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March 22, 2012




A woman on Beaver Street showed police harassing text messages from a number "listed to a party known only as Andrew," according to the log at 5:57 p.m. The woman was told she could seek a protective order from the court.

The ex-boyfriend violated a restraining order by calling her, a woman told police at 8:30 p.m. He was brought in and demonstrated that the numbers he called were not hers. She "will be summonsed into court for filing a false report to a police officer," according to the log.


This counts as a good excuse, particularly in Salem. A man drew suspicion when he was seen under a porch on Summit Avenue at 12:17 a.m. and then walked into another yard. Confronted by police, he said, "He had just arrived from work and was chasing his black cat," according to the log. Police note that moments before, a black cat had run past. The man "was advised not to go into other people's yards this late at night."

Smoke on First Street at 3:11 a.m. was traced to a calzone box left in the oven.

Spotted rummaging through a car at 5:06 a.m., two youths ran when challenged by the owner. The owner told police he had an idea who they were, but he wouldn't tell.

Gary D. Woodbury, 56, of 29 Hancock St., Salem, was arrested at 6 a.m. at his address by Patrolmen Jonathan Bedard and David Tucker on two counts of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — a shoe.

It was a tough night for Wranglers. A Jeep Wrangler was broken into and the stereo faceplate stolen on Belleview Avenue, according to a 9:18 a.m. log entry, and another Wrangler was busted into on Harbor Street and an FM transmitter taken, the theft logged at 9:56 a.m. A nearby van — not a Wrangler — was also spotted by police with smashed windows. A third Jeep Wrangler was robbed on Mount Vernon Street, its soft cover slashed, the radio taken, and a toolbox and binoculars stolen, according to the log at 11:36 a.m. Yet another Wrangler left unlocked on Collins Street had four speakers taken from it, the theft reported at 2:34 p.m.

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