A maintenance employee's discovery of illegal drugs stashed inside a toilet at a Maplewood Avenue apartment led police to question residents at the housing complex Thursday, but police say they believe the person who left the drugs there already "took off" Monday for the Dominican Republic.
According to officer Heidi Fialho's report, a maintenance man working on replacing a recalled toilet at 47A Maplewood Ave. — part of the Willowood Gardens townhouses managed by the Gloucester Housing Authority — told police that, when he lifted the cover to the tank, he observed medication bottles with what he suspected were illegal substances inside.
Police questioned both the tenant of the apartment and her mother about the three bottles. Police said the substances will be submitted to the state drug lab for testing, including for identification and fingerprints.
The women, however, identified the name of a man who had been at the residence and said he was "likely" the person who placed the drugs there, but also told police he had left June 3 for the Dominican. There were no charges filed.
In other news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:
Thursday, June 6
8:01 p.m.: A call reporting a disturbance at the Richdale's convenience store on East Main Street led officers to respond to that site but a search of the area for the perpetrators proved negative. Police said the incident was an argument between a male and female.
7:13 p.m.: Police dispersed a group of people who had gathered at Cleveland and Willow streets after responding to a call reporting suspicious activity. There were no charges filed.
3:36 p.m.: Officers recovered and safely disposed of a hypodermic needle found at the intersection of Rogers and Duncan streets.
12:03 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a break-in at a house, with two glass windows broken, at Strawberry Cove. Police are still investigating the incident. No charges had been filed as of Friday.
Thursday, June 6
11:10 p.m.: Medical emergency on Frank Street. The person was transported by ambulance to Addison Gilbert Hospital.
10:53 p.m.: Report of loud music at Rockport High School. Officers spoke with a group of people at the school and the music was turned down.
10:49 p.m.: A driver on Norwood Avenue received a verbal warning for a stop sign violation.
9:56 p.m.: Report of a suspicious person standing outside a residence at Millbrook Park. Officers searched the area and were unable to find the person in question.
3:26 p.m.: A driver on Broadway received a verbal warning for failing to display a license plate.
2:34 p.m.: A tractor-trailer reportedly hit electrical wires off a building on Bearskin Neck. The building's utility manager was notified.
2:17 p.m.: A Linwood Avenue resident reported a possible leak on their RV's propane tank. Firefighters on scene said the owner would drive the RV to a nearby mechanic.
1:16 p.m.: Officers assisted a driver locked out of a car on Sandy Bay Terrace.
12:28 p.m.: Officers assisted a driver locked out of a car on the corner of Mt. Pleasant Street and Stone Barn Lane.
10:23 a.m.: A Lanes Farm Way resident reported someone had destroyed portions of their hand-made stone wall. The matter is currently under investigation.
Thursday, June 6
9:42 p.m.: Report of a loose dog on Route 128 northbound. Officers checked the area and were unable to find the dog.
8:56 p.m.: A Hidden Ledge Road resident reported she thought she heard her garage door open. An officer on the scene found the home secured and cleared the area.
8:13 p.m.: Report of an erratic driver on Route 128 northbound. Officers found the car parked on the side of the road and unoccupied. No further action was taken.
7:35 p.m.: Report of an injured bird on Central Street. Animal Control transported the bird to a wildlife rehabilitator.
4:37 p.m.: A driver on Forest Street received a verbal warning for speeding.
4:10 p.m.: Report of a possible attempt to steal a mailbox on Bridge Street. The matter is currently under investigation.
2:59 p.m.: A broken-down car on School Street was towed by Tally's Towing.
12:10 p.m.: Officers provided mutual aid for a medical emergency on Central Street in Peabody. The person was transported to a hospital.
1:35 a.m.: Alexander D'Alfonso, 23, of 4 Landers Drive, Beverly, was arrested for operating under the influence after he crashed his car on Bennett Street. No injuries were reported. The extent of damage caused by the accident is unknown at this time. D'Alfonso was arraigned Friday morning at Salem District Court and was released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court on July 22.