Beware of fraudulent security alarm salesmen who have been reported in the Peach Highlands area of town around 1:30 p.m. Two residents made phone calls to police around that time regarding the problem. The first caller said she was contacted by a security company claiming they would install a system at "no cost" if the resident would put a sign in their yard as an advertisement. The resident declined the offer, suspecting a scam, and police commended her decision. The second resident said a caller, who claimed to be from the FBI, would provide an alarm because of "all the break-ins in the area." Police are asking residents to be on alert for such scams. They said warning signs include advertised two-year contracts that are actually five-year deals, hidden installation charges, "free systems" that aren't free and problems with rental systems.
Police eventually located a car that had driven the wrong way near Video Warehouse on Newbury Street, damaging a traffic island at 4:56 p.m.
A stick was thrown into the windshield of a car parked at the Pilgrim Nursing Home on Forest Street, causing damage at 11:43 p.m.
Nelson P. Dasilva, 42, of 484 Oak St. in Shrewsbury, was arrested and charged with a motor vehicle lights violation and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 1:24 a.m. near Central and Stevens streets.
A mattress fire at a home on Donegal Road was quickly extinguished by officials at 10:24 p.m.
A Hilltop Drive resident complained that a neighbor "threw food at her dog ... (and) pointed an air BB gun at the dog." When police spoke to the accused party, he denied it. He was advised that the alleged behavior was not acceptable at 5:57 p.m.
A resident of Elliott Street said they would stop operating a radio controlled car in the street after being spoken to by police at 10:03 p.m.
Police responded to a report of youths fighting at 3:21 p.m. near Elliott and Rantoul streets.
Cathrine A. Davidson, 49, homeless in Salem, was arrested and charged with being a disorderly person at 7:02 p.m. on Boston Street.
A resident who came to police with bruising, swelling and a cut under his left eye, said another individual punched him near Highland Avenue. He named the man he was accusing, who later denied the assault to police at 8:22 p.m.
Cars that were reportedly doing doughnuts at 12:03 a.m. on Fort Avenue were gone when police arrived.
Almost $2,000 in fraudulent money orders were removed from a resident's account because of an Internet scam, at 11:01 a.m. on Lafayette Street. The resident is following up with her bank and the attorney general's office.
Police assisted a party stuck in an elevator at 3:37 p.m. on Federal Street.
No one was injured when a car slid off Interstate 95 South and struck a tree near Maple Street. State police investigated the incident around 5:18 p.m. in the middle of yesterday's snowstorm, when roads were especially slippery.
A prisoner was given medical aid after being pepper sprayed at 6:07 p.m. on Maple Street.
A tire fell of a car near Andover and Garden streets at 8:30 p.m.