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Police Log: Two Helicopter Searches for Separate Individuals in Crisis

Wakefield Police and state police enacted two searches on Monday night, one for an older man with dementia who went missing from a nursing home in the Greenwood area and the other for a possibly endangered man in the Lakeview area.

Wakefield Police Log for Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18, 2012:
The following information was supplied by the Wakefield Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Featured item: Wakefield Police recieved a call at 7 p.m. that a 67-year-old man with early onset dementia went missing from Wakefield Care and Rehab around 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Police put out a call to neighboring police departments to be on the lookout for Joseph Doucette, age 67, walked away from the Bathol Street nursing home on Monday afternoon. Doucette is described as 5'9'', 160 pounds and balding with a mustache. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, blue and white jacket, blue baseball hat, and black possibly plaid pants. Doucette has early onset of dementia.

State police responded by sending a helicopter to check the wooded area surrounding the facility. As of 12:00 p.m., on Tuesday, Doucette had still not been located.

At 10:12 p.m., while the search was continuing for Doucette, Wakefield Police received another call for a missing individual on the opposite site of town. Wakefield Police responded to a residence on Lakeview Circle in Wakefield for a call that a 27-year-old male had an argument with a family member and ran into the woods, threatening to harm himself. The state police helicopter and search dogs that were already being used in searching for Doucette were diverted to search for the endangered man. Police located the man about an hour later and transported him to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.
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Other incidents:
8:05 a.m. - A business owner on Teal Road reported that someone stole about $5,000 worth of metal over the weekend. Police are still investigating.

8:52 a.m. - A resident of Pine Hill Circle reported that two men came onto her property and stole three brand new light fixtures from her yard. The light fixtures had been sitting next to a construction dumpster in the front yard of her home. The victim said she saw one man standing in the construction dumpster, and another man driving a black pickup truck. She yelled to the two men to leave the area, and they did, but she later noticed the lights were missing. The light fixtures were valued at $125 each. Police are investigating the incident.

12:38 p.m. - The Wakefield K-9 unit responded to Stoneham to assist the Stoneham Police Department in tracking a breaking and entering suspect. Police said the suspect stole two flat scren televisions from a residence. However, the K-9 was unable to pick up the scent. Police said it appeared the suspect left in a motor vehicle.

12:14 p.m. - Wakefield Police summoned a Meuthen man to Malden District Court on charges of speeding and driving with a suspended license. Police said they observed a Toyota hatchback vehicle traveling 45 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone on Main Street. When police stopped the driver, they determined his license had been revoked. 

2:55 p.m. - A female walking along Salem Street reported she was harassed by two males in a red van. Police checked the area and were unable to locate anyone fitting the description.

3:07 p.m. - A Wakefield resident reported that several unathorized transactions were made to her son's bank account over the weekend. About $500 was spent in nine different transactions out of Miami, FL. The victim said she still has the bank card in her possession.

6:13 p.m. - The owner of a 2011 Honda Civic reported someone slashed her car's passenger side tires while it was parked in a driveway on Main Street. Police estimated the damage to be $200.

7:03 p.m. - A priest reported that someone had vandalized the Most Blessed Sacrament Church. No further information was available.

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