, Salem, MA


January 1, 2013

Region had a lot of odd news in '12


In Uxbridge, Mass., authorities had no trouble apprehending a woman in June after her car got stuck in a golf course sand trap.

Her explanation? Her GPS told her to turn left, which she said led her through a cornfield and onto the golf course. Her consequences? She was arrested on charges including a drunken-driving offense and driving with a suspended license.

Police in Maine arrested a 34-year-old New Hampshire man in December after his months-earlier call to police alleging that a prostitute hadn’t given him his money’s worth. Authorities said the man’s complaint that he’d been shorted by 10 minutes also led to the arrest of two alleged prostitutes.

In Barton, Vt., the only thing missing after an August library break-in was a date stamp used for checking out books. But the burglars did do some redecorating. They stacked some furniture into a pyramid about 20 feet high in the center of the library, and put more on top of bookshelves.

In Manchester, Conn., a suspect also made off with just one item during a June theft. But a police dispatcher had trouble relaying the crime report to officers, cracking up while trying to say a man jumped out of a car and stole an American flag from a man wearing a chicken suit.

The chicken-suited man had been dancing and waving the flag around outside a newly renovated Boston Market restaurant as part of his job.

And in Boston, police got involved in a different mascot-related caper after a July report that someone had made off wearing the Red Sox’s Wally the Green Monster costume and fled downtown.

Several officers began canvassing for the suspect after the call about a larceny in progress, and police also tweeted an alert.

“Missing: Wally the Green Monster,” it said, adding, “If seen please call Boston Police.”

By about 90 minutes later, police discovered that a team employee took the costume and didn’t tell a supervisor.

“Wally the Green Monster is safe,” authorities then declared. And Red Sox Nation breathed a sigh of relief.

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