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March 15, 2014




Police received a 4:30 p.m. report that somebody in a vehicle was taking pictures of the house at 8 Woodland Ave.

A 6:19 p.m. report that a vehicle was “catching fire” brought police and firefighters to 8 Dodge St. “No fire,” police wrote later. “Starter fluid burned off while engine running.”

An 11:50 p.m. report of an accident brought police to 36 Lothrop St. Subsequently arrested was Matthew Charles Gibbons, 30, of 10 Adeline Road, Beverly, on a charge of drunken driving and a marked lanes violation. No injuries were reported.


One person was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries following a 4:30 a.m. report of a rollover accident on Hull Street.

A Blaine Avenue man contacted police to “again discuss missing rent money from one year ago,” according to a 10:48 p.m. log item. Police wrote that the man’s neighbors had said he “has mental issues and makes frequent wild accusations/allegations.”

An officer spoke with a motorist after seeing him go through a stop sign at Cabot and Roundy streets about 11:30 a.m., according to the log. The man said he’d driven the road “1,000 times,” according to the log. “When I inquired if he had seen the stop sign on his previous 1,000 trips on the roadway, he stated snow ... from his windshield blocked his view of the stop sign.”

A 6:36 p.m. report of a male on the tracks near 10 Park St. resulted in the arrest of Michael A. Waites, 57, of 25 River St., Beverly, on a charge of disorderly conduct.



Police received a 10:02 a.m. report that a man had waved somebody down to say somebody else had attacked him with a knife inside a house on Humphrey Street. Police later determined it was a medical problem, not a disturbance.



A male who said he was having a problems with another male “in regards to their friendship” reported at 8:33 p.m. that he believed something was “going to go down” in a parking lot on Washington Street between 9 and 9:15 p.m. “He stated that earlier this evening, an unknown male party walked into his work ... and stated, ‘You need to stop what you are doing,’” police wrote. “He stated that he is afraid that the male party he is having issues with may have sent people to come after him when he leaves work.” Police didn’t locate anything suspicious.

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