Published in the February 26, 2016 edition.

WAKEFIELD — Police yesterday said they arrested a Lynn man for giving a false name/Social Security number following a discovery that the vehicle he was driving had stolen license plates attached.

When police spotted James Joseph Owen Jr., 12 Sidney Ave., #2, Lynn inside a 1999 Chevrolet S10 in a parking lot on North Avenue, a check was run with the Registry of Motor Vehicles and it was learned that the plates had been stolen. The matter was reported to the Wilmington Police Department.

Owen also was arrested on three outstanding arrest warrants out of Lynn District Court at 4:25 p.m.


In other police business on Thursday:

• Police assisted a driver whose vehicle had run out of gas while at the intersection of North Avenue and Chestnut Street just before 9 a.m.

• A dispute between neighbors on Brewster Road was reported just before 11 a.m. Police assisted the people involved.

• An Albion Street building owner was contacted when a sign above the business was spotted loose over the sidewalk. The matter was reported at 11:45 a.m.

• A possible collision at the intersection of Lowell and Vernon streets was reported at 12:10 p.m. The caller said he may have rear-ended another vehicle at the intersection, causing damage. Papers were not exchanged at the time and the driver reporting the incident asked that police log the matter.

• Police plan to summons a Melrose resident to court on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and being in violation of a moped law. The person was stopped by police on Water Street at 1:10 p.m.

• Police are looking into the possibility of vandalism on Bennett Street. A caller told officers at about 3:30 p.m. that the window in his front door was damaged.

• Police notified Animal Control Officer Ken Stache about an altercation involving three dogs on Flanders Lane at about 7:30 p.m.

• Police sent a group of people on their way just after 11 p.m. following a report that they may have been gearing up for a fight.



• A disturbance on Columbia Road was reported at midnight. Police checked the area and all was quiet.

• A Byron Street resident called police at about 2 a.m. when a man in the area was spotted going from car to car and checking to see if they were unlocked. Police were unable to locate any suspects.