Harvard Police Officer Kim Murphy briefed local reporters on a series of police and fire calls due to the weather last week. Snow-related calls to the dispatcher were numerous, including complaints about snow dumped in residents’ driveways, clipped mailboxes and motor-vehicle mishaps.
On Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 12:47 p.m., a resident complained that a vehicle was blocking a private driveway behind the Still River Post Office. The driver said she was in the post office, although the resident said she was not. She moved the vehicle.
A nurse who had parked on Woodside Road while visiting a resident caused traffic problems on the narrow snow-covered road Tuesday afternoon. When a town plow driver called to complain that he could not pass, the nurse moved her vehicle.
On Wednesday morning, Feb. 2, a town plow driver called about snow in the road that a resident had put there with a snowblower. The Pinnacle Road resident explained he intended to remove the snow and did so.
That afternoon, a private plow driver accidentally hit a stone wall on a neighbor’s property on Shaker Road. The two parties agreed to work it out on their own.
Another private plow problem was reported at 12:43 on Madigan Lane, where a resident complained about a truck blocking the end of his driveway, where the driver had left it after getting stuck. The vehicle was moved.
At 6:46 Wednesday, a resident called about a damaged mailbox and was told that a Mass Highway plow driver had probably hit it accidentally. He was given contact information.
At 7:24, a driver reported a past accident. He ran over a jersey barrier on Ayer Road and got hung up, but no damage was done to the property or the vehicle.
On Thursday, Feb. 3, a resident came to the police station to report receiving an e-mail that claimed to be from a friend on vacation and asked for a substantial amount of money. It was a bogus “friend,” Murphy said. Fortunately, the resident did not send any money.
The Fire Department received a call Thursday morning about a smell of gas in an Ayer Road building. National Grid was notified. Murphy said that when officers detected a smell of gas on Ayer Road later that morning, the fire chief later speculated it might be an underground gas leak. National Grid was again notified.
Police filed a 51A child abuse/neglect report with the state Department of Children and Families on Thursday, Feb. 3, after officers responded to an 911 hang-up call from a Depot Road residence. Three children had been left alone at home, Murphy said. The children were ages 13, 11 and 1. The baby was in a crib upstairs while the others were downstairs. The department will follow up with the family, she said.
A woman reported Thursday night that a car with two men in it had flagged her down on Still River Road, asking for directions to Route 9. She was suspicious and called police. The vehicle she described was not found.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
On Friday morning, Feb. 4, Harvard Police responded to an accident on Route 2E. Six people were injured when a Med Star van flipped over. They were all transported to area hospitals. The Harvard ambulance took two of the victims to Leominster Hospital. Leominster, Devens and Ayer also responded.
Friday afternoon, a woman reported that while she was driving on Ayer Road, a heavy object “flew off” a truck in front of her, hitting and smashing her windshield. The truck, described as an older green or gray Dodge, did not stop. She pulled into the post office parking lot. The object was probably ice or snow sliding off the roof of the truck. A friend took her home. The incident is under investigation.
A vehicle reportedly “driving very slow and all over the road” on Friday, Feb. 4, was stopped by police at the intersection of Still River and Under Pin Hill roads at 6:30 p.m. The officer said the driver was not impaired but that he was driving slow due to icy roads.
Saturday night, Feb. 5, police assisted Boxboro and other departments on Route 495 South, where a motor vehicle had rolled over. The Harvard ambulance provided ambulance transport to a Worcester hospital.
More Snow Problems
Saturday morning, Feb. 5, a resident called to complain about the size of a snow bank on Old Boston Turnpike at the Oak Hill Road intersection. The resident wanted the DPW to take care of it, stating that it was a “10-minute job” and a safety issue. The resident was told the message would be passed along to the DPW when crews next reported for work.
A Littleton Road resident called at 9:20 Saturday morning to report that her neighbor’s roof was sagging. The neighbor wasn’t home. A police officer checked but did not see a problem, Murphy said.
Fire Department Calls
At 8:04 Sunday morning, Feb. 6, the Fire Department responded to the Appleworks Building on Ayer Road after part of the flat roof collapsed under heavy snow. Nobody was injured. The building was condemned after the accident. By Monday morning, most of it was deemed structurally sound and several businesses were allowed to move back in.
A Stow Road resident called the Fire Department on Sunday morning when doors at her house would not open due to heavy snow on the roof. Firefighters helped her clear some of it off.
On Monday night, Feb. 7, a Sherry Road resident called after hearing a “loud commotion” at her home. It seemed to come from upstairs, but she was afraid to go up there, Officer Murphy said. The woman went outside to see what it was. The officer who responded said it was probably a lot of snow that suddenly fell off the roof.