A urinating Metallica fan, a woman who fought off burglars with a tea cup and more in this week's edition.
Cop charged with urinating on fellow Metallica fan
BREWSTER, Mass. -- A Cape Cod cop has been placed on leave after he allegedly urinated on a fellow Metallica fan during a Boston concert and shouted that the Hispanic police officer who was arresting him looked like President Barack Obama.
Brewster Police Officer Joseph A. Houston, 29, was placed on administrative leave after his Jan. 18 arrest at a Metallica concert.
Houston was arrested at 10:07 p.m. for trespassing by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police. He is also accused of urinating on a concertgoer. That incident was reported to MBTA police by the concertgoer’s parents.
“He is on administrative leave,” Brewster Police Chief Richard Koch said. “We will run a parallel investigation independent of the criminal investigation concerning the trespass charges and possible charges with the Boston Police.”
A Brewster Police lieutenant has concluded the investigation.
The next step will be to confer with the Board of Selectmen.
“From that will come the next step, which may be a disciplinary hearing,” Koch said.
Woman stops burglars with cup and saucer
JACKSON TWP., Ohio -- A woman used a cup and a saucer to drive back would-be burglars, police say.
Police Chief Harley Neftzer said two men — showing handguns — attempted to invade the home of a 61-year-old woman and her husband Sunday night. Both were unsuccessful.
Neftzer said the husband heard an outside noise at 8:50 p.m., so armed with a flashlight, he opened his door to investigate the sound.
That’s when two armed men confronted him.
But the two suspects never made into the house because the woman chucked a cup and saucer at them, driving them back. Neftzer said the wife’s actions gave the couple enough time to shut the door and lock the deadbolt, preventing the two suspects access to their home.
Both suspects fled the scene on foot, and the couple called police.
Police say crack found in teen's sock
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- A teen was arrested Tuesday after leading cops on a chase through several back yards and over numerous fences, police said.
The 15-year-old boy was later found with several bags of crack cocaine rocks packaged for sale in one of his socks, Lt. Paul Shastany said.
While driving on Arlington Street, Officer Tim O'Toole saw the 15-year-old and Emanuel Aguilar, 18, standing in front of a playground. Shastany said O'Toole recognized the pair and knew both had warrants for their arrest.
When O'Toole drove up to them, they walked away. The officer pulled up in front of them again, and this time the 15-year-old walked right in front of the police car before walking down the middle of the road, police said.
O'Toole told the teen to stop. Instead, the boy took off, running to a back yard and jumping a 6-foot fence.
Another officer caught and arrested the boy in the driveway of a nearby home.
The boy was first charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Police added additional charges when they found the crack, Shastany said.
"They told him to remove his sock, and when he did the baggie containing several smaller baggies of crack fell onto the floor," the lieutenant said. "He attempted to cover it with his foot and he tried to kick it behind the chair."
Baby harbor seal rescued from beach
WEST DENNIS, Mass. -- The call came into the Dennis Natural Resources Department at noon Saturday. A resident walking along the beach behind the Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis spotted a baby harbor seal tucked against the jetty.
“When I got there, it was the sweetest sight,” said DNR Director Brian Malone. “It couldn’t have been more than 2 feet long or weighed more than 15 to 20 pounds. The sweet-faced, white-furred baby grey seal just lounged there, feeling safe and out of the elements.”
Malone approached the seal, snapping his fingers to check for alertness. “It was very alert on Saturday, showing its teeth when I got too close,” he said. “When they’re this young, they’ve had no interaction with people and are totally innocent.”
Saturday afternoon Malone notified the Cape Cod Stranding Network, which monitored the seal for the remainder of the weekend. “Either its mother believed the baby was weaned or she was unable to return to feed it,” Malone said. “It hadn’t left the beach at all to feed, and that concerned us.”
Monday morning the Stranding Network took action. “The animal looked slightly lethargic, it may have had some upper respiratory issues and it was thinner than it should have been,” said Stranding Network spokeswoman Misty Niemeyer.
The seal was placed in a cage and driven to Providence, where it was handed over to a rehabilitation rescue team from Mystic (Conn.) Aquarium.
GateHouse News Service