, Salem, MA

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November 13, 2012





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.

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