, Salem, MA

June 29, 2013


By Alan Burke
Staff writer

---- — Salem


It wasn’t crime but rudeness that brought police to Pope Street at 3:09 p.m. A woman called them after her son left a message on her phone. Police logged that it “was not threatening in nature, just meant to hurt (her) feelings.” She said she just wanted it documented. Police suggested she stop answering his phone calls.

Police investigated a possible road rage incident on Webb Street at 5:28 p.m. A woman described being followed by a man whose Volvo had almost hit her car. The man argued that he had the green light and the woman gave him the finger. “He indicated that he had gotten upset,” according to the log, “so he followed her. But was not sure why at this time.” Officers sent both on their way.

A man reported his 2003 BMW missing from the Church Street municipal parking lot at 9:34 p.m.


After being found on a Washington Street bench at 12:50 a.m., a man was taken to Salem Hospital. He told police he had been assaulted by two to five men after getting into “an altercation inside O’Neill’s,” according to the log. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Jeremy Lee Manes, 35, of 810 Martin Road, Essex, Md., was arrested at 1:52 a.m. at the Hawthorne Hotel by patrolmen Gilbert Priddy, Rafael Gonzalez, Sean Andrus and Ryan Arundel on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250 and violating the city knife ordinance. Police had been initially summoned regarding a possible case of domestic assault within one of the hotel rooms.

A report of an “undesirable” at the Salem Housing Authority on Charter Street involved a Brazilian man who was said to have complained, “The only reason why you’re not helping me is because I’m Brazilian, have a beard and have tattoos.” He was gone when police arrived.

A wallet went missing and the door was damaged after someone broke into a Mitsubishi Highlander at Central and Charter streets, according to the log at 12:29 p.m. The owner told police the break-in happened last Friday night as he was working at Murphy’s.

Larceny of a Schwinn bike — taken from the rack at the MBTA station off Bridge Street — was reported at 12:46 p.m., four hours after it went missing.

Two crooks got away with peanuts at a store on Congress Street — but not for long. Police report nabbing the pair at 2:42 p.m., but the store owner declined to prosecute. The juveniles were given “no trespass” orders. The peanuts, valued at $8, were recovered and returned to the shelves.

Police plan to make extra checks of the Ropes Garden on Essex Street after a complaint at 2:50 p.m. that “homeless people were congregating there” and “they drink, use offensive language and urinate in the bushes,” according to the log. In addition, “a male/female couple may possibly be spending the night,” the log said. The Pierce-Nichols House on Federal Street has had similar problems, according to the report, with people sleeping in the tea house.



Police were called to Hampshire Road at 2:05 p.m. out of fears of a rabid animal. According to the police report, “the fox was sunning himself and ran into the woods when he saw the officer.”

A house for sale on Lynnfield Street was apparently broken into, according to the log at 3:51 p.m.

Mauro Fernandez, 51, 160 Park St., Beverly, was arrested on charges of receiving stolen property worth over $250, as logged at 5:41 p.m. The arrest came after the Main Street Walgreens reported the theft of three cellphones. Police tracked down a vehicle at Central Street and spotted “three unopened cellphones on the seat,” according to the log.

A man “holding a sign and yelling and screaming at the Diamond Auto Body Business” at Washington Street and Blaney Avenue was told to move along. He was described as a disgruntled ex-employee at 5:49 p.m.

What was described as a “domestic between son and mother” in the log at 7:27 p.m. on North Central Street resulted in an ambulance taking a male to the Salem Hospital.

Following the report of someone opening a garage door on Franklin Street, then closing it, a neighbor alerted police at 9:10 p.m. of a “possible breaking and entering in progress.” A 42-year-old Peabody man was arrested on an active warrant.

The report at 9:21 p.m. of an “indecent assault” at the Northshore Mall produced a description of a white man, 5-foot-10, wearing sweatpants, a white T-shirt and ball cap.


Sports Medicine North at Orthopedic Drive reported the theft of prescription pads at 9:07 a.m. A suspect’s name was given to police.

A man at Brooksby Village complained to police at 9:25 a.m. that he gave a check to a “health care worker,” according to the log, and the amount was changed from $100 to $200.

As logged at 12:44 p.m., a woman reported her son’s cellphone stolen at the Lynnfield Street YMCA.

A 19-year-old woman will be summonsed over a shoplifting charge at Nordstrom, according to the log at 1:52 p.m.



The theft of a vehicle from Motel 6 on Route 1 was reported at 7:59 a.m.



A pedestrian was taken to Salem Hospital after he was hit by a car at Hawkes Street and Atlantic Avenue, as logged at 9:24 a.m.

While cleaning gutters on Ware Lane, a man fell off a ladder, landing 20 feet below, according to the police report at 9:50 a.m. He was reported to be conscious and breathing with a possible shoulder injury. He was taken via ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

A man on Darling Street was reported as “going ballistic” at a cat, “screaming and threatening the cat,” according to the log at 10:27 a.m.

As logged at 10:50 p.m., a woman on Ocean Avenue complained that the “girlfriend of her soon-to-be ex-husband drove by and yelled at her.”



A past larceny on Windsor Road was under investigation, according to the log at 4:37 p.m.


The fall of a large tree at Neptune Street and Lawnbank Road took wires down and brought out National Grid, as logged at 9:43 p.m.

A young lass on Elliott Street got her finger stuck in a glass door. Police were summoned at 12:26 p.m., but she was free and fine by the time they arrived.

The fellow going through an open window on Rantoul Street, as logged at 2:35 p.m., turned out to be a kid trying to “avoid going to the store for his mother,” according to the log. Police suggested since he has nothing better to do he “should help his mother out.” They report he “walked off.”

Police investigated a past assault and battery on Elliott Street, as logged at 5:35 p.m.