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The following was provided by the Salem Police. Where charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
The Salem Police responded to the following calls and made the following arrests on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday, Sept. 4
4:06 p.m. — Police received a call about holes that appeared to be BB shots in a window at a Canal Street business.
4:10 p.m. — A group possibly drinking in Splaine Park was reported. Police arrested three people.
5:49 p.m. — Police responded to Highland Avenue on a report a suspicious man was taking pictures of women. A woman told police a man may have taken a picture up her skirt. The woman told the officer "he was next to her while she was bent down looking at a gift card at the Target store." Police said the woman told them she did not see the photos. Police were able to locate the man who said he had been in the store, but he did not take the photo. The man handed the officer his phone, and there were no pictures of the woman on it. The woman told police she just wanted the incident on file.
6:17 p.m. — Two possibly intoxicated women with a baby stroller was reported on Boston Street. Police said an officer spoke with both women, and they were not intoxicated.
7:38 p.m. — Intoxicated people were reported in the Ropes Mansion Garden. Police said the people were not intoxicated, and they were moved along.
11:57 p.m. — Malicious damage to a money machine was reported at the MBTA station. Police said the machine wasn't damaged, it just would not lock. The MBTA was notified.
Wednesday, Sept. 5
7:01 a.m. — Possible flooding was reportd on Forrester Street. Police said residents were advised via PA.
9:08 a.m. — Police received a call a bird was struck by a vehicle on Hillside Avenue. Police said the seagull was deceased and removed from the road.
11:46 a.m. — A man was arrested after police received a call someone was drinking from an open 40-ounce Natural Ice on Wharf Street. The man (Heath Brooks, see below) had his pit bull with him, and the dog was taken to the station. Police said they also discovered the dog was not properly registered with the city.
12:14 p.m. — Police received a call from an Essex Street shop about a woman "looking for a spell that would bring back her deceased husband." Police were not able to reach the woman who called the store. Just last week, police received a call from the shop, which is having an issue with the same woman calling repeatedly. Police advised the employee that he has a right to a harassment order.
12:28 p.m. — Police responded to High Street on a call about a possible break-in attempt. A resident told police a man rang the doorbell and they spoke through a third-floor window. The man told the resident he was looking for the landlord so he could possibly do work. The resident said he wasn't interested, and the conversation ended. Fifteen minutes later, another resident came home, and as he was entering, the man who asked about the roofing was walking out of the home. Police said the suspicious man asked who the resident was and the resident said: "I live here, who are you?" The man said he was a roofer looking for the landlord, and he left. The residents then realized they had both spoken to the same man, and their television had been moved. The television was taken to the police station for processing, and police were not able to locate the suspicious man.
12:41 p.m. — A road rage incident was reported on Foster Court.
2:16 p.m. — Police received a call a car was keyed on Boston Street.
Heath M. Brooks, 42, of 29 Hancock St. was arrested on a charge of violating the public drinking ordinance. He as also arrested on a warrant.
Fausto Miranda, 42, of 55 Laighton St. in Lynn was arrested on charges of operating without being licensed and failure to use care while backing up.
Matthew D. Scheffler, 22, of 24 Roosevelt Ave. in Peabody was arrested on charges of operating after a license suspension and operating with defective equipment.
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