, Salem, MA

February 15, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police moved along a group of about 30 youths after a 2:41 p.m. report of kids throwing snowballs at each other on Smith Street. An officer returned to the area at 4:10 p.m. after a report of kids throwing snowballs at cars. “They have hit two cars,” police wrote. “Caller yelled at them, and they gave her a hard time.” The officer was unable to locate the youths this time.



A 43-year-old man was found dead on a couch at a Pond Street address, according to a 4:06 p.m. report. Officer Dave Costa said the man was said to be a heroin user, and hypodermic needles were found in his pockets.

An 11:04 p.m. report of an argument at 104 Cabot St. resulted in the arrest of Benjamin Jones, 34, of 48 Pleasant St., Beverly, on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Police received an 11:40 p.m. report of “syringes planted on moped” on Cabot Street. Officer Dave Costa said a man told police that his co-worker threatened to put drugs in the man’s toolbox in order to get him fired. “At the end of his shift, victim went out to his moped and found two hypodermic needles in a storage compartment on his moped,” Costa wrote in an email. “He brought them straight to the police station and reported the incident.”

An 11:42 p.m. report of a disturbance at 33 Chase St. resulted in the arrest of Jonathan Bellamy, 19, homeless, on charges of resisting arrest and two counts of assault and battery.


A 1:47 p.m. report of a woman staggering in the roadway brought police to Elliott Street, where they were unable to locate her.

Police responded to several reports of a vehicle with Maryland plates driving around “casing the neighborhood” near Essex Street and Thoreau Circle around 2 p.m. A detective spoke to the occupants of the vehicle: “Gordon College students driving around wasting time,” police wrote.



Police conducted a traffic stop at 57 Lynnfield St. at 3:01 p.m. and arrested Wilmer Ramirez-Lopez, 26, of 55 Laighton St., Apt. 2, Lynn, on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Kids were shooting a pellet gun on the roof of a residence near Mason and Washington streets, according to a 3:33 p.m. report. An officer was unable to locate them.

An officer “restored the peace” after a 4:50 p.m. report of threats made to a 3-year-old after a snowball fight at 76 Wallis St.

Police received an 8:06 p.m. report that a man in a black jacket was “exposing himself to the public” at Macy’s at the Northshore Mall. An officer found the man and “sent him on his way, without the witness present,” according to police.


A caller reported a white Hummer struck a telephone pole at 420 Lynnfield St. at 1:44 a.m. Police found the vehicle and arrested Michael Petrillo, 26, of Whitney Drive, Peabody, on a charge of drunken driving. The Hummer was towed, and no injuries were reported.

A Harrison Avenue resident reported at 8:06 a.m. that a suspicious vehicle had been showing up around 4 p.m. and sitting outside “all night.” At some point during the early morning, the resident said, a different vehicle would show up to “relieve” the first. Police advised the individual to call back when one of the vehicle was actually there.

Officers were assigned a detail in the area of Goodale Street while personnel worked to fix a water main break during the midafternoon. An officer said police had cleared the scene by about 6 p.m.



Police took an intoxicated man into protective custody after finding him sitting on the corner of Barton Square and Washington Street “yelling that he wanted to go home” around 4 p.m.

A 6:27 p.m. report of a man in a motor vehicle “shaking back and forth and acting strange” at 32 Clifton Ave. resulted in the arrest of Michael McKenna, 52, of 45 Summit Ave., Salem, on a charge of drunken driving, second offense.

Police responded to an 11:37 p.m. report that a man wearing all black was slashing tires in the area of 11 Fairfield St. and determined that the tires of seven vehicles in the area had been slashed. Officers were unable to locate the suspect.


An intoxicated man was taken into protective custody after a 1:43 p.m. report that he had fallen asleep in Starbucks at 211 Washington St. after ordering a coffee.



Police responded to a 6:27 p.m. report of a scam at the Daily Harvest Cafe, 103 High St., and arrested George Lott, 68, of 39 Boylston St., Boston, on charges of larceny from a person, assault and battery, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

A 7:12 p.m. report of a domestic dispute brought police to 112 Collins St. Albert Ordway, 38, of the same address, was arrested on a charge of domestic assault and battery.