, Salem, MA

September 11, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police received a 6:33 a.m. report from a Washington Street man who said that his upstairs neighbor had left his vehicle open all night. Police wrote: “He is worried for his welfare. He has not heard from the neighbor or seen him since yesterday.” Police didn’t report finding anything suspicious.

Police responded to a 6:57 a.m. report that a traffic light at Maple and Lafayette streets was malfunctioning, but an officer determined it actually wasn’t.



About 4:30 p.m., an officer responded to 77 Lowell St. to arrest an individual on a warrant, according to the log. John Donatelli, 51, of 12 Crowninshield St., Apt. 522, Peabody, was taken into custody on a warrant with charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, two counts of assault and battery on a person over 60 or disabled with injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60, threatening to commit a crime and larceny under $250 from a person over 60 or disabled. An officer said Donatelli entered the unlocked apartment of a man he knew who lived in the same building, got into an argument with him, assaulted him and then stole $200 in cash.

A 22-year-old woman was transported to Beverly Hospital with undisclosed injuries after she was involved in a two-car crash at Route 128 and Andover Street, according to a 7:23 p.m. log item. The woman had been driving a blue 2000 Mercury; the other driver, a 49-year-old man, was driving a white 2006 Mitsubishi and was not reported to be injured in the log.

Police were unable to locate anything amiss after an 11:09 p.m. report that a man on Pulaski Street had heard a loud explosion.

Police received an 11:40 p.m. report that a customer at the Sonic Drive-In on Newbury Street was possibly intoxicated, but an officer determined he was actually just “falling asleep there.”


A Herold Road man reported at 6:19 a.m. that he had a live skunk in his pool. An officer advised him “to use the skimmer to get the skunk out,” according to the log. Police wrote later: “Skunk removed from pool. All in order.”



Police received a 8:54 a.m. report that an elderly woman suffering from dementia had made statements about a harming a dog in front of children on Franklin Avenue.


A man reported at 5:56 a.m. that when he left for work he had seen an older pickup truck parked a little ways up the hill from his residence on Barnstable Street. “Caller stated that this truck slowly drove away after he noticed it,” wrote police. “Other than being white and out of place the caller did not get a plate number or make of the truck. Also note it was trash day, possibly was a trash picker.”



A 4:51 p.m. report that a former patient was refusing to leave Beverly Hospital resulted in the arrest of Fletcher Bennett Coleman, 21, of 303 Frog City Road, Plymouth, Vt., on a charge of trespassing.

Police received a 6:03 p.m. report that a child had been shot in the arm with an Airsoft gun at Goldway Park. Police wrote that the boy had been with classmates when he was “teased by them and he gave it right back,” leading one of them to shoot him with a pellet. Police located the boy in question and brought him and his gun back to his mother on Pleasant Street.

A 7:13 p.m. report of a mother-daughter domestic dispute brought police to 50 Apple Road. Connie J. Peterson, 57, of the same address, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery on a person over 60 or disabled and intimidation of a witness.



About 7:30 a.m., police arrested Giles M. Westie, 33, of 103 Porter Road, Boxford, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.



A woman reported at 4:03 p.m. that somebody had written “snitching” on a stop sign at Green and Leach streets.

Police responded to 43 Loring Ave. after a 4:11 p.m. report of an two-vehicle accident. Edgar L. Esteban, 38, of 40 Clinton St., Lynn, was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, sixth offense. No injuries were reported.

The Fire Department hosed down a smoking mulch pile on Swampscott Road, according to a 5 p.m. log item.

An 8:04 p.m. report of a burning smell and smoke in a building brought police and the Fire Department to 195 Lafayette St. “SFD arrived on scene and determined that the washing machine was the cause of the smoke,” wrote police. “The washing machine belt overheated, causing it to smoke. SFD disconnected the washing machine and cleared.”

Police responded to a 10:21 p.m. report that a man was playing guitar at 15 Clifton Ave. and advised him to “discontinue the outdoor use.”

Police received a 10:27 p.m. report that a woman had found a receipt outside the Wal-Mart on Highland Avenue, then went inside, found two of the items on the receipt and returned them for $49.81 in cash. An officer was unable to locate her or verify her identity.

A 10:29 p.m. report that a sunflower on a traffic island was blocking a stop sign brought police to Derby Street and Fort Avenue. “Stop sign is clearly visible, no issue, clear,” an officer wrote later.


An officer responded to the area of 430 Lafayette St. around 3:45 a.m. after a report of an airhorn going off, possibly from a boat. “I did check the area, but did not see or hear anything,” the officer wrote. “A fisherman was fishing in the area and stated that he had been fishing for about a half-hour and did not see or hear anything.”

Officers were unable to locate a man who was reported at 9:40 a.m. to be “looking in yards and houses” on Elm Avenue.

A woman reported at 10:43 p.m. that her driver’s side window had been smashed at some point overnight while her vehicle was parked on Bryant Street. An offensive word had also been scribbled on the trunk, according to police.

Brendan Walsh, a candidate for the city’s School Committee, reported at 11:20 a.m. that four plastic zip-ties had been cut from a political sign he had posted to a fence on Jefferson Avenue, according to the log. Walsh told police that the sign itself wasn’t defaced and that four other zip-ties had not been damaged. An officer wrote: “Walsh wanted to document that the incident occurred just in case other signs of his are damaged in any way in the future.”

An 11:31 a.m. report that a woman on a bench was screaming brought police to Essex and Washington streets, where they advised her “to keep her voice down.” Police wrote: “She agreed and left the area.”

An officer was unable to locate a man who was reported at 11:48 a.m. to be exposing himself in the area of Grove and Irving streets.

Police received a 12:40 a.m. report that a white Volkswagen Jetta had followed a trolley around the city for approximately 30 minutes. The operator of the trolley speculated that the vehicle might have been “eavesdropping on the tour,” according to the log. Police didn’t locate the vehicle.

A 4:08 p.m. report that a female was sitting in the roadway brought police to 462 Lafayette St., where a Salem State University student told them she “needed quiet to read since her dorm room was very noisy.”

Police were unable to locate a “possible wanted person” who was reported to be at Canal and Ropes streets at 5:49 p.m., nor an outside argument that was reported to be in the area of 188 Ocean Ave. at the same time. Also, officers were unable to locate a man who was reported three minutes later to be “laid out” near 135 Lafayette St.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Loring Avenue at 5:53 p.m. and arrested Juan A. Pimentel, 31, of 1000 Loring Ave., Salem, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.



Police received a 6:33 p.m. report that a man had beaten up his girlfriend at the Marriott TownePlace Suites, 238 Andover St.


An officer conducted a traffic stop on Sylvan Street about 7:30 a.m. and arrested Richard Smith, 35, of Dracut, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.