, Salem, MA

January 9, 2012




A man reported to be driving erratically on Elliott Street explained to police at 1:50 p.m. that he had "dropped his cellphone and reached down to retrieve" it, according to the log.

Police investigated a report of larceny on Priscilla Road at 3:32 p.m.

A dispute between a mother and her 14-year-old son brought police intervention at 4:43 p.m. on Summit Avenue.


Thomas R. Cacciola, 48, of 295 Lincoln Circle, Northridge, was arrested at 2:50 p.m. on Wedgemere Road on a charge of committing assault and battery on a person over 60. Police, responding to a report of a "disturbance in the home," included Patrolmen Dana Nicholson and Michael Henebury and Sgt. William Page.



Police suggested a restraining order for a woman who came to them at 8:45 a.m. citing repeated difficulties with a male acquaintance.

A housesitter reported a break-in at a property on Ralph Road at 2:40 p.m.

None could be found after a resident told police at 6:26 p.m. that he saw kids dragging "three 12-packs and two bottles of booze down the tracks toward the bridge" at Village Street.



A woman told police at 5:50 p.m. that her purse was stolen from her vehicle at the Derby Street Hess station. It was gone in the time it took her to walk from the car to pay for her gas. She returned to find the passenger door ajar.

As $160 in her purse went missing while a friend was helping her move, a woman on Thorndike Street told police she wanted to approach the friend herself to try to settle the matter. The victim added that so far she'd been unable to contact the friend, who lives in Malden, as her phone was shut off, according to a 7:37 p.m. log entry.

A tenant on Federal Street complained at 10:12 p.m. that someone identified as "Tall Bob" had visited demanding the rent and even returned a second time when the $400 check he'd been given did not cover the entire amount owed. Police told the tenant this is a civil matter and "not to give 'Tall Bob' anything in the future and that 'Tall Bob' shouldn't be harassing him or relaying messages for" the landlord, according to the log. Officers were not able to contact the landlord.


David B. Gaudreault, 54, of 67 The Hunt Circle, Mashpee, was arrested at 1:17 a.m. on Hersey Street by officers Tracey O'Leary, Daniel Tucker and Sgt. Frederick Ryan on charges of assault and battery by a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, and intimidation of a witness. Said to be sleeping on his sister's couch, Gaudreault allegedly knocked over her television, got into an argument, flung her into a door and held her down, preventing her from calling police.

Shane M. Davis, of 72 Barstow St., Salem, was arrested at 9:44 a.m. at his address by Patrolmen Kevin O'Donnell and DeeJay Gagnon on charges of assault and battery of an elder or disabled person, intimidation of a witness, and two counts of violating an anti-harassment order.

A woman on Congress Street told police at 11:27 a.m. that she lost a diamond earring worth $7,600.

Michael A. Eng Jr., 28, of 1 Parallel St., Salem, was arrested at 11:40 a.m. by officers Charlene Sano, Lawrence Puleo and Sgt. Peter Gifford at home on charges of attempting to commit a crime, two counts of destruction of property worth over $250 and three counts of stealing property over $250. Police say Eng confessed to Detective Eric Connolly that he removed catalytic converters from vehicles on Jefferson Avenue.

Unwanted people in the basement was the complaint after a woman on Salem Street went down and found four strangers there. They "became upset and yelled at her," according to the log. "All four people then walked out of the basement and out of the house." Other tenants referenced seeing the four on earlier occasions, noting they used drugs and urinated in the basement. The landlord said he has purchased new locks for the doors.

Douglas A. Piers, 49, of 1 Waters St., Salem, was arrested at 7:19 p.m. at his home by Patrolmen Derek Sears and James Johnson on charges of assault and battery by a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and intimidation of a witness. Piers is accused of throwing a cellphone at his longtime domestic partner, who managed to catch it. He is also accused of kicking him and knocking the cellphone out of his hand so he couldn't call police.

A Park Street man told police at 9:23 p.m. that a Lynn man had told him "he was going to find him and beat him up," according to the log. He added that the menacing fellow has been arrested for assault and battery in the past and also threatened that he doesn't care if his victim "is armed or if he has the police on speed dial, that he was still going to beat him up." He described the Lynn man as "an old friend."

Janieka Dominque Jones, 24, of 75 Palmer St., Salem, was arrested at her address by Patrolmen Deni Gaito and Rafael Gonzalez on a charge of assault and battery. In a complaint filed at 11:28 p.m. the father of Jones' daughter reported that she confronted him as he left a friend's house accompanied by their 4-year-old and complained that he had the child out too late. He said she "slapped him across the face and then punched him with a closed fist," according to the log.

A Green Street family suspects a house break after they came home to find their couch had been urinated on. One person conceded that "his dog was loose but would not urinate there." Nothing was taken, and there was no forced entry.

A young driver on Clark Street "was honest and forthcoming" when asked if he'd been in an accident at 2:27 a.m. on Clark Avenue. He told police he had intended to go back at a more reasonable time and confess to rear-ending another car. Police, however, had already spotted his vehicle, which had heavy front-end damage, and connected it to debris left at the scene.



Cesar Nogueira, 32, of 115 Union St., Rockland, was arrested at 4:45 p.m. on Lake Street by Officer Michael Nary on a charge of driving without a license.


Timothy M. Pike, 42, of 128 Summit St., Peabody, was arrested at 12:32 a.m. by Officer Michael Eon on charges of breaking and entering in the night to commit a felony and two counts of destruction of property worth over $250. Police had responded to a call from a neighbor saying "someone may be trying to break into a house on the street," according to the log.

Albert C. Bielitz III, 38, of 16 Park Ave., Winchester, was arrested at 12:36 a.m. at the Cabaret Lounge on Route 1 by Officer Phillip Eagan on a charge of disorderly conduct. The arrest stemmed from a call regarding a dispute between a customer and management.

Police were called to investigate a theft at T & L Liquors on Lowell Street, according to a 1:37 p.m. log entry.

A doorknob was damaged when someone tried to break into an apartment on Northend Street, according to the log at 5:32 p.m.

A former J.C. Penney employee will be summonsed for "larceny over $250 by a single scheme," according to the log at 6:38 p.m.

Nordstrom showed police a video of the theft of two Burberry pocketbooks valued at $1,600, according to an 8:55 p.m. log entry.

Cash, valuables and a safe were gone following a house break on Janet Lane reported at 11:23 p.m.


Up to $900 worth of purse and wallets was missing following the report of a vehicle broken into near Work Out World on Route 1.

A clerk at the Wilson Square Citgo told police at 3:57 p.m. that "he was distracted and someone took the money from the (cash) drawer," according to the log. Officers were given the description of a woman.

Peabody police assisted in the arrest of Matthew Kevin Costa, 23, of 1200 Salem St., Peabody, "on a fugitive-from-justice warrant out of the Department of the Navy for military desertion," according to the log at 5:22 p.m.

One person was taken to the Lahey Clinic, and two drivers will be summonsed, one for leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury and another for assault and battery with a vehicle and assault and battery and malicious destruction of property. This followed an accident near Capone's Restaurant on Summit Street. Police got involved after a report at 6:16 p.m. of "a fight in the middle of the street," according to the log.



Arnoldo Santini, 29, of 39 Orchard St., Lynn, was arrested at Walmart at 6:07 p.m. by Officer Justin Ellenton on a charge of shoplifting.

Police investigated a report of "stolen money" on Abington Road, according to a 7:28 p.m. log entry.


A vehicle's rear window was reported broken on Walter Road at 2:03 a.m.

Elizabeth Gonzalez, 22, of 546 E. 180th St., New York, N.Y., was arrested at Walmart at 3:10 p.m. by Officer Suzanne Tibbetts on a charge of shoplifting. Lip gloss and DVDs are mentioned in the log.

A vehicle was broken into at Hollywood Hits, according to the log at 5:43 p.m.


A vehicle was robbed on Dayton Street with "several items taken," according to a 3:05 a.m. log entry.

A vehicle's rear window was reported as smashed on Wellesley Road at 9:40 a.m.



Nancy Thomas, 50, of 292 Humphrey St., Swampscott, was arrested at 1:56 a.m. at her address by Officer Matthew MacDonald on a charge of disturbing the peace.