In the past week, police assisted two people with disabled motor vehicles. Emergency responders received two medical calls, one for an unattended death and the other for a person who required transport to a hospital with Advanced Life Support services in attendance.
Tuesday, June 16
At 5:09 a.m. a caller reported a bicycle and helmet lying along the side of Shaker Road, possibly indicating an accident. When police checked, however, they concluded the bike was old and had been abandoned, and the helmet was probably unrelated to it. At 12:04 p.m. someone called to say a St. Bernard dog that appeared lost and scared was running toward town center on Littleton Road; the animal control officer was notified. At 1:06 p.m. an officer called Spectrum about cable wires down on Old Schoolhouse Road. At 7:35 p.m. both Spectrum and Verizon were notified about downed wires on Old Boston Turnpike.
Wednesday, June 17
At 2:17 a.m. a Prospect Hill Road resident called to complain that a neighbor was working with loud power tools, but in fact the noise was from a night work crew on Route 2. At 11:24 a.m. a passerby notified police of a bicyclist who had fallen after hitting a pothole on Ayer Road; police checked on the rider, but she said she did not need medical transport. At 2:49 p.m. a West Bare Hill Road resident phoned about a stranger in her driveway; police spoke with the man and found nothing amiss. At 5:37 p.m. a 911 caller reported a crash on Route 2 westbound; no one needed ambulance transport. At 8:05 p.m. a caller complained about several young people in a field at Fruitlands Museum, but police found no parking or other violations.
Thursday, June 18
At 9:17 a.m. a caller told police that a road rage incident had started in Harvard and continued to Littleton, where one man got out of his car and tried to get into the other vehicle. Police in both towns are following up; one car was a silver BMW SUV. At 10:10 a.m. a resident who is required to register yearly as a sex offender came to the station to do so.
Friday, June 19
At 7:32 a.m. a caller reported several hundred dollars’ worth of damage to the driveway at Murphy Insurance Agency on Ayer Road; it was not clear whether the damage was intentional or a side effect of someone “doing doughnuts.” At 8:03 a.m. someone called to report a black box labeled as medical supplies lying at the side of Pinnacle Road. At 2:31 p.m. an employee at Harvard Outdoor Power Equipment on Ayer Road phoned about an aggressive customer. Police say the altercation briefly became physical, and each man accused the other of assault. Police told them they could file charges against each other in court.
Saturday, June 20
At 12:27 p.m. a caller told police his cabin on Four Acre Island had been broken into, perhaps over the winter. At 8:53 p.m. a Prospect Hill Road resident reported vehicles parked on both sides of the road, encroaching on private property; police spoke to the car owners, and they left the area.
Sunday, June 21
At 2:53 a.m. a 911 caller reported a rollover on Route 2 westbound; state police had jurisdiction over the crash, but the Harvard ambulance squad took two people to the hospital. A second 911 call, this one at 4:38 a.m., alerted police that a car had gone off Prospect Hill Road. An officer took the driver home to Ayer, and the car was towed. At 3:17 p.m. an Oak Hill Road resident reported a fraudulent unemployment claim filed in his name.
Monday, June 22
At 1:17 a.m. Lunenburg police came to Harvard because a car registered here had been involved in a case of vandalism in their town; Harvard police contacted the vehicle owner, who was told to phone Lunenburg. At 10:36 a.m. a Warren Avenue resident reported an online scam. At 12:39 p.m. someone on Myrick Lane called to report a fraudulent unemployment claim. Police say most people learn about such claims when they receive a letter in response to “their” claim. At that point, they should file an online report of the fraud with the state and also inform local police. Next they should check their credit report, but police said most people have not found any other credit problems resulting from the unemployment scam. At 7:57 p.m. a caller told police some teens were smoking marijuana on Prospect Hill Road, but no one was there when police arrived.
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.