In the past week police made one motor vehicle stop, which resulted in a verbal warning. Emergency responders received two medical calls, both of which required ambulance transport to a hospital, one with Advanced Life Support services in attendance. Police responded to two callers who were locked out of their vehicles and also issued or renewed one firearm permit.
Tuesday, Nov. 3
While everyone’s eyes were on the election, fraudsters started a busy week of using stolen identity information to file false unemployment claims in other people’s names. At 1:10 p.m. an Old Littleton Road resident called to report a fraudulent claim. At 2:35 p.m. two employees of the Harvard Police Department reported false unemployment claims. And at 5:44 p.m. another Harvard resident came to the station with the same complaint.
Wednesday, Nov. 4
At 12:30 p.m. another Police Department employee found their identity had been stolen and used to file a false unemployment claim. At 6:55 p.m. a driver phoned to report hitting a deer on Ayer Road; the deer ran off. At 8:36 p.m. Ayer police called to say a driver who was “weaving all over” was coming south toward Harvard, but Harvard police did not locate the car.
Thursday, Nov. 5
At 5:57 p.m. Ayer police called again, this time saying a car headed toward Harvard was swerving into oncoming traffic, but Ayer officers soon updated the report, saying the car had returned to the rotary and headed back into their jurisdiction.
Friday, Nov. 6
At 6:30 a.m. someone called 911 to say a car with out-of-state plates was parked at the McCurdy Track. When police checked, they found the car was just parked, and nothing was amiss. At 10:10 a.m. someone at Westward Orchards called 911 to say an intoxicated man had stumbled to his car and was driving away. An officer arrested Justin Olsen, 38, of Boylston, who was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and having an open container of alcohol in his car. At 3:56 p.m. an Old Shirley Road resident reported another case of unemployment fraud. And, at 4:39 p.m., a Westcott Road resident filed a similar report. At 7:33 p.m. a 911 caller told police a car had gone off the road and crashed on Bolton Road. Police went to the scene and arrested Carolyn Carbonell, 51, of Harvard, on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation.
Saturday, Nov. 7
At 7:48 a.m. an officer noticed car parts scattered in the road near the intersection of Littleton County Road and Route 111. Police are investigating to determine if someone left the scene of an accident. At 8:43 a.m. an Old Littleton Road resident reported that someone had filed a false unemployment claim in the resident’s name.
Sunday, Nov. 8
At 10:52 a.m. a caller told police a man had jumped in front of his car while he was driving on Old Littleton Road. The driver said he had nearly hit the man, while the man accused the driver of speeding. Police spoke to both parties involved, and no charges were filed. At 3:30 p.m. a Still River Road resident called to say a woman walking a dog had come into the yard and shouted at the resident’s teenage daughter about President Trump; police are investigating.
Monday, Nov. 9
At 10:13 a.m. a caller told police he had found a large number of golf balls with nails through them behind the baseball field near the Bromfield School. Between 11 a.m. and noon, three more people—from Ayer Road, Bolton Road, and Littleton County Road—all reported fraudulent unemployment claims had been filed in their names.
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 the names of people arrested will be based on our need to balance the privacy of individuals with our responsibility to report news of significance.