Compiled by Lynda King
Excerpts from the Public Safety Logs. Please note, arrests are made based on probable cause but do not determine guilt or innocence until proven in court.
Police News, Aug. 1 – 7
House Break Reported
On Aug. 1, a break-in was reported at a home on South Bolton Road. Police say the break occurred sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 6:20 p.m., and was discovered by the owner upon arrival home from work. Thieves took three safes containing firearms, as well as a number of miscellaneous items. Police Chief Warren Nelson told the Independent that there had to have been at least two people involved, as the safes were large and heavy, and that the thieves had to have used a large vehicle to carry the safes, such as a pickup truck, a van, or a U-Haul trailer. He asks that anyone with information call the station at 978-779-2276 or the anonymous tip line at 978-779-7808.
In other activity this week:
- Police made 55 traffic stops, which resulted in 33 citations, 21 verbal warnings and one arrests. They also responded to four accident scenes and assisted five motorists with disabled vehicles. In addition, they investigated 13 reports of suspicious activity and five traffic complaints, and fielded nine calls about trees or limbs down.
- The ambulance crew responded to seven medical emergencies and transported seven people to the hospital.
Police Log: Aug. 8 – 14
Police made 50 traffic stops, which resulted in 34 citations, 14 verbal warnings and two arrests. They also assisted four motorists, three with disabled vehicle and one who had been inadvertently locked out of the car. In addition, they fielded six calls about trees or limbs down.
- The ambulance crew responded to eight medical emergencies and transported three people to the hospital; five people refused treatment/transport to the hospital.
In other activity:
Monday, Aug. 8:
3:56 p.m. A caller advised that a tree company was cutting trees on Main Street, possibly on conservation property. Police determined that the work was being done on private property.
5:47 p.m. Police responded to the scene of a minor two-car accident on Still River Road near Bolton Orchards and provided information for a paperwork exchange.
Tuesday, Aug. 9:
10:29 a.m. A motorist reported a dead raccoon in the roadway near Nashoba Valley Winery. The Department of Public Works was asked to remove the carcass.
3:31 p.m. Bolton Police, fire and EMS personnel responded to a home construction site on Long Hill Road in response to a call about an overturned 10-wheel dump truck. Police reported on their Facebook page: “The truck was on uneven ground, and as it raised the dump body to offload a load of loam, it tipped onto the driver side. The operator was able to climb out with only minor injury. The truck was later righted and removed.”
5:49 p.m. A motorist reported what appeared to be a verbal altercation between a man and woman in a car being driven slowly on Main Street. Police responded and arrested the driver on domestic assault and battery charges.
7:01 p.m. Police were called to the scene of a two-car accident on Main Street. Police report that a car heading westbound on Main Street accidentally struck a car exiting onto Main Street from Harvard Road. Police say that the driver of the westbound car had stopped to allow a car stopped at Manor Road to enter onto Main Street, but did not see the car parked at the stop sign on Harvard Road, and struck it when resuming travel on Main. No injuries were reported and no citations were issued. Both cars were towed.
8:10 p.m. A Fox Run Road resident reported a smashed mailbox.
Wednesday, Aug. 10:
12:39 p.m. A 911 caller reported a two-car accident on Main Street, at the intersection with Wattaquadock Hill Road. Police reported that while pulling out onto Main Street, a car stopped at the stop sign on Wattaquadock failed to yield to a car heading eastbound on Main Street and struck that car. There were no injuries, no citations were issued, and neither car was towed.
Thursday, Aug. 11:
9:35 a.m. A Wattaquadock Hill Road resident called to report that a political sign was stolen from the yard.
4:26 p.m. A motorist called 911 to report traveling behind a vehicle that had gone off the road on Route 117 in Stow, had struck some barrels, then continued travel toward Bolton. Police located the car, which they say had visible damage, and spoke with the driver, who said he may have fallen asleep for a moment while driving. The officer notified Stow police.
4:37 p.m. A caller reported that one car had rear-ended another on Main Street at the Sugar Road intersection, and had then fled the scene, heading westbound on Main Street. Police gave chase and also notified Lancaster police, who found and stopped the car in Lancaster. Bolton police arrived at the scene and arrested the driver, 35-year-old Michael C. Boates of Worcester, on charges of heroin possession, driving with a suspended license, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. His car was towed.
7:13 p.m. A resident on Annie Moore Road called to report that someone had used his name and personal information to rent a car in Alabama. Bolton police are working with police in Alabama to investigate.
11:56 p.m. A motorist called 911 to report a car being driven erratically on Route 117 in Lancaster, headed toward Bolton. Police did not locate the vehicle.
Friday, Aug. 12:
12:31 a.m. An officer on patrol stopped to investigate an occupied car parked at the Country Cupboard and found the driver highly intoxicated. The 53-year-old Westford resident was taken into protective custody, and the car was towed.
1:23 a.m. A Kettle Hole Road resident called to report hearing some people in the area creating a disturbance. Officers went to check, but did not hear or see anything suspicious.
8 a.m. A resident on Kettle Hole Road called to report that someone had egged the house and a car.
2:46 p.m. Someone stopped at the station to report a suspicious email received from a bank at which he did not have an account.
6:09 p.m. A caller reported a small terrier running loose on Quaker Lane near Berlin Road. The Animal Control officer was notified.
9:15 p.m. A Kettle Hole Road resident called to report concerns about the number of vehicles parked at a neighbor’s. The officer who responded found that the cars were not obstructing traffic.
Saturday, Aug. 13:
10:48 a.m. A 911 caller reported a two-car accident on Main Street, near Forbush Mill Road. Police report that a car that was stopped on Green Road pulled out too quickly into traffic on Main Street and “clipped” a car headed westbound on Main. There were no injuries, not tow was required, and no citations were issued. Police say damage was minor.
12:19 p.m. Someone called 911 to report a stray dog on Green Road.
4:40 p.m. Someone called to complain about traffic from the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster.
Sunday, Aug. 14:
9:21 p.m. A 911 caller reported that a tree had come down in the roadway on Long Hill Road and complained that there was no detail officer there.
11:28 p.m. A resident on Main Street called to complain about jack-hammering being done on Interstate 495.