Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.
AN UNWELCOME GIFT
Snow comes with the New England territory, and though winter took its sweet time arriving this year, it finally delivered a couple of significant storms earlier this month. Fair enough: We expect gifts of the white stuff from Mother Nature. But not from our neighbors, which is apparently what happened in Stow Feb. 10. At 10:40 a.m. that morning, an upset Sudbury Road resident called police to report that someone dumped a large pile of snow in the driveway during the night. Police responded and confirmed the existence of the pile, but were unable to identify the culprit responsible for depositing it there.
THE SNOW IN STOW IS PLAINLY QUITE A PAIN
So they’ve been singing for years about the rain in Spain, but can the snow in Stow be far behind? Things got stormy there again Feb. 12, when someone at the town’s highway department called police just before 6:45 p.m. to report that an independent plow driver was pushing the white stuff onto South Acton Road and “stated that he will not stop doing it.” Officers showed up and spoke to the dueling plowers, advising them to do their work appropriately and keep the peace. Just before 11 that night, the shoe was on the other foot for the highway department, when a Whispering Way man reported that he and his wife had just observed one of the department’s plows take out their mailbox. Police logged the incident and forwarded it to the highway department for follow-up.
USE YOUR INSIDE VOICE, PLEASE
At about 10:45 a.m. Feb. 6, Salem police were told a woman was yelling inside the East India Square Mall. An officer arrived to find a woman speaking loudly with a cellphone to her ear. “I advised her that her loud tone was echoing throughout the mall [and] disturbing others,” said the officer in the log entry. The noisy one left the mall without further incident, presumably to hold forth in the great outdoors.
WATCH OUT, ROMEO
At 11 p.m. Dec. 1, Bridgewater police received a report that a man was walking up and down a street asking, “Where are all of the young ladies?” We’re not sure if any females responded, but the police sure did, and officers promptly took him into custody when they learned there was a warrant out for his arrest.
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
On Jan. 9, Bridgewater police learned that someone had stolen a Bridgewater Avenue street sign and post. On Feb. 6, a similar crime was prevented in Brookline, when a man out walking saw a group of youths bending a sign at the intersection of Babcock Street and Osborne Road in an apparent attempt to dislodge it. He yelled at the group, and its members fled westbound on Babcock Street, making good their escape despite a police search.
SLIM PICKINGS IN BROOKLINE
Some thieves who managed to get away with their loot in Brookline recently had to be similarly disappointed. On Jan. 30, packages were reported stolen from a front porch on Davis Avenue. The haul? One package contained a bag of dog food, said the victim, and the other two wax strip kits and a pair of women’s sandals. Two days later, security cameras showed a man taking packages from the lobby of a building on Englewood Avenue, loading them into his car outside, and driving away. Luxury items? Hardly. One package contained craft ribbons, a knee brace, and a splatter guard, and the other a bottle of salad dressing.Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.