Published in the August 19, 2016 edition

MELROSE — A 19-year-old Cottage Street man will be summonsed to court after allegedly smashing the front windshield of a car with a skateboard Saturday, August 13, at Gooch Park.

According to witnesses, a gray Nissan pulled up to a section of the park on Maple Street shortly before 6 p.m. A man got out of the vehicle and reportedly started some sort of altercation before getting back into the Nissan, which drove off.

A short time later, the vehicle returned. The same man got out the vehicle armed with a skateboard, with which he proceeded to smash the windshield of another vehicle at the park.

The 19-year-old will be summonsed to court for malicious destruction of property over $250.

The Weekly News does not print the names of people police say they plan to summonse to court.


A resident in the 200 block of Main Street told police Monday, August 8, that a $300 handbag she had ordered was delivered to her apartment building lobby around 10:20 a.m. that day. When the woman got home from work around 5 p.m., the package containing the new bag was missing. She reported the incident to police around 7:20 p.m.


A driver’s side window of a 2009 Subaru Outback parked on Green Street was reportedly shattered sometime before 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, August 10.


Police were told Thursday, August 11, around 6:35 p.m. that a man was being “overly helpful and nice” at the weekly Sally Frank’s Farmers Market.


A Prospect Street resident who had a windshield replaced thought his inspection sticker had been stolen around 11:20 a.m. Friday, August 12. The auto glass company that did the work reimbursed him for cost of the sticker.


Also on August 12, a Geneva Road resident reported around 4:30 p.m. that he had been the victim of identify theft. He said the Internal Revenue Service informed him that two tax returns had been filed in his name, for which the government sent him refund checks. He never received the first one; the second one, he told police, was mailed back to the IRS.


A woman told police Sunday, August 14, that her 2012 Honda was rummaged through while parked on Lebanon Street sometime before 8 p.m. Nothing was reported missing, however.


Following are examples of other calls answered by police from Monday, August 8, to Monday, August 15:


• A trash truck picking up rubbish at Domino’s Pizza on Franklin Street around 5:35 a.m. drew a complaint call to police. That type of work isn’t supposed to be done in Melrose until 7 p.m.

• A Derby Road resident told police she heard screaming around 9:40 a.m. It turned out that a TV was up too loud.

• At 3:40 p.m. police were told of a disturbance at J.J. Grimsby’s. Those involved were heading towards Melrose on West Wyoming Avenue. Police said they could not locate them.

• A Derby Road resident reported a possibly drunk man at 5:11 p.m.

• Hypodermic needles were found on Beech Avenue around 8 p.m.

• Three youths reportedly entering the woods near a woman’s home at the corner of Forest and Lebanon streets were sent on their way by police around 8:40 p.m.


• A dirt bike was reportedly being driven on Carlida Road around 5:50 p.m.

• An alarm possibly set off by animals was sounding on Slayton Road around 6 p.m.


• A Vinton Street resident called police around 6:40 p.m. to report a possibly sick or injured raccoon. Police were unable to locate it.


• Police broke up a verbal argument at an apartment in the 30 block of Main Street around 12:50 a.m.

• The owner of a vehicle parked on a sidewalk on Maple Road around 10:15 a.m. moved the vehicle.

• A hypodermic needle was found near the gazebo at Ell Pond around 7:20 p.m.

• At 9:09 p.m. police investigated a call of several groups of teens trespassing on golf course at the Bellevue Country Club. Police said the call was unfounded.


• A citizen reported that his son lost his wallet in Pine Banks Park sometime before 11:27 a.m.

• A woman on Grove Street who had fallen and hurt herself was taken to the hospital around 11:45 a.m.

• At 3:15 p.m. a citizen said he received numerous calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. No personal information was exchanged.

• A fare reportedly refused to pay for his cab ride once he was let out at the Town Line Inn around 9:40 p.m. However, the cab driver eventually left the area before police arrived, they said.


• Someone mowing a lawn in the Lebanon-East Foster streets area at 6:35 a.m. agreed to stop until 7.

• A Verizon wire was reported down on Ridgewood Lane around 8:35 a.m.

• A Tremont Street resident reported having no water service around 10:20 a.m.

• Two man drinking in Foss Park (Malvern Street at Linwood Avenue) were sent on their way around 5:20 p.m.


• A man who reportedly was either sleeping or getting sick around 12:35 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Bay State Road turned out to be a worker getting something out of his vehicle.

• A vehicle said to be operating erratically and at a high speed on Howard Street near Windsor Street around 1:15 p.m. could not be located.

• Firefighters went to an Ardsmoor Road home around 2:20 p.m. after police got a 911 call about a small child locked inside a motor vehicle with the windows rolled up. Firefighters were able to open the vehicle.


• A 27-year-old Everett man will be summonsed to court for speeding and the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after being stopped at Trenton and Washington streets around 6:20 a.m.