, Salem, MA

April 1, 2013


The Salem News

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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.


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.

Police responded to a report of a cat stuck in a tree on Cushing Street at 8:56 a.m. The Animal Rescue League was able to remove the cat from the tree but was unable to locate an owner. The cat was brought to the league’s shelter.

Police responded to Pope Street at 9:41 a.m. on a report that a car had its windows smashed out in the visitors parking lot. Police found the vehicle’s windshield smashed, the rear driver’s-side window broken out and a large rock resting on the hood. The owner said she does not know who could’ve caused this damage.

Damon Chris Briggins, 47, of 233 Lafayette St., Salem, was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battering and witness intimidation at 11:43 p.m.


Richard Felix, 20, of 3140 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, was arrested and charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct after police responded to a report of neighbors fighting at 11:04 a.m.

Amanda Elwell, 30, of 121 Central St., Peabody, was arrested at Walmart, 450 Highland Ave., at 3:44 p.m., and charged with shoplifting, second offense, and malicious destruction of property over $250.



Kerri A. Swett, 37, of 11 Whitney Ave., Beverly, was arrested and charged with drunken driving, a marked lanes violation and with failing to stop for police after being stopped at 1:21 a.m. on Odell and Whitney avenues.

Police responded to 43 Beckford St. for a report of a child left unattended in a car with an open container at 4:09 p.m. Police located the vehicle and found it unoccupied. The owner was found in Domino’s Pizza. Police also found an empty beer can on the floor of the back seat. A man was spoken to about the incident.


Police investigated a report of a past assault at 8:10 p.m.

Officers assisted the Beverly Fire Department with an oven fire at a residence on Millbrook Road 8:46 p.m.


Police investigated a report of a missing manhole cover on River and Margin streets at 7:31 a.m.

Police took a report at 7:11 p.m. that a car had been keyed on Herrick Street.

Police investigated a past break into a residence on Cross Street at 7:54 p.m.



Police searched the area of the path behind the Jewish Community Center on Community Road after a caller at 1:25 p.m. reported seeing a white man with dark hair who was about 5-foot-10, wearing a red top and jeans, and carrying under his right arm a rifle or a pellet rifle. The man was reportedly heading toward the post office. Police took a call from a second person who gave a similar description of a man, but found they did not match. A third caller said she saw a man on the tracks 10 minutes before heading toward the high school and described “a pretty big gun.” Police checked the path and the area behind the high school, but were unable to locate anyone suspicious.



Keith Kronmiller, 32, of 1122 Adams St., Boston, was arrested at Kohl’s at the Liberty Tree Mall and charged with shoplifting at 6:21 p.m.

Police took a report of a female shoplifter at Best Buy at the Liberty Tree Mall at 6:46 p.m.

Police investigated a past attempted breaking and entering at an apartment on Poplar Street at 7:02 p.m.

Police took a report of two men shoplifting at Best Buy at 8:42 p.m.

Egg throwers were reported on Holten Street at 9:39 p.m. Police could not locate any.


A larceny of a cellphone was reported at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., at 8:45 a.m.

Police responded to a report at 8:07 p.m. of a car into a ditch at Kane’s Flower World, 64 Andover St., Route 114. No injuries were reported.


Christopher Rice, 40, of 412 Rantoul No. 2, Beverly, was arrested at Denny’s restaurant, 152 Endicott St., and charged with driving with a suspended license at 2:19 a.m.

Police investigated a report of a breaking and entering at Townsend Oil, 27 Cherry St., at 5:57 a.m.

A wallet was reported stolen at Walmart, 55 Brooksby Village Drive, at 10:40 a.m.



Nelson Brizzi, 50, of 96 Margin St., Peabody, was arrested in the vicinity of 45 Pulaski St. and charged with driving without a license and failure to use care while starting, stopping or turning at 2:16 p.m.

At least nine boats were broken into at Bosun’s Marine, 205 Newbury St. (Route 1), and items were stolen, it was reported at 2:45 p.m.

Police picked up and disposed of three syringes found on Hardy Street at 4:45 p.m.


Police investigated the overnight theft of a lamppost from a front yard on Samoset Road at 9:29 a.m.

Randy J. Boneta, 40, of 15 Porter St., Apt. 3, Danvers, was arrested at 3:02 p.m. on Central Street and charged with driving after his license was revoked and failure to use care in starting.

A GPS was reported stolen at 3:44 p.m. after a vehicle was broken into overnight on Lowell Street.

A person came into the station at 4:03 p.m. to report that an iPod was stolen from his motor vehicle at the same address as the prior call.

A brush fire was reported by a resident of Mobile Estates, 286 Newbury St., at 6:28 p.m.

Police disposed of needles found by a passer-by in the parking lot of the CVS at 85 Lynnfield St. at 7:23 p.m.

A brush fire was reported toward the back of a residence at 25 Baldwin St. at 8:02 p.m.

A caller reported at 8:13 p.m. that she could see a fire behind the cemetery. The fire was remote and not threatening any homes. The on-duty deputy decided to let the area burn to prevent additional unnecessary responses to the area.

While investigating a report of a missing person at 11:45 p.m., police found that an assault may have taken place. Police are summonsing an 18-year-old Peabody man for a single count of assault and battery.

Police at 12:30 a.m. responded to a loud party on Wentworth Road. Matthew A. Stosez, 20, of 2 Raylen Ave., Peabody, was charged with disorderly conduct and being a person under 21 in possession of liquor. A 19-year-old Peabody man will be summonsed for disorderly conduct, being a minor in possession of alcohol and malicious destruction of property worth less than $250.


A caller reported that a vehicle struck a wall on Holten Street and fled at 12:37 p.m.