, Salem, MA

May 1, 2014


The Salem News

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A woman came to the police station at 12:08 p.m. and told police that her two dogs had been struck by a vehicle that morning while she was crossing Boston Street. She said the vehicle came to a stop after hitting the animals. The dogs’ medical bill came to $116.

Police retrieved a hypodermic needle from a flower box on Winthrop Street at 12:17 p.m.

A man told police he had parked his car in front of his apartment on Ward Street around midnight, but it was missing in the morning.

A resident reported to police at 1:40 p.m. that teenagers have been hanging around Kosciusko Street at all hours of the evening, playing loud music and disturbing neighbors. She was advised to call police when the events are taking place so that officers can identify the youths.

A woman came to the police station to report that a truck had sideswiped her vehicle on Highland Avenue. The woman followed the truck and took a picture of it. Police were able to get the license plate number from the photo.

The staff at Starbucks on Washington Street called police at 2:08 p.m. to say there was man in the bathroom banging and making guitar sounds. The man told police he was just using the bathroom.

Joseph Lewis, 25, of 35 Lynn St., Peabody, was arrested at 2:20 p.m. on Norman Street and charged with illegal possession of a class A substance, heroin.

A woman on Valley Street told police that her purse was stolen from her car around 7:30 a.m. The woman said the purse was stolen after she started her car and went back inside the house to brush her teeth.

The driver for a Lynn taxi was pulled over for speeding at 5:39 p.m. on Highland Avenue. The driver was cited for speeding and driving with an expired license.

Following a traffic stop at 6:51 p.m. on Margin Street, William Josselin Jr., 33, of 7 Harris St., Beverly, was arrested on charges of illegal possession of heroin, illegal possession of methadone and violation of the city knife ordinance.

A woman called police at 8:01 p.m. to report she had a “verbal dispute” with her fiance over money. The woman said he kicked her out of his house, took back her engagement ring and told her to go to the Lifebridge shelter for the night. Police drove her to the shelter and advised her of her legal lights in domestic incidents.

A woman reported at 8:36 p.m. that she had been assaulted by a man at Northend Avenue. Police responded to the scene and began a search for the suspect, who may have been headed to Beverly.

Police went to J&W Marine, 56 Bridge St., at 11:09 p.m. on an alarm. After discovering the front door smashed in, a K-9 officer searched the building and grounds with a dog. The owner arrived later and told police it appeared nothing was missing.


Two men were arrested following an apparent drag-racing incident on Highland Avenue at 1:13 a.m. Police observed two cars take off at a high rate of speed after being stopped at a traffic light on Highland Avenue by Olde Village Drive. Several cruisers were involved in the pursuit. Justin Borden, 25, of 3 Clark Ave., Salem, was arrested on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, drag racing, speeding and failure to stop for police. Anthony Occhipinti, 24, of 29 Barnes Road, Salem, was arrested on the same charges. In a separate but related incident, a woman who tried to pick up Borden’s car from a tow yard was arrested on two outstanding warrants.

Brendan Desmond, 28, of 21 Brierwood St., Gloucester, was arrested by Salem State University police at 2:35 a.m. on Harrison Road on a charge of drunken driving.

Police went to Salem Hospital at 12:28 p.m. for a report of an assault on a security guard. Police said they will seek a warrant for the arrest of a suspect on charges that include assault and battery on an elder and assault and battery on a health care worker.

Christopher Evans, 45, of 14 Waverly St., Everett, was arrested at 1:08 p.m. on Boston Street on a charge of drinking in public and on two outstanding warrants.



Two cars were given tickets for an overtime violation at 8:59 p.m. for parking at broken meters for longer than 72 hours in a lot at Federal and Chapman streets.


Police went to a Rantoul Street residence at 3:34 a.m. on a report of an intoxicated resident causing a disturbance. Peace was restored.

A past break-in to a residence was reported on Salem Road.

Police received a report at 8:41 p.m. of loud noise from a band practicing in an apartment building on Broadway.


A vehicle drove over a small stone wall, damaging the wall and shrubbery at 11:25 a.m. at a Colon Street residence.



Police went to the Stop & Shop parking lot on Paradise Road at 4:10 p.m. on a report of an intoxicated person. Police called the man’s brother, who came to pick him up.

Police went to a Mountwood Road residence at 10:47 p.m. on a report of a 90-year-old woman who had fallen and cut her head.


Police went to a Cherry Court residence at 2:38 a.m. on a report of a disturbance. After being told of an alleged past assault, two men were advised they could go to Lynn District Court and take out complaints.



Police received a phone call at 11:37 p.m. alleging a fight was in progress outside a restaurant on Pleasant Street with “six combatants.” A man at the scene told police he had fallen off his skateboard and several people had stopped to help him, but said there was no fight.



John Cashman, 50, of 77 Dayton St., Danvers, was arrested at 11:43 a.m. at the Comfort Inn, 50 Dayton St., on a charge of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

William Cunningham, 30, of 32 Willowdale Road, Scarborough, Maine, was arrested at 3:10 p.m. on Locust Street on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, driving with a revoked license and driving a motor vehicle with a rejected inspection sticker.



A juvenile contacted police at 3:44 p.m. to report his iPhone 5c worth $300 was stolen from the YMCA on Lynnfield Street.

A 22-year-old Amesbury woman who was reported to be having a convulsion was transported to the hospital from a city parking lot on Foster Street at 3:48 p.m.

Police received a call at 8:06 p.m. from Kindred Hospital-Boston North Shore, 15 King St., stating that hospital officials believe someone stole narcotics and replaced it with water.


Police received a report of suspicious activity at the Newbury Street Inn, 170 Newbury St., at 6:28 a.m. An officer reported that two men locked themselves out of their room and tried climbing through a window.

Furcy Ferreras, 25, of 14 Bourbon St., Apt. 32, Peabody, was arrested at 6:42 a.m. at a residence on Pierpont Street on a charge of violating a restraining order.