Black and Yellow Paint that Sounded like a Bird
An excerpt from the Salem Police Department's Sunday log.
The following is an excerpt from the Salem Police Department's Sunday log. Calls included loud parties, concerns about toy guns and paint that sounded like a bird hitting a Hardy Street home.
- At 1:46 a.m. Sunday, police received a call from Congress Street about a possible domestic. When they responded officers "could hear loud singing coming from the apartment." When they spoke with a resident, the woman said "there was no problem and her daughter was just singing." Authorities said they advised the woman to "have her daughter stop singing for the night."
- Police responded to Lafayette Street at 2:16 a.m. Sunday after it was reported there were "parties stuck in [an] elevator/a fight." Police said they first responded for what was first a call to "assist fire with people stuck in the elevator. " While police were on their way, "additional calls came in for a fight in the apartment building" with people coming from a party. While they were on the scene, police said a false fire alarm was pulled, a fire extinguisher was sprayed in the hallway" and a female said she was assaulted by a male who was not located. Police said a $100 fine for violating a city noise ordinance was issued to the renter of the apartment where the party of 50 was held.
- At 9:21 a.m. Sunday, police arrested Matthew Thomas Cummings, 37, of 153 Haverhill St. in Reading on a charge of shoplifting items with a value over $100 from Home Depot. Police said the store's asset protection manager allegedly saw Cummings take "$237.64 worth of copper fittings and attempt to return them without a receipt." Police said Cummings received a store credit. After he was approached by authorities, Cummings told police an employee told him to take and attempt to return the merchandise. Cummings could not provide police with the last name of the employee, the officer said.
- Police arrested Claudio Perez, 33, of 497 Chestnut Street in Lynn at 9:19 a.m. Sunday on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without being licensed.
- At 10:56 a.m. Sunday, police responded to Essex Street after it was reporting kids might be huffing at the mall. Police were not able to locate the kids.
- Police responded to a water break at Jefferson Avenue and Story Street at 11:02 a.m. Sunday. The Department of Public Works was notified.
- At 11:27 a.m. Sunday, police said they received a call about hypodermic needles found in front of Bates School.
- Police responded to Pep Boys on Highland Avenue at 11:49 a.m. Sunday after it was reported a vehicle went through the window of the business. Police said the property owner was inside the store when he accidentally engaged the "remote vehicle starter" in his pocket. The car was in front of the store, "leapt forward over the curb and struck a lower window pane." Police said there were no injuries.
- Police received a call about a stolen trailer on Skerry Street at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
- At 12:57 p.m., police received a call from Derby Street about suspicious activity with a possible gun involved. Police said when they arrived they found a youth "carrying a toy air soft gun with a red tip." Police said the youth returned home with the gun after he was advised of the complaint.
- A Palmer Street resident called about a dog crying "for a long period of time" at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
- At 5:40 p.m. Sunday, police responded to Szetela Lane about possible fireworks in the area.
- At 8:17 p.m., police responded to Collins and Barton streets on a call about fireworks at the beach area.
- Police arrested James FitzPatrick, 51, of 139 Winchester Rd. in Arlington on charges of following too closely and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor after they responded to North and Commercial streets for a two-person motor vehicle accident.
- Gregory A. Tobey, 50, of 33 Harbor Street was arrested at 8:49 p.m. Saturday after police said they responded to Walgreens on a report of a verbal argument. When police arrived, they said a woman with a stroller informed them her boyfriend was involved and another male had chased her boyfriend down the street. When the officer located the men at the corner of New Derby and Washington streets, he said the two men were "squaring off with each other." Authorities said the argument began when the male and his girlfriend were crossing the street and Tobey allegedly yelled profane words out the window. Tobey said he was angry the duo had been crossing the street when traffic had the green light. Police said Tobey was arrested because he continued to follow the male and his girlfriend in the presence of police after the officer advised him to stay away.
- At 9:32 p.m., police responded to Hardy St. after it was reported a house was hit with paint. Police said the caller reported "a noise that sounded like a bird hit the house," at approximately 9 p.m. When the caller went outside, he found that "paint had been thrown in three locations at his house." Police said it appeared "that yellow paint…had been contained in two latex gloves and black paint in one latex glove." Police said "the paint splatters covered an approximate area of six to eight square feet in each location." Authorities said paint was also splattered on the sidewalk. At 9:44 p.m. another Hardy Street resident called to report that paint had hit her car during the same incident.
Also on Sunday:
- Police arrested Martin Ozoria-Polanco, 19, of 53 Harbor Street on multiple charges including assault and batter and intimidation of a witness.