WAKEFIELD — A 40-year-old woman from Wakefield escaped serious injury yesterday when the driver of a small dump truck reportedly forced her into a snowbank as she walked near the intersection of Water and Vernon streets and ran over her right foot.

Patrol Office Meaghan Leary responded to the scene at about 2:20 p.m. and found that the woman had been escorted into a convenience store near the corner of Vernon and Water streets. The victim said she had been heading north on Vernon Street when the driver of the truck forced her into a snowbank.

Witnesses to the incident said they tried to signal the driver to stop by blowing their horns but he took a right onto Water Street and kept going.

The woman was not severely injured, said police.

The truck was described as a small dump truck, possibly a Chevrolet and dark green or black in color. The side of the truck may have been engraved with the name of a landscaping company. Police also said the truck was pulling an empty 14-foot Bobcat trailer with ramps and red around the wheel well. The driver was described as being about 5 feet and 10 inches, had a beard and was wearing a stocking cap.

Police are now looking for the driver.


A motor vehicle accident yesterday on Wave Avenue resulted in the rollover of a 2008 Acura.

Police said that Patrol Officer David Rando responded to the scene at about 6 p.m. after a 19-year-old woman from Wakefield hit the driver’s side of the Acura with her 2008 Honda after taking her eyes off the road for a few seconds. The impact caused the Acura to overturn into a snowbank.

The Fire Department responded,and the Acura was uprighted.

Minor damage was noted on both vehicles.


A couple from Stark Avenue told Patrol Officer Russell Carman that someone had used one of their Social Security numbers to file their 2014 taxes with the IRS.

The IRS rejected the tax return because the Social Security number submitted had already been used.

An IRS agent urged the couple to file a police report. The victims also contacted their credit card company so the account could be monitored.

The incident was reported at 1:25 p.m. Friday.


A Montrose Avenue resident reported that while she was away from her home between 9 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Friday someone struck her mailbox and post, causing significant damage. The mailbox and post had an estimated value of $150.

Patrol Officer Matthew Powers checked the area for items that could have been used to cause the damage but found nothing.


In other police business over the weekend, beginning Friday:

• A collision was reported at the intersection of Broadway and Foundry streets at 5:05 a.m.

• Two more collisions were reported just after 9 a.m., the first at the intersection of Richardson Avenue and Main Street and the second at the intersection of Otis and Rockland streets. There were no injuries in either accident. The second accident involved a trash truck that backed into a private vehicle.

• A hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Pleasant and Otis streets was reported at noontime. Minor damage was done to one of the vehicle’s side mirror.

• A Richardson Avenue resident reported an overwhelming odor of marijuana smoke in the hallway of his building. Those involved agreed to try to block the odor in the future. The incident was logged just after 12:30 p.m.

• Papers were exchanged following a collision on North Emerson Street just after 12:30 p.m. Minor damage was noted.

• A past hit-and-run accident was reported by a Cedar Street resident just after 3 p.m.

• A Mt. Pleasant Avenue resident reported that someone stole her laptop computer. The incident was logged just before 4:30 p.m.

• A two-car collision at the intersection of Albion and Lake streets was reported at 5 p.m. Injuries were not reported. Papers were exchanged.

• An employee at a bank on Main Street reported that a man got into an argument with a female customer who was later escorted to her vehicle. The man was still in the area but he was not located. The incident was reported at about 5:30 p.m.

• Police plan to summons a 33-year-old Revere woman on charges of operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle and driving after her license had been suspended. She was also cited for failing to display an inspection sticker. She was stopped at about 6 p.m. at the intersection of Oak Street and Greenwood Avenue.

• A caller reported that he ended up with a flat tire after driving over a large pot hole on Vernon Street. The incident was logged at about 9 p.m.

• A man was sent on his way at about 9:30 p.m. after he was spotted possibly casing a store on Main Street.


On Saturday:

• A two-car collision at the intersection of Greenwood and Crystal streets was reported just before 9 a.m., but the vehicles were gone when police arrived.

• A citizen went to the Police Station at about 6 p.m. to report a past collision on Salem Street.

• Just after 7 p.m. an employee of the Department of Public Works reported an accident on Bay State Road. The vehicles involved left the scene before arrival of police.


On Sunday:

• A snow-related complaint was logged at about 1:45 p.m. A caller told police there was a large amount of slush in the roadway near Water Street and Montrose Avenue, making it difficult for vehicles to drive down the street. The DPW was notified.

• A water main break was reported just before 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Spring and Greenwood streets. The Water Department was notified and a crew responded.

• A collision on Main Street was reported at 11:30 a.m. No citations were issued.

• A dispute with a neighbor was reported at 2:35 p.m. from a Rosemary Avenue resident.

• Power lines were reported down on Emerson Street. The Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department was notified at about 4 p.m.

• An injured raccoon was reported in a driveway on Main Street at about 4:45 p.m.


On Monday:

• A Forrester Road resident reported having a problem with her furnace at about 3:40 a.m. The Fire Department was notified.


Last Thursday:

• A caller from West Water Street reported receiving threats by another resident at about 9 a.m. The matter was resolved.

• A woman from Water Street told Patrol Officer Russell Carman that she sent a $560 moneygram to purchase a puppy from someone in Maryland but the puppy never arrived. Police are looking into the matter, reported at about 1:30 p.m.

• A road rage incident on Water Street was reported at about 2:50 p.m.

• A collision at the intersection of Water and Park streets took place at about 6:30 p.m.  One of the drivers reported road rage. No citations were issued.

• A hit-and-run collision was reported at about 9:30 p.m.