, Salem, MA

November 21, 2012


The Salem News

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Police responded to a 9:47 p.m. report of a disturbance at 123 Northridge Road and arrested James Willems, 45, of 123 Northridge Road, Beverly, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.


A 12:06 a.m. report of a domestic disturbance brought police to a Sargent Street address, where they found that two brothers had been fighting.

A briefcase was stolen from a vehicle at 36 Everett St., according to a 6:35 a.m. report.

Police received an 11:43 a.m. report of fire damage to a motor vehicle at 9 Park St. and determined that the interior of a Mazda had been “completely damaged” by a fire, Officer Dave Costa said in an email. An investigating officer determined that the fire likely started after somebody affixed matches to the end of a piece of wood, lit it on fire, and stuck it under the hood and against the engine block. The Fire Department is investigating.

A motorist was cited for following too closely and having an uninspected motor vehicle after she rear-ended a police cruiser at 191 Cabot St., according to a 12:48 p.m. report.



Police received a 3:19 p.m. report from a Brookbridge Road woman who said her neighbor had given her 7-year-old son “the finger” and that she was now “afraid to let him play outside.” The neighbor denied doing so.

A “loud boom, origin unknown” was reported at 43 Donegal Road at 6:40 p.m.

A teenager who was baby-sitting his younger brother and another boy reported at 9 p.m. that a man wearing all black had banged on his door, said “I’m going to kill you” and tried to get into the apartment. Police arrested Thomas Carter, 25, of 286 Washington St., Peabody, on charges of disorderly conduct (subsequent offense), breaking and entering for a misdemeanor, and trespassing. Lt. Arthur Yeo said Carter was intoxicated and tried to get into another apartment in the same building before he was arrested.



A 4:57 p.m. report of a man and woman arguing brought police to 105 North St., where they determined it was a “verbal disagreement only” and neither party was wanted on warrants.

A black Liz Claiborne pocketbook was found on Salem Common, according to a 6:07 p.m. report. “No items inside,” police wrote.

Police received an 8:15 p.m. report of a “group of undesirables” on Dodge Street, but an officer was unable to locate them. “Area clear and quiet on arrival,” police wrote.


A 12:35 a.m. report of “loud talking” in an apartment brought police to 233 Lafayette St., where they found a “small birthday gathering.” Police advised the people there to lower their voices.

An intoxicated man was taken into protective custody after trying to board an MBTA bus at 242 Bridge St., according to a 12:36 a.m. report.

A Hanson Street woman reported at 9:48 a.m. that a man identifying himself as “Joey” had called her and said he had been in an accident with the woman’s husband in Lawrence and that he needed $2,000 for repairs to his vehicle. “The party told her that he would not allow her husband to call the police about the alleged incident because he had a warrant,” police wrote. The woman, who determined that her husband hadn’t been in an accident, was advised by police to “contact her cell carrier to possibly block this number or get a new cell number.”

Police received an 11:11 a.m. report from a School Street man who said his ex-girlfriend had been harassing him via text and phone messages and had made “a fake Facebook page using his information” with “naked pictures of him” on it. Police advised the woman to have no further contact with the man and to delete the page if she had indeed created it.

Police responded to a 12:47 p.m. report of a fox or coyote struck at 14 Puritan Road and found that the animal had left the area. “Witchcraft Heights School was notified of the coyote in the area,” an officer wrote. “Units 24 and 27 stood by the area until school was let out.”

A woman reported at 12:51 p.m. that she had lost a diamond earring worth $600 in the parking lot of 400 Highland Ave. two weeks before.



A motor vehicle struck the Dunkin’ Donuts building at 128 Water St., according to a 9:48 a.m. report. No injuries were reported.

Police took a report of credit card fraud at Walmart at 1:19 p.m.



Police received a 4:23 p.m. report from a Washington Street woman who said her car mirror had been knocked off in a hit-and-run and “no one is coming forward.”

A Pilgrim Road woman reported at 6:31 p.m. that “a little birdie” told her where to find her stolen car. “She stated that her ex-boyfriend took it and parked it at his friend’s house,” police wrote. Police located the vehicle and released it to her.