Police Log: Man Faces OUI Charge After Striking 2 Cars, Scuffle at Dog Park & a Dumpster Fire

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department.


March 9, 9:14 a.m.: Officers spotted a woman they knew was wanted on warrants in the Municipal Parking lot in Watertown Square. Rosemary Taverna, 45, of Watertown, was arrested on four warrants from Waltham District Court: the first for larceny under $1,200; the second for larceny under $1,200 and breaking and entering; the third for breaking and entering; and the fourth for shoplifting by concealment. After she was taken to the Police Station, officers found she had two credit cards that did not belong to her and a AAA card. They belonged to someone who had their pocket book stolen in December. She was charged with receiving stolen property. 

March 9, 9:50 p.m.: Police responded to School Street for a motor vehicle accident. A group of people who observed the incident said a driver struck the crosswalk sign, then struck three construction barrels on Boylston Street and then hit two vehicles. The man’s vehicle had heavy front-end damage, and the front right wheel came off. The driver ran away into the neighborhood. Officers located him on Fairfield Street. He admitted to hitting something, and said he consumed alcohol before driving. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, he had bloodshot eyes, and he did not pass field sobriety tests. Scott Zuppa, 30, of Woburn was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving property damage.


March 7, 2:13 p.m.: A woman reported that someone opened a bank account using her personal information. She was not sure how her information was accessed. Her bank was notified and it will investigate. The account was closed and she did not lose any money.

March 8, 5:24 p.m.: The Watertown Fire Department and Police responded to Kingsbury Avenue in the Arsenal on the Charles for a fire. When the arrived, a dumpster was fully engulfed in flames. It was near a building that is under construction. Firefighters safely extinguished the fire without any damage to the area. The dumpster contained construction debris. Employees had recently finished a welding job, which possibly contributed to the fire.

March 8, 6:40 p.m.: A package was taken from a home on Tappan Avenue. The resident bought $180 in clothing, and on Feb. 1 he received an email it had been delivered. When the man went to retrieve the package it was not there.

March 9, 1:06 p.m.: The rear wheel was taken from a bike parked at Repton Place. The Fuji bicycle had been locked in the garage and was last seen intact about 4-5 weeks prior. It is valued at $100.

March 9, 11:41 p.m.: A customer at 7-Eleven spotted another person shoplifting. The person filled three bags and left them near the front door, and then went to the counter to purchase some small items. The customer informed an employee, and left, but then went back and confronted the shoplifter. The person got in her face, yelled at her and then shoved her away using two hands. There were no injuries. The suspect is a 45-year-old Watertown woman, who was summoned to Waltham District Court for assault and battery.

March 10, 10:53 a.m.: Police responded to Filippello Park for an altercation between two dog owners. One man was attempting to leave the fenced dog park area, and another man approached the gate to the outer fence. The man yelled at the one inside to put his dog on a leash. While the man was doing so the other man came in and the two dogs began to bark at each other. The man who was leaving said that the other man kicked his dog in the midsection. The guy who was leaving in between the dogs and the man who was entering. Th guy raised his arms and struck the man in the face with an elbow, and then put him in a headlock. The man leaving suffered a minor cut to his lip during the scuffle. The man who was entering said he tried to come into the area, and the dogs got agitated. He said he tried to separate the dogs by kicking the other dog, and then the other guy pushed him. He denied putting him in a headlock. Police summoned the 40-year-old Watertown man (the one entering the dog park) for assault and battery and cruelty to an animal. The other man, a 39-year-old Watertown man, was not charged.

March 10, 1:30 p.m.: A woman had been shopping at Target and realized she had left her purse in a shopping cart before leaving. She came back and asked staff at the store, who found the purse in the women’s bathroom, but it was missing $680 in cash and $40 in coins. Security video shows a woman take the purse from the cart, go into the bathroom with it, but she did not have it when she came out. The suspect is described as an elderly woman, and police are trying to identify her.

March 10, 2:02 p.m.: An employee at Micro Continuum on Arlington Street reported a missing Stirling portable chiller valued at $12,250. It was last seen in July 2022. At that time the building was being renovated, and the chiller was moved multiple times during that time. Employees didn’t realize it was missing until August, and they reported it missing.

March 12, 1:29 p.m.: Two women went into the Nike store and concealed multiple pieces of clothing in an Old Navy shopping bag. They had 16 items valued at $1,154, including a fleece sweatshirt, track pants, and several pairs of sneakers. The suspects are two Black females, 25-30 years old, and both wore full-length black winter jackets. Police are trying to identify the suspects.

2 thoughts on “Police Log: Man Faces OUI Charge After Striking 2 Cars, Scuffle at Dog Park & a Dumpster Fire

  1. Are there cameras at the dog park ? This is the second major altercation to happen there in the last few weeks with a lot of “he said” allegations.

    Watertown spent an obscene amount of money on that park and it’s seems now the people in the area cant seem to use it without getting into a major altercation

  2. I have 2 dogs and will never go to a dog park. There’s always someone with an attitude. Best to let someone else deal with them

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