, Salem, MA

March 1, 2013


The Salem News

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Police found marijuana in a kid’s backpack after responding to a report of a suspicious package at the Access Star program on Mason Street.

Police placed Margarita Velasquez in custody on a shoplifting charge after the owner of the Lotus Gift Store in the East India Mall identified her as the person who stole a $20 gray hooded sweatshirt from a clothing rack in front of the store just before noon. Police found Velasquez in the mall wearing the sweatshirt.

Francis Linskey of 195 Essex St., Apt. 1A, Salem, was issued a citation after a three-car accident on Highland Avenue around 4:25 p.m. Police said Linskey will receive a summons for charges of driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, property damage and using a vehicle without authority.

A car crashed into a tree on Highland Avenue around 6 p.m. When police arrived, the driver was out of the vehicle and bleeding from the nose and lip. Kevin Bovell, 35, of 30 Ontario St., Lynn, told police that another vehicle cut him off, causing him to swerve off the road. Bovell was taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital. When police checked Bovell’s license, they discovered he had a suspended license, as well as a default warrant. Police arrested Bovell at Salem Hospital and charged him with driving after a license suspension and a marked lanes violation.

A Daniels Street resident told police that someone had been leaving “food products” on her car windshield for the last few weeks.

Police responded to a report of a “loud male” on Pope Street. A couple told police that they were arguing over dinner.

Ann Baccari, 61, of 95 Jackson St., Salem, was arrested at 10:58 p.m. and charged with domestic assault and battery.


Bernabe Perez, 24, of 110 New Park St., Lynn, was arrested at 12:42 a.m. after a traffic stop on Bridge Street and charged with driving without a license.

Police said a student was caught selling marijuana at Salem High School.

John Bernard, 59, of 20 Bates Park Ave., Beverly, was arrested at 11:41 a.m. on Boston Street and charged with being a disorderly person.

Police responded to a 12:44 p.m. report of a man yelling on the corner on Highland Avenue. The man told police he was upset over the state of the government and wanted to exercise his free speech.

A Linden Street resident told police that he got a phone call from a man telling him that his grandson had been in a car accident in Panama City and the grandson needed him to wire $5,000. Police said the resident then realized that his grandson was upstairs. He did not wire the money.

Julio Flete, 24, of 86 Broadway St., Salem, was arrested at 4:45 p.m. on Derby Street and charged with driving after license suspension.



A resident reported losing a gold engagement ring with the inscription “Elaine to Bill.”

A motorist reported that the roadway in front of the Beach Club on Shepard Avenue was flooded. Police notified the Department of Public Works to check if drains were blocked.



A woman told police she was sitting in her car by Atomic Cafe when it was struck by another vehicle. The woman said she was shaken up but not injured.

A caller told police that she was nearly struck by a vehicle that ran a stop sign on Pleasant Street because the driver was on her cellphone.

A driver called police to report that he hit the car in front of him when the other driver slammed on their brakes on West Shore Drive. The first driver honked his horn and tried to get the other car to stop, but it drove off. He said he was shaken up but not injured.

A caller told police that her car hydroplaned on a flooded section of Ocean Avenue near the causeway.

Police assisted a woman who fell off her bike on Tedesco Street around 9:15 p.m.



Police responded to a 9:12 a.m. report of a person causing a disturbance in the solicitor’s office at City Hall. The person was leaving without incident when police arrived.

Police responded at 2:05 p.m. to a report of “Facebook threats” at Beverly High School.