Marblehead police log, Jan. 19-24: Woman enters home looking for ‘Heidi’; ‘Real Housewives’ star visits

Excerpts from the Marblehead police log of Thursday, Jan. 19 through Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. 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, Jan. 19

7:50 a.m. An officer took a report of vandalism from a town employee who had discovered a door connected to the grandstand bleachers at Seaside Park had been pried open. The employee reported that the damage was to the door only and that nothing was missing or damaged underneath the grandstand. Officer inspected the door, which appeared to have
had the screws removed from the lock bracket, allowing the door to be opened. Officer entered the area and did not see anything or anyone of concern.

8:22 a.m. Two officers were dispatched to the Lead Mills area off of Lafayette Street to investigate the report of a campsite that had been set up. After walking the trails for a few hundred yards, officers found a small tent pitched directly on a trail. The officers approached the tent, identifying themselves, and spoke with the man in the tent, who pointed out the lack of signage prohibiting camping. Officer informed the man that the town’s bylaw prohibiting camping is available online at The man said he understood and asked for a few minutes to gather his belongings. Officer informed him of services available in the local area. Man responded that he was aware of Lifebridge in Salem but that he was trying to “get away from there,” without elaborating. Officer also made him aware that the police work with a clinician who could speak with him about any mental health issues, and the man said he appreciated the offer. The officer noted that the man had kept the area he was in clean of trash and any other materials that might have been harmful to the conservation land.

10:20 a.m. Two officers were dispatched to Barnard Hawkes Court to assist Chelsea Police in a search for a missing person. Officers went to speak to a man whom police believed might have some helpful information. Woman who answered the door initially told the officer she had no idea who he was talking about. But shortly thereafter, the same woman called the police and identified herself as the man’s sister and said she would contact her brother and have him call police, which the man did. The man then called in and said he did not know the missing woman and had never lived in Marblehead. He was asked if he had been in Lynn or Saugus on Jan. 10, and he replied that it was possible, as he is a home health aide and travels for work. He provided a phone number so that police could reach him if they needed to speak to him again.

11:56 a.m. Officer spoke with a woman regarding a past larceny of a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch valued between $5,000 and $10,000 and a “very long” pearl necklace with a hidden clasp allowing it to be fashioned into two smaller necklaces of unknown value. The resident suspected that the items had been stolen by a full-time nanny she had hired and since fired. The resident said she had not reported the incident to police because she wanted to cut ties with the nanny and did not want police to follow up on the incident but just wanted it on file.

12:03 p.m. A caller on High Street reported having received annoying phone calls.

1:51 p.m. An officer assisted a Hammond Place resident and filed a report.

5:32 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the area of Leggs Hill Road for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Officers arrived to find two vehicles parked on the side of Tedesco Street. One officer spoke with the drivers involved and determined there were no injuries. Woman explained she was turning left from Leggs Hill Road onto Tedesco Street when a vehicle flashed its high beams at her to signal that she should go. Her vehicle then struck a black pickup truck traveling inbound on Tedesco Street. The woman was adamant she had the right of way and that the truck hit her vehicle on purpose. The damage to the woman’s vehicle was on the front passenger side and consisted of a gouge out of the plastic bumper and broken headlight. The other driver, a state trooper, explained that he had been traveling inbound on Tedesco Street when the vehicle in front of him was turning left onto Leggs Hill Road as he was stuck by the woman’s vehicle as she turned left from Leggs Hill Road. The damage to the trooper’s unmarked State Police pickup truck was located on the driver’s side door and consisted of scrapes. The state trooper reported that his supervisor was responding, and the Marblehead officer stood by with both drivers until the State Police supervisor arrived. The officer was advised that State Police would be handling the crash report and cleared the scene.

Friday, Jan. 20

7:32 a.m. An officer assisted a resident on Ocean Avenue and filed a report.

11:48 a.m. A resident on Shetland Road reported having received a grandparent scam call.

11:49 a.m. A caller reported that there was a celebrity coming to town. A contemporaneous Facebook post from a local business owner indicated that the celebrity was Dorinda Medley from “Real Housewives of New York,” who was visiting an Atlantic Avenue clothing store.

2:49 p.m. A caller on Rockaway Avenue reported a tree branch down.

3:02 p.m. Officers responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Atlantic Avenue and filed a report.

4:49 p.m. An officer spoke in the police station lobby with woman who reported that while her child was home alone after school around 3:30 p.m., an unknown woman had entered the house from the back door without knocking. According to the child, the woman stated she was looking for “Heidi” and mentioned something about a lost glove. The child had told the unknown lady that no one named Heidi lived there and to leave the house before she called the police, not realizing her phone was dead. After being told several times to leave, the lady did. The child reported that the lady appeared mad when told to leave. The child described the lady as being in her late 60s or early 70s. She had ginger-colored hair and was wearing a white hat with brown and purple designs. The child explained that the lady left the house and got into a small silver car parked on the street and had driven towards Glover School via Cherry Street. The woman explained that they have lived in their house for about 11 years, are relatively familiar with their neighbors and do not know of anyone in the area named Heidi. The woman stated they were not expecting any guests or deliveries. The officer inquired about security cameras, and the woman stated they had none but now intend to get them. The woman was advised to call back if the lady returned to their home.

7:03 p.m. An officer spoke by phone with a woman who was having an issue with a contractor she had hired and paid to do work on her home back in July. Woman said she had called the contractor multiple times asking when the work would get done and also asking to have her money returned because it was taking too long. The officer asked the woman for the contractor’s name and the amount of money she paid the person, but she did not want to give the officer that information because the contractor is a close friend. Officer told the woman that she should go to Lynn District Court and speak with an attorney. He also explained to the woman that she could file a complaint with the state or take the contractor to small claims court depending how much the contractor owes her. The woman was satisfied with the conversation and said she would call back if she needed any further assistance from police.

7:11 p.m. A credit card was found on School Street.

Saturday, Jan. 21

10:35 a.m. A walk-in to the police station reported finding mittens on Atlantic Avenue.

4:17 p.m. An officer spoke at the police station with a young woman who had been walking with three friends at approximately

9:15 p.m. the night before. The ground had been about to enter a walkway in the rear of a Housing Authority property on Rowland Street when they were encountered by a man standing there with his dog. According to the young woman, the man said something like, “Oh, there you are. Your parents told me to look for you. Let me drive you back to your house. It’s past your bedtime. You girls shouldn’t be out this late.” The girls then ran in the opposite direction and eventually made it to their destination. The young woman described the man as in his 50s, about 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing black pants and black coat with a hood. The young woman said she could not see his face. She said the man did not chase them or attempt any physical confrontation. Officer spoke with one of the other witnesses, who confirmed the story. They were advised to call the police if they saw the man in their neighborhood again. The officer patrolled the area for a while around 9:15 p.m. Saturday but could not locate a man matching the description.

4:59 p.m. Until about 5:30 p.m., an officer monitored traffic on Atlantic Avenue in the area of Drumlin Road but observed no improper driving. The fastest vehicle he observed was traveling at 36 mph, he reported.

7:02 p.m. Until about 8 p.m., an officer conducted speed enforcement on Atlantic Avenue by Seaview Avenue. The officer reported that the average range of speed on Atlantic Avenue was about 30-35 p.m. The top speed the officer observed was 40 mph amid a light flow of traffic.

8:32 p.m. Services were rendered after a Water & Sewer substation alarm sounded on Nahant Street.

Sunday, Jan. 22

5:53 p.m. Officers conducted a well-being check on Pleasant Street and filed a report.

8:15 p.m. Until about 9 p.m., an officer conducted speed enforcement on Atlantic Avenue by Seaview Avenue. The average range of speed on Atlantic Avenue was about 30-35 mph, and the top speed observed was 38 mph amid a light flow of traffic.

Monday, Jan. 23

4:29 a.m. Officers investigated the breaking-and-entering of a structure or burglary on Crown Way.

8:22 a.m. An officer took a report from a person who was having ongoing problems with a neighbor on Stonybrook Road.

8:28 a.m. An officer helped investigate a report of an odor of gas in a home on Sevinor Road.

8:57 a.m. Until about 9:30 a.m., an officer monitored traffic on Atlantic Avenue in the area of Carlton Road. Officer observed the traffic flow fluctuating between light and moderate. The officer found that all vehicles were traveling at safe speeds for the traffic and weather conditions. The approximate average speed was 32 mph.

9:34 a.m. A notice of license suspension was served on Londonderry Road.

2:14 p.m. An officer investigated a report of larceny, forgery or fraud on Intrepid Circle.

2:32 p.m. An officer responded to the scene of an accident on Baldwin Road and filed a report.

2:46 p.m. A car doing donuts was reported on Atlantic Avenue. An officer could not locate the vehicle.

3:41 p.m. Officers investigated a report of a vehicle accident on Community Road and filed a report.

3:50 p.m. A caller to the police station inquired about whether there was any sort of snow parking ban in effect in town.

4:10 p.m. Officers assisted with a vehicle that was stuck on a hill on Lafayette Street.

4:47 p.m. A snow pile in the road was reported on Humphrey Street.

4:53 p.m. An officer assisted with a vehicle stuck on Lafayette Street.

6:15 p.m. A stuck vehicle was reported on Jersey and Guernsey streets.

11:35 p.m. Services were rendered after a disturbance on Cornell Road.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

12:52 p.m. An officer assisted with a stuck tractor-trailer reported on Doaks Lane and Orne Street.

2:58 p.m. Officers conducted a well-being check on Devereux Street and filed a report.

4:57 p.m. For about 40 minutes, an officer conducted speed enforcement on Atlantic Avenue and reported that he wound up conducting two traffic stops and issued two citations for speed, one for driving 45 p.m. in a 30 mph zone, and the other for driving 39 mph in a 30 mph zone. The officer estimated the average speed of all other vehicles to be between 29 mph and 31 mph.

6:11 p.m. An officer spoke in the police station lobby with a resident about a neighbor dispute. Woman told the officer that for three years, she has been subjected to ongoing harassment from her neighbor who likes to park in such a way that it makes it hard for her to use her driveway to the point where she had begun to use a milk crate to deter the man from continuing to park in the location. Woman stated that the man had came out and kicked or threw her milk crate out of the way. Officer explained to the woman that she could not place anything to block parking on a public way and advised her to contact the Highway Department to see if they could put down lines on either side of her driveway. Woman added that the man continuously makes rude gestures to her and her family, most frequently during the holidays when she has gatherings. Officer advised her to contact the police when these incidents occur so they could be documented in a timely manner. Officer explained to the woman how harassment prevention orders work and suggested she consider getting a doorbell camera system to aid in documenting the incidents with her neighbor.

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