Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The same utility pole that was smashed in a crash last winter was snapped again over the weekend in a crash on Route 97 in Wenham.
For the second time in about a year, a driver crashed into the same utility pole along Route 97 and snapped it in half. The latest crash happened just after midnight on Saturday morning when Wenham police said the driver of a Chevrolet headed north went off the right side of the road and crashed into the pole. The driver allegedly left the scene after the crash and was located by police further north on Route 97 (Topsfield Road). The driver, who was not named by police, was not injured and denied medical treatment. He told police he fell asleep at the wheel. He was issued a summons for marked marked lanes violation, operating with a suspended license and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. He’ll have to appear in Ipswich …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A chase through Hamilton, Wenham and Manchester-by-the-Sea ended on Larch Row on Friday afternoon.
A man who led police on a chase through three towns is accused of almost hitting a police cruiser head-on and later almost striking another officer setting up "stop sticks." Daniel S. Brackesy, 39, of Belmont has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and marked lanes violation. In Wenham, police there have charged him with threat to commit a crime, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. The chase started at about 2:45 p.m. on Friday when a green Volkswagen Passat passed Hamilton Police Officer Michael Wetson on Chebacco Road. The car was going 40 miles per hour and was accelerating to 50 mph. Wetson …
Monday, January 21, 2013
An on-street parking ban in Wenham started at 8 p.m. on Monday.
On street parking has been prohibited in Wenham on Monday starting at 8 p.m., according to the Wenham Police Department. The ban was announced on the police department's Facebook page. Wenham has a winter-long overnight parking ban from Nov. 15 and March 31 that says that no vehicle can be parked on the street for longer than an hour from midnight to 8 a.m. A violation carries a $15 fine. On Monday night the ban was extended earlier to begin at 8 p.m. The police said that any vehicle parked on a public way would subject to ticketing or could possibly be towed.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Wenham police offer tip and advice to avoid what is known as "traveler scams" or "gypsy scams."
Recently the Wenham Police Department have seen an increase in “travelers” or what is also known as “gypsy” activity in the area, according to Sgt. Jonathan Gray. To law enforcement agencies, the word "gypsy" refers to people who travel in small groups across the country perpetrating crimes of theft, burglary, and fraud. Recently, the Essex County area and other communities have been victims of what have become known as "gypsy scams." Gypsy scams are incidents that occur in daylight hours, in which a suspect will - literally - walk right into someone’s home for the purpose of stealing jewelry or money. Very often, the homeowner is either in or near the home. If these individuals are caught, they give some kind of excuse as to why they are …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The wintertime overnight ban for on-street parking in Wenham goes into place on Thursday.
Wenham's wintertime overnight parking ban goes into place starting on Thursday. The parking bans says that no vehicle can be parked on the street from midnight to 8 a.m. for longer than an hour between Nov. 15 and March 31. It carries a $15 fine. In past years, Wenham police officers have started out by handing out warnings to vehicles parked overnight during the ban. There is no overnight parking ban in Hamilton. Instead, a parking ban is announced when 4 inches or more of snow is forecasted. The ban will be announced in Hamilton using the town’s Connect-CTY reverse notification system, HWCam public access television, the town website plus anyone can call into the Hamilton-Wenham Emergency Center to check if a parking ban is in place. …
For the 19th straight year, police officers, firefighters and dispatchers from Hamilton and Wenham will collect food on Saturday for the Acord Food Pantry.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
To the Editor: On Saturday, Nov. 17, police officers, firefighters and dispatchers from Hamilton and Wenham will collect food for Acord Food Pantry. We have done this for 19 years and sincerely appreciate the response from the two communities. Acord needs our support during these difficult economic times. The clients are local people who may need some temporary help or may be some of our seniors whose Social Security check does not cover rising heat and medical costs. These people are our neighbors and Hamilton and Wenham have never failed to reach out and help. Please place your non-perishable, non-expired donation in your recycle box and have it out by 9 a.m. on Saturday. Acord composts all expired food items and recycles all the cans …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
In a Connect-CTY message to residents in Hamilton and Wenham, police chiefs in both town outlines their concerns about safety that led to the decision to reschedule Trick-or-Treating.
In separate phone messages to the residents of Hamilton and Wenham on Wednesday, Hamilton Police Chief Russ Stevens and Wenham Police Chief Tom Perkins both said concern about downed power lines and power outages was behind the decision to reschedule Trick-or-Treating. Instead of Halloween night, Trick-or-Treat will happen in Hamilton and Wenham at the same time on Saturday: 5-8 p.m. Trick-or-Treat faced a separate threat of postponement or rescheduling last week from an evening activity ban in Hamilton that barred any organized outdoor activity from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. because of concern about mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. But on Wednesday the Hamilton Board of Health lifted that ban in an …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A portion of Larch Row is closed early Wednesday afternoon in Wenham and about four dozen homes are without power.
A live wire is down on Larch Row, which has closed the road between the railroad crossing and the Four Corners intersection with Dodges Row and Walnut Road early Wednesday afternoon. National Grid said that a tree that fell on an electric wire and cut power service to 42 customers in the area. No immediate estimate was available for when power would be restored. Wenham police and National Grid crews were there as of 1 p.m. Update, 1:30 p.m.: Larch Row has been reopened to traffic and National Grid estimates power will be restored by 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
A Hamilton police officer on patrol Wednesday night crash his cruiser while trying to avoid an animal in the road.
A Hamilton police officer is expected to be OK after he swerved to avoid an animal and crashed the cruiser he was driving while on patrol on Wednesday night. Officer Joe Achadinha was taken to a medical facility by ambulance to be checked out but he was not believed to be injured. The crash happened on Miles River Road, north of Reinhalter Way, just before 10 p.m. No other vehicles were involved. At about 11:15 p.m., the cruiser was being taken away from the crash scene on a Paul’s Towing flatbed. Both Hamilton firefighters and Wenham police were also on scene, in addition to Hamilton police. Both Hamilton and Wenham officers on the scene would not allow any pictures to be taken of the damaged cruiser. “He avoided an animal and slid off …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Wenham police shortly chased an allegedly drunk man driving a stolen tow truck early Tuesday morning.
A Salisbury man who allegedly stole a tow truck before leading police on a short chase in Wenham was also drunk, according to police. Wenham police arrested Michael A. Carleo, 25, of 7A Shea St. in Salisbury early Tuesday morning in Hamilton. It all started at 3:38 a.m. when a Peterbilt flatbed tow truck was reported stolen from Tobyne Towing at 32 Cummings Ave. in downtown Hamilton. Minutes later, Wenham Police Sgt. Jonathan Gray saw a tow truck pass him on Main Street, turning on to Arbor Street. He confirmed with Hamilton Police Officer Joe Achadinha that it was the stolen truck. “The guy then turned on to School Street and then on to Perkins Street,” said Sgt. Mark Fraser on Tuesday, passing near Buker Elementary School. Carleo then …