A call to a residence at The Heights at Cape Ann off Essex Avenue led Gloucester police to the scene of an unattended death Tuesday morning.

Interim Police Chief John McCarthy said the death was not suspicious  and did not appear to involve any drug use.

The 10:58 a.m. call for a medical emergency and an "unresponsive" person led police to a 65-year-old woman who was pronounced dead at the scene, McCarthy said, adding that it appeared the death was due to "natural causes."

Massachusetts state police assigned to the Essex County district attorney's office also responded to the scene, as is the case for any unattended death.

— Ray Lamont

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


Wednesday, Sept. 20

8:06 a.m.: Police responded to a call reporting illegal dumping on Willowood Road. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday 

Tuesday, Sept. 19

7:49 p.m.: Officers cleared debris from the roadway at locations along the Route 128 Extension between Grant  Circle and the Eastern Avenue traffic lights.

2:45 p.m.: Police restored the peace after responding to a call reporting a disturbance outside the Shaw's supermarket on Railroad Avenue. One person was transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital. No charges were filed.

10:46 a.m.: No injuries were reported in a crash along the northbound lanes of Route 128 between Exits 14 and 13, the exits for Essex Avenue and Concord Street, respectively. Massachusetts State Police are investigating the cause of the crash.


Wednesday, Sept. 19

5:38 a.m.: Officer cleared debris from the roadway on Granite Street.

3:28 a.m.: An intrusion alarm sounded at Rockport High School on Jerden's Lane. No intruders were found and the building was secure.

Tuesday,Sept. 18

Storm damage: A falling tree  pulled down electrical wires on Phillips Avenue on Tuesday, approximately around noon. National Grid was notified. An hour later, the tree caught fire. The Fire Department was dispatched and extinguished the fire.

11:41 a.m.: Report of a missing storm drain cover on Thatcher Road. A Public Works crew replaced the missing cover. 

9:55 a.m.: Report of a lost trumpet of Parker Street. 

8:48 a.m.: Report of an annoying phone call being received on Broadway. The offending caller reportedly claimed he was from Publishers Clearing House. Officers spoke with the subject who made the report and no further action was taken.

8:32 a.m.: A carbon monoxide alarm sounded on Main Street. Fire Department was dispatched. No readings of carbon monoxide found.


Wednesday, Sept. 19

12:14 p.m.: Police and the rescue squad answered a medical call on Eastern Avenue. A female was taken by ambulance to Beverly Hospital.

Stop sign ignored: Several motorists were stopped by officers for failing to stop or come to a complete stop at the stop sign on Southern Avenue. Three were given verbal warnings, at 7:12, 7:20 and 7:42 a.m. A fourth motorist was given a written warning at 7:28 a.m.

7:27 a.m.: A motorist was given a verbal warning for speeding during a traffic stop on Main Street.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Lead feet: Two motorists were issued citations for speeding on Eastern Avenue during traffic stops at 8:44 and 9:22 p.m., respectively.

5:45 p.m.: A driver received a written warning about speeding during a traffic stop on Western Avenue.

10:17 a.m.: Police and the rescue squad answered a medical call on County Road. A patient was taken by ambulance to Beverly Hospital.


Tuesday, Sept. 18

3:13 p.m.: A driver was issued a written warning for speeding following a traffic stop along Summer Street.

2:09 p.m.: A caller reported a child and a dog were  accidentally locked in a motor vehicle parked on Lincoln Street. Officers unlocked the vehicle and both were reunited with the child's parent.

1:22 p.m.: A report of suspicious activity led police to a man at an ATM on Beach Street asking people for money to take the commuter rail train. No charges were filed, and officers transported the man to Beverly Farms.

12:04 p.m.: The Fire Department's ambulance squad transported a patient from School Street to Beverly Hospital.

10:01 a.m.: The driver of a car that had no license plates was pulled over on School Street and cited for operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle after police noticed the car passing on the street.

1:02 a.m.: A driver in the southbound lanes of Route 128 was issued a verbal warning for speeding during a traffic stop.

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