, Salem, MA

April 30, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police received a 7:52 a.m. report that a 2013 Kia Sorento on Auburndale Road had been broken into, but police determined that nothing was stolen. “Does not appear to be a break,” an officer wrote. “Window broken from the inside, possibly when trunk was shut.”

A woman was painting “No Parking” on High Street, according to a 1:24 p.m. report. “She has painted her own hash marks in the street,” police wrote. “Requesting DPW before it dries.”

Police received a 2:40 p.m. report that a “nasty-looking man” was sitting on a bench in front of the library on Pleasant Street and possibly looking at children. “He is described as a white male, has a beard and long, stringy hair, homeless-looking,” wrote police, who later determined that he was just waiting for the bus.

A 3:22 p.m. report that a man appeared to be taking notes about a car brought police to Devereux Street, where they determined that he was an auto appraiser.

A woman reported at 4:28 p.m. that there were about 20 kids in the grandstand on Wyman Road “swearing and making it difficult for parents to watch game.” An officer responded to that location but found nothing suspicious.

A Humphrey Street resident reported at 4:43 p.m. that a flash drive “with all of his personal information it” had been stolen.

A 10 p.m. report of a party with underage people at it on High Street resulted in the arrest of Daniel Christopher Knittle, 19, of 10 Risley Road, Marblehead, on a charge of being a person under 21 in possession of liquor. A 19-year-old Swampscott man was also taken into protective custody.


A motorist reported at 10:09 a.m. that she had stopped for a bicyclist at Pleasant and Lafayette streets and a “lunatic” teenage driver behind her “kept honking the horn and giving the finger.”

A Peach Highlands resident reported at 11:39 p.m. that his neighbor was having a party and “a drunk is throwing up on his fence right now.”


Police received a 1:03 a.m. report that youths were putting police tape across the road at Atlantic Avenue and Preston Beach Road. “Tape pulled down,” police wrote later.

One person was transported to Salem Hospital with undisclosed injuries after a 2:20 p.m. report that a black Mazda had struck a fence brought emergency personnel to South Street.



A 2:06 p.m. report of suspicious activity at Sears at the Northshore Mall resulted in the arrests of Carmen Cintron, 32, of 14 Granite St., Apt. 308, Haverhill, on charges of credit card fraud over $250, identity fraud and receiving stolen property less than $250; Raymond Nieves, 32, of the same address, on charges of credit card fraud over $250, identity fraud and receiving stolen property under $250; and Miguel Garcia, 31, of 45 Madison St., Apt. 2, Methuen, on charges of credit card fraud over $250, identity fraud, receiving stolen property under $250 and receiving stolen property over $250.

The Fire Department extinguished a mulch fire at 1000 Crane Brook Way at 3:26 p.m.

An Emerson Avenue woman reported at 5:52 p.m. that a 6-foot-1 man with missing front teeth approached her daughter, “scaring her and sending her screaming into the home.” Police were unable to locate him.

A 6:50 p.m. report of domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend on Pocahontas Drive resulted in the arrest of Joseph Belmonte, 39, of 300 Lynn Shore Drive, Apt. 1010, Lynn, on a charge of aggravated domestic assault and battery. The victim was transported to Lahey North after the incident.


An 11:15 a.m. report of a disturbance at 14 Washington Place resulted in the arrest of Dana Michaud, 21, of 12 Sprague St., Apt. 1, Peabody, on charges of domestic assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime.

A Pierpont Street woman reported that her parrot had gotten loose and was in a nearby treetop at 11:28 a.m. She was advised that the animal control officer “does not have the equipment, or training, for that type of rescue,” and that she should contact the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Police responded to a report around 5 p.m. that a homeless man with a sign at the Route 128 ramp to Lowell Street had shown a knife to a motorist. Police were unable to locate him.



A loud explosion at Railroad Avenue and Elm Street was reported at 10:14 p.m. Police wrote: “Unable to locate source of loud explosion.”

A 10:31 p.m. report of an erratic operator at Elliott and Beckford streets resulted in the arrest of Hugh Flanigan, 54, of 24 Loading Place Road, Manchester, on charges of drunken driving, failure to yield or stop and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.



Police received a 12:37 a.m. report that a man was pushing a motorcycle down the road at Allen Road and Humphrey Street.

A 2:03 a.m. report that a woman had locked herself out of her running vehicle brought police to 54 Humphrey St.


A Paradise Road man reported at 10:24 p.m. that his daughter had broken into his locked desk and stolen money during a visit.



Police received an 8:58 p.m. report that somebody had stolen two tip cups from Jimmy’s Beef and Seafood at 71 High St. and arrested Jason Langill, 43, of 56 Margin St., Salem, on a charge of larceny from a person.


A 12:58 p.m. report of shoplifting at Kohl’s resulted in the arrest of Stefanie Santarpio, 37, of 77 Essex St., Swampscott, on a charge of shoplifting.



Police received a 12:34 p.m. report that a man had gotten into a dispute with a woman on Broad Street and she had “pulled a knife on him and threatened him with it.” Gloria Richards, 21, homeless, was arrested on charges of assault by dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime and a violation of the city’s knife ordinance. She was also wanted on a warrant, according to the log.

A 2:02 p.m. report that a person’s legs were in the road while they worked on a car brought police to 243 Jefferson Ave., but they found nothing suspicious.

Police responded to the Hawthorne Hotel at 6:37 p.m. after a report that two children were sleeping in a vehicle with nobody else around. Police spoke to the woman who called, who said the person who reported it to her had actually been mistaken because there was an adult in the vehicle after all. “She stated that she could see how the person made the mistake, because the second person was a little person,” police wrote.


A 4:15 a.m. report of a disturbance at a Nichols Street address resulted in the arrest of Michael Burrows, 32, of 41 Nichols St., Salem, on a charge of assault and battery.

An officer disposed of two uncapped hypodermic needles found in the roadway at Chestnut and Hamilton streets, according to an 11:31 a.m. report.

Three hypodermic needles were disposed of by an officer after a 2:34 p.m. report that somebody had found them in a flower bed at Higginson Square and Essex Street.

Officers in the Special Response Unit saw a woman urinating in public at Lafayette and Harbor streets at 3:01 p.m. and arrested Carol Clarke, 37, of 63 Highland Ave., Lynn, on charges of disorderly conduct and lewd and lascivious behavior, according to the log.

A 3:04 p.m. report of a shoplifter at the Dragonfly store, 172 Essex St., resulted in the arrest of Jamie Dibacco, 35, of 29 Hancock St., Salem, on charges of shoplifting and two counts of illegal possession of a Class E substance.



Police conducted a traffic stop on South Main Street at 10:45 a.m. and arrested Hector Alejandro Baptista Jr., 23, of 26 Caldwell Crescent, Lynn, on charges of possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute, excessive window tint, no seat belt and operating with a suspended license, subsequent offense. An officer said Baptista was originally pulled over because of his window tint and that an officer subsequently found $2,400 in cash in the vehicle’s center console. An Essex County K-9 unit then located a “large amount” of heroin in the vehicle.