, Salem, MA

November 1, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


The manager of CVS on Atlantic Avenue reported at 9:02 a.m. that a delivery truck had taken down the phone line to the business. “He will call his phone service provider to get his line restored,” wrote police.

Police in Revere reported at 4:40 p.m. that a Widger Road man had reported his car stolen from an airport shuttle service the night before. “They found the car this morning parked in the same lot, and it wasn’t stolen; he just didn’t remember where he had parked it,” wrote police.


Police responded to a 12:15 a.m. report of a disturbance involving “loud music and screaming” at a Nicholson Street address. An officer wrote later: “Parties said they will keep it down; they were celebrating the Red Sox winning the World Series.”



A 1:51 a.m. report of a suspicious vehicle brought police to 181 Elliott St., where a guard said it had “pulled in with a taxi and went to the rear of the property.” Police wrote: “The female got into the cab and when security guard went to check on vehicle, the male left the vehicle and disappeared. Security was concerned vehicle was stolen. Ran vehicle, negative stolen. Open container visible in cup holder; security decided they did not want the vehicle on their property and decided to call Big Jim’s to remove it.”

Officers responded to 232 Elliott St. after a 5:46 a.m. report of an unwanted person. An officer wrote: “Party was elderly male who was giving his morning sermon to the patrons of Starbucks. He was advised that it is OK to speak your mind but when you are asked to leave, you have to leave. Sent back home to the Fairweather Apartments.”

Police returned to the Starbucks at 242 Elliott St. after a 6:26 a.m. report that the same elderly man was “preaching aggressively to patrons.” Police wrote: “He was escorted outside and advised if he came back he would be coming to the station with us.”



A Mountwood Road woman reported at 11:31 a.m. that somebody had stolen a package from her front porch at some point in the last week.


Police received a 1:14 a.m. report that all four tires had been stolen from a woman’s vehicle on Cherry Street. “Car up on jack,” wrote police.



Police received a 4:02 p.m. report that a male in a vehicle at Church and Brown streets had possibly exposed himself, but police didn’t report finding anything suspicious in the area.

Police responded to 191 Lafayette St. after a 5:11 p.m. report that a male had been assaulted with a knife. Subsequently arrested was Thomas Francis Gillick, 45, homeless, on a charge of assault by dangerous weapon. Lt. Mary Butler said Gillick had been sitting on the steps to the Berube funeral home, being loud. When approached by an employee and asked to move along, Gillick took out a box cutter and threatened to cut the man “like a pig,” she said.

A 7:54 p.m. report of a domestic dispute brought police to 247 Jefferson Ave., where a man told them his ex-girlfriend had gone into his business and started arguing with him, then kicked a glass display case, breaking it. She then spit in the man’s face and kicked the business’s front window, according to the log. Police will seek a warrant for the woman on charges of domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious destruction of property over $250.

A 10:24 p.m. report of shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Highland Avenue resulted in the arrest of Amy Marie Gould, 31, of 127 Bridge St., Salem, on charges of two counts of shoplifting by price tag tampering.


A 1:53 a.m. report that a man was passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle brought police to Bridge and Northey streets. Subsequently arrested was Joseph C. Plassmann, 31, of 309 Lynnfield St., Peabody, on a charge of drunken driving.

A 12:02 p.m. report of an accident brought police to Dow and Prince streets, where they determined two drivers who were “unfamiliar with the area and ... attempting to get back to downtown” had crashed into each at the intersection. No injuries were reported. “Both vehicles possible total losses,” wrote police.

About 12 p.m., an officer at the Essex Probate and Family Court on Federal Street arrested Taylor E. Shurila, 19, of 29 Birchwood St., West Roxbury, on a charge of illegal possession of a class C substance.

Police received a 12:25 p.m. report from a Loring Avenue woman who reported that her Compaq hard drive had been “stolen from her porch.” Police wrote: “She reports she had the hard drive on the porch for the last few weeks and just recently found it missing.”

Two people were transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries after a 1 p.m. report of a four-car crash brought police and emergency personnel to 483 Highland Ave. An officer determined the accident occurred when one vehicle rear-ended a vehicle that had stopped for traffic, pushing it into another vehicle, which in turn struck a fourth. The operator of the first vehicle was cited for following too closely, according to the log.

A woman driving on Clifton Avenue toward Lafayette Street about 1:30 p.m. veered across the street and crashed into a tree, according to the log. She told police she swerved because her vehicle “came out of gear.” No injuries were reported.

The department received a report from Peabody police about 9:45 p.m. that a 15-year-old girl with autism had gone missing in the area of Tremont Street. She was described as being white, about 5 feet 6, 120 pounds, with brown hair. She was wearing a black shirt, black pants, a black-and-red cape and a pumpkin mask when she was last seen.



Police received a 12:04 p.m. report of shoplifting at Claire’s Boutique at Liberty Tree Mall and subsequently arrested Mindy Mangini, 27, of 18 Tanner Court, Peabody, on a charge of shoplifting by asportation, third offense.


Police received a report about 5:25 p.m. that a motorist had seen a man abuse his dog as he tried to cross the roadway at Hobart and Centre streets. The small dog was reluctant to cross the street, so the man dragged it across by its leash and then picked it up and threw it, according to the report. An officer was unable to locate the man.



A 10:30 p.m. report of a family dispute brought police to 12 Crowninshield St., where they determined a stepbrother and sister and were “arguing over property of [a] recently deceased relative. Both parties advised to have attorneys handle the matter.”


A 1:23 a.m. report that a vehicle struck a light pole at Pulaski Street and Pound Lane resulted in the arrest of Jose Benitez, 24, of 26 North Central St., Apt. 1, Peabody, on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and a one-way street violation.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Newbury Street at 6:21 a.m. and subsequently arrested William J. Allen, 28, of 120 North St., Salem, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and having no inspection sticker.

A woman reported at 1:25 p.m. that $230 in cash had been stolen from her purse while she was trying on shoes at the Macy’s at Northshore Mall.