Groton Police Log Week of June 15, 2020
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:04am Heraldgroton
Week of June 15
In the past week the police department answered 675 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of these calls.
• There were 35 motor vehicle stops, 11 parking tickets issued, and 4 motor vehicle crashes. One crash involved a motorcycle rear ending another vehicle; the operator of the motorcycle was not injured.
Another crash was a rollover due to the motorist falling asleep at the wheel; they sustained minor injuries and were transported to the hospital. The other two crashes were minor fender benders. Emergency responders responded to 7 medical calls, with 5 persons needing transport to the hospital.
• Tito’s and Cranberries
Monday June 15 - At 2:02 AM, an officer was driving northbound when it saw a vehicle traveling southbound on the wrong side of the roadway. The officer stopped the vehicle and notices that the operator appears to be intoxicated. The operator does admit to having multiple “Tito’s and cranberries” during the night. The operator was given field sobriety tests and was ultimately arrested for Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and marked lanes violation.
• Suspicious Dark-color Pickup Truck
Tuesday June 16 At 9:39 AM, dispatch received a call from a concerned citizen about a dark colored pick up truck driving through the neighborhood. Officers were able to locate the pickup truck. The truck belonged to an exterior paint company that was painting a house in the neighborhood.
• At 1:20 PM, a hawk landed on a police cruiser that was stopped running radar. The hawk had an injured wing. A rehabilitator came and picked up the hawk.
• Powerline Causes Brush Fire
Wednesday June 17 At 1:00 PM, a caller reported a large white plume of smoke on the other side of the wetlands across from his house. The fire department is able to locate the brush fire, which is about a 1⁄4 acre in size. After investigating, it was determined that the brush fire was started by an arc in the powerlines; GELD arrives to address the issue with the powerlines. The fire is extinguished without issue.
• Motorists Say Snapping Turtle Is Going Wrong Way
Thursday June 18 At 2:35 PM, dispatch receives multiple calls about a large snapping turtle in the roadway that was heading away from the water. Callers were concerned it was “going the wrong way”. ACO informs dispatch that the turtle is looking for soft dirt to lay its eggs. An officer checks on the turtle later on and it had been able to make it back across the roadway without issue.
• Dumpster Fire
At 9:29 PM, a neighbor calls in a fire in a dumpster behind new construction. Upon police arrival, the dumpster is fully involved and is getting very close to the new house being built. Fire department is able to get the fire under control and keep it away from the new house. Upon investigation someone had thrown wood stain in the dumpster that had spontaneously combusted due to the excessive heat during the day.
• Electronic Critter Device Goes Haywire
Friday June 19 At 9:00 PM, officers are dispatched to a neighborhood due to a loud alarm sounding. The reporting party had stated that the alarm was going off for quite a while and they weren’t sure where the noise was coming from. Upon investigation it was a device that is used to ward off small animals and keep pests away from gardens. Officers spoke with the owner of the critter device; it was shut off for the night and the owner will adjust the volume during the day.
• ATV’s in Sand Pits
At 9:43 PM, an officer is driving down the roadway and hears ATV’s in the sand pits. Upon investigation they are on private property, however, were advised to call it a night due to it being late at night. The riders are able to leave for the night without further issue.
• Sunday June 21 At 7:45 PM, officers were dispatched to a noise complaint in a condo complex. The caller stated that their neighbor was upset about the music they were playing, and felt like it was too loud. The caller and the neighbor got into a heated argument about the level of noise. Officers spoke with all involved parties and the music was turned off for the night.
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