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    Rescuing a raccoon no walk in the park

    Animal Rescue League of Boston
    Mike Brammer, a rescue agent for the Animal Rescue League of Boston, climbed a tree in Woburn Nov. 14 to detach a plastic jar from a raccoon’s head.

    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.


    If you think helping out an ensnared raccoon in a tree is easy, you missed what happened in Woburn Nov. 14. There, the animal control officer was alerted to a rather precarious situation: such a creature high up in a tree with a plastic jar stuck on its head. The Animal Rescue League of Boston stepped in to help, with senior rescue agent Mike Brammer climbing about 15 feet up off the ground. From that perch, he used an 11-foot extension pole to try to pull the jar off the raccoon’s head. It took several attempts before Brammer gently removed it and it fluttered to the ground. At that point, the creature was left to its own devices to navigate back to terra firma.


    On the morning of Nov. 14, Melrose officers checked on the welfare of a young child who “thumbing for a ride,’’ according to the police log, on Main Street. Just how young isn’t specified in that log, but it does note that the pint-sized hitchhiker was taken to the Lincoln Elementary School, which serves children from around 5 to 11 years old.


    At 9:45 a.m. Nov. 8, Norwood police were told that a smashed toilet graced the intersection of Rose Court and Everett Street. The town’s Department of Public Works got the nod to clean up the mess. On Oct. 15, Stow police got a call from a worker on Barton Road reporting that someone had tipped over an outhouse at a property he was working on. Happily, the unit wasn’t damaged and there was no spillage. Police documented the incident, and the worker asked officers to do extra patrols in the vicinity.



    Just before 5 p.m. Nov. 16, Milford police received a call from a man who said he had stumbled upon a bright red purse at the intersection of Poplar and Claflin streets. He told police that he opened it up, noticed there was “a nice bracelet” inside, and then hung it up on a telephone pole “because he was unsure what to do with it.” By his own account, the guy took about 1½ hours before notifying police, and by the time officers reached the scene, the purse was gone. One can only hope the rightful owner reclaimed both it and its contents, and that the next time this guy finds someone’s valuables, he turns them in to police.


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    At 9:13 p.m. Nov. 3, Beverly police received a report of suspicious activity at an apartment building on Rantoul Street. A woman told police that there was a man with a knife at her door. But when officers viewed footage from a security camera at the building, they could see clearly that was not the case. It turned out that the guy at her door was holding a cat. He told police that he’d found the creature in the hallway and was checking to see if it belonged to the woman.


    At 9:54 a.m. Oct. 29, Bridgewater police received a call from someone who claimed to have seen a man and a woman getting in and out of sedan, both naked from the waist down. But public nudity, it turns out, was just the tip of the iceberg on this one. Arriving officers soon discovered that the car had been reported carjacked in Providence. Police recovered a handgun and charged a 23-year-old Brockton woman with breaking into a motor vehicle and receiving a stolen motor vehicle; and a 24-year-old man, also from Brockton, with those offences and with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and various drug charges.

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