, Salem, MA

March 29, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police helped a man on Farrell Court after he reported at 9:48 a.m. that his “car keys fell between the seats and he needs assistance retrieving them.”

A Pleasant Street woman reported at 12:12 p.m. that her neighbor had thrown trash in front of her house and had assaulted her with a cardboard box. Police later determined it was a verbal dispute with “no assault of any type.”

Police received a 4:05 p.m. report that a “strange” man in a bright orange jacket was walking a little dog in people’s yards on Willow Road. An officer was unable to locate him.


A Glendale Road woman reported at 6:30 a.m. that the back window of her vehicle had been smashed overnight, but nothing had been stolen.



A man reported that his daughter had been chased by a black Labrador in the Central Street area, according to a 4:09 p.m. log item. She was not injured, and police were unable to locate the animal.

Police and the Fire Department responded to a 4:44 p.m. report of a brush fire on Troy Street.

A woman stole $1,000 in items from Sephora at the Northshore Mall, according to a 5 p.m. report.

Police and the Fire Department responded to a 5:15 p.m. report that there were four tires on fire in the roadway on Winter Street, but nothing suspicious was found upon their arrival.

Items worth $600 were stolen from Victoria’s Secret at the Northshore Mall, according to a 5:19 p.m. report.

A man reported that he had dropped his prescription for Klonopin down a sewer in front of Walgreens at 35 Main St. at 5:53 p.m.

Police received a 9:42 p.m. report that a Putnam Street woman “is hearing noises outside of her house and feels that someone is outside.” Police checked the area but found nothing suspicious.


A taxi driver reported at 3:24 a.m. that a dog had been locked inside a vehicle in the Central Street municipal parking lot for eight hours. “Officer reports the dog does not appear to be in distress at this time,” police wrote. “Multiple attempts were made to contact the registered owner of the vehicle but were unsuccessful.”

A caller reported at 9:05 a.m. that 10 to 12 vehicles had been vandalized with spray paint at Automall at 218 Andover St.

Police received an 11:21 a.m. report that a woman holding flowers was hitchhiking in the middle of the roadway at Route 128 north and Lowell Street, but they were unable to locate her.

A juvenile on Lewis Circle was transported to North Shore Children’s Hospital after her mother reported that she had overdosed on Klonopin at 1:47 p.m.



Several vehicles on Charlotte Road were broken into, according to an 8:22 a.m. report.

Police received a 2:58 p.m. report of “someone screaming for help” and a gunshot at 72 Mudge St. Police declined to provide additional information.



Police received a 4:05 p.m. report of two men with rifles on Cross Lane but were unable to locate anything suspicious during a search of the area.

A house at 16 Pine Road was burglarized, according to a 6:24 p.m. report.

Police responded to a 10:19 p.m. report of an out-of-control son at 12 Giddings Ave. “Son calmed down,” police wrote. “Advised to obey rules of the house.”



Police received a 5:04 p.m. report of a possibly rabid skunk at 22 Webb St. An officer wrote later: “Skunk was injured, put down using two shots from my service pistol.”

Virtudes Bautista, 75, of Salem was transported to Salem Hospital with undisclosed injuries after she was struck by a Volkswagen Jetta operated by Margaret Brown, 22, of Salem, near Salem and Palmer streets, according to a 6:14 p.m. report. Police said that Bautista was not using a crosswalk at the time. No citations were issued.

Police responded to an 8:49 p.m. report of a loud group of people in the Broad Street Cemetery and found six 40-ounce bottles of Natural Ice beer — one empty, two half-full and three full — but no people. “The beer was taken and dumped,” police wrote.


A man on Lafayette Street reported at 1:44 p.m. that he’d been “made aware” that a man from Oklahoma was possibly looking for him after the owner of a store next to his apartment told him that three large men had been in the store asking about him. The man told police that he was involved in an “ongoing online dispute.” Police wrote: “The parties involved are reported to be members of or past members of rival satanic organizations.” An officer advised him to call police if there was any further suspicious activity.

Police on patrol in the area of 211 Washington St. at 2:56 p.m. arrested a man on two warrants, and during the booking process, he was found to be in possession of a Class A substance, according to the log. Michael Pizzo, 26, of 148 Washington St., Topsfield, was arrested on a charge of illegal possession of a Class A substance.



Police fielded a 9:49 p.m. report of a dispute between a manager and an employee at the Liberty Tree Mall.

A 10:34 p.m. report of a disturbance at 8 Lebel Road resulted in the arrest of Tri Duong, 25, of the same address, on charges of domestic assault and battery and malicious or wanton damage or defacement.

Police responded to a 10:44 p.m. report of a domestic assault at 26 Burroughs St. and arrested Ansony Avila, 33, of the same address, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.