, Salem, MA

November 30, 2012


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A caller reported at 7:47 a.m. that cars weren’t stopping at the intersection of Green and Elm streets. “She said they actually beep at her when she doesn’t yield to them after they run the stop sign,” police wrote.

An Ocean Avenue woman reported at 12:29 p.m. that she believed a neighbor’s son had lit off a firecracker in the area near her beach. “That same boy had in the past damaged some of her property,” police wrote. “Caller does not want the cruiser to park in front of her house, as that would escalate the problem.”

Police received a 5:08 p.m. report of a noises coming from a landlord’s apartment while he was in Florida. An officer determined that it was his cleaning lady.



A 5:08 p.m. report of a two-car accident brought officers to Bridge Street and Winthrop Avenue, where they arrested John Kostrubanic, 49, of 194 Lothrop St., Beverly, on charges of drunken driving and following too closely. No injuries were reported.

Police received a 5:42 p.m. report that a man had locked his keys in his car after it broke down on Route 128 north. The vehicle was towed to a nearby gas station.


A son reported at 11:51 a.m. that his mother had overdosed on heroin at an Access Road address.



An officer backed his cruiser into another vehicle at 12 Fay Ave., according to a 2:22 p.m. report. “There is no visible damage to either vehicle,” police wrote.

Police received a 3:40 p.m. report that a laptop had been stolen overnight from an unlocked vehicle parked at 8 Margin Terrace.

A police lieutenant reported at 4:24 p.m. that someone had stuck “a knife or ice pick” into the side of his tire, flattening it.

Police responded to J.C. Penney at the Northshore Mall at 5:38 p.m. and arrested Christopher Dunston, 22, of 10 First St., Apt. 505, Salem, on a charge of shoplifting and on an outstanding warrant out of Salem.

A Central Street woman reported at 8:09 p.m. that her vehicle had been damaged by “thrown nip bottles.”

Someone entered a Parsons Street apartment through a second-floor window and stole $3,000 in cash, according to a 10:43 p.m. report.


Police received a 9:38 a.m. report that a man was possibly driving to the Puritan Lawn Cemetery to commit suicide. The man was later located at a hospital.

A man complained of dog waste left on the grass across from his home at 12:29 p.m. “He has not witnessed the violation and has no idea who the dog owner is, or where they live,” an officer wrote. He was advised to contact Animal Control if he obtained more information.



At 4:58 p.m., officers in the Special Response Unit arrested Nicole McCarthy, 22, of 7 Heritage Drive, Salem, on charges of two counts of larceny of property over $250 and two outstanding warrants and Catherine Olson, 21, of 116 Lafayette St., Salem, on a charge of receiving stolen property.

An officer who was trying to serve a paper at 52 Dow St. at 5:35 p.m. overheard a man yelling from the fourth floor of 60 Dow St. He spoke to the man, who said “while he was cooking the stove caught on fire and he was yelling at the kids to keep away.” The man had extinguished the blaze before the officer arrived, and no injuries were reported.

Police received a 6:25 p.m. report of coyotes in the area of Phelps Street and Stearns Place. An officer checked the area but couldn’t find them.

A Butler Street man reported at 7:26 p.m. that he was pinned to the ground and robbed of about $490 in cash as he walked to a gas station on Boston Street. The man said he had been watching television earlier in the evening with the two people responsible. Warrants were sought for the two on charges of unarmed robbery and assault and battery.

A woman reported at 10:34 p.m. that her vehicle had been broken into and her registration stolen at Highland Avenue and Proctor Street. “There was nothing else missing from the vehicle,” police wrote.


Police received a 10:03 a.m. report that a tenant had threatened to shoot his landlord after being informed that an exterminator was coming later in the day. Police spoke to the tenant, who said he said “sue,” not “shoot” — “didn’t have his teeth in,” police wrote.

An officer responded to a 1:30 p.m. report of a raccoon on a porch at 11 Mason St. “Clear,” police wrote later, “raccoon took off running.”



A man reported at 5:28 p.m. that his vehicle sustained a flat tire after he struck a trash barrel with a gardening tool inside in the middle of Essex Street.


Police received a 12:08 p.m. report of an explosion near 67 Mountwood Road and subsequently determined that a vehicle had struck a telephone pole and then left the area.



An 11:58 p.m. report of an erratic driver at Liberty and Elliott streets resulted in the arrest of Linda Cloran, 65, of 12 Milton St., Lynn, on a charge of drunken driving, second offense.


Police conducted a traffic stop at 18 Perry St. at 2:09 p.m. and arrested Raymond Garland, 21, of 13 Palmer St., Salem, on charges of disorderly conduct, failure to stop for police and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.