Top 10 Police News Stories of 2010
A look back on the police news for 2010.
Editor's Note: Lexington Patch launched at the end of May, so the following is a list is of the top police news stories in Lexington, from May to the present, in chronological order.
1. On June 20, a Locust Avenue resident thwarted a burglary attempt after seeing a man trying to break into a neighbor's house. The resident called police, then confronted and scared off the would-be intruder.
2. Two Lexington firefighters were taken to the hospital following a fire at an East Emerson Road home on July 12. The two firefighters were taken to the hospital and treated for heat exhaustion.
3. A four-car, fatal accident occurred on Rte. 2 westbound around 2 p.m. on Aug. 19, when a car traveling east crossed into the westbound lane, causing the pile-up. One person was killed in the accident, and another was seriously injured. Later that day, police released the name of the woman killed in the crash.
4. Starting on Aug. 20, a three-day burglary spree hit Teppanyaki Asian Cuisine (now called Ruyi Restaurant) and Ranactore's Ice Cream and Yogurt, after more than $1,650 was stolen from the two restaurants over the course of the weekend. In September, police arrested and charged an 18-year-old Lexington man in connection with the burglaries.
5. On Aug. 27, a suspicious item found at the Quality Inn on Bedford Street led police to call in members of the State Police Bomb Squad. The incident also attracted members of the Secret Service, a Hazmat team and members of the state fire marshal's office. By afternoon, police said the item was no longer deemed suspicious.
6. Watertown Savings Bank on Waltham Street was robbed on Monday, Aug. 23, when a man approached a teller with a knife and demanded cash. Eight days later, the bank was robbed again. See surveillance video of the burglary released by police.
7. On Oct. 18, a man's body was found hanged from a tree in Arlington. Police said the person as a 20-year-old Lexington man, and his death was under investigation. The following day, police released the identity of the man, Paul Morrissey of Somerville, and formerly of Lexington.
8. An attempt was made to break into the Brookline Bank ATM at the corner of Marrett Road and Waltham Street in the early-morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 6. The person used power tools to try to break into the ATM's safe, but was unsuccessful.
9. Also in early November, two Lexington senior citizens fell victim to a phone scam, believing their nephew or grandson was in trouble and needed money. The residents wired more than $24,000 total to scammers, while a third Lexington resident discovered it was a scam before sending money. Later in the month, another Lexington senior citizen fell for the scam, wiring $2,800 to scammers.
10. A Lexington woman was fatally struck by a car while crossing Worthen Road near Stop & Shop during the evening of Sunday, Nov. 21. A driver turned onto Worthen Road from Bedford Street and told police she did not see the woman before the car hit her. On Nov. 29, police released the identity of the woman killed.