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August 1, 2013



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.”

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