At their last meeting, the Salem Licensing Board declined to renew the Store Fortunetelling License and two sub-licenses for Fatima's Psychic Studio on Hawthorne Boulevard after it was determined that there is an active police investigation into the studio.
At 4:49 p.m. on Oct. 10, the owner of the psychic studio was issued a cease and desist order for operating without a license. The studio's fortune-telling license expired in March of 2012, according to Det. Sgt. James A. Paige.
- On July 18, Sgt. Conrad Prosniewski took a report from a Farmington, N.H., woman who said she was told by a psychic at Fatima's that she was cursed and needed to pay $100 to have it removed.
- On Sept. 16, officer Dennis Luti took a report from a Pepperell, Mass., woman who told police a psychic at Fatima's told her she was "full of evil and for $500 she could rid her of it."
- On Oct. 1, Salem detective Dennis Gaudet was assigned an investigation into a complaint from a Henrietta, N.Y., man who told police the reader convinced him that he needed to have a shield placed over him to protect him and "channel angels" were needed as well. Over the next few weeks he reportedly paid a psychic at Fatima's $16,800.
- On Oct. 3, a customer reported being told that a psychic would remove a curse from him for $50.
- On Oct. 7, Salem detective Brian St. Pierre was assigned to investigate an incident during which a customer was told he could have a curse removed for $500. The man said he declined the offer and received a phone call several days later from a psychic at Fatima's asking again if he wanted to have the curse removed.
The City of Salem Code of Ordinances, Part III, Article II, Division 2, Section 14-27, defines fortunetelling as "the telling of fortunes, forecasting of futures or reading the past..."
The ordinance does not include removing of curses or evil from a person.
Studio owner Harry Mitchell is expected to appear before the board Monday night.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the City Hall Annex on Washington Street.
Salem Patch will post additional information as it becomes available.