I grew up in a small suburb about 15 minutes from Boston. Strange and goofy things happen there. Every 4 months or so I comb through the police reports. Here the best ones IMO from around Winter 2016-July 2016. This is volume VII of this important running thread on life and crime in Saugus, Massachusetts. Included below is what I consider to be the Saugus news story par excellence, definitely of 2016, and possibly of my lifetime, namely a thrilling story about an assault with ‘a deadly weapon’ which turned out to be a frozen bag of fish.

The Electric Wheelchair Getaway At 3:53 p.m. police received a call for a female in the slow lane of Route 1 in an electric wheelchair. Officers searched the area and reported nothing showing.

The “I left my Ipod in Another State” Call At 1:57 p.m. a male reported he left his iPad at his hotel in Las Vegas. [Why would he call the Saugus police to report an iPad left in a state that is literally across the country!]

Candy, Not Nails At 12:02 p.m. a caller reported nails in the road on Route 1 by the Square One Mall. The state DPW was notified. A second caller reported it was candy in the road, not nails. Mass Highway was updated.

Bathtub Near Beef On A Busy Street  At 2:21 p.m. multiple callers reported a bathtub in the middle lane of Route 1 by Kelly’s Roast Beef.

Uninterested Widow Turns Away Beef Salesman At 11:42 a.m. a Morton Avenue resident reported a young male came to her door and told her he was selling beef out of his truck. She didn’t see a truck and told him she was widowed and not interested. […But if she were not a widow, she would have purchased a filet Mignon?]

No Weapons, Only Bobcat At 4:59 p.m. a 911 caller reported a fight between two males on Wickford Street with no weapons, but a bobcat was involved.

Between Two Towns: The Tale of a Hopelessly Lost Wallet At 10:50 a.m. a male reported he lost his wallet somewhere between Peabody and Saugus. [I’m glad he was so specific]

Sad and Indecisive on Scooter At 6:41 p.m. police received a call for a female crying on the side of Lincoln Avenue. Officers reported a male and female were having a disagreement over what direction to travel on a scooter.

Dancing Man and the Dog Who Walked Away At 4:27 p.m. a caller reported a male dancing at the corner of Walnut Street and Elm Street. The caller reported the man’s dog was walking away from him and trying to cross the street.

Elusive Chuhuahas At 8:05 a.m. a 911 caller reported two little Chihuahuas running in the area of Water Street and Richardson Circle. The canine control officer was unable to locate the dogs.

The Stabbing Threat that Makes Sense ‘in the right context’ At 4:51 p.m. police received a call for a male allegedly pulling out a knife at Sears and proclaiming he was going to stab someone. Officers reported the males admitted to making the statements, but that they might have been taken out of context. The knife was confiscated.

The Saugus Police…were Outrun by a Turtle!…a Turtle folks…At 12:23 p.m. a caller reported a large turtle in the road at the intersection of Walnut Street and Central Street. An officer reported traffic was flowing and he was unable to locate the turtle.

The Smoldering Rag That Was Not At 12:17 p.m. a caller reported a smoldering rag in the roadway at the intersection of Falmouth Street and Howard Street. Firefighters reported no smoldering rag in the road.

The Deli at Which Anne-Marie Does Not Reside At 5:16 p.m. the owners of Peter’s Pizza reported an order of 10 pizzas was made to deliver to the Stop & Shop deli for an Anne-Marie. Upon delivery no one by that name works at the business.

Duck Rescue at Vinegar Hill Drive At 10:22 a.m. firefighters reported an odor of burning in the area of Vinegar Hill Drive. Firefighters reported a net for ducks fell into a storm drain. The DPW was notified and responded. All the ducks were rescued.

Resentful Rescued Ducks Reenter Drain at Vinegar Hill At 10:53 a.m. a caller reported five ducks fell back into a storm drain on Vinegar Hill Drive. Firefighters responded to the scene.


Assault with a Deadly Haddock At 11:37 a.m. a 911 caller reported he was assaulted by a man at the Saugus Senior Center who fled the scene. An officer reported a male was the suspect who struck the caller with a bag of frozen fish.

The following is an excerpt from the Saugus Advertiser local newspaper story on this. As they say “check with the Advertiser for updates” on this breaking local news.

School Committee member Arthur Grabowski has been charged with an aggravated offense of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, a bag of frozen fish, against an elderly person after an incident at the Saugus Senior Center on Wednesday.

…Graney asked Grabowski what he said, to which Grabowski allegedly replied, “Let’s go outside and I’ll tell you.”

Graney said he then followed Grabowski outside through a back door of the Senior Center, at which point Grabowski hit him in the area of his left ear with a bag of frozen fish fillets.

“I kept hitting him back,” Graney said. “I had to defend myself. The guy’s an ex-cop. He might have had a gun.”

Graney said the fish incident is not the first time the men have confronted each other.

“Every time I see him he mouths the same thing,” Graney said. “The last time I stood up to him he ran out the door. There is definitely something wrong with him.”

Graney said the injury hurt, but that he did not go to the hospital.
“What’s a doctor going to do about it?” Graney said.

Graney said he does plan to press charges.

Giorgetti said a criminal complaint was filed at Lynn District Court and the court will issue a summons after paperwork has been processed.

Check in with the Advertiser for updates.



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