Saturday, May 18, 2013
Additionally, one town gave us plenty of fodder for what could have been an entire unusual police news column.
If he had just gone to court the first time, this wouldn't have happened. A Fitchburg man found himself on the wrong side of the bar in Westborough District Court this week when he was arrested for failing to appear for jury duty. When police pulled him over for failing to stop/yield, they found that he was wanted for skipping out on jury duty. No doubt his trip to court as a defendant will be less pleasant—and more expensive—than if he had simply shown up for jury duty. Why did the turtle cross the road? In Shrewsbury, he crossed the road because if he had stayed in the middle of it, he would have continued to block traffic. Shrewsbury police recently were called to Grafton Street to remove the turtle from the road, as cars were backing …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Also in unusual police news, a man was weaving in and out of traffic (on a bike).
The case of the annoying singer/honker. A woman kept Holliston dispatchers busy last week, when she was the subject of not one, not two, not three, but at least four 911 calls in two days. Apparently, she was harassing the caller, first by blocking her from passing on the street. (She had called earlier about advice on a court action.) Then, she was singing God Bless America loudly and honking his horn. The final call was from a neighbor, who was also perturbed by the loud singing and honking. Can you get pulled over for drunken-bicycle-driving? A person called 911 in Milford on Tuesday afternoon reporting that an intoxicated man was on a bicycle, and weaving in and out of traffic. (Or, he was just a man learning how to ride a bicycle.) …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
In other quirky police news, a raccoon avoided capture.
Look out for bikers (who may be accidentally flashing you). Just as drinking and driving don't mix, neither do dresses and motorcycle driving. A woman on Monday afternoon told a Wendy's employee in Milford that a woman wearing a "pink flowered dress" had flashed her. An officer reported it didn't sound like an indecent exposure incident, but rather, a biker who didn't cover herself up enough. Mutual aid was not required for this "fire." Officials have warned about the high threat of brush fires this week, and at least one area resident was particularly vigilant and on the lookout for anything that might need to be reported. In the wee small hours of the morning Wednesday, a Holliston resident called in what was believed to be a fire. …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Also in unusual police news, a dog was interrupted from doing his business.
Dog charges at human. Wait, no, correction: human charges at dog. Dogs are often getting flak for running after humans, but in this case, it's a human that was accused of "charging at" a dog (and his owner.) A man who was walking his dog in Holliston this week called police after a homeowner allegedly charged at him while his dog was relieving himself on a fire hydrant. If it looks like a bat, flies like a bat, sounds like a bat: it's a duck. Dover police officers were called to a resident's house recently after the resident heard what she thought was a bat in her fireplace. Police responded, checked out the fireplace, and found not a bat, but a duck. The duck was removed. File this under "unusual reasons for a disturbance." Milford …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
In other unusual police news from the area, a man fell asleep in a strange location.
Nap time The man in Shrewsbury who was napping in his trunk at 8:11 a.m. must have had a long night—so long, in fact, that he couldn't drive home to rest. When someone saw him climb in the trunk, they called police. Upon arrival, he told the officer he was just taking a nap...no need to worry. No brass knuckles for this gangster In Marlborough, an intoxicated man was apparently upset when his keys were taken, as he bit the finger of the woman who tried to take them. Unfortunately, this is not the first time police described him as "mouthy." In February he was arrested and told police at that time he was a "straight up gangster." A TIREd cat You read that right. A Medfield woman had to seek assistance from police when she found a cat stuck …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
In other unusual police news from the area, a woman fell asleep in a strange location.
Mastermind, she is (allegedly) not. A Marlborough woman must have been quite satisfied with her alleged scheme to get her boyfriend's ex-wife in hot water. The woman, at least for a little while, had police thinking that her boyfriend's ex was sending her harrassing text messages. She was so convincing that police got a warrant to arrest the ex. The problem is, when the ex was in custody, the woman continued to get the "threatening" text messages, which she continued to report to cops. As there was no way the ex could have been sending them while in custody without her phone, police found a new suspect, the "victim" herself. The woman had apparently been using a Pinger account, which can make it look like texts are being sent from a …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
In other unusual police news from the area, there was a deer who's training to be an escape artist.
Let this be a lesson, kids. Try to rob someone and you could get punched in the face. After allegedly demanding cash from another man and threatening to throw him over a railing at the Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough, a Shrewsbury man came away with a punch to the face and robbery charges. The kicker? (Or should we call it, "puncher?") The guy who tried to rob the other guy first punched a sign, apparently to indicate that he would punch the victim should he not hand over his cash. But instead of following through on his threat, the would-be-robber got punched by his victim, and was arrested. Classic. Dog bites aren't funny. But this domino effect kind of is. Disclaimer: I love dogs. All dogs. Even the dog that bit my little dog a couple …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
In other unusual police news from the last week, an allegedly drunk woman went "tire-testing."
Now, Honey Bunch, that's not very sweet of you. A Milford woman called police to report her cat was attacking her, and had chased her into the bathroom. (Good call: every cat I've ever known hates water.) Police and Animal Control responded, and found the woman was scratched, but otherwise OK. The cat, "Honey Bunch," was taken into custody. If you click here, you can see a picture of Honey Bunch, looking pretty darn menacing. Perhaps she should have gone tire-testing when sober. A Marlborough woman's "road test" earned her the attention of Sudbury officers recently when she peeled out while taking a turn. The loud, squealing tires put her on police's radar; they pulled her over and ultimately charged her with drunken-driving, along with "…
Saturday, March 16, 2013
In other unusual news compiled from the past week's area police blotters, an employee was accused of making a co-worker's coffee overly aromatic.
As long as he didn't appear from beneath the ground, it's not that weird. Milford Police received a call from a man reporting suspicious behavior in a local cemetery. The caller said the man was carrying an orange rope and "running oddly" around the stones. Police could not locate the man. Hey, I asked for half-and-half. Milford police received a call from an employee at a local asssisted living facility. The employee said that a co-worker had emptied perfume into her coffee. Police respond to domestic dispute: woman versus machine. If someone called the cops every time I yelled at an appliance or piece of equipment, I'd be in trouble. In Shrewsbury, a resident called police on a neighbor who was yelling while starting a snow blower.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
In other unusual police news, a shortcut landed a woman in custody.
An emergency order. A "vulgar male party," (that was the dispatcher's decription, probably not the caller's) called 911 in Milford to report that Wendy's wouldn't serve him in the drive-through. Why, do you ask? Not necessarily because he was vulgar: but because he was walking, not driving, up to the take-out window. Police believe the man was drunk and hungry. WHDH posted the audio of the 911 call, if you're interested. There's no shortcut to success. A woman who was trying to evade police (she was wanted for skipping out on court dates and was carrying around a fake ID) earned the attention of a Westborough officer this week when she took a shortcut through a parking lot to avoid a red light. She was arrested when the officer looked up …