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July 2, 2013



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.

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