, Salem, MA

October 4, 2012


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


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.


Police received a 1 p.m. report that a man in a green Astrovan with a dent in it “made comments to children” after school the day before near Clinton and Buford roads.



Members of the Special Response Unit arrested a man who was the subject of warrants after they observed him walking into the Wendy’s at 91 Lafayette St. at 4:57 p.m. During the arrest, officers allegedly found heroin on the man. Arrested was Franklin Evans, 29, homeless, on the warrants and a charge of illegal possession of a class A substance.

A driver was cited for failure to yield after apparently striking a 29-year-old woman in a crosswalk in the area of Lafayette and Palmer streets, according to a 7:03 p.m. report. The woman was transported to a local hospital with a possible knee injury.

A $1,000 moped was reported stolen from the MBTA lot at 242 Bridge St. at 9:14 p.m.


An intoxicated woman was observed attempting to get into her motor vehicle at 11 Summer St., according to a 2:34 a.m. report. Police placed her into protective custody.

Police responded to a 7:35 a.m. report of “kids smoking on the wall” at Valley Street and Malm Avenue and found two youths there. “They said that there was a male who was sitting on a stone wall smoking a cigarette but they didn’t know who he was,” wrote an officer.

A television and Wii were reported stolen from a Hanson Street business at 10:21 a.m.

Police received a 12:08 p.m. report of “undesireables in tents” at 37 Winter Island Road. An officer determined that the tent, found in the woods opposite the main entrance of the Plummer Home, was unoccupied. The DPW removed it.

Oxycodone pills were reported stolen from a house on Hancock Street at 1:08 p.m.

A woman at 56 Margin St. reported she had lost her teeth at 1:38 p.m. She “stated that she lost her front bridge of her teeth, but not sure when she lost them,” wrote an officer.

Police received a 1:59 p.m. report of a suspicious man in a black Hyundai videotaping something at 53 Liberty Hill Ave. An officer determined the man was a private investigator.



Police responded to a 9:43 p.m. report of a domestic dispute at 27 Cherry St. and subsequently arrested Edwin Coriano-Cardona, 28, of 14 Border St., Lynn, on charges of attempted murder and domestic assault and battery. The alleged victim refused medical attention.


A man at the station reported at 12:01 a.m. that he had gotten two threatening phone calls, one of which said, “Don’t mess with the Bloods or you’re going to get shot.” The caller also reportedly threatened to damage the man’s family’s construction company in Lynn.



Police fielded an 8:32 p.m. report of two women arguing at the Extended Stay Inn, but an officer later called it “unfounded.”


A 5:51 a.m. report of a domestic dispute at the Motel 6 resulted in the arrest of a Merrimac woman on a warrant.

A tractor trailer truck turning onto Federal Street near the Liberty Tree Mall hit a tension wire and brought a pole with a transformer on it down at just after 9 a.m. An officer said “spotty” power outages were reported afterwards on Endicott Street. No injuries were reported.

Three tires were slashed on a vehicle parked at the Extended Stay Inn, according to an 11:35 a.m. report.

Police received a 1:56 p.m. report of shoplifting at Target. Luis Santos, 35, of 604 Essex St., Lynn, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and possession of a burglarious instrument.

A 3:42 p.m. report of a woman refusing to pay at the Motel 6 resulted in the arrest of a Lowell woman on a warrant.



Police responded to a 10:41 p.m. noise complaint at 69 Willow St. and arrested Vanessa Salvant, 22, of 69 Willow St., Hamilton, on charges of disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and threats.