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December 21, 2013




A man reported at 7:48 p.m. that he was concerned about “a parent who carries a large knife into the school” on Elm Street. Police wrote: “[He] doesn’t want to make a big deal out of it but is worried due to recent world events in and around schools. He knows the man by sight but isn’t sure of his name.” Police later spoke to a man who was carrying a small folding knife in his front pocket.

A 5-year-old girl was transported to North Shore Children’s Hospital from a Washington Street address after an 8:57 a.m. report that she had drunk a 3-ounce bottle of cough medicine and was dizzy, vomiting and had a fast heartbeat. “Mother called poison control who advised to call 911,” police wrote.

A Leicester Road woman reported at 2:52 p.m. that she’d returned home to find her front door open. Police wrote: “She is waiting in the car and fears that someone may be inside the house.” Police checked the house and determined: “All OK.”



Police received a 10:30 a.m. report that somebody was screaming at passers-by from a van on Stetson Avenue, but it was later called “unfounded.”


A 3:55 a.m. report that somebody had smelled smoke brought police and firefighters to the vicinity of Fairview Avenue. “Fire believes it is wood stove or chimney” police wrote.



Police received a 2:41 p.m. complaint about how a UPS truck had parked on Kenwood Road. Police wrote later: “Officer checked but could not locate any UPS truck causing a problem.”

A man near 82 Main St. reported at 2:58 p.m. that his car had gone missing. “Party called back and said he found his car,” police wrote later.

Police were unable to locate a young child who was reported to be “alone sitting on the front stairs” of a Fulton Street building at 4:43 p.m.

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