Sorry, officer, I’m just moonstruck

Associated Press Photo/NASA
A striking view of a nearly full moon taken by NASA’s Apollo 8 spacecraft. One motorist found the recent lunar view from West Bridgewater pretty seductive as well.

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.


At 9:14 p.m. Aug. 8, West Bridgewater police checked on what appeared to be a disabled vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the road near the intersection of Plain and Belmont streets. But the officer soon learned that it wasn’t a case of car trouble after all: The driver had instead stopped to photograph the full moon. The officer asked the shutterbug to find a better spot to capture the celestial moment.


Police dispatchers are used to getting calls about unusual sights and sounds. Take for instance, a call that came in at 7:40 p.m. Aug. 21 alerting Hopkinton police a woman was driving on the grounds of the Pinecrest Village condo complex with a toddler on her lap. An officer spoke to the driver to advise her such behavior was unlawful. Just before 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Stow police got a 911 call from a man who reported that someone in a gray Jeep threw an apple into his car. Now, we’re all for the new emphasis on buying local produce, but it’s possible the person in the Jeep was tossing local: The incident took place on Sudbury Road near Honey Pot Hill Orchards. No one was hurt. Police checked the area but could not find the Jeep.


Not long before 9 p.m. Aug. 2, a woman called Bridgewater police to report that someone had broken into her basement and stolen a tent and laundry detergent. At 9:15 a.m. Sept. 20, Melrose police received a report that a bronze veterans plaque was stolen from Wyoming Cemetery on Sylvan Street. Cemetery staff told police that the plaque measured approximately 1 by 2 feet and had been used as a grave marker. On Sept. 25, again in Melrose, police were told that a golf cart was stolen from Bellevue Country Club on Porter Street. Just after 7 a.m. Sept. 28, a woman called Franklin police and said that all four of her tires were taken off her car sometime during the night. On Oct. 4, a “larceny of 5 recycling bins” was reported on Cold Harbor Drive in Northborough. On Oct. 8, a resident of Valley Street in Saugus informed police that someone stole a donkey statue off his from lawn.



On June 3, Stow police received a call from someone who reported seeing two donkeys loose near Shelburne Farm on West Acton Road. Police located the wayward creatures on West Acton Road. Their owner was notified and came out to take control of them.


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At 6:40 p.m. Aug. 26, Milford police received a call from a resident of Field Pond Road who reported two youths were on her property looking in her windows. Her husband said the youths rang their doorbell and said “trick or treat’’ and appeared to be recording the exchange with a cellphone. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the pranksters.


When ride-sharing services fail their customers, sometimes the police are asked to step in. Just before 11 p.m. Sept. 22 in Norwood, for instance, police received a call from a woman who said that she’d asked an Uber driver to take her to Hyde Park, but been left stranded on Norwood’s Washington Street. Police provided her with a ride to the station to await a taxi. A few days earlier, just before 1 a.m. Sept. 16, police in Saugus got a 911 call from another Uber passenger, who told officers that after his driver dropped him off at a Mobil on the Run convenience store on Broadway, the vehicle clipped him as it pulled away. Happily, though, he said he wasn’t injured and declined an ambulance ride to the nearest hospital. But he did accept a courtesy ride, though, from an officer at the scene.

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