, Salem, MA

July 2, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Salem


Police found no activity near the Highland Avenue Wal-Mart after receiving a report of a large fight. A witness reported individuals skedaddling for Lynn prior to the arrival of police.

A woman reported it, but police judged that the case of a child getting spanked by a flip-flop was likely justifiable discipline at the Highland Avenue Wal-Mart. The witness told officers that a man smacked the 3- or 4-year-old girl on the bottom and slapped her wrist after the youngster ran into the parking lot as her family left the store.

Pedro L. Soto, 25, 73A Memorial Park Ave., Lynn, was arrested, as logged at 6:10 p.m., at Essex and Forrester streets by Patrolman Gilbert Priddy on charges of driving with a suspended license and speeding.

Desiree Diana Lucius, 29, no address, was arrested, as logged at 6:29 p.m., on Lafayette Street on charges of domestic assault and battery and resisting arrest. Participating in the arrest were patrolmen Rafael Gonzalez, Sean Andrus and Dennis Luti.

After a mom reported at 7:33 p.m. that her daughter had been hit with a chocolate milk carton by a young man at the Mansell Park skate park at Gallows Hill, police observed a 2-inch bruise above the girl’s eye. The assailant, however, could not be identified.

A lost purse on Highland Avenue got that way when the owner left it on the roof of her car and drove away from the Market Basket, according to the log at 9:12 p.m. “Somewhere in her travels the purse fell off the roof,” police noted.

Willmi Espinal, 25, 20 Summit St., Salem, was arrested, as logged at 10:21 p.m., at Rainbow Terrace on a charge of domestic assault and battery. Making the arrest were patrolmen Rafael Gonzalez, Sean Andrus and Detective J. Dennis Gaudet.

A man told police at 11:03 p.m. that he was cleaned out of nearly $1,000 in cash, a credit card, cellphone, ring and his Texas ID after he put his wallet down in a Lafayette Street laundromat and then went outside. When he returned, the wallet was gone.


Tiago E. Brasileiro, Jeffrey E. Picanco and Patrick David Ryan were arrested by patrolmen Michael Ball and Brian Benson, as logged at 12:03 a.m., on a charge of trespassing. The trio were at the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School. There was also a report that they’d been on the roof.

A Chevrolet Metro reported stolen from the CVS parking lot on Essex Street at 7:08 a.m. was later discovered by the owner at Endicott and Winthrop streets, minus its bumper and with some front-end damage.

When the electric locks on his Honda Accord parked at Palmer and Perkins streets failed to work, a driver checked under the hood to discover his battery had been stolen, as logged at 8:05 a.m.

After taking out part of a fence on Jefferson Avenue, a woman driving a Taurus told police she has limited movement and she stepped on the gas instead of the brake. Police will notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles, according to the log at 8:08 p.m.

In a case suggesting we watch where we’re walking, the South Essex Sewer District reported at 9:08 a.m. the theft of a 150-pound manhole cover at the rear of Salem Oil and Grease. The cover is valued at $536. North Shore Recycling told police they haven’t seen it.

Keder Cantave, 31, 2824 Crosley Drive, West Palm Beach, Fla., was arrested, as logged at 12:32 p.m., on Peabody Street by Patrolman Jason Gross on a charge of open and gross lewdness. Police had responded to a report of man masturbating behind a building.

Someone took a pair of clippers to the landscaping of a Loring Avenue resident, according to the log at 12:36 p.m. “It was apparent that the damage was malicious,” police noted.



A man found sleeping in the bushes at Cabot and Hale streets was sent on his way, according to the log at 3:28 p.m.

Christmas is becoming a road hazard, thanks to low-hanging lights on Cabot Street. Police left a message for the owner, as logged at 5:19 p.m.

A customer complained to police at 10:12 p.m. that he was approached in the parking lot of the Lucky Seven store and asked if he wanted to buy marijuana.


National Grid got the word after police discovered a missing manhole at Hale Street and Hale Park Avenue at 8:34 a.m. The covers are stolen for their value as scrap.

Police were called at 11:37 a.m. to investigate a purse stolen from a car on Rantoul Street.

Debit card misuse and larceny drew police attention on Oceanside Drive at 1:32 p.m.

Identity fraud was the worry on Bridge Street in a case of a computer “hacked into,” according to the log at 1:33 p.m.

A Federal Street resident alerted police to the theft of a wicker elephant table, taken right from the porch, according to the log at 3:20 p.m.



Stopped on Route 1 at 2:47 p.m., a 50-year-old Beverly resident will be summonsed for driving with no license, breakdown lane violations and failure to display the vehicle owner’s name.

The report of a rabid hedgehog chasing people on Arielle Lane may have overstated the problem. Police reported at 3:37 p.m. that the animal “does not appear to be rabid. It is hiding under a shed.” They recommended calling the animal control officer.

Kids jumping the fence to get into the quarry on Russell Street got the heave-ho from police at 4:41 p.m.

A man on Upham Street reported at 6:15 p.m. that someone “is using his name and cellphone number and contacting friends of his trying to discredit him and saying derogatory things about him.” The person doing this isn’t known.

The report of domestic abuse on Crane Brook Way at 6:46 p.m. led a resident to say instead that they got excited over a soccer game.


A baby skunk chewing on the lawn of a West Diane Road resident sparked a complaint at 8:15 a.m. Police advised that this behavior is not unusual for a skunk. They suggested an exterminator if she wants it gone.

A caller on Emerson Street offered competition for City Hall — by reporting the discovery of a lost cat, with no collar but with a microchip, as logged at 1:31 p.m. “The cat is a female tortoise shell short hair with green eyes and responds to ‘The Mayor,’” according to the report.

Manhole covers are increasingly subject to theft — but stealing them is no easy task. One was reported lifted on Walnut Street, as logged at 1:35 p.m., with a suspect identified as a white male in his 30s, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 8, with brown hair and a medium to heavy build. Police noted that his car was a gray Infiniti with a bungee cord holding the trunk. He dropped the cover on Caller Street. The DPW was alerted to come and get it.

Ralph E. Sciarretta, 44, 17 Tracey St., Peabody, was arrested, as logged at 1:50 p.m., on Caller Street by Sgt. Douglas Marcus on a charge of trespassing. He was also wanted on two outstanding warrants.

A resident on Lisa Road reported a deer in the backyard. “She was advised to leave the gate open to let the deer leave on its own,” according to the log at 1:50 p.m.



Karina Beltre, 32, 12117 Kirkbride Drive, and Paul Connelly, 50, 1111 Kirkbride Dr., both of Danvers, were arrested on Kirkbride Drive, as logged at 7 p.m., by Officer Phil Tansey on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Connelly was also charged with intimidation of a witness. Police initially responded to a report of a fight in the pool area.

Police investigated a report of larceny at Panera Bread on Independence Way, as logged at 9:15 p.m.


A wallet was said to have been taken from a vehicle broken into on Morgan Drive, according to a 6:44 a.m. log entry.

An accident with possible head injury was logged at 3:12 p.m. on Route 114.