, Salem, MA

March 4, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


A Caller Street resident reported a hit-and-run at 3:36 p.m. Hearing a bang, they “looked out the window to see a blacked-out, newer-model Volkswagen backed into a corner of the house, damaging the siding.” They were unable to get the license plate number.

An employee at Nordstrom in the Northshore Mall will be summonsed on a larceny charge, according to the log at 5:20 p.m., as part of “an ongoing employee theft investigation.”

A 62-year-old resident of Mobile Estates on Route 1 will be summonsed to court on charges including assault with a dangerous weapon — a baseball bat — and threatening to commit a crime, murder.


Police will investigate a report of a burglary at Precision Time on Route 114, according to the log at 9:42 a.m.

A 27-year-old Marblehead woman will be summonsed for leaving the scene of property damage, following an incident in the vicinity of Bagel World on Sylvan Street, as logged at 4:14 p.m.

A man was taken to Salem Hospital, and a 30-year-old man from Walsh Avenue in Peabody will be summonsed on a charge of assault and battery, following a fight reported by the Sylvan Street Grille on Sylvan Street at 7:10 p.m.

A woman reported her pocketbook stolen while she was in the dressing room at Macy’s in the Northshore Mall. She told police at 8:15 p.m. that she lost her license and $500 in cash.

A resident at Peabody Square complained that a car had been egged at 8:34 p.m. A 37-year-old man from Mill Street in Peabody will summonsed for malicious destruction.

An officer reported “a stray pug” on Bourbon Street at 9:49 p.m. “Officer is unable to catch. The dog is too scared.”

A customer at the Sylvan Street Grille told police at 11:25 p.m. that his car had been stolen. Later, he conceded that he’d forgotten “he didn’t drive there” in the first place.

Police had to force their way into a Shore Drive apartment in order to aid a woman who fell and injured her back, as logged at 11:47 p.m.


Jose DeSouzacampos, 52, of 18 Grant St., Beverly, was arrested at 1:27 a.m. on charges of drunken driving, marked lanes violations and driving without a license.

A report of a vehicle hitting a pole in the vicinity of the Outback Steakhouse on Route 114 led to Maria and Jose DaCosta being transported to Salem Hospital by Atlantic Ambulance, according to the log at 1:35 a.m.



Robert S. Burke Jr., 32, of 13 Balcomb St., Salem, was arrested at 5:27 p.m. at his address on charges of assault and battery and breaking and entering in the night to commit a crime. Police responded to a report of a fight. Burke was described as extremely drunk and combative. Involved in the arrest were Patrolmen Ryan Davis, William Jennings and James Johnson.

Nicholas Howard Cowley, 34, of 56 Margin St., Salem, was arrested at 7:34 p.m. at Lafayette and Palmer streets on a charge of being disorderly. Police had responded to Cowley and a woman arguing. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Angela K. Wooldridge, 43, of 29 Foster St., Salem, was arrested at 8:30 p.m. at her address by Patrolmen James Johnson, Sean Andrus and Sgt. Richard Gagnon on charges of assault and battery and assault and battery by dangerous weapon, her foot.

Tiffany S. Buckless, 29, of 30 Mason St., Salem, was arrested at 8:53 p.m. at Lafayette and Leavitt streets on charges of failing to stop for a red light or stop sign and driving after her license was suspended. Responding were Patrolmen Rafael Gonzales and William Jennings and Detective Daniel Tucker.

An elderly man from Beverly, out for a walk, notified police at 9:33 p.m. that he’d gone too far and didn’t think he could make it home. Police got him a ride.


Bryan N. Ortiz-Flores, 31, of 12 Langdon St., Salem, was arrested at 2:37 a.m. by Patrolmen Roberson Troncoso and Joshua Gerrard on charges of driving with a suspended license, having defective equipment and an unregistered vehicle. Ortiz-Flores was stopped initially for driving without headlights, according to the police.

A woman on Heritage Drive called police at 6:27 a.m. because her downstairs neighbor knocked at her door at 2 a.m. and then again at 6:25 a.m. The woman told police “she does not know why she (the neighbor) is doing it. However, she stated that she had used the bathroom just prior to the 2 a.m. knock.” She got up to go to work just before the second knock. Police talked to the neighbor, who complained that the upstairs tenant “bangs her feet on the floor whenever she gets up in the middle of the night” and “it has been going on for years.” Police did not offer a solution but suggested the aggrieved neighbor call them “if it happens again.”

John Peter Hachey, 31, of 2 E. Garfield Ave., Beverly, was arrested at 8:57 a.m. at Highland Avenue and Cherry Hill Avenue by Patrolmen DeeJay Gagnon, John Burke and Gilbert Puleo and Sgt. Peter Gifford on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and illegal possession of drugs. Police say Hachey rear-ended another driver while under the influence.

Alexis Secor Dimino, 24, of 8 Herbert St., Salem, was arrested at 4:20 p.m. at his address on a charge of being disorderly. Police had responded to a report that a fight was about to start, according to the log. Moments earlier, police responded to a noise complaint at the same address, where a woman told them, “She was attempting to have an intimate moment with her boyfriend.” Responding were Patrolmen Gilbert Priddy, William Jennings and Brian Benson and Detective Daniel Tucker.

When a woman on Hayes Road offered to help a man find his dog, he responded in obscene terms, telling her to mind her business. The woman told police at 5:05 p.m. that she felt threatened, fearing the man’s bite might be worse than his bark. Officers interviewed the man who told them “he does not want anyone’s help ... and he wants everyone in the neighborhood to leave him alone.” Police advised the woman to stay clear of him and call if there are more issues.

Police learned of a past burglary of Bob’s Gun Shop on Boston Street, according to the log at 6:42 p.m. Several shotguns had been stolen, they were told. The guns were recovered, however, on Feb. 3 by the Nashua police.

Four people suffered what police call “minor injuries” following a two-car collision on Traders Way, as logged at 8:10 p.m.

Aldo B. Lopez, 25, of 2 Brimblecom St., Lynn, was arrested at 8:16 p.m. on Boston Street at Bridge Street on charges of driving without a license and speeding. Responding were Patrolmen William Jennings, Ryan Davis and Dennis Luti and Detective Daniel Tucker.

Officers were called to three instances of smashed windshields on Heritage Drive, at 10:25 p.m., 10:55 p.m. and 10:56 p.m.


A vehicle was damaged on Marlborough Road after the driver navigated past a herd of deer. The woman told police at 1:01 a.m. that she was coming from Peabody when she saw five deer on one side of the road. “All of a sudden, a sixth deer ran across the road from the left and collided with the front end of her motor vehicle,” according to the log. The animal disappeared into the woods. The woman suffered no injury and was advised to call her insurance company regarding the damage.

He wasn’t entirely sure, a man told police at 2:34 a.m., but he thinks he left his backpack containing more than $1,000 in electronic gear on a bench in front of Witch City Inc. But when he went back, the backpack was gone. Before that, he’d been at the Gulu-Gulu Cafe and he left with his backpack. He thinks. But he’s not entirely sure. He described himself as “hazy.” He was told to check the cafe and call the police if the backpack is not there.

A woman on First Street called police at 8:30 a.m. after suffering flat tires two days in a row.

After being taken to Salem Hospital in the custody of the Marblehead police, a woman grew annoyed when a nurse told her she could not yet use the telephone and she allegedly hit her on the shoulder. The assault was witnessed by a Marblehead officer, according to the log at 9:50 a.m., and the woman will be summonsed on a charge of assault and battery on a health care worker.

When a man’s dog got away from him on Highland Avenue, the animal ran into the street, where it was struck by a passing Marblehead police cruiser. Salem police took the man and his dog to the vet, according to a 10:03 a.m. log entry.

Two flat tires and hole in the car door apparently made by a BB gun had the owners pointing to a man recently evicted from their building. He blamed them, the owners said, and had promised to cut their television cable — which was indeed cut in January. A witness reported seeing a man answering to the description of the evictee loitering near the car before the damage was discovered. The man will be summonsed for malicious damage over $250.

A woman told police at 3:25 p.m. that she stopped at the Prime gas station on Lafayette Street last Friday. At some point, she says, she saw the attendant holding her ATM card and texting with his phone. On Saturday, her credit union called to warn the card number had been used in three transactions in India to the tune of $391.



Michael Oxton, 32, of 116 Collins St., Danvers, was arrested at 4:06 p.m. at a theater in the Liberty Tree Mall by Officer Peter Shabowich on a charge of trespassing. Police were called to the theater regarding a possible overdose. That person was later taken to Beverly Hospital.


Police investigated a break-in into a vehicle near Target at the Liberty Tree Mall at 6:29 p.m.

Stephen Bernstein, 20, of 13 S. Main St., Topsfield, was arrested at 10:24 p.m. on Interstate 95 north by Officer Scott Frost on charges of driving with a revoked license and having no inspection sticker.



Police reported email threats surrounding someone’s rent on West Street, as logged at 10:34 p.m.


Police responded with four officers and an ambulance to a 12:51 a.m. report of a large group of men fighting at West and Oak streets.

Joshua R. Corbett, 23, pf 100 Light St., Lynn, was arrested at 1:54 a.m. on Rantoul Street on a charge of disorderly conduct. Police, including Patrolmen David Grimes, Michael Bucci and Gary Little, had responded to a report of a “fight in street.”

Vandalism was cited over a front window and door smashed in on Cabot Street, as logged at 6:57 p.m. There was no break-in.


A woman was referred to Peabody police after telling Beverly officers about an ex-boyfriend’s past abuse in that city, as logged at 12:42 p.m.