Here are the highlights, for reason or another, from the pages of the Peabody Police Department press log this week.
- 6:30 p.m. The manager at Stop & Shop reported a male tried to steal a full carriage of groceries. The carriage and groceries were recovered -- $320 worth -- but the person took off on foot through the parking lot.
- 11:59 p.m. Police received a report of an explosion in the area of Aborn Street. Police and fire units, as well as a Salem unit, checked the area and were unable to locate anything. Police said they received more than 45 calls about the explosion in a five-minute period. Police later said it may have been a transformer blowing or possibly a vapor explosion.
- 12:18 a.m. Police received a report of a loud bang in the area of Wallis Street. Police said Travel Leather was investigated as a possible source of the bang, but everything checked out at the building and there was nothing unusual.
- 3:03 p.m. A female caller reported a parent was making inappropriate comments to youths playing basketball at Higgins Middle School. An officer said there was a verbal dispute between parents.
- 11:12 p.m. Police received reports of two loud bangs in the area of Aborn and Pierpont streets. Police checked the area, but did not find anything unusual.
- 1 p.m. A passerby reported a brush fire in the woods behind Spring Pond. See related story.
- 5:12 p.m. A Danvers male was transported to Salem Hospital by ambulance after the 2007 MINI Cooper he was driving rolled over on Forest Street near Salem Country Club. Police said the car had dealer plates on it from the MINI dealership in Peabody. A DPS crew was called to the scene to remove a rock with a backhoe. The car was towed.
- 1:09 a.m. Police received reports of loud explosions in the area of the Center School on Irving Street. Officers checked the area, but were unable find anything suspicious.
- 3:03 p.m. Report of a single car accident at the Hess gas station on Lowell Street. Police said the car's brakes failed and the driver directed the vehicle into a fence to bring it to a stop. No injuries were reported.
- 5:45 a.m. Police checked Howley Street near Stop & Shop for homeless people camping out in the doorway facing the supermarket. A complainant reported homeless individuals were urinating in the foyer and leaving trash and debris nightly.
- 8:55 p.m. A caller on Daniel Terrace reported he was concerned and wanted the area checked for his brother who was intoxicated and driving. An officer said both brothers were at the scene and the brother who called police had actually been drinking.
- 11:24 a.m. A Salem female who was riding a bicycle on Foster Street was transported to Salem Hospital after she was struck by a car.
- 3:23 p.m. The Fire Department reported there was a possible case of arson after responding to a Glen Drive home. Both the state arson investigator and a deputy fire chief responded to the scene and the building commissioner's office was notified.
- 3:31 p.m. The mayor's office reported someone called to say there was a deer swimming in Brown Pond. The deer was gone when police arrived.
- 8:10 a.m. A caller at a Walnut Street apartment building reported a man was in the Dumpster throwing trash around the parking lot. The suspect was described as wearing a black jacket and a red hooded sweatshirt. The caller said it was an ongoing problem with that person. An officer identified the man and informed him he was on private property.
- 12:31 p.m. Beverly police requested Peabody officers check on a resident at Rainbow Adult Day Center after receiving a call from a female there who asked for a police officer. An officer responded to the facility and said the person in question was just upset over losing a card game.