, Salem, MA

January 9, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Beverly


Police and the Fire Department responded to a 3:24 p.m. report of a burning smell in the pharmacy area of CVS at 19 Dodge St. Firefighters determined that the smell was coming from roofing tar in an HVAC unit.

Sean Gilberto Ryan, 36, of 2 Pierce Ave., Salem, was arrested on a charge of larceny under $250 and a warrant after a 4:23 p.m. report from 498 Rantoul St.

A 4:38 p.m. report of a fight inside a car at 375 Rantoul St. resulted in the arrest of Johnathan Breda, 25, of 2 Father Jacoby Road, East Boston, on a charge of assault and battery.

A 5:48 p.m. report of a stolen computer brought police to 16 Thorndike St., but nobody answered the door.

Police conducted a traffic stop at Milton Street and Broadway at 10:18 p.m. and issued a verbal warning for an equipment violation. An officer saw a “large kitchen knife” on the floor behind the driver during the stop and took it for destruction. “Operator permitted search of vehicle for other weapons. No other contraband found.”


A 10:36 a.m. report of kids in an abandoned building brought police to 51 Simon St., where an officer issued a citation for marijuana possession to one person and advised them against trespassing. Another person, a juvenile, was transported home “and mother spoken to,” police wrote.

Police received a 1:29 p.m. report that a golf cart had struck a vehicle parked at 100 Sohier Road.

The Fire Department responded to a report around 7:30 p.m. of a possible chimney fire at 1 Beach St. Firefighters determined that it was a problem with a fireplace and there was no fire.



Police responded to a 6:06 p.m. report that a man had stolen seven North Face jackets from Macy’s at the Northshore Mall and fled in an Oldsmobile. Michael Spinelli, 36, of 17 Reservoir Road, Gloucester, was arrested on charges of larceny over $250, failure to stop or yield, and failure to stop for police.

Somebody went through a third-floor window of the apartment building at 5 Pleasant St. and stole sneakers, televisions and $300 cash, according to a 7:32 p.m. report. An officer said a suspect apparently climbed up on the second-floor roof to access the window.

A man was transported to Lahey Medical Center after an 11:49 p.m. report of “toxic inhalation of air freshener” at 10 Sherry Lee Lane. No further information was available.


Jamison Wood, 30, of 65 Main St., Apt. 208, Peabody, was arrested on charges of failure to stop for police and drunken driving, second offense, after a traffic stop at 7 Main St., according to a 1:14 a.m. log item. Wood was subsequently arrested again — on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing — after he was bailed out and “became loud and abusive” to an officer, police wrote.

A 57-year-old woman at 12 Crowninshield St. was transported to Massachusetts Eye and Ear after she “put a pair of scissors in an eye,” according to an 8:41 a.m. report. An officer said it was unclear how the accident occurred.



A woman reported seeing a man push a child down in a driveway at 37 Beaver St., according to a 4:26 p.m. report.

Police and the Fire Department responded to 70 Broad St. after a 5:17 p.m. report of an oven fire and determined that there was no fire, just a glass bowl with a plastic cover in the oven that had melted, causing smoke.

The contents of a USPS package had been stolen “and the box retaped,” according to a 6:46 p.m. report from a person at 18 Osborne St. Items missing included $100 in cookbooks, a clarinet, doll clothing and an heirloom teddy bear.

A Lynde Street woman reported at 10:32 p.m. that she wanted her son to get a job so he could help pay rent. An officer informed the woman that “we cannot force him to get a job” and that “this was not a police matter.”


A woman at 7 Leavitt Court reported at 7:33 a.m. that her vehicle had somehow sustained four flat tires overnight. She indicated that she was having problems with her downstairs tenant. The woman called police back at 7:56 a.m. to complain of harassing text messages from the man.

Police received a 10:46 a.m. report that a woman had her purse stolen by an unknown man as she walked down Artists’ Row at 2 p.m. the day before. The woman reported that she had waited to tell police because the only important things in the purse had been two prescription medications she had just picked up.

A Shillaber Street woman reported finding a “disturbing” note in her mailbox at 12:01 p.m.

A 2:14 p.m. report of “neighbor throwing dog mess onto property” brought an officer to a Gallows Hill Road address.



A 6:52 p.m. report of shoplifting at Walmart resulted in the arrest of Alhaji Kamara, 48, of 27 Douglas Road, Dracut, on a charge of shoplifting.


During a traffic stop on Purchase Street at 3:21 a.m., police arrested Juan Vega, 21, of 22 Fowler St., Danvers, on charges of drunken driving, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and a miscellaneous equipment violation.

Police took a 2:45 p.m. report of a domestic assault and battery between brothers at 2 Palmer Ave.



Omar Benitez, 36, of 14 Dodges Row, Wenham, was arrested on charges of receiving stolen property under $250 and receiving stolen property over $250 around 7:30 p.m. He was arrested at the shopping plaza at 15 Walnut St. after a report of a man trying the handles to car doors, an officer said.



Police received a 2:01 p.m. report that a Volvo had fallen off a tow truck on Front Street and struck a house. There were no reported injuries, and the building inspector’s office was notified.

An officer heard a loud bang in the area of the Jewish Community Center, according to a 10:22 p.m. report. Police were unable to locate the source of the noise.