, Salem, MA

March 7, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A caller reported at 8 a.m. that cars had been speeding up and down Rowland Street in the morning hours.

A woman reported at 3:03 p.m. that she believed the clerk at a Smith Street store had sold cigarettes to high school students.


A caller reported that a door was wide open at a Front Street address at 6:23 a.m. “Everything is OK,” police wrote. “Wind blew the door open.”



Police responded to a 6:42 p.m. report of minors possibly drinking alcohol at 100 Sohier Road but found nothing suspicious upon arrival.


A 9:22 a.m. report of an injured deer brought officers to 475 Essex St. An officer wrote later: “I discharged two shotgun rounds to put down this deer, which was gravely injured with a broken leg.”

Police helped somebody get their vehicle unstuck from a snow pile at Essex Street and Parramatta Road, according to a 12:25 p.m. log item.

Police received a 3:18 p.m. report of possible gunshots in the woods near 14 Gateway Lane but didn’t find anything suspicious.



Police conducted a traffic stop at 3:13 p.m. at 210 Bartholomew St. and arrested Florencio Deleon, 30, of 461 Eastern Ave., Apt. 1, Lynn, on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.

A Moore Street woman reported at 3:17 p.m. that somebody had opened a Tumblr account in her name.

A 3:44 p.m. report of a shoplifter at H&M at the Northshore Mall resulted in the arrest of Frances Lara, 32, of 1 Ropes St., Salem, on a charge of shoplifting, third offense.

Police received a 6:08 p.m. report that somebody had broken into a vehicle at 75 Walnut St. and stolen a souvenir “Bermuda” wallet containing $30 in cash and two car chargers.

An 8:31 p.m. report of an accident brought police to Andover Street and Violet Road. The driver of the first vehicle, identified as Julie Benjamin, 23, of Andover, was transported to Salem Hospital with unknown injuries and will be summonsed on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop or yield. Nobody else was injured in the crash. Both vehicles were towed.


A male was transported to Salem Hospital after a 9:42 a.m. report of a scooter rollover at 300 Brooksby Village Drive. A firefighter said the man was “conscious and alert” after the incident but was unable to comment on any specific injuries.

At 11:57 a.m., a 14-year-old was arrested at Veterans Memorial High School on a charge of distribution of a Class D drug and a drug violation near a school or park.

A student at Higgins Middle School will be summonsed on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds, according to a 1:21 p.m. log item. Police declined to provide any further information.



Police received a 10:55 a.m. report that a vehicle was parked sideways in the middle of the road at Essex Street and Mall Access Road.



Police received a 7:33 p.m. report of shoplifting at Kohl’s, 50 Independence Way, and arrested Kerry Crotty, 33, of 2124 Kirkbride Drive, Danvers, on a charge of larceny over $250 and possession of a Class B drug. An officer said Crotty had tried to steal $947 in “clothing and miscellaneous items.”


Building materials were stolen from 222 Rosewood Drive, according to a 6:43 a.m. report.

Police responded to an 8 p.m. report that a passer-by heard what could have been a gunshot and saw a flash of light in a dark house at 88 Ash St., according to radio reports. The Fire Department was called in to force entry to the building; an officer said police found nothing suspicious inside.



Police responded to a 7:50 p.m. report that a man tried to steal a cellphone from a store at 138 Canal St. “No items were taken from the store, but it appeared that the suspect cut his finger attempting to steal the item,” police wrote.


The Fire Department and police responded to a 12:50 a.m. report of a small trash fire in front of 20 Endicott St. and extinguished the blaze.

A Boston Street woman reported at 9:34 a.m. that medication, perfume and a PlayStation had been stolen from her room.

Police received a 1:12 p.m. report that somebody had thrown a brick through the window of a man’s vehicle at 248 Washington St.

The Fire Department and police responded to a 2:32 p.m. report of a possible fire at 259 Highland Ave. and determined that a motor on the roof had burnt out.

A 2:45 p.m. report of an undesirable at 2 East India Square resulted in the arrest of John Lapointe, 54, homeless, on a charge of trespassing.

Police responded to a report of a five-car crash at 347 Jefferson Ave. around 7:15 p.m. An officer said there were no injuries. At least two vehicles were towed.