, Salem, MA

January 1, 2014


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


A woman went to the police station at 2:14 p.m. to report that somebody opened a credit card in her name in Florida.

A large pothole was reported at 2:25 p.m. at Washington and Aborn streets.

Ovel Santiago, 46, of 55 Veterans Memorial Drive, Peabody, was arrested at 3:28 p.m. at Newbury Comics, 201N Andover St., on a charge of shoplifting more than $250 in merchandise and on an outstanding warrant.

A caller reported five girls fighting in Holten Street at 11:04 p.m.


Police went to Oak Grove Cemetery at 12:36 a.m. “Lovers sent on their way,” the police report stated.

Gregory Sheffield, 31, who is listed as homeless, was arrested at 3:46 a.m. on charges of malicious destruction of property valued at more than $250 and failure to register as a sex offender. He was arrested following a report of someone banging on a door on Keys Drive.

Police and an ambulance went to the McDonald’s restaurant on Main Street at 6:11 a.m. on a report that someone had passed out.

A home health aide reported at 9:10 a.m. that her client was on the floor, but she was not able to gain access to a residence on Murdock Drive. A relative was on the way with a key, police reported.

Police responded to a report of a car fire on Harmony Grove Road at 12:13 p.m. The fire was put out with an extinguisher, police said.



Police went to Salem Common at 6:37 p.m. on a report of a man on the ground. They spoke with the man, who said he was meditating and at peace. Upon further check, police discovered the man had an outstanding warrant out of Malden and placed him under arrest.

Sean Ryan, 37, of 2 Pierce Ave., Salem, was arrested at 6:50 p.m. at his residence on a charge of domestic assault and battery.


A motor vehicle hit-and-run was reported at 1:22 a.m. at Leavitt and Naumkeag streets. Minutes later, police stopped a 21-year-old woman on Lafayette Street driving a 1999 Honda with a flat tire and heavy damage. She will be summonsed to court on charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle property-damage accident and driving with a flat tire.

A clerk at a 7-Eleven store on North Street reported at 2:07 a.m. that three shoplifters stole an unknown amount of Marlboro cigarettes. The clerk was pushed before the shoplifters fled in a car, police said.

Police received a complaint at 3:46 a.m. of “loud” Christmas decorations on Buffum Street: A blow-up statue of Frosty the Snowman was singing “Jingle Bells.” The problem was solved, police said, when Frosty was unplugged.

A woman reported at 5:27 a.m. that she came out of her house to find the tires slashed on her car, which was parked near the corner of Loring and Oakview avenues. The woman said she believes it was done by her ex-husband, with whom she is in a custody dispute. There were no witnesses.

Police went to Rockdale Avenue at 11:41 a.m. on a report of a suspicious male in a black ski mask. When they arrived, they found a man who said he was getting sand from a city barrel to prepare for the approaching snow.

A North Street man called police at 11:44 a.m. to report receiving a call from someone who said he had to hand over $2,000 for the release of his brother, who was being held against his will following a car accident. The man said he called his brother, and his brother was fine. The man said he wanted the report on record at the Police Department.

A woman on March Street called police at 12:15 p.m. to report that a mattress and box spring she kept in the basement were put out in the rain by someone and had been ruined. There are no suspects, police said.

The Fire Department went to 128 Boston St. at 6:48 p.m. for a stove fire. A female resident was transported to Salem Hospital with burns. A man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.



A homeowner on Woodland Avenue contacted police at 1:20 a.m. to report the downspouts were missing on his building.

Police received a report at 8:49 a.m. of an elderly male walking in the street in his pajamas near Laurel Street and Budleigh Avenue. No one fitting that description was found.

A woman was walking her dog in a parking lot at 3:32 p.m. when it ran into Tozer Road and was struck by a car. The dog was transported to an animal hospital on Highland Avenue in Salem.



Money was reported missing at 8:07 p.m. at a nursing home on Locust Street. A later report was made of cash and earrings missing.

Gregory Benjamin, 45, of 96 Newbury St., Danvers, was arrested at 9:04 p.m. at his residence on charges of domestic assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and intimidation of a witness.


A 22-year-old Dracut woman was placed in protective custody at 12:16 a.m. after police received a report of a female refusing to leave a residence on Pine Hill Road.

Police received a report at 4:12 a.m. that someone was disturbing the peace on Elliott Street by yelling: “Everyone get up!”

Cash was reported stolen at 1:45 p.m. from a car on Grace Road.



A Gregory Street resident contacted police at 1:17 p.m. to report receiving annoying phone calls from Jamaica.