, Salem, MA

November 15, 2012


The Salem News

---- — Beverly


Police responded to a 4:30 p.m. report of people banging on the window of a bank at 4 Colon St. and sent two people there on their way. “Both are known drug users and appeared under the influence of drugs,” police wrote.



Police responded to a 3:03 p.m. report of an accident at 545 Lowell St. and determined that a driver had steered into a fence “to come to a stop” after the car’s brakes had failed. There were no reported injuries.

A woman at 258 Washington St. reported at 7:24 p.m. that her husband was drunk and had left the residence with their 2-year-old child, possibly in the direction of Lynn. Police spoke with the man, confirmed the well-being of the child and concluded that the woman had made false allegations.


A young child was locked inside a vehicle at 2 Celia Road, according to a 10:20 p.m. report. A tow company unlocked the vehicle.



Police responded to a 5:23 p.m. report that a vehicle had been parked in front of 9 Larchmont Road for several days and determined that it had been reported stolen out of Marblehead. “The keys were in the vehicle, and the sunroof was left open and rainwater had entered the front seating area,” police wrote.

A woman reported at 6:16 p.m. that her car had sustained a flat tire after she struck a pothole across from 90 Highland Ave., on the northbound side of the street. Police alerted the state DPW about the issue.

A Howard Street man reported at 6:44 p.m. that his elderly mother had gone missing after she became upset over a “minor matter” and left their residence. She was later located in her vehicle on Palmer Street.

Officers in the Special Response Unit on Salem Street at 7:48 p.m. arrested Jared Rhodes, 29, homeless, on a warrant and a charge of illegal possession of a Class A substance.

An officer at Highland Avenue and Mooney Road at 8:59 p.m. arrested Craig Godbolt, 52, of 18 Landers St., Lynn, on charges of failure to stop for police, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license and speeding.

Police responded to an 11:19 p.m. report of a domestic dispute at 27 Salem St. and determined that a woman had left an apartment there after a verbal argument only to return later to find her belongings in the hallway. “She was allowed back in the residence to take her cats with her and left again without incident,” police wrote.


A woman drove through a stop sign at Broadway and Loring Avenue and struck a police cruiser around 1:30 a.m., according to a report. An officer said the woman, who wasn’t wearing shoes, failed field sobriety tests but did pass a breath test. Latoya Olson, 29, of 129 Rainbow Terrace, Salem, was arrested on charges of operating without being licensed, a stop sign violation and impeded operation. No injuries were reported.

Police received a 1:47 p.m. report of the “possible illegal dumping of tree” at 42 Charles St. An officer determined that a tree company was working at the site. An employee said “they were almost done and only a few shavings might have blown away from them, but they didn’t dump any.”

A three-car accident in the Market Basket parking lot at 227 Highland Ave. was reported to police at 3:34 p.m. An officer determined that a driver “was blinded by the sun” and struck a vehicle at a stop sign, pushing that vehicle into the vehicle ahead of it. All three vehicles sustained minor damage. There were no reported injuries or citations.

An 18-year-old woman was transported to Salem Hospital after she was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Webb and Bridge streets around 5:45 p.m. An officer said the woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including a laceration to her forehead, and that the driver of the vehicle that struck her was not cited because it appeared the woman walked into the middle of the intersection during a green light and speed was not a factor.

The Fire Department extinguished a car fire at Buffum and Mason streets around 5:45 p.m. The blaze apparently started after a car traveling on Buffum Street collided with a car on Mason Street and then ignited, likely because the battery grounded out beneath the hood, a firefighter said. It took about 10 minutes to extinguish the fire. Traffic was tied up on Mason Street for about a half-hour, but there were no injuries and the fire was contained to the one vehicle.



Police received a 2:30 p.m. report of an erratic driver at Charles and Holten streets but were unable to locate the person.



A crossing guard reported at 3:18 p.m. that a gray SUV drove past him while he was holding up his stop sign at West Shore Drive and Turner Road.

A Pinecliff Drive woman reported at 10:50 p.m. that she had “found a shade up and things out of place” upon returning home. An officer checked the house but found nothing suspicious.