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August 28, 2013





A 6:01 p.m. report of a loud argument brought police to 14 Heritage Drive, where they determined a man had been trying to wake up his hard-of-hearing father.


An officer discovered that somebody had apparently “shrink-wrapped” the gazebo at the playground on Collins Street, according to a 12:37 a.m. log item. Police wrote: “No apparent damage to the structure. Dispatch to notify DPW for a.m. cleanup.”

A woman reported at 11:28 a.m. that somebody had broken into her vehicle on Federal Street and stolen a suitcase containing clothing and a laptop.

A 12:43 a.m. report of wild animals near a house brought police to a vacant property on Jackson Street, where they spoke to a neighbor who said she’d seen “all manner of wild animals” in the area and believed “they are using the home/land next door as [a] habitat.” The woman said that her son had recently been confronted by a “large unknown animal” in their backyard, that a rat had died in her dryer vent and that her home “smells of skunk all the time.” Another neighbor said raccoons were living in the vacant building’s roof and that woodchucks were living beneath it; she also said that a turkey had “damaged the fence” owned by the first neighbor. The first woman also said that “she and her family have been unable to enjoy their backyard all summer.” An officer tried to contact the company that managed the property but was informed that it no longer had a contract with Bank of America to do so.

Police received a 3:30 p.m. report that a Crowdis Street woman’s home health aide had apparently written at least one check to herself and forged the woman’s signature. In addition, $2,500 in jewelry was missing, as well as $1,500 in cash, the woman said.

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