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February 25, 2014

Police to snowball throwers: It's illegal

NORTH ANDOVER — Throwing snowballs at cars is potentially dangerous.

It is also illegal.

Police received a call about two youths pelting motor vehicles with snowballs at Beacon Hill Boulevard and Osgood Street at 3:44 p.m. Sunday. Rather than just log the incident, police responded firmly.

Officers Mark Wilson and Jarred Lawlor went looking for the young culprits. Lawlor found the two youths and brought them to Main Street, where they were met by their parents, according to the police log.

Lawlor determined that “the parents could deal with the issue more effectively than the criminal justice system,” said Lt. Charles Gray, spokesman for the North Andover Police Department.

Asked what infractions they could be charged with, Gray explained that it would depend on the situation. If a snowball damages a vehicle, the tosser could be charged with an offense against property, he said.

A snowball thrower could also be charged with a breach of the peace, he added.

5 arrested at Merrimack College

NORTH ANDOVER — Merrimack College police arrested five young men in two separate incidents during the weekend. The charges included disorderly conduct, receiving stolen property, malicious damage and carrying a weapon on school grounds.

It was not clear yesterday whether the suspects are Merrimack College students.

Three Stoneham men were arrested shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday. They are Brian Donahue, 21, of 211 Park St., disorderly conduct; Jonathan Ferguson, 20, of 47 Stevens St., receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct; and Brian Buckley, 20, of 14 Sunrise Ave., presenting a false ID and malicious damage to property.

Roughly 24 hours later, Merrimack College officers arrested Devon DiRosa, 20, of 5 Sasha Circle, and Brian Gomes, 21, of 15 Calumet St., apartment 2, both of Peabody, and charged each with carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds and disorderly conduct.

All five suspects were booked at the North Andover police station. They were expected to be arraigned today in Lawrence District Court.

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