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December 10, 2012



James F. Martinez, 32, of 116 Lafayette St., Salem, was arrested at 9:44 p.m. at his address on charges of possessing a Class A and a Class B drug. Patrolmen Rafael Gonzalez, Daniel Tucker and Theodore Pierce initially responded to a report of an assault.

The wail of a smoke detector brought police to Buffum Street at 10:08 p.m., but they found no smoke, just a detector going off in the Dumpster.


Sleeping in the lobby of a Lafayette Street building at 12:09 a.m. earned a man a no-trespass order.

The report at 1:47 a.m. of a crowd fighting in Salem Street drew police. “Upon arrival, the large group dispersed with no incident,” according to the log.

A man on Palmer Street was spotted “lying a blanket down” in a basement, according to the log. “He stated he was going to take a nap.” He was told there had been a complaint at 8:54 a.m. and that “he just can’t nap anywhere he wanted.” He and his blanket were sent away.

Officers recovered a Vera Wang purse in a trash barrel at 9:16 p.m. It had been stolen from the Anchor Pub in Beverly the night before, and some bank cards were recovered inside.

The woman who kicked ex-boyfriend Jason Papagikos out of her house last February made sure to check all the closets when she got home. At the time, it didn’t help, as she found him under her bed. Now, with a restraining order against him and Papagikos in jail awaiting trial on other charges, she got a Facebook message from a third party described as a friend of Papagikos. The message “referenced Jason twice and asked if he ‘could hide under her bed’ sometime,” according to the log at 11 a.m. Police suggested a restraining order while noting that there’s no proof the ex-boyfriend encouraged the call and no violation occurred.

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