Needles Removed from the Beach

The following information comes from the Swampscott Police Department log. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

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The following are excerpts from the Swampscott Police Department's log:

Saturday, July 12

Police made contact at 12:08 a.m. with a man connected to an earlier call on New Ocean Street. He was waiting at the train depot for a train to Beverly.

VFW Post 1240 on Pine Street was checked at 1:02 a.m. when an unoccupied vehicle was found parked tucked into a corner of the parking lot.

A caller from the area of Jessie and Roy streets said he heard about five shotgun blasts in the past 10 minutes at 1:20 a.m. He was unsure which direction the shots were coming from.

Two people were taken to Salem Hospital after a car crash with injuries on Humphrey Street.

A dog bite was reported at a Paradise Road address at 10 a.m. The victim did not have a cell phone and the owner of the dog was reluctant to call police.

Hazardous conditions were reported on Stetson Avenue at 12:20 p.m. when a large glass table fell off a passing truck, leaving glass all over the road.

A fire was reported in a second floor unit at an Essex Avenue address at 3:15 p.m.

A car crash occurred on Paradise Road near Custom Eyecare at 4:21 p.m. when a Tom’s Taxi struck the sidewalk and blew out a tire. Nobody was injured and the taxi was on the side of the road in the grass.

A driver was issued numerous criminal summonses after a car stop on Paradise Road at 5:13 p.m. After stopping the vehicle for speeding, an officer found that the driver had a suspended license and the vehicle was unregistered and uninsured.

The Essex County Regional Emergency Communications Center reported at 6:32 p.m. receiving nine 911 hang-up calls from an Essex Street address since 4 p.m.

Loss prevention officers at Stop and Shop on Paradise Road reported at 7:01 p.m. they had detained a female shoplifter. Police issued a summons for court for a charge of shoplifting.

A panhandler was reported at Whole Foods on Paradise Road at 7:03 p.m. The caller said that he may get hit by a car. Officers checked the area and determined it was unfounded.

A vehicle was stopped on Humphrey Street at 8:43 p.m. for allegedly having an expired and non-renewable registration. The driver was issued a civil citation for the registration and a bylaw violation for allegedly possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. The vehicle was also towed.

A loud party that has been going on for several hours was reported in the backyard of a home near Beach Avenue and Columbia Street at 10:57 p.m. The music was turned down.

Parked vehicles were going the wrong way and parked on the sidewalk along Puritan Lane at 11:29 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

A Maple Avenue resident reported at 6:02 a.m. that an unknown type of alarm was going off for the past hour in the area. Police found that a senior housing resident had set off the alarm.

A newspaper delivery person reported  at  6:08 a.m.  that days worth of newspapers were piled up at the back door, which is unusual.  An ambulance was notified but they found nobody was home.

Needles were recovered from Fisherman’s Beach west off Humphrey Street at 10:48 a.m.

An officer was flagged down by a Blodgett Avenue resident to report a hornet’s nest in the driveway at 11:14 a.m. Because of concern about the kids, the Department of Public Works will be notified on Monday.

A Puritan Lane resident reported t at 1:35 p.m.that a strange woman on a bicycle rode her bicycle into a neighbor’s yard where nobody is supposed to be home.

A resident on Puritan Road  reported at 3:23 p.m. that they had video of the landlord accosting her and her husband.

Salem police requested assistance after a man was arrested in Salem at 5:04 p.m. The man who was arrested at the McDonalds on Canal Street in Salem had a very aggressive pit bull in his vehicle and a family member from a Farragut Road address needed to go pick up the dog.

A sergeant and a patrol officer served a harassment order at a Puritan Road address.

Am ambulance was called to a Paradise Road apartment for a 4-year-old child who had a  finger caught in the door and was bleeding profusely at 7:01 p.m. Action Ambulance took the child to the hospital.

A caller complained that a truck parked at the  corner of Atlantic  Avenue and Brown Road was making it dangerous to enter Brown Road at 7:34 p.m. A complaint was also made at the same time about construction noise in the same area. Officers checked the area and found the vehicle was parked properly and there was no construction noise.

A stolen bicycle  was reported at Thai Thani restaurant on Humphrey Street at 8:29 p.m.

An open door was found at a Currier Court address at 9 p.m. where unhealthy mold was found inside.

A domestic situation was reported at a Reddington Street address at 9:25 p.m. James McGovern, 51, of 11 Reddington St. was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery with a restraining order in effect and witness intimidation.

Monday, July 14

A missing person was reported at a Duke Street address at 12:27 a.m.


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