During the week, police made three traffic stops, resulting in two verbal warnings and one ticket for speeding. Police also helped two motorists get into their locked cars. The ambulance responded to six medical emergencies, taking four patients to area hospitals, two with Advanced Life Support personnel on board.
Tuesday, March 14
A spring nor’easter brought more than a foot of snow to most parts of town. As the storm got underway, police called the Department of Public Works at 5:18 a.m. to begin treating Harvard roads. As the afternoon wore on with winds gusting as high as 55 mph in the Worcester area, according to the National Weather Service, residents reported downed trees on Woodchuck Hill Road and Bolton Road. At 4:23 p.m. the ambulance responded to a 911 call and took a Warren Avenue patient to a local hospital. Police called the DPW at 5:15 p.m. to remove a tree that had fallen across Westcott Road. At 5:34 p.m. an officer on patrol reported seeing a branch down near Still River and West Bare Hill roads, which he moved out of the way. A motorist on Woodside Road called police at 8:42 to complain about the driver of a town plow. Police spoke to both parties, who said they were all set. At 11:55 p.m. a driver reported that a car had gone off the road near the Ayer town line. Police responded, but the driver had freed the car and left.
Wednesday, March 15
Police responded at 8:37 a.m. to a burglar alarm at a Mass. Ave. residence. They found a door ajar but no sign of an intruder. At 3:22 p.m. a motorist called 911 to complain that a dark sedan was traveling toward town in an erratic manner and at a high rate of speed near the Still River Post Office. An officer searched the area but could not locate the vehicle. At 9:42 p.m. the ambulance responded to a 911 call and took a Littleton Road patient to an area hospital.
Thursday, March 16
The ambulance responded to a 911 call at 7:40 a.m. and took an Ayer Road patient to a local hospital with Advanced Life Support personnel on board. At 7:49 a.m. a 911 call brought the police to an accident scene at the Bromfield School. A motorist had been rear-ended while backing out of a parking space. There were no injuries, the car was towed, and there were no charges. Police responded to a panic alarm at a Still River Road home at 6:14 p.m. It proved to be false, as the residents confirmed. At 6:33 p.m. police stopped a speeding vehicle near Bolton and Slough roads and gave the driver a verbal warning. An officer stopped a second car at 6:58 p.m. near Dunkin’ Donuts on Ayer Road and issued the driver a ticket for speeding. At 8:11 p.m. Gardner police asked Harvard police for help in locating a driver with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease who had become disoriented while driving in Harvard. According to police, the man had called his niece, who was able to supply them with her uncle’s GPS coordinates. A Harvard officer located the man, and his family picked him up.
Friday, March 17
At 3:06 p.m. the ambulance provided a “lift assist” to an Ayer Road resident who had fallen. Police, ambulance, and fire personnel responded to an accident on Route 2 at 3:53 p.m. The ambulance took an injured person to a local hospital. At 6:25 p.m. police investigated a report of smoke in the Bromfield School boiler room that had been phoned in by the cleaning crew. Nothing was found to be amiss.
Saturday, March 18
An Ayer Road resident phoned police at 12:59 a.m. to report that there was a parked car in a nearby lot with no driver inside. An officer investigated but found nothing out of order. At 9:15 a.m. a resident came to the station to report what seemed to have been an attempt to steal his Social Security number, but it might also have been a simple computer error on his part. Boxborough police called at 10:05 a.m. to ask for help directing traffic at an accident scene on Route 111 at Burroughs Road. An officer responded and lent assistance. At 10:34 a.m. the ambulance responded to a medical emergency, but the patient declined transport. Police investigated a burglar alarm that had sounded at 2:14 p.m. at Hildreth Elementary School. It was false. The alarm company responded and reset the alarm. A driver called at 2:40 p.m. to complain that a blue Subaru with spoilers was speeding on Woodside Road. No plate number was given and the car was gone by the time an officer arrived in the area. At 3:34 p.m. a Shaker Road resident notified police he would be firing shots for target practice. A Stow Road resident called at 4:31 p.m. to say she had spotted fresh footprints circling her house. An officer responded but found no signs of a trespasser. At 4:31 p.m. police stopped a speeding vehicle near Stow Road and Codman Hill Road and issued the driver a verbal warning.
Sunday, March 19
At 11:53 a.m. police investigated a false alarm at Hildreth Elementary School. The responsible security company reset it. The alarm sounded again at 1:08 p.m. This time police found children in the school shooting baskets, although the school building was closed for the weekend. The police asked the children to leave and the security company came to the scene and reset the alarm. At 3:20 p.m. a resident came to the police station to file a report of disorderly conduct in the vicinity of Stow and Finn roads. The report is under investigation. Area dispatch called the Harvard Fire Department for assistance in fighting a structural blaze in Lancaster. Harvard sent Engine 4 and a crew, but they were called off before they arrived at the scene. At 7:43 p.m. the ambulance responded to a medical emergency on Myrick Lane, but the patient refused transport.
Monday, March 20
At 10:47 a.m. an officer helped an Old Littleton Road resident with snow removal. A caller reported seeing a sickly looking coyote in the parking lot of the professional buildings at 270 Ayer Road at 11:06 a.m. The caller said the animal was not causing problems but was refusing to leave. By the time an officer arrived, however, it was gone. At 3:59 an officer reported seeing new graffiti on both the east and westbound sides of the Route 2 underpass at Ayer Road. Police determined that it was not hate speech of the kind seen in Harvard last year. The matter was reported to the state police. An East Bare Hill resident reported that a tree was on some nearby lines. Police notified National Grid, but the utility refused to respond initially because the affected lines belonged to the phone and cable companies. The offending branches were eventually removed.