Wellesley police log: Fireworks & beer a bad combo; early construction work angers neighbor; ex-employees have Wellesley residents on edge

wellesley police stationWellesley, Mass., Police Log Week of 07/17/17-07/23/17:

Arrests

On July 19, 2017 at 2:07 p.m. Officer Janet Popovski was dispatched to the area of Worcester Street near the Natick town line for a report of an erratic operator who was involved in a hit and run accident in Natick.  The reporting party described the vehicle as a gray Nissan.  While en route to Worcester Street officers were advised that the reporting party had provided updated information and that the vehicle was all over the road and had nearly struck a construction sign as well as the vehicle he was driving in.  The vehicle was located and stopped.  Officer Popovski spoke with the operator, who denied being involved in an accident in Natick.   Officer Popovski could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver, his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and his speech was slurred.  He took and failed four field sobriety tests.  He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner and held on bail.

On July 27, 2017 at 1:45 a.m. Officer D’Innocenzo was on patrol on Worcester Street near Weston Road when he observed a Jeep travelling east and conducted a random query of the vehicle’s registration.  The query showed that the registered owner had two active warrants.  Officer D’Innocenzo stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator.  A query of the information he provided Officer D’Innocenzo showed that he did not possess a valid driver’s license.  He did not have any identification with him.  He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and later released on personal recognizance.

On July 21, 2017 at 1:06 a.m. the Wellesley Police Department was notified that a young Wellesley man was in violation of his probation and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.  The probation department contacted the police department and requested that we locate the man and take him into custody.  He was located, taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and transported to Dedham District Court.

On July 23, 2017 at 7:20 p.m. Officer Carrasquillo was dispatched to the area of Worcester Street by Donizetti Street for a report of a motor vehicle crash.  Upon arrival he observed a blue Toyota sedan with significant damage.  The operator had already exited the vehicle and was removing his personal belongings when Officer Carrasquillo arrived.  He indicated that another car had passed him at a high rate of speed which caused him to leave his lane of travel and he then struck a utility pole.   Officer Carrasquillo noticed that the driver’s pupils were extremely constricted, his eyes were glassy and his eyelids were half shut, his speech was slow and his movements were lethargic.  The driver agreed to take some reasonable tests of balance and coordination.  He took and failed 3 field sobriety tests.  He was taken into custody, transported to the station, booked in the usual manner, afforded all rights and held on bail. 

Incidents

On July 17, 2017 at 11:22 a.m. Officer Kane was dispatched to Seaver Street for a report of a female reporting party who  was outside of a client’s residence because the client had taken a piece of personal property from her office in Brookline earlier in the day.  Officer Kane spoke with the female party who initially denied taking the property, but later admitted she had it in her possession and provided it to Officer Kane to return to the reporting party.  The reporting party was advised if she no longer wished to conduct business with the female party it was best to send her a written letter indicating so.

On July 17, 2017 at 2:17 p.m. Officer J. Popovski was dispatched to the area of Washington Street in the lower falls for a report of a woman who appeared to be homeless and was sleeping on cement slabs behind one of the office buildings.  The female party did not wish to speak with Officer Popovski and there was a language barrier as well.  It was learned that she resides in Wellesley Housing Authority Property and she safely returned to her residence.  Officer Popovski was able to contact a family member to inform her of the situation.

On July 18, 2017 at 3:10 p.m. Officer Cunningham spoke with a reporting party from a business on William Street about an incident of fraud.  The report is incomplete and no further information is available at this time.

On July 19, 2017 at 1:04 p.m. Officer J. Popovski was dispatched to CVS Pharmacy on Linden Street for a report of a fraudulent prescription that had been passed on July 1st at the pharmacy.  The pharmacist had been notified by a Drug Enforcement Agent that the prescription was fraudulent.  Officer Popovski is following up on the matter.

On July 21, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Officer D’Innocenzo spoke with a male reporting party at the police station regarding an issue with a neighbor.  The reporting party stated that he is developing a property on Sturbridge Road and a neighbor was confrontational with his contractors that morning and demanded that they not start to work until 8:00 a.m.  The reporting party indicated that his contractor advised the neighbor that the by-law stated they could begin their work at 7:00 a.m. and he demanded that they wait until 8:00 to begin.  Officer D’Innocenzo later spoke with the neighbor by phone and he denied being confrontational and requested that they be required to begin work at 8:00 a.m. instead of 7:00 a.m.  He was advised that the contractors can begin at 7:00 a.m., but if they begin earlier than that to notify the police department.

On July 21, 2017 at 3:38 p.m. Officer Hughes spoke with a resident form Weston Road about a missing bike.  The report is incomplete and no further information is available at this time.

On July 21, 2017 at 2:50 p.m. Officer D’Innocenzo spoke to a male and female party at the police station about an issue they were having with a former employee.  The reporting parties indicated that the former employee had been terminated earlier in the month and had continued to contact and harass them.   They were advised of the process of obtaining a harassment prevention order and drafting a formal letter of termination indicating that the employee is no longer welcome to contact them would make it clear that they wished to terminate all communication. 

On July 21, 2017 at 6:52 p.m. Officer Fritts was dispatched to the area of Central Street by Crest Road for an intoxicated male party sitting on the stairs near the train station.  Officer Fritts spoke with the party and recognized him to be a local resident.  He was intoxicated, but alert and responsive.  He was provided with a ride back to his residence and advised for his safety he should not go out walking around again that evening.

On July 21, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. Officer Fritts spoke with a male party at the police station about an issue with a former employee.  The reporting party stated that the former employee had made threats against several people in the company.  The company is located in Boston and two of the employees reside in Wellesley.   Those employees do not currently have harassment prevention orders against the former employee.   He wanted to make us aware of the issue in case the employee attempted to contact either of them at their homes.  If the former employee attempts to do so the police department will be notified.

On July 22, 2017 at 10:55 a.m. Officer Cunningham responded to a business on Worcester Street to assist the Natick Police Department in locating a male party they were looking for.  He was located and taken into custody by the Natick Police Department.

On July 22, 2017 at 11:55 p.m. Officer Dixon was dispatched to the area of Park Avenue for a report of an argument between two parties.  Upon arrival he spoke with the two individuals who indicated that they had taken an Uber home from Boston and were dropped off at the wrong location.  They were arguing as a result.  Offiicer Dixon transported them to their residence.

On July 23, 2017 at 12:15 a.m. Officer D’Innocenzo was dispatched to the area of Martin Road for a report of fireworks being set off.   While en route he encountered a group of young males who were walking and he asked if they had been setting off fireworks or if they had heard any.  They indicated they had heard some at Wellesley College earlier, but they had not set any off.  They were carrying two cases of beer at the time.  Officer D’Innocenzo located some beer cans and sparklers a short distance away.  He went back and spoke with the group who then admitted they had set off some sparklers and he advised them to clean up the trash they had left behind and they agreed to do so.  They indicated there was no additional trash and they were informed if he later located any fireworks or trash he would issue them a town by-law citation for littering.  At 6:30 a.m. he was dispatched to Kelly Field for discarded fireworks and empty beer cans and bottles.  The brands of beer were the same that the young men had earlier in the morning.  He mailed them town by-law citations for littering.

On July 23, 2017 at 4:12 p.m. Officer Joseph was dispatched to a residence on Cottage Street for a report of a terminated employee that refused to leave.  Officer Joseph spoke with the resident and the terminated employee.   The terminated employee was advised to leave and if she was disputing payment for services that was a civil matter.   She eventually left the area.  Officer Joseph followed up with the family members about the issue and provided them with contact information for the Counsel of Aging should they want to request their assistance.

On July 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Officer Dixon was dispatched to a residence on Barton Road to speak with a female party about issues she was having with her family.  She indicated she needed some assistance and they were not providing the assistance she needed.  Officer Dixon spoke with her family members over the phone and they indicated that they were assisting her as best they could.  Officer Dixon notified the Council of Aging and Officer R. Poirier, the department’s elder resource officer, that the resident may need some assistance.

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