, Salem, MA

September 7, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A Brookhouse Drive man reported at 1:54 p.m. that a van was “making its way around the neighborhood” and had “pulled into his driveway and then pulled back out.” Police wrote: “Caller said there appears to be only one black male occupant and he keeps stopping and looking down at something.” An officer was unable to locate the van.

A Washington Street man reported at 5:45 p.m. that a string of lights had been cut and a towel “shredded” at the “very private entrance” to his unit.

Police received a 7:19 p.m. report of “threats on the tennis courts” on Atlantic Avenue.

An officer was unable to locate youths who were reported at 9:01 p.m. to have rung a doorbell on Flint Street and then run away.

Police responded to an 11:39 p.m. report that a group of kids were “congregating” and “drinking” near Fort Sewall. An officer wrote later: “Group of 5 has moved along from the fort.”



Police received a 4:04 p.m. report that somebody was demanding $40 from the cash register of the 7-Eleven at 23 Newbury St. Police wrote later that “it was not a robbery....the clerk neglected to turn on the customer’s gas pump after he paid for the gas.”

Youths had kicked up sod and crossed the caution tape at Raddin Park, according to a 6:50 p.m. report. Police wrote later: “Officer reports two youths were found in area and advised to stay off the newly planted grass seed and marked off area. No other action needed at this time.”

A 5-year-old girl on Franklin Street was transported to North Shore Children’s Hospital after a 7:08 p.m. report that she had suffered a facial laceration during a fall.

Police received an SOS signal from a vehicle near 641 Lowell St., according to an 8:35 p.m. log item. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle there, so they went to the owner’s address on Lone Pine Lane and determined the woman’s children had pushed the button by accident while she was at the supermarket.

Police conducted a well-being check on a man on Glen Drive after a 10:12 p.m. report that he had posted “suicidal pictures” on Facebook and Twitter. Police wrote later that the man “did put those up without any intentions. While the officers were there, he took the photos down off the Internet. He stated that he does not feel homicidal or suicidal at this time.”

An officer was unable to locate an intoxicated man who was reported to be trying to cross Central Street at 11:47 p.m.

Police received an 11:48 p.m. report that a blue work van had followed a woman’s 20-year-old daughter home to an address on Pierce Road. They did not locate the vehicle.


A man at 266 Newbury St. called police at 4:38 a.m. to report he was having a dispute with his father; the father himself later dialed 911 later “stating his son has verbally threatened him and is throwing things inside the home.” Brett Schettino, 31, of 266 Newbury St., Apt. 11, Peabody, was arrested on charges of malicious destruction of property under $250 and assault and battery on a person over 60 or disabled with injury.

A woman reported at 10:18 a.m. that she had found a “young child that was walking alone with a dog.” The child was returned to her father at a Basford Court address and police determined the man had been sleeping. “The officer will be filing a 51a on the incident,” wrote police.

A Newbury Street woman reported at 12:50 p.m. that her lawn had been damaged. Police wrote later: “The officer observed fresh skunk tracks and believes, based on his observations, that it is in fact the skunks digging for grubs.”

Police received a 1:27 p.m. report of a hit-and-run accident involving a U-Haul truck on Prospect Street, then a second report that there was a “Hispanic male that was chasing after the U-Haul truck and he had a knife.” Police didn’t report finding the male or the U-Haul.

The Fire Department responded to a report around noontime that hydraulic oil had spilled from a truck on the Route 1 north ramp to 128 south, a firefighter said. The spill actually occurred off to the side of the roadway and posed no hazard to motorists, he said. A company was contracted to clean the fluid up.

Police received a report of a road-rage incident at Central Street and Wilson Terrace about 6 a.m., then received multiple calls regarding a vehicle-versus-pedestrian hit-and-run accident at the same location, said Sgt. Robert Waugh. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a black Cadillac Escalade and was last seen fleeing toward Pulaski Street. The pedestrian who was struck — Christine Soden, 48, of Peabody — was transported to Lahey Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Police quickly located the Cadillac and plan to summons its operator — Amber Caruso, 34, of 28 Essex Lane, Peabody — on charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.



Police received a 10:43 a.m. report that a 12-year-old boy on Paradise Road had “found a picture of himself on Internet.” An officer wrote later: “Virus on Internet, not picture on website.”

Cars were doing doughnuts in a parking lot at 601 Humphrey St., according to a 6:35 p.m. report.

Police received a 9:09 p.m. report that a heavy-set male in his late teens or early 20s had tried to unlock the steering on a motorcycle at 1 Hillcrest Circle — in addition to having thrown up “all over” it. Police wrote later: “Turned out what was thought to be vomit was broken eggs. Area search suspect not located. Both tires slashed. Victim called in to add seat was slashed and fender keyed.”



A 9:05 a.m. report of shoplifting at the Home Depot on Newbury Street resulted in the arrest of Jeramie Croft, 29, of 29 Crawford St., Roxbury, on a charge of larceny over $250.

Police received a 3:47 p.m. report that there was a car battery in the roadway near 167 Maple St.



Police responded to 35 Hancock St. after a 6:06 p.m. report that somebody had been threatened and spoke to a male who said that another male had said “watch your back” as he walked by. Police found the second male and advised him to stay away from the first.

A Lawrence Street woman called police at 7:42 p.m. looking for information on bed bugs, according to the log. The woman related her neighbor had them and the landlord “would be spraying.”

Police responded to a 9:54 p.m. report of a dispute at 76 Margin St. and determined a man was arguing with his ex-girlfriend about her picking up his dog too late in the evening.

An officer was unable to locate a woman who was reported at 10:24 p.m. to be on the side of the road at Highland and Ravenna avenues.

Police responded to a 10:30 p.m. report that two males with flashlights were outside a house on Marlborough Road. “Home for sale — parties checking it out,” an officer wrote later.


Police broke up a “loud college party” at 28 Rosyln St. about 12 a.m., according to the log. Officers ended another party at 5 Hazel St. about 12:30 a.m.

A 1:04 a.m. report of a domestic dispute brought police to 12 First St., where they determined a woman’s son and daughter were arguing over a cellphone. An officer wrote later: “All agreed to go to bed and talk about the phone in the morning.”

A woman reported at 9:12 a.m. that somebody had keyed the driver’s side, passenger’s side, hood and trunk of her car while it was parked on Looney Avenue overnight. Her driver’s side mirror had also been smashed, according to the log.

A 10:15 a.m. report that a vehicle had struck a gas pump at the Hess station at 295 Derby St. resulted in the arrest of Jasen R. Walsh, 33, of 10 Conant St., Salem, on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, failure to use care in backing and operating a motor vehicle without the registration in possession.

A Church Street woman reported at 12:53 p.m. that somebody had stolen a gold chain with a green stone on it from her apartment.

A woman reported at 12:38 p.m. that somebody had stolen her pocketbook at Murphy’s, 300 Derby St., the previous Saturday night.

A man reported at 12:31 p.m. that somebody had extensively keyed his BMW as it was parked on Looney Avenue overnight.

A 2:50 p.m. report of a suspicious vehicle brought police to Sargent Street, where they determined a man was “taking a nap after lunch.”

The owner of the HMA car wash at 72 North St. reported at 3:10 p.m. that he believed an ex-employee had stolen keys to the vacuum machines and then change from them.

After receiving complaints about people on Naples Road not cleaning up “dog dung,” an officer posted four warning signs in the area about the issue, according to a 3:18 p.m. log item.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m., police received a report that a 21-year-old woman had been threatened with a firearm by a woman dressed in all black near 52 Peabody St. Police located the suspect in the parking lot behind a nearby Wendy’s, but officers then determined that no threats with a firearm had actually occurred. An officer said it was possible the woman who reported the incident could be summonsed to court on a charge of filing a false report.



A Gordon College student lost his bearings in the vicinity of Round Pond after the sun set between 7 and 8 p.m. and contacted police for help, an officer said. With his cellphone dying, the student was guided back via trails and officers then transported him to his residence.