, Salem, MA

December 21, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A man reported at 7:48 p.m. that he was concerned about “a parent who carries a large knife into the school” on Elm Street. Police wrote: “[He] doesn’t want to make a big deal out of it but is worried due to recent world events in and around schools. He knows the man by sight but isn’t sure of his name.” Police later spoke to a man who was carrying a small folding knife in his front pocket.

A 5-year-old girl was transported to North Shore Children’s Hospital from a Washington Street address after an 8:57 a.m. report that she had drunk a 3-ounce bottle of cough medicine and was dizzy, vomiting and had a fast heartbeat. “Mother called poison control who advised to call 911,” police wrote.

A Leicester Road woman reported at 2:52 p.m. that she’d returned home to find her front door open. Police wrote: “She is waiting in the car and fears that someone may be inside the house.” Police checked the house and determined: “All OK.”



Police received a 10:30 a.m. report that somebody was screaming at passers-by from a van on Stetson Avenue, but it was later called “unfounded.”


A 3:55 a.m. report that somebody had smelled smoke brought police and firefighters to the vicinity of Fairview Avenue. “Fire believes it is wood stove or chimney” police wrote.



Police received a 2:41 p.m. complaint about how a UPS truck had parked on Kenwood Road. Police wrote later: “Officer checked but could not locate any UPS truck causing a problem.”

A man near 82 Main St. reported at 2:58 p.m. that his car had gone missing. “Party called back and said he found his car,” police wrote later.

Police were unable to locate a young child who was reported to be “alone sitting on the front stairs” of a Fulton Street building at 4:43 p.m.

A Keys Drive woman reported at 7:21 p.m. that she had been stalked “on and off for the past 10 years by an unknown black male.” Police wrote: “Party reports tonight she saw the male party in the parking lot of her apartment complex, and he asked her how she was doing.”

Police were unable to locate the person who was reported to have jumped in front of a woman’s vehicle “in an attempt to slow her down” on Warren Street Extension at 8:20 p.m.

A juvenile hockey player was transported to North Shore Children’s Hospital after a 9:04 p.m. report that he’d sustained a knee injury at the McVann-O’Keefe Skating Rink.



Police received a 6:24 p.m. report that a woman had thrown a shovel at a car near 55 Sohier Road.


About 10:30 a.m., police arrested Michelle M. Ward, 40, of 71 Sohier Road, Beverly, on a charge of domestic assault and battery. She was also wanted on a warrant, according to the log.

Police received a 12:22 p.m. report that somebody on Cabot Street had “received cat hair in mail.” The log item was categorized as “harassment.”



Police received a 6:53 p.m. complaint that a youth had thrown a snowball near the Town Hall.

Two female juveniles were arrested after an 8:12 p.m. report of shoplifting at the Wal-Mart on Brooksby Village Drive.



A man reported at 6:08 p.m. that he had paid for a 40-ounce bottle of beer with a $100 bill at the Los Amigos market on Lafayette Street, but received only $11 in change. The man waited an hour to report the incident because “he didn’t realize what had happened until now,” police wrote. The owner of the market said he didn’t remember seeing the man earlier. An officer advised the man of his rights.

A 7:59 p.m. report of a domestic dispute brought police to 47 Osgood St. William S. Costello, 49, of the same address, was arrested on a charge of domestic assault and battery.

An Endicott Street woman reported at 9 p.m. that she believed there was a raccoon on the second-story roof of her neighbor’s home. Police advised her to contact the landlord.


Police were dispatched to 1 Courageous Court after a 12:52 a.m. report that somebody had heard screaming coming from an apartment. Police spoke to two people in the suspected apartment, but they seemed “confused as to our presence,” police wrote. Then the officers spoke to the woman who reported the incident — she said the screams she heard were ”of an amorous nature, not fighting.”

Police conducted a traffic stop on Lafayette Street about 1 a.m. and arrested Samuel Nieves-Lebron, 33, of 52 Dow St., Salem, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and failure to signal.

An officer conducted a traffic stop on Loring Avenue about 1:30 a.m. and arrested Jared L. Paxton, 25, of 16 South St., Salem, on charges of drunken driving, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, attaching improper plates to a motor vehicle and a red light violation.

A man went to the police station about 3:30 a.m. to report that he felt people were following him. The man was “very concerned” for a former girlfriend and was advised to “speak with a detective about a drug and prostitution situation” involving her and another person, according to the log.