Blotter Tales: March 13, 2016
By Emily Sweeney
Globe Staff

Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.


At 12:20 a.m. Feb. 28, Pea­body police got a call from a man who said he was “going to bomb the Golden Banana’’ in approximately 20 minutes. The strip club at 151 Newbury St. was cleared out, and officers searched the building with a dog, but found nothing.


At 5:07 p.m. Jan. 20, Bridgewater police received a 911 call from a woman on Old Forge Road who reported that she’d been threatened by her neighbor because her door kept slamming shut in the wind. No word on whether she, nature, or the police defused the crisis. At 9:41 p.m. Feb. 1, Beverly police were called to settle yet another dispute between two feuding Atlantic Avenue condo owners. This time, one accused the other of taking his garden hose. No, I didn’t, said the neighbor. And so on. Not long before 11 p.m. Feb. 6, a Pyburn Road resident called Lynnfield police to report that a neighbor had refused to lower the volume on a TV. When officers showed up, the volume got turned down. Just after 6 a.m. Feb. 9, a Swampscott man told police that his neighbor was smoking marijuana and blowing the smoke toward his home. No word on whether he inhaled, and when an officer showed up, there was also no evidence of lingering smoke.


Hey, it’s not just neighbors who have trouble being neighborly: Sometimes the combatants are at closer hand still. At 12:19 p.m. Feb. 18, Burlington police received a call from a woman who reported that her roommate had stolen some of her property. Well, not exactly stolen: The roomie, whose gender was not specified in the police log, had used her hand cream lotion without permission. Police spoke to the two and advised them of their options, and the woman who called came up with a simple solution: She plans to move out in August.


At 3:29 p.m. Feb. 4, a Newton police officer was dispatched to the Brigham House at 20 Hartford St. It’s an 1886 Queen Anne-style home that now houses an after-school program. Someone, officers were told, had just taken potshots at its windows with a BB gun. Police would later report that a suspect, a 60-year-old Newton man, was to be summonsed to Newton District Court to face charges involving malicious damage and discharging a BB gun on a public way. No word on a possible motive; police could not provide further details.


So it was hardly a harsh winter compared with last year’s, but that didn’t eliminate thefts of winter equipment. On Feb. 6, a Reservoir Road resident called Brookline police to report the theft of a snow blower. At 10:40 a.m. Feb. 27, Peabody police received a report that two plow lights — the kind you might see atop a pickup truck — were stolen from Outdoor Power Equipment on Oak Street. And then there are reports of thefts that are downright weird no matter what the season. Like the one filed Feb. 28 by a Milford resident who said that 20 of approximately 30 trash bags he’d put out in front of his home earlier had vanished. His concern, he told officers, was that some of the bags contained old tax documents with his personal information, so he wanted the incident documented, just in case. On Feb. 24, Peabody police received a report that someone had stolen $500 worth of Legos from Toys “R’’ Us at the Northshore Mall. This was no youngster, mind you: The shoplifter was described as a man in his early 50s wearing black jogging pants and a black windbreaker.


At 7:46 a.m. Feb. 23, Norton police received a report of a black pig on the loose in the area of the Interstate 495 north overpass. Officers responded to the scene on East Main Street and the report was true, all right, but the creature proved elusive. At 8:15 a.m., Sergeant Robert R. Whitfield reported that he and an animal control officer were still unable to catch the pig. Finally, at 8:34 a.m. — almost an hour after the call came in — Whitfield had good news: The animal control officer had corralled the animal.

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