, Salem, MA

December 5, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A Jersey Street woman reported at 1:45 p.m. that a man identifying himself as “Officer Roger Davis” had told her that “her son had been arrested for having alcohol in a car” and that she needed to buy $3,000 worth of vouchers from Walgreen’s to help get him “out of trouble.”

A man on Front Street was transported to Salem Hospital after a 1:58 p.m. report that he was intoxicated and felt he needed to go to the hospital. The woman reporting the situation said “this happened before where the male was so intoxicated that he was stuck sitting in a chair for three days,” police wrote.

Police responded to Pleasant Street after a 4:09 p.m. report that a man had fallen in the roadway. “Party is going back to Lynn on the bus,” police wrote later.



A Martin Circle woman had left a message for the animal control officer complaining that feral cats in the area had “killed a wild bunny” and that she felt they were “too aggressive,” according to a 2:24 p.m. log item. Police wrote: “I advised her ferals are considered wildlife and are not removed by PAC. I also made her aware that it is not uncommon for cats (even domestic) to hunt/kill small animals — it does not mean they are rabid. She then stated she did not feel safe in her own home and would shoot them. I advised her against discharging a firearm in her neighborhood. Party stated she was going to document our conversation, in the event a feral attacked someone. I advised her that (to date) nobody had ever reported a feral attacking them.”

Police received a 4:43 p.m. report that a 26-year-old Boston man had stolen $68 of cologne from Sears at Northshore Mall. Police were planning to summons him to court in connection with the incident.

Police responded to 8 Winter St. after a 4:48 p.m. report that a truck had been “parked for 10 hours now” on a sidewalk. Police wrote later: “Officer reports truck moved as he pulled up.”

A Magnolia Way man reported at 7:58 p.m. that somebody had apparently tried to break into his residence, but police determined the Fire Department had actually damaged his door frame earlier in the day while trying to get inside after a Lifeline activation.

Police responded to Northshore Mall after security there reported at 10:31 p.m. that a man was refusing to leave. An officer determined the man was “unaware that he could not walk around the mall when mall is closed.”


A 12:16 p.m. report of shoplifting at Sears at Northshore Mall resulted in the arrests of Vera S. Silva, 27, of 56 Essex St., Apt. 3, Lynn, on a charge of receiving stolen property over $250, and Virginia Ann Wood, 24, of 42 Herrick Road, Peabody, on a charge of larceny over $250. Silva was also wanted on a warrant, according to the log.

Police received a 1:55 p.m. report that somebody’s Air Jordan sneakers had been stolen at Higgins Middle School.



Police dispersed a group of youths who were reported to be “throwing a ball” and “banging on the windows” at 19 West St. at 5:47 p.m.


A 1:42 a.m. report of an accident in a parking lot at 15 Hale St. resulted in the arrest of Henry Jacob Rau, 21, of 22 Franklin Place, Beverly, on charges of drunken driving, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.

Police responded to 33 Arthur St. after a 2:53 a.m. report of an “unwanted guest” and subsequently arrested George Michael Keith, 52, of 33 Arthur St., Beverly, on a charge of disorderly conduct.

A 12:29 p.m. report that a man was “disorientated” brought police to 434 Rantoul St., where they determined he was “disoriented but in his apartment with roommates to watch over him.”



Somebody at the Motel 6 on Newbury Street reported at 7:38 p.m. that they were having a problem with their 14-year-old son.



A man at 168 Essex St. reported at 4:12 p.m. that a woman he didn’t know had yelled at him for “no reason at all.” Police were unable to locate her.

Police responded to 2 High St. after a report about 4:30 p.m. that a man had gotten into an argument with three youths who were smoking marijuana in a nearby playground. Police were unable to locate them.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Valley Street about 8 p.m. and subsequently arrested Shawn D. Teague, 43, of 63 Pierpont St., Peabody, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense; operating an unregistered motor vehicle; operating an uninsured vehicle; and violating the city’s knife ordinance.

About midnight, Salem State University police at Bowditch Hall arrested John F. Finnegan, 19, of 8 Brookhaven Road, Worcester, on a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol. According to the log, Finnegan had been found “with open bottles of beer in his room.”


A man reported at 12:37 p.m. that he’d had an altercation with an employee of PetSmart on Traders Way as he attempted to purchase fish there the night before. After arriving at roughly 8:40 p.m., “an employee came over explaining it was almost time to close and [he] could not be of assistance,” wrote police. The man asked if he could speak to a manager, since “it would not take long to make his fish purchase.” The employee allegedly “became angry” and “in a threatening manner replied, ‘I’ll see you outside at 9.’” The man saw a manager, made his purchase and then exited the shop — at which point he discovered that one of his tires had been slashed. “The employee was not in the lot at the time.” Police were trying to find surveillance footage of the incident.

Police responded to Supercuts hair salon at 13 Paradise Road after a 3:15 p.m. report that men were “claiming to be police” and determined that they were. The officers — from Revere and the state police — wanted to talk with an employee regarding an investigation, but the store’s manager at first didn’t believe they were actually police, an officer said.