SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 14, 2013

Police/fire

BY ALAN BURKE
STAFF WRITER

---- — Peabody

Friday

Eliane Costa, 40, of 154 Lowell St., Peabody, was arrested, as logged at 2:15 p.m., for driving without a license. Police had been investigating a two-car collision. The other driver earned a ticket for running a red light.

A woman on Oakland Street found three bikes abandoned in her backyard and brought them to the police station, according to the log at 2:51 p.m.

An attempted break at Elginwood Road, logged at 3:15 p.m., involved “suspects reported to be two white males with black T-shirts” fleeing “towards lakes.” A 20-year-old Middleton man will be summonsed for an “attempt to commit a crime.”

You can’t get something for nothing. Police taught the lesson to a Nickerson Road woman who got unsolicited checks with instruction to “send the over payment of cash back to them.” The checks are bogus, police advised, and the woman would be responsible for repaying all the money if she cashed them.

A dad alerted police at 5:13 p.m. that his son has PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and “is a veteran and wants to harm himself.” Police alerted other departments and began a search.

A man will be summonsed after an acquaintance reported passing him on Margin Street when he “struck him with an elbow punch,” as logged at 6:41 p.m.

Police took a report at 7:59 p.m. that a football player at Bishop Fenwick High School had suffered a possible spinal injury after a hit to the head. A 17-year-old Billerica man was taken to Salem Hospital by Atlantic Ambulance.

Two 56-year-old men on Route 1 will be summonsed for assault after police responded at 10:15 p.m. to a report of someone trying to start a fight.

Two vehicles on Main Street were vandalized, scratched, as reported at 10:55 p.m.

Saturday

Police investigated people in a dark-colored car behind the medical building on Roosevelt Avenue as part of a stolen pumpkin caper. These were not, as it turned out at 12:40 a.m., the pumpkin culprits.

A break-in of a vehicle on Lynnfield Street was being investigated, as logged at 8:02 a.m.

Ralph E. Dandy, 47, of 29 Oak St., Peabody, was arrested, as logged at 10:28 a.m., on a charge of domestic assault and battery.

Officers reported at 11:10 a.m. freedom was attained for a live bird stuck in a pellet stove on Route 1.

A person passed out on Jennings Circle was taken to Lahey, according to the log at 12:20 p.m.

Who knew trying to steal a truck could make you a star. Yes, an individual riding a mountain bike and wearing a jacket with large letters from shoulder to shoulder and a stripe on the bottom, jeans, sneakers and carrying a backpack was caught on camera trying to make off with the vehicle. He also left hand and fingerprints behind. Police are investigating as logged at 1:10 p.m.

Steven F. Swain, 51, of 4 Druid Ave., Peabody, was arrested, as logged at 1:56 p.m., at Main and Holten streets on a charge of domestic assault and battery. Police had initially responded to a report of “a male beating up a female on MBTA bus 877.”

Police took a report at 5:09 p.m. of an iPhone 5 lifted from the drawer at a Northshore Mall kiosk.

With friends like this... A Washington Street man told police at 6:23 p.m. that a friend stayed a few nights and now he’s missing socks and pants from his drawers.

A woman reported to police at 11:20 p.m. that someone is stalking her computer, her phone and her bank account. Police sent the report to their Criminal Investigation Division.

Sunday

Police investigated a report of burglary at For Your Convenience, a store on Main Street, at 4:39 a.m. They took note of a suspect wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and possibly carrying a case of beer down the railroad tracks toward Howley Street, but could not locate him.

Salem

Friday

A street performer deemed “undesirable” got the hook at Essex and Central streets, according to the log at 6:58 p.m. She had a license but agreed to go nevertheless.

A lack of witnesses meant that a violent confrontation between two motorists did not lead to arrests at Mason and Grove streets, according to the log at 7:06 p.m. A father and daughter hailed police from the side of the road saying they’d been attacked by a man on a moped. “The moped hit him from behind,” according to the dad. He got out only to find the moped operator “came at him yelling and screaming.” The operator then put him in a headlock. The moped driver let go only when dad bit his hand. For his part, the moped driver said he’d almost been hit by the Honda Accord and tried to tell him as much, pulling up alongside until the dad pulled over and came out yelling. At some point, the moped driver said, he “took off down Mason Street in front of the motor vehicle. The motor vehicle then passed him again, got in front of him and slammed on the brakes.” That caused the moped to hit the vehicle, at which point, according to story number 2, dad “then got out, yelling, swearing and swinging.” Both vehicles were damaged. The moped driver did not want to press charges over the bite. Police suggested they could take their dispute to civil court.

Saturday

If kids were throwing eggs at cars on Lafayette Street at 12:39 a.m. — police weren’t able to locate them.

Police were sent to Dow Street at 6:02 a.m. to investigate a “loud banging” and found a resident who told them it was his kids, who were awake.

Noise on Japonica Avenue was easily dealt with when police helped a resident get a possum out of her trash can, as logged at 8:15 a.m.

Case solved. A woman reported at 10:11 a.m. that her mountain bike had been stolen from her garage on Essex Street. Neither the garage nor the bike had been locked. Police then found the bike behind the police station.

It just didn’t sound right. A Washington Street man told police that a woman who claimed to help “people in need of money” told him to send his bankcard to her with $200 or $300 on it and she “would return the card with two or three thousand dollars on it.” But a UPS employee suggested this might not be on the up and up and called police instead. The bank card was supposed to go to Illinois. The phone number was a Google phone number.

Police took multiple reports of stolen keys and stolen wallets taken from “unsecured” lockers in the men’s locker room at the Legg’s Hill YMCA, starting at 11:58 a.m. In at least one case the keys were used to access the victim’s car and steal valuables.

A Galaxy 4 cellphone valued at $700 went missing from the TJ Maxx store on Traders Way, as logged at 1:43 p.m. At 2:09 p.m. a cellphone was reported swiped at the Busa Wine and Spirits store, also on Traders Way. An employee told police he’d left the phone on a display case. “Video footage shows a Hispanic male, bald, wearing a blue T-shirt with an orange stripe take the cell phone and pocket it. Further footage shows a black mail with dreadlock hair remove it from the person’s pocket who originally stole it and then take it from the store.” The Apple iPhone was given an estimated value of $200.

Keep the preaching down, police advised a man on Essex Street at 2:37 p.m. said to be “preaching religion” over a megaphone. He agreed.

A woman taking a parking space in the Church Street lot reported at 4:45 p.m. that someone else had their eye on the same space. As she “and her family exited the car the driver of the other motor vehicle began yelling obscenities at her.” And when she returned to the car she discovered it had been scratched down the right side. No witnesses could be found but the woman did have the license plate number of the other car. Police were attempting to locate the driver.

A boy on Prince Street reported to police at 7:19 p.m. that he’d been “jumped” by two other boys, 11 or 12 years old. He said they’d held him down and punched his stomach. He declined an ambulance and police noted no obvious signs of injury. Officers checked the area but found no one matching the description given.

A wristlet, containing a cellphone, credit cards, cash, keys and a license went missing from its owner at Murphy’s Bar on Derby Street on Friday night, as logged at 8:04 p.m. Saturday. The owner told police she put it down “for a few minutes.”

Officers took the handicap swing at Washington Square back to the station for safekeeping after someone vandalized it, according to the log at 8:06 p.m.

A car window was forced open and a GPS was stolen off the dashboard at a parking lot at Congress and Ward streets, according to the log at 9:50 p.m.

A small coyote was roadkill on Highland Avenue, as reported at 11:06 p.m. Police were unable to locate the driver involved.

Not exactly a successful party — as police went to Palmer Street to tell a resident to keep the music down. He lowered the volume but then burnt food and smoke set off the fire alarm. “Salem Fire responded and cleared the scene,” according to the log at 11:13 p.m.

Sunday

A couple complained to police at 12:15 a.m. that the man’s ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend keeps texting him, accusing him of continuing his previous romance. The woman worried that he’d appeared outside of the sliding doors of their condo, trying to convince her of the same thing. She finally got him to leave. She told police she was worried because she was alone with her 2-year-old at the time. Police advised a harassment order from the courts.

Too slow was the complaint from a driver following a woman on Highland Avenue. That woman told police at 3:10 p.m. that she pulled over, thinking her tire pressure was low. The following car stopped, two women and man emerged complaining over her lack of speed and a physical altercation ensued. A passenger in the woman’s car threatened to call the police and the three fled.

A motorcyclist who said he hit a patch of oil and skidded on Harbor Street at 9:41 a.m., was taken to Salem Hospital with injuries.

Thieves walked off with two scarecrow figures outside of a house on Boston Street, as logged at 1:05 p.m.

“Possible sexual assault” was logged at 4:03 p.m. on Highland Avenue.

Danvers

Sunday

Nathan Hadley, 32, of 239 Jefferson Ave., Salem, was arrested, as logged at 3:04 p.m., at the Old Navy at the Liberty Tree Mall on a charge of shoplifting.