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Resident Tells Police Causeway Needs a Fence

The following information was submitted by the Marblehead Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following is an excerpt from the Marblehead Police Department's log:

Friday, Nov. 16:

  • At 9:31 a.m., police responded to a past hit-and-run on Washington Street involving a GMC Envoy.
  • At 9:48 a.m., a Nicholson Street man entered the police station to request that an officer come and see the condition that someone had left his home in. 
  • At 10:11 a.m., a woman entered the police station to report that her mother's car had been struck while parked on Ferry Lane.
  • At 10:32 a.m., police and fire units responded to a report of a person who fell off of a bed in a home on Farrell Court.
  • At 11:09 a.m., police responded to a past assault on Humphrey Street.
  • At 12:15 p.m., police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Washington Street involving a GMC pickup and a Toyota sedan.
  • At 12:23 p.m., police responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Doane and Humphrey streets involving a Nissan Frontier and a n Audi CV.
  • At 1:01 p.m., a woman called police to report that someone struck her motor vehicle while it was parked at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore. The incident was reportedly witnessed and the JCC will attempt to get the other party's information. 
  • At 1:06 p.m., police responded to a burglar alarm on Washington Street.
  • At 1:20 p.m., a resident entered the police station to suggest that someone build fencing around the outboard side of the causeway. The man said he felt it was a safety issue and was concerned that someone may drive over the edge.
  • At 1:53 p.m., police responded to an accidental 911 call from a home on Atlantic Avenue.
  • At 2:16 p.m., police were reportedly station at the "gate/access road" on Humphrey Street while school let out.
  • At 2:38 p.m., police responded to a traffic complaint at the intersection of Mugford and Elm streets.
  • At 4:24 p.m., police responded to a burglar alarm on Sandie Lane.
  • At 5:01 p.m., police responded to a parking complaint on Rockaway Avenue.
  • At 6:42 p.m., police responded to a burglar alarm on Ocean Avenue.
  • At 7:10 p.m., police and an ambulance responded to a report of a drunk female in a bathroom at Marblehead High School. The friends of the individual reportedly contacted their parents and they were taken to Salem Hospital. 
  • At 8:11 p.m., an undisclosed amount of cash was discovered at the intersection of Washington and School streets. It was later logged into the department's property room.
  • At 8:23 p.m., someone was reportedly removed from the stands at Marblehead High School. The person's mother was reportedly called to pick them up.
  • At 8:34 p.m., police responded to a report of a drunk male at the Powderpuff game at Marblehead High School. The person was reportedly taken into custody by a friend.
  • At 8:36 p.m., a student was reportedly removed from the game on Humphrey Street and picked up by their mother.
  • At 8:52 p.m., police conducted a sobriety check on Humphrey Street. The individual turned out not to be intoxicated.
  • At 9:26 p.m., police responded to a burglar alarm on Humphrey Street.
  • At 9:48 p.m., police responded to a report of a woman passed out on Atlantic Avenue. Someone reportedly picked her up before police arrived.

Saturday, Nov. 17:

  • At 12:35 a.m., police responded to a reported argument on Broughton Road.
  • At 2:24 a.m., police responded to a disturbance on Yorkshire Road. A man called to report that his son was out of control.
  • At 7:07 a.m., police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Conant Road involving a GMC utility vehicle. The driver told police he swerved to miss a cat and hit a tree. He was reportedly uninjured.

If you have a question about this police log, please send it to Marblehead Patch.

James Wise November 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Powder puff game was a rough one......lots of drinking going on at a school sponsored event...not good! no tickets for underage drinking? what are we teaching the kids by releasing them to a friend or parent without accountability of the actions??? I guess the school will not act on this problem as well..under the rug it goes..
Petey Pancakes November 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The real question is who is going to build this fence? And are we going with chain link or stockade?
Joe Whipple November 19, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Years ago there was a fence on the harbor side of the causeway. Bill Baumrucker went to the Selectmen in the 1960's and asked them to remove it to improve the view. Over Jim Skinner's vehement objections, the Board agreed that it was useless and should be removed. A few years later, somebody who was speeding went over the wall and landed on the beach, with, as I recall, no serious injury. Apart from that, I don't recall anybody going over the fenceless wall. I hope nobody will ruin the view in order to solve a nonexistent problem.
Joe Whipple November 19, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Good point. "Everybody" wrings their hands about teenage drinking until it's time to do something. (Although I think that if there were no "drinking age" and hence no underage drinking, it wouldn't be so important to kids to get drunk.)
Header Dad November 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Joe, I am assuming that the person that walked into the police station to request a fence be put up on the outbound side meant the cross walk side. As outbound must refer to outbound toward the Neck. I too have often been walking on the aforementioned crosswalk and had distinct nervousness and trepidation at the thought of a cell phone distracted driver not seeing the sharp left turn at the beginning of the causeway and thus losing control of their vehicle. I can easily imagine a car plunging into the sidewalk and heaven forbid if a person is walking in the sidewalk at that same time. Mark me down as someone else that strongly feel there should be a barrier between the road and the crosswalk especially at the beginning of the causeway where the sharp left turn is. It is a catastrophe waiting to happen!
Joe Whipple November 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Header Dad, You may be right, although the report says "outboard," not "outbound." I would agree that one of those low fences with wavy metal anchored by I beams makes sense at the corner. But this brings up a pet peeve of mine. Even with the sidewalk widened and in excellent condition, people continue to violate the town by-law by walking and running in the roadway. Talk about inviting accidents! It's about time the police started enforcing the by-law which requires pedestrians to keep to the sidewalks.
Header Dad November 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Great point Joe. I completely agree.
Peter Lake, LAKE Real Estate November 20, 2012 at 05:24 PM
The fence on the harbor side was an eyesore, made from about 1" or 1.5" pipe with two horizontal rungs. Several people went right through it as though it wasn't there, so it served no useful purpose keeping speeding drivers out of the harbor. Without a fence I think drivers are more cautious. Before the entrance to Devereux Beach was reconfigured, a speeding car crashed right into the hot dog stand that stood in the middle of the parking lot. The car was an odd British brand, made of fiberglass and burned fiercely. That entrance allowed cars driving from the Neck to go straight into the parking lot.

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