The following is a sampling of log entries provided by the Burlington Police Department:Wednesday, June 24
9:05 am: Report of a vehicle hit-and-run accident between 6 and 8 pm Monday, June 22, near Shaw's Supermarket, 180 Cambridge St.
10:06 am: Report of an egged house that caused no damage, 0-100 block of Violet Road.
10:34 am: Reports of a large white dog walking the street with no leash, Locust Street area.
11:45 am: Investigation of vehicle crash with no injuries, Adams Street and Middlesex Turnpike.
12:51 pm: Report of a vehicle hit-and-run accident, Wheeler and Old Concord roads. A white Chevrolet pickup truck labeled HVAC struck the victim from behind while stopped in traffic. The victim's vehicle sustained major damaged. Truck pulled in to nearby parking lot, then fled. Accident is under investigation.
1:33 pm: Report of a wallet stolen from a purse Monday, June 22.
2:50 pm: Investigation with Woburn police of vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on the Bulrington-Woburn line, Winn and Wyman streets.
3:20 pm: Report of a single vehicle crash with injury, Route 128 South and Cambridge Street.
5:10 pm: Report of a vehicle accident with no injuries, near the Burlington Animal Clinic, 259 Cambridge St.
5:38 pm: Investigation of a vehicle crash with no injuries, near Prime gas station, 108 Cambridge St.
5:59 pm: Investigation of a vehicle crash with reported injuries, near Lemon Tree, 211 Middlesex Turnpike.
9:17 pm: Report of a UPS package stolen after it was left at the door, Kimball Court Apartments.Thursday, June 25
8:05 am: Report of a 4-year-old child running alone around the street, 0-100 block of Winn Street. Wobrun police contacted. Child resided in the neighborhood.
8:10 am: Report of a minor vehicle crash, near Tuscan Kitchen, 24 Executive Park.
10:31 am: Report of an IRS scam call Monday, June 22.
1:31 pm: Report of a dog locked in a black Chevrolet Tahoe.
4:08 pm: Report of a motor vehicle accident with no injuries, Van De Graaf Drive and South Bedford Street.
4:48 pm: Investigation of a vehicle crash. Vincent Perella, 52, of the 0-100 block of Frederick Avenue, Medford, was charged with leaving the scene of property damage and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
9:43 pm: Report of a woman missing since morning. Found later at Bill amp; Bob's restaurant in Woburn.Friday, June 26
10:06 am: Report of a hit-and-run accident Tuesday, June 23, near For Eyes Optical, 2 Wayside Road.
2:38 pm: Report of shoplifter taking $500 worth of groceries from Market Basket, 43 Middlesex Turnpike.
3:54 pm: Investigation of a vehicle accident, near Dunkin' Donuts, 182 Cambridge St.
3:59 pm: Report of a hit-and-run accident in apartment complex parking lot, 0-100 block of Wayside Road.
5:22 pm: Report of stolen credit cards that were used to charge more than $3,200 in fraudulent purchases.
6:27 pm: Investigation of a multiple-car crash, Route 128 South and Cambridge Street.
7:10 pm: Report of a detained 15-year-old shoplifter, Macy's, 75 Middlesex Turnpike. Suspect released to parents.
What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, July 6, 2015 featuring Guest Host WGAL News 8s Brian Roche:
You may never give it a second thought, but take a real good look at the credit cards you have in your wallet or purse. See that magnetic stripe on the back? While the United Sates continues to rely on the magnetic stripe technology adopted in the 1970s, most places, including popular tourist and business destinations like Europe, progressed to chip-based credit cards many years ago.
But these micro-chipped smart cards are gradually working their way into US wallets. Visa and Mastercard have both announced that October of 2015 will be the target date for chip cards to be in the hands of consumers. And, starting in October, retailers that havent upgraded to use them and banks that havent issued them will be liable for any fraud that occurs as a result of theft.
According to the National Retail Federation, upgrading to card-chip machines will cost retailers billions. And more than a few consumer advocates wonder if retailers unwillingness to incur that cost is a big reason why America lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to credit card security.
When we get these cards in our hands, what protections will they offer and will we be using them to our full potential? Well talk with Corinne Sherman, Senior Vice President of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association.
Also, if youre not convinced we need to ditch our old credit cards, listen to some of the stories told by Derry Township Police Detective Matt Dotts. Hell talk about how easily and quickly the magnetic stripe on your card can be copied and who is profiting from the rip off. Well also talk about other kinds of electronic devise fraud and how crooks get you to send them money in ways that you may have never heard of--and why you wont be getting it back.
It's summer vacation time, and that typically means a lot of credit charges.
During recent online chats, I received a number of questions about credit, including this blunt message from a reader: "Why hate on credit cards?"
I'll answer that question in a bit, but here's a brief rundown of some of the other questions that readers had.
Should I have a cash reserve while paying off credit card debt?
Michelle Singletary: Yes, you still need to save when you are in debt. If you don't and something comes up, you may get further in debt.
I paid 50 percent of my credit card balance. It only has a small limit. Once I paid the 50 percent, [the creditor] closed the account. I was actually laughed at by customer service when I wanted to get it reinstated. All of my other accounts with others are paid on time. I feel so disrespected, and I couldn't even get a customer service manager on the line. Who can I contact now?
Singletary: If you have other cards, let them drop you. Why would you want to deal with a company that treats you so poorly? Just pay off the rest of the card. But if you want to reunite with the company and find out why you were dropped, keep calling and going up the line. Me, I would stay dumped.
"One thing I've read as a consistent theme in your pieces has been antipathy toward credit cards," another reader wrote. "I understand that there are lots of people that misuse credit cards and run up debt, but I think you're leaving out a few pretty big benefits to credit cards, including tracking your purchases more easily and rewards (cash back, miles, etc.). Why are you so down on the utility that responsible credit card use can have?"
In full disclosure, I use credit cards. But I've seen the devastation these instruments can have, not only on people who are reckless, but also on cardholders who have been responsible. Some people carry a balance but they pay their cards on time and even make more than the minimum monthly payment. But for them things can turn bad -- as they did for many people whose financial situations collapsed during the recent economic downturn.
As I wrote during one chat, I'm hard on credit because I see "debt people" -- all the time.
Here's how I approach things when it comes to debt. I try to avoid using "but" and "if" in my advice because some folks, who shouldn't be using credit, inevitably ignore what follows. Were I to say "credit is great but be careful," they might only hear or read "credit is great."
I'm extreme. I know that. But it's on purpose. If you're good with credit, you won't need to listen to me. However, I am talking to the masses, and many of them aren't good with plastic. I just don't want to give anyone any wiggle room who needs to hear a tough message to keep them out of debt bondage. Besides, none of us wins with credit. None of us.
We spend more than if we use cash. Even if we pay the bill off every month. Even if we get reward points. Studies show that when you use plastic -- debit or credit -- you tend to spend more than if you had to use cash.
Many people are living not above their means but at their means, meaning they are doing OK, and handling the credit only until they aren't doing OK. They spend easily on credit, and more than they should, when they should be saving for what they want.
That's why I hate on credit.
At 4:15 pm Wednesday, a Marshfield man reported his on-again, off-again girlfriend used two of his credit cards without his consent. The man did not want the 47-year-old woman charged, but asked that an officer warn her not to do it again.
At 11:50 pm Wednesday, a Marshfield woman reported someone used window paint to write on her vehicle windows and taillight covers in the 1400 block of East Fillmore Street.
At 10:25 pm Wednesday, an officer arrested an 18-year-old Marshfield man for drunken driving on North Peach Street, near East Grant Street. The officer released the teenager to a sober adult.
At 6:37 pm Thursday, a Marshfield woman reported a small dent on her front bumper that she thought happened while her vehicle was in a parking lot in the 1700 block of North Central Avenue.
At 2:32 am Friday, a Marshfield man reported hearing car doors slamming and seeing three or four people wearing dark clothing near vehicles on North Peach Avenue. The man said he shined flashlight on the people and they ran away.
At 10:12 pm Thursday, an officer arrested a 35-year-old Marshfield man on a Wood County warrant during a traffic stop in the 1200 block of South Central Avenue. The officer booked the man at the Police Department and released him after the man posted a $250 cash bond.
Fire, ambulance reports
Ambulances responded to four medical emergencies on Thursday.