, Salem, MA

June 14, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Somebody found a spent .45 round at the rear service entrance of a Lime Street property, according to a 7:51 a.m. report.

Police received an 8:05 a.m. report that a child had been hit in a crosswalk on Turner Road, but an officer determined she had actually run into a parked car. She was uninjured.

A work crew in the area of Beacon Street and Crowninshield Road was making the roadway too narrow, according to a 10:42 p.m. report. Police determined it was the highway department. “They can’t afford a detail and will not be hiring one,” wrote an officer.

A Green Street woman reported at 12:03 p.m. that somebody had slashed her BMW convertible’s roof. Police determined there was a two-inch gash over the driver’s area, but that it didn’t appear to be vandalism and nothing was missing from inside the vehicle.

An MBTA bus struck a pole at Elm and Curtis streets at 1:45 p.m. No injuries were reported, and the bus was towed.

Police received a 1:47 p.m. report of a dispute between a woman and her neighbor “where her dog went on the porch and the neighbor shoved the dog.” Police wrote later: “No answer at the house or on the phone. Caller had said she was going to take a walk to cool off.”

Police received a 5:45 p.m. report that somebody in a nearby apartment building was yelling things at a softball team behind the school on Pleasant Street. Police spoke to a man at 11 Prince St. and subsequently wrote: “Spoke to the homeowner and he was advised not to yell profanity out the windows at the girls.”

An 84-year-old Stonybrook Road woman was hospitalized after an 8:56 p.m. report that she had fallen in the kitchen and struck her head.


A Jersey Street man reported at 2:45 a.m. that he “had some type of oxygen-eating gas in the house and he did not know where it was from.” The man declined further help, saying he only “wanted it in the logs.”



Police received a 2:41 p.m. report that somebody was trying to cross Route 128 on foot, but an officer was unable to locate anybody doing so.

A Hourihan Street woman reported at 3:11 p.m. that her daughter’s $200 iPod had been stolen by her friend.

Police contacted the DPW after a 3:57 p.m. report that there was a television in the roadway near 48 Holten St.

A Bowen Road female went into the station at 5:42 p.m. to report that she had received annoying text messages. “Officer spoke with female party sending annoying text messages who stated she would refrain from calling or sending future messages,” police wrote.

A woman reported at 7:35 p.m. that teenagers were smoking marijuana in Pierpont Park. An officer was unable to locate them.

Police received an 8:12 p.m. report from a man who said “little kids” threw something at his apartment and “at him and ran off and hid behind fence.” Police were unable to locate them.

A Washington Street woman reported a “strong smell of propane in the area” at 8:44 p.m. An officer determined it was coming from a gas grill at the rear of her residence.


Police received a 2:50 a.m. report that a vehicle had struck a sign at the Gaetas station on Newbury Street. “There was no damage to report,” wrote police. “The ... operator pulled onto the property, got out and urinated, then left the area without further incident.”

A woman reported at 7:06 a.m. that she had nearly struck a tow truck that was parked in front of her house on Tracey Street “and it is now making it hard for a school bus to pass.” An officer determined there was enough room for two cars to pass by. “Area car/officers will continue to monitor area to ensure no overnight commercial vehicle parking violations occur,” wrote police.



Police responded to a 4:59 p.m. report of a suspicious gray Volvo at 15 Ives St. “He was parked to view the ocean,” wrote police. “Nothing suspicious.”

A 5:05 p.m. report that a file cabinet was blocking the sidewalk brought an officer to 417 Essex St. “Officer moved cabinet to the side,” wrote police.


A 2:54 p.m. report that neighbors were screaming at each other brought police to 38 Dearborn Avenue. “Dispute over parking too close to one another,” wrote police. “Both vehicles are parked clearly within their assigned spaces but one neighbor thinks it’s too close to her space.”



A Phillips Avenue resident reported being threatened by a neighbor’s contractor at 9:41 a.m.

A 6:51 p.m. report of a disturbance at 7 Essex Ave. resulted in the arrest of John Tripp, 40, of the same address, on charges of domestic assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.

Police received a 9:48 p.m. report that a loud basketball game on Currier Court was “bothering abutters.”



A 4:01 p.m. report of shoplifting at the Market Basket on Highland Avenue resulted in the arrest of Raymond Wright, 55, of 21 Rogers Ave., Lynn, on a charge of shoplifting.

Police responded to Porter Street after a 4:13 p.m. report that people were arguing and arrested Joseph P. Hawe, 17, of 18 Porter St., Salem, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.

A 4:56 p.m. report that there was a “large amount of flies” on a window of a vacant building brought police to 93 Bridge St. “No excessive odors apparent at any of the boarded-up entryways,” wrote police.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Lafayette Street at 6:48 p.m. and subsequently arrested Steven Swain, 50, of 4 Druid Ave., Peabody, on charges of operating with a suspended license and having an expired inspection sticker.

A man reported at 7:42 p.m. that “some people had made bad comments about his dog” while he was walking the animal by a park on Lafayette Street. The man “did not know names of the people or what they said,” according to the log. Police wrote: “He was advised that if there were further problems with the people at the park to contact the police.”


A 12:12 p.m. report of an accident involving a bicycle brought police to 29 New Derby St. An officer later determined both the bicycle and the car had been trying to enter the same driveway. The bicyclist sustained “multiple scratches and scrapes to his arms, legs and hands” but refused medical transport. Subsequently arrested was Patricia Bongiorno, 57, of 35 High Popples Road, Gloucester, on charges of operating with a suspended license and failure to use care in backing.

Police received a 1:01 p.m. report that a male had entered a store at 426 Essex St. and was “acting suspicious in the fragrance aisle.” Police were unable to locate him but determined nothing had been stolen.



Police received a 2:42 p.m. report of a domestic assault between a woman and her stepdaughter at 8 Warren St.

Somebody tried to break into a vehicle at 100 Independence Way, according to a 3:43 p.m. report.