, Salem, MA

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October 31, 2013




A purse had been stolen from a vehicle parked at 14 Otis St., according to a 3:11 p.m. report.



Police received a 7:11 p.m. report that a “religious zealot” with a loudspeaker was blocking access to a store on Essex Street, but an officer wrote later: “There was no problem found.”

Officers responded to 11 Church St. after a 10:41 p.m. report of a dispute between neighbors and determined one woman had gone to another’s door “because she needed to give her money for an Avon order.” When the woman didn’t answer her door, the second apparently “got upset” and knocked a decorative corn off the door “and ruined it,” wrote police. The woman subsequently admitting to police that she had knocked the corn off by accident and said she would buy a new one for the woman.


Police received a 1:38 a.m. report of assault on Osgood Street. Subsequently arrested was Shaun C. Gallagher, 26, of 99 Bridge St., Salem, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.

Police were unable to locate a vehicle that was reported to be driving on the wrong side of Highland Avenue at 2:30 a.m.

There were no injuries after a vehicle struck a pedestrian who wasn’t using a crosswalk at Lafayette and Harbor streets at 11:42 a.m., according to the log.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Wilson Street about 12:30 p.m. and subsequently arrested Brandon L. Rinaldi, 23, of 5 Willowbrake Drive, Peabody, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating a motor vehicle without a license in possession, illegal possession of a class B substance and a marked lanes violation.

Police responded to the parking lot of Target at 227 Highland Ave. at 3:21 p.m. and spoke with a man who said somebody had stolen items from his vehicle while he was shopping. Those items included medical records, pay stubs, 10 or 15 checks, and his and his wife’s passports. There were no signs of forced entry.

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