Marblehead police log, Dec. 8-13, 2022: ‘Sugar baby’ overture rebuffed; road rage on Pleasant and Smith

Excerpts from the Marblehead police log of Thursday, Dec. 8 through Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. Consistent with state law, Marblehead Police have adopted a policy of not providing to media outlets reports related to incidents related to domestic violence, juveniles and matters that remain under investigation.

Thursday, Dec. 8

10:26 a.m. Officer met in police station lobby with mother and daughter. Daughter explained that she had met a person on the app Tinder, whom she had since learned was fake, for a “sugar baby relationship.” Daughter explained that she had never met the person and felt uncomfortable about the arrangement, so she severed ties. The night before, she had received a message from a man, threatening her, and had also received several deposits, which were on hold, in her checking account and had a box of checks show up at her home. Officer told the daughter that she should notify her banks immediately and contact her credit agencies. She was also advised to block all the accounts associated with the scammers and to contact police immediately if anything else happened.

12:39 p.m. Kids on bikes reported on Bessom Street.

1:12 p.m. Caller on Baldwin Road reported “unauthorized pruning.”

4:54 p.m. Road hazard reported on Lafayette Street.

7 p.m. Noise complaint made on Farrell Court.

8:04 p.m. A 47-year-old Marblehead resident was arrested and charged with a second offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, negligent driving and child endangerment while driving under the influence after officers investigated a report of an erratic driver on Pleasant and Humphrey streets.

Friday, Dec. 9

9:29 a.m. Officer spoke with woman regarding an issue she had at local pharmacy. Woman said she had gone to pick up two prescription medications, which she paid for, but had received only one. She had returned to the pharmacy to try to get the missing one filled, but the pharmacist refused, claiming the woman had already received both of her prescriptions. Woman did not like that pharmacist suggested the customer may have lost the prescription and also insinuated that people “play games” with prescription drugs, obtaining more than they need either to use or sell.

12:51 p.m. Services rendered after neighbor complaint on Farrell Court.

2:01 p.m. A diamond ring that had been missing for three days was reported on Beacon Street.

3:30 p.m. Investigated report of open door on Prospect Street.

7:30 p.m. Officer went to Broughton Road to investigate the report of a neighbor complaint. Man and woman said that, upon returning home from shopping, they had been confronted by a female neighbor who threatened to break the woman’s legs if she did not harassing her. They said their neighbor accused the couple of being child molesters and demanded they stay away from her child. The woman said she was afraid that the neighbor would harm her or the man. Officer wrote in his report that the woman’s fear of her neighbor appeared to be genuine. Woman said she has been subject to constant harassment by her neighbor but had been unsuccessful in a previous attempt to obtain a harassment prevention order. Officer advised her to contact the Housing Authority again and continue to document incidents while trying to avoid the neighbor. Meanwhile, the neighbor was at the police station talking to another officer about what she characterized as “another argument” with the couple. She said their issues go back over a year. Neighbor said she planned to go to court on Monday to apply for a harassment prevention order against them.

Saturday, Dec. 10

12:04 a.m. Assisted with vehicle that had been rear-ended on Pleasant Street.

12:08 a.m. Investigated report of outside faucet that had been turned on, on Arrowhead Road. The running faucet could not be located.

7:09 a.m. Assisted with investigation of out-of-town report of someone shooting from a boat.

11:17 a.m. Officer responded to a report that a vehicle had struck a pole on Beacon Street. Officer arrived to find a Hyundai Santa Fe parked off the side of the road in a gravel area near the entrance to the Steer Swamp conservation land. The vehicle had major front-end damage and was leaking antifreeze fluid, and the driver was still sitting in the driver’s seat. Officer spoke to driver, but he could not explain the circumstances of the accident. As driver was given medical assistance, a witness came forward who had seen the vehicle being driven in the gravel area and then straight into the pole. Officer observed nothing in the road to indicate what might have caused the accident. Officer consulted with paramedic, who agreed that it did not appear that the driver was impaired by alcohol. Officer planned to file an immediate threat license suspension request.

5:23 p.m. Wallet found on Central Street and Atlantic Avenue.

11:35 p.m. Investigated report of assault on Pleasant Street.

Sunday, Dec. 11

7:13 a.m. Officer was dispatched to Broughton Road to speak with woman who had received disturbing phone calls through the app TextNow. Woman said that she believed she recognized the voice on the other end as an estranged former friend of her family who had taken out a restraining order against her sister. Woman said she had previously received text messages through the app purportedly from a friend of hers, but from a number that she knew did not belong to her friend. Officer advised her on the process to obtain a harassment prevention order, to block the number from which the calls had originated and to let calls from unknown numbers go to voicemail. Back at the station, officer did further investigation of the number from which the calls had originated and confirmed that it was likely a spoofed number.

10:09 a.m. Investigated report of lamp post down on Riverside Drive.

1:49 p.m. Investigated report of improper construction on Brook Road.

3:14 p.m. Investigated report of vandalism at Chandler Hovey Park. Woman who had parked her car to take a walk said she returned to find the rear windshield of her vehicle shattered. Officer found nothing inside or outside the vehicle to indicate how the window had been broken, though it appeared to have been broken from the outside, as the glass had fallen into the car. Woman said she did not know who would have smashed the window, and it did not appear that anyone had entered the vehicle, as the woman’s valuables were undisturbed.

Monday, Dec. 12

8:19 a.m. Crossing lights not working reported on Gerry and Pleasant streets.

11:46 a.m. Investigated report of disturbance on Village Street.

12:40 p.m. Investigated “possible issue” on West Shore Drive.

1:51 p.m. Report taken after general complaint on Prospect Street.

1:56 p.m. Investigated report of possible school fight on Pleasant and Gerry streets.

9:02 p.m. Report filed after officer investigated 911 call with open line on Green Street.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

6:46 a.m. Two officers went to investigate a road rage incident on Smith and Pleasant streets. The caller, who was driving a Ford Transit van, said he was continuing to follow the other vehicle, a GMC truck, was instructed to stop. Officer spoke with him on Atlantic Avenue. The truck driver stated that he was driving inbound on Lafayette Street in the area of Maple Street when a white van tried to pass him on his right. Man said there was only one lane, and he accelerated slightly to block the van from passing and to prevent a crash. Truck driver stated that the van then veered left sharply and tried to pass him on the left, crossing over the yellow center line. Again, truck driver accelerated. At the intersection of Lafayette, Pleasant and Humphrey streets, truck driver stated that he saw the van driver recording his truck with his phone. Truck driver stated he had gotten out of his truck and asked, “What are you doing?” Truck driver stated that van driver yelled, “You’re a firefighter!” Truck driver stated that he responded, “You’re an a–hole!” and then got back into his truck and drove to the police station to file a report. Meanwhile, van driver told another officer that he had been traveling inbound on Pleasant Street in the right lane. After passing through the lights at Smith Street, the driver of a black pickup truck began honking at him and sped up on his left, swerving in front of him and forcing him into the curb and eventually to a stop. Van driver said the truck driver had exited his truck and approached the driver’s side window of his van and began yelling and swearing at him. The man had then gotten back into his truck and left.

8:21 a.m. Investigated report of crash on Brook and Glendale roads.

9:27 a.m. Vehicle towed after crash on Lafayette Street and Everett Paine Boulevard.

9:47 a.m. Erratic driver reported on Humphrey Street and Seaview Avenue could not be located.

11 a.m. Assisted resident on Crowninshield Road.

4:12 p.m. Officer was dispatched to the Abbot Library on Pleasant Street to take possession of an “expensive looking”
camera located on the bench out front. Officer retrieved the antique Polaroid camera and brought it back to the station.

8:59 p.m. Services rendered after disturbance on Pleasant Street.

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