, Salem, MA

August 24, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A West Shore Drive woman reported at 7:57 a.m. that she had heard an elderly couple next door “fighting and the woman screamed and caller could hear things banging.” Police wrote later: “Verbal argument and female there is hard of hearing which is part of the problem.”

A Franklin Street woman reported at 2:46 p.m. that she had received a phone call from a man saying he was her grandson and that he was in a Mexican prison. The caller asked that $1,900 be wired to him from a Wal-Mart in Lynn; the woman contacted her bank, which advised her it was a scam. The woman told police she had “no way to get to the Wal-Mart in Lynn anyway.”



Police received a 2:15 p.m. report that a vehicle on Newbury Street had been broken into and a pocketbook stolen from inside. Police wrote: “The bag has since been returned, however a diamond ring and personal papers are missing.”

A man on Smoke Rise Circle reported at 2:52 p.m. that somebody had stolen a digital camera from his vehicle overnight.

Merchandise worth $1,500 had been stolen from the Victoria’s Secret at the Northshore Mall, according to a 7:08 p.m. report.

A pair of sunglasses worth $100 had been stolen from a vehicle on Fay Avenue, according to a 7:47 p.m. report.

Somebody rang the doorbell of a Winona Street woman’s residence and then lit fireworks on her porch, causing burn marks, according to a 9:33 p.m. log item.

Police responded to a 10 p.m. report that people were fighting in the street near 23 Central St. and determined it was actually “a couple of kids fooling around.”

Police were unable to locate anything amiss after a 10:29 p.m. report that a man was banging on fences with a hammer and yelling near 71 Washington St.


An officer was unable to locate a group of people who were reported to be smashing bottles near 58 Pierpont St.

An officer was unable to locate a group of youths who were reported to be shining a spotlight onto houses near Felton and Prospect streets.

A woman on Bragg Street reported at 1:54 a.m. that somebody had thrown a beer bottle at her vehicle, smashing a rear light.

A Moulton Road woman reported at 8:50 a.m. that her house had been egged. Police wrote: “The officer spoke with the resident and she will wash the egg off. There was no damage and no suspects.”

A Reynolds Road resident reported possible fraud at 10:27 a.m. Police wrote later: “The officer stated that there is a mix-up with the Yellow Pages and they have the residence incorrectly listed as a plumbing company. They will attempt to resolve the problem on their own.”

Traffic lights were knocked down during a hit-and-run near 598 Lowell St., according to a 10:29 a.m. log item. Police didn’t report finding the suspected vehicle, which was described as a black and white pickup truck.

Police and the Fire Department responded to a report of an accident just before Exit 25B on Route 128 northbound about 8:30 p.m. According to radio reports, one vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage; no injuries were reported.



An employee at the Gulf Express on Essex Street reported at 10:57 p.m. that his wallet had gone missing after a large group of youths had left the store. Police wrote later: “Determined clerk could have simply misplaced it.”



Officers responded to the gazebo on the Salem Commons after a 4:03 p.m. report that a man and woman were fighting and determined the man was actually teaching the woman self-defense moves. “The two were advised to find a less public forum to practice so as not to alarm the public,” wrote an officer.

A 5:38 p.m. report of a break-in brought police to 40 March St., where they determined the homeowner’s son had possibly entered the home to retrieve his property in violation of a protective order, according to the log. Subsequently arrested was Derek James Grant, 23, of 24 Congress St., Salem, on a charge of violating a protective order.

A Loring Avenue woman reported at 5:41 p.m. that somebody had removed her air conditioner and broken into her home. Police wrote: “She stated the thief made off with only a Toshiba laptop computer, although she believes most of her home was searched.” Police are investigating.

Police received a 6:37 p.m. report that a man’s 1997 Honda Accord had been stolen from the parking lot of the Market Basket on Highland Avenue.

Police responded to a 7:01 p.m. report of “threats over a dog” at 251 Loring Ave. and spoke to a man who said he had been watching a friend’s dog for two and a half months, even though it was only supposed to be for two days. The man added that he was afraid the dog’s owner would be upset because he had sold a second dog that belonged to him. “I stood by in the area for 15 minutes and no one arrived while I was present,” wrote an officer.

An 8:38 p.m. report of “threats over the phone” brought police to 317 Lafayette St., where they spoke to a woman who said she was “concerned about someone showing up to her home due to a phone scam she feels she got lured into.” Police wrote: “She stated she was informed that she won a sweepstakes and was told to send in $500 so her prize money could be sent to her. She stated she was worried that it might be a scam so she called the Federal Trade Commission. They advised her to not communicate with the contest organizers. She did anyway and they threatened to send someone to her home.” An officer advised her to contact police if she saw anybody suspicious and to “no longer communicate with anyone who offers her prize money but requires a deposit first.”


A 10:43 a.m. report of an injured swan brought police to 11 Chandler Road. An officer wrote later: “The officer followed the swan to Tedesco Pond where it appeared to be fine once it started to swim out.”

A Walter Street man reported at 11:02 a.m. that somebody had entered his home while he was sleeping and stolen a bicycle.

A dispute over pet rats brought police to a Bridge Street address at 12:48 a.m., according to the log. No further information was provided.

A 1:43 p.m. report that a 4-year-old boy had knocked on a neighbor’s door saying “he could not wake his father up” brought police to 1000 Loring Ave. An officer found the man in question “asleep on top of the covers in the bedroom,” woke him up and determined he “appeared to be fine.”

A woman reported at 2:09 p.m. that a car she had bought at a man’s workplace at 61 Mason St. had broken down soon thereafter and needed approximately $3,000 in repairs. Police advised her to seek a complaint in small claims court.

At 2:20 p.m., an officer near Jefferson and Dove avenues arrested Wayne Godin, 47, of 24 Whalers Lane, Salem, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating an unregistered vehicle on a public way. He was also wanted on three warrants, according to the log.



Police were unable to locate two men who were reported to be in the backyard of 32 Holten St. at 10:37 p.m.


An 11 a.m. report of shoplifting at the CVS on Newbury Street resulted in the arrest of Douglas Bitopoulos, 29, of 98 Bellevue Ave., Winthrop, and Brian Dalton, 34, of 37 Bowdoin St., Boston, each on a charge of shoplifting by asportation.

Police were unable to locate anything amiss after a 1:21 p.m. complaint that kids were throwing a football near 106 Sylvan St.



A 23-year-old man was transported to Beverly Hospital with leg pain after he was struck by a vehicle as he bicycled northbound on Cabot Street about 5 p.m. The vehicle had been traveling southbound and attempting to turn left on Dane Street. An officer said that the driver — identified as Troh Trowon, 51, of Salem — was cited, but was unable to say for what violation. Police declined to identify the victim.



Around 2:30 a.m., an officer at Boston Street and Ipswich Road arrested Jennifer Libby, 26, of 75 Lepage Lane, Gloucester, on a charge of drunken driving.



Police responded to a 6:30 p.m. report of an unwanted guest at the Candlelite Motor Inn on Main Street and arrested Craig Labrie, 30, of 40 Bartlett St., Beverly, on charges of domestic assault and battery, disorderly conduct, possession of a class B substance, possession of a class C substance and three counts of possession of a class E substance.