On Tuesday, Feb. 12, a Candleberry Lane resident called police to report a "suspicious" white van parked next door in a neighbor's driveway when nobody was home. Nothing was amiss, however. The van belonged to someone working at the home.
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 1:58 a.m., a Glenview drive property owner reported a strange vehicle parked in the driveway of a house he owns on the street but doesn't live in. The vehicle parked at the vacant house belonged to a friend of the man's son.
Later that morning, at 2:33 a.m., the same vehicle was spotted by a police officer on patrol, parked in the Bromfield School parking lot. The log doesn't state why it was there.
A man walking down Ayer Road toward Ayer from the Appleworks Building in Harvard on Friday afternoon, Feb. 15, called police to report that he'd seen a hypodermic needle with an orange cap in the roadway. Police checked the area but did not find the item.
Visitor's car towed on Valentine's Day
On Thursday morning, Feb. 14, police noted a "possibly disabled" vehicle parked dangerously far out from the roadside on Prospect Hill Road. Checking nearby homes, the owner could not be immediately located and the vehicle was towed.
The registration came back to a rental car company. The person who had parked it there was a houseguest staying in the area and later called the police. The dispatcher told the caller the vehicle had been towed and where it could be picked up.
Unfortunately, the houseguest had to pay towing and storage charges, Sgt. James Babu said, but the tow was necessary because the vehicle was a traffic hazard. "It was too far out ... about 4 feet," he explained.
Motor vehicle versus deer
On Friday, Feb. 15 at 1 a.m., a motorist accidentally struck a deer at the intersection of Ayer Road and Myrick Lane. The driver was not injured and no damage was done to the vehicle. The animal took off.
Fire officer call but no fire
An Old Shirley Road resident called the Fire Department Friday night after noticing a "strong smell" in the basement. A fire officer checked it out, but there was no danger. Apparently, the odor was caused by a vent that the owner had serviced the next day.
Traffic stop and arrest
A 49-year-old Harvard man was apparently headed home when he was stopped by police on his own street and arrested for drunken driving.
Carl Lochiattto, of 42 Old Mill Road, was arrested Saturday night, Feb. 16, at 11:07 p.m. by Officer Daniele Fortunato.
According to the police report, the officer observed a vehicle operating erratically and followed it as it traveled north on Old Mill Road. The vehicle sped up, then slowed down and drifted back and forth over the roadside fog line, Sgt. James Babu said, at which point the officer activated the cruiser's blue lights and pulled the driver over.
The report states that the officer smelled a strong odor of liquor in the vehicle and noted signs that the driver had been drinking. He agreed to field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and marked-lanes violations. Lochiatto was released on bail.
Move it...plow at work
A DPW plow driver called police Sunday night, Feb. 17, to report a vehicle was blocking the way as he was removing snow on Tahanto Trial. There was no response at the home where the vehicle was parked, Sgt. Babu said, but the police report doesn't state what happened next.
-- M. E. Jones