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October 4, 2012




A Fader Place caller reported at 10:26 a.m. that an older man with a red hat and salt and pepper hair was “just sitting in his car looking at the playground.” She described his car as a silver four-door Toyota. Police searched the area but did not locate the man.

Police received an 11:17 a.m. report from a Green Street man who said several of his “democratic” signs had been “painted over” during the past few days.



A call of two men “ready to fight” on Gage Street at 9:16 p.m. resulted in the arrest of Mathew Joseph Birch, 19, of 12 Pickett St., Beverly, on charges of domestic assault and battery and disorderly conduct.

Police at 490 Rantoul St. at 8:50 p.m. arrested Thomas Venturo, 45, of 490 Rantoul St., Beverly, on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

A 10:23 p.m. report of a “party crouching in driveway” brought police to 107 Essex St. Police sent the person on their way.


Police received a 10:21 a.m. report that a truck on Thorndike Street had been damaged by a pumpkin.

A teenage boy was transported to Beverly Hospital with minor injuries after he was struck by a motor vehicle that was backing out of a driveway at 505 Cabot St. at about 6:30 p.m.



Police responded to a 2:35 p.m. report of shoplifting at Sears at the Northshore Mall and subsequently arrested Tina White, 46, of 116 Lafayette St., Salem, on a charge of shoplifting. Another report of shoplifting at that Sears at 3:53 p.m. resulted in the arrest of Vincenzo Valenti, 20, of 15 Crane Ave., Peabody, on a charge of shoplifting and disorderly conduct.

A Dane Street woman reported at 4:07 p.m. that she had come home to find her daughter and her daughter’s friend “dazed, weak and vomiting” and that she suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Subsequent tests showed no carbon monoxide present and an officer determined that the two minors were actually intoxicated on a substance. Both were transported to local hospitals.

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