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September 6, 2013

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A 6:41 p.m. report of possible fraud brought police to 202 North St., where they determined a piece of correspondence a person had received was, in fact, from the U.S. Census Bureau. “No fraud of any type involved,” wrote police. “Elderly caller request[s] name not be published in paper.”

An 8:39 p.m. report that youths were shooting a “potato bazooka” brought police to 9 Collins St. Officers didn’t find the youths, but they did find a “white PVC potato-gun, ignition fluid and a few potatoes.” They seized the gun and ignition fluid.

Police responded to 40 School St. after a 10:44 p.m. report that a man was “talking to bushes” and advised him “of the complaint of suspicious activity near other residences and to remain on his own property,” according to the log.

Thursday

After witnessing a vehicle strike a car on Barr Street and the another on Barstow Street, a man followed it to 73 Barstow St., according to a 1:17 a.m. log item. Subsequently arrested was Jamie R. Heckman, 23, of the same address, on charges of drunken driving, two counts of leaving the scene after property damage and a marked lanes violation.

An 8:57 a.m. report of trespassing on Pickering Wharf resulted in the arrest of John Joseph Lapointe, 54, homeless, on a charge of trespassing.

A 10:40 p.m. report that a trash truck was on fire brought police to Marlborough Road and Scenic Avenue. “No fire,” an officer wrote later, “bad exhaust system.”

A woman went to that station about 2:30 p.m. to turn in a “shopping bag full of hypodermic needles and vials of liquid medication” that she had found in her son’s room at a sober house on Emerton Street, according to the log.

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