Police log, June 27-July 4: Man admits to ‘hose incident’; moving of space-saving stool prompts tiff

Excerpts from the Marblehead police log of Tuesday, June 27 through Tuesday, July 4, 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.

Tuesday, June 27

2:02 p.m. An officer spoke at the police station with a woman who wished to report a suspicious event that had happened at around 8:45 p.m. as she was out for a run. While running at Glendale Road and Humphrey Street, she noticed a blue SUV pulling out of Ralph Road, which stopped to let her cross the road. As she continued running inbound on Humphrey Street, the blue SUV turned around and pulled down Sheldon Road. The vehicle stopped again and let her cross the street at Humphrey Street and Sheldon Road. The woman continued running inbound on Humphrey Street and made her way onto Birch Street. The blue SUV then turned down Birch Street. The woman stopped running, and the blue SUV began to stop. The woman then sprinted across Humphrey Street to Ida Road where she ran into a woman who was out on a walk. She stated that she was freaked out and that the other woman agreed to walk with her back home. During the walk back home, the runner spotted the blue SUV again and pointed it out to the other woman. The runner was unable to see the license plate or the driver, as it was dark outside. The officer then called the other woman for a witness statement. She informed the officer that the runner had pointed out the SUV to her as she walked the runner back home. The woman described the SUV as a light blue or green color. She had been unable to get the license plate on the vehicle but stated that the driver appeared to be hanging out of the window. The woman also stated that she believed that the driver was a younger white male with darker colored hair.

Wednesday, June 28

9:18 a.m. An officer in his cruiser was stopped at the red traffic light on Lafayette Street (outbound), at the intersection of West Shore Drive. His attention was drawn to a black sedan, which went through a red traffic light coming from West Shore Drive onto Lafayette Street. The vehicle was towed and the Massachusetts license plates seized until being retrieved by the vehicle’s registered owner later in the day.

12:14 p.m. A 54-year-old Marblehead man was arrested on a warrant after officers investigated a disturbance on Commercial Street.

3:37 p.m. Larceny, forgery or fraud was reported on Prospect Street.

10:21 p.m. An officer was dispatched to Ames Road Marblehead to speak with a man regarding an ongoing dispute with his neighbor. The man told the officer that the police recently had been involved with both him and his neighbor, regarding their children. The man told the officer that he is listing his house for sale, and recently his neighbor had been arguing with him regarding a wall that sits in between their properties. The man proceeded to show the officer several video clips from his Ring camera that show his neighbor yelling, entering his home and moving his basketball hoop. The man relayed that he is concerned for his safety as he did not know what his neighbor was capable of. The man showed the officer a video clip that appeared to show his neighbor saying that the caller would end up in a hole. The man then told the officer that he has no issue and does not want any trouble with his neighbor. He advised the man that he could go to Lynn District Court and attempt to obtain a harassment prevention order against his neighbor. He then asked the officer if he could go speak with his neighbor to try to deescalate the situation. The officer walked next door and spoke with the other man and his brother-in-law in the driveway. The officer told him he was there to advise him that his neighbor wanted no issues and did not want to argue about anything. The man again explained that the wall sits on his property, and he wanted it removed. He then started to explain that the property lines are incorrect. The officer told him that was a civil issue and that he would have to take up in court. The man then abruptly ended the conversation.

Thursday, June 29

12:26 a.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity on Yorkshire Road.

12:13 p.m. An officer was dispatched to Water Street for the report of a Marblehead Fire Department ladder truck crashing into a fence. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a firefighter and fire captain. The firefighter informed the officer that he was trying to take the right turn on Water Street when the front left bumper of the ladder truck came into contact with a fence and retaining wall. The captain had spoken with the Highway Department superintendent and discovered that the fence and retaining wall were town property.

5:56 p.m. An officer investigated a disturbance on Pleasant Street.

6:56 p.m. An officer investigated suspicious activity reported on Brook Road.

8:27 p.m. An officer went to Arthur Avenue to speak with a resident regarding an ongoing dispute with his neighbor that had lasted for several months. Tonight, his neighbor had sprayed him with a garden hose, which had been documented by the cameras the man had put up around his property. He explained that the issues between them stemmed from a land and building agreement the two had when they were friends. The officer advised the man of his rights to obtain a harassment prevention order and to press charges against his neighbor for assault and battery. The man declined either option, stating that he just wanted to get along with his neighbor. He then asked if the officer could go speak with the neighbor. The officer then walked next door and spoke with the man and his wife in their front yard. The man immediately said, “I assume you’re here because of the hose incident.” The man then explained that he had a newborn baby at home and did not want to wake his other children up, and asked if we could have a quiet conversation out back. The man and his wife then explained similarly that they have had ongoing issues with their neighbor. They told me that he often is standing on his property, and if he sees them outside, he makes a point to say “hello” and “how are you doing?” The couple described these interactions as “creepy,” and they felt as though the man was watching their children play in the yard. The officer asked them if they thought he was just trying to be a good neighbor, and they both replied “no,” that they felt he was being weird. They also stated that anytime they are home and outside, the man moves his truck into his driveway, which the couple did not appreciate. The officer then asked the man if he could explain what had transpired earlier in the night. He immediately admitted that he had sprayed his neighbor with the garden hose. He stated he had been outside watering his new trees in his side yard when his neighbor moved his truck into his driveway. The man then exited his truck and said hello to the neighbor while filming the interaction on his iPhone. The neighbor felt as though he was trying to “egg him on” and escalate the situation, and the neighbor then sprayed the man with the garden hose. The officer then explained to him that he could be charged if his neighbor wanted to press charges, which shocked the man. The officer explained that he could not be spraying his neighbors with water. He also advised the couple about harassment prevention orders. They agreed that the best course of action would be to try to avoid further confrontation with their neighbor.

9:37 p.m. Fireworks were reported on Brook Road.

Friday, June 30

9:03 a.m. Officers responded to the scene of a vehicle crash on Lafayette Street.

11:21 a.m. An officer spoke with a man who had come into the lobby of the police station with a briefcase of paperwork. The man explained he has had a tough time recently in his personal life with the death of a cat and two relatives. He then told the officer that his car was struck by another vehicle over a year ago. The striking vehicle’s insurance company agreed to pay for the damages. The man had gone to a local repair shop, which quoted him roughly $3,100 to do the work, which the insurance company had approved. The man told the officer that his car was still not finished, and the body shop was looking for $200 more from him. The officer advised the man to have the shop contact the insurance company, as he was not at fault for the crash. The man was very concerned about his bank accounts and other personal items being taken from him. The officer advised him not to worry and that there had been no crime committed by the body shop or his bank. He agreed that he would tell the body shop to contact the insurance company directly for further repair or compensation.

4 p.m. An outside fire was reported on Phillips Street.

4:10 p.m. An officer met another officer at Miller Plaza just outside of Starbucks, where he was shown a cell phone video of a man yelling at kids for riding their bikes on the sidewalk in Miller Plaza. The officer advised them to stay away from the man in the future. The officer then went to try to speak with the man at his home, but he did not answer the door.

9:20 p.m. Fireworks were reported on Sunset and Bennett roads.

9:40 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity reported on Phillips Street.

Saturday, July 1

9:11 a.m. An officer was dispatched to Pond Street to meet with a homeowner regarding her home being egged. A couple showed the officer the egg on the edge of the roof at the front of the home. The officer noticed dried egg yoke on the front patio, which had dripped down from the roof, where he could see egg shells and more dried egg yoke. The couple said this is the first time anything like this had happened to them in over 25 years. The woman had been a teacher in Marblehead but had retired approximately 10 years ago and did not think she would be targeted by any kids or students of Marblehead schools. The couple said that they believe the incident occurred sometime between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. the night before, as they had heard a “thump” but did not think anything of it. They said that they had not heard any people or kids making noise in the area at the time. It occurred to the woman about an hour later that she had a pride flag in a planter on her property, which could have been the reason the house was egged, though the flag would have been hard to see at night and was not near where the egg had been thrown.

1:59 p.m. Suspicious activity was reported on Ruby Road.

4:27 p.m. An officer was dispatched to Farrell Court to speak with a woman who had her laptop stolen from her house. She had noticed it missing about an hour earlier. The last time she had seen it was in the morning when she went on a quick walk with her dog in the afternoon but did not lock the door. She described the laptop as a black AC laptop, estimated value of $300. There were no cameras at the residence.

5:57 p.m. An officer met at the police station regarding her neighbor who had been putting nails in the fence that the two share, which she felt was a malicious act to harm her. The woman continued that, earlier in the day, her son had forgotten to take his medications, so she rushed home. In her haste, she parked facing the wrong direction facing down their road but was still legally parked in her driveway. When she came back out of the house, she found her neighbor in his car taking pictures of her parking, which left her uncomfortable. She just wanted to document the incident.

8:17 p.m. Fireworks were reported on State and Front streets.

8:41 p.m. An officer assisted with a disabled vehicle on Village Street and Henrys Way.

Sunday, July 2

2:48 a.m. An officer performing targeted speed enforcement from the Riverhead Beach parking lot and saw a speeding Kia come over the causeway. Using radar, the officer calculated the vehicle’s speed at 49 mph initially and up to 67 mph in the 30-mph zone. The officer pulled the vehicle over and told the Saugus man to expect to receive a notice to appear in Lynn District Court. 

1:22 p.m. An officer responded to the scene of a vehicle crash on Humphrey Street.

4 p.m. A tree or branch was reported down on Jackson Road.

Monday, July 3

8:08 a.m. Officers investigated a report of suspicious activity on Front Street.

8:56 a.m. An officer was dispatched to Sewall Street to speak to a man who had all four tires of his car slashed at some time after 9 p.m. the night before. Using an air compressor, the man demonstrated that there was a small puncture in the sidewall of one of the tires. The man had had several recent civil confrontations at his commercial property on Atlantic Avenue, including a verbal altercation with teenagers on June 23, and assumed there was a connection. The man had contacted the owner of a nearby business to see if the incident had been recorded on its security cameras. The officer advised the man to file a claim with his insurance company and to park his car in his driveway in the future, which already has security cameras. The man stated that he wanted to issue a no-trespass order for the teenagers at the Atlantic Avenue property.

10:17 a.m. A vehicle crash was reported on Washington Street.

12:36 p.m. An officer spoke with a resident of Farrell Court who had discovered a necklace, bracelet, earrings and two rings were missing from her jewelry drawer in her bedroom. She had last seen the items approximately four to six weeks earlier when she was organizing. She said she had been visited by a home health aide and Marblehead Housing employees in that span but also admitted that she regularly leaves her door unlocked when she is not home. She filled out a property loss form, which was forwarded to detectives for follow-up.

1:54 p.m. An officer responded to the scene of a vehicle crash on Elm Street and filed a report.

3:17 p.m. An officer was dispatched to Nicholson Street to speak to a resident who had discovered that, sometime overnight, someone had stolen a silver serving bowl and four sets of eating utensils from his home. At first, the man was unsure exactly what was missing until his roommate reminded him of what used to be in the set. The woman explained that their other roommate had come home with a woman whom they assumed had taken the missing silver pieces that are missing. The officer advised the man to secure his valuables, given that he was renting out rooms. He also advised the man to talk to the roommate about the missing pieces and to call the police if he did not want the roommate’s friend in his house.

10 p.m. An officer was dispatched to the area of the “red steps” at the end of Chestnut Street for a report of fireworks being lit. Upon arrival, the officer noticed a group of approximately 10 people gathered around the railing at the “red steps.” The officer asked the group if they were lighting off fireworks, and they responded in the affirmative. A stated that they were about to light off “one more” firework, which he advised them not to do. Instead, the officer confiscated the one unspent firework, which the group handed over willingly. The officer reminded them that possession of fireworks is illegal in Massachusetts. The unspent firework was placed into the evidence room.

10:32 p.m. An officer investigated a Gregory Street resident’s report that he had heard a loud bang and stepped out of his backyard to see a silver sedan had struck his parked vehicle and then fled the scene. He had been unable to get the make and model of the vehicle. The officer inspected and photographed the damage to the man’s vehicle, which consisted of scratch marks across the length of the lower rear bumper. Paint had also been removed from impact on the rear right side of the bumper. The officer advised the man that he would document this accident for insurance purposes and that he could pick up a copy of the incident and crash reports.

10:50 p.m. Officers investigated the report of an assault on State Street.

Tuesday, July 4

12:27 a.m. Officers investigated a disturbance on Chestnut Street.

1:38 a.m. Officers investigated an assault reported on Commercial Street.

8:28 a.m. An officer assisted at the scene of a vehicle crash on Green Street.

9:42 a.m. An officer spoke at the station with a woman who had been looking for a parking spot on Washington Street a short time earlier and had noticed that someone had placed a stool in a parking spot to prevent other people from using it. The woman moved the stool and parked in the space. She was then approached by a woman who asked if she had moved the stool. When she replied “yes,” the other woman began screaming at her. The woman stated that they both yelled back and forth before going their separate ways. The woman wanted the incident documented, noting that the other woman had been a tenant of hers sometime in 2017 and had taken money from her bank account, though the bank had reimbursed her. The officer explained the process for obtaining a harassment prevention order.

10:59 a.m. An officer investigated a report of vandalism on Washington Street.

2:10 p.m. A tree or branch was reported down on Liberty Road.

2:25 p.m. Officers responded to the scene of a vehicle crash reported on Lafayette and Martin streets.

3:35 p.m. Officers investigated a report of trespassers on Beacon Street.

4:39 p.m. Officers investigated the report of a vehicle crash on Front Street.

5:45 p.m. Officers responded to the scene of a vehicle crash on Tucker Street and Washington Square.

6:10 p.m. Officers investigated a report of suspicious activity on Bassett Street.

8:06 p.m. Officers investigated a disturbance reported on Neptune Road.

9:47 p.m. Fireworks were reported on West Shore Drive.

10:05 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the area of Sewall and Bowden streets to investigate a report of two young men, one with curly blond hair and the other with a towel, “breaking into cars.” The caller had chased the suspects, though the youths had disappeared in the area of 135 Pleasant St. after running through a yard on Bowden Street and jumping a fence. One of the responding officers asked the caller if he had seen the two enter a vehicle, and the man said “no,” but they had been trying to open the doors of the vehicles parked on Jefferson Street. The man said he would call the police if the youths returned.

10:25 p.m. Officers investigated a disturbance reported on Washington Street.

11:05 p.m. Officers investigated a disturbance reported on Ocean Avenue.

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