Police respond to 2 incidents at Whitman Rd. picket line


Canton police responded to two separate incidents earlier this week at the same location on Whitman Road (off Route 138), where the local teamsters union was picketing outside Independent Pipe. The first incident occurred around 6 a.m. on Monday, August 7, and involved a case of trespassing by one of the picketers. According to Police Lt. Patty Sherrill, the suspect, identified as Jason Lopes, 37, of Assonet, crossed the picket line onto Independent Pipe’s property when he was aware that he was not invited. He will be summoned to court to face a charge of trespassing. Five hours later, police returned to the location and arrested Derek Briggs, 32, of Rockland, and charged him with assault and battery and improper storage of a firearm. Sherrill said Briggs, also a picketer, became upset when his car was repossessed from out on Whitman Road. Briggs allegedly became belligerent with the tow truck driver and shoved him. Police also found a firearm unsecured in the vehicle that was being towed.

Firefighters, resident douse car fire

On Monday, July 31, around 6:30 p.m., firefighters responded to the rear of a house on Washington Street (residential house) for a report of a motor vehicle fire. Firefighters found a Nissan work van with smoke coming from the front passenger compartment. A resident used a garden hose to put out most of the fire, and CFD’s Engine 6 stretched a hand line to continue to wet down the area and overhauled the vehicle. No one was hurt in the incident and the cause of the fire is still undetermined. Captain Ed Freitas, Lt. Ryan Patrician, and firefighter/paramedics Sean Fallon and Nick Pino responded to the call.

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