, Salem, MA

October 5, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A Bessom Street man reported at 6:31 p.m. that he was getting “rude” prank calls that appeared to be coming from a local restaurant. “He knows it isn’t them calling but doesn’t know who is calling or how they are doing it,” police wrote. An officer determined the caller was likely using a “spoof card.”

Police received a 7:32 a.m. report that a “package containing food products” was taken from a porch on Glendale Road. “Neighbor called and said that his package was found there but contents were empty,” wrote police.



Police responded to a 4:13 p.m. report of an erratic driver in the area of Russell and Lowell streets. An officer wrote later: “Elderly female suffering from fatigue. Officer requested she not drive any more today.”

Police received a 7:56 p.m. report that a woman had been defrauded out of $1,500 at the Stop and Shop on Howley Street via a “hostage scam.” An officer said the woman had received a phone call saying her brother had been kidnapped by a gang and that he would be released unharmed if she sent the money via Western Union, and that she complied before trying to contact her brother.


A woman reported at 5:27 a.m. that all four tires had been stolen off her vehicle while it was parked overnight at the Holiday Inn on Newbury Street.

Police received a 7:31 a.m. report that all four tires had been stolen from a vehicle parked overnight at the Homewood Suites hotel on Newbury Street.

Police and the Fire Department responded to an 8:26 a.m. report that a car was on fire at Lowell Street and Regal Terrace. Police wrote later: “The officer stated that there was not a car fire. There was a problem with the brakes. The operator contacted AAA.”

Police received an 11:21 a.m. report that a dog possibly had its head stuck in a fence on Johnson Avenue. An officer responded and stated that “the dog was running free in the yard,” police wrote.

A motorist reported at 11:22 a.m. that he or she had been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, and that they were following the suspect’s vehicle into Peabody. Subsequently arrested on North Street in Salem was Cindy Lee Cooper, 55, of 20 Shop Road, Elgin, S.C., on charges of drunken driving and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.



A Puritan Road man reported at 11:30 p.m. that he’d had an argument with his “mother/landlord.”

Police received a 3:32 p.m. report that an Essex Street resident had returned home to find an air conditioner pushed out of a window and a jewelry box missing.



An 8:29 p.m. report of “loud yelling” brought police to 296 Washington St., where they determined two people were “praying in front of the building and that in their enthusiasm they became loud.” Police wrote: “Both parties related they were done praying for the evening.”

Police responded to 53 N. Washington Square after an 8:45 p.m. report of a possible break-in and spoke to a man who said he believed somebody had entered his condo between 6:30 and 8 p.m. and urinated on the living room rug. Police wrote: “No signs of forced entry, with condo being locked when [the man] left and still found secured on his return. It should be noted that [the man] does have a small dog, who was loose within the condo while he was out. When asked if he thought the urine may have come from his dog, he indicated he did not think so. He added that though his dog had inside accidents before, this urine smelled different. He was advised to clean the rug and that a report would be filed.”

An employee at the parking garage at 2 East India Square reported at 9:06 p.m. that a man with a canoe on top of his vehicle had entered the garage despite her warning that it exceeded the height allowance. “When the male operator tried to enter the canoe struck the height restriction bar, causing a cable to break that was holding the height restriction bar,” wrote police. The vehicle subsequently fled the area. Police identified a suspect and will summons him to court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Police received a 9:18 p.m. report of a verbal argument at 3 Northend Ave. and determined one man had thrown a beer can at another man’s residence following a dispute, then fled in his wheelchair. An officer wrote later: “The two were advised of their respective rights under the harassment law and told to stay clear of each other.”


A 3:30 a.m. report of a domestic dispute brought police to 19 Rainbow Terrace. Michael Douglas, 27, homeless, was arrested on a charge of trespassing.



Police received a 5:55 p.m. report that a purse had been stolen from a vehicle at Endicott Park, 57 Forest St.

A medical aid call at 6:49 p.m. brought police to the CAB facility on Middleton Road. Samantha Kennedy, 23, of 20 Elliot Road, Everett, was arrested on charges of possession of a class B drug and two counts of possession of a class E drug.


A catalytic converter had been stolen from a vehicle at the Ira Motor Group, 475 Newbury St., according to an 11:49 a.m. report.



Police received an 8:13 p.m. report that a man had thrown rocks at a church at Cabot and Abbott streets. An officer wrote later: “A young couple sitting nearby saw an elderly gentleman near the side of the church. Two other men exited the church, and the three left the area. They thought he may have thrown pebbles to get their attention, however never actually saw him throw anything. No visible damage, and an area search for the three was negative.”


A 12:15 a.m. report of an accident on Cabot Street resulted in the arrest of Curtis C. Manuel, 21, of 27 Montserrat Road, Beverly, on charges of drunken driving, failure to stop or yield and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Police conducted a traffic stop at Elliott and Beckford streets about 6:45 p.m. and arrested Chelsea Deedee Scott, 44, of 21 Beckford St., Beverly, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license.