, Salem, MA

September 5, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A plumber was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital after a 9:22 a.m. report that two plumbers had sustained lacerations — one on a hand and the other on an arm — at a Farrell Court address. It was unclear how the injuries occurred. The log indicated one of the plumbers was “down on the ground bleeding badly.” The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified after the accident. A firefighter was unable to provide further information.

A Schooner Ridge woman reported at 11:08 a.m. that she had received a call from someone saying the handyman she had hired in the past had said she was an “easy mark” because she “lived alone in Marblehead.”

A 44-year-old man on Broughton Road was transported to Salem Hospital following an 11:49 p.m. report that he had sustained a hand injury during a fall down stairs.


A Robert Road woman reported at 3:32 a.m. that there was a suspicious car on the street. “Officers report news delivery vehicle,” an officer wrote later. Then, the caller phoned again, saying the car was “not related to news delivery and has moved to number 2 Robert Road now.” Following that, an officer wrote: “Units spoke with a professional driver from the area.”



Police were unable to locate a black Dodge Ram that was reported to have cut off vehicles on Summit Street at 4:45 p.m.

An officer was unable to locate two males who were reported to have thrown rocks at a man’s vehicle as he drove by them on Bartholomew Street at 5:12 p.m.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Lowell Street at 7:03 p.m. and subsequently arrested Joseph Depierro, 53, of 25 Dewitt Road, Stoneham, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

Police received a 9:25 p.m. report that a group of people were “drinking and being loud” in the driveway of 8 Oakland St. Police wrote later: “Officer sent group inside for evening.”

Police were unable to locate anything amiss after a 9:46 p.m. report of two loud explosions in the area of 31 Wiseman Drive.

Police responded to a 10:13 p.m. report that a skunk had a bottle on its head in the vicinity of Wilson Square. An emergency medical technician with Atlantic Ambulance was later able to remove the bottle, according to the log.


A vehicle at 22 Pulaski St. had been broken into and an iPad worth $500 stolen from inside, according to a 12:59 a.m. report.

A Worcester Road resident reported that two beavers were living in his neighborhood, according to an 11:19 a.m. log item. An officer advised him to contact the state’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

A Northend Street woman reported at 11:33 a.m. that her landlord had locked her out of the basement after she was late with her rent.

A pedestrian refused medical attention after he or she was struck by a vehicle near 3 Forest St., according to a 1:31 p.m. log item.

Four rims had been stolen from a vehicle at the Kelly Fiat on Cross Street, according to a 1:44 p.m. report.

Police received a report about 9 p.m. that eight cellphones had been stolen from unsecured lockers at the McVann-O’Keefe Skating Rink on Lowell Street, according to radio reports.



Police were unable to locate anything suspicious after a 9:09 p.m. report that a female had twice yelled, “I’ll kill you” near 490 Rantoul St.

An 11:59 p.m. report that an unknown male was in a driveway brought police to 41 Roundy St., but they were unable to locate the individual.


Police responded to a Cox Street address after an 11:25 a.m. report that a vehicle owned by a man there had possibly been involved in the abduction of a female in Lynn, but they were unable to locate the vehicle or its owner.



A 5:19 p.m. report that two males were arguing and that one had a knife brought police to Derby Street and Fort Avenue. Subsequently arrested was Ralph Sciarretta, 44, homeless, on a charge of violating the city’s knife ordinance.

A 5:51 p.m. report that a male had passed out on a sidewalk brought police to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 31 Bridge St., where they determined he had been waiting for a ride and fallen asleep.

A Prince Street boy’s guardian reported at 7 p.m. that another child at his middle school in Stoneham had “threatened to stab him in the arm if he didn’t give him his backpack.” An officer advised her to report the incident to the school and to contact Salem Police again if anything happened inside the city.

An officer responded to Curtis Park on March Street after a 7:51 p.m. report that a male was sleeping there and determined the individual had been kicked out of his house by his mother. The officer escorted him to a friend’s house where he could stay for the night.

Police were unable to locate a juvenile with a skateboard who was reported to have stolen a $3 can of Red Bull from the Walyo’s store at 20 Essex St. at 8:11 p.m.

Police received a 9:29 p.m. report of a mother-daughter domestic dispute on Carlton Street. Subsequently arrested was Lauren E. Vowells, 24, of 12 Carlton St., Salem, on charges of assault and battery and malicious destruction of property over $250.

Officers in the area of 59 Boston St. at 11:23 p.m. observed suspicious activity among three males in a parked vehicle, according to the log. Police subsequently seized under an ounce of marijuana from them and sent them on their way.

According to the log, an officer observed a man hop a fence and enter Bertram Field around 11:30 p.m. and subsequently arrested Timothy G. Wells, 24, of 5 Curtis Road, Woburn, on charges of trespassing and violating the city’s knife ordinance.


A 12:36 a.m. report of a large group in a backyard brought police to 16 Roslyn St., where they broke up a college party consisting of about 20 students, according to the log.

A 3:30 a.m. report of a suspicious vehicle brought police to the Congress Street bridge, where they found a female asleep inside it. She was taken into protective custody. A subsequent breath test determined that her blood alcohol content was .19, according to the log.

Police responded to a 6:18 a.m. report that there was an injured dog on Hawthorne Boulevard and determined a female had seen the dog “limping along the sidewalk and then limp into traffic.” Police wrote: “She brought the dog out of the street, where it immediately laid down on the sidewalk and refused to move.” Using dog biscuits, an officer was able to lure the animal into the back of a police cruiser and bring it back to the station, where it was held for the animal control officer.

An 8:20 a.m. report of a domestic dispute brought police to Dunlap Street. Subsequently arrested was Joseph William Duffy, 45, of 68 School St., Salem, on a charge of domestic assault and malicious destruction of property over $250.

Police received a 2:16 p.m. report that a male was wearing a johnny on Essex Street. An officer wrote later: “I spoke with the hospital, and they stated he had been treated and released. No issues.”

A woman reported at 3:27 p.m. that her catalytic converter had been sawed off her vehicle while it was parked in a lot at Salem High School.



Police conducted a traffic stop at Endicott and Sylvan streets at 10:55 p.m. and subsequently arrested Wastter Guerra, 23, of 10 Lincoln St., Lynn, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.


Police received a 1:04 p.m. report that somebody had stolen $400 worth of razor blades from the Stop & Shop at 301 Newbury St. A subsequent be-on-the-lookout alert described the suspect as a 30-year-old white male in a black 2006 Lincoln sedan, according to radio reports.