, Salem, MA

November 19, 2012


The Salem News

---- — Peabody


Malbin Hernandez, 24, of 79 Fayette St., Lynn, and Spencer Wessel, 26, of 57 Prospect St., Woburn, were arrested at 3:23 p.m. in the vicinity of the Northshore Mall Nordstrom on charges of possessing a Class A drug with the intent to distribute. Hernandez was also charged with disorderly conduct.

Peabody Fire Department personnel played Houdini when an infant was discovered at 4:38 p.m. at the Northshore Mall inside a locked and running Ford Edge. They got the child out.

Pedro A. Neto, 47, of 2R Aaron St., Framingham, was arrested at 6:56 p.m. on Lake Street on a charge of driving without a license and for a lights violation. A second person will be summonsed for allowing Neto to drive.

At 7:02 p.m., an Aborn Street resident reported that his Canon camcorder was stolen from his vehicle on Nov. 5.

Complaining at 7:33 p.m. that her husband was abusive, a woman told police they were arguing “over who was going to sit on the couch,” according to the log. “Both parties went into different rooms for the evening.”

Piercing Pagoda at the Northshore Mall reported a major loss at 8 p.m. Between Oct. 8 and Nov. 1, according to the log, $19,469 in cash went missing, along with $86,365 in merchandise.

Manuel J. DaSilva, 55, of 6 Gillis Drive, Reading, was arrested at 11:22 p.m. on Lowell Street by Officer Lonny Johnson on a charge of drunken driving.


A two-car accident near Capone’s Restaurant on Summit Street sent Susan Perry, 59, of 4 Granite Road, Peabody, to Salem Hospital via Atlantic Ambulance.

Chester F. Bowen III, 33, of 3 Arrowhead Trail, Ipswich, was arrested at 1:22 p.m. at the Northshore Mall Sears on a charge of shoplifting.

Burglary on Holten Street is being investigated after a woman reported at 3:27 p.m. that she discovered her bedroom window was pushed in and money taken.

A four-car accident in the vicinity of Chandler’s Ice Cream on Route 114 saw a woman sent to Lahey North, according to the log at 5:15 p.m.

A laptop costing $750 was reported stolen from a residence on Foster Street at 6:55 p.m.

The log reports “forced entry, multiple rooms were ransacked, thousands of dollars in items were taken” from a residence on Lynnfield Street. The burglary is under investigation, according to the report at 7:48 p.m.

Police responded to a report at 9:34 p.m. of a “fight in the roadway” on Central Street near the Torigian Community Life Center. A minor accident preceded the assault, which is being investigated.

No forced entry, according to the log at 11:33 p.m., but a small safe containing cash and documents has disappeared from a residence on Sachem Road.


Residents on Paul Avenue and Tumulty Road called just before 10 a.m. to complain that they had no water.



Josiah B. Woodhouse, 37, of 40 Heather St., Beverly, was arrested at 1:32 a.m. on Tozer Road at Commons Drive on charges of drunken driving, after a previous conviction; recklessness; and marked lanes violations. The arrest followed an accident. Responding were Patrolmen Michael Bucci, Michael Backstrom and Eric Schultz.

Vandalism to a vehicle was reported at 1:33 a.m. at Monument Square.

An officer left a note when he found a vehicle on Cabot Street with its door open at 3:28 a.m. He took the keys, while noting that the vehicle “has a Breathalyzer in order to start,” according to the log. A note for the owner said he could pick up his keys at the station.

The homeowner was warned after police found a man near his vacant property, a man who “did not have permission to be there,” according to the log at 8:01 a.m. It was noted that the individual “has metal theft involvement with the Beverly Police Department.”

Stolen tools were reported on May Street, as logged at 10:01 a.m.

Frances E. Pena, 46, of 620 Reflections Circle, Casselberry, Fla., was arrested at 9:52 p.m. on Courtney Drive by Officer Mark Panjwani on charges of domestic assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon. Police say Pena, whose weapon was logged as a “shod foot,” had come north to visit family for the holidays.


A fire reported on Rantoul Street at 7:09 a.m. was quickly extinguished by the Beverly Fire Department.



A call at 4:51 p.m. sent police to the Plummer Home for Boys, where an individual will be summonsed on an assault and battery charge.

Nicole Louise Conway, 38, of 245 Lafayette St., Salem, was arrested at 10:26 p.m. at her address on charges of malicious destruction of property, disturbing the peace and being disorderly. Police were called initially over someone “throwing furniture out the window,” according to the log. Responding were Patrolmen Roberson Troncoso, Thomas Cunningham and Jonathan Duzz.


A woman on Bridge Street has seen her green thumb turn into a hot thumb, apparently. Police and the Salem Fire Department responded to smoke at 12:14 a.m. The woman told them “one of her planters located on her porch caught on fire and she put it out,” according to the log. She was “unsure” how it started.

A woman on Essex Street told police at 1:07 a.m. that she was pulling onto Washington Street when she saw a vehicle “coming at her at a high rate of speed,” according to the log. She tried to get out of the way but was struck on her driver’s side. The offending driver took off but apparently he did not get away clean. There were witnesses who said the car was a black Saturn, and they also provided the license number. Police traced that to an address in Milford where there lives a driver owning a black Saturn. Milford police were contacted.

A man was seen “stumbling down Lafayette Street” and singing, using an orange traffic cone for amplification. Judged to be drunk, “for his safety, as well as the safety of the public and the traffic cone, he was placed into protective custody,” police wrote.

Police will alert state authorities after finding a 3-year-old wandering the halls at the apartment at 1000 Loring Avenue, as logged at 6:59 a.m. When the father showed up, after about 20 minutes, he “was upset and concerned about the child getting out of the apartment.” The family had just moved into the building.

A Highland Avenue tenant moved out and told the landlord he could keep the $1,500 deposit. The landlord contacted police at 12:28 p.m. to show them that all the window blinds had been taken, the kitchen countertop was damaged, all the light bulbs were missing, a bathroom door was cracked, wallboard in the attic was damaged, a door was gone and there was a hole in the floor leading to a downstairs closet.

A woman forced from her apartment on Webb Street in the wake of Hurricane Sandy complained to police at 1:07 p.m. that she just came back to find her television cracked and lying on her bed. “She is also missing some electronics,” according to the log. Police advised her to go to the landlord and her insurer.

Police responded to Rainbow Terrace and a report of animal cruelty at 2:55 p.m. Kids pointed to a dog and said “earlier, a group of older children were throwing rocks and sticks at the dog,” according to the log. Apparently uninjured, the dog was also unlicensed. Police took the creature to the animal control officer.

A stolen credit card used at the Boston Street Walgreens drew police at 10:16 p.m. “The suspect had already left the store,” according to the log.

Out for a drive, a couple on Lafayette Street at Loring Avenue were dismayed to see smoke and flames coming from the console, as logged at 10:57 p.m. The Salem Fire Department put out the fire and determined that it was started by an electrical short circuit. The vehicle had to be towed away.


A deer caught in a fence on Broadway got police attention at 8:23 a.m. But it was gone by the time they arrived.

Jevon A. Smith-Gomez, 24, of 1000 Loring Ave., Salem, was arrested at 1:18 p.m. by Patrolmen DeeJay Gagnon and Jason Gross on charges of domestic assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, and assault with a dangerous weapon — a knife.

Rodney Clifford, 26, of 82 Michigan Ave., Lynn, was arrested at 2:18 p.m. on Canal Street by officers Deni Gaito, Kathleen Rochville and Sgt. Deni Gaito on charges of driving with a suspended license, having defective equipment and possessing a Class D drug with intent to distribute.

Houseguests are the suspects named by a woman on Briggs Street who told police at 2:24 p.m. that she was missing two rings, a candelabra, a statue and a lamp. There was no evidence of forced entry.



An accident with personal injury was reported on Endicott Street, according to the log at 5:28 p.m.


Rene Rodriquez, 24, of 190 West St., Lawrence, was arrested at 3:41 a.m. on Route 114 by Officer Scott Frost on charges of drunken driving, speeding and marked lanes violations.

Police responded to “unruly customers” at CVS on Maple Street, according to the log at 6:49 p.m.