, Salem, MA

October 26, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A man complained at 8:32 a.m. that a crossing guard at Pond and Green streets “acts like a nut.”

A Washington Street woman reported at 11:23 a.m. that her neighbors were “dragging trash barrels against her car.” Police wrote: “She has not seen them and has no witnesses. She was advised to put up video cameras or wait until the woman whom she suspects to take out her garbage ... she did not want to pursue a harassment prevention order.”

Police received a 2:07 p.m. report that a suspicious dark-skinned man with a “very thick paperback book” had gone to the public schools superintendent’s office on Widger Road “asking to find out who his guidance counselor may have been in 1985.” Police wrote later that the man had somehow accessed the high school, but the “high school was not concerned about his behavior; he was making accusations about a guidance counselor.”


A Devereux Terrace woman reported at 3:26 a.m. that she had been upstairs when she heard her television turn on. “Units walked through the house with homeowners; everything is secured,” an officer wrote later.



A Brooksby Village Drive woman reported at 3:12 p.m. that her $12,000 wedding ring had been taken from her apartment at some point since 10:15 a.m.

A Newbury Street man reported at 4:15 p.m. that he’d sustained scratches to his arm after breaking up a cat fight the previous Monday. “ACO informed him to contact a medical professional in order to discuss the injury further,” wrote police.

A residence at 9 Endicott St. had been broken into, according to an 8:30 p.m. report, but nothing was apparently stolen.


Somebody was transported to Salem Hospital after a 7:17 a.m. report that he or she had passed out at McDonald’s at 133 Main St.

A man reported at 12:14 p.m. that a white Lincoln had followed him around the Northshore Mall parking lot, and the person inside was “making angry gestures toward him.” The vehicle had left the area by the time police arrived.



Police were unable to locate a red van that was reported to be driving on King’s Beach at 2:50 p.m.

Police received a 4:34 p.m. report that a 17-year-old male kept calling a 12-year-old girl on Rock Avenue.



Police received an 8:03 p.m. report that a vehicle had crashed into a pole at 152 Endicott St. No injuries were reported.


Gasoline had been stolen from a vehicle at 40 Cherry Hill Drive, according to a 9:42 a.m. report.



A woman reported at 7:51 p.m. that a suspicious male had approached her at Walgreens on Elliott Street. “When she came out, he was still waiting for her and asked her to wait a minute,” police wrote. “She left and called it into the station.” An officer spoke to a man who said he had been asking people for cigarettes and advised him “not to loiter and bother the customers.”

Police responded to 23 Courtney Drive after a 9:07 p.m. report of loud banging. An officer wrote later: “Party playing with barking Doberman. Will quiet for evening.”


According to a 1:13 a.m. log item, an officer in the area of Rantoul and Roundy streets observed a vehicle “rapidly flashing its high beams, then take off with a male party holding onto the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle took the corner onto Roundy and stopped at 20 Roundy, a residence which this department has had a lot of recent involvement with (Endicott College party house). I stopped the vehicle in front of the residence and spoke with the operator ...and the male on the hood ... they were spoken to on the matter and advised that they are out of breaks with this dept.”

A 3:21 p.m. report of a shoplifter at Stop & Shop on Elliott Street resulted in the arrest of Ronald Thomas Pretola, 50, of 7 Fairmont Road, Peabody, on a charge of shoplifting by asportation, sixth offense.



About 12:30 a.m., a Salem State University officer arrested Michael Brian Toupence, 20, of 71 Loring Ave., Salem, on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Toupence was pepper-sprayed before he was booked at police headquarters, according to the log.

A 2:08 a.m. report of a hit and run on Lincoln Road resulted in the arrest of Michael Thomas Murray, 26, of 6 Linden Ave., Salem, on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to stop for police.

An 8:49 a.m. report of an intoxicated man brought police to Gedney Street, where they determined he wasn’t actually intoxicated. “He was texting and walking at the same time,” an officer wrote.

A man at the shelter at 56 Margin St. reported at 9:17 a.m. that another man had told him, “You’re a dead man” and “I am going to kill you,” the night before.

A man reported at 12:30 p.m. that appliances had been stolen from his rental property at 15 Prescott St.

An officer on Lafayette Street about 1 p.m. arrested Barry Bullock, 55, homeless, on a charge of possession of a class A substance.

Police responded to a Bridge Street address after a 1:13 p.m. report of suspicious activity. A man there told police that he ran a repair shop and another man ran an automobile leasing business in the same space, but that he had a bathroom and the other man didn’t, so the other man “goes to the rear of the building and urinates.” An officer spoke to the man in question, who “stated he does have a problem and has to urinate frequently.” Police wrote: “He was advised that he must stop urinating anywhere outside. He states they won’t let him use their bathroom. He was advised of the consequences if an outside person observes him or a customer ... he stated he would look into renting a portable [toilet], and he will stop going outside.”

Police responded to Bates Elementary School on Liberty Hill Avenue after a 2:04 p.m. report of a suspicious person and spoke to an employee who said a male on a bicycle had been seen talking to one of the female students by a fence. When approached, the man left. He was described as being Hispanic, in his early 40s, with “minimal facial hair.” An employee said “she believed the child may have waved to the male first, which would have prompted the male to approach.”

An officer observed a man get off a moped on Highland Avenue, challenge a driver to a fight, punch the vehicle’s window and then spit at the driver, according to a 2:52 p.m. log item. The moped was stopped. Subsequently arrested was Francis Flaherty, 34, of 112 Bridge St., Salem, on a charge of disorderly conduct, and the moped’s operator, Laura Maria Nardella, 53, of the same address, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and a violation of the city’s knife ordinance.