Published in the November 9, 2015 edition.

WAKEFIELD — A 46-year-old Wakefield man was taken into protective custody at about 9:30 last night after staff at the Lakeside Hotel on North Avenue called police to report a man causing a disturbance in the hotel lobby. Once at the police station, officers requested Action Ambulance to transport the man to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital due to his level of intoxication.

Otherwise, it was a busy weekend of mostly routine calls for local police.

On Friday at about 12:40 p.m., police were called to the area of Main and Lowell streets on a report of a possibly intoxicated man walking in and out of traffic. Police were unable to locate the man.

At about 2:45 p.m. on Friday, police went to the Greenwood Plaza to check on a suspicious individual. Police made a thorough check of the area but could not locate the person.

A report of canoes on Crystal Lake at about 4:15 p.m. on Friday proved to be unfounded.

A Richardson Street resident reported a house egging that apparently occurred on Halloween. Vehicles were also egged. The reason for the delay in reporting the incident was unclear.

The Traffic Signal Department was notified after separate reports at about 6 p.m. Friday of malfunctioning lights at Prospect Street and North Avenue as well as Main and Water streets.

A Coolidge Park resident called police Friday just after 7 p.m. to report an unknown man in his backyard who stated that he was trying to get cell phone reception. The man apparently left the area in a black Chevy Silverado.

The manager of McDonald’s reported a large group of kids gathering in the parking lot possibly engaging in drug activity at about 8 p.m. Friday. Police dispersed the group. No evidence of drug activity was found.

At about 8 p.m., a caller reported Friday that a dog was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle on Spring Street near Vine Street. Police were unable to locate the vehicle, which was seen traveling on Spring Street toward Stoneham. The dog was taken to an area animal hospital by its owner.

A man who was reported to be panhandling on Albion Street at about 10 p.m. Friday was gone when police arrived to check the area.

Police were called to a Chestnut Street group home just after 11 p.m. Friday night after staff requested assistance with a resident causing a disturbance and threatening others. The client was calmed down and agreed to keep his voice down.


At 5:40 a.m. Saturday, a Wakefield Avenue resident reported that all four tires of his 2000 jeep Wrangler had been slashed overnight.

At about 4 p.m., a caller reported a suspicious man in a white utility van using binoculars. The man stated that he was bird-watching.


A 2002 Chevy Trailblazer parked on Tarrant Lane was towed at about 2 a.m. on Sunday and its owner, a 36-year-old Wakefield man, will be summonsed to court on charges related to having an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle.

A caller reported a a gray Dodge Charger stopping at houses and taking pictures at about 7:15 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle was gone on arrival of police.

Police received a report of syringes on the ground on North Avenue at about 9:30 a.m. The syringes were removed by police.

At about 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, Police, Fire, Action Ambulance and State Police were called to the southbound side of Route 128 near Exit 40 for a minor, two-car crash. No one required transport to the hospital. The Wakefield Fire Department remained on the scene until cleared by State Police.

At about 4:20 p.m. yesterday, police received a report of youths on the roof of the Doyle School. The kids, who were skateboarding, were sent on their way.


The Fire Department responded to 27 calls over the weekend, 20 of which were for medical aid.

On Saturday at about  10:20 a.m., the Wakefield Fire Department covered the Lynnfield South Fire Station while Lynnfield firefighters dealt with an extensive brush fire in that community. The Wakefield engine returned at about 11:15 a.m.

The Fire Department also checked on an unfounded report of an outside odor of smoke and responded to one motor vehicle accident. The remaining calls over the weekend were for accidental or malfunctioning fire or carbon monoxide alarms.