, Salem, MA

October 3, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police received a 5:04 p.m. report that three males were “openly smoking pot” on State Street. An officer wrote later: “No one around, spoke to some people and haven’t seen anyone matching description.”

A Pearl Street woman reported at 5:09 p.m. that a man named “Sean” had “tried to make a deal with her to paint her house.” Police wrote: “She told him that she wasn’t interested. Shortly after, he returned with cans of paint and told her that he was leaving the paint in the backyard and would start painting. She again told him that she wasn’t interested and she has someone else painting for her. Sean then told her that he was going to put a lien on her house. She is 85 years old and was intimidated by him. She also stated that she made no agreement and has no contract with him. She was advised to contact us if he returns.”

A caller reported at 5:36 p.m. that a crew was stripping siding from a house on Washington Street, and “there are nails all over the street and no one is cleaning them up.” Police wrote later: “Work area is covered with tarp, nothing in the street.”

Police responded to a 7:15 p.m. report that someone had taken photographs of her child in front of their house on Broughton Road, but an officer determined it was a “misunderstanding.”


Police were unable to locate a suspicious male carrying a long bag — “possibly with a rifle inside” — on Maple Street at 3:52 a.m.



The Fire Department was unable to locate a structure fire that was reported to be in the area of Magnolia Terrace and Villa Lane at 4:10 p.m.

Police received a 6:17 p.m. report of a possible domestic dispute at Petes-A-Place, 19 Central St. Police wrote later: “Officer reports no domestic. Party was not happy with food.”

A woman reported at 8:55 p.m. that her laundry was “dirty and stained” after she retrieved it from a machine at Sunshine Laundry, 48 Foster St., and that she was refusing to pay to have it rewashed. An officer advised her to speak with laundromat’s owner.


Somebody on Shore Drive reported at 12:33 a.m. report that people were shoveling nearby. An officer subsequently determined that the highway division of the Department of Transportation was doing work on Route 128.

An officer was unable to locate “some type of unknown noise” that was reported to be in the area of 4100 Crane Brook Way at 4:29 a.m.



A Phillips Avenue woman reported at 9:29 a.m. that a package had been stolen from her porch.

Police received a 12:57 p.m. report that somebody had “rifled through” a mailbox on Burpee Road. An officer wrote later: “Ad was placed in mailbox.”



Somebody had stolen a 28-foot aluminum ladder from near a Dumpster at 144 Federal St., according to a 5:25 p.m. report.

Police received a 6:45 p.m. report that a female had tried to leave Wal-Mart on Highland Avenue with a carriage containing items worth $298.62. An employee recovered the items, but the woman fled the area.

Police responded to 152 Washington St. after a 7:25 p.m. report of an “undesirable” and spoke to a female who said a male had been “bothering her by trying to ask her out.” The female said the male “was still bothering her” after she “advised him she was not interested,” but that he’d fled the area when he learned police were on the way.


A 12:25 a.m. report of a possible gunshot brought police to the area of 27 Charter St., but they were unable to locate anything amiss.

An officer was unable to locate the youths who were reported to be playing football in the street near 59 Loring Ave. at 12:56 a.m.



A 9:13 a.m. report of shoplifting at Home Depot on Independence Way resulted in the arrest of Christopher Zero, 46, of 15 Melba Lane, Stoneham, on charges of two counts of shoplifting over $100 by asportation.



A 7:28 a.m. report of an assault brought police to a Duck Pond Road address. Subsequently arrested was Nicole Lynn Berthiaume, 28, of 2 Duck Pond Road, Beverly, on charges of domestic assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and intimidation of a witness.

Police responded to a 6:37 p.m. report of a disturbance at 62 Pleasant St. Subsequently arrested was Kristian A. Wilt, 35, of 202 Rantoul St., Beverly, on a charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery. An officer said Wilt threatened a man with a knife during a dispute over a phone.

Police responded to 5 Bresnahan Court after a 7:55 p.m. report that there was yelling coming from a residence and determined a woman was shouting at her boyfriend over the phone.