, Salem, MA

November 15, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


Three vehicles had been broken into on Merritt Street, according to a 12:15 p.m. report.

Police received a 1:11 p.m. report that a vehicle on Front Street had been broken into. “Nothing was taken, but she wanted it logged,” wrote police.

A 6:51 p.m. report that it “appears a fistfight is about to start” brought police to Atlantic Avenue, where they determined it “appears to be a misunderstanding between three individuals.”

A woman on Lucia Road reported at 8:25 p.m. that she had lost her hearing aid.



A 3:05 p.m. report of suspicious activity at Stop & Shop on Howley Street led to the arrest of Matthew B. Daffe, 24, of 611/2 Loring Ave., Salem, on charges of shoplifting by asportation and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Also arrested was Timothy A. Allain, 35, of 16 Cedar Crest Ave., Salem, on a charge of shoplifting by asportation.

A Summit Street woman reported at 6:15 p.m. that somebody had stolen a mailbox that had been mounted on a tree in front of her house.


A 63-year-old man will be summonsed to court on charges of assault and threatening to commit a crime after a 7:54 a.m. report that a man had “made reference to a handgun” during a road-rage incident on Mason Street.

Police received an 11:58 a.m. report that an intoxicated driver had struck a parking barrier at the Babies “R” Us store on Andover Street and then “began randomly yelling at people” and “started throwing beer cans.” Officers located the vehicle and wrote later: “Appears there is no problem at this time.”

A 1:51 p.m. report of a homeless encampment brought police to 14 Foster St. “Male party was checked out and sent on his way back to Salem,” an officer wrote later.



Police were unable to locate a Mercedes Benz that was reported to be blocking a fire hydrant on Phillips Street at 12:26 p.m.



Police responded to 12 Bartlett St. after a 10:14 p.m. report that a woman had received a phone call from her sister during which yelling was heard. An officer wrote later: “No basis for complaint. Party sleeping. Party has power of attorney for sister and has committed her on several occasions. Party will seek resolution.”


Police received a 6:22 a.m. report of an ongoing neighbor dispute at 12 Pickett St. “Party wanted to report more ongoing harassment from his neighbor,” wrote police later. “He claims that today she came onto his front steps and began calling his dog’s name, causing his dog to bark and whimper at the door and wake him up at 5:45 a.m. ... Was advised to seek his own harassment order from Salem District Court. He stated that his attorney is working on it.”

Police were unable to locate a vehicle that was reported to be driving the wrong way on Route 128 southbound at 12:52 p.m.



Twelve vehicles were towed from a construction zone at Lafayette and Porter streets about 8:30 p.m. Police determined that one of the vehicles had an expired registration and issued its owner a citation.


Police received a 9:37 a.m. report that a man’s laptop and medications had been stolen. Police wrote: “He reported he blacked out for about 12 hours and woke up today at the Hess gas station in Beverly. He states he met a male and female in Salem on Derby Street last night and believes they drugged him [because] he doesn’t remember traveling from Salem to where he woke up in Beverly. This crime may have occurred at the Hess in Beverly where he woke up. When he woke up today, he was missing his laptop and Rx meds ... He states the female looked like a guy in his early 20s, and the guy told him he was 23.”

An 11:10 a.m. report that a man was taking items from a yard on Beckford Street resulted in the arrest of Charles R. Effretti, 32, of 122 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea, on charges of trespassing and giving a false name to a police officer.

Police received an 11:51 a.m. report that a male had tried to steal a $5 Hot Wheels car from a store on Washington Street.

Police received a 4:52 p.m. report that somebody was throwing sneakers off an overpass at Highland Avenue and Wilson Street.



A 5:39 p.m. report of shoplifting brought police to the CVS at 1 Maple St. Subsequently arrested was John Keegan, 34, of 22 Pevwell Drive, Saugus, on a charge of shoplifting by concealing merchandise, third offense.


A 2:43 p.m. report that somebody had made a fraudulent return at Wal-Mart on Brooksby Village Drive resulted in the arrests of Nicole Denning, 33, of 1803 Hollow Tree Court, Peabody, and Joshua McGann, 24, of 1169 Franklin St., Stoneham, each on a charge of shoplifting over $100 by asportation.



The Fire Department extinguished a garage fire at 246 Echo Cove Road that was first reported at 4:16 p.m.