Published in the February 12, 2016 edition

MELROSE — A winter storm weather pattern finally descended on the area late last week, creating the usual headaches for residents, motorists, the DPW, police, firefighters and others.

On Friday, February 5, the city received about seven inches of heavy, wet snow. At 10:20 a.m., a tree limb reportedly fell on a motor vehicle parked on Greenleaf Place. About eight minutes later a wire was reporrted down on the edge of the street near the Perkins Street-Warwick Road intersection. A 10:48 a.m. a tree was reported lying across Russell Street. At 11:52 a.m. a tree limb was down in the middle of Lincoln Road.

Damage to a city tree was reported on Warwick Road at 12:13 p.m. A tree was reportedly blocking a portion of Warwick Road at Grove Street near Cheryl’s School of Dance at 12:20 p.m. A tree branch was down in the 200 block of Howard Street around 12:40 p.m. A tree was down at Washingtn and Aaron streets around 1 p.m. A city tree reportedly fell on a vehicle on Highview Avenue around 1:20 p.m.

A tree was blocking both lanes in the 300 block of Upham Street around 1:40 p.m. A wire was down on Sewall Woods Road just before 2 p.m. Around the same time, a tree branch and wires were down at the intersection of Franklin and Vinton streets. A tree limb was blocking part of Cedar Park just before 3 p.m. The same thing was reported three minutes later on Norman Road.

A wire was reported down at the Franklin and Pratt streets intersection around 3:10 p.m. Just before 4 p.m., wires were down at Cutter and Sibley streets.

At about 4:15 p.m. a transformer explosion was reported on Ridgewood Lane.


The city received another six inches of snow Monday, February 8.


A 53 year old former employee of the Melrose Shell station at Main Street and the Lynn Fells Parkway will be summonsed to court for reportedly stealing money.

Police were contacted about a past incident on Tuesday, February 2, around 9:50 a.m. They said the Salem resident could be seen on surveillance footage counting money at the counter. He was supposed to deposit the money in a dropbox when he was done. He did not. As a result he will be charged with larceny over $250.

The Weekly News does not publish the names of people police say they plan to summonse to court.


A 25 year old Grove Street man was arrested on a warrant around 11 a.m. February 2 after police investigated a report of two teenage girls knocking on doors requesting the use of a phone. One reportedly had a bloody nose.


A Bellevue Avenue resident told police around 2:30 p.m. February 2 that a man hired to remove an underground oil tank was paid a large deposit and never finished the work. Police contacted the man and resolved the situation.


A 2014 Nissan Altima last seen on February 2 was reported stolen from a Lincoln Street driveway at 7:08 a.m. Wednesday, February 3.


A 33-year-old Malden man will be summonse to court for larceny over $250 after reportedly stealing more than one thermal imaging camera from a Washington Street business. Police were told of the alleged thefts at 10:04 February 3.


On Thursday, February 4, a Meridian Street resident old police around 5:15 p.m. that she had been away from home only to return and discover someone had charged $330 to one of her credit card accounts without authority. She then searched her home and found that card missing. She told police she will see if anyting else was stolen from her home.


An Ashmont Street resident thwarted a scam attempt sometime before 8:13 a.m. Saturday, February 6. Police said she told them that she received a phone call from a man speaking with an accent who told her her brother had been injured. When she told the caller it could not have been her brother, he then said it was her boyfriend and demanded money to get him help. When she said no the caller got angry and soon the local resident hung up, a lesson for all who receive these type of bogus calls.


Following is a sample of the calls answered by Melrose Police from Monday, February 1, to Sunday, February 7:


• Suspicious activity involving a man sleeping in the back seat of a motor vehicle around 8:15 a.m on Mt. Zion Road turned out to be a livery driver who was early picking up a customer.

• A motor vehicle parked on Stevens Place was ticketed around 10:10 a.m.

• Police took a couple of unclaimed, surplus bicycles to the Salvation Army on Route 1 in Saugus around 12:15 p.m.

• Someone reportedly feel in a restroom in a Tremont Street business around 12:20 p.m. and required help.

• Two hypodermic needles found in the small park near Grimsby’s on the Fellsway East were brought to headquarters around 2 p.m.

• A dog was reportedly running in an out of traffic in the 200 block of Main Street around 5:25 p.m. Animal Control was notified.


• A baby reportedly had a seizure on Conrad Road just before 7 a.m.

• A 2011 gray Subaru Forester was reportedly stolen from a Slayton Road home sometime before the crime was reported just before 8 a.m.

• Someone at the East Boston Savings Bank branch, 108 Main St., said another person had been struck by a motor vehicle around 9:10 a.m.

• A motor vehicle parked at the Middlesex Fells Reservation on the Fellsway East around 3:30 p.m. was reportedly broken into.

• A 64 year old Pleasant Street man will be summonsed to court for assault following a disturbance at the Franklin Manor Condominiums on Green Street around 4:15 p.m.


• A Derby Road resident reported a past break into a shed on his property around 11 p.m.


• A citizen who told police a cell phone had been in his car for the past two months turned it into headquarters around 10:30 a.m.

• An electrical transformer problem was reported round 11 a.m. on Circuit Street.

• Vandalism was reported to a motor vehicle parked at a Lebanon Street condominium complex around 11:25 p.m.


• A past break into a motor vehicle was reported on Mystic Avenue around 11:15 p.m.

• A woman was reportedly down at the housing complex at 910 Main St. around 6 p.m.

• A 39 year old Winthrop man will be summonsed to court for criminal harassment following an investigation by police around 7:15 p.m.


• A tree limb lying on wires was causing sparking around 12:15 a.m. on Warwick Road.

• A 16 year old will be charged with the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and with driving during the prohibited hours of midnight to 5 a.m. following an accident on Laurel Street around 1 a.m.

• A silver 2005 Honda CRV was reportedly stolen from a Summer Street sometime before police were called around 8:55 a.m.

• A break into a motor vehicle on East Wyoming Avenue was reported around 9:40 a.m.

• A break into two motor vehicles on South High Street was reported at 10:04 a.m.

• Another break into a motor vehicle on Clinton Road was reported at 11:14 a.m.

• A Russell Street resident said his vehicle had been entered during the night and money stolen. He called police at 1:44 p.m.

• A blue 2006 Infiniti wwas reportedly stolen from Stone Place sometime before 2:14 p.m.

• A loud party at the Lt. Norman Prince VFW post on Main Street was determined to be done for the night by police around 11:30 p.m.


• A mailbox and stop sign were reportedly down at the intersection of Grove Street and Linwood Avenue around 8:20 a.m.

• A snow-covered motor vehicle reportedly parked on Vine Street for several days was determined by police around 10:20 a.m. to be legally parked, although it did have one overnight parking ticket on it.