, Salem, MA

March 19, 2014


The Salem News

---- — Swampscott


A Cherry Street resident contacted police at 7:40 a.m. to report a child who was refusing to go to school.

A Hemenway Road resident reported a stolen necklace at 12:16 p.m.



A caller reported several hay bales on fire at 4:11 p.m. in a vacant lot on Wallis Street. The Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire.

A tenant in a Washington Street apartment building was told to keep his pit bull out of the hallway and in his apartment.

At 6:12 p.m., a caller reported a small silver van turned from First Avenue onto the railroad tracks. The driver of the vehicle, a 54-year-old man, said he was taking photographs for a class. Police told him to move his car off the tracks.

Damien Willette, 29, of 13 Gallant Road, Peabody, was arrested on Lynnfield Street at 8:34 p.m. on a temporary warrant on two charges of domestic assault and battery and one count of threats.

Melvin Perez, 21, of Lynn was arrested at 10:13 p.m. on Lake Street at Scribner Road on charges of driving a motor vehicle without a license and speeding.


A 98-year-old resident of Fulton Street was taken to Salem Hospital at 8:34 a.m. after police received a report she had fallen and was unconscious.

Michael Seward, 48, of 266 Newbury St., was arrested at 10:30 a.m. on a charge of drunken driving following an accident on Tremont Street. Police received a report of a white van hitting a pole. He also faces motor vehicle charges from an outstanding warrant.

A police cruiser was damaged at 10:34 a.m. when it was hit by a car backing out of the Hannaford parking lot on Lowell Street.



An Essex Street woman reported at 8:19 a.m. that two black cement urns valued at $200 each were stolen from her back porch.

A resident of Hillside Avenue reported a car drove on his lawn and damaged it around 11 p.m. on March 13.

Police arrested two men driving scooters down Lafayette Street at 5:15 p.m. Anthony Gubitosi, 37, of 18 Henry Ave., Lynn, was charged with operating a motor vehicle after a third license suspension, failure to signal and operating an unregistered vehicle. Edgar Rodriguez, 46, who is homeless, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

A man told police he was assaulted at Norman and Crombie streets at 6:30 p.m. after asking three men for a dollar. The alleged attackers also walked off with his backpack containing clothing, the man told police.


James Irving, 43, 112 Federal St., Lynn, was arrested at 8:08 a.m. on Bridge Street on a charge of driving with a suspended license.



Martin Capici, 39, of 2 Brier Road, Windham, N.H., will be summonsed to court on a charge of malicious damage to property following a 6:50 a.m. altercation between two men on the train platform on Park Street.



An unwanted patron was taken into protective custody at 7:23 p.m. at Chili’s Grill & Bar, 10 Newbury St.

Warrants were served on Salem and Lynn men at Motel 6, 65 Newbury St.

Avery Barry, 42, of 45 Granite St., Gloucester, was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license, a rejected inspector sticker, a suspended or revoked registration and failure to wear a seat belt. He was stopped at 3:24 p.m. on Water Street.



Police and firefighters went to Spofford Pond Elementary School at 10:45 a.m. to join teachers and staff in a search in woods behind the school for a young boy who had left the building without approval. The boy was found uninjured shortly before noon and returned to his mother who had been called to the school.