SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 13, 2013

Police/fire


The Salem News

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Wednesday

A woman reported at 8:51 p.m. that a white male in his late teens had circled her on a bicycle as she walked home on Jersey Street the night before. “Caller said the male came up on her right and circled her repeatedly,” wrote police. “Oh his third pass around the male made a ‘whoop’ sound at her.” When she replied “What?” the male said “I’m just saying hello,” according to the log. The woman told him to “[expletive] off” and continued on her way.

Skateboarders reported at 1:22 p.m. that a van with Washington plates had “opened the door and struck one of the skateboarders” on Atlantic Avenue. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

A woman reported that there was a loud party “with kids involved” on Green Street at 11:29 p.m. “She stated she knew the kids do drugs,” wrote an officer. Later: “Owner stated the party had ended. No disturbance at this time.”

Swampscott

Wednesday

A Crossman Avenue resident reported at 9:37 a.m. that $1,599.50 had been charged to his or her American Express credit card without permission.

Somebody had two large dogs on Eisman’s Beach, according to a 4:47 p.m. report. An officer wrote later: “Was a service dog and dog was now off beach.”

Police received an 11:13 p.m. report of a “large group of loud youths” at the park near Eisman’s Beach. An officer wrote later that it was “just a couple of kids” and that they were leaving.

Peabody

Wednesday

Police conducted a traffic stop on Lynn Street at 3:10 p.m. and gave a verbal warning to a motorist for failing to yield to a fire engine.

A female reported at 3:12 p.m. that the Chihuahua she was dogsitting had escaped its Perley Avenue home. She called back later to report that she had located the animal.

Police were unable to locate a 10- to 12-year-old boy who was reported at 3:15 p.m. to be “holding his stomach” on Sutton Street.

The Fire Department extinguished a brush fire on the median near 246 Newbury St., according to a 4:34 p.m. log item. One lane of the roadway was closed while they did so.

A 4:57 p.m. report of an oven fire brought police and firefighters to 16 Eastman Park, where they determined somebody “put the oven on broil,” causing smoke.

Police received a 5:22 p.m. report that two males were driving very slowly through the parking lot of the Peabody Municipal Light Plant and “pointing to the exterior cameras.” An officer spoke to one male who said he had just been “dropping off a bill” and “having a conversation” with the other.

Somebody reported at 6:08 p.m. that he had seen an elderly man without a shirt jump a fence and steal wood from a vacant building at 4 Hancock St. An officer later determined the man had permission to take the wood.

Police received a 6:17 p.m. report of “suspicious smoke in the house coming from an unknown source, nobody in the house” at 10 Clement Ave. An officer determined the smoke was from food on a stove.

Police received an 8:56 p.m. report that two males were walking up the hill behind Don’s Power Equipment at 29 Newbury St. An officer wrote later: “Swedish tourists were sent back to Hampton Bay Hotel, those parties were a little lost.”

A 9:08 p.m. report that a female was screaming for help brought police to 21 Caller St., where they determined she had been “yelling at her boyfriend over the phone.” An officer advised her to keep her voice down.

Police received a 9:36 p.m. report that a male was staggering on Lake Street. “Party checks out, lives a few houses down and will be walking home,” an officer wrote later.

An Elizabeth lane woman reported at 11:08 p.m. that there was a “loud banging” coming from her backyard. “Officer reports the noise was coming from a sign that was against the house,” police wrote later.

Thursday

A Violet Road caller reported not having any water at 5:41 a.m. “DPW was already on scene and were working to fix the water break,” an officer wrote later. “They stated the water will be off for a while.”

Police received an 11:46 a.m. report that $175 in cash and between $5,000 and $6,000 in jewelry had been stolen from a house on Paul Avenue.

Beverly

Wednesday

A 6:48 p.m. report of suspicious activity brought police to Radcliffe and Colgate roads, where they determined a group of people were “putting flyers on houses for election in November.”

Thursday

A 9-year-old girl was transported to Beverly Hospital with arm and leg injuries after she was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle in a crosswalk on Brimbal Avenue, according to a 7:39 a.m. log item and an email from Officer Mike Boccuzzi. The vehicle had been exiting the Hannah School at the time of the accident. The driver, Mark Taliento, 42, of Beverly, was cited for a crosswalk violation.

Police received an 8:58 a.m. report that lawn furniture had gone missing from 22 Yankee Way.

Multiple people reported about 1 p.m. that a suspicious Honda Element with New Jersey plates was in the neighborhood of Old Farm and Priscilla roads. “Private investigator in the area,” police wrote later.

A Herrick Street woman reported at 1:14 p.m. that her neighbor with dementia “sneaks into her room and steals her candy.” Police wrote later: “Unable to speak to her neighbor due to mental state.”

Salem

Wednesday

Police responded to a 6:15 p.m. report that a vehicle was on fire near 46 School St. A woman said that she had been operating her 2001 Dodge Caravan on the street when the dash began “blinking” and the vehicle began to smoke, so she pulled in front of her house and got everybody out. “It was reported that the van became engulfed in flames within seconds,” wrote police. The Fire Department extinguished the fire and the van was later towed.

Police received a 6:28 p.m. report that somebody had stolen approximately 100 Magic Markers from a home on Northend Avenue. “No signs of forced entry,” wrote an officer. “No suspects or witnesses at this time.”

A youth had been shot with a BB gun by a friend on Orchard Street, according to a 7:31 p.m. log item.

A man reported at 7:52 p.m. that somebody had tried to put some kind of substance — possibly sugar — into his gas tank while it was parked at 12 First St.

Thursday

A woman at 116 Lafayette St. reported at 12:28 a.m. that she wanted another woman to leave her apartment. Michele Lee Amirault, 34, of 100 Willow St., Lynn, was arrested on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. Amirault was apparently wanted on a warrant out of Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

Police received a 1:37 a.m. report that a man was laying on the sidewalk near 11 Pearl St. Timothy J. Linder Jr., 31, of 13 Pearl St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

The catalytic converter had been cut from a vehicle parked in a rear lot of Salem Hospital, according to a 7:59 a.m. report. Another one was reportedly taken from a vehicle nearby, according to a 10:23 a.m. log item.

Police received an 11:53 a.m. report that a former employee of the Great Escape restaurant on Saint Peter Street had dined with another male and then left without paying the $77.04 bill. One of the man’s relatives subsequently paid the tab, according to the log.

School Committee candidate and current member Janet Crane reported at 12:09 p.m. that five of her campaign signs had been stolen from various parts of the city between the previous Saturday and Tuesday, according to the log. Two of the signs were stolen from Loring Avenue and one each from Lafayette Street, North Street and Jefferson Avenue. Police said there were no suspects or witnesses of the theft at this time.

About 1 p.m., police arrested Alexandra Lynn Felix, 18, of 22 Grove St., Salem, on a local warrant with charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy, according to the log.

Police responded to 190 Loring Ave. after a 2:59 p.m. report of a bicycle crash and determined that a 20-year-old woman had crashed into the driver-side door of a 2010 Subaru Outback just as the 30-year-old motorist opened it to exit the vehicle. The cyclist sustained minor injuries and was transported to Salem Hospital. The car sustained minor damage.

Danvers

Wednesday

Police received a 6:51 a.m. report that there was a large pile of rotten fish somewhere on Dayton Street.

A 54-year-old local woman was taken into protective custody after a 12:34 p.m. report that she was intoxicated at the Market Basket on Endicott Street.

Catalytic converters had been stolen from vehicles at the IRA automotive group on Newbury Street, according to a 4:22 p.m. report.