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    Who let the pigs out? Who, officer, who?

    Georgetown Police Department
    Georgetown Police Officer Henry Olshefsky had a close encounter with this 1,000-pound runaway pig June 15. Olshefsky guided the creature home.

    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 12:26 a.m. June 3, Bridgewater police received a 911 call from a resident concerned because lights inside his neighbor’s house were flickering on and off. The caller thought the flashing lights might be a possible sign of distress, so he alerted police to be on the safe side. Thankfully, it proved to be nothing of the sort, just a faulty bulb.


    Have you heard about those “escape room” games, in which people pay to be locked into a room and have to figure a way out? Two folks in Brookline lived out the experience for real — and for free — recently. At 4:55 a.m. June 13, police officers responded to a report of an “unknown disturbance” at an apartment building on Babcock Street. A resident there told police it sounded like someone was banging on the walls and doors a floor below her. Officers went downstairs to investigate, and soon discovered the source of the noise: Two people were locked inside a bedroom in a second-floor apartment. Temperatures had hit 95 degrees the previous day, and would do so again that day, and it seems the heat caused a door to swell and become jammed. Officers were able to force it open.


    Birdseed is like candy to bears: They can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. Some of their number will return to the same feeders month after month, year after year. But in one recent case in Stow, a bear took it one step further, apparently choosing to take his meal to go. It happened on the afternoon of June 12, when a resident of West Acton Road reported that he’d just observed a black bear taking the feeder from his backyard. The caller noticed that there were yellow tags in the animal’s ears; both the animal control officer and Massachusetts Enviromental Police were notified.



    At 2:13 a.m. June 16, Salem police were dispatched to Lafayette Place to investigate a report of stolen flag. The resident there told officers that a black P.O.W. flag he usually displays on his property fence had suddenly gone missing. He believed it had been taken the day before, and he even had a possible suspect in mind: a man whom he’d heard “singing while walking by his house.” Unfortunately, though, the resident was unable to provide a further description of the singing suspect, according to the log entry, nor could he provide further evidence to peg the crime on the crooner. Police documented the incident in a report.


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    Did you catch news of the incident last month May 11 when a Melrose police officer corralled a 40-pound potbellied pig in someone’s backyard? A similar scenario — involving a much larger pig — played out in Georgetown June 16 when a police officer located and guided home a 1,000-pound pig that had gotten loose. But it seems those were hardly the only reports of runaway swine in these parts lately. There were similar reports, but with no animals actually corralled, in Northborough June 6 and on the morning of June 18 in Hopkinton. When a second report of wandering pigs came that afternoon in Hopkinton, the town’s animal control officer then called the station to report that the creatures actually belonged to someone on Wilson Street. According to the log entry, the owners assured police that “the pigs will find their way home, as they always do.”

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