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Boy finds $8,000 in Salem park, turns it in to police

SALEM — A 7-year-old boy turned in a checkbook to police that contained $8,000, police said.

Aiden Wright, of Lowell, was taking a final run down a slide at Memorial Park in Salem Saturday morning when he saw a black checkbook, according to his uncle Daniel. The man said he told his nephew that he was ‘‘going to learn an important lesson today.’’

The checkbook was turned into police around 11 a.m., according to Salem police Sergeant Kathleen Makros.

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Elias Santos, a contractor who had been at the park with his kids that morning, called shortly thereafter to say he was on his way to pick up the cash. Aiden received $100 as a reward from Santos.

Daniel Wright said his nephew plans to use the reward money to buy coins.