, Salem, MA

December 27, 2012


The Salem News

---- — Beverly


Police received an 11:16 a.m. report that an “active shelter” had been found in the woods at 40 Woodland Ave. and notified the DPW to dismantle it.

A 9:53 p.m. report of a chimney fire brought police and the Fire Department to 32 Hull St. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which caused no structural damage, according to the log.


Police responded to an 11:22 a.m. report that a father had been assaulted by his 15-year-old daughter at 10 Doane Ave. and arrested Stephen Boris, 39, of 295 Washington St., Salem, on a charge of assault and battery.



Police received a 3:30 p.m. report from a North Central Street woman who said she could hear the resident of a nearby apartment threatening his girlfriend with a knife. Officers responded, but the people involved said it was only a verbal argument and there had been no mention of weapons.


The Fire Department responded to a report of a Dumpster fire at 17 Silver Leaf Way around 9 p.m.



After a 9:23 p.m. report, police and the Fire Department assisted a woman who was locked out of a residence at 12 Pioneer Terrace.


Police received a 12:33 a.m. report that a man was wearing only an orange jacket at Essex Street and Hawthorne Boulevard. Officers were unable to locate him.

A Canal Street man reported to police at 9:57 a.m. that the interior of his Dodge van had been burned. The Fire Department determined that the damage had occurred due to a faulty electrical wire beneath the driver’s seat, according to the log.

An 11:20 a.m. report of “kids on mopeds” brought police to School and Barr streets, where nothing suspicious was found.

A Bay View Avenue man reported at 12:12 p.m. that somebody had tampered with his front door on Tuesday between 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. The man “stated he latched the front door with the hook lock prior to leaving, and when he returned, the hook part of the lock had been pulled from the door.” There was no sign of forced entry on the inside door.

Police received a 1:37 p.m. report that an unknown man had lunged at a cashier at the CVS at 426 Essex St. and said, “I’m gonna smash you,” after he was told he wouldn’t be refunded about $7 for watch batteries. No actual contact between the two was reported. Police checked the area but were unable to locate the man.

An Essex Street woman reported at 3:02 p.m. that her credit card statement listed transactions at local stores that she hadn’t made. The woman said “she never takes the card from her home and its sole use is for online accounts,” an officer wrote. Police are investigating.

A woman reported at 3:19 p.m. that her Chevrolet Blazer had been vandalized while it was parked in the rear lot of Sidelines Sports Bar on Canal Street. The woman told police there were “hand and foot prints” on the front quarters and hood of the vehicle, as well as “a small mark of what appears to be feces.”



An 11:57 p.m. report of domestic assault at 107 Elliott St. resulted in the arrest of Justin Shairs, 20, of the same address, on charges of domestic assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.


Police received a 4:13 p.m. report of a residential break-in at 6 Lawrence St.

An elderly woman was transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries after an accident involving the sedan she was driving and a pickup truck at 50 Endicott St. around 7:30 p.m., a firefighter said.



Police received a 9:28 a.m. report that a car had been parked on the street at Highland Terrace and Village Street “with keys and wallet in plain view” for three days. An officer left a voice mail for the owner.

A Farrell Court man reported at 11:48 a.m. that he went to check on his neighbor’s cat after he heard it crying and found his neighbor “lying naked and unresponsive.” Police contacted the medical examiner after determining that the man had died. An officer said the death was not considered suspicious.

Christmas lights had been taken off bushes and a light-up reindeer thrown in the street and run over, according to a 9:13 p.m. report from an Overlook Drive resident.


Police received a 1:16 p.m. report that a Bennett Road woman’s light-up reindeer had been smashed and put “on the roof of her car.” Police wrote: “Appears to be an ongoing issue, as lights had been pulled off the reindeer on a couple of occasions before.”

A Lime Street woman reported at 2:03 p.m. that she had heard while she was at work that an au pair intentionally shut her daughter’s hand in a door. An officer spoke to the children and determined that “everything appears OK.”

An Amherst Road caller reported seeing two people steal Christmas decorations and leave in an SUV at 9:45 p.m.


Police received a 6:32 p.m. report that a man had been approached by his ex-wife’s sister at Village Plaza and she made threats about an upcoming court case. “He rolled up his window, refused to engage in the argument and took her picture,” police wrote. “She also was making lewd sexual gestures and comments.” The man reported that he feared his ex-wife “may come in and tell a different story about the events tonight.”


Police responded to a 11:58 a.m. report of a domestic disturbance on Prospect Court and determined that a mother and son were arguing over “preparing food to eat.”