Manchester Street. Officers were unable to find him.

Thursday, April 10

A caller complained that decorations were being stolen from grave sites in St. Mary's Cemetery. A call to the rectory indicated the grounds crew removed the winter decorations as Easter approaches.

A group of college-age people reportedly had a small, controlled fire going in a backyard on Oliver Street. They had extinguished the flames before officers arrived.

The owner of Fins on Thames Street called to report an employee refused to return his ID badge. Officers reported the situation just a misunderstanding and employee had returned the badge.

Friday, April 11

Four tires were reportedly slashed on a car on Hamlet Drive. No suspects were reported.

A resident on Bradford Street reported a breaking and entering when he found the front door broken at his girlfriend's house. It was unclear if anyone had gained entrancce to the home.

A Franklin Street resident reported her son's video games were stolen. There are no suspects reported.

A High Street resident called to report his generator had been stolen from his basement. He later found the generator in a different room in the basement.

A Hamlet Drive resident complained of noise from a nearby wind turbine. There was no action to be taken. One Hamlet Drive resident has called to complain of excessive noise from the nearby Gooding Avenue turbine 16 times in the past two years. All but once, the Bristol Police noise meter recorded noise levels below 50 decibels, the limit in a residential area. One times, officers reported noise exceeding 50 decibels, but the turbine owner was acquitted of the charge in Municipal Court.

A wallet was reportedly stolen from Mt. Hope Liquors on Hope Street. Officers checked Hope Street to the Warren line without finding the wallet or suspect.

Saturday, April 12

A salon owner on Bay View Avenue reported an elderly man walked into her salon appearing to be confused and looking for a bus. Officers and rescue personnel responded and helped the man back to the Veterans Home off Metacom Avenue.

Kyle R. Laferriere, 23, of 32 Davis St., Warren, was arrested on a 6th District Court bench warrant.

Officers responded to reports of a suspicious man looking at the boats at State Street dock. No action was required.

A group of men were reportedly harassing a caller on Third Street. The men were gone when officered arrived.

A caller complained that his girlfriend's bag was stolen from his car during a soccer game at the Town Beach on Asylum Road.

A resident called 911 in attempts to follow up on a past report filed with Bristol Police.

A caller on Wood Street reported a man wearing khaki pants climbed up a neighbor's back deck and climbed into the house through a window. Officers arrived to find the home's owner, who had locked himself out of the house.

A juvenile was taken into custody after reports of a loud party on Murgo Lane. The juvenile had reportedly been drinking. He was later released to his mother.

Sunday, April 13

A man from San Miguel Drive called police to report his intoxicated girlfriend was attempting to drive. Reports did not indicate if she actually drove drunk.

A caller on Tower Street complained of a loud party coming from a wooded area. Officers investigated and found no evidence of a party.

Anne Marie Jacqueline Cruz, 58, of 6 Franca Drive, Bristol, was charged with driving under the influence after reportedly being in an accident on Wood Street.

Ingterested in some more area police news? Check out Warren's latest police log here.


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