, Salem, MA

October 16, 2012


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


Police received a 2:01 a.m. report of a large group of teens at 37 Walnut St., but the group had dispersed by the time they arrived.

A 1:12 p.m. report of shoplifting brought police to J.C. Penney at the Northshore Mall, where they arrested Vincenza Destefano, 41, of 145 Commercial St., Boston.

A man at 2 Margin St. reported at 6:11 p.m. that his wife had threatened him and his family with a knife. Police arrested Lenice M. Manning, 46, of 2 Margin St., Peabody, on charges of two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.



Police received a 7:52 a.m. report of a motorcycle crash at West Shore Drive and Cornell Road. The caller reported that she thought the motorcyclist might be drunk “because that is what another woman said to her.” Police wrote: “She said he never took his cigar out of his mouth and kept trying to leave.” Police responded to the scene but took no further action, and the motorcyclist refused medical treatment.

A 10:24 a.m. report of a man “who has fallen into the water and is hanging off a boat” in Marblehead Harbor resulted in police and the Fire Department responding to the area, where they later determined the man was actually a diver “hired to clean the bottoms of boats.”


Police received a 3:57 p.m. report of an intoxicated man in a truck on Ocean Avenue who made “racial comments” when a woman and her son walked by. Police were unable to locate the man.


A man reported at 12:03 p.m. that he was sitting in his car on Evans Road when another car “drove down the street and took off his mirror.” The car slowed down but then pulled away. Police contacted the owner of the second vehicle and reported that he would make contact with the owner of the vehicle he struck.

A man reported at 12:57 p.m. that two motorists in a Lexus and a Porsche were parked side by side in the middle of Harbor Avenue having a conversation. The man reported that the drivers got “very aggressive” when he asked them to move to the side of the road. Police checked the area but were unable to locate anything amiss.



Police received a 9:04 a.m. report of a dispute via Xbox from a Mill Street man who said threats were exchanged when “he got into it with another gamer from Missouri.”

Police determined a driver who left a bus running on the wrong side of the road at 10 Park St. with three Endicott College students still inside had gone to a nearby market to purchase liquor, according to a 10:18 p.m. report. Police determined the driver hadn’t consumed any alcohol but issued a citation for operating left of center.


Police received a 12:01 a.m. report that a vehicle had struck a house at 62 Water St. by a woman who reported awakening “to the sound of metal crunching” and looking out to see a small car leaving the scene. However, responding police determined, “There is no evidence of a crash taking place at this address. No skid marks, scratches on building or sidewalk, no metal or plastic pieces left behind, no fluids found.” An officer theorized that the woman might have heard an accident that occurred nearby and then looked out to see an unrelated car turning around in her driveway.

A 12:53 a.m. report of a large group of people brought police to 176 Hale St., where they arrested Nicholas Mello, 22, of 6 Winrow Drive, Merrimack, N.H., on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Police responded to a 12:48 p.m. report of a break-in in progress at 17 Summer St. and determined a resident’s friends had climbed in through the window. “No break,” police wrote. “Advised to use doors to prevent future police response.”


A 10:56 p.m. report of “kids with backpacks lurking around” on Lothrop Street resulted in police talking with two youths matching that description. They were found to be in possession of lighters, bottles of lighter fluid and “other flammable products.” An officer took the materials and advised the youths to go home.



A 6:22 p.m. report of a domestic dispute between a father and son brought police to 62 Derby St., where they arrested Wayne Daffe, 20, of 62 Derby St., Salem, on a charge of disturbing the peace.

Police responded to a 9:37 p.m. report of young children left home alone at 38 Boston St. and determined that there had been a domestic disturbance. Police arrested Hugo Merida, 57 of, 454 Washington St., Chelsea, on charges of domestic assault, breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a misdemeanor, and intimidation of a witness.


A 2:40 a.m. report of an assault brought police to Lafayette Street, where they arrested Christopher Rice, 39, of 277 Lafayette St., Salem, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.

Police received an 8:18 a.m. report that a suspicious man at 54 Flint St. had been “observed in the area multiple mornings and that he is always standing outside around the same time the schoolchildren are entering school.” Police wrote: “The male party can be heard talking and yelling to himself usually using profanities.” Police searched for the man, who is described as being older with a graying beard and wearing a black vest with tan or white sleeves, but were unable to locate him.

A 61-year-old woman suffered head injuries when she was struck by a vehicle at 1 Holyoke Square, according to a 2:43 p.m. report. The driver of the vehicle that struck her said it appeared she may have “tripped on a metal cover at the beginning of the crosswalk” and fallen into her vehicle. The woman was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.



Police received a 9:47 p.m. report of a raccoon in a house at 7 Ipswich River Road.