The accounts of longtime neighborhood residents, combined with a stack of police reports provided to the Globe by the Ipswich Police Department, paint a picture of conflict between the Bishop/Anderson family and others in town.
Bishop, who was referred to as Amy Anderson at the time, called 911 regularly during her short time living in this North Shore community. She reported several neighborhood kids to the police for “disturbing the peace” by riding their dirt bikes and motorized scooters in the neighborhood after school. Police repeatedly informed her and her husband that kids are allowed to ride their bikes and scooters during the afternoon hours, especially on their own property.
Bishop called police at least five times about neighborhood children making noise after they got home from school. On July 3, 2001, she complained that the noise from motorized scooters and motor bikes was bothering her. On April 12, 2002, she complained that children were riding dirt bikes in the woods around the neighborhood. On April 27, 2003, she called police again about kids riding bikes in the neighborhood.
On June 25, 2000, during another complaint about kids making noise, Bishop reportedly told police that her dispute with one of the children’s parents may “come to blows.”
Joey Lafoe, now 18 and a senior at Ipswich High School, was the target of Bishop’s police reports several times for riding around on his dirt bike and motorized scooter.
“They used to videotape us driving our dirt bikes, and they used to call the cops on us saying that our dirt bikes kept them up — at 4 or 5 o’clock in the afternoon,” Lafoe said. “The cops said we could go until 8 o’clock.”
He summed the family up in one word:
“Strange,” Lafoe said.
Ipswich Police Officer Michael Thomas remembers responding to several 911 calls at the Anderson/Bishop house, calling the family “regular customers.”
“I do remember them. Some of their complaints were legitimate, but it just gets to a point there was never enough we could do for them.”
Thomas said that the family would get angry with police, especially when they said they were told that police couldn’t put a stop to kids playing basketball or riding dirt bikes in the neighborhood because it wasn’t illegal.
Bishop once stopped a local ice cream truck from coming into their neighborhood. According to WBZ-1030 radio, she said it because her own kids were lactose intolerant, and she didn’t think it was fair that her kids couldn’t have ice cream.
“That’s who it was!” Lafoe said. “When we were younger the ice cream truck just stopped coming around. That’s strange.”
Guess those children legally playing on their property were lucky she didn’t blow them away, too. And check out the ice cream ban! Because her children were supposedly lactose intolerant, everybody else was blocked from ice cream truck access. Typical freaking liberal.
I sincerely hope that somebody is checking out the childrens’ living situation. She was trying to keep everybody else’s children in her neighborhood from playing, so what must her childrens’ lives have been like? Don’t tell me daddy is normal when he lived with a fruitcake like that.
H/T RickZ from GCP.
Sucks to be in the same restaurant with the beeyatch, too:
In March, 2002, Bishop walked into an International House of Pancakes in Peabody with her family, asked for a booster seat for one of her children, and learned the last seat had gone to another mother.
Bishop, according to a police report, strode over to the other woman, demanded the seat and launched into a profanity-laced rant.
When the woman would not give the seat up, Bishop punched her in the head, all the while yelling “I am Dr. Amy Bishop.”
Bishop received probation and prosecutors recommended that she be sent to anger management classes, though it is unclear from court documents whether a judge ever sent her there.
The woman, identified in court documents as Michelle Gjika, declined to comment, saying only “It’s not something I want to relive.”