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January 10, 2014

Gloucester Police/Fire: Driver hits coyote on Washington Street

Gloucester Police/Fire

A Gloucester driver struck a coyote Wednesday just before 8 p.m. near the intersection of Washington and Derby streets.

The motorist, an Island Rock Road resident, said she hit the animal on the passenger side of her car, causing some fender damage.

An animal control officer also responded to the scene, and the “large, healthy,” coyote was taken away, according to the police report.

Police said they are investigating a past fight at Gloucester High School.

The issue, which prompted a call Wednesday around 11 a.m., involves three juveniles, police said. No further information was available Thursday.

Gloucester Police Sgt. Michael Gossom and a Gloucester High School official also checked on two truant students Tuesday.

They stopped by a Bass Avenue residence and a Forrest Street residence, because students have been absent for more than 40 days in the school year, according to the police report. The police log states both students were fine health-wise, and will have to follow up at the school level.

Police responded to a report of breaking and entering at a Washington Street residence Wednesday around 7 p.m., but officers soon discovered it was a prank call from a juvenile.

Police spoke to the 13-year-old and noted this was not his first dealing with Gloucester police.

Officers turned the matter over the state’s Department of Children and Families; the teen was also transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital for an evaluation.

Two youths from Danvers are paying the price for their role in an incident at Wednesday night’s Gloucester-Danvers hockey game.

During the game, won by Danvers at Gloucester’s Dorothy Talbot Rink, two Danvers juveniles were involved in throwing a fish onto the ice surface, according to the police report.

City officers escorted the two from the arena, and a Danvers school employee, present at the game, said the two would be suspended for three days, according to the police report.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-675-2708

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