, Salem, MA

August 1, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police received a 3:57 p.m. report that a female hadn’t heard from her uncle on Sagamore Road in three weeks. An officer wrote later: “He is in Middleton Jail.”

A youth was transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries after an 8:41 p.m. report that he or she had fallen off a skateboard near Skinners Path.



An officer at the Northshore Mall at 2:22 p.m. arrested Hector Orlando Cano, 33, of 118 Broad St., Apt. 3, Lynn, on charges of obstructing an emergency vehicle and operating with a suspended license.

A 5:55 p.m. report that a man was “howling and crying” brought police to the Barnes and Noble at the Northshore Mall. Police subsequently determined a 25-year-old man was “going to meet his parents at the food court. All in order at this time.”

A Swampscott Avenue woman complained at 7:10 p.m. that youths were playing ball next door “and the ball came into her yard.” Police wrote that an officer “spoke with both neighbors in regards to the issue, they agreed to stop playing ball in the yard.”

An officer was unable to locate youths who were reported to be ringing doorbells and speeding down Paul Avenue in a white car at 11:05 p.m.


A 94-year-old Forest Street woman was transported to Salem Hospital after a 5:13 a.m. report that she was “barely responsive.”



Police conducted a traffic stop at Cedar Hill Terrace and Humphrey Street at 10:41 a.m. and subsequently arrested Jose Medina, 19, of 204 Cypress Ave., Lawrence, on charges of operating with a suspended license, having no inspection sticker and a number plate violation.

Police didn’t report finding anything suspicious after a 9:49 p.m. report that youths were lying in the roadway near 35 Burpee Road.



A woman reported that she had confronted a group of youths who had discarded an old rowboat on the beach near 3 Silver St., according to a 7:10 p.m. log item. Police were unable to locate them.

Police responded to an 11:48 p.m. report that a man was yelling at 4 Tudor Road. “Advised to quiet down,” an officer wrote later.


An 11:37 a.m. report that a man was “acting weird” and “scaring kids” brought police to Rantoul and Fayette streets, where they determined he was “trying to play tag with YMCA camp” and “not welcome per staff.” He was advised to leave.

Officers were unable to locate a dog that was reported to have been “dragged” down Stone Street, according to a 12:18 a.m. log item.



Around 4 p.m., an officer at 796 Main St. arrested Nancy L. Bishop, 52, of 30 Offer St., Bradford, on charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and drunken driving. An officer said Bishop rear-ended a vehicle near 593 Main St. and then left the scene.



Police received an 11:33 a.m. report of an attempted break-in at 29 Weston St.



Police conducted a traffic stop on Wilson Street around 4:30 p.m. and arrested George D. Kotee II, 20, of 9 Thompson Circle, Lynn, on a charge of transporting liquor as a minor, and Jason Cruz-Baez, 17, of 160 Waldemar Ave., East Boston, on a charge of transporting liquor as a minor and giving a false name to a police officer. Cruz-Baez was also wanted on three warrants, according to the log.

An officer was unable to locate dogs that were reported to be “chasing children” near 10 Wisteria St. at 5:06 p.m.

A Lafayette Street woman reported at 5:16 p.m. that when she returned home after purchasing a ferret, “the ferret promptly attacked her.” An officer wrote: “She states she was not injured and had no signs of any injuries. She stated she called the police because she wanted us to take the ferret from her. I advised her that we would not take custody of the ferret, as it is her responsibility to make arrangements as the pet owner. She was advised to contact local animal shelters.”

Police responded to 44 Dow St. after a 6:55 p.m. report of a domestic dispute and determined a woman was arguing with her granddaughter over the latter “not listening” and “not following the rules of the house.” The granddaughter said she was angry “over the fact that she was not allowed to go to the movies with her friend” but also said she would “cool off and listen to her grandmother for the rest of the night.”

Police responded to a 7:40 p.m. report of a domestic disturbance on Lafayette Street and subsequently arrested Juan J. Vasquez, 30, of 100 Lafayette St., Salem, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.

About 7:45 p.m., officers on Lafayette Street arrested Victor Mariscal, 22, of Cambridge, on a charge of giving a false a name to a police officer. He was also wanted on three warrants, according to the log.

An 8:24 p.m. report of a domestic disturbance on Lafayette Street resulted in the arrest of John Callahan, 46, of 56 Margin St., Salem, on charges of domestic assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.

Police responded to a Griswold Drive address after a woman reported at 8:37 p.m. that her mother had arrived to pick up her daughter, but that the daughter wouldn’t get in the vehicle because “grandma smelled liked alcohol.” The mother wanted to make a “formal report” about her mother attempting to pick the girl up while intoxicated and said she was “attempting to show that her mother needs help.” Police spoke to the grandmother, who lived on Halsey Way, and she said she would “never try and put my granddaughter in my car if I was drunk” and that “she was right down the street, I would have walked there — why would I drive?” Police wrote: “The grandmother ... did not appear to be intoxicated. She spoke without hesitation and was steady on her feet when she got out of her bed to speak with us.” An officer also wrote that the woman who reported the incident “admitted” that she might qualify for housing through the Department of Children and Families “if she can prove that her mother is danger to her or her daughter.”

An 8:06 p.m. report that youths were “fighting” and “taping it” brought police to Mary Jane Lee Park, where they didn’t find anything matching that description. An officer wrote: “The park was full of young youths playing tag.”

A woman at her friend’s house on Marion Road reported at 9:59 p.m. that her husband had followed her there from Swampscott following a domestic dispute and “called me all kinds of awful names and then drove off,” according to the log.


Police responded to 117 Lafayette St. after a 3:43 a.m. report that somebody was banging on a woman’s apartment door. “She did not know who it was or why someone would be banging on her door,” wrote police. “She was advised to go back to sleep and to call us if it happened again.”

A 5:44 a.m. report of a suspicious female with a large branch brought police to Essex and Washington streets, where they encountered a woman known to one officer. “She has been a new resident of the streets of Salem since May,” wrote police. “She has always had a tree branch with her since she arrived in Salem, it is a thin branch about 4 feet tall. She uses it as [a] walking stick. She said that she was going to have breakfast at the shelter and she was sent on her way.”

A security guard at the North Shore Medical Center reported at 10:15 a.m. that an elderly female had told him, “I am 70 years old, go [expletive] yourself” when he informed her that a parking lot was full. The woman then called him a “son of a [expletive]” and nearly ran over his foot as she drove off erratically, according to the log. The woman later admitted to an officer that she had said “[expletive] you” to the guard because she was upset that the hospital would “make someone like her walk far to pay her bill.” She was advised to file a complaint “in a proper way” and that the security guard had been “only following orders.”

Police received a 10:17 a.m. report that somebody had broken into the Deli House eatery at 48 Congress St. overnight and stolen $150 from a cash register.

An employee of the Kwik Stop at 10 Jefferson Ave. reported at 1:03 p.m. that the store was having ongoing problems with a female who had once tried to return beer and “started yelling” and “accused store employees of discrimination” when informed she couldn’t. Police were unable to locate her.