, Salem, MA

January 18, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Danvers


Police fielded a 10:26 p.m. report of a woman being stalked at the Liberty Tree Mall.


A “strange noise” at Buttonwood and Strawberry Hill lanes was reported at 7:02 a.m., but an officer later called the report “unfounded.”

Police and the Fire Department responded after an 8:30 p.m. report that a motorist had driven over the guardrail at the end of River Street and onto the rocks below, stopping about a foot shy of the water. An officer at the scene said the car would have landed in the water if it hadn’t been low tide and that the male driver was shaken up but uninjured. It was unclear what caused the crash, but a witness reported that the car didn’t slow down as it approached the end of the road, the officer said.



Police responded to a 7:19 p.m. report of a man “acting up” in the emergency room of Beverly Hospital and arrested Roy Kenneth Dumas, 55, homeless, on a charge of threatening to commit a crime.


Police responded to a 3:45 p.m. report of a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend on Park Street.

One person was hospitalized after a 7:19 p.m. report of a group of youths at 474 Rantoul St., one of whom had “passed out.”

Five officers responded to an 11:15 p.m. report of a “large fight” inside a bar at 374 Rantoul St. but determined that there was no fight. “Unhappy patron left area,” an officer wrote.


A car struck a tree at Livingstone and Rowell avenues, according to an 8:11 a.m. report. There were no reported injuries.

Police responded to a 12:27 p.m. report of a motorcycle on a handicapped ramp at 32 Essex St. “The moped was moved shortly after my arrival,” an officer wrote.

A vehicle struck a parked car at Cabot and Knowlton streets, according to a 12:35 p.m. log item. The people involved exchanged paperwork, and the car that was struck was towed “due to bumper being loose and partially off,” police wrote.

A Bates Park Avenue caller reported footprints around a house at 2:55 p.m. An officer determined that there were “many” small- and medium-sized prints “all around the house.”



A man was transported to Salem Hospital after a 2:58 p.m. report that he was passed out in the lockup of Peabody District Court.

A Lowell Street man reported at 4:01 p.m. that four sections of his stockade fence had been knocked down at some point since 5:30 a.m. He estimated the value of the sections at $700.

Police received a 4:43 p.m. report that somebody stole fragrances from Victoria’s Secret at the Northshore Mall.

Police responded to a 5:47 p.m. report of an accident between an Acura MDX and a Nissan Altima at Lowell and Birch streets and arrested Myles Tennihan, 52, of 3 Stockton Road, Peabody, on charges of drunken driving, a marked lanes violation and a lights violation. No injuries were reported, and both vehicles were towed.

A Bresnahan Street woman reported at 5:55 p.m. that somebody was hacking into her computer. “The officer spoke with the resident,” police wrote. “She was having a problem with her computer. The officer advised her on how she can solve the problem.”

Police received a 9:26 p.m. report that a man’s ex-girlfriend had accused him of “making faces” at her 10-year-old daughter when he dropped his own 10-year-old daughter off at school. The man denied doing so.


A vehicle spun out in the road at Route 128 and Andover Street, according to a 5:44 a.m. report.

Police received a 10:49 a.m. report of an “extremely hazardous” pothole on Essex Center Drive. The DPW was notified.



Officers in the Special Response Unit observed a man “acting in a disorderly manner” while riding his bicycle on Essex Street, according to a 6:31 p.m. log item. Christopher Thomas, 26, of 29 Bakersfield St., Dorchester, was subsequently arrested on charges of illegal possession of a Class C substance, disorderly conduct and a violation of the city’s knife ordinance.

A woman reported at 9:22 p.m. that the $400 Tiffany ring she’d left in a woman’s bathroom at the Hawthorne Hotel was missing.


Police received a 1:01 a.m. report that kids threw a snowball at a vehicle at North and School streets. An officer was unable to locate anything suspicious.

A taxi driver traveling east on Marlborough Road slid on black ice and struck a utility pole, according to a 3:01 a.m. report. The vehicle was towed, and no injuries were reported.

Police received a 3:07 a.m. report that a crosswalk signal was making noise at Bridge and Skerry streets.

Officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of 293 Lafayette St. at 3:14 a.m. and subsequently arrested Maria Espinosa, 25, of 62 Perkins St., Salem, on charges of illegal possession of a Class E substance and operating a motor vehicle after license suspension.

A spent casing was found in front of a house on Wilson Street, according to an 8:38 p.m. report.

About $400 in copper wiring was stolen from the basement of 11 Amanda Way, according to a 9:41 a.m. report. Police received a subsequent report that $300 worth of wiring had been stolen from the basement of 12 Amanda Way.

Police received a 12:32 p.m. report that a woman had stolen deodorant, a sweater and a set of gloves from the Walgreens at 29 New Derby St. An officer was unable to locate her.

A young boy was found wandering at 86 Congress St. around 1:10 p.m. Police determined that he exited a nearby apartment while his father was asleep and his mother was at work.

Officers at 56 Salem St. at 1:48 p.m. observed a woman who they knew had a warrant approach a vehicle and subsequently arrested her. Also arrested were the occupants of the vehicle: Danielle Pruitt, 42, of 41 Walnut St., Reading, on a charge of illegal possession of a Class B substance, and Stephen Peter Pappas, 64, of 28 Lindsay Road, York, Maine, on a charge of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute.



Police received a 3:26 p.m. report that a Nonantum Road woman received a call “telling her that she had won a million dollars and a car.” The caller instructed the woman to go someplace and sign paperwork, but the woman declined, saying “she wouldn’t sign anything without her lawyer.”