, Salem, MA

July 12, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A Jersey Street man reported at 8:41 a.m. that he couldn’t get a “deep clear breath” and that it was an ongoing problem. Police wrote: “He said he did not need any response.”

An Atlantic Avenue woman reported at 2:04 p.m. that her “mother’s instinct” was telling her something was wrong with two people on paddleboards off Preston Beach she had spied with binoculars. Police couldn’t find anything amiss in the area.

A caller requested at 2:53 p.m. that a stop sign be erected at the intersection of Orne and Washington streets due to “speeding traffic in area.”

Police received an 8:39 p.m. report that a drunk motorist had struck a parked car near Arnold Terrace and Green Street and “she is still there stuck.” Laurel A. Whitney, 57, of 35 Arnold Terrace, Marblehead, was arrested on charges of drunken driving, second offense; and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Police were unable to locate youths who were reported to be “trespassing and loitering” on Redstone Lane at 9:36 p.m.

A Stratford Road caller reported hearing five gunshots at 9:51 p.m., but an officer also heard the noises and believed them to be from fireworks.

Police received a 10:36 p.m. report that a confused woman with dementia believed she had “just won the tennis championship.”


Police received a 6:54 a.m. report that there was “some type of oxygen-eating gas” at a Jersey Street address. “Did not want medical attention, just wanted it logged,” wrote police.



Police and the Fire Department responded to an 8:32 p.m. report of a car fire on Route 128 southbound, just before Lowell Street. No injuries were reported.

Police gave a verbal warning to a motorist who was traveling at 54 mph in a 30-mph zone near Lake Street and Huntington Drive, according to an 11:03 p.m. log item.


Police responded to a 12:43 a.m. report that a driver was passed out at the TD Banknorth on Cross Street and determined he or she was actually “looking down and counting money.”

Somebody at the Sunshine Laundry on Bourbon Street reported at 8:18 a.m. that his clothing had been stolen. Police wrote later: “The officer spoke with the reporting party and he did not want to report the incident. He just want(ed) us to know the incident had occurred.”

An 8:56 a.m. report that somebody was trying to steal money from an office at the Plaza Motel on Newbury Street resulted in the arrest of Laura Ann Delmedico, 31, of 26 Tufts St., Apt. 1, Charlestown, on charges of disorderly conduct, wanton destruction of property over $250 and attempting to commit a crime.

A Stark Circle woman reported at 11:17 a.m. that a skunk was living in her shed. “I advised her to leave the door open and let the animal leave on its own, or hire an exterminator,” wrote an officer.

A 67-year-old woman was transported to Salem Hospital via ambulance after a 12:39 p.m. report that she had fallen down stairs at a Bartholomew Street address and injured her head.

A Truman Road woman reported at 2:40 p.m. that a dog had lunged at her and her girlfriend on a bike path the day before. “She reports the dog was on a leash, but the owner is really skinny and can’t control it,” wrote police. “I advised her the party is not familiar to me and is not violating any ordinances at this time.”