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December 3, 2012

Essex Police/Fire: Charges pending for animal abuser

ESSEX — On Friday night, at 6:45, a Wood Drive resident called to report a dog was shot with a pellet gun. Although it was unclear whether or not the animal died, charges may be pending for the party responsible. The case is still under investigation by police who would not divulge any more information.

A driver was so angered by an Essex resident’s driving, he followed the resident from Beverly to Essex. Police said the incident started in Beverly on Route 128 as the two were heading into Essex. At 9:37 a.m. Sunday, the driver following the Essex resident reported to police that the Essex resident was driving erratically and irresponsibly. The Essex resident was issued a warning.

Another driver, operating a gold-colored sport utility vehicle, was reported to be driving erratically on Choate Street on Saturday at 10:23 p.m. Police tracked down a vehicle matching the description; however the responding officers said the operator was not driving erratically.

On Saturday, there was a report of harassment involving a driver. Shortly before 9 a.m., an Essex resident was driving on Haskell Court when somebody began making obscene gestures; the resident has a restraining order against the gesturer. Police said the matter was under investigation.

A deer was struck by a pickup truck Sunday shortly before 7 p.m. The animal was hit on Western Avenue; there was no damage to the truck or injuries reported by the driver, but the deer died. The Department of Public Works was notified to collect the carcass.

Icy road conditions were reported Saturday at 4:21 p.m. by police around Eastern Avenue; the Department of Public Works was notified.

On Sunday night, a good Samaritan turned in a checkbook he found at a Main Street business. Police are trying to return it to the owner.

Early Monday, shortly after midnight, a Winthrop Street resident was transported to Beverly Hospital.

Police Chief Peter Silva urged residents to keep their car doors locked and valuables out of sight during the holiday season. He said gifts and other items can make a great target for a thief or burglar.

“As always, report any suspicious activity,” he said.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3455 or

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