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June 22, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Wandering 3-year-old asks for help getting home

Gloucester Police/Fire

A toddler walking her puppy alone on Ledgemont Street near the Green Street Playground caught the attention of police Thursday afternoon.

When officers approached the 3-year-old girl and her German shepherd puppy, she told police she did not know where her home was and asked for help getting there.

Police canvassed the area, knocking on doors and asking if anyone knew the young girl, and one officer walked the girl around and asked her if any of the houses looked familiar while animal control officers cared for the dog.

Police eventually received an emergency call from the girl’s grandmother, reporting her missing from the Dodge Street home.

The grandmother told officers that while she was trying to put the dog in its kennel, the dog and girl vanished. Police noticed a hole in the home’s fence that separates the home from the Green Street Playground.

Officers filed a report with the Department of Children and Families and left the girl in her grandmother’s care.

A 22-year-old man listed as homeless faces a criminal charge after an officer policing the Pavilion Beach area says he saw the man sitting on a rock at the end of the beach drinking.

Chale Mickels placed the can of Mikes Hard Lemonade he was accused of drinking between his legs as the officer approached him, but the officer had already seen it. He told Mickels to empty the can and leave the beach with his trash and not return, then filed a criminal complaint against Mickels.

Gloucester’s animal control officers are looking into a case of two unleashed pit bull dogs that allegedly bit a woman’s hand and attacked leashed dogs.

Police said there were no serious injuries in the Thursday incident that occurred about 9 p.m. on Staten Street. One woman told police one of the dogs bit her left hand, and she “beat it off” with a water bottle. Police observed no puncture wounds or blood on the woman’s hand.

Another woman said she had been walking past the Staten Street home with her leashed dogs, when the pair of pit bulls attacked her dog “for no reason,” and her dogs dragged her on the leash.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3451, or

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