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BLOTTER TALES

Throwing water bottles is all the rage

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Bottled water, it seems, is not just to quench the thirst.

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.

WATER BOTTLES, WATER BOTTLES EVERYWHERE . . .

When tempers flare up, it seems, some folks reach for the water bottle — not to drink, but to throw. Those seemingly innocent plastic containers were used as projectiles in several recent local incidents. Let’s start in Dedham Aug. 7, when a man who quickly made himself scarce threw a water bottle at a passing vehicle on Cedar Street, denting it. On Aug. 20, Saugus police received a 911 call reporting that a man was hurling plastic water bottles full of water at a woman’s car on Central Street. Again, no one matching the tosser’s description could be found by arriving officers. And then there was an apparent road rage incident Peabody Sept. 7, when a man in a black vehicle reportedly threw a water bottle at another motorist on Centennial Drive. Again, the hurler was nowhere to be found. Finally, on the morning of Sept. 12, after a man told Norwood police that a driver had pitched a water bottle at him at the intersection of Washington Street and Upland Road, officers found and spoke with both the caller and the alleged tosser at the scene. Police said the matter was resolved without charges being pressed.

WON’T YOU (NOT) BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Police said a 35-year-old Hull man was recently arrested for allegedly damaging three vehicles in an “an alcohol-infused fit of rage.” It happened on the night of Sept. 23, when a Spring Street man had some friends over and invited his neighbor to join them. But the neighbor turned out to be something less than the ideal guest, the host later told police. He said the guy kept drinking alcohol until he was unsteady on his feet, at which point the host said he suggested he call it a night and walked him home. A few minutes later, the host’s account continued, he and his guests heard loud noises outside and were startled to find the neighbor standing between two cars that had been trashed in the driveway. A quick tally of the damage, according to the police report: The windshield of a 2017 Jeep Wrangler was broken and its driver’s side tires were slashed. Several windows of a 2003 Nissan Xterra and 2004 Honda CRV had been broken and the tires slashed on both. A gas grill had also been knocked over and damaged. Police arrested the neighbor and charged him with seven felony counts of malicious destruction of property.

CAUTION: WEST BRIDGEWATER ROAD HAZARDS

You know what they say about keeping your eyes on the road at all times? It really applies in West Bridgewater. First, on July 31, a caller alerted police to the presence of a “large knife in the roadway” on Crescent Street. Police located and removed the object. Less than a week later, on Aug. 5, someone found a Japanese sword on the side of the road on West Center Street. Police retrieved that weapon as well. Then two days later, on the morning of Aug. 7, an officer working a paid detail on West Center Street noticed “a large amount of nails spilled in the roadway.” The Highway Department was notified and picked up the nails.

HAVING A BAD DAY

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It happens to everyone, right? At 7:35 p.m. July 25, Milford police got a call from a man who reported being being locked behin a gate inside a construction zone at the Sports Authority on Cedar Street, or Route 85. Apparently getting him out took some doing, as police didn’t clear the scene until a few minutes past 8 p.m.

JUST DOING A LITTLE NIGHT GARDENING, OFFICER

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Just before 11 p.m. Sept. 5, Salem police responded to a report of a suspicious man at a park on Memorial Drive. An arriving officer found a large pile of pulled weeds by the park’s entrance, along with a man who lives nearby at Lee Fort Terrace. He was, the guy said, merely “pulling up weeds on the sidewalk . . . because the city was doing a poor job maintaining the area.” Someone might trip, he said, if he didn’t intervene. Police sent him on his way.

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