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April 24, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Police ease tensions for resident in a pickle

Gloucester Police/Fire:

Gloucester police responded to a call to open a pickle jar for a Heights of Cape Ann resident early Monday evening —restoring peace in the apartment complex.

The woman struggling with the pickle jar had been attempting to open it with a hammer, banging apparently loudly enough to disturb a downstairs neighbor.

The woman told police the neighbor below had banged loudly on their ceiling — her floor — in response to the sound of her hammering the jar, according to police. The woman called police because the thumping below scared her, police said.

Police spoke to both residents about quieting down, opened the pickle jar — and cleared the scene.

Police arrested Crystal L. Brown, a 29-year-old Poplar Street resident, and charged her with breaking and entering during the daytime and violating a restraining order Monday about 2:13 p.m., according to police.

Police said both Brown and the man against whom she has a restraining order told officers that Brown had used a debit card to open the man’s door after he declined to open it and let her in.

Police said they are planning frequent checks of Veterans Memorial School after the school’s principal reported a man drinking alcohol and sitting by the bleachers about 1:43 p.m. Monday, according to police.

The man had left the area by the time police arrived Monday, but police noted that it did “appear” as though people had been drinking and “hanging out” by the bleachers, police said.

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

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