Blotter Tales

Storks at work in blue uniforms

23zoblotter - Left to right: Firefighter-EMT Ryan York, Firefighter-Paramedic James Bateman, Hillary Sheridan, baby Henry Sheridan, Kevin Sheridan, Firefighter-EMT Jamie Clark, Firefighter-EMT Brian Dixon and Firefighter-Paramedic Carl Rizzo. (Amesbury Fire Rescue)

Amesbury Fire Rescue

From left to right: Firefighter-EMT Ryan York, Firefighter-Paramedic James Bateman, Hillary Sheridan, baby Henry Sheridan, Kevin Sheridan, Firefighter-EMT Jamie Clark, Firefighter-EMT Brian Dixon, and Firefighter-Paramedic Carl Rizzo.

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.


Kudos to Amesbury Fire Rescue personnel who successfully delivered a baby boy on April 11. The Essex County Regional Emergency Communications Center received the call at 2:14 p.m., and Amesbury firefighter-paramedics James Bateman and Carl Rizzo and firefighter-EMTs Ryan York, Jamie Clark, and Brian Dickson responded, along with Chief Kenneth E. Berkenbush. They quickly determined there wasn’t enough time to get Hillary Sheridan to the hospital, so her baby was delivered at home. They reported that baby Henry arrived by 2:30 p.m. and both mom and the newborn were taken to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, and that they were both doing well. “Too often we respond to incidents that don’t have happy outcomes, so being able to help bring a new life into the world is a very moving experience,” said Berkenbush. The five firefighters received blue stork pins to mark the special service.


At 9:34 a.m. April 12, Milford police investigated a report that some headstones had been knocked over at St. Mary’s cemetery on Cedar Street. They said it turned out not to be the work of vandals but of Mother Nature, as the ground in the cemetery typically shifts around this time of year.



At 6:20 p.m. March 27, Bridgewater police received a call from a man reporting that his live-in girlfriend had “borrowed” his car and not returned it. The man told police he did not know his girlfriend’s name. The investigating officer soon discovered that the girlfriend had only been “living” with him for about two weeks and she was advertising her services on a website known for running classified ads for escorts and exotic dancers. The woman was eventually located on March 29 driving the man’s car in Brockton and was arrested by Massasoit Community College police.


At 7:12 a.m. Feb. 26, a Bridgewater resident told police that she believes her donkey lawn ornament was damaged by college students living next door.

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At 4:22 p.m. March 22, Bridgewater police received a call from a resident who reported that his upstairs neighbor had cut the wire to his cable dish.


At 2:10 a.m. April 17, Marblehead police received a call from a resident of Locust Street who reported hearing tapping sounds at her door. She reported she went downstairs and turned on the lights but still didn’t see anyone. And the tapping sounds continued. An officer was dispatched to the scene, and by 2:18 a.m. they’d solved the mystery: It was a skunk making the noise.


On March 14, a Brookline police officer responded to a report of a bat in a home on Tappan Street. The creature was caught on the front porch of the house and contained in fishing net, then transferred into a cardboard box and taken to the state lab to be tested for rabies.


At 8 p.m. March 17, Peabody police received a call from a resident of Madison Avenue who reported that a raccoon was in her chimney growling at her. The responding officer checked and couldn’t locate the animal, and advised the homeowner to call an exterminator if there were further problems.

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