In the past week, police made two motor vehicle stops, both of which resulted in verbal warnings. Emergency responders received four medical calls, with two people requiring ambulance transport to a hospital; one person refused transport, and the other needed a lift assist. There was also one request for a well-being check.
Tuesday, Sept. 1
At 6:43 a.m. police notified Verizon that a utility wire was down near the Harvard Highway Department on Depot Road. At 4:33 p.m. Ayer police asked Harvard to notify a resident that her credit card had been turned in at the Ayer police station. At 6:49 p.m. someone at the Bowers Brook apartments called police with suspicions about a man in a gray pickup truck, saying the truck had been in the parking lot there for over an hour. An officer found that the truck’s occupant was taking a nap. At 8:19 p.m. police received a second call about the same napper. At 9:04 p.m. someone called with suspicions about a woman “being uncooperative” in the neighborhood of Saint Elizabeth’s Convent on Still River Road. Police learned the woman was looking for a place to spend the night. After an officer spoke to a leader at the convent, the woman was able to stay there overnight.
Wednesday, Sept. 2
At 5:37 p.m. a caller alerted police about a person the caller feared was suicidal. Police determined the person no longer lived in Harvard, but was now in Groton, and so they called police there. At 7:07 p.m. a delivery truck driver called to say he had locked his keys in the truck, which was running, and he would have to leave the truck on Lancaster County Road until he got a spare key from his employer.
Thursday, Sept. 3
At 8:54 a.m. a Bolton Road resident called about a case of unemployment fraud. At 9:45 a.m. a motorcyclist told police his license plate had fallen off his cycle and was lost. At 2:57 p.m. an officer radioed in a report of a one-car crash near Sorrento’s on Ayer Road; no one was injured. At 10:21 p.m. a resident reported hearing doors slam and seeing people with flashlights near the end of Old Mill Road. When Harvard police checked the area, they found vehicles parked at the end of the road. State police from Devens also came to the scene. Officers searched the general area and the golf course at the Red Tail Golf Club, but found nothing out of order. They concluded the noises and lights were from the railroad yard on Barnum Road.
Friday, Sept 4
At 5:28 a.m. a caller told police that something looked amiss at the Hillside Garage. An officer found one bay door slightly open, as well as a broken window; the owner was informed. At 5:31 p.m. an officer noticed that the town line sign on Shaker Road had been stolen. At 10:47 p.m. a Bolton resident not far from the Harvard line called 911, saying their television showed a man and a woman were trying to break in the resident’s back door. Officers from both towns responded, and the caller was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Saturday, Sept. 5: At 3:37 p.m. someone called to say there were trespassers at the Oak Ridge Observatory on Pinnacle Road. However, police found that the people near the property were cable company workers. At 8:03 p.m. a 911 caller reported a group of teens standing unsafely on the road at the Prospect Hill overlook; but an officer found just a few people beside the road, not on it.
Sunday, Sept 6
At 6:05 p.m. police received a complaint about a recreational vehicle at the Holy Hill conservation area on South Shaker Road; no other details were available. At 9:02 p.m. a motorist called 911 to say she was being followed closely by a pickup and was using her GPS to come straight to the police station. After both vehicles pulled in at the station, the pickup driver explained he had mistaken the driver of the car for his girlfriend, who was supposed to be at a rehab center. At 9:20 p.m. a resident of Littleton County Road reported loud firing that “sounded like a bomb” from the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club. Harvard police notified Boxborough, where the club itself is located. (Only the entrance is in Harvard.)
Monday, Sept 7
After a busy week, there was nothing significant to report on Monday.
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.