Harvard police made four motor vehicle stops during the past week, all concluding with verbal warnings. They assisted with one disabled vehicle and eight instances of downed trees, wires, or other road hazards. They also responded to six medical emergencies, from which the ambulance squad took five people to area hospitals, four with Advanced Life Support on board. Officers also made two well-being checks, issued or renewed a firearms license, and responded to three false burglar alarms.
Tuesday, June 25
At 3:21 p.m. a 911 caller reported that smoke was coming from a utility pole near the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Bolton Road. When an officer arrived, the smoke was no longer visible, but National Grid was notified. At 6:22 p.m. someone phoned to say a light green Kia Sorento was weaving across the road in the Madigan Lane neighborhood, but police did not find the car. An officer on patrol checked on several vehicles parked at the Prospect Hill overlook at 9:23 p.m., as the area is closed after sunset. An officer also checked on a parked car by the railroad tracks on Depot Road at 9:43.
Wednesday, June 26
Someone is again dragging the picnic tables next to the General Store into the middle of Still River Road late at night, where they pose a serious danger to drivers. An officer went to the store to discuss the problem at 11:37 a.m. Police say those who are moving the tables could be charged with disorderly conduct or, if they cause a crash in which someone is hurt, the perpetrators could face more serious criminal charges.
Thursday, June 27
At 1:19 p.m. a postal employee called police about two people who were insistently trying to enter the backroom work area at the Ayer Road post office. An officer ordered them to leave the premises. Harvard assisted Lancaster police with a two-car accident at Kimball’s Farm on Lunenburg Road, in which one car caught fire and the other rolled over; at least one person was injured and taken to the hospital with Advanced Life Support on board. At 11 p.m. a Littleton County Road resident called to report hearing a gunshot, but police could not confirm any gunfire in the area. At 11:06 p.m. Harvard officers assisted Boxborough with a disturbance at a Paddock Lane apartment.
Friday, June 28
At 3:52 p.m. police spoke with two car owners about some minor damage that had occurred when one car backed into another at a Littleton Road residence. One owner had left the scene without being aware of the damage, but once both were informed of the problem, they settled the issue amicably.
Saturday, June 29
At 5:37 a.m. an Old Littleton Road resident reported a burglar alarm sounding. Littleton police answered the call because Harvard officers were responding to a medical emergency at the same time; Littleton did not send any further report to Harvard. Ayer police called at 8:39 a.m. about an erratic driver who was headed toward Harvard, and all units were advised, but the car was not found. At 12:42 p.m. someone called to say a bear was wandering across Ayer Road; the officer who responded saw the bear heading away from the road and into a patch of woods. A caller at 2:27 p.m. reported another erratic driver; when police later located the car, it was parked and the driver was asleep inside. Once awakened, the person passed a field sobriety test and was allowed to drive off.
Sunday, June 30
Nothing of significance to report.
Monday, July 1
At 10:39 a.m. someone called to report a coon hound was missing in the Pond Road area; the dog was located by evening. At 1:36 p.m. two Harvard officers assisted three Boxborough police in serving a warrant of apprehension against a Paddock Lane resident for a court hearing on involuntary commitment for treatment of alcohol or substance abuse. At 5:48 p.m. a caller reported a black car for speeding and damaging a mailbox on Prospect Hill Road. Police identified the car and issued a summons to Omar al-Homsi, 20, of Depot Road, for leaving the scene of property damage, speeding, and failing to stay within marked lanes. An Old Littleton Road resident called at 9:33 p.m. to say a car had slowed down in front of the house and he’d heard a gunshot; police did not locate the car.
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 names of people arrested is based on our need to balance the privacy of individuals with our responsibility to report news of significance and public safety.