Woman Arrested After Bathroom Assault at Tavern in the Square
The following information was provided by the Salem Police Department. Where charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
- Police said they arrested Leah McCourt at 12:01 a.m. Sunday after an altercation with another woman that happened in Tavern in the Square. The alleged victim said she had just washed her hands in the bathroom and wanted to dry her hands and asked the suspect, who was standing in front of the dryer, if she could use it. The victim said McCourt told her no. When the woman attempted to use the machine, police said McCourt allegedly grabbed the other woman by the hair and slammed her head into the wall. When the victim tried to push her away, police said McCourt bit down on the first three fingers of the victim's hand. The skin was imprinted, but not broken, police said. Bystanders corroborated the story, police said. McCourt told police she didn't know what they were talking about. Police said she appeared highly intoxicated when arrested. Staff members assisted in separating the women, who did not know each other.
- At 1:34 a.m. Sunday, a loud party on Roslyn Street was reported.
- At 1:47 a.m., a fight on the street in front of Engine House was reported. Police said the group was broken up and everyone was sent on their way. There were no injuries.
- A man down on the sidewalk on Dow Street was reported at 2:32 a.m.
- Police received a loud music complaint from West Avenue at 4:04 a.m.
- At 5:13 a.m., police arrested Ezequiel O. Castro after they responded to his Leavitt Street apartment for a second time on a report of a loud party. Police said the party was noisy and involved a fight among the guests.
- Sunday at 6:41 a.m. police received a 911 hangup from a woman screaming and crying. Police said they responded to the residence and a man was found in a highly intoxicated state. He was placed into protective custody.
- A possible missing person was reported at 11:46 a.m. Sunday.
- At 2:23 p.m., police retrieved a hypodermic needle that had been found on Franklin Street.
- Loud drums were reported on Webster Street at 5:06 p.m. Sunday. Police said the person playing the drums with his friend said they would stop for the night.
- A bike was found on Charles Street at 5:20 p.m. Sunday.
- An intoxicated man on a front lawn was reported on Loring Avenue at 5:31 p.m. Sunday. Police said the man was taken into protective custody.
- At 5:48 p.m.. police received a call a person was trying to get into a Proctor Street apartment. Police said nobody was found in the area, but they did speak with the resident, who said she heard her dogs barking and then heard someone putting a key in her front door deadbolt lock and try to turn the key. She then said she called police.
- Suspicious people on the roof of Dodge Street Bar and Grill were reported at 8:55 p.m. Police said the owner was just removing scrap metal and materials from the roof with employees.
- A possible water break was reported at Derby and Congress streets at 9:08 p.m. Sunday. Police said the Department of Public Works was notified.
Monday, Jan. 2
- Fireworks were reported at Ocean Avenue and Wisteria Street at 2:21 a.m. Monday. Police said a resident reported hearing a loud bang. When she came out, she said she found a spent fireworks box in the middle of the street.
- A pedestrian struck was reported at Market Basket at 10:17 a.m. Monday. A woman said she was loading her groceries into her car when all of a sudden her carriage was pushed into her left leg. The woman yelled at the driver to stop, but it put more pressure on her leg when the woman backed up. The driver said she miscalculated the space she had for clearance.
- At 10:26 a.m. police said a stolen laptop was reported on Pope Street.
- A small porch fire was reported on Hawthorne Boulevard at 12:18 pm. The Salem Fire Department responded to the small fire that ignited on the rear third-floor porch. Officials said it appeared the fire was from a discarded cigarette. The fire did not spread, and nobody was home a the time of the fire, police said.
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