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August 31, 2013

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Officers responded to the U-Haul business on Jefferson Avenue after a 9:51 a.m. hold-up alarm and determined that there had been no robbery, only an “unruly customer who left the area prior to police arrival.” An officer advised the store manager to “use the phone for police if needed, and use the alarm in the event of actual robbery.”

An 11 a.m. report of a group in an alley at Higginson Square resulted in the arrest of Jamie Lynn Trudniak, 49, homeless, on a charge of drinking in public.

A Prince Street woman reported at 12:28 p.m. that she had received a call from an unknown man who said her daughter had been in an accident and that she needed $1,500 to “fix the problem.” The man said he would kill both the woman and her daughter if she contacted the police. The woman disconnected the call, contacted her daughter and determined she was fine, then called police and provided them with the phone number the call had come from. An officer called that number and a man answered. The officer wrote: “After I introduced myself and asked him about the bogus call ... he started to curse me and the situation and then disconnected the call.” Police are investigating.

A 2:45 p.m. report of a hit-and-run brought police to Boston and Watson streets, where they spoke with a woman who claimed that, as she tried to cross the street, a dark vehicle traveling at an extremely high rate of speed had struck the right side of her body, causing her right foot to slip out of her shoe. A man also reported that the vehicle had struck his fanny pack. The vehicle reportedly stopped for a moment afterward and an occupant argued with the two, then it sped off. An officer also spoke to a juvenile on scene; he said he didn’t believe the vehicle had struck the woman, and that it was “traveling at a normal speed and not fast.” No injuries were reported.

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