, Salem, MA

May 15, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Police received a 7:50 a.m. report that a black SUV in a one-hour parking zone on Hewitt Street “appears to have not moved in weeks.”

An Evans Road man reported at 7:53 a.m. that his wife had “cut him in the back with a coffee cup this morning when he went in the house.” Police wrote: “She turned around and hit him, possibly by accident, but [he] would like to see an officer.”


An officer gave a motorist in a 2012 Dodge Challenger on Humphrey Street a verbal warning for a red light violation at 5:44 a.m.



Police received a 6:41 a.m. report that somebody had been struck by a trash truck at 6 Will Sawyer St., but an officer determined that the person had actually fallen “trying to get out of way of trash truck.” No injuries were reported.

A Shore Drive caller reported at 3:17 p.m. that her mom had a “bump” over her eye.

A Russell Street woman reported at 4:55 p.m. that her daughter had been approached by a suspicious man on a bicycle, but police later determined it was a “misunderstanding.”

Police received a 5:35 p.m. report that golf balls were “flying over” the area of 83 Lynn St. and striking vehicles. An officer reported later that a boy who lived nearby had apologized.

A Lowell Street caller reported at 7:17 p.m. that a group of six 12-year-olds were “running into the road and laying down on the street.” Police wrote: “She saw them do this several times.” An officer was unable to locate them.

An Eileen Road woman reported at 7:20 p.m. that her husband was “talking to her very loudly and she is scared of him.” Police determined the two had been engaged in a verbal dispute and the man was leaving for the night.

Police received an 8:24 p.m. report that a man in a winter jacket was walking around the area of 60 Northend St., but an officer was unable to locate him.


A Hancock Street man reported at 8:57 a.m. that a skunk was living under his shed.

Two windows at 65 Walnut St. were broken overnight, according to a 9:30 a.m. report.

A landlord reported at 10:55 a.m. that his tenant at 75 Walnut St. had a cat in her unit, thus violating their lease agreement. “I advised him this is a civil matter — I do not have the authority to order the cat removed from the property,” wrote police.

A child on Lynn Street was transported to North Shore Children’s Hospital after falling out of bed, according to a 1:35 p.m. log item.

A Mulberry Drive woman wanted the animal control officer to “determine the species” of an animal which dug up her backyard “based on the destruction it left behind,” according to a 1:41 p.m. log item. Police wrote: “I advised her I cannot make the determination.

The Fire Department extinguished a trash barrel fire in a garage at 9 Belfast Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. The fire did not extend to any structure, a firefighter said. It was unclear what started the blaze and the incident is under investigation.



A man was transported to Beverly Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after police and the Fire Department received a 10:42 a.m. report of a motorcycle accident at Dodge Street and Berrywood Lane, a firefighter said.

Police received a 4:36 p.m. report that a fox was in the playground at 40 Woodland Ave., but an officer was unable to locate it.

Police received a 6:28 p.m. report of a sick raccoon in front of 28 Winthrop Ave. “Raccoon resting high up in a tree upon my arrival,” wrote an officer. The caller was advised to call again if the animal “became a public health issue.”

A vehicle was towed off the train tracks at Cole and Foster streets, according to a 9:40 p.m. log item.

A 10:04 p.m. report of a person in a Dumpster brought an officer to 50 Broadway, but nothing suspicious was located.

Police received an 11:43 p.m. report that a man was passed out in a driveway on Chase Street.


Police received multiple reports of fireworks near 107 Essex St. at 2:44 a.m.

A BB was shot through a window at 7 Winter St., according to a 2:10 p.m. report.



Police will investigate a 3:12 p.m. report that a transient was living in the woods in the area of 2 Lions Ave.

Police received a 4:12 p.m. report that a man in a blue vehicle approached a group of youths at 16 Cherry St. and attempted to talk to them. The kids walked away; police were unable to locate the man or the vehicle.

A Cleveland Road man reported at 6:55 p.m. that he had bitten into a piece of pizza from Salem House of Pizza and “found a piece of metal in it.” The man put the piece of metal in a bag, according to the log. “He was not injured but wanted a police report taken.”

Police were unable to locate the pit bull that was reported to be running through the area of Purchase Street at 7:12 p.m.

Police observed a man yelling and swearing in the area of the MBTA bus stop near 135 Lafayette St. and arrested Michael Granville, 55, of 10 Sheldon St., Lynn, on charges of disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property over $250.


A 1:26 a.m. report of an undesirable person in the garage at 1 New Liberty St. resulted in the arrest of Jesse Cunha, 22, of 19 Bryant St., Salem, on a charge of illegal possession of a class E substance.

Police advised a landscaper working at 50 Traders Way at 4:10 a.m. to cease work until 7 a.m., according to the log.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Mall Street at 12:32 p.m. and arrested Francisco Vasquez, 26, of 38 Salem St., Salem, on charges of distribution of a class A substance and possession of a class A substance with intent to distribute in a school zone; and Ariel Hernandez, 25, of 21 Harbor St., Salem, on charges of three counts of distribution of a class A substance and three counts of possession of a class A substance with intent to distribute in a school zone. Police executed a search warrant at Hernandez’s residence after the traffic stop.

Police received a 2:25 p.m. report that a bunch of kids were “beating up a kid” at Highland Avenue and Valley Street. An officer determined that the youths were engaged in a verbal dispute over “drama” at school.



Police received a 5:33 p.m. report of shoplifting at the Best Buy on Independence Way and arrested Stephanie Powers, 45, of 1 Purchase St., Salem, on a charge of shoplifting.

Youths were throwing things near the McDonald’s on Andover Street, according to a 10:34 p.m. report, but an officer was unable to locate them.


Police fielded a 2:49 p.m. report of shoplifting at the Walmart on Brooksby Village Drive.


Police received a 1:06 a.m. report of “prostitution” and “many people in room” at the Knights Inn on Newbury Street, but an officer later called it “unfounded.”

Potholes were reported at Andover Street and Veronica Drive at 8:51 a.m.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Andover Street at 11:47 a.m. and arrested Menileke Dunwell, 29, of 22 Dalton Court, Peabody, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense; and having no inspection sticker.

An intoxicated person was sleeping outside a room at the Motel 6 on Newbury Street, according to a 4:28 p.m. report.



At 8:47 p.m., an officer on Myles River Road investigated a car that was pulled off the roadway and subsequently arrested four male juveniles on charges of being minors in possession of alcohol.


A woman was transported to Beverly Hospital after she was thrown off a horse shortly before 8 p.m. at the Seven Acres Farm, 260 Moulton St. A firefighter said the woman was also kicked by the horse, but that she was conscious when emergency personnel arrived. Radio reports indicated that the woman had lost consciousness after being trampled.