, Salem, MA

March 20, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


A woman at the Golden Banana at 151 Newbury St. reported at 2:06 p.m. that her cellphone had been stolen.

A 2:08 p.m. report of shoplifting at Nordstrom at the Northshore Mall resulted in the arrest of Brooke Cuoco, 22, of 4 Seaview Ave., Danvers, on a charge of shoplifting over $100.

A Travis Terrace woman reported at 5:08 p.m. that she had sent her taxes in via the U.S. Postal Service, but they never arrived. “An investigation was conducted by the post office, and they cannot locate the mail,” police wrote.

A Ray Street man reported at 6:27 p.m. that his vehicle had been stolen from his driveway, but the man subsequently discovered that it had been parked two streets over by his son.

Police responded to the area of Dobbs Road and Pulaski Street after a 10:13 p.m. report of a suspicious motor vehicle and determined that a man there was video chatting with his girlfriend. “Sent on his way,” police wrote.


After a 12:51 a.m. report that somebody had driven through the tennis court at Veterans Memorial High School, police arrested Robert Losanno, 18, of 4 Marion Road, Peabody, on charges of drunken driving and trespassing.

Nine vehicles on Tracey Street were cited for parking ban violations after a 5:08 a.m. request for help from the DPW. More tickets were issued on Sprague, Foster, Central and Main streets.

A “supervisor reported that a plow driver had informed him that a resident of Louis Road had “pulled a knife on him,” but police determined that it was only a verbal argument.

A MacArthur Circle woman reported that “she saw a raccoon in her yard” at 12:21 p.m. “I advised her it was not unusual,” an officer wrote. “She confirmed the animal never came in contact with anyone and is no longer on her property.”

A woman was transported to Lahey Medical Center after a 1:37 p.m. report that she had passed out in an elevator at Christian Book Distributors, 140 Summit St.



Police received a 9:53 a.m. report that money had been stolen from a business at 350 Rantoul St.

Somebody drove off without paying for $53.19 in gas from a station at 295 Cabot St., according to a 2:43 p.m. log item. Police were unable to locate the individual.

An abandoned 911 call at 6:49 p.m. brought police to 72 Cabot St. Subsequently arrested was James Silva, 44, of the same address, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.



At 5:21 a.m., police at 168 Puritan Road arrested Eric Newman, 46, of 12 Verdmont Ave., Lynn, on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault to murder, threatening to commit a crime, intimidation of a witness, domestic assault and battery, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. An officer confirmed that Newman was involved in a domestic dispute but declined to provide further information on the incident.

Police at 200 Essex St. at 10:57 a.m. arrested John Vatcher, 18, of 34 Plymouth Ave., Swampscott, on a charge of possession of a knife over 21/2 inches. “Party found to have a knife in his backpack,” police wrote.



Police received a 6:55 p.m. report that a 3-year-old boy had gone missing from a First Street residence, but he had returned home by the time police arrived to investigate.

After receiving information that a man and woman with active warrants were in the area of Market Basket on Highland Avenue at 8:15 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and arrested Colleen McCarthy, 31, of 7 Emerson Ave., Peabody, on charges of operating after license suspension, subsequent offense, and providing a false name to a police officer, in addition to the warrant. A 33-year-old Saugus man was also arrested on two outstanding warrants.

Police respond to a 9:16 p.m. report of a domestic dispute at 18 Palmer St. and arrested Linda Delacruz, 22, of the same address, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.


A man reported that he had heard seven possible gunshots while he shoveled in the area of 40 Highland Ave., according to a 12:50 p.m. log item. Police were unable to find anything suspicious in the area. “Multiple people in the area were spoken to, and most stated that they did not hear anything,” an officer wrote.

Police received a 4:04 p.m. report that a suspicious person was “bothering traffic” at Highland Avenue and Traders Way, but they didn’t report finding anything suspicious upon responding to the area.

A trash truck clipped the side of a house at 95 Essex St., according to a 4:14 p.m. report. An officer said the building did not sustain significant damage.



Police received a 2:12 p.m. report of a possible break-in from a caller who said a pet sitter had fed a cat at a residence on Captains Walk Lane on Friday and then returned to discover the cat was locked in a room on Saturday. An officer determined that there was no evidence of a break-in.

An Auburndale Road woman reported at 2:25 p.m. that her 5-year-old daughter and her friend had gone missing from outside the residence. State police reported later that the two had returned home.

Kids were dismantling the rink on Green Street “and making it into a skate park,” according to a 2:59 p.m. report, but an officer determined that no damage had been done.

Police conducted a traffic stop at Pleasant and Lafayette streets at 10:25 p.m. and arrested Robert Sobotka, 18, of 26 Jackson St., Salem, on charges of marijuana possession (1 ounce or less) and possession to distribute a Class D drug.