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    Emergency! I’ve just had a really bad pedicure

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    A woman used the 911 emergency line to alert Salem police after receiving a “bad pedicure.’’

    Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, 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.


    Despite lots of evidence in the past, it never ceases to amaze what some people feel is an emergency worthy of police intervention. At 4:45 p.m. Sept. 29, a woman called 911 in Salem after she allegedly received a “bad pedicure” from a nail salon there. An officer was dispatched the scene and spoke to the unhappy customer, who wanted the police to help her get her $28 back. The officer advised her to contact the Better Business Bureau.


    At 4:33 p.m. Sept. 25, Franklin police received a report of a man lounging by a swimming pool in the altogether. A resident at a condominium located at the intersection of Dogwood Circle and Chestnut Ridge Circle said the man arrived at the condo’s pool around 4 p.m. By the time police arrived at the scene, however, there was no sign of him.


    Just after 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Norwood police received a call from a someone who reported hearing beeping coming from a dumpster on Lenox Street. Police responded and discovered the source of the sound: an alarm clock that had been thrown away — even though it was apparently still in working condition.



    The age of the cellphone, it seems, brings with some unexpected new wrinkles in police work. At 6:35 a.m. Aug. 7, Beverly police checked on a man who appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle at the intersection of Herrick Street and Sohier Road. Officers soon learned that the driver was perfectly fine. He was parked there to give a ride to his co-worker, and was merely looking down at his phone while he waited.


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    Just after 9 p.m. July 28, West Bridgewater police pulled over a a vehicle on Turnpike Street that was operating without its headlights or taillights on, only fog lamps. The driver had a singular explanation, though, claiming ignorance of how the lights worked since the car had just been purchased. A verbal warning issued. At 8:31 p.m. Sept. 22, Milford police received a call from a resident of Highland Street who reported that a pizza delivery vehicle had rolled into his fence and damaged it; the driver, it seems, forgot to put it in park. At 2:01 a.m. Sept. 27, Marblehead police received a report that someone had been ringing the doorbell for minutes on end at a home on Puritan Road. The responding officer spotted an unmoving Jeep at the bottom of a nearby hill. The driver of the Jeep was a woman ringing that doorbell. She needed help, police reported, because she was “a novice at a standard transmission vehicle” and “she could not make the hill.”


    On Sept. 10 a Brookline man told police his black Targus backpack — containing an Apple iPod mini, a laptop, notebooks, a sweater, medication, and passports — was stolen while he was attending a church service in Boston. The next day, police say, the victim received a call from a man who said he was homeless, “in difficult financial times,” but more than willing to return the backpack in exchange for $2,000. The victim agreed to meet the suspect in Brookline Village at noon Sept. 12, and detectives planned to tag along. Perhaps growing nervous, though, the suspect then tried several times to change the time and location of their meeting, according to the police, and when the two finally got together on Harvard Street just after 4:30 p.m., the guy said his girlfriend, somewhere in the area, had the backpack. Not long after, police say, they spotted the guy in the company of a woman with a backpack, and when they moved in, found it to be the victim’s, with its contents intact. The victim was reunited with his bag, and the pair were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property over $250.

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