Published in the December 16, 2016 edition

MELROSE — Packages continue to be stolen from the front steps of homes around the city.

A Park Street resident filed a report December 7 at 4:47 p.m.

A day earlier, at 7:19 a.m., a Melbourne Avenue resident reported that package contents had been stolen from his property.

On Thursday, December 8, at 1:42 p.m., the resident of an apartment on East Emerson Street reported the theft of a package.

On Friday, December 9, at 1:15 pm. a Conrad Road resident said a package left by the door of his house was stolen.

In last week’s paper, the Melrose Police issued tips on preventing doorstep thefts. Here are a few of them:

• Require a signature upon delivery to assure someone is there to receive your package.

• Sign up for electronic notifications to continually monitor and track your package.

• Schedule a specific date and time for delivery to ensure you’re home to receive your package.

• Ask to be called when your deliveries arrive.

• If traveling, set up a vacation hold on all deliveries to postpone their arrival.

• Send your packages to an alternate destination, such as work or a family member’s home, to make sure someone is present to receive deliveries.


On Wednesday, December 7, police went to assist a resident in the 900 block of Main Street. That assistance led to a court summons for a 62 year old local man for criminal harassment and breaking and entering a building in the nighttime for a felony.

The initial police response was at 5:30 p.m.

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


Early the same day, police were told of a disturbance on Grove Street around 1:35 a.m. and eventually arrested John D. Savino, 48, of 2 Grove St., apartment 2, for domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.


Following is an example of other calls answered by police between Monday, December 5, and Sunday, December 11.


Police helped their Saugus counterparts provide some traffic direction around 8 a.m. following a motor vehicle accident on Essex Street in Saugus not far from the Melrose line.

Everyone involved in a noise complaint at an East Emerson Street apartment was spoken to by police around 9:30 a.m.

Police went back to the same apartment around 1 p.m. and reported that all was in order.

A woman told police around 4:45 p.m. that she had just hit a dog with her car in the 600 block of Main Street, in front of the Coolidge Apartments. The dog was brought to the Melrose Animal Clinic.

Fraud was reported by a Morgan Street resident around 6:15 p.m.

A citizen reported a low hanging wire in a tree on Geneva Road around 6:45 p.m. Firefighters responded and raised the wire to a safe height.


A caller said a friend was in the Wyoming Cemetery around 6:35 a.m., possibly looking to harm himself. Police said the man was taken to the hospital.

A man was reportedly harassing customers at Honey Dew Donuts on Main Street around 10:35 a.m.

Metal was reported in the middle of Tremont Street near the City Yard around 2:35 p.m. Police said nothing was in the street.

Construction vehicles were allegedly blocking a lane of travel on Howard Street around 3:50 p.m. Police said the vehicles were parked legally.

State Police handled an accident at the Lynn Fells Parkway and Warwick Road around 6:15 p.m.

Police investigated the theft of a backpack from the vicinity of Main Street and West Wyoming Avenue around 8:20 p.m.


A vehicle parked behind Papa Gino’s reportedly had its headlights on around 2:25 p.m. Police spoke with the owner, who turned the lights off.

A work crew was reportedly blocking a certain part of Winthrop Street at 10:16 a.m.

A homeless man was not wanted inside the YMCA building on Main Street around 11:55 a.m. Police sent him on his way.

Three vehicles were ticketed at the Porter and Rowe streets intersection after the DPW called in a parking complaint around 12:20 p.m.


Someone apparently dumped the inside of his vehicle out onto Penney Road near the pumping station. The contents were found just before 9 a.m.

A loose manhole cover was reported on West Wyoming Avenue, also just before 9 a.m. Police said they could not locate the problem.

A wallet found in the middle of Summer Street was turned into police around 11:15 a.m.

A minor motor vehicle accident involving a postal service vehicle and a car in a Brazil Street driveway was investigated around 12:15 p.m.

At 12:15 p.m., a Woodcrest Drive resident reported baseball nets were set up along the side of the street. Nets were set up in seven different locations on Woodcrest Drive, Dartmouth Road, Sharon Road and Bancroft Road.

Representatives of a paving company needed help moving a car parked on Everett Street around 12:30 p.m.

Trash was thrown onto a property on Ferdinand Street after neighbors had a dispute around 1:05 p.m.

A 50 year old resident of the Cochrane House, 80 Grove St., was placed in protective custody around 6:10 p.m. after police responded to a call about an unwanted guest.


A loud truck was stopped in front of a Franklin Street real estate office around 6:25 a.m. and the driver advised of city ordinances about noise.

A Park Street told police of on-going harassment around 9:30 a.m.

A Winthrop Street resident reported a scam around 10:40 a.m.

A Windsor Street resident also reported a possible scam around 3:30 p.m.

A Lebanon Street resident reported a scam around 5:35 p.m.


A woman told police of a hit and run accident in front of Marathon Sports around 11:35 a.m.

Someone reportedly passed out in the Melrose Library around 4:10 p.m.

An intoxicated man was reportedly lying in the middle of Fairmount Street around 9 p.m.


A burglar alarm sounded at a West Emerson Street heating business around 3:25 a.m. Police initially said everything was secure. They then went around to the back of the building with the owner, went inside, and found that a curtain rod had fallen, setting off the alarm.

A purse was turned into police around 1:05 p.m.

A theft was reported by a resident of East Emerson Street around 1:25 p.m.

Larceny from a motor vehicle parked on Grove Street was reported around 5:45 p.m.