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Quincy Scanner Tales: Suspicious car fire; two dozen arrested in warrant sweep

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  June 13, 2013 11:55 AM

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Car fire under investigation
Quincy police say they are investigating an early morning car fire on Furnace Brook Parkway that could potentially be arson.

According to police, the car’s 64-year-old owner and his 31-year-old son were asleep in their home shortly after midnight Thursday when the son allegedly heard a car door shut.

The son told police he looked out the window and saw an orange cloud in his father’s car.

After calling 911, the son told police he went out to the car and opened the door, when the interior of the car burst into flames.

Fire crews arrived on scene shortly thereafter and extinguished the blaze. No one was injured and no damage was done beyond the car.

According to Captain John Dougan with the Quincy Police, officers found evidence of possible arson, but don’t have any suspects.

Two dozen arrested in warrant sweep
Quincy Police arrested 24 people on Wednesday in a wide-rainging effort to clear up outstanding warrants.

“Operation Rude Awakening” began at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, with officers from the Norfolk County Sherriff’s Office, Quincy police, State Police, Transit Police, and Braintree police fanning out through the city looking for wanted residents.

According to Quincy Police Captain John Dougan, arrests for were unrelated crimes, and varied from misdemeanors to felonies.

Charges included unarmed robbery, assault, drug trafficking, and driving with suspended licenses.

The two dozen people, as well as seven more that turned themselves in, were taken to Quincy District Court were they were processed.

“There are still outstanding warrants and we’re advising people before they are arrested to turn themselves into the court,” Dougan said.

Quincy police conducted a similar sweep, titled Operation Spring Cleaning, last year.

“It gets people off the streets. People know we’re going after them for warrants,” Dougan said.

According to Dougan, the vast majority of people arrested had warrants for failing to show up to a court date after a previous arrest.

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