, Salem, MA

June 27, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


A 2:45 p.m. report of a shoplifter at J.C. Penney at Northshore Mall resulted in the arrest of Norman B. Jimenez, 34, of 133 Walnut St., Apt. 3, Malden, on charges of shoplifting over $100 and conspiracy, and George P. Elhhelou, 29, of 183 Highland Ave., Somerville, also on charges of shoplifting over $100 and conspiracy.

A male was transported to Beverly Hospital after a 7:31 p.m. report that he had broken his arm at O’Connor Park on Home Street.

The manager of CVS at 174 Main St. reported at 8:17 p.m. that five kids had sprayed Silly String throughout the store and were “now outside in the parking lot spraying water.”

A Karelitz Road woman reported at 8:46 p.m. that her 18- and 20-year-old children had locked her out of the house “because she has a new boyfriend.” An officer subsequently advised them “they do not set the rules of the mother’s home.”

Police responded to a 9 p.m. report that a woman’s neighbors at 286 Newbury St. were “in her yard with hedge trimmers” and determined the incident was part of an ongoing neighbor dispute.

An officer notified the DPW after a 9:30 p.m. report that “sewerage” was backing up into a shower at 57 Aberdeen Ave.

Police were unable to locate a panhandler who was reported to be “asking people for money” and “causing a scene” near 150 Main St. at 9:46 p.m.

Four teenagers were “hiding in the bushes scoping out the vacant house” near 126 Lynnfield St., according to a 10:15 p.m. report. An officer wrote later: “Unable to locate the teens in question.”

Police received an 11:39 p.m. report that four males in a silver vehicle had thrown an object out their window that “caused a small explosion” near 26 Louis Road. Police wrote: “Officer reports the object was something that was wrapped in tin foil that disintegrated and left a burn mark on the lawn.”


At 6:49 a.m., an officer at 42 Driscoll St. arrested Victor Costarita, 49, of the same address, on a temporary probation warrant with charges of drunken driving, fourth offense; and operating after suspension for drunken driving.

Police determined that a suspicious vehicle that was reported to be near 58 Ellsworth Road at 12:28 p.m. belonged to a private investigator who had registered with them already.



A woman reported at 12:02 p.m. that she had “an unsettling incident” involving the principal of the Stanley Elementary School earlier in the morning, during which she “felt threatened.”

Police received a 12:42 p.m. report that a dozen lawn lights had been stolen from 54 Columbia St.

A woman reported at 5:56 p.m. that she had been on the phone with a man on Puritan Road “and his wife was attacking him.”



An 8:15 p.m. report of shoplifting at Wal-mart on Brooksby Village Drive resulted in the arrests of Miana Hill, 20, of 4 Essex St., Beverly, and Lidia Reyes-Mejia, 19, of Norwood, both on charges of shoplifting.


State police conducted a traffic stop on Route 62 eastbound at 12:31 a.m. and subsequently arrested David J. O’Donnell, 29, of Plymouth on a charge of driving with a license revoked as a habitual traffic offender, an officer said. He was also wanted on a warrant out of Quincy with charges of threatening to commit a crime and assault.

An officer checked John George Park on River Street for “miscreants” at 2:04 a.m., according to the log.

A fence on Sharons Way had been spray-painted, according to a 10:17 a.m. report.



Police received a 7:16 p.m. report that a Chestnut Street woman had been told by an “unknown dog walker” that a teenager on a scooter had stolen a small package from her doorstep. According to the log, the teenager “walked down the street and removed the product from the bag” — women’s shorts — and then threw the package on the ground. An officer was unable to locate the individual.

Police responded to Peabody Street after an 8:25 p.m. report that a woman had an “aggressive” black dog. “The dog was very friendly and on a leash ... the dog is a service dog,” an officer wrote. “This officer observed no problems with the dog.”

A 9:45 p.m. report that a woman with a bat was chasing another woman brought police to the area of Arge’s Liquors at 18 Boston St., where they determined two wives were engaged in a verbal argument that had begun at 149 Federal St. Police wrote that one of the women had been walking with a cane and “that appears to be what the reporting party had mistaken for a bat.”

A 10:39 p.m. report that somebody was sleeping on front steps brought police to 55 Broad St., where a man told them he had seen a dining room set that was left out on the sidewalk for trash day. “He stated he had sat on the steps to come up with a plan to take it with him since he didn’t have a car,” wrote an officer. “I advised him he could not sit on private property, he was free to take the stuff as long as it didn’t disrupt the peace.”

Police found a man sleeping behind a newsstand at Washington and New Derby streets about 11:15 p.m. “Party is fine, sent on his way,” wrote police.


A 1:33 a.m. report that two males were attempting to enter vehicles brought police to Ocean Avenue. Subsequently arrested was Jeremy T. Ray, 25, of 31 Salem St., Salem, on charges of two counts of attempting to commit a crime. Police said another male was located, but he “took off running” and was not apprehended.

Police received a 9:56 a.m. report that firefighters had found a syringe at Washington and Dodge streets. An officer wrote later: “Clear, items in hand.”

An 11:11 p.m. report of a shoplifter at Shaw’s on Traders Way resulted in the arrest of Ellen M. Petrilli, 52, of 15 Magnolia Ave., Magnolia, on a charge of shoplifting.

A woman on Meadow Street reported at 11:18 a.m. that somebody had broken into her BMW and stolen the vehicle’s registration and keys.

A 12:51 p.m. report of an accident brought police to 129 Highland Ave. Subsequently arrested was Joseph William Dunton, 41, of 113 Weatherly Drive, Salem, on charges of drunken driving, following too closely and operating a motor vehicle without a license in possession. No injuries were reported.

Officers in the Special Response Unit stopped a car on Boston Street about 1 p.m., and a foot chase ensued, according to the log, but nobody was subsequently arrested.

A 2:20 p.m. report of possible harassment brought police to 56 Dow St. Subsequently arrested was Eric Noel Rentas, 26, of 3 Roslyn Court, Salem, on charges of two counts of intimidation of a witness and two counts of threatening to commit a crime, and John Neil Diaz, 21, of 11 Harbor St., Salem, on charges of two counts of intimidation of a witness and two counts of threatening to commit a crime.

A 2:41 p.m. report that a vehicle was blocking a driveway brought police to 26 New Derby St. Subsequently arrested was Philip Dana, 59, of the same address, on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Police and the Fire Department responded to a 3:31 p.m. report of a fire in a dental lab at 260 Essex St. “Upon arrival, Salem fire determined that the cause of the fire was some papers that were stacked upon a piece of equipment that became hot and ignited the papers,” wrote police. The fire was put out with an extinguisher.