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Homeless Man Arrested on Attempted Murder Charge

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

Salem Police Department.
Salem Police Department.

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


Saturday, Feb. 1

  • At 12:05 a.m., police responded to a loud house party on Porter Street.
  • At 12:23 a.m., police responded to a loud house party on Lafayette Street.
  • At 12:31 a.m., police and fire units responded to a report of a possible fire on Charter Street.
  • At 1:09 a.m., police responded to a loud house party on Palmer Street.
  • At 1:37 a.m., police responded to a loud house party on Geneva Street.
  • At 1:47 a.m., police responded to a domestic dispute on Lafayette Street.
  • At 2:27 a.m., police responded to an arrest on Lafayette Street. Nicholas H. Cowley, 35, of 56 Margin St., Salem, was arrested for reportedly having two outstanding warrants.
  • At 6:50 a.m., police responded to a dispute between neighbors on Loring Avenue.
  • At 8:03 a.m., an Aborn Street resident called police to report that their car was keyed and three of the tires were slashed overnight.
  • At 10:47 a.m., police responded to a report of unleashed dogs on Leavitt Street.
  • At 11:24 a.m., police stopped a motor vehicle on Highland Avenue. Ginnette Garcia, 24, of 74 Rainbow Terrace, Salem, was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
  • At 2:06 p.m., police conducted a well-being check on North Street. A woman was placed into protective custody.
  • At 2:19 p.m., police responded to a domestic dispute on High Street.
  • At 2:41 p.m., police responded to a report of a large fight in the street near the intersection of Salem and Palmer streets.
  • At 2:49 p.m., police made an arrest on Union Street. Jamie L. Trudniak, 50, of the streets of Salem, was arrested for reportedly having an outstanding warrant.
  • At 4:04 p.m., police responded to a disturbance near the intersection of Loring and Jefferson avenues.
  • At 5:15 p.m., police responded to a report of a suspicious activity on Balcomb Street.
  • At 10:48 p.m., police responded to a report of a loose dog near the intersection of Margin and Summer streets.
  • At 10:53 p.m., police responded to a report of a domestic assault and battery on Marlborough Road. Joseph M. Collins, 47, of 66 Marlborough Road, Salem, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery.
  • At 11:26 p.m., police received word that a Peabody Fire Department fire truck struck and damaged a building on Aborn Street.

Sunday, Feb. 2

  • At 12:02 a.m., police responded to a domestic dispute on Lafayette Street.
  • At 12:37 a.m., police responded to a medical overdose on Cherry Street.
  • At 1:10 a.m., police responded to a past vehicle break-in on Charles Street.
  • At 1:18 a.m., police responded to a report of a loud noise on Lee Fort Terrace.
  • At 1:49 a.m., a woman entered the police station to report a past assault on Lafayette Street. Ralph E. Sciarretta, 44, of the streets of Salem, was arrested on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, intimidating a witness, malicious destruction of property valued above $250, attempted murder and for reportedly having three outstanding warrants.
  • At 4:04 a.m., police responded to a disturbance on Hazel Street.
  • At 5:03 a.m., police made an arrest on Harrison Road. Nathaniel G. Gaye, 19, of 14 Aldon Road, Peabody, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering during the nighttime to commit a felony, trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and illegally possessing a class A substance (heroin).
  • At 5:26 a.m., police responded to a past assault on Highland Avenue.
  • At 8:24 a.m., police responded to a dispute on Traders Way.
  • At 1:08 p.m., police responded to a report of a gas leak on Sutton Avenue. 
  • At 2:23 p.m., police responded to a possible sexual assault on Highland Avenue.
  • At 2:54 p.m., police responded to a report of a fight in the street on Fairfield Street.
Other Arrests

William A. Dandrea, 48, of 13 Union St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of violating an abuse prevention order.

Edgar Pimental Jr., 28, of 12 Peabody St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

If you have a question about this police log, please send it to owen.boss@patch.com.
A. February 03, 2014 at 07:27 AM
I don't know what's the worse area. The Point or that Gallows Hill area around and off of Boston st. Salem is getting squeezed out.
Shava Nerad February 04, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Why then, perhaps you need to become active in civic affairs? Or create some jobs for less skilled workers, or a training program? Or run over to one of the programs on Congress St. or to Lifebridge or to the SPD or schools and lend a hand? You talk about our city as though it were a community, but are you treating it like a tax-funded park? It takes more than paying tax, voting, and keeping your nose clean, personally, to maintain a healthy community. Find ways to help before people become items on the SPD.summarý and modify some of that contempt and fear with compassion and hope.

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