, Salem, MA

January 4, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


A woman told police she was concerned for a limping turkey in the neighborhood of Crestwood Lane at 10:21 a.m.

Police investigated a report of $3,925 in stolen checks on Anderson Street, according to the log at 4:09 p.m.

A Michael Kors wristlet, valued at $100, was reported stolen on New Year’s Day from an apartment on Aborn Street, as logged at 5:39 p.m.


A woman reported her spare tire stolen on Shore Drive, as logged at 1:19 p.m.



Police logged a complaint over a vandalized car on Federal Street at 3:14 p.m.

The Beverly Fire Department responded at 4:21 p.m. to a report of a truck fire on Beverly Hills Avenue.


A man harassing tellers at a bank on Cabot Street was taken to Beverly Hospital detox, according to a 10:08 a.m. log entry.



Both a citation and a trip to the hospital were the result when a driver on North Street was rear-ended in traffic by a taxi. The cabbie told officers his foot “slipped off the pedal,” according to the log at 5:23 p.m. The injured man pointed to his chest but was unable to speak English. The owner of the vehicle he was driving arrived and translated from Portuguese. The taxi driver was cited for following too closely and the other driver for operating the vehicle without a license.

At 5:50 p.m., police took a report from a Jefferson Avenue couple regarding items stolen from their vehicle.

Hot enough for you? The answer was no from a tenant on Boston Street who called police to complain there’d been no heat in the building since Dec. 31. But officers found there was more to the story. The building manager explained that one of several heat zones was not functioning while repairmen awaited a part. But he added that he “had offered an alternate method of heating,” according to the log at 7:04 p.m. He blamed the complaint on a tenant currently being evicted. Police checked all the tenants and found some using their ovens to keep warm. Each “state their rooms were adequately heated.”

Darlin R. Hernandez, 31, of 10 First St., Salem, was arrested at 7:17 p.m. by Patrolmen Thomas Cunningham and Jonathan Duzz on two counts of malicious destruction of property. In the same incident, Melvin A. Phillip, 31, of 21 Parsons St., Peabody, was arrested on a charge of violating a protective order. Checking the noise outside on Winthrop Street, a couple were dismayed to see a man they identified as Hernandez taking a baseball bat to one of their cars. He also ripped the storm door from the woman’s apartment. The woman also noted the presence of ex-husband Phillip in Hernandez’s vehicle. Following the arrest and release on bail of the suspects, she complained to police that Hernandez was seen driving past her apartment twice. She was advised to call police if she saw him again.

Police took the report of an assault on Savoy Road, as logged at 7:37 p.m.

A family of three tossed out of their apartment in Lynn turned up in the lobby of a Salem building. The trio, including a 2-week-old daughter, were taken back to the Lynn line, where Lynn police returned them to their apartment. The landlord was contacted.

Ulysses D. Gonzalez, 32, of 42 Leavitt St., Salem, was arrested at 11:01 p.m. on Dow Street by Patrolmen Dana Mazola and Michael Levesque on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. In the same incident, Lee Ernesto Gonzalez, 27, of 60 Dow St., Salem, was charged with domestic assault and battery. Police responded to a report of a dispute between two brothers.

At 11:58 p.m., police note an effort to find people who stay on the streets despite bitter cold weather. Sgt. Dennis King reported that he “checked areas throughout the city and specifically the downtown for this population to get them inside Lifebridge,” according to the log. The staff at Lifebridge reported “a busy but uneventful evening” with 33 people seeking “winter protocol/harm reduction.”


It didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to solve the case of the missing wallet, but some police questioning helped. A woman complained that she’d left her wallet at 7-Eleven on Norman Street, and when she went back for it, the clerk said she’d noticed the forgotten wallet and left it in a drawer under the register. But now it was gone. The owner of the wallet asked the owner of the store to look at videotapes. Somehow their exchange grew heated and “she was asked to leave,” according to the log at 11:01 a.m. Police obtained the names of the other clerks. One explained he’d seen the wallet “and put it in the manager’s office for safekeeping.” Which is exactly where it was located and returned to the owner. “All the contents of the wallet were there.”

A woman reported losing a wallet including bank cards and a $200 EBT card at the welfare office, as logged at 11:02 a.m.



A vehicle was broken into at the Liberty Tree Mall, according to the log at 6:49 p.m.

Sarah Tamburello, 21, of 152 Endicott St., Danvers, was arrested at 10:49 p.m. by Officer Steven MacDonald on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery.

Joanne Penta, 41, of 4 Beach St., Rockport, was arrested at 11:13 p.m. at Park and Warren streets by Officer Robert Hines on charges of drunken driving, resisting arrest and a stop sign violation. Penta has a previous drunken-driving conviction.



Wong Lee, 47, of 24 Upham St., Randolph, was arrested at 1 a.m. by officers Shawn Frost and Joseph DiBernardo on Boston Street on charges of drunken driving — he has a previous conviction — and marked lanes violations.

Bayron Contraras, 17, of 37 Brownville Ave., Ipswich, was arrested at 1:45 a.m. by officers Shawn Frost and Joseph DiBernardo on Boston Street on charges of unauthorized use of vehicle and driving without a license.


Thomas Lawlor, 30, of Charlottesville, Va., was arrested at 1:35 a.m. by officers Shawn Frost and Joseph DiBernardo on Boston Street on charges of drunken driving, driving under the influence of drugs and marked lanes violations.