In the past week, police made one motor vehicle stop, which resulted in a written warning or citation, and issued one parking ticket. Emergency responders received one request for a well-being check and three medical calls. In one case, a person refused ambulance transport. In the others, the ambulance squad took two people to area hospitals, one with Advanced Life Support services in attendance. Officers also responded to four false burglar alarms.
Tuesday, March 17
Nothing of significance to report—perhaps the quietest St. Patrick’s Day on record.
Wednesday, March 18
At 7:52 p.m. an officer noticed a car parked at a closed business on Ayer Road and checked on it, but found nothing amiss.
Thursday, March 19
At 6:22 p.m. an officer on patrol told several people in cars parked at the Prospect Hill overlook to move along because the area was closed by town order.
Friday, March 20
At 1:55 p.m. an officer saw 15 cars gathered at the Prospect Hill overlook and told the occupants to leave because the area was closed. At 4:32 p.m. two people were asked to leave the Ann Lees Road softball field for the same reason. At 5:05 p.m. another large group—in about a dozen cars—was asked to leave the Prospect Hill overlook.
Saturday, March 21
At 7:14 p.m. an officer asked several people at the Bare Hill Pond beach to move along because the area was closed by town order.
Sunday, March 22
At 3:52 p.m. a Haskell Road resident called police because a neighbor said someone had pitched a tent on the resident’s land. When police checked, they found no tent—only someone tending a permitted fire. At 7:08 p.m. a caller reported several vehicles were parked at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, but an officer found no problem there. At 9:03 p.m. someone called 911 to report a missing person, who was said to be intoxicated. His vehicle was located in a swamp behind the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River. State police and a canine unit, along with Harvard police, searched the area, but the missing man was not found. He was subsequently arrested by Lancaster police while committing an armed robbery.
Monday, March 23
At 9:18 a.m., in a follow-up to Sunday’s search, police arranged for the car left in the swamp to be towed away. At 4:48 p.m. a 911 caller reported a one-car crash on Finn Road near the town line. The crash was in Stow, so Stow police were notified. At 10:50 p.m. another 911 caller told police a tree was down on Still River Road. Police alerted the Department of Public Works, and a DPW worker removed the hazard.
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.