, Salem, MA

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October 1, 2013





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.

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