, Salem, MA

December 18, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A man reported at 4:43 p.m. that he had been forced to walk in the roadway at Tedesco and Tufts streets with cars speeding by “as no one has bothered to clear the sidewalks.” Police wrote: “He is petrified and does not want to become a statistic. He said he already checked and there is no bylaw regarding removing the snow, so he would like the speed limit enforced.”

A 6:42 p.m. complaint about a vehicle brought police to Heritage Way and Village Street. Police wrote later: “Horrible parking job. Owner is now moving car.”

An officer notified police in Swampscott after an 8:44 p.m. report that somebody had seen an elderly male “trying to signal that he needed some sort of assistance” on Humphrey Street. Police wrote: “Caller was passing by and did not feel safe stopping.”



Police received a 6:48 a.m. report of a residential break-in at 948 Humphrey St., but police wrote later: “Officer reports elderly male was confused.”

A 43-year-old man was transported to Salem Hospital after an 8:52 a.m. report that he’d fallen on ice in the vicinity of 54 Pleasant St.

A package had been stolen off the porch at 860 Humphrey St., according to a 4:31 p.m. report.

Police received an 8:20 p.m. report that a man had stolen boots from Olympia Sports at 450 Paradise Road.



Police received an 8:03 p.m. report that a vehicle had been stolen from the depot at 10 Park St.


A Herrick Street woman turned in a Samsung cellphone she found on her front steps, according to a 7:52 a.m. log item. An officer wrote: “I turned it on to attempt to identify the owner, but phone is passcode protected.”

An officer conducted three traffic stops and issued three citations while performing red-light enforcement at Dodge Street and Tozer Road, according to a 1 p.m. log item.



A Martinack Avenue woman reported at 4:10 p.m. that an injured seagull had been in her neighbor’s yard for “at least an hour.” The animal was subsequently taken to the Borash Veterinary Clinic.

A woman was transported to Lahey hospital after a 4:27 p.m. report that she’d fallen at Northshore Mall.

A 7:22 p.m. report that a pickup truck had driven into a snowbank brought police to Shaw’s supermarket at Northshore Mall. Police wrote later: “Verbal warning issued to the operator ...for plate obstruction and not to drive into snowbanks.”

Firefighters gained entry to a vehicle near Sears at Northshore Mall after a 7:52 p.m. report that a child had been locked inside with it running.


Police responded to a 5:37 a.m. report that a female was “crying/yelling on the phone walking down the middle of the street” on Fulton Street but determined she didn’t need their assistance.

A 5:53 a.m. report that a 96-year-old woman was having difficulty breathing brought police and emergency personnel to Peabody Glen nursing home at 199 Andover St. The woman declined medical attention, but while they were on scene an 85-year-old woman experienced a medical emergency. She was transported to Salem Hospital.

Police were unable to locate a vehicle “with smoke coming from it” that was reported to be on Main Street at 7:21 a.m.

Police received a 1:15 p.m. 911 call from a woman on Sewall Street who requested “assistance in making a phone call.” Police wrote: “She was informed that 911 cannot provide that service.”

An officer found a loose peacock in the roadway on Farm Avenue, according to a 1:39 p.m. log item. “A contact number was located for the potential owner, and she was notified that the animal had broken loose,” police wrote.

A teacher at Welch school on Swampscott Avenue was transported to Salem Hospital after a 1:53 p.m. report that she’d fallen outside.



A 9:10 p.m. report of shoplifting brought police to Wal-Mart on Highland Avenue. Subsequently arrested was Mary Shanna Gaul, 46, homeless, on charges of shoplifting by asportation of merchandise; shoplifting by concealing merchandise, third offense; and giving a false name to a police officer. She was also wanted on warrants out of Salem, Lynn and Cambridge, according to the log.

An 11:11 p.m. report of “males around a female on the ground” brought police to 139 Loring Ave. Subsequently arrested was Dorimarly Mayol-Ortiz, 20, of 8 Charles St., Beverly, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.


A 6:22 a.m. report that a car was possibly on fire brought police and the Fire Department to Boston and Hanson streets. “No fire,” police wrote later. “Broken radiator hose.”

A Cambridge Street woman reported at 12:18 p.m. that the lower portion of her home’s copper drainpipe had been stolen around Dec. 1.

A woman at 284 Washington St. reported at 3:24 p.m. that she’d seen her neighbor put “about seven tires and a couple of boxes of oil” in their basement about midnight on Monday. “The tires were all used and the oil was various engine oils and brake fluids made by Acura and Honda,” police wrote, adding that the neighbor supposedly worked for Acura. Police were investigating.



Police responded to 11 Riverside Ave. after a 10 a.m. report of a dispute and determined two people were arguing “over smoking.”

Police received a 4:03 p.m. report that females were kicking a door at the Extended Stay Inn on Newbury Street.

A report of a garage fire brought police and the Fire Department to 19 Princeton St. shortly after 6 p.m., according to radio reports. Personnel saw flames coming from the building when they arrived. There were no people or pets inside the nearby home, and the fire had been extinguished by roughly 6:35 p.m. Firefighters were on still on scene shortly before 9 p.m. No further information was available.