GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Top Stories

November 26, 2012

Essex property dogs local police

Western Ave. site dogs Essex police

ESSEX — Following several phone calls last week, Essex police officers are searching for the owner of the house at 211 Western Ave. after a series of complaints connected with the property last week.

According to the police logs, nearby residents called on Nov. 18 about missing boat trailers from the property, on Nov. 21 about people illegally dumping trash on the front lawn, and on Nov. 23 about hearing the sound of breaking glass nearby.

Brenda Harrell, clerk for the town’s Assessor Office, told the Times Monday that, as far as she knows, all of the records are up to date, and the property belongs to Charles Steward. According to town records, Steward bought the property in 2002, and it is currently assessed at $363,000.

Police Chief Peter Silva, however, said Monday he has been meeting with the building inspector and other town staff to determine how to get in touch with the property owner. The process has not been easy, he said.

“It’s a slow process, we get a little bit of information at a time,” Silva said.

Harrell also said Steward has a different mailing address — one at 100 Federal St., Boston.

According to Virginia Boutchie, the tax collector for the town, all the taxes have been paid and the house is not being foreclosed upon.

”Foreclosures are not prevalent in Essex, but it does happen from time to time,” she said.

Silva said that, initially, the boat trailers were thought to be stolen, as Western Ave residents called police when the trailers went missing, but Silva said on Monday it is now unclear what happened to them. As for the sound of breaking glass, it was most likely a car accident near the house which was not reported, as parts of headlights were found nearby, he said. He also suspected the building materials were being used to repair the property, not left there as trash, as one resident was concerned about the dumping of debris on the property.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Top Stories

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge