, Salem, MA

June 20, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police responded to a 9:46 a.m. report of a disabled vehicle with an infant inside at Maple and Cypress streets. Police wrote later: “Found it, has hazards on, no one around.”

A woman at the high school on Humphrey Street reported that a student had been found in possession of a “smoking device” she had never seen before. Police wrote later: “Bringing the device in.”

A Harbor Avenue woman reported at 11:29 a.m. that the windshield of her car had been “shattered” the night before. “She said nothing was taken, but wanted it note in case there were other calls,” police wrote.

An envelope containing two checks was stolen from a vehicle on Clifton Avenue, according to a 4:51 p.m. report.

A Bass Rock Lane woman reported receiving scam phone calls from “Viacom” at 7:16 p.m. “Caller said the calls originate from 212-254-2321 — a number which cannot be called back,” police wrote. “Caller said they ask for passwords and social security numbers. Caller said it sounds like calls are being made from a boiler room in India.”

A Washington Street woman was hospitalized after a 10:14 p.m. report that she was having “some sort of nervous breakdown.”


Police received a 6:37 a.m. complaint that a construction company was “causing a lot of noise in the neighborhood.” An officer advised the caller that there was no town bylaw prohibiting such work that early in the morning.

The sunroof of a vehicle on Gallison Avenue was smashed overnight and a purse stolen from inside, according to a 6:58 a.m. report.



A Driscoll Street woman had a verbal argument with her neighbor after she accused them of “stealing from her garage,” according to a 2:55 p.m. log item.

At 8:49 p.m., an officer at 25 Felton St. arrested Mark Fialkowski, 51, of the same address, on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of domestic assault and battery.


An 87-year-old woman reported at 1:25 a.m. that employees of the Pilgrim nursing home at 96 Forest St. “were speaking in threatening tones toward her.” Police determined the woman was upset about a room change, and “staff will accommodate her tonight and allow her to stay where she wants and the director will talk with her tomorrow.”

Police received an 8:33 a.m. report that a woman’s son had found a digital camera on Raymond Circle.

A 27-year-old Northend Street man was transported to Beverly Hospital after an 8:55 a.m. report that he’d taken 12 to 15 ibuprofen pills and locked himself in a room.

A 96-year-old Brooksby Village Drive woman was transported to Beverly Hospital after a 9:56 a.m. report that she had possibly suffered a stroke.

Police responded to a 10:04 a.m. report of a dispute at 14 Collins St. and determined neighbors were arguing about “money that was owed for a haircut.”



Police responded to a 4:39 p.m. report that a drunken male was yelling at cars at Pickett Street and Clifford Avenue, but police were unable to locate him.

Police conducted a traffic stop at 443 Cabot St. at 4:34 p.m. and subsequently arrested Nathaniel Gonzalez, 20, of 65 Salem St., Salem, on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and possession of a class B drug with intent to distribute.

Officers responded to 586 Cabot St. after a 6:44 p.m. complaint that $50 of gas been pumped instead of $15. “Language barrier,” police wrote later. “Customer paid for fuel.”


Police received a 12:12 a.m. complaint that kids were playing basketball on South Hardy Street. An officer responded but was unable to locate them.



Police received a 9:59 a.m. report that “large fireworks” were being thrown into the water near the pier at 431 Humphrey St. “Explosions heard over phone,” wrote police. People were subsequently removed from the area, according to the log.

A woman was walking her dog on Walker Road when another dog started chasing her and knocked over a baby carriage, according to a 12:01 p.m. report. Police advised the second dog’s owner to put it on leash. “No bites or injury occurred,” wrote an officer.


A 52-year-old Essex Street man was hospitalized after a 2:24 a.m. report that he was vomiting blood, possibly because he was having an adverse reaction to medication.



A 5:03 p.m. report of an oven fire brought police to 4 Aberdeen St., where a woman informed them that the oven hadn’t actually caught fire but the coils were “sparking.” Police wrote: “Salem fire arrived and unplugged the stove.”

A Pope Street woman reported at 5:57 p.m. that she had lost her keys, but she had apparently found them before an officer was able to arrive at her address.

Police received a 6:10 p.m. report of harassment from a Harbor Street woman who said she’d discovered “a large amount of hair stuck in the exhaust pipe of her vehicle.” Police wrote: “The van is still able to drive, and the hair was removed without any issues.”

A Bridge Street woman complained at 10:48 p.m. that a woman she rented a bedroom to “knocks on her door seeking money” and was seen panhandling on the street nearby. “There is a history of disputes and harassment between the two,” wrote police. “No reports nor signs of physical assault.”

Police received an 11:03 p.m. report that a 16- or 17-year-old boy dressed in black had stolen the Carpenter Street sign near Bridge Street. Police were unable to locate him.


A 3:35 a.m. report of a fight brought police to Hawthorne Hotel at 18 Washington Square, where they determined two people had brought two or three men back from a bar and they “ultimately had a dispute with the men.” Police wrote that a woman had received a “small, pin-size cut to her hand from a knife that one of the male parties had in his possession.” Officers were unable to locate the men.

Police were unable to locate a coyote that was reported to be in a yard on Memorial Drive at 2:20 p.m.

A 2:03 p.m. report of shoplifting at the Wal-Mart on Highland Avenue resulted in the arrest of Betty Randazzo, 39, of 13 Sherman St., Peabody, on a charge of shoplifting over $100.

Officers at 150 Canal St. at 3:03 p.m. observed suspicious activity and subsequently arrested Joseph L. Thomas, 26, homeless, on a charge of illegal possession of a class A substance, and Robert Dailey, 45, homeless, on a charge of illegal possession of a class A substance, according to the log.



Police received a 5:59 p.m. report that a door had been kicked in at 16 Putnam St.


A 7:41 a.m. report that a man had slapped a child brought police to Andover Street, but they were unable to locate anything suspicious in the area.