Landlord Slaps Tenant After Scabies Assault

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

The responded to the following calls and made the following arrests on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, May 18

6:56 p.m. — A man grabbing his crotch was reported on Highland Avenue. Police were not able to locate the man.

7:04 p.m. — Police said a man possibly masturbating was reported in front of an Essex Street store. Police said the man was just "listening to his iPod music and tapping his belt buckle."

7:06 p.m. — A man yelling on a megaphone was reported on Highland Avenue across from the middle school. Police said the officer found the man "yelling at motor vehicles using a traffic cone as a megaphone. He was advised this could cause an accident." Police said the man told them he was just having fun, and he agreed to stop.

9:23 p.m. — A suspicious man was reported on Loring Avenue. The owner of a store told police a man came in and asked to use the restroom. After using the restroom, "he asked several questions about the neighborhood and the kids that live in it." The owner said he found the questions to be odd, and he wanted a report on file.

10:04 p.m. — Police spoke to a woman on Pope Street who said she is concerned about the number of false fire alarms at .

11:24 p.m. — A woman said she was pushed to the ground and punched by a man on Salem Street.

Friday Arrests

Christopher P. Howard, 31, of 12 Harriman Road, in Raymond, N.H., was arrested on a warrant.

Nicole Morales, 17, of 197 Eutaw Ave., in Lynn, was arrested on a shoplifting charge.

, was arrested on a warrant. She was also arrested on a charge of operating after a license suspension.

Saturday, May 19

1:11 a.m. — Police spoke to a man who flagged them down in front of the . The man said four men assaulted him after he exchanged words with them. The man was not able to provide a description and had minor scratches on his hands, police said.

9:16 a.m. — Police said a motor vehicle break-in was reported on North Street.

10:28 a.m. — Police responded to on a report a customer was angry and started to make a scene because they didn't have the car he wanted. Police said the story was confirmed by patrons. The customer who allegedly made the scene told the same story "omitting the part where he was yelling and irate," police said. Hertz told police they didn't want to do business with the man due to the way he acted.

10:37 a.m. — A landlord/tenant dispute was reported. Police spoke with a tenant who told police she had an argument with her landlord after he came to the apartment with an exterminator to investigate claims of bugs and mice. The tenant told police (as she has before) that she has severe scabies, and the exterminator refused to enter the apartment. The woman said she was upset her landlord was treating her "like a leper and she went into the hallway toward him, wiping her arms on him," at which point the woman said the landlord slapped her in the face. The woman said she didn't need medical attention. The landlord told police that after the woman "intentionally went toward him to wipe her contagious skin condition on him, he did react by slapping in the face." Police said the landlord is over 60, and the officer said he is applying for a summons for the tenant for assault and battery with scabies on a victim over 60.

10:42 a.m. — Police said a past attempted break-in was reported on First Street.

12:03 p.m. — Police responded to a call kids were spitting off a roof.

12:21 to 2:38 p.m. — Multiple motor vehicle break-ins were reported on Dunlap and North streets.

3:14 p.m.

5:08 p.m. — A possibly rabid raccoon was reported on Margin Street. Police said the animal was fine and was moved along because there were children in the area.

5:25 p.m. — A fight in a gas station parking lot at Highland Avenue and Swampscott Road was reported, but by the time they arrived, police said everyone had left, and there was no fight.

5:26 p.m. — Witness intimidation was reported to police from Loring Avenue.

6 p.m. — A bag of prescription medication was found on Charter Street.

6:01 p.m. — A truck with a large grill was reported on the . Police said it was gone by the time they arrived.

6:49 p.m. — Police received a call someone was cutting telephone wires on Barstow Street. When the officer arrived, a man told him he saw a man with a thin build and a scruffy beard cutting the ground wire from a utility pole. The officer saw a four-foot section of the ground wire missing. The street were searched, but police were not able to locate anyone. Police said the man left the area on a bicycle that appeared to be too small for him. The investigation will continue if further information is available, police said.

9:32 p.m. — A person passed out on the ground was reported on Washington Street. Police said the person was not intoxicated and was moved along.

10:10 p.m. — A dispute over a parking space was reported at Front and Central streets.

11:04 p.m. — Police said a loud party was reported on Barton Street. Police spoke with people who said they had family members sleep over for a wedding that was going to happen the next day. Police said the people quieted down and were told they would be cited if they had to return.

Saturday Arrests

Michael J. Burke, 40, of 20 Webb St., in Middleton, was arrested on the following 16 charges after police say he robbed , fled and : unarmed robbery, larceny of property over $250, assault and battery, a red light or stop sign violation, failing to stop for police, passing where prohibited, three counts of leaving the scene after property damage, assault and battery by a dangerous weapon, assault by a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property, illegal possession of a class A substance, illegal possession of a class B substance, negligent operation and disorderly conduct.

Sunday, May 20

12:44 a.m. — Police spoke with a woman on Charter Street who said she thought someone had been entering her apartment and taking her mail.

1:22 a.m. — Fireworks were reported at Memorial Drive and Restaurant Row. Police said the officer noticed the fireworks coming from out in the ocean.

2:08 a.m. — Police spoke with the park service about a man at the lighthouse refusing to leave. Police said they spoke with a man who said he was homeless, and he was just trying to sleep. Police advised the man that he could go to the shelter.

4:06 a.m. — Large backpack blowers were reported on Highland Avenue, but police said when they looked, nobody was there.

6:05 a.m. — A stolen scooter was reported on North Street.

9:20 a.m. — A grease fire in a frylolator was reported at . The Salem Fire Department put it out.

10:54 a.m. — Possible drug activity was reported on Proctor Street. An officer stopped a man, informed him of why he was stopped, and he consented to a search of his vehicle, police said. Nothing was found, police said.

11:28 a.m. — A suspicious vehicle was reported at . Police said a man told them "his wife will not allow him to smoke his cigars in the home and he goes into the iHop lot to relax and have a cigar." The officer told the man that "this practice is making the patrons/staff of the restaurant uncomfortable and he was asked if he could find a new location to enjoy his cigar." Police said the man was very compliant and said he would find another location in the future.

11:50 a.m. — Police said a motor vehicle break-in was reported on Dunlap Street.

1:23 p.m. — Police received a call money was taken from a vehicle on New Derby Street. Police spoke with the two men involved and helped make an arrangement to rectify the situation.

1:43 p.m. — Police responded to on a report a vehicle struck a carriage while a person was in it. A man said his son was standing in a carriage and a vehicle pulled into a parking space and struck the carriage with his son in it. Police said the son fell inside the carriage, but appeared to be uninjured. The father said he wanted the officer "to speak to the woman in regards to her driving and her uncaring attitude at the scene." Police contacted the woman, and she said the child did not fall inside the carriage and she had apologized at the scene.

2:06 p.m. — A past larceny was reported at Home Depot.

3:21 p.m. — A screaming child and banging sounds were reported on Mason Street. Police spoke with a woman who said her child had a tantrum because he was tired.

Sunday Arrests

Michael Edward Sherman, 27, of 233 Chestnut St., in Lynn, was arrested on three warrants.

Freddy Velasquez Jr., 29, of 25 Mill St., in Beverly, was arrested on a charge of illegal possession of a class A substance.

Jamaal T. Williams, 29, of 9 Dyer Ct., in Danvers, was arrested on four warrants.

For questions about the log, email salem@patch.com.


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