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.
The following incidents were recently reported in area police logs:
Arrest: Felix Jimenez, 30, of 290 Broadway St., Methuen, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, driving with a revoked registration, driving an uninsured motor vehicle or trailer, River Road, 12:11 p.m.
Arrest: Telvi Gomez, 36, of 237 Walnut St., Chelsea, attaching wrong plates to a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license, driving an uninsured motor vehicle or trailer, driving an unregistered motor vehicle Main Street, 8:28 a.m.
Arrest: David Marhefka, 50, of 3 Hillside Ave., Derry, N.H., possession of a class B drug, Lowell Street, 10:30 a.m.
Arrest: Rachael Saari, 19, of 239 County Road, Greenfield, N.H., possession of a class A drug, Lowell Street, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23
Arrest: Enrique Rosa, 34, of 45 Middlebury St., apartment 1, Lawrence, having an open container of liquor in a motor vehicle, a miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation, possession of a class B drug, Bullfinch Drive, 10:28 p.m.
Hit and run: Main Street, 10:23 a.m.
Forgery: Bank check reported altered, Citizens Bank, 90 Pleasant Valley St., 8:12 a.m.
Attempted forced entry, 798 Lowell St., 11:50 a.m.
Arrests: Terry Wade Adams Jr., 32, 22 Mace Road, Hampton, N.H.; Jeremy Vincent Boyd, 28, 30 Forester St., Newburyport; possession of a class A substance, possession of a class B substance; East and Milk streets, 1 p.m.
Vandalism: 241 Haverhill St., 6:06 p.m.
Arrest: Gregory C. Malkowski, 45, 364 Merrimack St., assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness, malicious destruction of property over $250, threatening to commit a crime, 364 Merrimack St., 11:16 p.m.
Motor vehicle theft: Dunkin Donuts, 452 Broadway, 5:47 a.m.
Hit and run: 78 Oakside Ave., 6:29 a.m.
Hit and run: Home Depot, 72 Pleasant Valley St., 11:11 a.m.
Drug paraphernalia: Hypodermic needle found in parking lot, McDonald’s, 170 Haverhill St., 1:41 p.m.
Theft: Debit card stolen, 18 Hobart Road, 2:02 p.m.
Shoplifter: Walmart, 70 Pleasant Valley St., 3:25 p.m.
Arrest: Dennis L Valley, 52, 3 W. Kenneth St., Lawrence, violating a protective order, 26 River St., 8:31 p.m.
Arrest: Jessica A. Rose, 35, 21 Hampshire Road, assault and battery, willful and malicious injury to persons or property with a dangerous weapon, 21 Hampshire Road, 10:54 p.m.
Arrest: Timothy P. Elliott, 27, 5 Lewis Lane, Hampstead, N.H., attempting to commit a crime, 72 Pleasant Valley St., 10:22 a.m.
Vandalism: Vehicle keyed, One Alfred St., 2:23 p.m.
Arrest: Aaron J. Fisher, 26, 29 Thompson Hill Road, Berwick, Maine, possession of a class A substance; Erica C. Vallee, 21, 29 Thompson Hill Road, Berwick, Maine, possession of a class A substance; Niccole C. Haley, 21, 127 Old Concord Turnpike, Barrington, N.H., knowingly being present where heroin is kept; 14 Jackson St., 6:29 p.m.
Citation issued for failure to wear seat belt: Turnpike Street, 8:48 a.m.
Citation issued for possession of marijuana: Massachusetts Avenue and Interstate 495, 10:33 a.m.
Summons issued: Troy Jamaal Benjamin, 26, of 12 Jones Ave., Wilmington, uninsured vehicle, Inglewood Street and Massachusetts Avenue, 2:08 p.m.
Road rage: Harold Parker State Forest and Turnpike Street, 3:41 p.m.
Car fire: 120 Bear Hill Road, 7:09 p.m.
Unruly customer: Jamie’s Place, 11:32 p.m.
Citation issued for registration violation: Surrey Drive and Sutton Street, 11:17 a.m.
Citation issued for failure to wear seat belt: Andover and Turnpike streets, 3:38 a.m.
Larceny: 29 Gibson Court, 1:01 p.m.
Road rage: near 368 Winthrop Ave., 5:30 p.m.
Attempted break-in: 2110 Harvest Drive, 7:01 p.m.