SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 21, 2013

Police/fire


The Salem News

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Wednesday

A large maroon Coach bag was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Humphrey Street, according to a 7:49 a.m. report.

A West Shore Drive man reported at 3:23 p.m. that he had received a scam phone call announcing he had won $2.5 million. “All he has to do is get $850 and send that ... before the millions can be released,” wrote police. An officer determined that the money was supposed to be sent to a Denise McIntyre, at 25 Washington St., East Bridgewater. “Caller said that Denise is supposed to call him later. He will try and get a phone number for her.”

The driver-side window of a vehicle on Goldthwait Road was smashed overnight, according to a 3:46 p.m. report, but nothing was apparently stolen from inside.

Police received a 911 hang-up call from Devereux Street at 3:50 p.m., according to the log. Police wrote later: “One of the young boys playing with the phone ... no emergency.”

An bicyclist was hospitalized after he or she hit a curb near Seaview and Atlantic Avenues at about 9:22 p.m. and sustained a femur or hip fracture, according to the log.

Thursday

A Jersey Street man reported at 6:45 a.m. that he had “some type of oxygen-eating gas in his house and he did not know where it was from.” The man declined help from emergency personnel, saying only “he wanted it in the logs.”

A 9-year-old on Brackett Place was hospitalized after a 6:59 a.m. report that he or she was having difficulty breathing.

Swampscott

Wednesday

Police were unable to locate an injured black dog that was reported to be wandering in traffic at 1 Preston Beach at 6:24 a.m.

A vehicle at 9 Huron St. was broken into overnight, according to an 8:35 a.m. report.

Salem

Wednesday

Police were unable to locate a child who was reported to be alone in a vehicle at 135 Boston St. at 4:19 p.m.

A man reported at 4:38 p.m. that after leaving the Home Depot on Traders Way, he noticed that one of his sails had fallen off his truck. He said he retraced his path but was unable to locate it; he was then contacted by somebody from Doyle Sailmakers on Swampscott Road who said they’d been contacted by a man who said “he located the sail and wanted to return it.” However, when an employee arranged to meet this man, he said “he would have to pay him for the sail.” When the man was offered $20, he replied that it was “an insult” and wouldn’t return it. Police are investigating.

A 5:36 p.m. report that a man was “playing with a large knife” brought police to 29 Hancock St., where they arrested Gregory Hardin, 50, of the same address, on a charge of violating the city’s knife ordinance.

A 5:38 p.m. report of a possible structure fire brought police and the Fire Department to 3 Puritan Road, where they determined a man was burning wood in his backyard fire pit. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.

A North Street woman reported at 7:24 p.m. that her diamond ring and wedding band had gone missing from a hat box on her bedroom floor.

Police responded to a 10:11 p.m. report that a homeless person was drinking in the bushes at New Derby Street and Klop Alley. An officer wrote: “I asked him if he had anything to drink today, and he did say he had one. I noticed that there was a glass bottle of vodka in his pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. I asked him to take it out and it was 3/4 empty. I asked him if he had any more, and he pulled out another full bottle of Rubles vodka.” Subsequently arrested was John Lapointe, 54, homeless, on a charge of drinking in public.

Thursday

Police responded to a 2:46 a.m. report of a disturbance at 28 Osgood St. and determined a man had awakened to find another man in his bedroom. “When he verbally challenged this person, he fled down the stairs and out the front door,” wrote police. The resident gave chase, but the other man jumped over a back fence and fled. Police were unable to locate him.

An 8:52 a.m. report that a man was trying to kick in a door brought police to 27 Garden Terrace. Subsequently arrested was Wellington Pinales-Garcia, 25, of 46 Walnut St., Peabody, on charges of illegal possession of a class A substance and possession with intent to distribute in a school zone.

Police received a 9:24 a.m. report that kids were “displaying physical emotion” on a lawn at 3 Cauldron Court. Police wrote: “Upon arrival ... two individuals were sitting on the lawn not engaged in any suspicious activity.” They were subsequently returned to Salem High School “as they were supposed to be in school today,” according to the log.

A Loring Avenue man reported at 2:16 p.m. that somebody had entered his front porch overnight and stolen three flags, including an American flag, a colonial flag and a Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag. “No damage was done to the porch and no forced entry was made,” wrote police.

Police responded to a 4:11 p.m. report of an assault in a store on Klop Alley, where an employee said they’d asked a man to stop videotaping inside the business and that he had refused. The man alleged that the employee had pushed him, which the employee denied. There were no arrests or injuries reported.

Danvers

Thursday

Police were unable to locate two suspicious boys with duffel bags who were reported to be in the area of Dayton Street and Moulton Terrace at 10:07 a.m.

Peabody

Wednesday

Police contacted the DPW after a 4:22 p.m. report that a water main had broken in the vicinity of 433 Lowell St. and water was “shooting straight up from the street.”

A 7:41 p.m. report of a shoplifter at the J.C. Penney at the Northshore Mall resulted in the arrest of Gifty Samuels, 51, of 316 Essex St., Apt. A, Lynn, on a charge of shoplifting over $100.

A woman reported at 8:21 p.m. that she had seen a youth on Sheldon Road pick a dog up by the scruff of its neck, shake it violently, punch it in the face and then throw it in a house. “She approached youth and asked for his mother, who did not seem to care that the dog was just abused,” wrote police. An officer later spoke with the youth and his mother and advised them not to discipline the dog that way again.

Police received a 10:24 p.m. report that a skinny white man who was drinking a beer had chased employees into the front of the Peabody Glen nursing home at 199 Andover St. Police were unable to locate him.

Thursday

A Peterson Road woman reported that two foxes were on her property at 8:10 a.m.

A woman was advised not to return to Pat’s Discount at 77 Main St. after a 10:39 a.m. report that somebody wanted to speak to an officer “regarding her baby’s father’s mother causing a problem.”

An Azalea Lane man reported a scam phone call at 11:16 a.m. “The resident stated that he received a call from out of state asking for a large amount of money for somebody’s bail,” wrote police.

Traffic was backed up for hours on Route 128 southbound after a dump truck with a compressor spun out in Lynnfield, a state trooper said. Police first received a report of the incident at about 4 p.m.

Beverly

Wednesday

A 6:35 p.m. report that two women were fighting brought police to 33 Story Ave., where they determined the dispute had begun when a 4-year-old boy knocked over his neighbor’s plant.

Thursday

A man called 911 at 12:30 a.m. and told state police “he did not have an emergency but wanted to stay on the line with them until he did,” according to the log. Police wrote that he “sounded intoxicated.” They were unable to locate him.

Police received a 12:47 a.m. report that kids were playing soccer on Ashland Street. “Calling party called back prior to officer arriving and advised that kids went inside,” police wrote.

A 12:17 p.m. report that a baby was locked in a car brought police to 28 MacArthur Road. An officer wrote later: “Baby got out, all in order.”

Police conducted a traffic stop at 122 Hale St. at 2:08 p.m. and arrested Liam MacKenzie, 23, of 322 Rantoul St., Beverly, on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was also wanted on three warrants, according to the log.

A 4:34 p.m. report that a man was passed out on the sidewalk brought police to Cabot and Dane streets. Subsequently arrested was Sean R. McCarthy, 28, of 290 Chestnut St., Lynn, on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, carrying a dangerous weapon and a violation of the city’s knife and weapons ordinance. An officer said McCarthy grabbed the responding officer, warranting the assault charge, and had an automatic flip-out knife on him, leading to the carrying a dangerous weapon charge.