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Bus Accident, Stolen Purse in Needham Police Log: Nov. 25 - 27

The following information was provided by Needham Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Monday, Nov. 25

8:12 a.m.: Police responded to the area of Greendale/Kendrick Street for a crash involving a school bus. The bus was transporting 17 children to a Needham Elementary School. No injuries were reported. The bus was struck from behind involving a fully loaded lumber supply truck. The operator of the truck was cited for failure to use care in stopping.

11:34 a.m.: Police responded to a Hillside Avenue address for a report of wires down. A delivery truck caught some wires, which caused a pole to snap and power and phone lines to be torn off two properties. The matter is under investigation.

2:50 p.m.: Police arrested Paul Keefe, 79, of Hillcrest Road, Needham, and charged him with domestic assault and battery.

6:02 p.m.: Police responded to a town parking lot at the intersection of Hunnewell and Mark Lee for a report of a stolen purse. The suspects were described as a white male and a white female driving a white sedan. The male stole the purse out of the victim’s vehicle after luring her out saying that she had a flat tire. The purse contained approximately $3,000 cash, some personal checks made out to the victim’s business, as well as keys to the business, car and house. The suspects then fled east on Highland Avenue. The vehicle was processed by detectives and a tele-type was sent out to surrounding cities and towns by dispatch.


Tuesday, Nov. 26

12:12 p.m.: Police took a report of past larceny from a residence on High Rock Street.

12:45 p.m.: Police responded to 100 Rosemary Way for a report of harassing phone calls. The caller reported that she has been receiving phone calls over the past month from a male party with a Caribbean accent telling her that she has won money. Despite the victim telling the caller not to call back, he has called back almost every day. Police advised the victim not to do anything the caller has instructed her to do, to terminate any further phone calls immediately and to contact police with an further information.

2:56 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the Sudbury Farms located at 1177 Highland Ave. for a report of a shoplifter that was being detained by store security As a result of the investigation, a 40-year-old female resident of Needham will be summoned into Dedham District Court for the charge of shoplifting.

8:16 p.m.: Police responded to a Warren Street address for a report of attempted identity theft. The reporting party stated over the past few months several attempts have been made to open credit cards and Bill Me Later accounts in her name. She has made the proper contacts to protect her accounts and has a fraud alert in place.

6:39 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle break at a Highland Circle address.


Wednesday, Nov. 27

7:59 a.m.: Police responded to the intersection of Highland Avenue and Hunting Road for a three car crash with injuries. The party’s, one operator and one passenger, were transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. One operator was issued a citation for a red light violation. Two vehicles were towed from the scene.

9:13 a.m.: A Beaufort Avenue resident reported that her vehicle was damaged by paint while parked in the lot of 225 Highland Ave. The matter is under investigation.

2:52 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the area of Highland Avenue and Mellen Street for a report of a minor property damage accident. As a result of the accident and further investigation, 61-year-old Maryellen Richardson of Needham was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol.

4:12 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the area of Linden Street by Sylvan Road for a minor motor vehicle crash with no injuries. Both motor vehicles has minor damage. The female party declined transport to the hospital at this time.

8:49 p.m.: Police took a report of a stolen motor vehicle from a Brewster Drive resident. The reporting party reported one of his workers used his credit card to buy a plane ticket to the Dominican Republic where he was from. He was not authorized to use his car for a work vehicle but did not let the reporting party know where the vehicle was prior to his departure. The vehicle was located at a Medway residence and was recovered by Medway Police Department.

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