During this past week, police made 16 traffic stops and gave those drivers three citations, 12 verbal warnings, and one summons. Police also helped two motorists with disabled vehicles, helped one person get back into an inadvertently locked house, and fielded a request for an agricultural burn permit. The ambulance crew responded to 14 medical emergencies and took 11 people to the hospital, one with Advanced Life Support on board. Five people refused treatment or transport to the hospital.
Tuesday, Aug. 1
A patrol officer stopped on Still River Road at 8:55 a.m. to inform a work crew that its equipment, which was partially in the roadway, had to be moved. Someone called at 9:41 a.m. to speak with an officer about alleged crimes that occurred in Ayer. The caller was referred to Ayer police. At 11:25 a.m. a patrol officer stopped at an Old Littleton Road residence to tell workers from a moving company that their equipment had to be moved off the roadway. A Still River Depot Road resident called at 8:06 p.m. to complain that several teens on skateboards were in the roadway and that cars were speeding up and down the road as well. An officer went to the area and told the teens to move along. The cars were gone.
Wednesday, Aug. 2
At 1:50 a.m. Ayer police called for backup from Harvard officers in responding to a call about a man with an assault rifle seen near the Jack O’Lantern package store in Ayer. While responding to the call, police noticed a man in a red car driving around near them and videotaping their activities. Police say the car suddenly sped up, heading toward the officers, and then stopped abruptly. Ayer police arrested the man for threatening police officers, and during the ensuing questioning, they discovered that he was the one who had placed the call about the man with an assault rifle. He was subsequently charged with filing a false police report. At 9:04 a.m. a caller from a UMass Medical office on Ayer Road called about a man alleged to be from a cleaning company who had been acting suspiciously and then left the building. Employees in the office reported that $70 had been taken from a petty-cash box, but everything else seemed to be in order. Upon contacting the cleaning company, police learned that the company has only female employees. Police are continuing to investigate. Someone called at 3:28 p.m. to report a tree and some wires down on Littleton County Road. The Department of Public Works was dispatched to remove the tree, and National Grid was contacted to secure the wires. A few minutes later, at 3:33 p.m., a 911 caller reported a tree on wires on Old Littleton Road. The DPW was notified to attend to the tree, and Charter Communications was called to check on the wires. At 8:09 p.m. someone called to report a single-car crash on Poor Farm Road. Police say the driver lost control of the car, which went off the roadway. The driver was cited for failure to stay within marked lanes. The driver refused treatment or transport to the hospital; the car was towed.
Thursday, Aug. 3
At 10:43 a.m. an officer came across an excavator parked in the roadway on Sherry Road and asked the operator to move it. Boxborough police called at 10:45 a.m. to alert Harvard officers to watch for a dark BMW with damage to the front passenger side that had been involved in a hit-and-run in Boxborough. Police did not locate the car. At 3:16 p.m. a caller reported a car off the road on Woodchuck Hill Road. Police report that the car had gone off the roadway and struck a utility pole. Harvard fire and EMS personnel responded, along with officers from Boxborough and workers from National Grid. The driver, who refused treatment, told police he had fallen asleep at the wheel. He was cited for negligent operation of a motor vehicle and for driving an unregistered vehicle. The car was towed. A patrol officer stopped at the solar field on Ayer Road to investigate a man seen there and found it was the groundskeeper.
Friday, Aug. 4
Around 4:43 p.m. police received several calls about a two-car crash on Ayer Road near Harvard Kennels. Police and fire personnel responded, along with ambulances from Harvard, Ayer, and Devens. According to police, the crash occurred when one car slowed to make a left turn and the second car, traveling behind, did not slow enough and rear-ended the first car. The driver of that car was cited for following too closely. Three people were taken to Nashoba Valley Medical Center, one by the Harvard ambulance, one by the Ayer ambulance, and the third by the Devens ambulance. One car was towed. At 9:01 p.m. a patrol officer noticed three teens exiting the woods on conservation land along Still River Road. The officer stopped to speak with the youths and told them no one is allowed to be there after dark.
Saturday, Aug. 5
A West Bare Hill Road resident called at 10:17 a.m. seeking help in removing a bat from the home. The animal control officer was contacted. Littleton police called at 7:30 p.m. looking for backup in investigating a suspicious-looking white van in their town. They called back shortly afterward to say the van turned out to be a delivery truck, so no backup was needed.
Sunday, Aug. 6
Someone called at 10:26 a.m. to report a tree down, blocking part of Pattee Road. The DPW was dispatched to remove it. At 12:53 p.m. a caller expressed concern that the rear parking lot at Bellevue Cemetery was turning into a municipal parking lot. An officer checked the lot, where three cars were parked, and reported that no issues had been found. A Sherry Road resident called 911 at 2:03 p.m. to report that a female acquaintance was missing. The caller said the woman had been in the woods for more than two hours. She returned a short time later. Someone called at 11:50 p.m. with suspicions about an SUV that had repeatedly driven up Oak Hill Road, parked, and then traveled back down. The SUV was gone from the area when police arrived.
Monday, Aug. 7
A Hynes Lane resident called at 6:59 a.m. to complain that a car was parked on the road, a private roadway. An officer determined that the car was far enough off the road to pose no hazard, and that there were no issues with its being parked there. An Old Littleton Road resident called to report that the family’s mailbox had been vandalized overnight for the second time in a month. Boxborough police called at 10:54 p.m. seeking backup at a motor vehicle stop near the Boxborough town line. Police say that drugs were involved. Someone called at 2:14 p.m. to report that a pile of brush on the side of Stow Road was creating a blind corner. The DPW was notified to remove the brush. A Warren Avenue resident called at 10:09 p.m. with concerns about a bicycle chained to a nearby tree. The caller was concerned that the bike’s owner might be in the woods nearby. Police searched the area but did not find anyone.
And while we were away during the month of July
Harvard police officers made 29 motor vehicle stops, which resulted in four citations, 23 verbal warnings, one summons, and one arrest. They helped two motorists get into inadvertently locked vehicles, helped six more with disabled vehicles, and responded to one request for an outdoor cooking fire and two requests for agricultural burn permits. They also issued one summons for a variety of charges, including disturbing the peace and reckless endangerment of children, and issued another summons to a motorist for leaving the scene of a property damage accident. In addition, police responded to two calls about road hazards, nine calls about wires or trees down, 14 calls about suspicious activity, and 10 motor vehicle complaints. They also looked into four reported incidents of vandalism, two at the town beach, one at McCurdy Track, and one on Murray Lane.