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December 15, 2012




Police received a 12:39 p.m. report that a 92-year-old Valley Road man was the target of a phone scam in which a man claiming to be his grandson said he had been arrested in Panama City. The man was told to send money from Walmart. The grandson was subsequently determined to be fine and at work in Boston at the time.

A Bennet Road man contacted police at 1:22 p.m. to determine whether “anyone had filed a report against him in the past hour.” The man said he had “situation” with a female “and then felt that she was trying to be mean by saying she was going to call the police,” an officer wrote. No such call had been made.

An Ocean Avenue woman reported at 5:26 p.m. that three youths had screamed in the direction of her house and thrown a milk carton in her yard.

A Broughton Road man reported “kids banging on windows and trying to get in his house” at 8:43 p.m. Police didn’t report finding anybody suspicious upon responding to the address.



A caller at the Northshore Mall reported at 2:22 p.m. that he had forgotten where he parked his car. Mall security assisted him.

Police responded to a 2:23 p.m. report of shoplifting at Macy’s at the Northshore Mall and arrested Sterling Hagar, 31, homeless, and Brandi Cottrell, 22, of 24 Ham Road, Raymond, N.H., each on a charge of larceny over $250.


Police responded to a 1:40 a.m. report that a vehicle had struck a tree at 153 Lynnfield St. and arrested Stephen Lapointe, 21, of 13 Blaine St., Malden, on charges of drunken driving, operating a motor vehicle recklessly so as to endanger and a marked lanes violation.

There was a person with a rifle in full camouflage near power lines at Springs Pond, according to a 1:23 p.m. report, but officers were unable to locate him.

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