, Salem, MA

January 4, 2014


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police were unable to locate a tractor-trailer that was reported to have almost taken wires down on Highland Terrace at 1:15 p.m.

A vehicle had struck a pole at Pleasant and Gerry streets, according to a 3:10 p.m. log item. “Driver denying medical attention,” police wrote later.

A Hawkes Street man reported at 6:07 p.m. that he felt threatened by his neighbor and that the other man had told him “he was coming after him.”

Police received an 11:14 p.m. report of a disturbance at a Stonybrook Road address. “Sounded like music,” police wrote. Officers were unable to locate it.


Police received a 6:36 a.m. 911 hang-up call from a woman at a Cheever Avenue address. Police wrote later: “She and her daughter are home alone, and she went out to shovel, and her daughter wanted to make sure she knew how to reach out for help if there was an emergency.”



A man reported at 5:10 p.m. that a manhole cover was missing on Burrill Street and that “his truck fell into the hole causing damage.”

Police received a 10:24 p.m. report that a vehicle with no headlights had spun out a few times in the area of 44 Nichols St. “Delivery driver looking for a location,” police wrote later.



Police received a 2:20 p.m. report of a dispute over “where snow plow driver is putting snow” on Sabino Farm Road. Police wrote later: “Peace restored.”

Somebody had cut the lock at the gate of the substation on Bartholomew Street and stolen copper equipment, according to a 4:38 p.m. report. “It is unknown at this time what was taken or damaged because of the amount of snow on the ground,” police wrote.

A 13-year-old was transported to North Shore Children’s Hospital after a 5:04 p.m. report of a domestic disturbance at a Swampscott Avenue address.

A 5:13 p.m. report that an employee of Shaw’s Supermarket at the Northshore Mall had stolen cash resulted in the arrest of Christine Knowles, 20, of 2 Coleman St., Peabody, on a charge of larceny over $250. She was also wanted on a warrant, according to the log.

Police were unable to locate anything suspicious after either a 7:29 p.m. report of gunshots on Sylvia Road or a 7:35 p.m. report of “10 gunshots in a row” near 16 Coleman St.

Police received an 8:21 p.m. 911 call from a male at an Eileen Road residence who said it was a “false alarm” and that he didn’t need assistance. “After using simple yes or no questions, it was described as a verbal argument between father and son,” wrote police. “The mother ... then got on the phone and stated that it was a verbal argument over the kids not shoveling while the parents were working.”


Police transported an impaired female to her mother’s residence on Wilson Terrace after her mother kicked her out of a vehicle for using “abusive language,” according to a 12:45 a.m. log item.

Police notified the DPW after a 4:16 a.m. report that a manhole near 18 Goldthwaite Place was missing its cover.

A Balgreen Drive woman reported at 9:18 a.m. that she had “absolutely no water in her residence,” even though she did earlier. Police wrote later: “The officer stated that the resident has an outside water tank and that may be the reason why she has no water.”

Police were unable to locate an accident involving an oil truck at Ridgefield Avenue and Lowell Street about noontime, according to a log item.



A 6:02 p.m. report of a custody dispute led to the arrest of Joseph William Duffy, 46, of 68 School St., Salem, on a charge of violating a protective ordinance.

A Rainbow Terrace woman reported at 6:36 p.m. that a man who lived in her complex “is always passing by her when she is on her way in or way out of her apartment.” She said the man never said anything other than “Hi” but that she felt it was “odd” that he “is always there when she passes by.”

An 11 p.m. complaint about loud music brought police to 12 Palmer St., where they determined a resident was playing music on his cellphone. An officer noted that the music “was not very loud” but advised him all the same about the complaint. “He stated he would turn off the music,” police wrote.


Police were unable to locate a black car that was reported to have been idling for ten minutes at 44 Pingree St. at 8:02 a.m.

A North Street woman reported at 10:08 a.m. that she had seen a woman scratch her vehicle with a candle holder. Subsequently arrested in Peabody was Lindsey Lee Brown, 28, of 48 Abington Ave., Peabody, on a charge of malicious destruction of property over $250.

Police were unable to locate a plowing contractor who was reported to be pushing snow onto sidewalks near 12 Prince St. at 12:18 p.m.

A man reported at 2:56 p.m. that his girlfriend had tried to hit him while he was in a truck at North and School streets. Police were planning to seek a warrant for the woman with charges of malicious destruction of property over $250, operating negligently so as to endanger and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.



A 9 p.m. report that one roommate had attacked another at a Cabot Street address resulted in the arrest of Rebecca Marion Anderson, 29, of 50 Apple Road, Beverly, on charges of destruction of property and assault and battery on a person older than 60 or disabled.


Police received a 3:12 p.m. report that somebody had stolen $350 in groceries from the Stop & Shop on Elliott Street.



Police received a 5:57 p.m. report that a window of a vehicle at 20 Archmeadow Drive had been smashed.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Andover Street at 7:44 p.m. and subsequently arrested Rony Ventura, 23, of 150 Hamilton Ave., Lynn, on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a stop sign violation.


Police received a 7:32 p.m. report of a disabled vehicle at Maple and Spring streets. An officer determined it had a flat tire and that AAA had already responded.


The Fire Department extinguished a fire in a detached garage on Purchase Street about 9 a.m. There were no injuries, and the fire did not extend to any other structure. A firefighter said the blaze’s cause was still under investigation.