Marblehead police log: Aug. 18 to Aug. 24

Thursday, Aug. 18

9:20 a.m. Investigated 911 hang-up call on Rose Avenue.

10:14 a.m. Officer conducted a well-being check on an elder on Lee Street.

11:29 a.m. A license was found on Widger Road.

11:39 a.m. Investigated a 911 hang-up call on Tedesco Street.

Noon Oakley glasses were found on Atlantic Avenue and Community Road.1

1:20 p.m. Investigated a 911 hang-up call on Ruby Avenue.

4:35 p.m. Issue with stop sign reported on Evans Road and Shepard Street.

5:01 p.m. Investigated report of illegally parked vehicle on Lafayette Street.

5:08 p.m. Assisted woman whose husband had been gone for about three-and-a-half hours on errands that she did not believe should have taken him that long. He did not have a cell phone to enable her to reach him. While officers were still on scene, the man’s vehicle pulled into the parking lot. He explained that he had needed to go to several stores in different towns to obtain the items that he was looking for.

5:46 p.m. Investigated 911 hang-up on Pitman Road.

7:40 p.m. Neighbor dispute reported on Pitman Road.

8:35 p.m. Officer assisted at scene of minor vehicle accident on Jersey Street and Ramsdell Road.

Friday, Aug. 19

7:08 a.m. iPhone turned in on Pleasant Street.

7:51 a.m. Smell of smoke reported on Mohawk Road.

8:30 a.m. and 8:36 a.m. Verbal warnings given after traffic stops on Humphrey Street and Rockaway Avenue.

8:54 a.m. Downed wire reported on Pleasant Street.

9:19 a.m. Services rendered after traffic stop on West Shore Drive and Lorraine Terrace.

9:45 a.m. Investigated 911 hang-up on Clipper Way.

9:47 a.m. Assisted Elm Street resident who had lost wallet in Canada.

10:57 a.m. Investigated 911 hang-up on Elm Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

11:03 a.m. Assisted citizen on Front Street.

11:33 a.m. Services rendered after general complaint on Broughton Road.

11:43 a.m. Investigated report that driver had driven through detour on Pleasant and Washington streets.

11:47 a.m. Investigated report of vehicle crash on Commercial and Cottage streets.

1:43 p.m. Ralph Road resident reported losing iPhone.

6:11 p.m. Caller on Bessom Street reported having lost cell phone.

8:03 p.m. A pair of out-of-town arrest warrants were served on Pleasant Street.

8:13 p.m. Officer went to Columbia Road to speak to resident about ongoing dispute she was having with neighbor about a dog that is constantly barking. When she had asked the neighbor over their shared fence to do something to stop the dog from barking, she said the neighbor replied, “Dogs bark.” Resident told officer the dog had been brought in prior to his arrival. She theorized that her neighbors had used some type of fertilizer with a strong odor on their property in retaliation for her complaint about the dog. Resident was advised about the process for reporting excessive barking to the animal control officer, as well as the process for obtaining a harassment prevention order. Officer asked whether resident wanted him to speak to the neighbors, but she declined.

8:59 p.m. Wandering person reported on Euclid Avenue.

9:51 p.m. Well-being check conducted on Elm Street.

10:02 p.m. Verbal warning given after traffic stop on Elm and Watson streets.

11 p.m. Investigated vehicle complaint on Lighthouse Lane.

Saturday, Aug. 20

7:54 a.m. Well-being check conducted on West Shore Drive.

8:02 a.m. Man on Pilgrim Road reported that while he was getting ready to run an estate sale on behalf of the family of the late former homeowner, a man had begun walking around and taking pictures of everyone. The man had also been seen taking pictures of the interior of the estate sale company’s work van. The man then reportedly continued to take photos from his vehicle. When the man in charge of the estate sale asked the man in the vehicle if he could help him, the man in the vehicle refused to speak to him and instead took out his phone and began recording while rolling up his window. Police later determined this was common behavior by the man, who films everywhere he goes as he fears he is being followed.

8:41 a.m. Caller reported cars going the wrong way up hill on Pleasant Street.

9:58 a.m. Officer investigated report by the recent purchasers of a home on Devereux Street that the former owners, who had been allowed to remain living in the property until the end of month, were digging in the yard and removing things they were not supposed to. Former owners explained to officer that they were just removing items the new owners had told them to move before they moved out. Parties were advised to leave one another alone until the former owners could move out.

10:46 a.m. Officer spoke with woman who came into the station to discuss an attempted identity theft scam. She was moving and selling a couch on eBay. In trying to find a phone number for eBay support to resolve a payment issue, she searched the web and found a phone number. But when she called it, an agent had her download an app called “Anydevice,” which allowed the agent to view the woman’s phone. The agent then instructed the woman to log into her bank account applications so he would be able to process the payment. When the woman was unable to gain access to any of the apps, the agent had the woman download PayPal. That was when the woman realized she might be getting scammed. Sure enough, when she looked up the phone number she had called, she saw people warning of its connection to scammers. The woman had already contacted the Federal Trade Commission and the credit bureaus.

11:27 a.m. Investigated 911 hang-up on Leggs Hill Road.

12:18 p.m. Investigated 911 hang-up on Vassar Road.

1:47 p.m. Driver was given a verbal warning on Tedesco Street and Lindbergh Road.

2:15 p.m. Driver was given a citation on Humphrey and Birch streets.

2:37 p.m. Traffic stop conducted on Brookhouse Drive.

4:15 p.m. Investigated 911 hang-up on Atlantic Avenue.

4:45 p.m. Burn permit issued on Phillips Street.

4:50 p.m. Wedding detail provided on Stonybrook Road.

5:04 p.m. Driver was given a verbal warning after traffic stop on Pleasant and Watson streets.

5:07 p.m. Investigated 911 hang-up on Beacon Street.

5:57 p.m. Boat complaint lodged on Beacon Street.

9:18 p.m. Lost wallet reported on Atlantic Avenue.

11:59 p.m. Noise complaint made on Washington Street.

Sunday, Aug. 21

1:57 a.m. Kids throwing eggs reported on Ocean Avenue.

7:41 a.m. Caller on Franklin Street reported what he considered to be the burglary of an antique
cast iron furnace. Resident said that he had informed the company that was installing a new efficient furnace in the home that he wanted to be present to see the old oil furnace removed but had been told that the removal would be handled by a subcontractor. He had just discovered to his dismay that the subcontractor had removed the antique cast iron furnace, left the old oil furnace, which was supposed to be removed, and installed the new furnace where the antique one had been. There was also some damage on the property, which attributed to the antique furnace being removed. Officer was able to determine that the antique cast iron furnace was still on the subcontractor’s truck and had not been sold for scrap, as the homeowner had feared.

9:24 a.m. Investigated report of man yelling on Pleasant Street.

10:15 a.m. Unwanted guest reported on Harris Street.

10:34 a.m. Investigated report of alarm sounding on Commercial Street.

10:49 a.m. Disabled vehicle reported on West Shore Drive and Rainbow Road.

11:58 a.m. Woman came into the station to discuss past harassment at the Barnacle involving man who is the defendant in a small claims case she had filed. Man allegedly made rude comments to her disabled friend and to her as well. She was advised that officer would document their conversation and that, if the man continued to go our of his way to harass her, she should continue to document that, as it could lead to an intimidation-of-a-witness charge.

12:16 p.m. Vehicle struck a parked car on Lawrence Drive.

12:33 p.m. Officer assisted at scene of two-vehicle accident on Pleasant Street at Bubier Road. There were no injuries, but one of the vehicles had to be towed.

1:41 p.m. Man reported that, while helping a friend learn how to ride his motorcycle, he had put down his helmet and wallet near Temple Emanu-El. When he returned to retrieve them, both items were missing. The helmet and wallet were later turned in at the fire station by a person who would not give his name. However, the wallet was missing $70 that had been inside.

5:55 p.m. Officer assisted at the scene of a vehicle crash on Washington Street.

6:15 p.m. Officer responded to State Street to assist the Fire Department, where a woman who appeared to be intoxicated was profanely belittling firefighters as they attempted to extinguish her illegal fire pit. The woman’s husband attempted to calm her down, initially with little success. Eventually, however, she settled down, though after firefighters extinguished the fire and she and her husband were told to burn only firewood in the fire pit and not construction material, like 2-by-4s, the woman got agitated again and began to film the firefighters as they were trying to leave the scene. At one point, the officer had to order her to get back on the sidewalk because she had stepped out in front of the fire truck as it was about to pull away to continue her filming. Officer told her that she was legally allowed to film public safety officers performing their duties in public; she just couldn’t walk out into traffic to do it.

Monday, Aug. 22

12:32 a.m. Officers investigated report of loud party on roof on Washington Square.

2:36 a.m. Noise complaint made on Farrell Court.

8:33 a.m. Investigated general complaint on Nicholson Street.

9:39 a.m. Red kayak reported adrift on Ocean Avenue.

11:42 a.m. Investigated report of whistle heard near Riverhead Beach.

12:22 p.m. Traffic lights not cycling reported on School and Pleasant streets.

2:54 p.m. Disabled vehicle reported on Harbor and Ocean avenues.

3:46 p.m. Assisted resident on Broughton Road.

3:48 p.m. Investigated general complaint on Nicholson Street. Police returned to Nicholson Street at 5:13 p.m. and 5:36 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

5:27 a.m. Investigated ongoing neighbor dispute on Creesy Street. Resident reported that man had been walking by her second-floor windows and tapping on them, which the officer noted were approximately 10 to 12 feet off the ground. Resident also reported that her adversary was bad mouthing her around town. As she had been in the past, she was instructed to document the incidents and advised about the process for obtaining a harassment prevention order at Lynn District Court.

7:58 a.m. Service of summons attempted on Leicester Road.

9:40 a.m. Contractors driving 50 mph reported on West Shore Drive and Evans Road.

10:51 a.m. Caller on Brookhouse Drive reported having lost glasses in a black case.

11:24 a.m. Speed enforcement conducted on Green Street and Turner Road.

11:36 a.m. A person was transported to the hospital after an accident involving a bicyclist on Humphrey Street.

4:09 p.m. Officer assisted with neighbor issue on Powder House Court.

4:47 p.m. Attempted scam reported on Davis Road. Resident reported receiving a call from a very distraught man claiming to be his adult son, who was living on the West Coast. The man claiming to be the man’s son explained that he had been in a car accident and failed the breathalyzer and was now facing charges. The caller said he had also been injured in the crash, and had severely injured the driver as well. He gave the resident the name and phone number of his “attorney” to call so that he could avoid going to jail. Later that same day, the resident called the “attorney” and was told that his son was in serious trouble in Westchester County, New York, and that the only way to keep him out of jail was for the resident to pay $8,000 in bail money. Resident was told to go withdraw $8,000 in cash, place it into a brown business envelope, and await a call the following day on what
to do with it. By then, the resident and his wife began to suspect that this may be a scam. They called their son, who confirmed that everything was fine, he had not been in an accident and did not need a lawyer or bail money.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

7:51 a.m. Scooter reported in yard on Atlantic Avenue.

7:58 a.m. Dog issue reported on Front Street.

8:50 a.m. Officer spoke to man about issues with neighbor that had been going on for years. In the latest incident, man had seen the neighbor on video from his home surveillance camera pick up a rusty, non-usable paint scraper and throw it into his yard. Man asked officer to speak to his neighbor and tell him that he would like no further contact with him. Neighbor admitted to having thrown the paint scraper into the other man’s yard, explaining that he simply believed it belonged to him. He said he would “happily” not speak to him again.

12:18 p.m. Investigated report of attempted break-in to vehicle on Community Road. Officer found vehicle with window smashed, but it did not appear that the vehicle had been entered. He planned to review security camera footage.

12:46 p.m. Caller on Elmwood Road reported receiving annoying phone calls.

2:45 p.m. Caller on Lafayette Street reported having lost money clip.

3:05 p.m. Officer responded to scene of two-vehicle accident on Pleasant Street and Baldwin Road. There were no injuries. One of the drivers was found to be a 17-year-old who had a learner’s permit but not a driver’s license, and who did not have a licensed driver in the vehicle with him.

9:21 p.m. Woman who works in town reported having received flowers and a card with a note reading, “Roses are red, violets are blue. I feel like a fifth grader, I have a crush on you.” The card also had a phone number on it. When she texted the number to find out who it was, and the person who replied knew who she was, but she had no recollection of ever meeting him, which left her unsettled. She was given advice about how to handle the situation.

9:36 p.m. Investigated disturbance on Pleasant Street.


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