Judging from its popularity across the region, it seems everyone loves the local police blotter (except, maybe, the people who are featured in it).
Whether looking at police news through the vantage point of a reporter or a reader, we've all seen things that make us scratch our collective head. They're the tidbits that people mention at the water cooler, "lighter" news that gives us pause or makes us think, "oh my gosh."
When I collected the police log in Milford, I remember writing about a trucker who pulled over to the side of the road to urinate, and was then chased around town by a woman who condemned him as a flasher. I heard more comments about that tidbit than almost anything else that day.
So, here, for your reading enjoyment, are some of the more offbeat items MetroWest-area Patches have reported this week:
In Hopkinton, a resident arrived home to find that plastic forks had been inserted throughout his lawn. Police reported the resident found nothing else "out of the ordinary." (Rumor has it that the dish ran away with the spoon, leaving the forks behind.)
Drive-Thru. No, really, drive right through.
Many of us, while craving a coffee, have been stuck in a drive-thru line that isn't moving. Words of caution, though: it is no more likely to speed up if you literally drive through it. Marlborough police received a call from a Dunkin' Donuts this week, reporting that a driver drove into the drive-thru, rather than through it. No charges were filed. It is unknown whether the customer completed his/her order.
Speaking of driving...
The "irony of the week," award goes to this short story featuring news of a Westborough police officer who crashed on his way to a crash. (There were no injuries, unless you count the $3,000 to $4,000 in damage to the Crown Vic's front-end.)
Why lawn ornaments may be bad for your health
There's some debate over whether it's a good idea to walk with dumbells to enhance cardio workouts. What I haven't seen in this debate, however, is whether lawn decorations might be a good way to bring your workout to the next level. In Northborough, a 911 caller saw two guys running down the street with a lawn ornament.
Hotel rooms could benefit from a little more air...
Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks hotel rooms, with their windows that don't open, can get rather stuffy. Natick Police responded to a motel recently because a man, who was reportedly living there, allegedly smashed out his room window. (Disclaimer: the man's motive is pure speculation on my part. I have absolutely no evidence that he was trying to get fresh air.)