By James Niedzinski
---- — ESSEX — A stranded boater was reported near Clammers Beach and the Essex River at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Police made contact with the boater, who said he was not in distress and was just waiting for the tide to come back in.
The boater came into the police station around 7:30 p.m. to report he was fine.
Police received a report of an erratic operator headed toward Hamilton on Western Avenue around 2 p.m. Thursday. Police said they could not find anyone when they arrived.
At 9:36 a.m. Friday, a Winthrop Street resident called to report a suspicious, burning smell. Police did not detect an odor when they arrived. Firefighters searched the area with thermal imaging cameras, but could not find anything causing the smell.
Animal control was notified about a dead skunk in a driveway on Eastern Avenue at 10:50 a.m. Friday.
James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000 x 3455 or email@example.com.