Scanner Tales: Ax Throwing Contest

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On Wednesday April 6, at approximately 5:45 p.m., a passerby reported that there had been a water main break on Topsfield Road near Turner Hill. Police said the water came from work on the golf course.

At around 12.30pm on Thursday, Rowley Police were asked to carry out a wellness check in Glen Street, where an elderly resident lived, and several hundred gallons of water are believed to have flooded the home.

At 4:55 p.m., a water main break closed Outer Linebrook Road to Route 1. Residents were diverted via Plains Road while the break was repaired.

At 9:50 a.m. Friday, a retail agent said a dog was loose on Market Street. The dispatcher asked if he was white. A man had entered the station about half an hour earlier to report her missing, he said.

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At 8:40 p.m. a caller reported an unknown type of fire on Manning Street. Moments later, the dispatcher said the caller had reported it to be an outbreak and they had overreacted.

At 5:20 p.m., smoke in the basement was reported to the school.

At 10:20 p.m., a woman reportedly shouted in the street on Lafayette Road.

At approximately 1:05 p.m., a caller said a Toyota had hit another vehicle in the parking lot of the Shaw. The driver parked and entered the store “without taking any further action”.

At around 1.15pm a caller reported hearing gunshots and then a call for help somewhere between Paradise Road and the Rowley line. The dispatcher said there might have been an event at the gun club, but the caller didn’t think so because he was on foot in the woods at the time. As police checked the location, the dispatcher radioed in that Rowley was dealing with a report of fireworks in the area.

At 1:40 p.m. Sunday, a resident reported a sick skunk in his front yard on Stage Hill Road. He was missing when the police arrived, but the caller told them he had been in the area for some time.

At 2 p.m., two people reportedly got into a fight after a minor accident near Southern Heights. Things seemed to have cooled down by the time the first officer arrived.

At around 4.45pm, a caller said they saw a man and a small child at the Waldingfield Road bridge walking along the train tracks. The agent who answered asked if the trains were still not running due to work on the line. Shortly after, he said he spoke with the caller, who saw the two come off the tracks.

At around 7.20pm, a caller said a raccoon was “walking strangely down the street” and thought it might be rabid.

At 7.55pm Topsfield Police called for reinforcements after a report of 10 shots and a woman screaming on Canterbury Road. Moments later, the Ipswich dispatcher informed officers that there was a gathering at a house in the neighborhood where an ax throwing contest was in progress, which may have been the source of the noise.

At around 1.15pm on Monday, a woman hiking in Willowdale State Forest fell and injured her arm and was unable to walk. The call was for the West Street access area off Route 1 near the Topsfield line. Mountain bikers volunteered to bring the police to the woman and contact was made with the patient around 1:50 p.m.

A bushfire at Miles River Sand & Gravel was reported around 5 p.m.

At around 5.20pm, a retail agent radioed that a white BMW had hit a dog on Topsfield Road and continued to drive towards Topsfield. Shortly after, the dispatcher reported that the driver who saw the strike flagged a Topsfield cruiser to flag the BMW. Around 5:30 p.m., a dog was running around Bush Hill Road but would not approach people. At around 5:44 p.m., an officer radioed that the dog had been reunited with its owner, who had been informed of the possible accident.

At around 9.50am on Tuesday, a caller said there was a possible road rage incident on Mill Road near the Hamilton line. An SUV had gotten stuck in a sedan at the side of the road. No one was there when the police arrived.

Around 12:05 p.m., an accident was reported on Route 1 near the Topsfield line. No injuries were reported. A van apparently punctured a tire on the road and had to be towed after the incident.


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