, Salem, MA

October 1, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Two people were transported to an undisclosed hospital after a caller on Blueberry Road reported at 12:09 p.m. “that his mother and father have been fighting, and it appears that she has injured him.”

A 64-year-old bicyclist was hospitalized after a 12:59 p.m. report that he’d fallen off his bicycle on Atlantic Avenue and sustained a severe laceration to his ankle.

Police received a 5:47 p.m. report of a domestic disturbance at a Mystic Road address but determined there was “no domestic — just an issue with their autistic son.”



A man was transported to Salem Hospital after a 4 a.m. report that he seemed “weird” and was “not communicating ... just staring” at 245 Humphrey St. An officer determined the man had sustained an adverse reaction to medication.

Police received an 11:17 a.m. report that a male was videotaping at Highland and King streets. “No problem ... kids videotaping themselves on skateboards,” an officer wrote later.

A 5:15 p.m. report of an erratic operator on Franklin Avenue resulted in the arrest of Wendy Conaty, 53, of 68 Plymouth Ave., Swampscott, on charges of drunken driving, drinking alcohol from an open container in a motor vehicle and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.



Police received multiple reports about 5:15 p.m. of a male “running around with his shirt off” and yelling at people not to “push the red button” near the Dunkin’ Donuts at 3 Central St. An officer later determined the male was “running to Salem to the zombie parade.”

Officers were unable to locate somebody who was reported to be lying on the sidewalk at Lowell and Baldwin streets at 11:26 p.m.


Police responded to a 7:09 a.m. report that a suspicious male was standing at the corner of Lowell and Bourbon streets holding a sign. Police wrote later: “The officer stated that the male was trying to sell a battery charger.”

A Wilson Terrace woman reported at 12:45 p.m. that her residence had been broken into. Police wrote later: “The resident believed that someone had taken a cable wire for the television. The officer located the wire in the house.”

A Lowell Street woman reported at 1:25 p.m. that she had been scammed out of $2,600 via a “mystery shopper” scheme.



Police received a 2:34 p.m. report that a group had broken an elderly man’s cane at 10 Park St.

A woman nearly drove into a police cruiser as she turned left onto School Street from River Street, according to a 5:58 p.m. log item. The officer in the cruiser wrote: “Operator was very polite and apologetic and was given a verbal warning for the unsafe turn. The passenger ... was very argumentative stating this officer was at fault. I explained to him that I was driving 10 mph and had the right of way on School [Street] at this intersection. He stated this officer was driving in an aggressive manner (completely false) and that he was trying to ‘protect his wife.’ His wife kept telling him to shut up and that she was the one that made the mistake. He told her to ‘shut up’ and I told him to respect his wife. I had to clear immediately as I was already dispatched to a prior call.”

Police were unable to locate anything amiss after an 11:25 p.m. report that a woman had heard screams for help in the area of Cabot and Balch streets.


Police responded to 11 Highland Terrace after a 2:09 a.m. report of a “stabbing to head.”

A man was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries after an 11:40 a.m. report that a man had jumped out a third-story window at Rantoul and Riverside streets.

Between 4:15 and 8:15 p.m., officers conducted a pedestrian safety patrol in the downtown area, according to the log. A total of eight vehicles were stopped for crosswalk infractions, resulting in seven written warnings.



Police responded to the parking lot behind Wendy’s on Congress Street after a 4:30 p.m. report of an unknown disturbance and spoke with a man who said a woman had gone up to him and “started yelling about money that he owed her.” Police wrote: “He did not know what she was talking about. She was gone before we arrived. We advised him to call us back if she came back.”

The Fire Department extinguished a small brush fire near the water tower on Hanson Street, according to a 5:04 p.m. log item.

About 10 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on Highland Avenue and subsequently arrested Robert Leonard Brown, 21, of New Bedford, on a charge of operation a motor vehicle without a license. He was also wanted on two warrants, according to the log.


A 9:57 a.m. report that oil had spilled from a truck brought police and the Fire Department to Osborne Hill Drive, where they determined about 75 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel had spilled from a truck after it struck a manhole cover, breaking a valve. “The spill flowed down the hill for approximately 35 feet,” wrote police. “Salem fire responded and contacted the Department of Environmental Protection, who in turn contacted a cleanup company.” Police received a 1:22 p.m. report that the truck had spilled more diesel fuel while it was being towed. “Salem fire and DPW assisted in spreading Speedy Dry onto the road surface,” wrote police. “Enpro environmental cleaning was on site to empty the tank of fuel; Enpro was also responsible for fixing the valve prior to the fuel truck being towed; however, that fixed failed.”

A 1:03 p.m. report of a domestic dispute brought police to 14 Fort Ave. Subsequently arrested was Donald Swenbeck, 30, of the same address, on charges of three counts of domestic assault and battery.

Police received a 2:01 p.m. report that a man had spit on another man during a dispute over a parking space on Margin Street. Police spoke to the man in question, and he denied having done so. An officer advised him “that he should think twice before spitting on someone in the future, as it could lead to charges being filed against him,” according to the log.



About 8:10 p.m., an officer near Home Depot at 92 Newbury St. arrested Danielle Steenbruggen, 32, of 111 Lowell Road, North Reading, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a marked lanes violation and a motor vehicle lights violation.

A 10:47 p.m. report of a male in the roadway near 1 Collins St. resulted in the arrest of James Veinot, 34, of 252 Newbury St., Peabody, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.