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.
WHAT A WAY TO START THE DAY
At 5:14 a.m. June 29, someone called the Stow police department to report that three cows escaped from Pilot Grove Farm and were then “in between his house and his neighbor’s.” Police responded to the scene and contacted the owner of the cattle, who eventually took control of the animals. Police posted a photo of the cattle crossing Crescent Street and posted the image on Facebook with a fitting caption: “Another sunrise over Stow brings us to help moooooooove these guys back home. #allwasok.”
A SURPRISE IN HER MAILBOX
The arrival of warm weather means more chances for insects — ants in particular — to invade people’s spaces. Still, an elderly woman living on Cross Street in Bridgewater was taken aback when she opened her mailbox June 27 and found it swarming with ants. They were there for a particular reason: She called police to report that someone put cooked rice in the mailbox, attracting the creatures. She asked to have the incident logged.
BEACH PLANS DASHED
On the afternoon of July 9, at about 2 p.m., police in Wareham were alerted to an alleged shoplifting incident at Walmart. The suspect fled in a black Hyundai onto Tobey Road, and a detective soon pulled such a car over. Police said the 19-year-old New Bedford woman at the wheel was found with a bathing suit and suntan lotion, both of which had been stolen from the store. She was arrested and would spend time not at the beach, but at police headquarters and Wareham District Court.
SCOUTING REPORT: KID’S GOT A STRONG ARM
Just after 3:30 p.m. May 21, Winthrop police received a report that rocks were being thrown at a vehicle in back of the high school. Police showed up at the scene and determined that it wasn’t an act of vandalism after all: It turned out that a baseball player had thrown a rock off the field and it accidentally hit a car. The car’s owner and the player’s parents agreed to work the situation out among themselves.
In a more unusual report reaching Winthrop police, a Bay View Avenue man called at 8 p.m. June 4 to report that as he stood on his third-floor porch using binoculars, he could see two black minivans with New York plates and 30 men dressed in black hanging out by the gazebo at nearby Coughlin Park. Police went to the park, which offers spectacular views of Logan Airport and the Boston skyline, and learned the men in black weren’t there for nefarious purposes: All members of a religious organization, they had ducked under the gazebo to avoid some rain.
IT’S GOING, GOING, NOT GONE
Just after 10:30 p.m. June 12, a man walked into the Wilmington police station and reported there were “multiple individuals following him.” Police quickly determined that the group in question wasn’t after him, but trying to catch an invisible character in the augmented reality game Pokemon Go. At 8:05 p.m. four days later, Wakefield police received a call from a woman who reported frequently seeing a black SUV in the cemetery on Lowell Street and told police that she believed the young man behind the wheel “may be engaged in drug activity.” Police were sent out to investigate and discovered that the driver was engaging in a different, and more innocent, kind of pursuit: He, too, was playing Pokemon Go.Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.