Police made 25 traffic stops in the past week, six with verbal warnings and 19 with a written warning or citation. Some stops were part of the ongoing “Click It or Ticket” safety program. Officers also responded to four calls for medical assistance, one of which resulted in transport to a hospital. In addition, four residents reported incidents of credit card fraud, some of which were unrelated to the mail thefts from earlier in the summer.
Tuesday, Aug. 28
The burglar alarm at Hildreth Elementary School went off at 6:43 a.m., but police found the building secure. At 12:02 p.m. a Madigan Lane caller reported several goats were loose in the road, and police removed the wanderers.
Wednesday, Aug. 29
At 6:39 a.m. the elementary school burglar alarm was again triggered, and police again checked the scene and found nothing amiss. Someone called 911 at 7:25 a.m. to report that a car had struck a deer on Ayer Road. Police euthanized the injured animal. At 8:05 a.m. an officer responded to a parking complaint at the Bromfield School, where someone had parked in the lot without the newly required sticker. At 8:43 p.m. a Prospect Hill Road resident called 911 to report a stolen vehicle, but the incident was settled when the person to whom she had lent the car returned it a little later.
Thursday, Aug. 30
At 2:32 a.m. an officer told a driver parked at the Prospect Hill overlook to move along. An East Bare Hill Road resident called 911 at 11:03 a.m. to report an unknown truck in the driveway but cancelled the call after the driver explained he was there to pick up the empties for bottled water. At 4:31 p.m. a caller alerted police that an erratic driver was repeatedly crossing marked lanes near South Shaker Road; police spotted the driver and issued a citation.
Friday, Aug. 31
At 5:40 p.m. and again at 6:42 p.m. a caller reported roaming Labrador retrievers on Littleton Road; police notified the animal control officer. A South Shaker Road resident called police about a man who seemed to be hanging around her mailbox, but the person was gone when police arrived.
Saturday, Sept. 1
At 1:13 a.m. an officer saw a motor home parked near the Common and spoke to the owner, who had stopped to make a quick repair and then went on his way again. At 10:14 a.m. on Ayer Road police stopped a car displaying a license plate that had been reported stolen; but only one of the car’s two plates had been taken, so the one on the car was still legitimate. At 5:38 p.m. a Blanchard Road resident reported receiving a threatening email with a demand for money. Later in the evening, at 10:42 p.m. Boxborough police asked for assistance in searching for a possibly inebriated man who had been seen standing in the middle of Mass. Ave. laughing, but the searchers did not locate the happy fellow.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Someone brought a lost credit card to the police station, and the owner later picked it up.
Monday, Sept. 3
The day was marked by three traffic accidents, all with injuries. At 8:03 a.m. police were notified of a one-car crash on Route 2 westbound near Exit 38, which was handled by state police with help from a Harvard ambulance crew, who took a person to the hospital. A 911 call at 2:20 p.m. alerted police to a one-car rollover on Old Littleton Road. A person was trapped in the vehicle, and the caller said smoke was coming from the vehicle. The report drew police, fire, and ambulance personnel to the scene, and the injured person was taken to Emerson Hospital. Several 911 calls around 8:18 p.m. reported yet another one-car crash, this one on Old Shirley Road, and the ambulance squad took the injured person to Nashoba Valley Medical Center.
The police log is written by a Harvard Press reporter based on information gleaned from daily police logs and interviews with police staff. Decisions to publish or withhold names of people arrested is based on our need to balance the privacy of individuals with our responsibility to report news of significance and public safety.