In the past week police made no motor vehicle stops, and no one locked themselves out of a car (or if they did, they didn’t call the police). Nor were there any calls for emergency medical services. But there were eight calls about disabled vehicles, as roads were icy nearly all week. Police also responded to two false burglar alarms.
Tuesday, Jan. 4
At 8:39 a.m. a caller reported a disabled car on the Route 2 overpass at Ayer Road; the vehicle required a tow. At 2:14 p.m. a resident told police someone was debiting an amount from his credit card every month. Police are investigating but think the debits may be an honest mistake, caused by someone transposing two numbers of the credit card.
Wednesday, Jan. 5
At 10:57 a.m. a 911 caller told police about a disabled car on Woodchuck Hill Road. At 4:12 p.m. an Old Shirley Road resident called police to report the license number of a car that had pulled into her driveway; a man had then gotten out and relieved himself across the road. At 10:24 p.m. police alerted the Department of Public Works that roads all around town were becoming icy.
Thursday, Jan. 6
At 3:16 p.m. someone from Ann Lees Road called about an older woman who appeared disoriented. Police notified the woman’s husband, who took her home. At 5:38 p.m. a caller reported a German shepherd wandering around near Fivesparks. At 8:12 p.m. Ayer police alerted Harvard officers about a driver who was weaving from lane to lane near the rotary; the car was gone when police arrived.
Friday, Jan. 7
At 9:36 a.m. police received a 911 call about a car that had skidded off Ayer Road. The driver, a 31-year-old Shrewsbury woman, received a summons for driving an uninsured car with a suspended registration. At 11:58 a.m. a caller reported a car stuck in a snowbank on Old Littleton Road. And at 12:40 p.m. several vehicles got stuck at Bellevue Cemetery (see story). At 2:09 p.m. someone came to the police station to report she had received a phone text saying her Amazon account had been hacked and many charges had been made on it; however, that text itself was a scam, and the payment she made in response to the text was a loss. At 5:23 p.m. a woman called to ask for advice about harassing messages being sent to her workplace; an officer advised her.
Saturday, Jan. 8
At 12:11 p.m. another disabled vehicle was reported on Old Shirley Road.
Sunday, Jan. 9
At 5:32 p.m. police again alerted the DPW that roads were becoming icy as night fell.
Monday, Jan. 10
At 3:13 a.m. police repeated their call to the DPW as road conditions worsened. At 5 a.m. an alarm company reported a burglar alarm at an Old Littleton Road home; police found wind had blown open a back door to the basement; an officer secured the door. At 5 p.m. an Old Littleton Road resident called to report a speeding car; police located the vehicle and spoke to the driver.
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.