Due to space limitations in the print version of our paper this week, we were unable to run much police news. Here it is in its entirety.

Published March 1, 2019

MELROSE — Weather was a factor in a single-vehicle crash on Franklin Street late Wednesday night, February 20.

A woman driving a 2003 Acura east on Franklin in the vicinity of Walton Park slid in the snow and struck a Verizon utility pole, which broke in two and partially pulled down poles on the other side of the street as a result. Also damaged was a city speed radar sign.

Verizon personnel, a tow truck operator, local police, firefighters and Stoneham officers all responded to the area.

The woman was taken to MelroseWakefield Hospital.

Her vehicle, substantially damaged, was towed from the scene.


On Friday, February 22, police launched an investigation after being told of a stolen cellphone from the bleachers of the basketball court at the Main Street YMCA.

A father and son walked into police headquarters around 7:20 p.m. and told an officer the son had left a $600 iPhone in a backpack and placed in on the bleachers while he and his father played some basketball. When their game was over, the son noticed the phone had been taken from the bag.

Police will use some surveillance footage as they investigate the matter.


A damaged fence was reported on West Foster Street February 20 around 2 p.m.


A 21-year-old Lynn man will be summonsed to court for violating an abuse prevention order following a domestic incident on Hurd Street around 11:30 p.m. February 20.

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


A 22-year-old Greenwood Street man will be summonsed to court for the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a two-vehicle crash at the corner of Franklin and Cliff streets Thursday, February 21.

According to police, the young man was driving a 2015 Honda Fit that struck a 2017 Toyota RAV4 as the Toyota stopped to turn into a driveway around 10:40 a.m. Police soon learned the Fit driver had a learner’s permit but needed to have a licensed operator in the vehicle with him, which he did not.


A South High Street resident told police just before 7 p.m. on February 21 that a $500 loan had been taken out in her name without her knowledge at Citizens Bank, and there were also two related loan charges. Citizens’ personnel told the woman to file a report with police, which is part of the procedure when one is a victim of fraud.


A 31-year-old West Wyoming Avenue woman will be summonsed to court for having an uninsured motor vehicle that exhibited another vehicle’s license plate after the vehicle was discovered on Corey Street around 6:40 a.m. on Friday, February 22.


Also on February 22, around 3:45 p.m., police were told of a motor vehicle break-in on Linwood Road. Police said the unlocked vehicle had been rummaged through, and the owner said some items were missing.


Following are examples of other recent police business:


Someone told the police of a snow blower and gas can that had been left at the intersection of Main and Upham streets around 11 a.m. Police could locate neither.

A brown rat terrier was seen running around the Hesseltine Avenue-Howard Street area around 11:25 a.m.

A verbal warning was issued following a traffic stop on Bellevue Avenue around 2:10 p.m.

A motor vehicle accident was reported in the 500 block of Lynn Fells Parkway around 5:25 p.m.

A disabled MBTA bus was moved to the side of the road at the Main and Essex streets intersection around 5:40 p.m.

A verbal warning was issued following a motor vehicle stop at the Main and Briggs streets intersection 8:20 p.m.


A vehicle reported to be broken down on the side of the 1100 block of Main Street around 4:30 a.m. could not be located by police.

A verbal warning was issued following a motor vehicle stop at the Howard Street-Sunset Road intersection around 11:10 a.m.

A citation was issued to a motorist stopped at Main Street and Reading Hill Avenue around 11:40 a.m.

Police were told of a person taking photographs in the 200 block of Porter Street around 2:50 p.m. That person, police were told, was picked up by someone driving small brown sedan.

A Garfield Road resident reported fraud just before 7 p.m.


A ticket was written for a parking violation on Sewall Woods Road around 2:05 a.m.

Nine tickets were written for overnight parking violations at Cedar Park Depot on West Emerson Street around 2:15 a.m.

Five tickets were written for the same violations at the West Wyoming Depot around 2:30 a.m.

Local service station personnel responded after someone locked keys in his motor vehicle near Papa Gino’s on Main Street around 7:40 a.m.

As police watched traffic in the Howard Street-Carlida Road area around 11:10 a.m., they issued one written citation and one verbal warning to motorists.

A Shaw’s supermarket customer in physical distress was taken to MelroseWakefield Hospital around 11:30 a.m.

A person fell on Essex Street and was taken to MelroseWakefield Hospital around 12:20 p.m.

A West Emerson Street resident told police of identification fraud around 12:40 p.m.

Youths on the train tracks near Essex Street were moved from the area by police around 1:40 p.m.

Someone living in the Melrose Towers Condominium complex on Melrose Street received an obscene phone call and told police about it around 5:05 p.m.

State Police investigated a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of the Lynn Fells Parkway and West Emerson Street around 5:45 p.m.

Another accident was reported at the intersection of Main Street and the Lynn Fells Parkway around 6 p.m.

A Nason Drive resident told police of an overwhelming odor of natural gas and chemicals inside her apartment around 7 p.m.


Someone using a snowblower on Vine Street around 1:40 a.m. turned the machine off after police responded.

Identity theft was reported by a Dexter Road resident around 10:40 a.m.

A dog bit someone at Oak Grove Village around 12:30 p.m.

Possible Social Security fraud was reported by someone in the Melrose Towers around 1 p.m.

Police received a complaint of an unshoveled sidewalk on Swains Pond Avenue around 4 p.m.

Someone said he was being followed by a motor vehicle in the Florence-West Foster streets area about 10:50 p.m.


Six parking tickets were written for overnight violations at the Highlands Depot around 2:20 a.m.

At 2:21 a.m., police wrote a ticket for a parking violation on Pleasant Street.

A Bellevue Country Club golf cart was found in front of home on Brookledge Road around 5:30 a.m. A club employee was sent to retrieve the cart.

 At 6:22 a.m. a citizen told police of two suspicious men who may have been breaking into vehicles in the Florence Street-West Wyoming Avenue area.

Police were told of a man in Army fatigues whose well-being was a concern along Pleasant Street just before 8 a.m. Police could not locate him.

A past motor vehicle break-in was reported on Malvern Street around 9 a.m.

At 9:13 a.m. police were told of someone in physical distress in the 1100 block of Franklin Street. That person was taken to Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Someone in distress after falling on Vine Street was taken to MelroseWakefield Hospital around 11:35 a.m.

Stolen property was reported on Larchmont Road just before 12:30 p.m.

A barking dog was reported in an apartment on Washington Street around 10:40 p.m.


Two tickets were written for overnight parking violations on Walton Park around 2:15 a.m. This was following by the issuance of four tickets on Pleasant Street and one ticket each at the Highlands Depot and on Lynde Avenue.

About 6:28 a.m. a West Emerson Street resident told police that a neighbor was on the front porch yelling. Police responded and found the person wearing headphones and singing very loudly. The person agreed to stop singing.

Someone who was using a jackhammer on Ferdinand Street around 8:05  a.m. was spoken to by police.

A 35-year-old Boston woman has been charged with having an uninsured motor vehicle at the Town Line Inn around 8:40 a.m. She will be summonsed to court.

A Hunnewell Street resident reported that her house had been egged sometime before 11:19 a.m.

An odor of natural gas was reported in the Melrose and Warren streets area around the same time.

At 2:43 p.m. a Vinton Street resident reported a lost or stolen wallet at the downtown YMCA.


Three tickets were written for overnight parking violations on Converse Lane and three more were issued on Pleasant Street around 2:20 a.m.

State Police handled a motor vehicle accident at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and the Lynn Fells Parkway around 1:35 p.m.

An 18-year-old Glendower Road man was charged with disturbing the peace following a fight inside the Dunkin’ Donuts at 348 Main St. around 3:40 p.m.


Police wrote seven tickets for parking violations on Cedar Park around 2:15 a.m., eight ticket for parking violations at the West Wyoming Depot around 2:25 a.m. and one ticket for a parking violation on Pleasant Street around 3:30 a.m.