WAKEFIELD — The carnival worker who went missing from Wakefield last Saturday is no longer  missing, as police said today that he was located and spoken to by law enforcement in Nashville, Tennessee.

He had previously been seen on security cameras at a couple of establishments in Boston on Sunday, but since police had not been able to speak with him, he remained officially listed as “missing.”

Justin Allen Ball, 31, of Azle Texas was working at the traveling carnival that was held last week outside the Galvin Middle School. He was reported missing by a co-worker who called police on Saturday after Ball left his post to go on a scheduled break at about 5:30 p.m. and never returned.

By Sunday morning, Ball had still not turned up. A missing persons report was filed by his employer, Cushing Amusements, LLC out of Wilmington.

Police were not able to provide any information on why Ball went missing.


A Wakefield woman was taken by ambulance to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital after a crash on New Salem Street just after 10 a.m. yesterday.

Police said that a 2017 Isuzu box truck was traveling north on New Salem Street when it made a wide turn across the double yellow lines in order to back into a parking lot. A 2008 Infinity EX35 SUV driven by the Wakefield woman was also traveling on Salem Street and collided with the truck. 

Both drivers were evaluated by first responders. The truck driver declined medical treatment, but the woman who was driving the SUV asked to be taken to the hospital. There was no word on the nature of her injuries. The SUV was towed from the scene.

The truck driver was issued a citation for a marked lanes violation.


The Fire Department responded to eight calls in the last 24 hours, six of which were for medical aid.

At about 8 a.m. today, the Fire Department went to Wakefield Memorial High School after an odor of natural gas was reported in the Culinary Department.

It was determined that the source of the gas odor was a pilot light on a stove that had gone out.

The pilot was relit without incident.