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Groton Police Log Weeks of October 19 + 26

...with Miranda the Comfort Dog's Social Calendar
Week of October 19
During the week of October 19th, officers investigated 14 unemployment fraud reports, checked on 13 abandoned 
9-1-1 calls, and 8 reports of suspicious activity. Officers assisted 1 person who locked themselves out of the car. There were 5 motor vehicle crashes; 1 person had reported injuries and was transported to NVMC. Emergency responders responded to 15 medical emergencies; 11 people were transported to area hospitals for further evaluation and treatment.      The fire department responded to and investigated the odor of natural gas at the post office; National Grid was called out to fix a small leak.
October 19, 2020
     At 12:45 PM, a resident called advising that they saw two men hunting in the woods off Fitch’s Bridge Rd; they believed they were not hunting legally. Officers were able to locate the hunters who were out hunting rabbits. The hunters had written permission from the property owner. Citizens should be aware that the following hunting seasons have begun: Pheasant, Ruffed Grouse, Rabbit, Hare, Squirrel, and Coyote seasons began on October 17th; Deer and Turkey season began October 19th. For more information about sporting laws and regulations please refer to the 2020 Massachusetts Guide online at masswildlife
October 20, 2020
     At 9:25 AM, dispatch received a complaint from a resident that someone had left a bedframe on the side of the road marked free, but that it had been there since September 17. While it is common practice for residents to leave items for free for others to use, it is the owner’s responsibility to remove from the shoulder if no one takes the item over a reasonable period of time, usually a few days. Refusing to do so can result in a hefty fine of $300.
October 21, 2020
     At 2:21 PM, a caller reported that there were 4-5 canisters smoking in the field at Cutler Field. They could not see smoke or fire at this time. Upon arrival, the fire department spoke with an irrigation company who was on site; they are blowing out the sprinkler lines for the winter. The reporting party was made aware of the findings.
October 22, 2020
     At 12:43 PM, officers were dispatched to a residence for a past-tense larceny. The resident reported that a table saw was stolen from their yard. The surveillance video shows a thin, white male, wearing a hooded jacket, face mask, and blue jeans, cut the security cable that was on the table saw and wheel the saw away. If anyone has any information please contact Detective Timmins.
October 23, 2020
     At 8:59 PM, an officer stopped a motor vehicle that was driving down Boston Rd without headlights. Upon speaking with the operator, the officer learned that it was a new driver who just got their license; they did not realize they did not have their headlights on.
October 24, 2020
     At 11:47 AM, officers were dispatched to a residence for a report of a past-tense vandalism. The caller reported that someone had picked up their trail cam from the front yard and threw it into the woods next to their home. After reviewing the video from the trail cam, 4 juvenile boys were seen looking at the camera, pick it up, and then throw it into the woods. No one could identify the juveniles; officers have been doing extra checks of the area.
Week of October 26
During the week of October 26, officers investigated 13 unemployment scams, 5 abandoned 9-1-1 calls and 1 suspicious activity report. They also checked the wellbeing of 4 citizens, 1 of which did need assistance but was unable to
call themselves. Emergency responders went to 2 medical emergency calls; both refused to go to the hospital after being treated by EMT’s. The Fire Department responded to an electrical fire on Lover’s Ln where a pole and wires were on fire.
October 26, 2020
     At 9:22 AM, both police and fire are dispatched to Lovers Ln for a report of a fire on the powerlines. FD was able to put out fire quickly, GELD shut off power for some time while they made repairs.
October 27, 2020
     At 10:13 AM, dispatch received a phone call from a party looking to see what time their court date was. After asking further questions dispatch realized the caller meant to call Groton NY. They were given the proper phone number for that agency.
October 28, 2020
     At 6:26 PM, officers speak with a citizen regarding fraud. The caller, a professional photographer, stated she received a phone call from a male party who wanted to book them for an event, however, they didn’t have any details of the event, wanted to give the deposit now, and refused to give a name or phone number when the photographer asked. The photographer stated the whole conversation seemed odd. Citizens should be weary of calls from unknown numbers as we have seen an uptick in fraud calls in recent months.
October 29, 2020
     At 5:35 PM, officers are dispatched to Town Hall. A citizen reported smelling smoke in the area. Officers checked the area and discovered it was from a neighboring building’s wood stove.
October 30, 2020
     At 7:35 AM, a party came into the lobby and advised that while they were driving on Long Hill Rd a deer came out from the wood line and ran into the side of the vehicle. There was no damage to the vehicle, but the deer is deceased on Long Hill Rd.
October 31, 2020
     At 6:13 PM, a resident called and advised that a 4-foot-long snake fell into her house via the chimney. ACO was notified and assisted the homeowner with the slithery situation.
Miranda the Comfort K9 Social Calendar for October
• Visited with a local Brownie Troupe at Larter Field in Dunstable
• Met with a remote learning pod of elementary school students at the Lawrence Playground
• Visited with students at the PTYC
• Zoom visit with some remote elementary school students
     If you would like to schedule a visit with Miranda for November please email Sgt Rachael Bielecki at or you can book through Miranda’s facebook page at https://www.
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