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March 26, 2014

He was just playing through ...

DANVERS — Former Danvers resident Patrick Moloney attracted some notoriety last week when a couple of Pinal County, Ariz., sheriff’s deputies chased him down using a golf cart after he fled onto a golf course.

Word of the slow-speed golf-cart chase was picked up by stations across the nation.

Moloney, 47, was wanted on a warrant for back child support for his daughter, allegedly to the tune of $25,000. Moloney’s address is listed in court documents as Poplar Street in Danvers.

Police who went to arrest him on a warrant found him smoking in the garage of a home in San Tan Valley. He bolted inside and shut the garage door, police said, then ran out the back and onto the golf course.

Deputies borrowed a golf cart and gave chase, starting at the 18th hole. Golfers along the way kept pointing out where he’d run until the law finally caught up with him on the first hole. He was arrested and booked on the warrant, and a judge set bond at $10,000.

It’s really all about the food

The phrase “Let the Good Times Grow” by Jenna Melvin of Danvers has emerged as Topsfield Fair’s theme for 2014. Melvin’s entry beat out 150 entries from across the nation in a Facebook contest.

The other four finalists, including “A Fair of All Ages,” “Blue Ribbon Memories,” “Harvest the Fun” and “It’s Ag-Venturous,” were chosen by staff, and Facebook fans picked Melvin’s theme as the overwhelming favorite. She won four fair tickets and an assortment of souvenirs.

The first runner-up, “Harvest the Fun,” was submitted, fittingly enough, by Topsfield Selectman Martha Morrison. She and the other finalists each won two tickets to the fair.

By the way, one of the best themes in recent years was the one in 2012, the one that really sums up what the fair is all about: “It’s All About the Food.”

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