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20 Stories That Shaped Salem's Summer of 2013

Here's a look back at Salem Patch's 20 most-read stories from the past three months.

Here's a look back at Salem Patch's top stories from the summer of 2013.
Here's a look back at Salem Patch's top stories from the summer of 2013.
Before we move on to fall in Salem, here's a look back at our 20 most-read stories from the summer of 2013. Click on the headlines to read the full stories.

Police Still Searching for Car in Fatal Hit-and-Run AccidentSalem police are still searching for the vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run car accident that claimed the life of an 83-year-old Salem woman on Loring Avenue on June 29. 


Investigators Match DeSalvo DNA to Sullivan Crime Scene
After a 49-year wait, the mystery of the Boston Strangler murders came to an end in July when officials announced "scientific certainty" that the confessed Boston Strangler, Albert H. DeSalvo, was the source of seminal fluid evidence found at the murder scene of Mary Sullivan in 1964.

Mack Park Shooting Shocks Salem: Salem police are still looking into a shooting that occurred at Mack Park in Salem on Saturday, June 29. A 20-year-old male was reportedly shot in the chest and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Salem Patch will post updates as the information is released.

A Look Ahead: Salem's $45M Dodge Street Development: On July 18, Salem city councilors gave the green light to a proposed $45 million mixed-use development on Dodge Street that is expected to include space for a garage, restaurant and hotel.  

Salem Shooting Suspect Ordered Held Without Bail: A Dorchester man arrested in connection to a home invasion and shooting on Linden Street in Salem on Saturday, Sept. 14, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in Salem District Court.

Alleged Car-Jacker Leads Police on Chase Through Salem: A Peabody woman accused of car-jacking a vehicle before leading area police on a chase through the center of Salem on Wednesday, July 12 is now facing numerous charges.  Rosa Maria Guarino, 31, of 20 Crane Ave., Peabody, was arrested on charges of failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, receiving a stolen motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

Opus Opens on Washington Street in Salem: Salem's new high-end restaurant, Opus, opened at 87 Washington St. in mid-July. A week prior to the restaurant's grand opening, we posted this sneak preview of the bar's interior

Planning Board Approves Conditions for Salem's New Power Plant: At their final meeting in July, the Salem Planning Board unanimously approved a long list of conditions pertaining to Footprint Power's plan to convert the Salem Harbor Power Station into a state-of-the-art natural gas plant.

Construction Kicks Off at Salem's New MBTA Station: Construction on Salem's new $37 million MBTA Intermodal Station began earlier this summer and is expected to be completed by the winter of 2014. The station will have a five-level garage with 690 spaces.

New Gas Station, Convenience Store Coming to Lafayette: The construction of Salem's new AL Prime Energy gas station and convenience store is underway. The station, located at 175 Lafayette St., will have three double-sided gas pumps and a full canopy when complete. 

Meet the K9s of the Salem Police Department: The Salem Police Department's new K9 unit is making a real impact on crime in the city - having contributed to more than 20 arrests in the first half of this year. Check out this video offering the chance to meet the dogs that are making a difference.

Three-Alarm Fire Damages Salem Willows Home: Firefighters from Salem and several other North Shore communities battled a three-alarm fire that broke out in an ocean-front home on Beach Avenue on Thursday. Aug. 22.

Powerful Lightning Strike Ruptures Water Main, Damages Homes: A lightning strike that sent the chimney of a Cabot Street home toppling into the house next door on Aug. 5 packed enough of a punch to rupture a nearby water main.

'Save Your Market Basket', Employees Rallying in Salem: The fight for the future of Market Basket was on full display at the Salem location in July when employees collected signatures from local shoppers.

Fire Scorches Perkins Street Apartment Building: On Sept. 7, local firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire that severely damaged an apartment building on Perkins Street. 20 people were displaced as a result of the fire, which was blamed on an unattended candle.

Peabody Essex Museum Planning $200M Expansion: Salem's Peabody Essex Museum issued a press release in August announcing the selection of Ennead Architects to design the museum’s new $200 million, 175,000-square-foot expansion. 

West Nile Virus Found in Salem Mosquitoes: The Salem Board of Health announced in mid-August that local mosquitoes had tested positive for West Nile Virus, prompting Northeast Mosquito Control to spray pesticides in parts of South Salem.

Turner's Seafood Grill & Market Coming to Salem: At their first meeting of the summer, the Salem Licensing Board paved the way for a Turner's Seafood Grill & Market to open on Church Street in downtown Salem.

Hundreds Evacuated During Salem District Court Bomb Threat: Hundreds of people were evacuated from courthouses on Federal Street in Salem following a bomb scare on Aug. 28. Click the link above to view photos and video from the scene.

Mandatory Recycling Begins in Salem: The city's new mandatory recycling policy began in Salem on Monday, July 1. City residents were given a three-month grace period to comply with the new regulations, which require that all city residents put recyclables out with their trash.

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