, Salem, MA

October 2, 2013


The Salem News

---- — Marblehead


A worker at the cemetery on West Shore Drive reported at 11:28 a.m. that a white convertible had driven over a lawn there. An officer wrote later: “Spoke with the driver, and he was visiting his wife up there, and when he was turning around, he went up on the lawn a little bit.”

Police were unable to locate a woman who was reported to be texting while she drove from Vinnin Square to Mohawk Road at 12:14 p.m.

An Elm Street woman reported at 2 p.m. that “twice now, a child leaving the Gerry school had run up to her house and sticks his hand or face in her mail slot.” The woman said she was “concerned because she has a dog and is in fear the dog may snap at the child if provoked enough.”

Police received a 2:57 p.m. report from a Baldwin Road man who said that a man had gotten “in his face” and said “all my friends are cops” when he confronted him about parking in front of his driveway.

Somebody on Goldthwait Road reported at 4:53 p.m. that a truck had been “idling for the last 20 minutes” and “stinking up the neighborhood.” Police wrote later: “Truck has since left the area.”

Police received a 5:16 p.m. report that a woman’s daughter was walking down Mugford Street when a “strange man on a porch ... asked her to come in to his garage and look at his car.” The woman said she knew the man was “special” and that she “didn’t blow up the situation but is concerned.”

An Ocean Avenue woman reported at 6:11 p.m. that somebody had stolen a surfboard and golf clubs from her backyard. “They also tried to get into guest area, and handles are broken, but no entry was made,” police wrote.

A Pitman Road man reported at 7:22 p.m. that he had received a package in the mail, and he believes “there’s a money-laundering event going on,” according to the log.



Police received a 2:52 p.m. report of a 911 hang-up from a Ledgewood Way address. “On the call back, spoke with a male who stated that he was home alone and sounded to be confused,” an officer wrote. “Party was trying to call Israel.”

A Central Street woman reported at 4:31 p.m. that her estranged mother had left a note in a door jamb at her residence.

Eight pairs of jeans were stolen during a break-in at an apartment at 50 Warren St., according to a 4:42 p.m. report.

A bicyclist was transported to Salem Hospital after a report that he had fallen off his bicycle and hit his head at 4 Mill St. The man apparently lost consciousness after the accident.

Police received a 5:41 p.m. report that the tire cover on the rear of a Newbury Street woman’s SUV had been slashed several times.

A Jennings Circle man reported at 9:16 p.m. that a family member was using his deceased wife’s credit card and identity.


A Waselchuk Drive woman reported at 9:59 a.m. that there was a fire in her oven. “The officer stated that the resident was using the self-cleaning feature on her oven,” wrote police. “The fire was out when the officer arrived.”



A 10:39 p.m. report of a disturbance brought police to 48 Pleasant St. An officer wrote later that a person there had been “in the process of moving furniture” and was “told to cease.”


Police responded to a 6:10 a.m. report of a fight at 19 Beckford St. and determined that parents were yelling at a child. “All in apparent good order, no signs of abuse,” wrote police.

An officer was unable to locate a male who was reported to be walking in and out of traffic at Essex Street and Kelleher Road at 1 p.m.

A 2:48 p.m. report that people were fighting brought police and emergency personnel to 150 Rantoul St. Subsequently arrested was Christopher W. Drew, 29, of 48 Pleasant St., Beverly, on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.



Police received a 4:42 p.m. report of a domestic dispute at a Devereaux Avenue address and subsequently arrested Jodie S. Marfongelli, 26, of 1 Devereaux Ave., Salem, on charges of five counts of domestic assault and battery and intimidation of a witness. An officer said Marfongelli bit her mother during a dispute over taking the keys to a car. At her arraignment yesterday, a judge released Marfongelli to a drug-treatment program for up to 90 days and issued a restraining order against her for her mother. Prosecutors had asked that the judge set bail at $5,000 and revoke Marfongelli’s bail in a pending threats case.

Police received a 5:41 p.m. report of a domestic dispute on Castle Road and subsequently arrested John J. Mahoney, 43, of 8 Castle Road, Salem, on charges of assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.

A 7:40 p.m. report that a male was staggering brought police to the area of Essex Street, where they found him lying on the sidewalk. An officer determined he was intoxicated and took him into protective custody, according to the log.

Police responded to 25 Becket St. after an 8:08 p.m. 911 hang-up from that address and spoke to a man who said he hadn’t called. “I checked the interior of the home and observed that he was alone in the home,” an officer wrote. “He stated that he has no idea why a 911 call came from his home.”


Police responded to 9 Buffum St. after a 12:25 a.m. report of a domestic dispute and determined there was no dispute — a woman had “just burnt some food,” according to the log.

A Charter Street woman reported at 2 p.m. that somebody had entered her unlocked apartment while she was in the lobby of her building and stolen a Visa credit card from her pocketbook.



Police received a 6:24 p.m. report of disorderly conduct at Andover Street and Brooksby Village Drive and subsequently arrested George Perruzzi, 19, of 3 Mount Pleasant Drive, Peabody, on a charge of disorderly conduct.

An officer conducted a traffic stop on Endicott Street at 11:27 p.m. and subsequently arrested Christopher Smelstor, 24, of 75 Walnut St., Peabody, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a license suspended for drunken driving and failure to stop.


Police received a 1:11 p.m. report that gas had been stolen from a vehicle on Locust Street.

A 4:10 p.m. report of shoplifting at Market Basket on Endicott Street resulted in the arrest of Michael Kraby, 45, of 25 Folly Pond Road, Beverly, on charges of receiving stolen property under $250 and shoplifting by asportation, second offense.

A report of a rollover accident shortly before 8 p.m. brought police and the Fire Department to Route 128 southbound at Endicott Street, according to radio reports. The people inside the vehicle were able to get themselves out. One person was transported to Salem Hospital.