By James Niedzinski
---- — ESSEX — Strong winds and gusts pegged at up to 60 miles per hour knocked down trees and were blamed for shutting down power in parts of Essex early Thursday.
Police said one tree came down onto wires around 4:15 a.m. on Story Street. The tree was completely blocking the street and hit several wires. The Department of Public Works and National Grid were soon called to remove the tree and restore the power.
Shortly after that, police said, a transformer was reportedly blown out at around 4:18 a.m. on Western Avenue and Main Street.
A tree limb also struck wires on Western Avenue and Main Street just before 6 a.m. on Thursday, parts of Story and Main Streets remained without power.
A town resident called police Thursday at around 9:15 a.m. to report he had lost his wedding band. He provided additional information to police about the band, should it turn up, but police reported no trace of it as of Thursday evening.
A fire alarm was sounded on Conomo Point Road around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, but responders found the alarm to have gone off in error.
A burglar alarm was set off Thursday just before 3 a.m. on Lufkin Point Lane, but the alarm company called to cancel the alarm before police arrived.
James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at email@example.com.