, Salem, MA

May 2, 2013


The Salem News

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A Harbor Avenue woman reported finding several key rings in her yard, some of which said “Lynn,” “48 Charles Stacey Gordon” and “70 Scott FD.”

Firefighters ventilated a residence on Sandie Lane after responding to an 8:26 a.m. report of an oven fire.

A male was transported to Salem Hospital after a 10:23 a.m. report that he struck a tree on Mohawk Road and fell off his bike.

Police received an 11 a.m. report that a person heard someone come into their house on Middle Street, but they were unable to locate anything suspicious.

A Jersey Street woman reported at 11:04 a.m. that her purse was stolen from her car overnight, along with the approximately $2 in cash she had inside it.

Police conducted a traffic stop at Pleasant and Smith streets at 2:07 p.m. and gave the motorist a verbal warning for texting while driving.

Police received a 3:05 p.m. call from an “irate” caller who complained about traffic on West Shore Drive. “He said between that traffic and school traffic, he will be late to pick his kids up,” police wrote. “Caller hung up when asked what his name was.”

A 6:48 p.m. report that people in a red van were throwing items at passing walkers and joggers brought police to Atlantic Avenue and Cleveland Road, but they were unable to locate the vehicle.



Police received a 5:50 p.m. report that a barbecue was on fire at 5 Helen Drive. “Resident called back,” police wrote, “fire is out.”

Youths were photographing walkers and asking strange questions near 637 Lowell St., according to a log item. Police didn’t report finding anything suspicious in the area.

Police received a 9:08 p.m. report that a vehicle was stolen from the Northshore Mall, but the reporting party later determined that his girlfriend had it. “He forgot,” police wrote.

A 9:20 p.m. report of a small child sitting in a parking lot brought police to the Latitude Sports Club at 194 Newbury St. Police wrote: “Officer checked the area. There was no child. However, there was an out-of-service fire hydrant with a plastic warning bag over it. The officer feels that on a quick glance that’s what the occupants of the vehicle saw. The lot is clear. All in order.”


A noise “like gunshots” was reported at 22 Broad St. at 2:55 a.m., but police were unable to find anything amiss in the area.

A woman reported at 9:31 a.m. that her 23-year-old son had gone missing. She’d last seen the man in July 2012, according to the log.

Police received a 1:04 a.m. report that a Collins Street woman believed her child’s father and his friend had stolen a $40 check from her and cashed it.



A 6:36 p.m. report of a domestic disturbance brought police to 2310 Broughton Drive. Subsequently arrested was Leeann Grimes, 32, of the same address, on a charge of assault and battery.


Keith Knowlton, 48, of 21 Balch St., Beverly, was arrested on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older, according to the log. Officers declined to provide additional information.



Officers assisted Lynn police in investigating a shooting on Hillside Avenue, just over the line from Swampscott, around 6 a.m.

Police received a 3:24 p.m. report that a man with tattoos stole items from Marshalls on Paradise Road and left the area on a bicycle.

A big raccoon was “walking around and up the stairs” at a Walker Road address, according to a 6:42 p.m. report.



Police received a 6:34 p.m. report from a Lafayette Street woman who said her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend was “driving around her house and beeping her horn.”

A 7:07 p.m. report of two shoplifters at the Dollar Store on Canal Street resulted in the arrests of Kaity Kartalias-Brown, 35, of 17 Leavitt St., Salem, and Richard Brown, 38, of the same address, each on a charge of shoplifting.

Police responded to an 8:03 p.m. report that people were smoking marijuana in an apartment at 54 Lawrence St. and determined that the scent was actually coming from incense.

The manager of a store at 95 Congress St. reported at 9:29 p.m. that he had stopped a man from stealing a box of Lucky Charms cereal. Officers spoke to alleged shoplifter, who said “he was going to come back and pay for the item.” Police issued the man a no-trespass order.


A Ward Street woman reported at 12:32 a.m. that her son had taken her vehicle without her permission.

An officer observed a blue Volvo pulled over to the side of Bridge Street with its hazard lights on at 1:35 a.m. and determined that the operator was showing “obvious signs of alcohol intoxication,” according to the log. Robert Engle, 47, of 26 Cross St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of drunken driving, second offense.

Police spoke to a man after a 2:23 p.m. report of an erratic motorist on Boston Street. “He was found to have no issues and stated he was driving that way because he thought someone was following him and he didn’t know who it was,” police wrote.

Police received a 2:06 p.m. report that somebody walked out of the Lobster Shanty on Front Street without paying a $20.87 bill.

The Fire Department responded to a report shortly before 4 p.m. that an unidentified milky-white substance had discharged into the water behind 72 North St., Harbormaster Bill McHugh said. Officials are investigating what the substance was and how it got in the water. At one point, the substance had spread to an area about 3 feet wide and 30 feet long, McHugh said, but it had dissipated by early evening.



A 5:16 p.m. report of shoplifting at Walmart on Brooksby Village Drive resulted in the arrest of Kristen Grasso, 20, of 2 Tapley Road, Lynnfield, on a charge of shoplifting.


Police received a 2:45 a.m. report of a “ping”-type noise at Locust Street and Washington Avenue, but police were unable to locate anything suspicious in that area.

An officer conducted a traffic stop on Andover Street at 6:19 a.m. and arrested Joel Salcedo, 20, of 55 Driscoll St., Peabody, on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.

A traffic stop on Elliott Street at 6:38 a.m. resulted in the arrest of Michael Correa, 27, of 28 Morton St., Lawrence, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, having an altered exhaust and not displaying a number plate sticker.

Jewelry was stolen from a Trask Street address, according to a 4:28 p.m. report.