In the past week, police helped one person who was locked out of a vehicle and responded to one request for a well-being check. They also responded to one false burglar alarm. Emergency responders received four medical calls. Two people required ambulance transport, one with Advanced Life Support services in attendance, and one person required a lift-assist.
Monday, Feb. 1
Federal law enforcement officials notified Harvard police they were coming to town but offered no information about the purpose of their presence.
Tuesday, Feb. 2
At 12:01 p.m. a Woodside Road resident called with a complaint about an all-terrain vehicle on the road. At 7:19 p.m. police alerted the Department of Public Works to start sanding town roads, which were becoming hazardous. At 8:58 p.m. an Old Mill Road resident called 911 to report illegal dumping, saying someone had added two trash bags to the bin the resident had put out for collection. Police spoke to the culprit and explained that another offense could lead to prosecution.
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Nothing significant to report.
Thursday, Feb. 4
At 10:27 a.m. the Ambulance Service responded to a call about a death at home. When neither a medical person nor a hospice organization is present at a death, a medical examiner must certify the cause of death and state police must file a report. At 5:25 p.m. an officer noticed a car that had gone off the road and into a snowbank near the intersection of Poor Farm and Ayer roads; no one was injured and damage was minimal. At 6:20 p.m. a caller reported an erratic driver on Ayer Road, and police alerted their counterparts in Ayer to be on the lookout. At 7:26 p.m. someone on Finn Road called to say a large, white dog was in their yard, and the animal control officer was notified.
Friday, Feb. 5
At 7:03 a.m. the Fire Department helped free someone who was stuck in an elevator at the Public Safety Building. At 3:02 p.m. a 911 caller reported a horse in the middle of Bolton Road, but the animal was gone when police arrived. At 8:10 p.m. another 911 call came, this time from the Harvard General Store, reporting a medium-size black dog there.
Saturday, Feb. 6
At 12:53 a.m. the dispatcher received a 911 call about a two-car collision on Interstate 495 southbound. The Harvard Fire Department and Ambulance Service both responded, and the ambulance took one injured person to the UMass Memorial Medical Center. At 8:44 p.m. an officer checked on a parked car at the McCurdy Track and informed the driver that the area closed at dark.
Sunday, Feb. 7
At 1:12 p.m. a Warren Avenue resident reported a fraudulent unemployment claim had been filed in the resident’s name. At 1:22 p.m. someone reported a disabled vehicle at Westward Orchards farmstand, but the vehicle was gone when police arrived. At 1:25 p.m. a caller reported a two-car collision in Bolton in which a Harvard resident was involved; no one was injured.
Monday, Feb. 8
At 9:44 a.m. a company called to let police know its agents were about to repossess a car on Ayer Road.
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.