Paul Preston, Sherman Street, reported at 9:41 a.m. Jan. 8 seeing a motorist knock over a stop sign and then proceed to the high school parking lot. Preston insisted taxpayers should not pay for the damage. The officer went to the school, where he spoke to someone named Jessica, who said she slid on the ice into the sign because of icy road conditions. Jessica said she decided to continue on to school and contact police from there because it was cold and Preston was following her and screaming at her, telling her she was not going to get away with this and was calling the police. After arriving at the school, Jessica said Preston blocked her vehicle in with his vehicle, which she said frightened her even more. The officer said he would contact Preston about his conduct.
While on patrol at 1 a.m. Thursday, an officer was flagged down in the town square by Travis Barnes, who said his wife just called him to say someone was trying to get into their home on East Chestnut Street. Police checked around the house but found no one. Renee Barnes said someone rang the door bell, but they were gone by the time she looked outside.