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

GLOUCESTER

Wednesday, June 5

9:38 a.m.: A single-car crash at Dr. Osmond Babson Road and Washington Street led to a car being towed from the scene but there were no reports of injuries. Police were investigating the crash as of Wednesday.

2:38 a.m.: Police restored the peace after responding to a call of a disturbance on Mason Street.

12:43 a.m.: A Blynman Bridge operator contacted police to report seeing a male carrying an apparent firearm while walking along Stacy Boulevard, but police who responded could not locate anyone with a gun. The police report indicated, however, that people in the area were carrying fishing poles. 

Tuesday, June 4

Hypodermic needles: Officers retrieved and safely disposed of three hypodermic needles that were found at 6:52 p.m. at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Middle streets, another at 4:57 p.m. outside the Central Grammar Apartments on Dale Avenue, and a third at 3:18 p.m. at Washington Square. These were at least the fifth needles recovered within the city this week.

4:25 p.m.: A report of a "juvenile matter" drew a police response to Beeman Memorial School. No further information was available because police have classified the incident as a juvenile case.

12:43 p.m.: Police are investigating a case of allegedly illegal trash dumping on Perkins Street, but no charges had been filed as of Wednesday.

11:25 a.m.: Robert H. Simpson, 29, of 116R Magnolia Ave., was arrested on a warrant issued by Gloucester District Court for failing to appear and answer a charge of shoplifting by concealment. Simpson is also charged with being a fugitive from justice on a warrant from Hillsborough, New Hampshire, on an unrelated and unclassified felony charge of selling marijuana. That warrant has limited extradition, but includes Massachusetts, and New Hampshire authorities confirmed they wanted to have Simpson extradited, according to Detective Thomas Quinn's police report.

ROCKPORT

Tuesday, June 4

8:38 p.m.: Medical emergency on King Street. The person was transported by ambulance to Addison Gilbert Hospital. 

5:47 p.m.: A resident on Granite Street reported someone had thrown a chunk of granite through their car's windshield. The matter is still under investigation. 

4:39 p.m.: Report of a large carcass on Nugent Stretch. Officers discovered it was actually a beach towel. 

3:42 p.m.: The DPW was notified about a sink hole at a parking spot on T Wharf. 

2:55 p.m.: Report of a car alarm sounding for more than half an hour on Dock Square. The area was quiet by the time officers arrived on the scene. 

8:41 p.m.: A Rockport Inn and Suites employee reportedly found a cat by the inn's ice machine. Animal Control reunited the cat with its owner, who was staying at the inn.

ESSEX

Friday, May 31

10:25 p.m.: Medical emergency on Main Street. The person was transported by ambulance to Beverly Hospital. 

Saturday, June 1 

12:49 p.m.: Medical emergency on Apple Street. A man was transported by ambulance to Beverly Hospital. 

Sunday, June 2

3:13 p.m.: A driver rear-ended another driver on Eastern Avenue. No injuries were reported. The car that reportedly caused the accident sustained "substantial front-end damage," according to police, and was no longer operable. It was towed away from the scene by Tally's Towing. The driver was issued a citation for impeded operation and tailgating. The other car involved in the accident suffered minor rear-end damage. 

Monday, June 3 

2:29 p.m.: Medical emergency on Gregory Island Road. A man was transported by ambulance to Beverly Hospital.

6:45 p.m.: Hamilton police notified Essex police about an erratic driver entering Essex via Western Avenue. According to the initial call from a person traveling behind the driver, the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and nearly hit a telephone pole. An officer pulled over the driver on Martin Street and "felt (they were) impaired," according to police. After a field sobriety test, the officer told the driver he was filing an immediate threat report with the Registry Motor Vehicles for operating while self-medicating with drugs not prescribed to them. The driver was also issued a criminal complaint at the scene. A family member later took the driver home. Police said they plan on issuing a court summons to the driver for driving to endanger and possession of Class E drugs. 

MANCHESTER

Wednesday, June 5

1:08 p.m.: Report of a lost brown-and-white dog named Lilly on Loading Place Road. 

11:24 a.m.: An illegally parked car on Pleasant Street was ticketed. 

11:15 a.m.: Report of a lost dog, a black Wheaten Terrier, on School Street.

10:23 a.m.: Report of an elderly man possibly in need of assistance. The man refused medical assistance when asked by officers at the scene. 

Tuesday, June 4

10:55 p.m.: Report of a lost orange Toller dog on Highwood Road. 

6:48 p.m.: Report of an erratic driver on Route 128 southbound. Officers searched the area and were unable to find the driver in question.

5:17 p.m.: Report of a hit-and-run accident on Ashland Avenue. A truck with a boat trailer accidentally hit a person's wall while turning onto the street. The driver who caused the accident was located and information between the driver and the wall owner was exchanged.

8:56 a.m.: An illegally parked car on Summer Street was ticketed.