, Salem, MA

Local News

November 7, 2012



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.

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