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July 5, 2013



Somebody on Gingerbread Hill Road reported at 12:08 p.m. that a neighbor had discharged a cannon that was five times more powerful “than it should be” at 8 a.m. and noon. “Cat is distressed as is resident,” wrote police. An officer later located the man with the cannon and reported that “he will shut it down for the day.”

A woman on Pleasant Street called police at 12:35 p.m. to report that, while ringing a church bell, “all the people who were helping got sweaty so [they] took off their glasses.” Police wrote: “Someone picked up her glasses in error.”

A 3:12 p.m. report that kids were shooting water balloons at boats with slingshots brought police to Fort Sewall Lane, where they were unable to locate anything suspicious.

Police received a 6:44 p.m. report of possibly intoxicated boaters in Marblehead Harbor. “Woman observed a Grady White vessel named RumRunner was throwing a female off the boat into the water and as she was trying to get back into the boat they threw her back in,” wrote police.

A male on Front Street was hospitalized after a 7:25 p.m. report that he was “passed out” and “drooling.”

At 8:11 p.m., an officer on Washington Street arrested Peter Woodford, 50, of 2281 Quinn St., Halifax, Nova Scotia, on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over.

An 8:36 p.m. report of a BMW SUV being operated erratically on Atlantic Avenue resulted in the arrest of Pamela Joy Barton, 46, of 256 Ocean Ave., Marblehead, on a charge of drunken driving and a marked lanes violation.

Police gave a verbal warning for a marked lanes violation to a motorist on Humphrey Street at 11:02 p.m. Police wrote later: “Owner of vehicle called in to apologize for his behavior, he stated that he felt he was being rude to the officer and he did not mean to sound that way, he was just tired.”

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