Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, 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.
BYE, BYE BIRDIE
At 5:23 p.m. Dec. 21, police were informed of a hawk trapped inside the Savers thrift store on Main Street in Wilmington. Animal Control Officer Chris Sullivan responded to the scene and identified the bird as a Cooper’s hawk, but was unable to apprehend the flying fugitive. “He was staying up in the rafters,” Sullivan said. “No way I could catch him.” According to the police log entry, the employees left the doors open as long as possible before closing for the night. Sullivan said if the hawk didn’t leave on its own, he planned to have a professional come in and catch it the next day. But that turned out not to be necessary. “He spent the night in Savers,” Sullivan said, “and the next morning the roof hatch was opened and he flew out.”
HOUSE HIT & RUN
On the afternoon of Nov. 1, a man on Appleton Terrace in Watertown was sitting in his home when he suddenly felt the house shake. When he went outside to investigate, according to police, he discovered that the front column of his home had apparently been struck by a vehicle — but the vehicle was nowhere to be found. Police said that paint chips, apparently from the suspect vehicle, were found at the scene. The only good news: The building inspector took a look and determined that in spite of the damage, the home was still structurally safe.
SHE REALLY WANTED TO SEE HIM
A 23-year-old Beverly woman is facing criminal charges after she allegedly smashed the windows of her local police station with a baseball bat on Dec. 30. Officer Mike Boccuzzi said the woman went down to the station “demanding the release of her boyfriend” who had been arrested earlier on charges related to a domestic incident in which she was the alleged victim. When she was told that his bail was $25,000 (due to a previous unrelated warrant), and that even if her boyfriend was released she would not be able to see him, “she became irate and began smashing the windows.” Police ended up charging her with disorderly conduct, witness intimidation, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, property damage to intimidate, and malicious destruction of property over $1,200. Beverly Police Chief John LeLacheur tweeted about the incident a few days later. “When you come into the station and find out your friend can’t be bailed,” he wrote, “please don’t take out our windows with a baseball bat and expect not to join him.”
On Nov. 9, a man told Watertown police that he washed his king-size comforter at a laundromat on Main Street, put it in the dryer at about 3:30 p.m., and when he came back three hours later, it was gone. He told police the comforter was worth $300.
On Dec. 30, a woman told Bridgewater police that when she was at the local laundromat someone stole her laundry basket and replaced it with a smaller one. “A few days ago, she found her large basket and switched it with smaller one,” police tweeted. “Today [her] large basket was stolen again & replaced with smaller one.”
CALLING KRIS KRINGLE
At 1:53 a.m. Dec. 25, Bridgewater police received a 911 call but no one was on the line. The dispatcher could hear music playing and people talking in the background. Police responded to the address and confirmed the call was accidental — it was a child attempting to call Santa.Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.