, Salem, MA

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July 5, 2014




An officer reported there was a dead opossum on Pulaski Street at 6:26 a.m. Public Services was notified.

Shortly after 4 p.m., police received two calls — one from a person pumping gas at the Hess station on Lowell Street — that a white Ford Explorer came off Route 1, crossed over a median and smashed into a street sign on Lowell Street. The vehicle then fled eastbound on Lowell Street past Dunkin’ Donuts, according to scanner reports. Police stopped the vehicle a short distance away and issued a court summons to a Peabody man. Exact charges were not available Friday night.



A woman reported receiving numerous phone calls over the past three weeks from a person claiming to be from the IRS. The man told her she owed the agency money for doing her taxes wrong for years and she needed to pay immediately to avoid legal action. She was told to purchase prepaid Visa cards in the amount of $1,500. She did so and then read the numbers and codes on the cards to the man, who told her she would receive a letter on Monday. Police advised her she was scammed.

Derek Lane, 40, of Cambridge, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and giving a false name to a police officer and on two default warrants out of Lowell District Court. Police had responded to an address on Boston Street on a report of an unwanted person at 5:58 p.m. and located Lane sleeping at an entrance to the back hall and stairs.

At 7:46 p.m., a man reported he was pick-pocketed by a group of youths while he was walking along Washington Street toward Essex Street. He said a woman on a skateboard suddenly flipped the board in back of her, almost hitting him. As she went to retrieve the board, four youths behind the man blocked his way. It wasn’t until he got to his car that he discovered his wallet was missing. It contained $40, credit cards, his license and other personal items.

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