Updated: February 4, 2013 2:55PM
Chain reaction: Morning rush-hour traffic was backed up along eastbound Route 20 on Wednesday after a succession of chain-reaction crashes that police said might have been caused by bright morning sun shining in drivers’ eyes. Police said the incident began when a car stalled in a traffic lane just east of Route 31. Some vehicles behind it were unable to stop in time, and four rear-end collisions occurred between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m., police reported. No one was injured, police said, and the eastbound highway was never completely closed.
Vehicle burglary: Someone smashed the back window of a car in a parking lot in the 10400 block of Algonquin Road and stole a purse sitting on the back seat on Dec. 26, police reported Wednesday.
Tires punctured: A vandal punctured two tires on a vehicle parked in the area of Church and Main streets on Dec. 27, police reported Wednesday.
Christmas Eve burglary: A burglary to a motor vehicle was reported in the 2600 block of Ross Street on Christmas Eve, police reported Wednesday.
Nasty card: Police reported they were called on Dec. 18 to investigate when someone visited a home in the 1300 block of Oak Hill Lane and dropped off a Christmas card with what a police spokeswoman described as “a less than jolly note written on it.”
Mowers stolen: A trailer containing two commercial lawn mowers was stolen Dec. 17 in the 200 block of Panama Avenue, police reported.