, Salem, MA

September 6, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A child on Independence Way dialed 911 “but couldn’t reach to hang up the phone,” according to a 9:02 a.m. log item.

A woman on Hawkes Street reported at 11:57 a.m. that her tire was “fine yesterday and now it is flat.” Police wrote later: “Tire had a slow leak. Tire has dry rot. Took tire to shop, and they put air in all the tires.”

Somebody turned in a credit card they had found at Riverhead Beach, according to a 3:53 p.m. log item. “Bank of America contacted,” police wrote later. “Advised to shred the card. Done. They will contact the customer.”

A Shorewood Road woman reported at 7:36 p.m. that her daughter had received text messages threatening to “expose Photoshopped pictures of her onto the Internet unless she complies with some kind of instructions.”

Police received a 9:15 p.m. report that a white van had pulled into a man’s driveway on Washington Street “and a female walked from up the street and got in the van carrying a bag,” according to the log. Police wrote: “The male then looked through the bag with a flashlight instead of using the interior light.” Police didn’t report locating the vehicle.

A 10:08 p.m. report of a domestic disturbance brought police to Bowden Street, where they determined people had been “arguing about Facebook.”


A 50-year-old man was transported to Salem Hospital after a 4:34 a.m. report that he had fallen down stairs on Barnard Hawkes Court and was unconscious.



Around 2 p.m., a Chevy S10 driven by John Isom, 78, of Peabody, struck a parked vehicle, forcing it against a house at 187 Lynn St., according to a log item. “The officer stated that there was minor damage to the house,” wrote police. No injuries were reported.

A youth was transported to North Shore Children’s Hospital after a 5:51 p.m. report that he or she has sustained a broken ankle at Lt. Ross Park on Johnson Street.

Police were unable to locate a woman who was reported at 6:55 p.m. to have waved a bat and attempted to cause an accident by stopping short during a road rage incident at Margin Street and Elginwood Road.

A Lowell Street man reported at 6:58 p.m. that somebody had poured motor oil on his driveway. “Party reports he is having a problem with a relative,” wrote police.

Police were unable to locate a green Blazer with a person wearing dark clothing inside that was reported at 9:10 p.m. to have been on Crane Brook Way for about six hours.

Police received a 10:15 p.m. report of a suspicious vehicle in a rear lot at Lahey hospital, “tucked away in the corner with 2 parties in the back seat.” An officer determined they were French tourists “trying to set up a camp in the area.” They were dispersed.


Police in Danvers informed the department at 12:36 p.m. that a female had driven her vehicle on the Rail Trail and gotten stuck. “They believe that the vehicle is in Peabody,” wrote police. “The officer stated that Danvers PD will be handling the incident, and they will be filing an immediate threat form with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.”

An officer responded to a 12:44 p.m. report that a Munroe Court woman had found a suspicious item in her backyard and determined that it was an “old train set [that] was being thrown out.”



Police received a 4:08 a.m. report that a person in an orange kayak had tried to board a man’s boat near Swampscott Yacht Club on Humphrey Street. “Harbormaster responding,” wrote police.

An elderly Essex Street woman was transported to Salem Hospital after a medical office reported not hearing from her for a few days, and the Fire Department forced entry to her residence, finding her “down” but conscious inside, according to a 2:02 p.m. log item.



Police received a 5:43 p.m. report that a female on Mulberry Street “would not listen to her mother.”


Police received a 3:22 p.m. report that a possibly intoxicated person had been struck by a vehicle near 198 Rantoul St., but that there were no injuries.



Police conducted a traffic stop on Locust Street about 8 p.m. and subsequently arrested Robert Harrington, 69, of 4 Beverly Commons Drive, Beverly, on charges of drunken driving and speeding.

An officer was unable to locate anything amiss after an 8 p.m. report that a chain saw was running in the area of 57 Burley St.



Police and the Fire Department responded to 14 Heritage Drive after a 5:45 p.m. report of a stove fire and determined there was no fire, just smoke from a plastic cover that a resident had accidentally put in the oven. Firefighters ventilated the apartment and hallway.

A 5:51 p.m. report of a fight in the street brought officers to Naumkeag Street. Subsequently arrested was Danielle Devin, 32, of 47 Leavitt St., Salem, on a charge of assault. She was also wanted on a warrant, according to the log.

Police responded to a 6:07 p.m. report of a break-in in progress at 15 Lynde St. and spoke to a female who said “she was trying to get into her apartment but the door was locked.” When an officer asked which apartment was hers, she told them “9A,” according to the log. “I advised her that she was at apartment 25,” wrote an officer. Police escorted the woman back to her apartment and wrote in the log that she declined medical treatment.

A 6:41 p.m. report of possible fraud brought police to 202 North St., where they determined a piece of correspondence a person had received was, in fact, from the U.S. Census Bureau. “No fraud of any type involved,” wrote police. “Elderly caller request[s] name not be published in paper.”

An 8:39 p.m. report that youths were shooting a “potato bazooka” brought police to 9 Collins St. Officers didn’t find the youths, but they did find a “white PVC potato-gun, ignition fluid and a few potatoes.” They seized the gun and ignition fluid.

Police responded to 40 School St. after a 10:44 p.m. report that a man was “talking to bushes” and advised him “of the complaint of suspicious activity near other residences and to remain on his own property,” according to the log.


After witnessing a vehicle strike a car on Barr Street and the another on Barstow Street, a man followed it to 73 Barstow St., according to a 1:17 a.m. log item. Subsequently arrested was Jamie R. Heckman, 23, of the same address, on charges of drunken driving, two counts of leaving the scene after property damage and a marked lanes violation.

An 8:57 a.m. report of trespassing on Pickering Wharf resulted in the arrest of John Joseph Lapointe, 54, homeless, on a charge of trespassing.

A 10:40 p.m. report that a trash truck was on fire brought police to Marlborough Road and Scenic Avenue. “No fire,” an officer wrote later, “bad exhaust system.”

A woman went to that station about 2:30 p.m. to turn in a “shopping bag full of hypodermic needles and vials of liquid medication” that she had found in her son’s room at a sober house on Emerton Street, according to the log.