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November 18, 2013




John Mekelatos, 18, of 29 Belmont St., Beverly, was arrested and charged with assault and battery.


Renee Howard, 49, of 20 Highland Ave., Beverly, was arrested and charged with assault and battery.

At 10:41 p.m., police responded to 310 Hale St. to disperse a large crowd of students. Police called for backup because the crowd was estimated at more than 100 people. Five people were issued court summons for disturbing the peace.



At 7:06 p.m., police received a call about an erratic driver on Hawthorne Boulevard. Thomas Frithsen, 65, of 28 Madison Square, Gloucester, was arrested and charged with drunken driving and negligent driving to endanger.

Police responded to 227 Highland Ave. at 8:02 p.m. for a report of a man going through a woman’s purse. Christopher Manzi, 41, of 45 Center St., Lynn, was initially arrested and charged on two outstanding warrants for larceny. When Manzi was searched at the police station, police said they found Manzi had a container of pills. He was also charged with illegal possession of class E and class C substances.



At 2:42 p.m., a Granite Road caller reported a raccoon was up a tree with a mayonnaise jar stuck on its head. The animal control officer responded and freed the raccoon, police said.

Police responded to JC Penney, 210 Andover St., at 3:26 p.m. Neema Mweze, 18, of 128 Shore Drive, Peabody, was arrested and charged with larceny over $250.


At 2:30 p.m., police responded to JC Penney, 210 Andover St. Lisa Abkarian, 28, of 315 Albion St., Apt. 2, Wakefield, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise.

Emergency crews responded to Columbus Road at 3:17 p.m., where a man had fallen 8 to 10 feet off a ladder. He was transported to the hospital.

James Pempsell, 28, of 132 Main St., Saugus, was arrested and charged with a marked lanes violation and driving with a suspended license during a 3:48 p.m. vehicle stop.

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