, Salem, MA

December 31, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Beverly


A downed wire reported on Boyles Street at 9 p.m. brought National Grid to the scene in about 15 minutes, according to the log.

Police suspected a party after a report came in at 11:03 p.m. of loud music on Courtney Drive. It turned out to be a one-person party, however. “Female listening to music loudly by herself,” report stated.

Carlos Raphael Ortiz, 31, 461 Rantoul St., Beverly, was arrested, as logged at 11:48 p.m., by Detective Dana Nicholson and Patrolman Charles Twombly on a charge of domestic assault and battery. Officers responded to a report of a “roommate struck in face.” An ambulance was called.


A report at 12:31 a.m. of “three white males possibly drunk” drew police to Elliot Street.

Samuel Burns, 21, Larch Row, Wenham, was arrested, as logged at 1:22 a.m., by state police Trooper Michael Callahan on the ramp from Route 128 to Route 1A north, on charges of drunken driving and marked lane violations. Police say Burns’ vehicle slid off the road and into a Department of Transportation sign.

An accident at Cabot Street on the Wenham Line saw a vehicle go off the road and down an embankment, as logged at 6:42 a.m. The driver was taken to Beverly Hospital with wrist pain. An icy road is blamed for the accident. Police notified the Department of Public Works of the problem. They later reported someone falling on the ice at Wentzell Avenue and a car striking a telephone pole at Cabot and Simon streets. National Grid was called to replace the pole. A car was reported going “into the woods” on Cabot Street at 8:04 a.m.

A broken window on Cabot Street at 12:36 p.m. was logged as “vandalism.”

Wesley Ladd Chandler, 23, 27 West Dane St., Beverly, was arrested, as logged at 1:36 p.m., by officers Mark Panjwani and April Clarizia on a charge of driving without a license. This followed a stop on Cabot Street.



On hearing his downstairs neighbor “yelling at her child, telling him she doesn’t know what to do with him anymore,” a man asked police to check on the situation, according to the log at 1:54 p.m. Police were unable to contact the mother, but the neighbor turned up at the police station asking officers to listen to a recording he’d made of the incident.


Kara M. Murphy, 26, 57 Fox Hill Road, Nahant, was arrested, as logged at 1:48 a.m., on Atlantic Avenue and Chestnut Street on charges including drunken driving (they note a previous conviction for that), driving to endanger, marked lane violations, speeding, a light violation, possessing a class A drug and driving under the influence of drugs (they note a previous conviction of that, too). Participating in the arrest were officers Timothy Morley, Jason Conrad, Brendan Finnegan and Dean Peralta. The report begins with a “taxi driver following a white sedan with front-end damage” and crossing the yellow line. Police made an effort to find the source of the front-end damage. The suspect was later bailed out by her mother.

On Franklin Street, a woman complained at 6:25 p.m. that she’d been robbed weeks before by Elder Services.

Eggs reportedly throw at a shop on Atlantic Avenue drew the attention of police at 8:10 p.m.


Asked to turn down loud music, a woman replied that she has to listen to the neighbor “fight with her boyfriend all the time, so she won’t turn it down.” Police were called at 1:23 a.m., and she did.



The door was “unsecured,” and someone entered the car, which was parked on Briggs Street, and made off with a $700 phone, as logged at 1:50 p.m. The owner alerted the carrier and had the phone “turned off,” according to the log. Later in the day, at 5:19 p.m., another driver reported a more ominous problem after leaving his car on Briggs overnight. “He was driving ... in Saugus when he felt his vehicle driving strangely,” reads the report. “Minutes later, the rear tire fell off of the car. He stated that when he looked, he observed that all of the bolts were missing from the rotor. He believes that someone may have tampered with his vehicle and removed the bolts.” He was uncertain of the extent of the damage. Police report no witnesses or suspects.

It was “an alert citizen” credited with calling police at 3:08 p.m. after he saw someone “attempting to jimmy” a door on Lynde Street. The suspect, however, “lives in the building, and he lost his front door key,” according to the log.

Numerous items were listed as missing after a man reported that someone entered his Subaru overnight on Andrew Street, according to the log at 3:15 p.m. He conceded leaving it unlocked.

More than loud music was the issue after a Mason Street resident reported that problem to police at 3:33 p.m. He complained that after turning up the music, his neighbor left the house. He was advised to call police when he returned.

Five men enjoyed a $95.98 meal at Sakura Buffet on Highland Avenue and then left, one by one. The last man said “he did not have the money, and he was waiting for a friend to bring him the money.” Then he left, too. A store employee got his license plate number. Police traced it to his father, who promised that both he and his son would return to pay the bill the next day. The restaurant was paid on Monday.

Officers stopped the driver of a white car on Bridge Street after getting a report that a man had stopped someone breaking into his car on Pickman Street, poked the would-be robber in the stomach with an umbrella and then chased him down the street before losing sight of the suspect briefly. He then saw a white car driving away. But he could not identify the driver of the white car stopped on Bridge Street, who was delivering pizzas for a local eatery.

Sharp-eyed police detected a break into a plow vehicle at Hutchinson Medical at 10:22 p.m. The lights were on and the front window smashed.

A call regarding a domestic dispute on Palmer Street at 11:54 p.m. led police to seek a warrant for a man on charges of armed robbery, burglary, two counts of attempted murder by strangulation, two counts of domestic assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the floor and wall), and assault with a knife. The same individual was also wanted for an outstanding warrant in Dorchester.


The shoplifter on North Street let the dogs out, as reported at 2:19 a.m., as police and the K-9 Thor followed the suspect as far as an address on Osborn Street. Another theft of cigarettes by “two white males” was reported at 4:27 a.m.

Icy roads resulted in accidents at 7:21 a.m. on Liberty Hill Avenue and at 8:06 a.m. at First Street and Whalers Lane.

A bank on Traders Way called police at 11:33 a.m. over a man who “periodically” comes in to cash a check from a bank customer. But he gives tellers “a hard time and becomes belligerent,” according to the log, when they ask for an ID, as they are required to do. Police raised the possibility of a “no trespass” order.

Police investigated a past domestic assault and battery on Bridge Street, logged at 12:49 p.m.

A man on Columbus Avenue reported to police at 1:42 p.m. that he’d gotten a call from a man who told him he’d won $3.5 million and a 2013 Mercedes Benz and all he needed to do was pay $399 in taxes. To do that, he was advised, go to Walgreens or Wal-Mart and get that amount on a green dot card. “He was also told that someone would come to his home, and he would need to present them with 23 forms of photo IDs.” Realizing this to be a scam, he went to police instead. They will keep the information on file.

Theft from an unlocked vehicle was reported at 4:53 p.m. The incident happened in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Highland Avenue with a wallet and XBox 360 games taken. Police checked with Wal-Mart regarding video evidence of the robbery.



A driver will be summonsed for being uninsured, uninspected and having a revoked registration after a stop on Washington Street at Lynn Street at 2:32 p.m.

A resident on Crane Brook Way reported three damaged tires, thanks to vandalism overnight, as reported at 2:34 p.m.

The report lists “TV and soaps” as missing following a complaint of a burglary on Washington Street, logged at 2:51 p.m. No forced entry seen.

One person was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and two were taken to Salem Hospital after an accident with entrapment on Central Street at Elm Street, as logged at 3:47 p.m.

A juvenile was detained as a shoplifter at JC Penney at Northshore Mall, as reported at 5:35 p.m. The store decided to handle it internally.


Sounded like a leaf blower at 5:41 a.m. in the morning, but police answering the Avalon Drive complaint discovered it was the noise of a sander in the parking lot.

Patrick J. and James M. Dumas, ages 23 and 55 respectively, of 20 St. Ann’s Ave., Peabody, were arrested for domestic assault and battery, according to the log at 8:06 a.m.

A vehicle stopped at Lynn and County streets led to a Lynn man being summonsed for driving without a license, as logged at 11:08 a.m.

A Washington Street resident reported his Panasonic TV, rented from Rent-a-Center, stolen sometime between Friday and Sunday, according to the log at 1:48 p.m.