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Melrose Police Log: July 2-8

Notable entries from last week's Melrose Police log. The following information was supplied by the Melrose Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

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The following is a selective list of entries from the Melrose Police log.

Police Log

Monday, July 2

1:40 p.m. Caller reported man stole metal from dumpster on Bellevue Avenue and walked away.

8:36 p.m. Officer finds kids trespassing in .

Tuesday, July 3

9:47 a.m. Complaint of large trucks driving up and down First Street at Sixth Street damaging trees. Detail officers in area notified and city investigating.

12:17 p.m. Walk-in question about a possible scam letter received with stamp address from out of the country.

4:02 p.m. Walk-in report from Beech Avenue of credit card fraud.

10:11 p.m. Caller stated he saw a drunk female on the lawn of . Transported to .

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Wednesday, July 4

1:44 p.m. Report of suspicious, possible drug-related activity on Mount Vernon Street.

5:06 p.m. Two drunk women in Town Line Inn lobby. Taken into custody by Malden Police.

8:01 p.m. Caller reports dog attack at .

10:02 p.m. Caller from Lynn Fells Parkway said his car window had been broken.

Thursday, July 5

1:45 a.m. Caller from Sylvan Street reports altercation with driver with knife.

7:13 p.m. 911 caller reported two women trying to go behind counter at on Main Street in an effort to get money. Problem solved prior to officers’ arrival.

10:57 p.m. Melrose-Wakefield Hospital called reporting a fight in front main parking lot.

Friday, July 6

11:22 a.m. Caller upset because woman has more than two dogs in the dog park. Police called , spoke with Ruth Clay about the rules in the dog park. Responding officer reports only one dog in the park.

11:41 a.m. Walk-in report of bike stolen from Lake Avenue.

5:20 p.m. Walk-in report of damage to property on Grandview Avenue.

10:40 p.m. Malden Police reports , suspect left the area north on Lebanon Street heading toward Melrose in a silver Honda or Nissan Maxima driven by a black male. Information given to all units.

Saturday, July 7

6:11 a.m. Caller requests cruiser to Forest Street home, would give no other info and hung up. Verbal argument, people separated.

6:42 a.m. Officer reports a LoJack hit on car at Forest Street and Lebanon Street, comes back confirmed stolen out of Everett to a 2000 Nissan Maxima, color gray. Malden Police notified.

7:46 a.m. Caller reports fight in progress on Vine Street. Officer reports it was just workers yelling over the machine noise.

8:32 p.m. Caller from Edgemere Street reports GPS stolen from her car but does not wish to make a report at this time.

Sunday, July 8

12:39 p.m. Walk-in report from Cutter Street of a possible past break-in attempt.

1:06 p.m. Complaint of damage to property on Avon Street.

1:17 p.m. Vandalism damage to property on Swains Pond Avenue.

9:03 p.m. Disturbance on Pleasant Street.

Other Arrests and Summonses

A 60-year-old Malden man was issued a summons on Monday, July 2 on the charge of violating an abuse prevention order.

Paul R. Quinn, 35, 44 Sherman St., Revere, was arrested on Thursday, July 5 on the charge of violating an abuse prevention order and on a warrant for failure to appear.

Joshua J. Gilbert, 39, 190 Warwick Road, Melrose, was arrested on Thursday, July 5 on the charge of domestic assault and battery.

Katherine kennedy July 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I was the caller on Friday morning noted in the log at 11:22. I called the police because there were 7 dogs in the new dog park with a professional dog walker. One dog was quite aggressive with my dog and aggressive towards two other dogs. An elderly couple sitting on a bench with theri older, small poodle where all frightened. It was their first visit to the dog park and possibly the last because of what occurred. 3 dogs is the limit....professional dog trainers or dog walkers are not allowed to use the new dog park. The woman who answered my call at the police station said "it was not the police's responsibility to enforce laws at the new dog park". She offered to transfer me to the Animal Control Officer's voice mail. Leaving a voice mail message for Diane ( who works very hard and does a wonderful job) was not a helpful response. What good would it have done for Diane to receive the message hours later? I called the Park Department and Mayor's office after not receiving a satisfactory response from the police. The dog park is new, fabulous and those using it are "self-policing" and making it a great experience for everyone. We can not have it ruined by dog walkers and police who don't respond when an incident is happening. By the time the Mayor's office and/or Park Department perhaps ordered the police to investigate, there was a time delay......which would account for only "one dog in the park". So, the 11:22 call on Friday in the police log is not accurate.
Daniel DeMaina (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Thanks for the update and first-hand account, Katy.
Judy O'Brien July 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Curious...so you're saying no trainers and no dog walkers are allowed? how would you know if they were either? if they have under the limit and why would that be a problem. I'm neither but would like to know why?
Dave Gray July 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
As much as you may not want to hear this, the officer was correct. The police have no enforcement ability at the dog park, because violating the "rules" there does not violate any state law or city ordinance.
Daniel DeMaina (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Judy: Rule 14, as approved by the city, states that "Professional dog trainers may not use this facility for the conduct of their business, unless authorized by the City of Melrose." Regarding how you would know the person is a trainer, I can't say for sure. As Dave notes, the police do not enforce the rules, which also state, "The Melrose Canine Control Officer is responsible for enforcing the rules and issuing municipal infractions." The rules are available at the bottom of this article: http://melrose.patch.com/articles/off-leash-dog-park-rules-moving-forward

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