, Salem, MA

January 5, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police received a 2:22 p.m. report that Marblehead High School was “in possession of Facebook posts that were threats of physical violence and death threats.”

An 11:29 p.m. report of “lots of screaming” near the church brought police to Chestnut Street and Atlantic Avenue. “Man was praying loudly,” an officer wrote later.



Police responded to Sohier and Tozer roads after a 4:45 a.m. report that a pole had been struck and removed an aluminum light pole from the roadway. “National Grid notified,” wrote police. “No debris from any vehicle in the area.”

An intoxicated man was hospitalized after police responded to a 11:30 p.m. report that he had fallen down cellar stairs on Jasper Street, according to the log.



Police received a 7:32 p.m. report that a woman’s $400 handbag had been stolen through the broken window of a car parked at Latitude Sports Club.


A crossing guard was transported to Salem Hospital after an 8:47 a.m. report that she had fallen and struck her head on Tremont Street.

A mailman turned in a license plate he found in a mailbox at 9:22 a.m.

Police received a 10:53 a.m. report that a vehicle’s tire had been slashed overnight on Swampscott Avenue.

An officer conducted a traffic stop at 5 Sanborn St. at 1:34 p.m. and arrested Richard Smith, 49, of 62 Jefferson Ave., Salem, on charges of failure to stop for police and failure to use care in starting, stopping, turning or backing.

A Lynn Street woman reported at 1:52 p.m. that her fence had sustained about $750 in damage on New Year’s Eve.



An off-duty officer stopped a man from stealing a bottle of Tylenol at the Walgreens at 29 New Derby St., according to an 11:54 a.m. report.

Police responded to a Beach Avenue address after a 3:58 p.m. report of a domestic dispute and determined one brother was upset that the other wouldn’t let him play Xbox. “The dispute escalated into a screaming match but both stated that it was verbal in nature,” wrote police. One brother was advised to “leave his brother’s things alone” and the other to “try to share his belongings a little more.”

Police and the Fire Department responded to 9 Heritage Drive after a 6:08 p.m. report that a vehicle there was on fire, but determined it was only overheating.

A 7:25 p.m. report that a vehicle rear-ended another vehicle at a red light brought police to Ayube Bypass Road and Bridge Street, where they arrested Sandra Cook, 44, of 18 Hull St., Beverly, on charges of drunken driving and following too closely. No injuries were reported.

Police were able to locate a stolen iPhone 4 at 38 Station Road by having the service provider “ping” its whereabouts, according to a 7:40 p.m. report. Police arrested Stanley Gammette, 22, of 16 Spring Court, Swampscott, on a charge of receiving stolen property after he admitted taking it from a restaurant, according to the log.

Police responded to a 10:21 p.m. report of a motor vehicle accident at 300 Canal St. and subsequently arrested Douglas Paul Gerardi, 55, of 56 Hooper St., Chelsea, on charges of drunken driving, second offense; and following too closely. No injuries were reported.


Three tires were stolen from beside a house on Naumkeag Street, according to an 8:40 a.m. report.

Ernie G. Belleisle, 40, of 116 Lafayette St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting after he allegedly tried to steal $48 worth of baseball cards from the Red Lion Smoke Shop, according to an 8:58 a.m. log item.

Police received a 12:36 p.m. report that a man had tried the doorknobs to a house on English Street. He was described as a white man in his late 20s with dark brown hair. The woman who reported the activity also said that a man had come to the house several days before and yelled “I know you’re in there.”



A 6:47 p.m. report of shoplifters at Walmart resulted in the arrests of Monique Lefave, 22, of 250 Washington St., Salem, and Charndra Morency, 24, of the same address, each on a charge of shoplifting.


Police took a report of a stolen iPhone at the Motel 6 at 2:21 a.m.

Police received a 8:11 a.m. report that a person “shook a hammer” during a road rage incident at 480 Maple St. An officer was unable to locate the individual.

A 1:13 p.m. report of shoplifting at Best Buy resulted in the arrest of Geraldo Garcia, 30, of 10 West Baltimore St., Lynn, on a charge of larceny over $250.



Police responded to an 11:30 p.m. report of a domestic disturbance at 3 Beech St. and arrested Haley Bencai, 26, homeless, on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer.