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April 2, 2014

Town police reports: Cyclist's short shorts spur police call

Essex police received a suspicious activity call regarding a possible sighting of a naked bicyclist Monday.

A motorist stopped one of the department’s detectives at 11:36 p.m., saying they’d witnessed someone riding a bicycle without clothes.

It turned out, however, that the party was wearing very short shorts, according to police. Officers advised him to use reflective gear when riding a bicycle at night.

The following reports were taken from town police logs:


Police were called to investigate possible vandalism on Briarstone Road at 11:48 a.m. Tuesday.

A woman told police someone had damaged a fence and a wall on her property.

At 10:52 a.m. the forest fire department was called to pump water out of a basement on South Street Court.


A resident at 47 Walker Road called police at 11:13 p.m. saying they’d spotted a wolf in their yard. Responding officers were able to scare the wolf into the nearby woods.

Someone walked into the police station Tuesday at 5:47 a.m. to report that there were trucks driving up and down Old Essex Rd.

Police issued a parking ticket at 8:28 a.m. Tuesday for a vehicle parked in a no parking area near 28 Vine St.


Police received an animal complaint at 3:12 p.m. Monday from a store owner who said there was a dog in the store. The caller said they were afraid of getting bitten and thought the dog was a runaway.

Animal control was notified and the dog was placed in a home.

Police responded to potential suspicious activity on Winthrop Street following a hang up 911 call.

Upon arrival, police found two parties involved in a verbal domestic dispute. Peace was restored.

Arianna MacNeill can be reached at 978-675-2710 or at

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