, Salem, MA

December 15, 2012


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police received a 12:39 p.m. report that a 92-year-old Valley Road man was the target of a phone scam in which a man claiming to be his grandson said he had been arrested in Panama City. The man was told to send money from Walmart. The grandson was subsequently determined to be fine and at work in Boston at the time.

A Bennet Road man contacted police at 1:22 p.m. to determine whether “anyone had filed a report against him in the past hour.” The man said he had “situation” with a female “and then felt that she was trying to be mean by saying she was going to call the police,” an officer wrote. No such call had been made.

An Ocean Avenue woman reported at 5:26 p.m. that three youths had screamed in the direction of her house and thrown a milk carton in her yard.

A Broughton Road man reported “kids banging on windows and trying to get in his house” at 8:43 p.m. Police didn’t report finding anybody suspicious upon responding to the address.



A caller at the Northshore Mall reported at 2:22 p.m. that he had forgotten where he parked his car. Mall security assisted him.

Police responded to a 2:23 p.m. report of shoplifting at Macy’s at the Northshore Mall and arrested Sterling Hagar, 31, homeless, and Brandi Cottrell, 22, of 24 Ham Road, Raymond, N.H., each on a charge of larceny over $250.


Police responded to a 1:40 a.m. report that a vehicle had struck a tree at 153 Lynnfield St. and arrested Stephen Lapointe, 21, of 13 Blaine St., Malden, on charges of drunken driving, operating a motor vehicle recklessly so as to endanger and a marked lanes violation.

There was a person with a rifle in full camouflage near power lines at Springs Pond, according to a 1:23 p.m. report, but officers were unable to locate him.

A Meredith Road man reported prescription medications had been stolen from his residence at 1:28 p.m.



An Aurora Lane man reported at 4:10 p.m. that his ex-wife had sent him an email telling him “he could get shot by a hit man if he travels to another country” and that he had to sell property he owned in Sri Lanka.

Detectives on Essex Street arrested a man on a warrant at 5:22 p.m. and subsequently discovered he was in possession of four Adderall pills without a prescription, according to the log. Matthew Waters, 32, of 4 First St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of illegal possession of a class C substance and the warrant.

Two backpacks found abandoned near the St. Nicholas Church at 64 Forrester St. contained a green raincoat, a blue baseball cap, a paperback book entitled “Origin of Satan,” a digital camera and charger, various hygienic items and a laptop, according to an 8:28 p.m. report. An officer contacted the owner of the bags after finding her name on paperwork inside them.

At 9:26 p.m., police at the Walgreens at 29 New Derby St. arrested Sheena Tassone, 27, of 56 Margin St., Salem, on a charge of shoplifting. Police returned to the area at 9:46 p.m. and arrested Jonathan Benson, 40, of 56 Margin St., Salem, on a charge of shoplifting.

Police received a 10:26 p.m. report that a woman had tried to steal a string of Christmas lights off the bushes in front of the J. Mode store at 17 Front St. The woman who reported the theft said the woman was also seen carrying two large plastic candy canes. “Unknown if they were hers or if they were taken from a nearby business,” wrote police. “A diligent search of the area was made to no avail.”


Police responding to a 4:47 a.m. report of a man pounding on doors found a man yelling in the middle of Beaver Street and subsequently determined he had kicked in the front door of a nearby apartment building, according to the log. Benjamin Davis, 33, of 57 Beaver St., Salem, was arrested on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250 and disorderly conduct.

An 8:50 p.m. report of a domestic dispute brought police to 8 Lathrop St., where they determined a man had begun breaking things in his apartment during an argument with his girlfriend about six missing sweatshirts.



Police received a 10:07 p.m. report that coyotes were killing a dog on Sherwood Avenue, but an officer later called it “unfounded.”


A 6:16 a.m. report of a domestic dispute brought police to 9115 Kirkbride Drive. Subsequently arrested was James Lake, 29, of the same address, on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery.

Police took a 7:46 a.m. report of “threats over guitar” at 120 Andover St.