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    Salem police “broomed” a creature of the wild July 7.

    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.


    Just after 8 p.m. July 7, Salem police officers were sent to a house on Winthrop Street to try to deal with an “unknown animal inside a bedroom.” One of the officers soon discovered that the culprit — a large gray squirrel — had indeed made its way into the home and was now making itself very much at home there, thank you. The officer opened a window and was able to shoo the creature back outside into a more appropriate abode — a nearby tree.


    Police in Marblehead managed to solve a mystery recently after someone found a camera case floating in the harbor July 5. The camera inside it was still operable when it was turned in to police two days later. In an effort to identify its owner, police checked the photos on it, which included shots of kids on a boat by Brown’s Island off Marblehead on the Fourth of July. Police recognized some of the youngsters and contacted family members to see if anyone knew the photographer. They also texted an image of a “selfie” found on the camera to the dockmaster at Eastern Yacht Club to see if he recognized the subject, and lo and behold — he did. The dockmaster told police the shutterbug was a diving instructor at the Marblehead’s youth-oriented Pleon Yacht Club visiting from Great Britain. He was off at a regatta, but Pleon staffers promised to relay the good news his way.


    A young man recently led police on a wild chase that ultimately ended at a police station, of all places. It all started in the wee hours July 7, when police in Wareham were told by their Yarnouth counterparts to be on the lookout for a man driving a red pickup truck who had allegedly made threats of some sort, didn’t have a driver’s license, and was possibly heading their way. At about 6 a.m. that morning, Sergeant Dan Henderson spotted the pickup on Onset Avenue, but when he tried to pull it over, the driver took off, damaging a fence and lawn along the way. Police say they gave up the pursuit for safety’s sake. In an e-mail, Police Chief Kevin D. Walsh relayed what happened next. “The driver decided to pull into the front of the police station, I assume to turn himself in, although he wasn’t very cooperative when told to exit the vehicle,” wrote Walsh. Eventually, the 19-year-old Falmouth man relented and was charged with failure to stop for police; unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; negligent operation; marked lanes violations; speeding; and leaving the scene after causing property damage.



    If it’s not nailed down, the old saying goes, steal it. Such was the case on April 20, someone apparently took that advice to heart April 20 in Northborough, where police received a report of a stolen landscape trailer. Lone yard tools are easier pickings still: On June 7, a man walked into the Walpole police station to report that his leaf blower had gone missing. Car parts? On the morning of June 8, a man told Salem police that someone took the rear tailgate from his green Ford pickup truck while it was parked on Barstow Street. In each case, we’re not aware of any subsequent arrests.

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