Southborough police log (8/31/12 – 9/2/12): Suspicious vehicles and aggressive solicitors

by susan on September 5, 2012

Here are the logs as reported on their Facebook page.

Friday, August 31, 2012

  • 6:44 am – A motorist from Framingham was issued a Criminal Application for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
  • 8:39 am – A resident of Mt. Vickery Road reported a suspicious white box truck in the area. Responding officers located the operator and reported back that he was doing work at a nearby home.
  • 11:07 am – A resident of Latisquama Road reported a suspicious brown colored SUV in the area. The operator and the vehicle checked out o.k.
  • 12:25 pm – A resident reported a white van on Orchard Road with a male party possibly asleep at the wheel. Responding officers reported back that it was a delivery man eating his lunch.
  • 12:51 pm – A motorist from Westborough was issued a Criminal Application for Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle, and for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Revoked Registration.
  • 1:08 pm – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Kennedy Lane residence.
  • 2:56 pm – Officers responded to Wendy’s restaurant on Turnpike Road for a report of loud and unruly customers. The customers calmed down upon the officer’s arrival.
  • 3:16 pm – Officers responded with the fire department to a tree fire on Fitzgerald Lane. The fire department was able to extinguish the blaze.
  • 4:17 pm – An officer responded to a Turnpike Road business to take a report of a larceny from the business.
  • 5:24 pm – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Nipmuc Lane residence.
  • 5:37 pm – Officers responded to Highland Street to investigate a report of a female party asleep in a (running) motor vehicle. Responding officers reported back that the party checked out ok.
  • 6:05 pm – A medical was reported at an Atwood Road residence.
  • 6:16 pm – A Pinecone Lane resident reported an aggressive solicitor. Responding officers were unable to locate the solicitor in the area.
  • 6:20 pm – A motorist from Framingham was issued a Criminal Application for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, and for Texting While Driving a Motor Vehicle.
  • 7:26 pm – Officers responded to Main Street for a report of a male party yelling and banging on doors in the downtown area. Responding officers reported back that it was a solicitor who was left behind by his group. He was eventually sent on his way.
  • 8:29 pm – Officers responded to Main Street by Sears Road for a report of a male walking in the middle of the roadway. The male party had left the area prior to the officers arriving on scene.
  • 8:39 pm – An officer on patrol stopped to check on a male party walking in the roadway on Boston Road. The male party was another solicitor that was left behind by his group. He was advised to stay out of the roadway.
  • 9:39 pm – Officers checked on another male party walking on Framingham Road. The male party checked out ok.
  • 11:53 pm – Officers assisted a disabled motorist on Cordaville Road.
  • 11:07 pm – A resident of Ted Lane reported a suspicious vehicle in the area. The vehicle had left the area prior to the responding officer’s arrival.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • 12:33 am – A motorist from Shrewsbury was issued a Criminal Application for Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspension, Defective Equipment, and Operating a Motor Vehicle with No License in Possession.
  • 1:31 am – Officers responded to a large house party at an Autumn Hill Lane residence. ARRESTED: A Southborough man was arrested and charged with being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol and Procuring/Providing Alcohol for a Minor. Another individual was placed in Protective Custody, and the Fire Department was called to the scene to extinguish an outdoor bonfire.
  • 3:18 am – ARRESTED: A Worcester man was arrested and charged with OUI Alcohol, Marked Lanes Violation, and Speeding.
  • 6:55 am – Officers responded to Constitution Drive and Liberty Drive to take a report of multiple mailboxes vandalized in the area.
  • 10:06 am – Officers responded to a Tara Lane residence to take a report of a suspicious van in the area. The van left the area prior to the responding officer’s arrival on scene.
  • 10:46 am – A Constitution Drive resident reported that their lawn lights were vandalized at some point during the night. The responding officer took a report of the incident.
  • 2:29 pm – A medical was reported at a Main Street residence.
  • 3:13 pm – An unregistered solicitor was reported at a Vickery Hill Lane residence.
  • 3:44 pm – A resident called to report that her purse went missing somewhere on Southville Road. Responding officers took a report of the incident.
  • 5:07 pm – A resident of Middle Road reported an aggressive solicitor at their home. The solicitor was located and advised to refrain from their aggressive behavior.
  • 5:09 pm – A Woodland Road resident called to report a solicitor told them that they needed help (and then left the area). The responding officer was unable to locate the solicitor.
  • 8:14 pm – An East Main Street resident reported solicitors were still out (after dusk) soliciting in the area. The involved parties were located and advised to cease their soliciting.
  • 8:31 pm – Residents in the area of Southville Road and Parkerville Road, reported hearing four to six gunshots in the area. The noise was determined to be fireworks, coming from a residence in Westborough. Westborough Police were notified of the noise complaint.
  • 9:01 pm – Two Framingham residents were given a courtesy transport to the T Station.
  • 9:14 pm – A Darlene Drive resident reported a suspicious pick-up truck in the area. The truck was located, and the truck and operator checked out ok.
  • 9:56 pm – A motorist reported an erratic operator in the area of Turnpike Road. The vehicle had left the area prior to the responding officer’s arrival.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • 7:02 am – Officers assisted a disabled motorist on White Bagley Road.
  • 8:10 am – Officers responded to Kennedy Lane for a report of a one car, motor vehicle accident. No injuries were reported from the scene.
  • 9:14 am – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Newton Street business.
  • 10:03 am – Officers investigated an abandoned 911 call from a Cherry Street residence.
  • 4:07 pm – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Pine Hill Road residence.
  • 9:53 pm – Officers checked on a suspicious vehicle parked on the corner of Woodland Road and Turnpike Road. The vehicle checked out ok.
  • 10:16 pm – A motorist reported an erratic operator on Turnpike Road. The vehicle had left the area, and Westborough Police was advised.
  • 11:51 pm – A medical was reported at a Strawberry Hill Road residence.
1 Alan September 5, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Aggressive and rude solicitor’s. My wife told a man she was not interested and shut the door (they won’t stop when you say NO so you do have to shut the door). When it came to mind that this may be someone trying to break into our home and I went outside to check him out the story became my wife was rude, said bad things, and slamed the door in his face. I don’t think so, I was 10 feet away reading a book and heard the whole thing. She wasn’t rude and didn’t slam the door, she said no politly and slowly shut the door as I was listening to his voice getting softer and softer as the door clicked shut. He did check out ok and then went on his way loudly praising the lord for me and my wife’s sins or something like that. Didn’t really listen to it all as I shut my ears down when a stranger pulls out the religious card to defend bad behavior.

2 Mom of Two September 5, 2012 at 2:28 PM

What is up with the aggressive solicitors lately? We had one at our house last week. If my husband wasn’t home (and the one who answered the door) I would have been a bit nervous – the man was quite aggressive.

I thought we passed a law in Town Meeting a few years ago that aimed to stop this. I can’t remember – is soliciting still allowed, but the solicitor needs to register with the police?

3 susan September 5, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Your memory is correct, Town Meeting passed a stricter solicitation bylaw a couple of years ago, but the Attorney General objected to its language, so it never went on the books. Police Chief Moran has new language (already approved by the AG) that she hopes to bring before an upcoming Town Meeting. I’ll share more detail in an upcoming post.

4 Mom of Two September 5, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Thanks, Susan!

5 M September 5, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Sadly, this sounds like solicitors of a particularly sad scheme. Earlier this week I spotted the van full of these youngsters in the McDonald’s parking lot. Young people from poor neighborhoods are coaxed into these traveling programs by unscrupulous operators that promise jobs and income, room and board, and travel across the country. “All they need to do” is sell magazines or some such item, door-to-door. They arrive clean cut with shirts and ties and clipboards and a well-rehearsed speech. But they are allegedly treated very poorly and live in minimal crowded conditions and have no money to quit and return home. As you can see by the desperation of those who were “left behind” on the streets of Southborough, this is a frightening situation for these kids.
But of course you should not buy from them, and can gently close the door.
I wish just once, to have them wait at the doorstep while our police safely excort them to a bus station where I would buy them a ticket home. But that would not stop this wretched program.

6 Kelly Roney September 7, 2012 at 10:37 AM

A few words on political canvassing…

No town bylaw can restrict this. The First Amendment trumps anything we could pass at Town Meeting (as it does for religious proselytizing, too).

However, you personally can post your property “No Trespassing.”

On the Democratic side, I can tell you how we’re trying to make our canvassing work:
– If you tell us to go away, we’re specifically trained to thank you for your time and move on.
– We try to let the police know what neighborhoods we’re in, though we are often improvising from our original lists. Our notification of the police is strictly voluntary, but, duh, we’re trying to get along and win votes, not stand on our rights.
– We knock off at dusk, though sometimes we try to finish one last sheet before dark.
– We are on the look-out for suspicious vehicles.

If any Democratic canvassers fail to be polite, please contact me, and I’ll reinforce our standards for canvassing with that person.

I obviously can’t speak for the Republicans. They use a lot of paid canvassers, where we Dems are all volunteers. But I’m sure they’re not trying to offend voters either.

7 Alan September 8, 2012 at 9:35 AM

The solicitor’s that came to my house had nothing to do with any political party or cause. I have had people from the democratic party come to my house in the past and have had very nice and polite conversations with all of them. In all my time in Southborough as a “townie” I have never had someone from the republican party come to my house. Either way I would see no advantage for any political party to gain anything by being rude or aggresive and have no idea how this conversation turned political. Can you imagine a town full of no trespassing signs? As for anyone’s first amendment rights, they must be prepared to for me to exsercise my first amendment rights on my property which “Trumps” there first amendment rights.

8 Kelly Roney September 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Right, Alan, I totally agree. As I said, you have the right to post your property. I’m happy to hear that all the Democratic canvassers you’ve spoken to have been polite. That’s as it should be.

I also said I was sure the Republicans aren’t trying to offend either.

Politics is relevant because some people have called the police on us for merely ringing their doorbells, and the police have sometimes claimed we have to register as solicitors when we are canvassing.

Canvassing is different from soliciting, so we don’t have to register, but we’re trying to be good neighbors and let them know where we’ll be.

9 Mom of Two September 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The solicitor at my house was also not political. He was trying to sell magazines for points or something. It didn’t make sense. Sounds like what @M above described.

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