The owner of Country Cuts hair salon on Ayer Road called police Monday morning, Oct. 27, to report that Halloween decorations outside her establishment had been “maliciously damaged” overnight. Flowers were knocked over, corn stocks ripped. But “it wasn’t the wind” that did it, the report states.

Vandals knocked over an outhouse at a construction site at Hazen and Brown Roads, where new water pipe is being installed. The same culprits may have been responsible for broken windows on an excavator parked there, police Chief Paul Thibodeau said.

Animal complaints

A dog described as a German shepherd was observed being dragged by a car on Hazen and Benjamin roads late Tuesday night, Oct. 28. According to the police report, the driver, presumably the dog’s owner, said the animal, which was on a leash, “should have been in the car.” Apparently, the dog was not injured.

Two arrested

in parked vehicle

A police officer on routine patrol Monday morning, Nov. 1, spotted a suspicious vehicle parked near the Benjamin Hill pool on Benjamin Road. It was nearly 2 a.m. when police arrested two occupants in the vehicle, 18-year-old Sebastian Gibbs, of Hazen Road and 19-year-old Matthew Dempsey, of Mill Street.

The two young men in the car — both under the legal drinking age of 21 — were found in possession of alcohol and were charged with that offense. The driver also had cocaine, a class B substance, and marijuana, a class D substance, in his possession. The passenger had marijuana. They were individually charged with the drug offenses.

Hunters in

the woods?

A Holden Road resident called police in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, Oct. 30 to report having heard what might have been hunters with dogs in nearby woods. Police responded but did not find anyone.


A Little Turnpike Road resident reported to police on Saturday morning, Nov. 1, that her unlocked vehicle had been rifled through while parked at her home and her wallet was stolen. The theft is under investigation, police Chief Paul Thibodeau said.

* An Ayer Road resident reported that same morning, Nov. 1, that a license plate had been stolen from his vehicle. The police reported the suspected theft to the registry, Thibodeau said. The owner was advised that it’s a good idea to cancel that registration and get a new one, he added.

* A boy’s black BMX bicycle was reported stolen from the train station on Front Street on Sunday night, Nov. 2. Anyone with information may contact the police.