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July 30, 2013




A Central Street woman reported at 10:08 a.m. that somebody had entered her unlocked house and stolen $120 from her purse.

Police received a 1:18 p.m. 911 hang-up call and subsequently determined that a woman had been “going through her electronic phone book and misdialed.”

A Pleasant Street woman reported at 2:55 p.m. that she had heard screaming about 2 a.m. the night before. “She thought it was someone who was just passing by screaming,” wrote police. “This afternoon, they were walking around the house and discovered several windows in the garage smashed.”

Somebody on Peter Circle was hospitalized after a 7:13 p.m. report that they had scratched their cornea.

A 10:49 p.m. report of “fireworks and gunshots” brought police to the area of Jersey and Guernsey streets, where they advised a man, “if it continues, he will be our guest.”


Police received multiple reports around 12 a.m. that a gray truck had struck a vehicle on Washington Street and then left the area. Subsequently arrested was Nathan Paul Koontz, 22, of 275 Pleasant St., Marblehead, on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of property damage and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

A Jersey Street man reported at 1:11 a.m. that “there is some type of chemical being sprayed in [his] house” and that he had to hold his breath. Police wrote: “Did not want medical attention, wanted it noted.”

A woman reported at 3:46 a.m. that she had walked by three teenagers on Washington Street and “they looked at her and disappeared.” An officer was unable to locate them.

A Hammond Place woman reported at 9:30 a.m. that a woman had called her home about 12:45 a.m. the night before and said “she left her kid on her front steps 20 minutes ago.” Police wrote: “Resident asked the caller who she was. The caller said her name was Melissa. The resident said Melissa who? and the line was disconnected. Resident has been up all night since and has not located a child on her steps.”

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