, Salem, MA

November 7, 2012


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


Somebody was banging on a door at 22 Dublin Road, according to a 12:05 a.m. report.

The driver’s-side window of a vehicle parked at 52 Tracey St. was smashed overnight, according to an 8:25 a.m. report.

Police received a 10:31 a.m. report that a shoplifter stole a 46-inch LCD television from Sears at the Northshore Mall and drove away in a green truck.



Officers who spoke to the occupants of a suspicious vehicle after following it to 5 Eaton St. around 9:41 p.m. detected a “strong smell” of burnt marijuana coming from inside, according to the log. Police wrote: “Observed in plain sight a very large glass marijuana pipe by the feet of the back-seat passenger.” Police searched the vehicle but found nothing illegal besides the pipe, which an officer broke with a flashlight and put into a nearby recycling bin. Police wrote the passenger “laughed and said he would just buy another one online for $50, he then told me that I was his hero.”

Kids threw eggs at an SUV at 51 Putnam St., according to a 10:18 p.m. report. Police were unable to locate them.


A woman in her 50s was transported to Beverly Hospital with unspecified injuries after her vehicle struck a telephone pole on Bridge Street just before 9 p.m., Deputy fire Chief William Walsh said. A portion of the road at County Way was closed to traffic after the accident.



A portion of Paradise Road was shut down around 5 p.m. while the Fire Department investigated an odor of gas and a hissing noise at a National Grid substation. Lt. Sheila Scranton said nothing unusual was found.



At 7:11 a.m., police arrested Demetrius Cockhren, 25, of 43 Nichols St., Danvers, on charges of domestic assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.



A Tremont Street woman told police at 4:10 p.m. that a white vehicle with tinted windows had followed her around “most of the day,” including “from her residence, to a doctor’s appointment in Peabody, to picking up her son at the Salem High School, then to Danvers to her son’s doctor appointment,” and finally back to her residence. An officer determined the vehicle belonged to a private investigator who had been hired to investigate the woman.

Police received a 5:46 p.m. report that a woman’s Toyota Corolla had been damaged, apparently while it was parked at the North Shore Children’s Hospital. “When she got home, she noticed that the roof of her vehicle was caved in,” police wrote. “It appears as though someone walked over her vehicle and jumped on the roof.”

Plain-clothes officers of the Special Response Unit allegedly observed a woman shoplifting in Walgreens on New Derby Street at 7:30 p.m. and arrested Jamie Lee Primus, 24, of 59 Federal St., Beverly, on a charge of shoplifting.

Police responded to an 8:48 p.m. report that a man was violating a no-trespass order by being inside a room of the Clipper Ship Inn and arrested Nicholas Cowley, 33, of 56 Margin St., Salem, on a charge of trespassing.


Police received a 3:23 a.m. report that a skunk had been struck by a car on Loring Avenue, but the animal was gone by the time police arrived.

A police vehicle struck another vehicle in the parking lot of 201 Canal St. at 7:47 a.m. when an officer “was unable to stop his motor vehicle due to untreated ice.” Both vehicles sustained minor damage, but no injuries were reported.

Allied Collision Center at 63 Jefferson Ave. was broken into overnight, according to an 8:15 a.m. report, but nothing of value was reported stolen.

Shortly before 9 a.m., the Fire Department responded to 6 Essex St. for a report that a fire inside an oil furnace was about to get out of control, Deputy fire Chief Brian Harrington said. The furnace was being serviced at the time. Harrington said it took firefighters about five minutes to extinguish the blaze and a half-hour to clear smoke from the building. No injuries were reported.

Police responded to a 10:51 a.m. report of a possible domestic disturbance at 41 Salem St. and determined a woman there was “playing video games loudly with her kids.” They were advised to turn the volume down.

A 12:56 p.m. report of suspicious activity in a car brought officers to Derby and Congress streets, where they determined people there were “having a romantic lunch break in the back seat.” Police wrote: “They were advised to have their lunch inside.”

Police responded to a 2:11 p.m. report of two men arguing at Essex and Forrester streets and determined that one man had been driving down Becket Street when the other spit on his vehicle. The spitter said it was an accident and apologized.

A Bridge Street man reported to police at 2:16 p.m. that his ex-girlfriend had refused to give him back a used iPhone he had given her as a gift the day before. The man said he had asked for it back after the two had a dispute. Police advised him he was “not entitled to have it back” since he purchased it for her as a gift.

Police responded to 15 Salem St. for a medical assist at 3:48 p.m. and, after investigating a fight that had occurred, arrested Matthew Watson, 33, of 31 Salem St., Salem, on a charge of assault and battery by dangerous weapon.



Police received a 12:12 p.m. report that a sign mounted on a Pleasant Street building “appears to have been ripped down as if by a box truck.” Police wrote: “Unknown when it could have happened, no matching incidents in the log from the weekend.”

A Gallison Avenue woman reported at 3:04 p.m. that a “pile of ropes and traps” had been on Goldthwait Beach in front of her house for the past three days.

Kids were smoking marijuana on some rocks near Village Street, according to a 3:42 p.m. report.