, Salem, MA

November 22, 2012


The Salem News

---- — Beverly


A Cross Lane woman reported at 7:47 p.m. that she smelled “chemicals” outside her home. “Upon checking the area, I was unable to detect any chemical smell,” an officer wrote.

A Broadway woman reported hearing gunshots at 10:47 p.m., but officers didn’t find anything suspicious.


A bag was reported stolen from a delivery truck at Pond and Rantoul streets at 9:50 a.m.

A motor vehicle struck a building at 252 Elliott St., according to an 11:12 p.m. report. No injuries were reported.

Police received an 11:48 a.m. report of a “woman having trouble riding her bike” on Brimbal Avenue.

A dispute “over fallen leaves” between neighbors at 33 Washington St. was reported at 12:25 p.m. “Referred to Probate Court,” police wrote.



Police responded to a 2:28 p.m. report of shoplifting at J.C. Penney at the Northshore Mall and arrested Carme Davila, 22, of 71 Kingston St., Lawrence, on charges of possession of a burglarious instrument and receiving stolen property over $250.

A man had been using multiple American Express credit cards to purchase televisions online and was picking them up at Sears at the Northshore Mall, according to a 3:06 p.m. report.

Police received a 3:19 p.m. report that a black and white bunny was frequenting the yard at 261 Newbury St.

A 3:24 p.m. report of youths trying to ride on top of a vehicle brought police to Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, but nobody was located.

Police received a 5:48 p.m. report of a boat parked on the railroad tracks by the post office, but police were unable to find it.

Police received a 6:09 p.m. report of a domestic disturbance in front of 3 Veterans Memorial Drive and arrested Jonathan Neat, 24, of 507 Pondview Village, Gloucester, on a charge of domestic assault and battery.

A customer at Abercrombie & Fitch at the Northshore Mall slapped an employee after being accused of shoplifting, according to a 6:33 p.m. report. The employee “did not want to pursue anything further,” an officer wrote.


A Washington Street woman reported that a squirrel was in her home at 9:46 a.m. “I advised her to contact her landlord, or an exterminator,” an officer wrote.



Police responded to Walmart at 6:20 p.m. and arrested Maurico Pataco, 42, of 4 Mason St., Gloucester, on a charge of shoplifting.

A 7:11 p.m. report of shoplifting at Walmart resulted in the arrested of Amy Pantano, 20, of 99 Exeter St., Chelsea, on charges of two counts of larceny over $250.

A 9:20 p.m. report of a fraudulent return brought officers to Walmart, where they arrested Michelle McGinley, 25, of 29 Aldrich St., Somerville, and Timothy Palladino, 31, of 30 Crestwood Road, North Reading, each on a charge of shoplifting.

A car at 17 Amherst St. was egged, according to an 11:11 p.m. report.


Police received a 4:32 p.m. report that a briefcase had been stolen from a vehicle at 4 Newbury St.



Police received a 7:40 p.m. report that a man in a silver van appeared to be “chasing” two girls near Dunlap and Sylvan streets. Police were unable to locate the girls or the van.

After receiving a 10:14 p.m. report that a Nissan Xterra had struck a vehicle at 48 Lafayette St. and then left the area, police arrested Adrian Augustin, 66, of 2103 Encino Cliff, San Antonio, Texas, on charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene after property damage. No injuries were reported.


A Leach Street man reported at 7:06 a.m. that tires had been slashed on his two vehicles. “This is not the first time that he has had problems with his vehicles being parked there,” police wrote. “In the past, they have been keyed, spit on and eggs have been thrown on them.” Police said there were no suspects.

Police responded to 192 Marlborough Road after a 10:59 a.m. report that a vehicle struck a telephone pole and arrested Andrew Berfield, 26, of 103 Newbury St., Peabody, on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and operating a motor vehicle without being licensed.

A Hertz car rental employee told police at 1:52 p.m. that a Proctor Street man who was due to return a borrowed Chevrolet Aveo on Nov. 5 failed to do so. Police contacted the man, who said he had gotten a flat tire in Peabody and subsequently had the car towed; police told him “if Hertz does not get the car back, he will be charged with using without authority.”

A dog named Buttons got off his leash and dove into the canal on Commercial Street, according to a 1:54 p.m. report. The Fire Department was able to retrieve him.



At 3:28 p.m., police arrested Thomas Moore, 54, of 161 Main St., Amesbury, on a charge of drunken driving.



Police received an 8:37 a.m. report that a Cloutmans Lane man had received a call from his house phone when nobody should have been there. Police checked the house: “House appears secure, no cars there.”

An 11:10 a.m. report of a minor accident brought police to Atlantic Avenue and Hewitt Street, where they arrested Sherry Mann, 52, of 14 May St., Marblehead, on charges of driving under the influence of drugs — third offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and possession of a Class C drug. No injuries were reported.

A caller reported at 4:25 p.m. that skateboarders were lighting fireworks in the hockey rink on Green Street, but an officer was unable to locate them.