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Police Log: An XBox Lost and Found, and an OUI After an Accident

The following information was provided by the Concord Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

1:31 a.m. – An employee from 80 Thoreau Street reported leaving a silver briefcase by a bench at the Concord Depot train platform while taking the train home to Fitchburg that evening. Police located the briefcase, which contained his Xbox.

8:10 a.m. – A Monument Street resident reported a disabled motor vehicle parked on the lawn. The vehicle’s owner advised it was indeed disabled and he’d be picking it up.

9:28 a.m. – An alarm company called in a burglary alarm activation at The Old Manse on Monument Street, which was confirmed as accidental by construction workers on the scene.

12:13 p.m. – Multiple callers reported a tree fell and was blocking the roadway in the area of Westford and Lowell roads.

12:51 p.m. – A Musketaquid Road resident reported scheduling an appointment to have a chimney sweep check out her chimney, which she now things may be a scam. Police responded to the residence in time for the appointment, but the sweeps did not show.

2:11 p.m. – A cell caller reported a bicyclist on Route 2 eastbound traveling in the travel lane.

10:27 p.m. – A 911 call came in reporting a motor vehicle accident in the area of Old Bedford and Lexington roads. Police arrived to find a vehicle into a pole with its airbag deployed. Michele Louise O’Brien, 52, of 38 Dalton Road, Concord, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation.

11:59 p.m. – A Lexington woman called to report losing a small bundle of cards, including her license, credit cards, Medicare card and registration somewhere in Concord earlier in the day.

lisa October 23, 2012 at 05:05 PM
The Police Log in both this online newsletter and in the Concord Journal is nothing more than a gossip column with potentially devastating consequences. It is irresponsible journalism because the people named have not necessarily been found guilty of charges against them. Also, it the police reports are entirely one-sided by nature and the reader is never offered the other or the result of previous posts. If your readers want to know more about their friends and neighbors without talking with them, than perhaps you should consider hiring a gossip columnist and let it be portrayed as such. If they want to hear from the Police department than offer the job to an officer in the department and he/she can author the column responsibly knowing that his/her name will be on it. No names of any civilians should be revealed in this situation. People's lives have been turned upside down from these Police Log reports. Good people. Excellent people who contribute a lot to our town. Please STOP printing excerpts from the Police Log in the Patch and hopefully The Concord Journal will be bold enough to follow suit. Thank you, Concerned Concord Citizen
Patrick Ball (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Hi Lisa, Thanks for reading and responding. Intelligent people can disagree about whether it's publicly available information or the acts that precipitate said information that turn people's lives upside down. I'm sure you've noticed that each edition of the police log includes the upfront announcement that the information here was provided by the police department and an arrest does not indicate a conviction. What you may not be aware of is that in instances when we are made aware of charges being dismissed, we edit the posts accordingly provided that there is verifiable documentation of any charge or charges being dismissed. If you'd like to discuss this further, feel free to contact me via email at patrick.ball@patch.com.

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