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UPDATED Feb. 23: Three Arlingtonians were arrested by federal authorities earlier this month on suspicion of alleged criminal activities related to Jamaica Plain's infamous Heath Street Gang; YourArlington previously published a separate report.

In a separate matter, a 66-year-old Waltham resident was arrested by the Arlington Police Department following a one-car accident on Bow Street late Sunday night, Feb. 19, in which his gray VW Passat collided with a parked Nissan Altima. After reportedly failing sobriety tests, the VW driver was arrested, cuffed and taken to the APD station, where he was booked and cited on suspicion of operating under the influence and driving to endanger. The man's identity and other details initially were withheld pending release of the official arrest report; this was provided Feb. 23 with the name being stated as Mark Winstead and the time of the incident being stated as approximately 11:15 p.m. 

The following is based on selected APD logs from Feb. 13 through Feb. 19, 2024.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

7:59 a.m. – Disturbance, Civil Matter – Non-Criminal. Police were summoned to Edgehill Road following complaints about a strident argument between a man and his ex-wife. The fracas was reportedly triggered when the man called the ex-wife while dropping off his young children and an unknown male's voice answered the phone. Police identified and checked out the unknown party – whom the mother described as “a guest” – and found him to be free of warrants. The father explained that this visit had not strictly followed the terms of a Probate Court agreement between the ex couple concerning visitors to the house when the children are present. After some discussion, police determined that the matter was out of their jurisdiction.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

3:17 p.m. – Customer Problem. Police are looking for a woman in her mid-20s who allegedly caused a disturbance at a business in the 1300 block of Mass. Ave. after an employee there asked her for her telephone number. According to the report, the customer then became irate, cursing and being verbally abusive due to what she considered to be a violation of her privacy. The store manager explained to police that asking for a customer's phone number is standard procedure in certain transactions. Police are taking steps to find the young woman to hear her side of the story and possibly to issue a warning or citation for creating a disturbance.

6:32 p.m. – Animal Injury. A raccoon was reportedly struck and badly injured by a car on Summer Street. A passerby saw the animal, observed that it seemed to be suffering and called Animal Control, whose representative came and freed it from its misery.

Thursday, Feb. 15

8:56 a.m. – Neighbor Problem. A Madison Avenue resident called police reportedly worried about a dangerous-looking object that had been left in front of her neighbor's house. Police came to investigate and determined that the object in question was a solar-powered radio.

5:05 p.m. – Accident with Injury. Police answered a call from the scene of a two-car accident at Norfolk Road and Pleasant Street in which a man distracted by his GPS cell phone app made too abrupt a left turn into oncoming traffic. The man, a 33-year-old Medford resident, was reportedly heading north on Pleasant when a glance at the app indicated that he should turn left onto Norfolk. Swerving suddenly to make the turn, he crashed head-on into a Toyota Rav 4 heading south on Pleasant Street with the right of way. The Toyota driver, a 41-year-old woman from Newton, suffered multiple injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The woman's identity and condition were not disclosed. The man was issued a failure to yield citation. APD spokesman Capt. Flynn commented that while not legally required, it's obviously safer to go with a hands-free GPS setup than to be fumbling with a hand-held cell app in traffic.

Sunday, Feb. 18

1:32 p.m. – Accident without Injury. A 59-year-old Reservoir Road resident earned a criminal application citation for driving without a license after allegedly backing out of a driveway and impacting a neighbor's parked Toyota across the street. The man told police that he had been going to purchase cigarettes for his mother in his mother's Equinox but offered no excuse for the collision. Asked for his license, he said he didn't know where it was. Police soon determined that the license had expired and issued the citation, requiring him to appear in court.

6:05 p.m. – Accident without Injury. Police were called to a two-car accident after a 65-year-old Belmont man going north on Park Avenue. from Belmont took a hasty left turn onto Concord Turnpike and plowed his black Audi A8 into a gold Lincoln heading south on Park with the right of way  The Audi's airbag deployed, and the Belmont man escaped injury. The Lincoln's airbag failed to deploy; its driver, a 24-year-old Arlington woman, told officers she thought she'd experienced whiplash but then refused medical help. Her identity and condition were not disclosed. The Belmont driver received a failure to yield citation. Both cars were towed.

Monday, Feb. 19

9:59 a.m. – Breaking and Entering into a Vehicle. A Newland Road resident called police to report that his car had been ransacked while parked in his driveway overnight. The man, who stated that he had left the car unlocked, said that the next morning he found his console contents and other effects strewn about the front seats – and that two gift cards and a small amount of cash had been taken. Police are investigating. Flynn noted that car break-ins often come in clusters – and that anyone living near Newland Road should take extra care not to leave vehicles unlocked.

11:57 p.m. – Malicious Destruction of Property. A Lewis Street resident called police to report that her car had been keyed while it was parked in her driveway. She told officers that she suspected a neighboring family with whom she had been having “ongoing issues” and stated that she had more than once complained to them about their children playing too loudly. The woman said that she had no actual proof that the family was responsible for the vandalism but stated that she was considering whether to move and whether to initiate a civil action anyway. Police stated that they would check the vicinity for possible witnesses and security film.

Feb. 15, 2024: Police blotter Feb. 6-12: Watch out for motorcycles, telephone scams, mail thieves

This column by YourArlington volunteer writer Chris Wilbur was published Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, based on information from Arlington Police Department daily logs, explanations from APD spokesman Capt. Richard Flynn and YourArlington's files. It was updated Friday, Feb. 23, with the name and time associated with the Feb. 19 arrest.