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April 1, 2013

Police/fire

Salem

Friday

Someone damaged the door to the food pantry at 13A Franklin St. in a past break-in, it was reported at 2:04 p.m. No entry was gained, and nothing was reported missing.

A security guard at the East India Square Mall, 2 East India Square, reported graffiti in the men’s bathroom at 3:21 p.m. Officers observed a tag on the inside of the door that read “jekts.” Police took photos for reference and are investigating the incident, which took place sometime Wednesday.

A woman reported at 4:51 p.m. that her gray backpack containing an iPhone, her out-of-state license and a Coach wristlet were stolen while she was at the Witch House, 310 Essex St. The phone was tracked to an address on Bridge Street, but police could not find the phone when they checked the area.

Police at 5:11 p.m. responded to a Roslyn Street address on a report of a group of teenage girls throwing rocks at the front door to her apartment. The woman who reported the incident, who was not home at the time, said her teenage son was home but does not know the group. The door was not damaged, and a search of the area did not turn up the group.

Saturday

Police responded to Washington and Front streets on a report of a fight at 12:34 a.m. Police in a marked cruiser saw one man chasing another, then the officer saw Michael DiFrancisco, 21, of 12 Pope St., Salem, punch the victim several times. Police arrested DiFrancisco and charged him with assault and battery.

Nelson E. Cruz, 29, of 185 N. Common St., Lynn, was arrested and charged with drunken driving and inspection and seat belt violations after police stopped a green 2000 Honda Accord at Bridge Street and the bypass road at 1:29 a.m.

Police investigated a report of possible gunshots and yelling coming from an apartment building on Turner Street. Police went to the third floor of 1 Turner and spoke with occupants who said they were having a birthday party. There were only six people present, but police found the noise level unacceptable for 1:55 a.m. Residents did say they had fireworks but had shot them all off. Police issued a $100 city fine for hosting a loud party and advised the partygoers to go to bed.

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