Chester Police log for Aug. 8 through Oct. 19, 2013

Chester Police Badge copy2Editor’s Note: The Chester Telegraph Police Log is a sampling of incidents directly from Chester Police reports. We do not identify individual victims of crimes nor those who have been arrested.

Thursday, Aug. 8, 4:41 p.m.

Police searched for a silver late-model Ford or Chevy that had gone off of the road and into a driveway at a sharp turn on Flamstead Road, spinning its wheels as it left.

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2:48 a.m.

The door of a business on Route 103 South was kicked in and an alarm was sounding. The cash register had been disturbed.

Friday, Aug. 23, 12:42 p.m.

Back in June, a Chester resident reported that a muscle car of his was stolen from a garage in Springfield. Neighbors of the garage advised that someone had cut the chain and lock as well as the barn door and that a flatbed was used to remove the vehicle. Today, the man’s son called him to say that the muscle car was in the Jiffy Mart parking lot. The owner then went to the store and called police. Police asked him how he knew that car was the same car. He proceeded to detail cracks, repairs, mileage, dents. The driver arrived and said he had purchased the vehicle for $1,000 from someone who brought the vehicle to Londonderry on a flatbed truck. The driver then explained the work that he did on the vehicle, which lined up with the owner’s description of the problems. The vehicle was taken by the town for safe-keeping while Springfield Police continue their investigation.

Sunday, Aug. 25, 9:44 a.m.

Police responded to a complaint of vandalism to a rental home off Church Street. The owner was changing the lock when police arrived but he had not filed the proper eviction paperwork with the courts, so police suggested he leave the original lock and vacate the premises.  From what police observed, the inside of the house was destroyed.

Sunday, Sept. 1, 1:33 p.m.

Police responded to a complaint of vandalism at a rental home off Church Street.  This was the same home that was reported vandalized a week earlier. The owners said the tenants had moved out and had taken a freezer and an armoire. Police estimated that damage in excess of $5,000 had been done to the home, constituting a felony. Furthermore, no trespass orders will be issued for the former tenants. An investigation will be conducted.

Thursday, Sept. 5, 10 p.m.

Police were called in to investigate the theft of scrap metal from an old sugar house on Dean  Brook Road. It was obvious to police that items had been taken, including sap buckets, cast iron doors to a firebox and pans and part of a truck body. A witness identified a suspect, a Springfield resident. Springfield Police contacted the suspect, who admitted to taking the items while driving around. The suspect’s wife then interjected: How many times have I told you that you can’t take things off people’s property without their permission? The suspect agreed to return all the metal objects taken — and then some as a peace offering. But Chester Police advised that he only needed to return to the property what he had taken. He returned the items on Sept. 14. The man was cited for larceny.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 1:15 p.m.

Police were called to Church Street and Meadow Road for a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle. According to police, the driver of the car was exiting Meadow Road to enter a driveway on Church Street and misjudged the distance of an oncoming motorcycle. The motorcycle driver braked, sliding the bike to the ground and sending him over the handlebars. He said he would seek treatment for minor injuries to his arm.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 9:01 p.m.

A Putney resident reported that a woman was being “whipped” at a house on Main Street. Upon arrival, police found the residents enjoying the glow of a campfire and no “whipping” activity was noted.

Sunday, Sept. 29, 7:37 p.m.

An officer responded to an Andover Road address where the resident reported two dogs attempting to get into his chicken coop. When police arrived, one dog was on a leash and the officer rounded up the second dog. Both were friendly and were taken to Rockingham Vet. Neither dog had tags.

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4:46 p.m.

Someone reported that a vehicle was being driven around Cobleigh Field in a dangerous manner. The 16-year-old driver was located. He admitted to causing the ruts when he was driving with his girlfriend. Police cited the driver with trespass with a motor vehicle resulting in damage and carrying a passenger when he was legally unable to do so since he only had a junior permit. On Oct. 6, the parents of both children came into the station to say that the girl had been the one driving, but she only had a learner’s permit. The earlier citations will be dismissed and new ones will be issued.

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6:40 p.m.

A young man lost control of his truck on Hidden Heights Road after encountering washboard ruts. When police arrived, they found the vehicle lying on the driver’s side. According to police, the driver said he was driving up the road at about 30 mph when he hit washboard, lost control of the truck and hit a tree. The vehicle then rolled over on its side. No one was injured and no citation was issued.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 12:18 a.m.

Police received a report of a dark-colored — possibly maroon — SUV swerving all over the road. Police located the vehicle on Main Street and watched it for a short time and indeed it was swerving. Police spoke with the operator  and determined she had not been drinking. The driver said she and “the group” had been singing and she had probably just got into it a little too much.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2:58 p.m.

Two cars collided at the intersection of Route 103 and Pleasant Street. No one was injured  and damages amounted to a little more than $500.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 10:56 p.m.

A Flamstead Road resident called to complain that a motorist had overshot the sharp curve in front of his house and drove on his lawn. There was very minor damage to the lawn. But while police were talking with the owner, another vehicle almost lost control at the corner. Police pursued and wrote the operator a ticket for driving at a speed imprudent for the conditions, which seemed to please the homeowner.

Friday, Oct. 11, 3:59 a.m.

A Claremont resident driving along Flamstead Road took a sharp corner and left the roadway, landing in a front lawn. The car suffered a flat tire and about $200 in damage. The driver and a passenger were taken to Springfield Hospital for observation and the car was towed. The driver was cited for driving at a speed imprudent for the conditions and operating a vehicle without proof of insurance.

Friday, Oct. 11, 10:57 p.m.

A Chester officer attempted to capture a stray dog at the request of a resident whose property it was on. Police reported that “said dog, much meaner and faster than I, refused to be captured.” The resident was not happy that the officer could not catch the dog and said that it would the the “cop’s fault” if he “got tore up” by the dog. The dog stayed at a distance of about 50 yards at all times while snarling and barking.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 3:35 p.m.

Police responded to a motorcycle accident on Flamstead Road, where the driver — a New Jersey resident — rounded a curve, put on a brake to slow and slid through a barbed wire fence, breaking his ankle. It appears that the brake grabbed, causing the slide.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 5:48 p.m.

An officer was called to a wooded area in the Trebo Road community after someone reported loud voices, possibly someone yelling for help or having a confrontation in the woods. Upon investigation, police found a nearby residence with goats. Police report that the billy goat was making strange noises due to the fact that the females were in heat and he could not get to them.

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