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October 31, 2012



A Prospect Avenue man approached police after he suspected a scam following the receipt of a nearly $900 bill from National Grid. It covered a period when he did not live at the address in question, as logged at 9:35 a.m.

After suddenly swerving and hitting a pole on the wrong side of Jefferson Avenue, a driver explained to police that he had a medical problem. A witness confirmed that the man had been traveling at a normal speed. Meanwhile, the man said “he sneezed approximately two to five times, and next thing he knew, he had struck the pole,” according to the log at 2:25 p.m. He explained that his condition can cause him to pass out if he coughs or sneezes too many times. Police notified the Registry.

Taking note of a downed tree, a man on Restaurant Row accidently drove into a parking meter, knocking it over, according to the story he told police at 3:27 p.m.



Valtair Belto Freitas, 47, of 101 Rantoul St., Beverly, was arrested at 4:33 p.m. on Elliott Street by Patrolman Mark Panjwani on a charge of driving with a suspended license and on a stop sign violation.

Police responded to a report of three men removing political signs from a lawn at Hale Street and Brackenbury Lane, as logged at 10:46 p.m. No word on who they were campaigning against.


An ambulance was called after a report at 10:38 a.m. of a pedestrian struck on Enon Street.

Police sent two men on their way after a report at 11:59 a.m. that they were sleeping in shrubs on Cabot Street.

A report of larceny of money on Cabot Street was investigated at 7:53 p.m.


A man said to be sober was stopped for “honking his horn while driving down Margin Street without realizing,” according to the log at 11:28 p.m. He apologized.

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