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BLOTTER TALES

The case of the feathered fugitive

Weston Police Department
This golden pheasant perched on a tree in Weston was retrieved by police and soon returned to its owner.

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.

AND A GOLDEN PHEASANT PERCHED ON A TREE

Here’s a story with a happy ending. One day in late August, Weston police responded to Wellesley Street to pick up a golden pheasant perched on a tree. The brightly colored bird, an officer surmised in a Facebook post that included a photo, “appears to be a pet that was either released or got away from its owner.’’ That did the trick: Police did indeed hear from the owner, who confirmed that the creature was an escapee, and soon his life grew just a bit more colorful.

THE ROBBERY THAT WASN’T

At 1:20 a.m. Nov. 1, police responded to a report of a robbery at a convenience store on Revere Street in Winthrop. The clerk there told police that “three possible gang members in the store were demanding money.” The clerk said the trio didn’t appear to be armed, but they were harassing him and “demanding a bank transfer.” Police showed up and quickly determined that it was all a misunderstanding. It turned out that the men were trying to withdraw $40 out of the store’s ATM, but the cash wasn’t coming out, so they asked the clerk for the money instead. “There was no attempted robbery,” police wrote in the log.

DAD TO THE RESCUE

Talk about a date gone bad. At 12:29 a.m. Oct. 13, the manager of a Chinese restaurant in Bridgewater reported that a female customer couldn’t pay her tab. The woman told police that her date was supposed to cover the bill, but left without doing so. Happily, her father was en route with cash.

THE HATHORNE STREET FAMILY SINGERS

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At 3:55 a.m. Oct. 22, Salem police were sent to check on a loud party on Hathorne Street. An officer spoke to the homeowner, who said it was her birthday and conceded that she’d been singing along with family members. But the windows, she promised, would be shut, and perhaps more importantly, the performance was at an end.

SORRY, OFFICER, JUST DOING OUR HAIRDOS

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At 1:11 a.m. Nov. 8, Norton police received an anonymous call from someone who heard screaming and banging coming from a residence on East Main Street. Officers arrived at the source of the noise and spoke with a person living there. Why all the commotion? The resident explained to police that “they were having a hair dressing party.” (Yes, apparently that’s a thing now.) Police asked the partygoers to keep the noise down.

STOP AND SHOP OUTSIDE SHAW’S

At 10:38 a.m. Nov. 7, police stopped at Shaw’s supermarket on Nahatan Street in Norwood and spoke to a man who was allegedly selling leather coats from his vehicle. According to the log, the vehicle had New York license plates, and police questioned “the actual value of the coats.” The officer advised the entrepreneurial fellow to take his merchandise and move along, and a report was filed.

MORNING SURPRISE

Here’s something you don’t want to wake up to. Just before 8:30 a.m. Sept. 21, Franklin police received a report that a house on South Street had been covered with toilet paper. Oh, and then there was the TV that had materialized on the front lawn. The resident, though, chose not to speak with an officer, and just asked that the incident be logged.

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