, Salem, MA

February 2, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police received a 9:30 a.m. report from a Powder House Court woman who said her neighbor had hit her after she left a note on her door about keeping the door closed. “Couple of different stories on how events went down,” wrote an officer. “No one wants to press charges at this time.”

A Susan Road caller reported at 1:21 p.m. that a woman “has backed into some wetlands and is now acting irrational.” Police responded but found no problems.

The Fire Department extinguished an oven fire on Atlantic Avenue after responding to a 4:50 p.m. report.

Police received an 8:47 p.m. report that a man had told a call center he was feeling suicidal. “He stated that he didn’t want to live anymore and then the call dropped,” wrote police. The man was in Lynn and police there went to check on him: “Lynn confirmed he was OK and was just upset he lost all his data on his phone.”

A Garden Road woman reported at 9:26 p.m. that her husband had assaulted her and she was locked out of the house. Police subsequently arrested Richard Michael Leahy, 72, of 5 Garden Road, Marblehead, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.



Police responded to a 3:37 p.m. report of a disturbance at 38 Bow St. and determined two people had a disagreement about “who changes more diapers.”


A motor vehicle that was traveling north on Essex Street crashed into a utility pole in front of 309 Essex St. shortly before 1 a.m. No injuries were reported. The driver of the vehicle was cited for texting while driving.



Police responded to a 3:12 p.m. report of an erratic driver “hitting curbs” on Tremont Street. “Operator is fine,” wrote police later. “Worked a long shift at post office.”

A Nissan Rogue sustained damage from BB gunshots while it was parked near a dentist’s office at Winnegance Avenue and Lynn Street, according to a 5:37 p.m. report.

A $200 snowblower was stolen from an Endicott Street address between 8:20 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to a 6:59 p.m. log item.


At 1:14 a.m., an officer at Washington Street and Clement Avenue arrested Savier Hernandez, 19, of 2 Prince St., Apt. 6, Salem, on charges of drunken driving, speeding and a marked lanes violation.

An officer retrieved syringes from the sidewalk at 272 Lynn St. at 7:36 a.m. and disposed of them.



A Fort Avenue woman reported at 6:23 p.m. that items had been stolen from her apartment, including legal papers and a prepaid cellphone valued at $168. The woman said she had filed previous reports about somebody entering her apartment and taking items without leaving any signs of forced entry. Police advised her to speak with the landlord about changing her locks.


Police responded to a 2:01 a.m. report of a domestic dispute at 205 Highland Ave. and determined a couple was arguing over “her spending time with her ex-boyfriend.”

Robert Losanno, 18, of 4 Marion Road, Peabody, was arrested at 4:19 a.m. on charges of domestic assault and battery, three counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and operating a motor vehicle recklessly so as to endanger. The arrest came after an investigation into domestic abuse that occurred on the central campus of Salem State University, according to the log. Police declined to provide further information, except to say the arrest followed a report of a fight in front of a bus stop.

A 9:13 a.m. report that children weren’t properly restrained in a car seat brought police to the McDonald’s at 1 Trader’s Way. They were unable to locate the vehicle.

The Fire Department extinguished a brush fire at the end of Griswold Drive at about 1 p.m.

A man reported at 1:37 p.m. that his wallet was stolen from his locker at the YMCA on Leggs Hill Road while he was showering on Jan. 25. The wallet contained his identification and $200 in cash, according to the log.

The Fire Department responded to a report of a kitchen fire at 12 First St. at about 2 p.m. A firefighter said an electrical problem with the stove led to the incident. No injuries or damage was reported.



A 7:47 p.m. report that a woman had been forced into a vehicle brought police to the CVS Pharmacy at 311 Newbury St., but they didn’t report finding anything suspicious.

A wristlet was stolen from a motor vehicle at 68 Poplar St., according to a 9:51 p.m. report.


Police received a 12 p.m. report of fire lane violations at the Market Basket at 139 Endicott St., but an officer later called the report “unfounded.”