, Gloucester, MA

January 22, 2013

Manchester Police/Fire: Man charges after panhandling reports

Manchester Police/Fire

By James Niedzinski
Staff Writer

---- — MANCHESTER — A Gloucester resident is facing numerous charges after allegedly panhandling and then fleeing police in Manchester on Friday.

Christopher McCollum 22 of Perkins St. in Gloucester, was arrested at 11:54 a.m. for disorderly conduct, giving a false name to police and resisting arrest, in addition to being charged on a warrant out of Gloucester.

Police first received reports of somebody going door to door and asking for train fare from Manchester station. Based on a description, police soon found McCollum on Lincoln Street and a foot chase ensued where he was soon arrested.

Manchester police believe the Gloucester warrant is a result of a probation violation.

At 7:32 p.m. Friday, Hickory Hill residents reported power outages throughout the street, National Grid was soon notified and responded to repair the problem.

Police received reports of an erratic operator at 10:40 p.m. on Saturday. When police arrived on Route 128 northbound, however, they were unable to locate anyone matching the reports.

A dead dog lying in Route 128 was reported to police on Sunday at 9:37 a.m.

The animal was found and removed from the breakdown lane on Route 128 southbound. Police said the animal had been hit by a car.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at