, Salem, MA

April 11, 2014


The Salem News

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A woman told police at 4 p.m. that a woman, 40 to 50 years old, in a silver motor vehicle took her Yorkshire terrier, Bentley, after it got loose in the vicinity of Lee and Orne streets and drove off. Police advised the owner to contact local animal shelters. At 8:15 p.m., police spoke with the owner, who discovered on social media that one of her neighbors had picked up Bentley, and the dog was returned without incident.

A resident reported at 4:38 p.m. that his Eastern Bank debit card was missing, and someone used it at a CVS Pharmacy in Lynn and at a Global gas station, also in Lynn, with total charges of $150.

While investigating an unrelated accident involving a car and a bicyclist, a vehicle whose occupants had been witness to the first accident was struck in the rear driver’s side bumper and quarter panel at 4:48 p.m. The operator of the vehicle that collided with it was cited for driving while using a cellphone and failure to yield to a motor vehicle on the right. No injuries were reported.

Police responded to a road-rage incident at 109 Bridge St. at 4:49 p.m. A cyclist said a silver Mazda passed close to him, and the driver said he was going to punch the rider in the face and flatten his tires.

A car was reportedly keyed while parked outside Planet Fitness, 19 Traders Way, at 5:30 p.m.

A customer of IHOP, 2 Traders Way, reported at 7:56 p.m. that when she went back to retrieve a pocketbook she left in the restaurant, she discovered that someone had stolen $40 from it.


Police took a report of a phone scam at 7:22 a.m. from a resident who came into the station. The resident said he received a report from an unknown collections agency stating they represented National Grid.

A resident of 24 Norman St. told police at 11:13 a.m. that on Wednesday at 3 p.m. she was doing her laundry in the building’s facility, and when she returned at 4:30 p.m., she noticed a pair of Levis jeans, valued at $85, a pair of Victoria’s Secret sweatpants, valued at $50, and a red sweatshirt, valued at $25, were missing from the wash.

A woman reported at 11:49 a.m. that she had been followed from a Washington Street restaurant the night before by a middle-aged man wearing jeans who left the restaurant around 10:45 p.m., the same time she did. The man followed her to her car, which she got into and locked. The man approached the passenger side door and attempted to open it, she said. The woman drove away. She said she had never seen the man before, and he appeared intoxicated.

A laptop, lock box and Apple iPad were reportedly taken from an apartment at 28 Tremont St. at 12:37 p.m.



At 1:51 a.m., a caller reported a possible break-in in progress at 202 Rantoul St. Police conducted a search of the area and spoke with the staff of Spotlight Tavern who did not notice anything suspicious.

Past vandalism to a vehicle was reported at 738 Hale St. at 2:22 a.m.

American Alarm reported that on their surveillance system they could see someone walking around the lot of the Auto Body Clinic with a flashlight at 5:11 a.m. Police did not find anyone in the area, and the business appeared secure.

Burned food tripped a fire alarm in an apartment at 327 Rantoul St. at 7:06 a.m.

Police responded to a report of two teens threatening each other at 9:06 a.m. at 502 Cabot St., the Memorial Building, the location of Northshore Recovery High. James M. Merrill, 19, of 40 Main St., North Reading, was arrested and charged with a city knife ordinance violation.

A fire hydrant was reportedly struck by a car at 110 Park St. at 9:42 a.m. A 2004 Chevrolet Silverado suffered damage to the right rear quarter-panel as it turned out of the yard for Boston Fence. The hydrant was not damaged.

Police found that someone had backed into cruiser 912 while backing out of a parking space at the lot at the police station and City Hall, 191 Cabot St. The unknown car then left.

A bicycle was reported stolen from 1303 Broughton Drive at 7:06 p.m.


Needles on the sidewalk were reported at Jordan Street and Snell Road at 9:29 a.m. Police disposed of three hypodermic needles.

Police watched surveillance video of young people loitering in the parking lot at the rear of 150 Sam Fonzo Drive at 10:33 a.m. The video showed cars coming and going between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., and it appeared the young people were drinking in the lot. Police plan to conduct extra overnight checks of the area.

Police took a report of a hypodermic needle on the ground on Balch Street at 12:51 p.m.

A hypodermic needle was found in the vicinity of 211 Rantoul St. at 2:42 p.m.

A delivery truck struck a sign in the Meineke Car Care Center parking lot, 119 Rantoul St., at 3:29 p.m. Owners exchanged paperwork.



Police took a report of counterfeit money being passed at the Corner Grocery Store, 1 Hobart St., at 5:57 p.m.

Bryanna Ambrose, 27, of 191 Pleasant St., Marblehead, was arrested at Wal-Mart, 55 Brooksby Village Drive, at 6:38 p.m., and charged with shoplifting, second offense.

A motor vehicle break was reported at 6:38 p.m. at 5 Donegal Circle.

Two diamond rings were reported lost at Liberty Tree Mall, 100 Independence Way, at 6:49 p.m.

A road-rage incident was reported at Concord Gas Station, 112 Water St. at 8:31 p.m.


A manhole cover was reported missing on East Coast Road at 8:52 p.m.

Police took a report of drug charges at Essex Agricultural and Technical High at 562 Maple St.

Gold rings were reported stolen from the St. John’s Prep Brother Barn, 50 Spring St., at 11:51 a.m.



Police responded to a call from the property manager at the Tannery Gardens, 111 Foster St., at 8:56 p.m. that a third-floor resident was running extension chords down the hallway. Police investigated and found there was a contractor doing work on the unit.

Police took a report of multiple large explosions in the area of 9 Ralph Road on top of the hill at 9:10 p.m. Police were unable to locate the source of the noise.


John R. Evans, 33, of 107 Prospect St., Apt. 2, Gloucester, was arrested after a report of a road-rage incident at 9:34 a.m. at Northshore Mall, 210N Andover St. He was charged with drunken driving, second offense, assault and battery on a police officer, and failing to wear a seat belt.



The Fire Department responded to a small, out-of-control brush fire at 122 Willow Road, in the vicinity of the Boxford/Georgetown line that burned about a half-acre, fire Chief Kerry Stickney and police said. The fire was reported about 1 p.m. when a homeowner burning brush had the wind pick up, and he called 911 for help. “It didn’t take that much to knock it down,” Stickney said. Engine 1 and Engine 6 responded and used 500 gallons to douse the brush fire. “The wind picked up, and it got out of hand,” Stickney said.



The Fire Department responded to a report of a brush fire in the front yard at 1067 Bay Road at 4:05 p.m., according to a scanner report. The fire was in the front yard, not near the home.



Police were called to a Village St. residence at 2:31 p.m. to recover weapons found in a safe.

A caller reported at 4:12 p.m. of losing her wallet on Gerry Street.

A caller reported at 5:13 p.m. his daughter’s iPhone was taken from her locker. The parties were told to follow up with the school.

Someone turned in a pocketbook found near the high school at 8:45 p.m. The owner’s mother came by to pick up the purse.



Police received a report that a hypodermic needle was found on the ground on the traffic island opposite 3 Hampden St. at 8:28 a.m.

A woman reported finding cash in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy, 413 Paradise Road, at 10:47 a.m. She wished to turn it in to police, who planned to meet her at the store.