, Salem, MA

March 8, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


Police received a 2:58 p.m. report of a disturbance outside Center School at 18 Irving St. and determined that a man and woman were arguing over a child custody issue.

Police requested that the Fire Department determine whether the auditorium at Veterans Memorial High School was over capacity after a 6:47 p.m. report that the school had oversold tickets for a concert. “All in order,” police wrote later.

A hood ornament was stolen from a Volkswagen Jetta at 7 Madison Ave., according to a 9:10 p.m. report.

Police took a 9:41 p.m. report of threats via Facebook at the Sylvan Street Grille, 12 Sylvan St.


A Warren Street man reported at 7:36 a.m. that he believed somebody in a blue car from the 1990s had been following him and surveilling his home “in an attempt to steal a 1987 Camaro.” An officer instructed him to the drive to the Police Department; an officer determined that the vehicle following him belonged to a private investigator who had registered with the department.

Police received an 11:38 a.m. report that someone at Mrs. Russell Psychic Studio, 259 Andover St., had their hair pulled. “Two residents were having a disagreement regarding the TV,” police wrote later. “A relative arrived and took one of the residents shopping.”

Radio reports indicated that a green Ford F-350 with commercial plates and a sander on the back was stolen out of Peabody around 7:10 p.m.



Police attempted to serve an arrest warrant for a man at 8 Chandler Road at 6:44 p.m. but couldn’t find him; police discovered that he may have exited the residence via a basement bulkhead. A K-9 unit subsequently tracked the man through several backyards but was unable to locate him. “It appeared he fled across School Street toward Dunlap,” police wrote. Later, at 8:19 p.m., officers were called back to the same location after a report of a man yelling. A woman said the subject of the warrant had tried to get back inside, but she wouldn’t let him. An officer located the man near 181 North St. and arrested him. He was wanted on a probation violation charge alleging intimidation of a witness and assault and battery.

An 8:20 p.m. report of shoplifting at Walmart, 450 Highland Ave., resulted in the arrest of Malyssa Kratzer, 21, of 7 Park St., Peabody, on a charge of shoplifting.

Police responded to an 8:58 p.m. report of an undesirable male at 15 Lynde St. and determined that a woman there was upset that a man “wanted to watch a movie rather than listen to music.” Police wrote: “Both parties were advised to get along and stay away from each other.” A domestic dispute “over a movie and rent” was subsequently reported at the same address at 10:19 p.m.


Police and the Fire Department responded to an 8:09 a.m. report that a young child was locked in a vehicle at 11 Heritage Drive, but the child was able to hit the unlock button before they opened the door.

Police received an 11:20 p.m. report that $10,000 in aluminum extrusions were stolen from the rear of the Salem Glass Company’s property at 3 Technology Way. Video surveillance showed a man stealing the materials from a fenced area. Two holes had been cut in the fence to allow access, police said.

A Toyota Camry traveling outbound on Highland Avenue ran a red light and struck a Honda Accord in the intersection with Old Village Drive, according to a 12:26 p.m. report. Air bags in both vehicles deployed, and the operator of the Camry was cited for failure to stop at a red light.

A 10-wheel dump truck snagged a wire in a parking lot on Jefferson Avenue around 1:30 p.m., bringing live lines down on it. The operator called 911, and police and the Fire Department responded. Firefighters determined that the wires were live and phoned National Grid, which sent a crew to de-energize the lines. The man was stuck inside his vehicle for about 20 minutes and no injuries were reported, a firefighter said.

An unknown vehicle hit a fire hydrant at Bridge and Carpenter streets and then fled the scene, according to a 3:37 p.m. report.



Police received a 4:18 a.m. report that somebody was sleeping in a vehicle at CVS at 1 Maple St.

A male sustained a leg injury after he was struck by a vehicle at Panera Bread, 100 Independence Way, according to a 12:38 p.m. report.

Police conducted a traffic stop at Central Avenue and Maple Street at 3:09 p.m. and arrested Dana Randall, 27, of 5 Cherry St., Danvers, on a charge of distribution of a Class A drug, and Jamie Norden, 27, of 44 Butler St., Salem, on a charge of possession of a Class A drug.



A caller reported at 12:54 p.m. that people had been saving parking spots on Harris Street with cones for the past three weeks. “Unknown who put them there,” police wrote. “Officer will move the cones to the side.”

A Gregory Street man reported harassing telephone calls from Jamaica at 2:08 p.m. “Caller just wanted it logged,” police wrote. “Said he hadn’t gotten the calls in a couple of years.”

A Bass Rock Lane man reported at 3:03 p.m. that somebody had called his house from a blocked number and said they were calling from the Police Department but refused to identify themselves. The caller said the “harassing phone call” had “reduced his respect” for the department.

Police responded to a 3:29 p.m. report that a woman on Humphrey Street had heard two loud bangs on her back door that sounded like somebody was trying to get inside. Police wrote later: “Appears to be the wind.”