, Salem, MA

January 25, 2013


The Salem News

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A man on Main Street reported at 2:33 p.m. that his Kenyan passport was missing.

A caller reported a suspicious vehicle with possible drug activity at the Puritan Lawn Cemetery at 2:42 p.m. An officer determined that the two people inside it were reading.

A Blair Terrace caller reported that he was concerned for a turkey at 3:48 p.m. “I advised him to let it be — it is mobile,” an officer wrote.

A television was stolen during a burglary at a residence at 44 Northend St., according to a 5:30 p.m. report.

A Lenox Road woman reported at 8:48 p.m. that her son had fallen on his face and broken his nose after being pushed by an unknown seventh-grader.


A basement window at 5 Cobb Ave. was broken with a brick, according to an 11:25 a.m. report.

A caller reported a vulture on the sidewalk near Lynnfield and County streets at 1:41 p.m. The animal control officer checked the area but did not locate it.

A Lynnfield Street caller reported at 1:53 p.m. that two people who claimed to be from Verizon had entered a home and “may have left carrying an unknown item.”

Firefighters responded to 2 Washington St. after a 2:05 p.m. report of a fire outside the building and extinguished a small blaze that apparently began in leaves below a deck, a firefighter said. The building was evacuated, but the fire did not spread to it. Firefighters ventilated the building with fans and cleared the scene by 2:35 p.m.



Police responded to a 4:29 a.m. report of a car alarm sounding in the area of 41 Hathaway Ave. “Car horn frozen,” an officer wrote later, “owner disabled horn.”

A nurse was assaulted by a patient in the emergency room of Beverly Hospital, according to a 1:19 p.m. report.

A Pratt Street man reported hearing a loud bang at 2:23 p.m. Police determined that a section of vinyl fencing had blown down in a driveway.

A man with a “mental health issue” and a service dog was doing door to door asking for money at Cabot and Herrick streets, according to a 3:11 p.m. report. Police transported the person back to his residence.



A fire alarm brought police and the Fire Department to 101 Lafayette St. at 4:51 p.m. They determined that a hair dryer inside a beauty salon had overheated.

Police are considering issuing an animal cruelty violation after an officer responded to a 5:39 p.m. report of a dog barking in the backyard of a Lafayette Street residence and found a dog tied to the rope with the outside temperature at 15 degrees. “The dog did have a doghouse but was not seeking its shelter at this time,” police wrote. A woman showed up after a “short period” and was advised of the possibility of a charge. “Further follow-up will be made, and a decision will be made on any charges,” police wrote.

Timothy S. Howe, 30, of 290 Chestnut St., Lynn, was arrested by a Salem State University officer at 8:26 p.m. on charges of drunken driving, third offense, and operating a motor vehicle after license suspension.


Officers responded to a 1:13 a.m. report of heat not working at 86 Essex St. and determined that the temperature inside a man’s apartment was 59 degrees. The man said a Salem Housing Authority answering service told him that maintenance would not respond unless the temperature dipped below 55 degrees. Maintenance had previously been working on the heat and was expected to return in the morning, police said.

Police conducted a traffic stop in the area of Loring Avenue and Rainbow Terrace around 2:45 a.m. and arrested Jill Pena-Contreras, 39, of 6 McTewall Drive, Danvers, on charges of illegal possession of a Class E substance and operating with a revoked license.

A Beach Avenue man reported at 10:26 a.m. that he had signed up to be a “paid secret shopper” for a company that sent him a $1,983 check to cover “secret purchases.” When the man deposited the check and wired the full amount back to an address in Madrid, Spain, he learned that the check had been bogus and his money was gone. Police advised him about the difficulty of recovering his funds.

A loose pit bull was reported at 116 Bridge St. at 11:56 a.m., but an officer was unable to locate it.



Police received a 7:21 a.m. report of a break-in to a motor vehicle at 44 Garden St.



A woman on Lafayette Street reported seeing a man in a ski mask jump over a fence and run toward West Shore Drive at 9:20 a.m. The man was described as between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a slender build, wearing a black coat and blue jeans. Police were unable to locate him.

Police received an 11:03 p.m. report from a Maple Street woman who said it sounded like there was a machine running in the area and it was “causing her house to shake.” Police didn’t report finding anything suspicious.