SALEM — Can Salem residents drink in the woods?
Not if the police catch them. That's what a couple allegedly discovered when police did a check on Salem Woods after hours. Not only was the couple drinking, but one left unsightly graffiti on a ledge, officers said.
Robert Roy Towne Jr., 29, of 94 Ocean Ave., Salem, and Melissa Jane Cote, 24, of 14 Gardner St., Salem, were arrested on charges of vandalism, violating the city's drinking ordinance and trespassing.
Police entered the woods just before 11 p.m. Monday, following a tip that "Cote had entered the Salem Woods with alcohol and was having a party," according to the log. The woods close at 7:30 p.m.
On the trail, officers were drawn to a sound characterized as "a loud female." And when they reached it, they report seeing a couple "holding 40-ounce bottles of beer. They were open and in their hands." The pair was before a small fire. Police noted "fresh graffiti" nearby reading "Rob 13."
Police said they knew the graffiti was new because they had been to the same site an hour before, and it wasn't there.
Responding as a result of several resident complaints about people drinking in the woods were Patrolman John Anderson and Sgts. Dennis King and Harry Rocheville.