Published in the October 16, 2015 edition

MELROSE — Following is a sample of the reports handled by police during the week of Oct. 5 to 12.


• A suspicious motor vehicle was reported at the intersection of Vine and Myrtle streets around 7:30 a.m. It belonged to a detail officer who was waiting for his detail to begin.

• A 911 call came in from the Veterans Memorial Middle School elevator at 7:48 a.m. Police found that a button had been pressed inadvertently when someone got into the elevator.

• Three small dogs left in a car at the intersection of West Foster and Berwick streets were determined to be safe around 1 p.m. The windows had been left open and the animals did not appear to be in any danger, police said.

• Vandalism was reported at 4:17 p.m. to a home on the Lynn Fells Parkway.

• Firefighters went to Lake Avenue at West Emerson Street around 4:30 p.m. after being told of gasoline in the road. They put down a drying agent to clean up the gas spill.


• Loud music coming from a motor vehicle on Ashland Street was turned down sometime after 3:41 a.m.

• Items were allegedly taken from a motor vehicle parked at a South Cedar Park home. The victim called police at 11:19 a.m.

• A landscaping truck struck a pole and knocked down wires on Baxter Street around 12:25 p.m. A police officer on detail made the report and others notified firefighters and the utility company.

• An alarm sounding at an East Street home was found to be triggered by pets walking inside the residence around 5:25 p.m.

• Larceny was reported at a Main Street home around 6:40 p.m.

• Larceny from a motor vehicle on South Cedar Park was reported around 7:15 p.m.


• Vandalism to the Horace Mann School was reported at 8:09 a.m.

• An 88-year-old Malden man will be summonsed to court for failing to yield and driving a motor vehicle without a license following an accident at First and Gooch streets around 12:10 p.m.

• A Coca Cola truck was reported on the wrong side of Franklin Street in front of Domino’s Pizza facing the wrong way around 12:50 p.m. The vehicle was gone by the time police arrived.

• Shaw’s supermarket personnel called police around 1:10 p.m. to report that a customer had passed out in aisle 10. The stricken person was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

• Skateboarders at Melrose High were told to leave school property around 3:20 p.m. One of them allegedly also threatened another teenager.

• A water main break was reported on Rowe Street around 4:20 p.m.


• A skunk was reportedly struck by a motor vehicle on Linwood Avenue sometime before 4:47 p.m.


• An Island Hill Avenue woman who was 38 weeks pregnant reported having complications around 7:15 a.m. She was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital by Melrose firefighters.

• A Richardson Road resident told police around 11:20 a.m. that a man was selling magazines at her house the day before. She was advised to call back if she saw that man in the area. He is described as an African-American man between 25 and 30 years old, short with a thin build.

• An Ellis Farm Lane resident reported a suspicious man knocking on doors asking for work in the neighborhood. The resident called police around 6:40 p.m.

• A loud group was reportedly causing a disturbance at the Town Estates around 9:25 p.m. Police went back around 9:55 p.m. and found four men and two women on their way home for the night.