, Salem, MA

January 17, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A caller reported at 4:07 p.m. that a “drugged-up” man approached him on Pleasant Street and said he was going to kill himself and asked the caller if he “wanted to watch.”

A Jackson Road woman reported at 8 p.m. that a landscaping company had billed her for a service she didn’t request, and that when she refused to pay for it, “the landscaper told her to pay or he would return to the site and dump debris all over her lawn.”



Police received a 9:45 p.m. report from an Odell Avenue woman who said her daughter had found the front door open and a window unlocked earlier in the day. “No proof anyone had entered the home,” police wrote.

A 10:14 p.m. report of water leaking from a ceiling brought police to 202 Rantoul St., where they determined that a resident upstairs was asleep while the sink overflowed onto the floor.



A Laurel Street caller reported that her aunt was “threatening to make false allegations regarding her” at 2:05 p.m.

A woman reported at 3:05 p.m. that a vehicle had failed to stop for children in the area of Walsh Avenue. “She went after the vehicle to try to get the license plate,” police wrote. “As a result, she was involved in a motor vehicle accident. She left the area without exchanging information with the vehicle that she hit.” An officer reported later that the two people had exchanged paperwork.

A Glen Drive woman reported at 4:48 p.m. that a recording of a fight her son had been involved in on Saturday was being passed around school.

Police received a 5:14 p.m. report that a Winnegance Avenue woman’s grandmother had a gold, ruby and diamond ring stolen from her home.

An employee of Ulta at the Northshore Mall reported a possible shoplifter at 5:18 p.m., leading to the arrest of Morayma Santiago, 32, of 568 Market St., Lowell, on charges of larceny over $250 and two counts of possession of a Class B drug.

A delivery driver reported at 8:44 p.m. that a $200 iPod had been stolen from his running, unlocked vehicle as he made a delivery at 4 Washington St.

Police responded to an 11:53 p.m. report of a dispute at 34 Veterans Memorial Drive and determined that a child there “was not happy with the way her mother did her hair.”


Somebody tried to steal a vehicle at 17 Driscoll St., but the vehicle stalled and couldn’t be restarted, according to a 4:13 a.m. log item.

Police responded to a 9:30 a.m. report that there was a man with a brown jacket and black-rimmed glasses in the backyard of 16 Larrabee Terrace. An officer determined that the man was looking for his dog.

An 18-year-old male was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital by ambulance with face and head injuries after a report of an altercation brought police to Peabody Veterans Memorial High School at 11:55 a.m. William Prince, 17, of 483 Lowell St., Peabody, was arrested on charges of disturbing the school and assault and battery. An officer said Prince and the victim were involved in a fistfight.



Police received a 5:30 p.m. report of a deer struck by a vehicle at Andover Street and Shawmut Avenue.


A 4:02 p.m. report of a disturbance brought police to 7 Franklin St., where they determined that there had been a domestic dispute between sisters-in-law.



A 4:23 p.m. report of a property dispute on Harbor Street resulted in the arrest of Jonathan Murphy, 24, homeless, on a charge of domestic assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property.

Police received a 4:52 p.m. report that a man had walked out of Target at 227 Highland Ave. with a $399 laptop. The suspect was described as being white, about 6 feet tall, with brown hair.

A Holly Street woman reported at 8:43 a.m. that another woman had allowed her dog to run around her closed yard. Police found the woman and issued her a no-trespass order.

Police responded to a 10:34 p.m. report of a domestic dispute on Nimitz Way and determined that a couple was arguing “over him drinking when he came home from work.”


A pit bull lunged twice at an officer who responded to the Museum Place Mall after an 11:12 a.m. report of a dog barking. While speaking with the dog’s owner regarding the barking complaint, “the large white pit bull lunged at this officer with both front paws landing on my chest,” the officer wrote. The man pulled the dog away by the leash, but the dog again lunged across a bench before being pulled back by its owner. The man said the dog’s tags were “in storage.” The officer informed the man that he would forward the report to the animal control officer and advised him to leave the area.

Police took a 1:24 p.m. report of a phone scam in which a man told a Lafayette Street woman that she had “some sort of debt and would be arrested if she did not make a payment.” The woman said she had no outstanding debts and that she believed her information was accessed from a loan service she had previously used.

The Fire Department freed six people stuck in an elevator for about 20 minutes at Marsh Hall at Salem State University around 6:30 p.m.