, Salem, MA

August 23, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police were unable to locate anything amiss after a 10:47 a.m. report that somebody in a blue Jeep had tossed out a “Chardonnay container” as they went around a corner at Ramsay and Waterside roads.

The DPW was notified after police determined that a can of floor finish had been spilled in the roadway at Bessom and Pleasant streets, according to a 5:58 p.m. log item.

A 13-year-old was transported to North Shore Children’s Hospital after a 6:43 p.m. report that he or she had sustained a possible concussion in a field on West Shore Drive.

Police received a 6:51 p.m. report that a motorcyclist had crashed after slipping on a product put down over the earlier spill at Bessom and Pleasant streets. The motorcycle crashed into a vehicle; no injuries were reported. The DPW was contacted again to “sweep up the sand and product in roadway.”

Police received a 9:56 p.m. report that a man at the beach near Ocean Avenue was “either intoxicated or under the influence of something.” Police wrote: “He was swimming and is now on the beach digging a hole. He is near the start of the causeway area and seems to be by himself.” An officer later located the man: “Just taking a swim off the beach.”

A woman reported at 11:33 p.m. that a “shady male” had followed her at the White Hen Pantry on Pleasant Street and then stole her iPhone from the counter. A clerk identified a suspect and John R. Page, 31, of 191 Pleasant St., Apt. 2, Marblehead, was arrested on a charge of larceny over $250.



Police received a 5:15 p.m. report that $400 in cash and a GPS device had been stolen from a mobile home at 266 Newbury St.

An officer conducted a traffic stop on Lynn Street at 5:26 p.m. and gave a verbal warning for a red light violation to a woman who said she was “trying to catch up to her husband because he is drinking while driving a white Isuzu box truck.”

Police were unable to locate an elderly man who was reported to be yelling near the pool at 12 Crowninshield St. at 8:36 p.m.

Police were unable to locate two intoxicated men who were reported to have thrown a tree branch at a man’s car near 144 Washington St. at 9:59 p.m.


A 1:01 a.m. report that there were lights on in an empty house brought police to 669 Lowell St. “Front door was found ajar,” an officer wrote later. “The house was checked and otherwise feels secure. The door was secured as officers exited the building.”

Police received a 10:55 a.m. report that a woman’s vehicle on Fay Avenue had been broken into and jewelry stolen from inside.



An individual went to the police station at 12:30 a.m. to speak to an officer in regard to a motor vehicle citation received a year-and-a-half before, according to a log item.

Police received an 8:01 p.m. report that a house at 32 Hampden St. had been broken into, according to the log. Entry was apparently gained after an air conditioner was pulled out of a window.



Police received a 7:02 p.m. report that jewelry had been stolen from an apartment at 11 Church St. and subsequently determined three additional units had also sustained similar thefts. A woman at the first apartment told police that she’d recently had work done by a maintenance worker who was later fired. Police are investigating.

A man was arrested near Leavitt Street and Harrison Avenue after he sold heroin to an undercover officer, according to a 10:21 p.m. log item. Manuel Nina, 24, of 24 Wilde St., Lowell, was arrested on charges of possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute and distribution of class A substance.


An officer was unable to locate loose pit bulls that were reported to be in the roadway at 8 Porter Street Court at 12:39 a.m.

A Church Street woman reported at 12:50 a.m. that she had seen an unknown woman practice a Wiccan ritual on the Essex Street pedestrian mall, including “burning incense and a small handheld stick, while chanting,” according to the log. The reporting party was concerned “that this was being done too close to a tree, which she feared would be ignited by burnt incense.” Police wrote later: “Checks of the area showed no signs of a person chanting nor burning incense.”

An officer in the area of Lafayette Park was flagged down by a woman who reported that she had been struck in the head with a bottle by somebody she didn’t know while she walked in the area, according to a 2:53 a.m. log item, but the woman refused to supply any further information about the suspect or circumstances of the assault.

Police responded to the area of Margin and Gedney streets after a 3:05 a.m. report that a motorist was stopping at green lights. They located the driver and determined she was new to the area and had gotten lost — an officer guided her home to her Lions Lane address.

Police received a 10:05 a.m. report that nine windows at 38 Swampscott Road had been damaged over the past few days, most from being keyed and one possibly from a BB shot.

Somebody had spray-painted a “picture of a cat” on the outside walls of a store at 131 Essex St., according to a 10:51 a.m. report.



About 7 p.m., an officer arrested David O’Connor, 29, of 38 Winter St., Woburn, on a charge of illegal possession of a knife.

An officer was unable to locate the 30 to 40 bikers who were reported to be in the area of 241 Yankee Division Highway at 11 p.m.


Police reported shots fired near the 5000 building on Kirkbride Drive just after midnight, according to scanner reports. An officer radioed for two ambulances for one patient.