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Police Log: Hotel Employee Caught Stealing and Man Bites Police Officer

The following information was supplied by the Newton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Stolen pad locks, damaged doors

Newton Police responded to the Newton Centre Playground on Monday, Oct. 1, after someone reported that two pad locks were taken from the tennis courts' entry gates. The shed's aluminum door was also damaged, reports said. 

The incident happened sometime between Friday and Sunday.

Stolen laptop

An employee at Golda Meir Elderly Housing told police Monday, Oct. 1, that someone stole her silver 15-inch Apple laptop, which was in a black nylon carrying case under her desk.

The theft reportedly happened sometime between Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. and Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m. 

Waltham man faces license charges

A Waltham man was arrested Monday, Oct. 1, after police pulled him over on River Street.

According to reports, police noticed the vehicle because its registration sticker was attached to his license plate in the wrong place.

After checking with the Registry, police found the driver had a revoked license. 

As a result, Juan D Rivera, 62, of 251 Weston St., was placed under arrest and charged with driving without a license. He was also cited for failure to wear a seatbelt, not possessing his registration and having the registration sticker improperly affixed on the license plate.

Man bites police officer

A 34-year-old Newton man was arrested Monday, Oct. 1, after police responded to Cherry Street for reports of a man yelling at people and throwing items in the roadway.

When police arrived on scene, they found shattered glass, a wrench, a knife and other "odd" items in the road. The man who was making the scene kept yelling and swearing at the officers as well as trying to hit them, police said. 

While police were handcuffing the man, he reportedly kicked one officer in the stomach and bit another officer in the leg, police said.

As a result, the man was charged with assault and battery on a public employee and resisting arrest, reports said. 

Car break-in

A man who parked his Jeep Cherokee on Byrd Avenue told police Monday, Oct. 1 that someone broke into his car. According to reports, the owner left the Jeep's doors unlocked.

Brighton man faces license, speeding charges

A Brighton man was arrested on license charges Monday, Oct. 1 after police pulled him over on Walnut Street for speeding, reports said.

Thomas Joseph Woods, 47, of 39 Champney St. #2, was charged with driving with a suspended license. He was also cited for speeding (37 mph in a 25 mph zone). 

Once police brought Woods back to the station for booking, they found he had an active warrant out for his arrest. The warrant, which was out of Waltham District Court, listed charges of driving with a suspended license (subsequent offense) and failure to appear at probation, police said. 

Teen faces assault charges

Police responded to the area near Faxon Street and Watertown Street Monday for reports of a fight in progress. One of the teens involved, who lives on Faxon Street, reportedly got in a car and drove away. 

As a result, a 17-year-old female from Newton will have to appear in court for charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (foot), police said.

Driver pulled over, passenger arrested

A Lynn woman was arrested on a warrant Tuesday, Oct. 2, after police pulled over the car in which she was riding. 

According to reports, police pulled the car over for traveling the wrong way down Washington Street. 

After pulling over the vehicle, police noticed the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and a warrant was out for her arrest.

As a result, Erica Gianellis, 23, of 230 Broadway #3, was arrested on a straight warrant out of Great Barrington for failure to stop for police and speeding, reports said. 

Domestic incident leads to arrest

A Newton resident was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 4, after police responded to the Avalon at Chestnut Hill on Boylston Street for reports of a domestic incident.

As a result, Hsien-Chein Shu, 48, of 160 Boylston St., was charged with domestic assault and battery, police said. 

Marriott employee caught stealing cash

An employee at the Newton Marriott will have to appear in court on larceny charges after he was caught stealing envelopes of money from the hotel's cashier office, police said.

According to reports, police responded to the hotel on Friday, Oct. 5, after the director of operations reported that since Sunday, cash had been missing from the office. After reviewing the security tapes, they found an employee had taken four envelopes of cash on Sunday. 

As a result the 28-year-old Nashua man will face charges of larceny over $250, police said.

Man arrested on warrants

A Newton man was arrested on two default warrants Friday, Oct. 5, at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, police said.

Alex Christopher Clayborne, 53, of 248 Pearl St. #2, was arrested on warrants out of Newton District Court for disorderly conduct and assault and battery, police said.

For questions on this police blotter, email Editor Melanie Graham at Melanie.Graham@patch.com.

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