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September 6, 2013



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 “Elderly caller request[s] name not be published in paper.”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.


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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