'Body Scratching' Complaint on Highland Avenue

The following information was submitted by the Salem Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following is an excerpt from the Salem Police Department's log:

Saturday, Jan. 26:

  • At 4:08 p.m., police responded to a domestic dispute on Clark Avenue.
  • At 7:04 p.m., a man entered the police station to discuss an issue he was having with Walmart. The man said he purchased a video game system and found that the box only contained cables when he returned home. When he tried to return it, an employee told him the bar-code showed the product was purchased at Best Buy.
  • At 9:02 p.m., police responded to a noise complaint on Pratt Street.
  • At 9:32 p.m., police responded to a noise complaint on Pope Street.
  • At 11:34 p.m., police responded to a house party on Pope Street.

Sunday, Jan. 27:

  • At 12:12 a.m., police responded to a report of loud music on Peabody Street.
  • At 2:13 a.m., police arrested a man on River Street after he refused to leave the area and was being loud. William A. Doucette, 28, of River St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of disturbing the peace.
  • At 2:18 a.m., police arrested a man on Margin Street. Mark A. Gray, 18, of 68 Inman St., Lawrence, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.
  • At 7:31 a.m., police responded to a reported theft on Margin Street.
  • At 8:24 a.m., an Oak Street man called police to report that someone has been dumping trash in a dumpster he rented for a home renovation.
  • At 9:13 a.m., police stopped a man who illegally dumped trash into a recycling container on Pingree Street and made him go back and retrieve it.
  • At 10:03 a.m., police responded to a complaint regarding a man who was "scratching his body" near a bakery on Highland Avenue.
  • At 10:04 a.m., police responded to a parking complaint on Naumkeag Street.
  • At 11:09 a.m., police responded to a report of a man trying to get a false prescription at North Shore Medical Center.


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Todd Doehner January 28, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Are we sure this is Salem's police log and not Marblehead's? A "man scratching himself" blends nicely with the standard fare in the Reporter where complaints of a "suspicious" person, a "squirrel acting strangely," an inability to get cell phone reception, a "goofy looking guy in a goofy looking hat," and my favorite, a "general complaint" have shown up on the police log in recent months. What is a "general complaint," anyway? "Hello? Police? I'm thoroughly disatisfied with my quality of life. Please send help."
Carolyn Costain January 28, 2013 at 04:05 PM
If you live in sight of a clothing bin for the poor please take notice. Twice in one month i watched a white work van with ladders on the top ,stop near a bin and robbed it of clothing for the poor. "i did report it." I was told by a friend that people steal from them, then donate the clothes to get a tax credit for donating. Some are stealing from them to put in consignment shops or for someone they know that has a used clothing store. Anything left outside the bin belongs to no one but bags that are ripped out from inside the bins, is owned by the "comp. name on the bin." How sad for the poor!
adrienne January 28, 2013 at 09:17 PM
"man scratching himself" in quotations may have just been a polite way on saying he was itching his crotch or playing with himself in public!
Bob January 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM
It's just a little Jock itch. Especially with this cold weather. The skin is very dry right now. Just Saying.


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