, Salem, MA

March 5, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A Mechanic Square woman reported at 9:34 a.m. that her cousin had been receiving threatening Facebook messages and phone calls in the early morning hours.

A caller reported at 10:29 a.m. that a woman had waved at her near Lafayette and Pleasant streets. Police wrote that the woman said it was an “overt attempt at attention” and that she wanted it logged.

Police received an 11:52 a.m. report of a domestic disturbance on Washington Street and arrested David Menzies, 33, of 150 Washington St., Apt. 4, Marblehead, on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (cake pan), domestic assault and battery, and malicious destruction of property over $250.

A Lee Street man told police at 1:41 p.m. that he been getting bills from his ex-wife’s dentist. “Wants criminal charges for harassment against dentist,” police wrote. An officer advised him that it was a civil matter.


Police received a 12:58 p.m. report from a Cornell Road woman who said “there appeared to be chewing tobacco on her car” and that somebody had tried to get into it.

Police received an 8:33 p.m. report that snowballs had been thrown at a front door on Chestnut Street for the past three days. “Caller does not see anyone by the time he looks outside,” police wrote.



Police received a 3:19 p.m. report that people were arguing over a parking space at 57 Dodge St., but a search of the area didn’t yield anything suspicious.



Police transported a man home after responding to a 3:59 p.m. report of a “male party with his pants down in the main entryway” at The Cheesecake Factory at the Northshore Mall.

Police received an 11:11 p.m. report of a disturbance at 30 King St. and determined that a brother and sister were fighting “over a barking dog.”



After a 1 a.m. report of a car in the middle of Puritan Road, police arrested Robert Conway, 24, of 6 Daventry Court, Lynnfield, on charges of drunken driving and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.


Police conducted a traffic stop at Boynton and Burrill streets at 1:01 p.m. and arrested John Towey, 53, of 275 Walnut St., Lynn, on charges of drunken driving, failure to stop or yield and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.



A man was served a no-trespass order from Walmart, 450 Highland Ave., after he was caught stealing six dolls, according to a 4:04 p.m. report.

A brick was thrown through a window at 27 Dearborn St., according to a 4:31 p.m. report.

Police responded to a 6:23 p.m. report of a “possible wild animal in house” at 27 Herbert St. and determined that the noise the homeowner had heard was actually two faulty smoke alarms. Officers assisted in changing the batteries.

Officers at 91 Lafayette St. at 6:48 p.m. arrested David Faticanti, 30, of 12 Village Lane, Tyngsborough, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and illegal possession of a Class A substance.

Somebody stole $1,500 in cash from a metal box in the bedroom of a Proctor Street residence, according to a 9:26 p.m. report.


Police received a 9:59 a.m. report that a plumbing tool worth $2,441.80 was stolen from a business at 295 Bridge St.

An employee of Shaw’s at 11 Traders Way told police at 11:01 a.m. that the store had what he called a “gallon-smashing” incident. The man told police that four women entered the store, proceeded to the dairy section, grabbed two gallons of milk and smashed them on the floor. While one of the women used a cellphone to record the incident, another woman pretended to slip and fall in the milk. The man said this is an “upcoming trend” and that there are several “gallon-smashing” videos on YouTube. Police took surveillance footage of the incident and will attempt to identify the women.

An 11:30 a.m. report of a suspicious person at 49 Hathorne St. resulted in the arrest of William Lewis, 37, homeless, on charges of larceny of property over $250 and trespassing.

A pedestrian was transported to Salem Hospital with head and arm injuries after she was struck by a vehicle on Gedney Street, according to a 12:43 p.m. log item. A witness said the woman was not in the crosswalk, and police did not cite the driver of the vehicle.

An officer shot a sick and injured skunk at 17 Becket St. after a 2:56 p.m. report of the animal.

A boy who was walking home on Fort Avenue was chased over a wall by a coyote, according to radio reports around 8:30 p.m. No further information was immediately available.