In news taken from the log of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:

GLOUCESTER

Friday, July 13

7:48 a.m.: Audrey Bradford-Nichols is facing a charge of possession of a Class B substance after police responded to a call reporting suspicious activity outside the Walgreens store between Main and Rogers streets. The log did not indicate the drug allegedly involved.

12:36 a.m.: A group gathered on Whistlestop Way was dispersed after police responded to a report of suspicious activity there.

Thursday, July 12

10:20 p.m.: Firefighters and police responded to a reported smell of smoke in the area of Rafe's Chasm off Hesperus Avenue in Magnolia. No smoke or fire was found.

8:56 p.m.: Officers restored the peace after responding to a noise complaint at the Castle Manor Inn on Essex Avenue.

4:36 p.m.: A man who said he had paid a total of $275 for tickets on a Cape Ann Harbor Tour boat told police he had been told the vessel would leave at 2:15, but that when he arrived at Harbor Loop at 2 p.m. it had already gone and the tour provider declined to provide a refund. The man filed a claim through his credit card company, according to the police report.

4:13 p.m.: Kenneth S. Gleason, 50, of 30 Summer St. is facing a charge of assault and battery after an altercation at Railroad and Maplewood avenues. Gleason allegedly punched another man through a car window, according to Patrolman Jared Foote's report.

10:35 a.m.: Police responded to a report of threats being made over the phone to the Gloucester Daily Times office at 36 Whittemore St. 

ROCKPORT

Thursday, July 12

11:04 p.m.: Police and rescue squad responded to a Parker Street address on a medical emergency. The individual declined transport to the hospital.

9:21 p.m.: Officer summoned to a lot on Broadway on report of a parked and driverless vehicle with its lights on. No issues.

5:05 p.m.: Officer responded to a King Street address on report of an activated burglar alarm. It was a false alarm.

11:48 a.m.: Officer ticketed a vehicle illegally parked at Pasture Road and Rowe Avenue.

6:46 a.m.: Police and rescue squad responded to a Mill Lane address on a medical emergency and transported an individual to Addison Gilbert Hospital.

ESSEX

Thursday, July 12

4:52 p.m.: Police met with a Choate Street homeowner about a civil dispute involving a neighbor's landscaper. Reportedly the landscaper was using a weed whacker close to a newly erected fence damaging it. The homeowner said he spoke to the landscaper who got angry, and he decided to call police. The landscaper left before police arrived. Police advised him to call if the problem continued.

2:51 p.m.: An alarm sounded at a Main Street business. Officers found all doors and windows secure and cleared.

11:17 a.m.: A resident turned in a old rifle at the station for disposal. Chief Peter Silva encourages anyone with unwanted ammunition or firearms to contact police. "We will take them," he said. "Donated items will either be used by us or destroyed." The rifle's condition was such that it cannot be rehabbed and it will be turned over to state police for disposal. Earlier this week, a resident turned a rusted and rotted firearm that will also be destroyed by state police.