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December 7, 2013





  • Steven Strogoff, 47, of 12 Estabrook Road, Swampscott, was arrested on charges of drunken driving, intimidation of a witness and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle after a car crash on Humphrey Street, according to a 7:41 p.m. log item.



  • At 3:08 p.m., police detectives seized a liquor and entertainment license at Fresh Taste of Asia, 118 Washington St. Police said the eatery was not in compliance with fire and life safety codes.
  • Police responded to 205 Highland Ave. for a report of a knife found in an apartment at 4:06 p.m. The property manager turned in a large knife to police that was found in a resident’s apartment.
  • Police took a report of larceny at 4:08 p.m. at the station. A woman said that sometime between Nov. 28 and Dec. 2, someone entered her residence and stole a few rings. The victim said there was no signs of forced entry, so she thought it might be someone with access to her garage remote access code. The victim was advised to call her garage door company and have the code and door openers replaced.
  • Police took a report that a vehicle struck two parked cars at 4:21 p.m. in the vicinity of 69 Loring Ave. after an operator stated he tried to pass a Salem State University cruiser on the right. The driver was not injured, but was cited for failing to stay within marked lanes. The damage was described as minor to one of the parked cars.
  • At 4:30 p.m., police took a report of vandalism to a backyard wooden stockade fence at 56 Mason St. Some of the fence posts were uprooted, causing the fence to lean. The victim said she believes one of her neighbors is responsible.
  • Police took a report at 5:27 p.m. from a Salem woman that her 20-year-old daughter had been missing since 6 p.m. Tuesday. Police obtained information from Sprint and conducted a follow-up investigation.
  • Someone reported finding bones in a basement on Osborne Street at 5:59 p.m.
  • Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle break-in at the parking lot to 227 Highland Ave., the Hawthorne Plaza, at 6:39 p.m. The victim reported that someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole a few electronic items.
  • Kristina Morales, 29, of 96 Congress St., Salem, was arrested at 7:22 p.m. after being stopped for driving with a right passenger light out near 218 Lafayette St. at 8 p.m. She was charged with having defective equipment and driving with a suspended license, a subsequent offense.
  • Police took a report at 9:30 p.m. of a hit-and-run property damage accident at the Walgreens parking lot on Boston Street. The operator said she pulled up to the curb by the Redbox DVD rental machine when she saw the vehicle in front of her was about to leave. As she backed up to take the vehicle’s space, it hit her car. The woman asked the other driver to exchange information but the other driver did not want to because there was only minor damage to the license plate holder. Both parties agreed to pull out of the way and exchange information, but as soon as the woman got back into her vehicle, the second vehicle sped off toward Proctor Street. The vehicle was described as a soft-top Jeep Wrangler with removable doors, a rear spare tire and New Hampshire plates. Police could not locate the vehicle, and the drugstore does not have external cameras. There was minimal damage to the victim’s 1998 Oldsmobile.
  • Police responded to 52 Leefort Terrace at 11:19 p.m. for a report of a drunk individual. Police spoke with a woman who told her that another woman has been pounding on her door late at night several times over the week, and she does not know why. The second woman claimed she had been staying at the apartment and does not know why the first woman called police. Officers placed the second woman in protective custody because she appeared intoxicated. During an inventory of her belongings, police found 21 unidentified pills wrapped in white paper under the pills that belonged in the bottle. Police found some of the pills to be high blood pressure pills.

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