, Salem, MA

November 13, 2012


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


It’s approaching the time of peace and brotherly love, when parking spaces get precious and people start hitting each other because of it. Neither person wanted to pursue the matter, however, according to police. The confrontation took place near J.C. Penney at the Northshore Mall, as logged at 2:50 p.m.

A woman reported to police at 4:04 p.m. that her neck and knee were injured after “an unknown child had ridden her bicycle in front of her and they had collided,” according to the log. She told police she often rides her bike on the bike path, but “people constantly operate bicycles and scooters on the bike path riding in the wrong direction.” Dogs on leashes complicate the problems. She did not want medical attention, but police note that her bike now squeaks and the head lamp is broken.

Matthew S. Fitzpatrick, 41, of 19 Virginia Ave., Beverly, was arrested at 4:48 p.m. on Gardner Street on a charge of drunken driving. Police had responded to a report of a vehicle hitting a parked car.

Jamie D. Finnemore, 44, of 278 Western Ave., Lynn, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. on Lowell Street on charges of driving with a suspended license (again), having an unregistered vehicle and idling the engine while stopped for over five minutes.

Victor Tyrone Neat, 48, of 30 Veterans Memorial Drive, Peabody, was arrested at 1:54 a.m. on a charge of domestic assault and battery. A woman was transported to Salem Hospital.



Not my mother — that’s what a woman told police at 6:47 p.m. after she went to the Highland Avenue CVS to pick up a prescription and was told her mother had collected it on Friday. The apparent impostor provided the woman’s birth date and Social Security number. Police classify it as a larceny of medications.

Douglas J. Fitzpatrick, 52, of 3 Belle St., Ipswich, was arrested at 7:28 p.m. on charges of drunken driving, a second offense; two counts of leaving the scene of an accident; speeding; and both a one-way street and a U-turn violation. Police had responded to Washington Street and the report of an accident and a possible fight. A driver told them he was proceeding across an intersection when another driver “made an illegal U-turn and struck the driver’s side” of his car, according to the log. The offending driver next sped up Chestnut Street the wrong way and struck a parked vehicle, according to the log. “The victim and a car containing four witnesses were following the fleeing vehicle, which continued up Chestnut Street, took a right onto Flint Street and right onto Essex Street, where the vehicle eventually pulled over.” Patrolmen Dana Mazola and John Anderson participated in the arrest.

A woman on Auburn Road smelled a rat when a telephone solicitor, asking for money for a local club, said he’d be happy to drop by and pick up a check in person. She called police at 7:41 p.m. They told her to call them if he showed up.

Police questioned a man trying to gain access to a residence on Briggs Street at 10:02 p.m. “His speech was slurred, and he was unsteady on his feet,” according to the log. Asked where he lived, the intoxicated man replied “here.” But a check of his wallet showed his actual address was a few doors away. He was taken into protective custody.


Officers found a car on Linden Street at 5:27 a.m. with its door wide open. Nothing seemed to have been taken or disturbed. They closed the door.

An estimated $1,100 worth of electronics, including iPods and a stereo system, went missing from a vehicle on Abbott Street after someone popped the lock, as logged at 8:08 a.m.

It’s purple, it’s for girls and it’s a Schwinn valued at $200 — someone stole the bike, according to the log at 9:18 a.m. — from a Leach Street backyard.

Call me. That was the message an officer left at a phone number believed to be the source of harassing phone calls to a woman on Rainbow Terrace. The alleged victim told them she suspects the culprit is the ex-girlfriend of someone she knows.

A driver parked at the East India Square garage reported a smashed window at 12:05 p.m. Nothing was stolen.

Something didn’t look right at 12:51 p.m. when police of the Special Response Unit passed down Salem Street and saw a man “wearing a hood and covering his face with his hand,” according to the log. Next, he “hid behind a motor vehicle waiting for the unit to pass.” It didn’t, and police said they soon identified a man wanted on a warrant, Abiezer Cotto. The suspect then ran down Salem Street, into a backyard and climbed a fence. “Realizing he would not be able to outrun the agile Officer (Thomas) Pelletier and now trapped ... he submitted and was placed under arrest.” Police found a hypodermic needle on his person during booking.

Raymond A. Garland, 42, of 12 Daniels St., Salem, was arrested at 1:43 p.m. on Canal Street by Patrolman Frederick Dubiel and Sgt. Kristian Hanson on charges of possessing a Class C substance and larceny.

Police logged a case of possible child abuse or neglect on Rainbow Terrace at 4:07 a.m.

The report of a past break-in drew police to Butler Street at 4:29 p.m.



A laptop and iPad were among items missing from a vehicle on Route 114, as logged at 7:33 p.m.


Yevgeniy Zhigulin, 21, 15 Rand Circle, Danvers, was arrested at 11:11 a.m. by Officer Sean Frost on a charge of driving after revocation.



Mathew Joseph Birch, 19, of 12 Pickett St., Beverly, was arrested on charges of threatening to commit a crime and two counts of assault and battery.


A company on Cabot Street alerted police at 11:21 a.m. to an “employee stealing items.”



Television critics struck in the area of the high school. A witness reported at 2:57 p.m. seeing “a group of older students ... at the rear of the school with a flat-screen TV,” according to the log. “They then threw it down the concrete stairs and then dragged it across ... to Broughton Road, where they pelted it with bricks and rocks.”

Estate planning went awry on Humphrey Street when a woman called at 3:20 p.m. to say someone “was at the house with documents disputing the estate, saying he was entitled to one-third of the property,” according to the log. “She did not want her children exposed to the scene he was causing.” Police note that the man was not drunk and not armed.


William MacNeil, 28, of 6 Monroe St., Salem, was arrested at 1:24 a.m. on Pleasant Street by officers Roy Ballard and Daniel Katz on a charge of driving without a license. A woman was also detained on an outstanding warrant.

When Buddha was lifted from an outdoor display on Washington Street, it was no easy lift — the statue weighs 100 pounds, according to the log at 10:52 p.m.


Tyler Scott McDonough, 17, of 14 Mugford St., Marblehead, was arrested at 7:35 p.m. on Mugford Street on a charge of domestic assault and battery. Police responded to a report of a “son being verbally abusive to mother.” Participating in the arrest were officers Christopher Gallo, Arthur Buckley and Dean Peralta.