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    Quincy’s owl whisperer to the rescue

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    Quincy Police Officer Tim Kaes brought this injured saw-whet owl to the New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth for treatment.

    Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.


    Remember how Quincy police Officer Tim Kaes saved a hawk that flew into a pole at an MBTA station? Kaes ended up rescuing another bird on Jan. 29. This time it happened on Victory Road in Squantum, when a motorist alerted an officer to a little owl that was hurt. The officer contacted Kaes, who came down and brought the owl to the New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth. The Quincy Police Department posted a photo of Kaes with the tiny owl bundled in a blanket. “Thank you Officer Kaes for rescuing a saw-whet owl this evening!” police wrote on Facebook. “Saw-whet owls are one of the smallest owl species in North America! P.S. This is Officer Kaes THIRD rescue of an owl!” On Feb. 11, officials with the New England Wildlife Center reported that the owl continues to recover. “NEWC’s vet care team confirmed the owl has a partially detached retina,” they tweeted. “He’ll continue on cage rest to give his eye more time to heal.”


    At 10:38 a.m. Jan. 18, Brookline police officers were dispatched to Freeman Street for a report of malicious damage. A resident there told police that an unknown man rang his doorbell and told him that he’d found a large pile of mail that had his name and address on it. According to police, the mail had been ripped open and “was partially covered in some sort of sticky substance.” The resident told police that he’d put his outgoing mail into the mailbox at the corner of Amory and Freeman streets on Jan. 17. Police said officers were trying to contact other people who had their mail rifled through, and the case was under investigation.


    At 11:04 a.m. Dec. 19, residents of Shirley Street in Winthrop reported that an unknown party had left a CD labeled “Christmas Music” in their mailbox and when they attempted to play the CD, “it appeared to contain a computer virus that disabled their computer and may have compromised their personal data.” Police planned to file a report.



    At 3:35 p.m. Dec. 27, a resident of Draper Drive in Wilmington called police to report that a gray Honda Accord was running for about an hour across from her house with no one inside. Police responded and spoke with the mother of the vehicle’s owner. She told police her son forgot to shut it off before heading to the mall with his friends. Police reported that the car had been shut off and secured.


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    Shortly after a commuter’s bicycle was stolen from the Quincy Center MBTA station, the stolen bike appeared for sale on Craigslist. MBTA Transit Police detectives contacted the seller and made arrangements to “buy” the bike. At approximately noon on Dec. 18, a man showed up at the Andrew Square MBTA station with the stolen bicycle to sell to the buyer, who was actually an undercover Transit Police detective. The 31-year-old Quincy man was taken into custody and charged with receiving stolen property.


    At 12:45 a.m. Jan. 27, the staff at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield asked police for help because some folks were trying to crash an event that was underway at the hotel. There were about 200 guests at the function, and officers who responded to the call arrived to find groups of people scattered throughout the hotel. A sergeant at the scene reported that some people tried entering a private event where they were not welcome and a disturbance ensued. At this point, the parties had been separated, the event was ending, and police were going floor to floor making sure guests went to their rooms. Police reported that peace was restored and the front desk was satisfied and would call if any other issues arose.

    Emily Sweeney can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.