, Salem, MA

April 24, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A Jersey Street man reported at 9:59 a.m. that his neighbors had “some strange listening device.” When an officer asked what it looked like, the man said, “I cannot tell you without sounding nuts.” Police wrote: “Same reply when asked where it was located at the property.”

Police received an 11:50 a.m. report that there were shingles with nails in the roadway at Palmer Road and Humphrey Street. Police wrote later: “Stuff was moved to the side of the road.”



Police received a 2:17 p.m. report that a truck hit a fire hydrant at Essex and Cole streets.



A 17-year-old was arrested on a charge of shoplifting over $100 after a 3:16 p.m. report of a shoplifter at J.C. Penney at the Northshore Mall.

A man was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital after a 3:22 p.m. report that a car had fallen on a person at Peabody Auto Salvage on Corwin Street. A person who answered the phone at the business said the man had sustained wrist injuries.

Police responded to an anonymous noise complaint at 11:45 p.m. at Mobile Estates, 286 Newbury St., and determined that somebody was “attempting to install a fence at night. Police wrote: “Officer told them to stop for the evening.”


Police contacted the DPW after a 12:53 a.m. report of an “expired possum” in the roadway at Lowell Street and Peabody Road.

A Wallis Street woman reported at 8:11 a.m. that she wanted her son removed from her apartment. Police subsequently arrested Michael Diaz, 40, of 78 Wallis St., Apt. 2, Peabody, on a charge of domestic assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime.

A woman at Bill and Bob’s Roast Beef reported that her purse had been stolen at 9:30 a.m.

Police received an 11:49 a.m. report that two men had entered J.C. Penney at the Northshore Mall the night before and “loaded a trash bag with 80 pairs of jeans and left the store.”

Police and the Fire Department responded to an 8 p.m. report that a man had been struck by an SUV in front of Gentle Dental in Peabody Square, but the man refused medical treatment, an officer said.



Police received a 12:25 a.m. report of a domestic dispute at 9 Rock Ave. and arrested Peter Spinney, 54, of the same address, on charges of domestic assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, threatening to commit a crime, and assault and battery.



Police responded to a 6:28 p.m. report of a domestic dispute at 116 Lafayette St. and arrested Jeffrey Alexander, 59, of 80 Hathorne St., Salem, on a charge of domestic assault and battery by dangerous weapon.

A 9:24 p.m. report of a domestic dispute brought police to 112 Bridge St., where they determined that two people had been arguing over “going food shopping tonight.” A half-hour later, police responded to a report of another domestic dispute at 123 Bridge St. and found that a boyfriend and girlfriend had been arguing over the man “not working.”


Police received a 11:42 a.m. report that a tablet computer had been stolen overnight from the front seat of a motor vehicle at 4 Barton St.

A 2:25 p.m. report of a male in a wheelchair begging for money brought police to Boston and Proctor streets, but they were unable to locate him.

Police received a 2:25 p.m. report from a man who said he had been walking his Jack Russell terrier named “Jack” on Porter Street when a pit bull “came running toward his dog and jumped on it.” The dog was not injured.

The rear tire of a Huffy mountain bike was stolen after a woman locked it up in front of 231 Essex St., according to a 3:25 p.m. log item.



At 10:59 p.m., an officer on Andover Street arrested Christopher Young, 18, of 5 Dyer Court, Danvers, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding.