Police Log for Feb. 12 through April 24, 2013

Police log logo1Editor’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.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 1:01 p.m.

A Chester officer responded to a complainant who wanted the return of guns that were taken from him during a domestic incident. He had plead guilty to disorderly conduct. Police reviewing his probation conditions found he could not possess firearms. Complainant told police that he knew this, but wanted his guns turned over to someone else because he feared that new gun laws are coming and that his guns might be destroyed.  He was told that whoever came for his guns would have to pass a background check and sign a federal notice of firearms.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 5:16 p.m.

Police convinced a tractor trailer driver that it was unsafe to park his rig partially in the travel lane during ski traffic rush hour just so he could order a grinder at Lisai’s Chester Market. He was partially blocking half the parking lot of the store, making it almost impossible for customers to exit the lot without risking their lives. The driver moved the truck.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:02 p.m.

Police responded to a report of a pickup truck with Connecticut plates using  blue lights to clear traffic on Route 103 North. Based on the plate number, the officer contacted the driver who identified himself as a firefighter in Connecticut. He told the officer that he used the lights to remove himself from “danger” posed by a car being operated erratically in front of him. After a reality check, police report, the driver admitted that had no right or reason or permission to use the blue lights reserved for law enforcement just so he could “clear a path so he could arrive at his second home in Mount Holly quicker than the average motorist.” The officer told the driver that he was “flirting with arrest for impersonating a police officer.”

Saturday, Feb. 23, 4:14 p.m.

A car slid off the road at Route 10 and Gould Road. There were no injuries or damage to vehicle.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:09 p.m.

A car slid off the Grafton Road. No damage or injuries were reported.

Saturday, March 2, 2:49 a.m.

Police were called out to check the report of a man unresponsive on the side of Route 11E with an ambulance en route. When the officer arrived, the ambulance crew was loading the man into the vehicle. There was no physical evidence  except a puddle of drool. At the hospital, the man, a Bellows Falls resident, told police that he was walking to Whitehall, N.Y., after a fight with his fiancee.  He said that he was not the victim of a hit and run and the officer did not smell intoxicants on the man’s breath.

Thursday, March 7, 5:48 p.m.

A resident along Route 103 North was not pleased that a “carload of flatlanders” parked in her driveway, got out of the car and began taking pictures of her horses. The resident said that she had asked the trespassers to leave, which they had done before police arrived.

Sunday, March 10, 5:12 p.m.

One vehicle backed into another at the Jiffy Mart parking lot. Damage to each vehicle was under $3,000.

Sunday, March 17, 3:28 p.m.

A vehicle was reported crossing both lines traveling south on Route 103. The vehicle was stopped on North Street and the driver denied any wrongdoing. He was issued written warnings for failure to stay in the lane and for a defective brake light.

Monday, March 18, 11:31 a.m.

A Flamstead resident called to report that two dirt bikes were taken from his barn. The complainant stated that he knew the bikes were there in December and that the snow had not been disturbed so he believed they had been stolen before the snow. The complainant did not have any paperwork on the bikes and did not know the VIN for either of them, so they could not be entered in the NCIC database.  He speculated on who might have stolen them and he was urged to keep looking for the bikes’ papers.

Tuesday, March 19, 7:37 a.m.

A vehicle was reported in a ditch on Route 10 near Gould Road. Neighbors said it had been there before 6 a.m. A tow truck was called and the 2004 Toyota Corolla, owned by Townshend residents, was removed while  police provided traffic control.

8:32 a.m.

Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Maple Street that was the result of a resident backing his pickup out of his driveway while plowing and into a passing pickup truck. The plow truck was operating without amber warning lights.

2:21 p.m.

A vehicle traveling on Depot Street reported that he ran into the back of the car in front of him because it slowed down too much. The driver of the front car said that he was losing traction in the snow when he was hit from behind.

Saturday, March 23, 3:48 p.m.

Wind set off an alarm through the window of an Andover home. The window had not been shut tight.

Sunday, March 24, 3:36 p.m.

A driver picked up two dogs along Route 103 near Smokeshire. She said she was afraid they would get hit. Police met her at the pound and the dogs were kenneled. Shortly after, the out-of-state owners called to report that their dogs had been stolen. Police advised that the dogs had not been stolen but had been on the loose, were then picked up and taken to the pound.

Thursday, March 28, 9:52 a.m.

A resident off Popple Dungeon Road complained that two large dogs were running loose, barking and  harassing farm animals. The complainant had locked the dogs in her barn. This was the second time that the dogs had been there and as the owners could not be located the dogs were taken to Rockingham Vet Clinic to be held until the owners were located.

Sunday, March 31, 1:09 p.m.

Chester police responded to a call to assist Springfield and State police with a subject who reportedly held a gun to a woman’s head threatening to kill her.  A woman in the apartment said she was alone, but police found three males.  Due to the nature of the complaint, the subjects were searched. Police found large amounts of cash and ammunition, but no weapons or drugs.  The men refused to give correct names or I.D.s, so they were taken into custody in Springfield pending proper identification and for obstructing law enforcement officers.

Friday, April 5, 8:22 p.m.

Someone reported two loud explosions around the Stone Church. Police checked the site. Church is still standing and no damage was seen.

Tuesday, April 23, 12:27 p.m.

A driver pulling out of a space in the parking lot of the U.S. Post Office on Main Street backed into another car as it was in line to leave. Damage was less than $3,000 to the driver’s side middle.

Wednesday, April 24, 4:58 p.m.

A Chester officer was injured in a fall while assisting a State Police officer in arresting a woman who was suspected of marijuana possession. The officer did not realize he had been injured until the woman was in custody and taken to Rockingham.

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