, Salem, MA

April 3, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


A 3:22 p.m. report of a man sleeping on the tracks brought police to the area of 63 Foster St., where they sent the man on his way.

Police received a 4:57 p.m. report that a motorist had backed up into a male pedestrian at Central and Bowditch streets. The motorist claimed “that the male party was not injured, yet did ask for $500 and left the scene,” police wrote.

A 5:54 p.m. report of a restraining order violation at 16 Park St. resulted in the arrest of Melissa Carrasquillo, 26, of 89 Liberty St., Apt. 4, Lynn, on a charge of violating an abuse prevention order. She was also wanted on a warrant.


A 7:15 a.m. report of a disturbance involving a student at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School resulted in the arrest of Prince Charles Thompson, 17, of 183 Lowell St., Apt. 2, Peabody, on a charge of trespassing.



Three bikes were stolen from the backyard at 22 Chapman St., according to a 6:48 p.m. report.


Police conducted a traffic stop at Sohier Road and Lyman Street at 8:24 a.m. and arrested John Kostrubanic, 49, of 194 Lothrop St., Beverly, on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Police received a 9:22 a.m. report that a necklace had been stolen from a residence on Melvin Avenue.



Police received a 12:12 p.m. report that a suspicious man was taking pictures of children and flowers at Hadley Elementary School. “Party followed the man, who has now left, and was able to take a picture of him,” police wrote. The man was described as being about 30 years old and wearing a green T-shirt and blue jeans. Police didn’t report finding him.



A 6:58 p.m. report of a shoplifter at Walmart, 55 Brooksby Village Drive, resulted in the arrest of Michael Silva, 49, of 75 High St., Gloucester, on a charge of shoplifting.


A truck accidentally damaged the speaker at McDonald’s at 135 Andover St., according to a 4:47 a.m. report.

Police responded to a 2:28 p.m. report that somebody had stolen a Wii remote from the Walmart at 55 Brooksby Village Drive and arrested John Mello, 20, of 31 Gardner St., Peabody, on a charge of shoplifting.



Police received a 7:02 p.m. report of an assault on Highland Avenue and arrested James Thompson, 18, of 162 Bridge St., Salem, on a charge of assault and battery by dangerous weapon.

An officer at Walgreens at 29 New Derby St. at 7:38 p.m. arrested Ralph Sciarretta, 43, homeless, on charges of shoplifting and two counts of a violating the city’s knife ordinance.

Police responded to 6 Alba Ave. after a 9:44 p.m. 911 hang-up and determined that a father and son were engaged in a verbal dispute that started after a dog went to the bathroom on the son’s bed.

A 10:06 p.m. report of shoplifting at Walmart at 450 Highland Ave. resulted in the arrest of Jacqueline Whitney, 42, of 15 Falls St., Lynn, on a charge of shoplifting.

A 10:53 p.m. report of a hit-and-run brought police to the area of Bridge and Washington streets. Donald Greenleaf, 44, of 172 Jenness St., Lynn, was arrested on a charge of drunken driving. No injuries were reported.


A 12:01 a.m. report on Essex Street resulted in the arrest of Jon Skerry, 62, of 348 Essex St., Salem, on a charge of violating a harassment prevention order.

Police conducted a traffic stop at Cabot and Hancock streets at 1:11 a.m. and arrested Randy Mustake, 43, of 25 Charles St., Salem, on charges of operating with a suspended license and having defective equipment.

A suitcase was left at the front door of a Bridge Street address, according to an 8:01 a.m. report.

A Honda Civic rolled off a flatbed tow truck at 26 Hersey St. and struck a parked Ford van, according to a 9:05 a.m. log item. No injuries were reported, and the vehicles sustained minor damage.



A Birch Street woman reported at 11:55 a.m. that she had found a long gun — “she described it as looking like a machine gun” — while cleaning up after her tenants left. An officer determined that it was a BB gun and took it to the station.

Police transported a man home after a 4:46 p.m. report that his cane had fallen down a drain on Pickett Street.

A Peach Highlands man reported at 7:24 p.m. that his neighbor’s son had assaulted him after he went to confront him about “poisoning his dog.”


A child was knocked over and bitten by a terrier-type dog on Pleasant Street, according to a 7:31 a.m. log item. “When witness went to help the boy, a blond woman came and picked up the dog,” police wrote. The child did not require medical attention and was handed over to his father.