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New Year's Vandals Damage Vehicles Across Salem

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:

Monday, Dec. 31:

  • At 4:15 p.m., police responded to a "wheelchair dispute" at East India Square.
  • At 4:25 p.m., police located a man at the intersection of Lafayette and Harbor streets. Justin C. Twitchell, 32, of the streets of Salem, was arrested for having an outstanding warrant.
  • At 4:39 p.m., police responded to a dispute on Harbor Street.
  • At 5:33 p.m., an Ocean Avenue man called police to report that $5,300 in unauthorized transactions had been made on his debit card at a Target in Davenport, Fla.
  • At 5:59 p.m., police responded to a reported ceiling collapse on Salem Street.
  • At 6:02 p.m., police and fire units responded to a stove fire on Congress Street. Firefighters shut the gas off to a faulty stove and there were no reported injuries.
  • At 8:35 p.m., police responded to a report of loud noises on Cushing Street that could have been gunshots or fireworks.
  • At 9:13 p.m., police responded to domestic dispute on Howard Street.
  • At 9:31 p.m., police responded to a domestic dispute on Lafayette Street.
  • At 10:59 p.m., police responded to a report of assault with a dangerous weapon on Tremont Street. A woman reportedly told police her live-in-boyfriend assaulted her with a flower pot. A warrant will be issued for Shawn Smart on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon (flower pot).

Tuesday, Jan. 1:

  • At 12:09 a.m., police responded to a fight at Tavern in the Square. A man with cuts on his face reportedly told police someone punched him.
  • At 1:24 a.m., police responded to a report of malicious destruction of property on Palmer Street. A woman reportedly told police that she suspected her son's ex-girlfriend was responsible for her broken front window.
  • At 2:08 a.m., police responded to a report of a man in the street on Washington Square North who was yelling at passing cars. A man was later placed into protective custody.
  • At 2:09 a.m., police responded to a minor motor vehicle accident on Canal Street. Brandon J. Geary, 21, of 331 Jefferson Ave., Salem, was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
  • At 2:49 a.m., police responded to a report of a woman causing a disturbance on Ocean Avenue.
  • At 3:02 a.m., police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Highland Avenue. Loise W. Wanja, 26, of 84 Aborn St., Peabody, was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
  • At 3:27 a.m., police responded to a report of a man sleeping in his car with the door open and the motor running on Pope Street. The man was reportedly woken up and sent on his way home.
  • At 4:54 a.m., a High Street woman called police to report that someone damaged her front door.
  • At 8:48 a.m., a woman called police to report that someone broke the window of her vehicle while it was parked on Leach Street. Responding officers found three other vehicles on the street with their windows smashed.
  • At 10:21 a.m., a Clifton Avenue resident called police to report that someone broke one of her car windows overnight.
  • At 10:49 a.m., police conducted a well-being check on Essex Street.
  • At 12:06 p.m., police received word that a vehicle had been damaged overnight on Salem Street.
  • At 12:39 p.m., a resident called police to report that his vehicle was damaged overnight on Broadway.
  • At 12:50 p.m., a man entered the police station to retrieve his cell phone and was arrested for having an outstanding warrant. Jason R. Blanchard, 32, of 56 Buffum St., Salem, was arrested for having an outstanding warrant.
  • At 12:54 p.m., police responded to a dispute at Home Depot.
  • At 1:52 p.m., a Peabody Street man called police to report that $306 in unauthorized payments were made using his information at a Best Buy in the Bronx, N.Y.
  • At 2:55 p.m., police responded to a past break-in on Rockdale Avenue.
  • At 3:06 p.m., the owner of a marketing company on Grove Street called police to report that he arrived at the business to find that all of his personal files were missing.

Other weekend arrests:

Nathaniel J. Freeman, 24, of 878 Cummins Highway, Mattapan, was arrested on charges of possessing a class B substance and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

Carlton Lamons, 20, of 600 Manor Road, Beverly, was arrested on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and possessing a class B substance and for having an outstanding warrant.

Nicholas Skoniecki, 20, of 4 Duck Pond Road, Beverly, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to violate a controlled substance law.

If you have a question about this police log, please send it to Salem Patch.

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