Fire Department paramedics responded to a Pine Street residence after a call indicating that a woman had fallen, and Gloucester police arrested a man at the home on a charge of domestic assault and battery Thursday at 4 p.m.
Responding officers found the woman on the floor in a bedroom of a Pine Street home.
Officers then spoke with Ralph Waddey, 69, of 9 Pine St., who said he pulled a bamboo mat out from under her and she had tripped. He told officers he did not intend to hurt her.
When paramedics lifted the woman off the floor, however, she told them it wasn’t an accident and that Waddey had purposely pulled the mat out from under her.
She was transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital, and, at the hospital, she told police that she was working on the mat and they were fighting when Waddey then pulled the mat from under her.
Police arrested Waddey in the hospital waiting room.
Firefighters responded to and extinguished a stove fire in a house on Andrews Street in Lanesville Thursday at 8:02 p.m.
Crews were able to clear the scene within a half hour. No further information on the blaze was available as of Friday.
A Leverett Street man called police at 8:35 p.m. on Thursday and told them that a man had been pounding on the door of both apartments in his building. Police found the man, who said he backed into a car in front of the residence and was pounding on the doors in an effort to find the owner.
At 12:40 a.m Friday, an officer noticed a car parked in the O’Maley Middle School parking lot for the second day in a row. Police called the owner and left a message asking him to move the vehicle.
Police responded to Wingaersheek Road at 4:57 p.m. on Thursday for a report of “suspicious men” on the beach.
Officers found the men, a group of roofers from Lowell who weren’t doing anything suspicious, according to the police report. The group was working on a house down the street from the beach.
A woman called police at 7:18 p.m. on Thursday to report that she had struck a parked car on Porter Street. She said she left contact information on the windshield.
Steven Fletcher can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3455, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.