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BLOTTER TALES

Sure looks and smells like a grenade

Quincy Police Department

A man brought this apparent grenade into the Quincy Police station March 6.

Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events, 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.

BOMB SCARE

Not long after noon March 6, a man walked into the Quincy police station with a rather unusual — and potentially dangerous — item. From all appearances, it looked like an honest-to-goodness grenade. He said he had found it outside a Hanover home and decided to turn it over to police. (Why he chose to bring it to Quincy and not to the Hanover constabulary is unclear). Officers immediately brought the device outside, where a trained K-9 sniffed it and detected the presence of an explosive odor. The Boston Police Bomb Squad responded and X-rayed it, and preliminary results showed that it was not a danger, but the squad took it to conduct further tests.

NOW WHERE DID I LEAVE THAT PURSE?

Just before 11 a.m. April 3, a woman contacted Peabody police and said her purse might have been stolen. She told police she’d already checked a hotel in Danvers where she’d stayed the night before, with no success. She searched her car as well; no dice. An officer was going to document the incident, but then the woman called back to say she no longer had a crime to report: The purse had turned up in a cabinet where she’d evidently stored it the previous night. Perhaps there’s an odd new virus going around, because later that same day, it happened in Milford too. There, a man called police at 10:24 p.m. to report that his wife’s purse vanished from her vehicle outside their home on Elm Street. Dispatch sent an officer to investigate, but it soon became another case of “never mind” when the man reported his wife his wife had found what she sought.

THEIR CRIME: BAD POSTURE

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At 12:42 p.m. March 30, Stow officers noticed two individuals sitting in a vehicle at the Delaney Project conservation area on Harvard Road, and wondered why they both slid down in their seats as the police cruiser approached. But it turned out to be nothing nefarious: The two occupants weren’t trying to hide from officers, but just playing video games on their phones. And the correct posture for a lot of online activity, in case you haven’t noticed? Slouching.

WATCH OUT FOR WHAT, EXACTLY?

Close readers of this column are fully aware that strange objects — remember that giant roll of bubble wrap in Norwood? — sometimes end up in the middle of the road. Not long before 3 a.m. March 24, an officer in Peabody spotted one such object sitting in the crosswalk at the intersection of Arnold Road and County Street — adult diapers. Apparently, there was a condsiderable quantity of them, too, because the officer chose to notify the town’s Department of Public Works.

SWERVING FOR A WORTHY CAUSE

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On the evening of March 24, Salem police notified police in the neighboring town of Marblehead that they were looking for an erratic driver in a red Volkswagen Tiguan SE sports utility vehicle who was reportedly “all over the road.” The SUV was last seen on Lafayette Street heading toward Marblehead. When police pulled it over at the intersection of Lafayette and Birth streets, the driver had an unexpected explanation: She was merely “trying to avoid potholes.”

COPS CURTAIL COFFEE TOSSING

At 10:04 a.m. March 29, someone called Norwood police to report that there was a young man at the intersection of Broadway and Guild Street “pretending to throw coffee on people and at vehicles passing by.” The location, which happens to be that of a Dunkin’ Donuts, made sense, and when officers arrived, they quickly located the mischief-maker in question. He was apparently of a tender age, because they waited with him until his father picked him up.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.
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