Thursday, Sept. 1
7:26 a.m. An officer who was driving into town from Salem on Lafayette Street reported having gotten into an altercation with another driver who had pulled out in front of him from a side street at such a slow rate of speed, the officer had to hit the brakes to avoid either striking the other vehicle or driving right up on it. The other driver yelled something out of the window and, later, went through a red light and then pulled over by the side of the road, where he began to either photograph or video the officer’s vehicle. After officer passed the other vehicle, the other man followed him into Marblehead. Another officer then stopped the man’s vehicle on Pleasant and Gerry streets. After both officers spoke to the man, he was sent on his way.
8:45 a.m. Damaged hydrant reported on Pleasant Court.
10:04 a.m. Truck blocking road reported on Dartmouth Road.
Noon Officer investigated report of person taking rocks on Phillips Street.
2:21 p.m. Issue with traffic lights reported on Pleasant and School streets.
Friday, Sept. 2
10:52 a.m. Officer was dispatched to Farrell Court to investigate a possible breaking-and-entering into an apartment. Resident who had been gone about two months explained that she had come back to her apartment to find that her front door had been broken into. Resident said that nothing had been taken from the apartment, but there was a Ring alarm that had been pulled off the wall, and the batteries had been taken out of the alarm. She did explained that, sometime last week, she had been notified approximately eight times during the night that the motion detector had been going off. The management of the Farrell Court apartments had no record of anyone going into the apartment over the past two months.
11:23 a.m. Investigated report of harassment on Lighthouse Lane.
1:17 p.m. Neighbor issue reported on Rockaway Avenue.
2:20 p.m. Water leakage reported on Pleasant Street.
5:16 p.m. Peace restored after disturbance on Intrepid Circle.
6:04 p.m. Brush fire reported on Bridge Street in Salem.
6:44 p.m. Traffic signal not working reported on Tedesco and Maple streets.
6:56 p.m. Officer conducting stationary radar speed enforcement on Humphrey Street by Thompson Road clocked a Toyota Camry traveling inbound on Humphrey Street traveling at 68 mph. Upon being stopped, the driver, who was a gig worker for a food delivery service, told the officer he did not realize he was going that fast. Officer found that, since being issued his license in the summer of 2021, the driver had been pulled over four times for speeding and was given three warnings, along with an out-of-state citation for driving 15 mph over the speed limit. Officer issued him a citation, explaining to the driver that there was no appropriate reason to be traveling faster than the highway speed limit in Marblehead.
8:09 p.m. Peace restored after disturbance on Baldwin Road.
8:19 p.m. Possible drunken man reported on Pleasant and Anderson streets. Man could not be located.
Saturday, Sept. 3
10 a.m. Dead skunk reported on Pleasant Street.
10:15 a.m. Officer was dispatched to the station on a report of attempted fraud. Officer spoke with man who reported that a woman unknown to him had attempted to wire $26,000 out of his account at a local bank. Man explained that he regularly transfers large sums in and out of his account due to the business that he is in, and that, a day earlier, he had actually approved a wire transfer for the exact amount of the one attempted the following day. The transaction had not been processed, but man was concerned as to how the scammers had come across his information. He had already changed the routing/account numbers associated with his account and said the bank was looking into the matter as well.
1:35 p.m. Report was taken at police station about property to be destroyed.
3:04 p.m. Internet fraud reported on Tidewinds Terrace.
4:53 p.m. Boat possibly off trailer reported on Beach Street and Atlantic Avenue.
6:57 p.m. Disturbance reported on School and Sewall streets.
8:24 p.m. Illegally parked vehicle reported on Orne Street.
8:47 p.m. Officer was dispatched to the area of Beacon Street and Schooner Ridge for a report of a loud group of kids in the woods. Officer was familiar with the area due to previous similar calls over the last couple of weeks. Officers made their way about 100 yards into the woods, where a group of kids has a gathering spot all set up, complete with chairs and a hammock, and trash had been left behind. The group was already gone when officers arrived, but the officers were able to remove some of the eye hooks that had been screwed into multiple trees. Officer then located a glass bong hidden in a cardboard box behind a tree, which he brought back to the station for destruction. Officers also discarded several lighters that had been found in the area as well.
8:57 p.m. Investigated disturbance reported on Doaks Lane.
10:16 p.m. Officer investigated vehicle parked in secluded part of the parking lot at the Star of the Sea Community Center with five people inside. Officer observed smoke coming from the vehicle’s open windows. Upon speaking to the occupants of the vehicle, officer determined that, while most were teenagers, one man was 24 years old. The officer took the 24-year-old aside and spoke to him about the legal jeopardy he would be in, if it were determined that he had contributed to the delinquency of minors, given that he was the only person in the vehicle who could purchase legally marijuana, tobacco or vaping devices.
10:19 p.m. Services rendered to person locked in on Lighthouse Lane.
Sunday, Sept. 4
8:25 a.m. Boat with motor issues reported offshore.
8:30 a.m. iPhone found on Lighthouse Lane.
10:54 a.m. Demonstration reported on Humphrey Street.
11:44 a.m. Bike found on Ocean Avenue.
1:31 p.m. Past assault reported on Harbor Avenue.
2:05 p.m. A hit-and-run accident was reported on Front Street. One officer stopped what the witness had identified as the striking vehicle. Another officer interviewed driver, who acknowledged having tried to parallel park into a spot that was too tight in the area while dropping off his wife and daughter but did not realize he had struck another vehicle. Damage to other vehicle was minor. Officer had driver of striking vehicle leave a note for the owner of the other vehicle.
5:10 p.m. Flag came off pole on causeway.
5:35 p.m. Past hit-and-run reported on Front and Circle streets.
6:05 p.m. Investigated disturbance on Pleasant Street.
6:12 p.m. Officer spoke to three resident who shared a boat who had just discovered that the dingy that is kept on the Village Street dock had been vandalized. Officer was shown the damage. Residents said they understood that nothing could really be done and just wanted the situation documented.
7:10 p.m. Assisted citizen on Broughton Road.
8:31 p.m. Officer was dispatched to the area of CVS on Atlantic Avenue for a report of three juvenile females who had stolen two shopping carts about an hour earlier. Before going to CVS to take the report, officer did a walk through of Seaside Park in an attempt to locate the shopping carts but came up dry. Manager told officer that girls had entered the store around 6:54 p.m., and then left around 7:25 p.m., after which another concerned citizen came into the store after to notify the manager that the girls had just rode off in two shopping carts that they must have taken from the back parking lot of the store. Officer reviewed video camera footage of the girls entering and
exiting the store,but there was no camera in the rear of the store. Officer searched the surrounding area and side streets for both the girls and the shopping carts with no luck.
9:02 p.m. Knock-and-run reported on West Shore Drive.
10:19 p.m. Disturbance reported on Willow Road.
Monday, Sept. 5
1:16 a.m. Having been asked to be on the lookout for a truck that had been stolen in Salem, officer stationed his vehicle at the town line on Lafayette Street and saw the truck heading into town. The Marblehead officer joined in the ensuing chase back into Salem, which involved both the Salem and Salem State Police. After driver exited vehicle, a pursuit on foot ensued. The Marblehead officer tackled the suspect to the ground, and the suspect was placed under arrest.
9:08 a.m. Investigated report of car that had been keyed on Pleasant Street. The vehicle’s owner said that she was unsure of when or where the incident happened but had first noticed the damage around 5 p.m. the night before, as she and a friend were heading out for dinner. Scratch marks ran down the entire passenger side of her vehicle. She told officer she planned to review her video surveillance system.
10:22 a.m. Purse found on the ground on Beacon Street. When woman came into the station to claim it later that night, she explained to officer the circumstances that had led to the purse being left there. The night before, she had been at a party in Charlestown with man who had driven her and two friends into town. Man had then gotten into a fight at the party and left abruptly in his vehicle, with the woman’s purse inside. The two later exchanged messages on Snapchat. Man told woman he was “done with this [crap]” and sent her a Google Maps “pin,” which showed the exact location of where the purse had been found. Officer asked woman how her purse wound up in Marblehead, if they had been partying in Charlestown, and woman said she was just as confused as the officer was. Woman reported that she was still missing her cellphone. Officer went back to the area on Beacon Street where the purse had been found and spent about 20 minutes looking for the phone, to no avail. Woman thanked officer for his efforts.
6:20 p.m. Store manager of CVS on Atlantic Avenue reported that, by reviewing security footage, he had been able to identify the girls involved in the incident involving the stolen shopping carts from the night before. Officer spoke with a parent of each of the girls and relayed the message that, while the store manager did not want to press charges, he also did not want the girls to enter the store unless accompanied by a parent. The shopping carts had been returned.
7:50 p.m. Investigated noise complaint on Harris Street.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
3:25 a.m. Tree branch reported down on Tedesco Street.
7:57 a.m. Officers responded to scene of a vehicle crash on Lafayette Street at Everett Paine Boulevard. One officer, who had been nearby monitoring traffic and pedestrian safety at the Glover School, arrived to find two victims being tended to by bystanders outside of their respective vehicles. Witness reported that he had been driving inbound on Lafayette Street behind one of the vehicles involved when the vehicle inexplicably crossed over the double lines and struck the other vehicle head on. He was able to provide officers a memory card with footage from his dash cam video. Another witness confirmed that one of the vehicles had crossed over the double yellow lines. Officer was able to speak to driver of vehicle that had crossed over the lines as she was being prepared to be transported by ambulance, and she said she did not know what had happened. Officer reported that she did not appeared to be under the influence and was aware of what was happening, aside from the circumstances of the crash. Both drivers were taken to Salem Hospital for treatment of apparently non-life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles were heavily damaged and had to be towed.
8:25 a.m. Hanging wire reported on Bubier Road.
8:47 a.m. Officer spoke at station with resident who had called the police the night before and wanted advice as to whether he had done the right thing. Officer confirmed that he had, the same message that his parents had given him previously. He was advised to call again if he had additional concerns.
9:45 a.m. Officer attempted to investigate report that had come in via email about a pair of bags that had been taken from the lawn of Corinthian Yacht Club at approximately 5 p.m. on Sept. 3, one of which had been been returned to the street near the Corinthian parking lot, while the other bag was still missing. Officer could not immediately reach the reporting party by cell phone to get more information.
11:40 a.m. Officer investigated possible case of fraud involving a wheelchair that a worker had attempted to repair at Evans Road Extension home on Aug. 29 but ultimately had to take to his shop to replace a bolt. Resident had been unable to track down the repairman since. Resident’s daughter had gone to the address listed for the business in Bedford and found it to be an apartment complex, and there was no evidence of a wheelchair repair business inside the building. Officer was able to make contact with the repairman, who explained that he simply had not yet finished the job. The wheelchair was returned to the resident by late afternoon the following day.
11:51 a.m. Officer took report after vehicles slapped mirrors on Rowland Street.
4:52 p.m. Limb on wires reported on Russell Street.
6:03 p.m. Manager of CVS on Atlantic Avenue reported having repeated incidents in which two male juveniles run up and down the aisles knocking products off the shelves. Manager said he usually ends up chasing them out of the store. Today, when they boys ran from the store, they left behind their pedal bikes, which the manager had brought inside for safe keeping. The boys returned for their bikes a short time later. Store manager said he planned to return the bikes and deal directly with the boys’ father.
6:11 p.m. Owner of a commercial property on Atlantic Avenue reported ongoing issue with man who was parking his black pickup truck astride several spots in parking lot behind the building. When confronted by building owner, man allegedly adamantly refused to start parking properly. Police left messages for truck owner at two different numbers but did not immediately receive a return call.
6:36 p.m. Pipe with sleeve down reported on Humphrey Street and Countryside Lane.
6:54 p.m. Officers investigated report of a vehicle crash on the causeway. There were no vehicles that had been involved in a crash when officers arrived; however they did find a few parts from the undercarriage of a car and a license plate, which they traced to a Lynn man. The Lynn man later came into the police station lobby and explained that he had struck a curb after applying his brakes too hard, which caused his tires to skid on the wet pavement. He said he had gotten out of his car and had not seen any damage. His license plate was returned to him, and he was advised to report the accident to his insurance company.
Wednesday, Sept. 7
8:18 a.m. Fire in laundry reported on Lafayette Street.
11:58 a.m. Tree branch reported down on Maple and Tedesco streets.
3:28 p.m. Lost red flip phone reported on Farrell Court.
6 p.m. Officer was dispatched to Broughton Road to take a report of a possible “illegal entry.” Office met with woman who alleged that the Marblehead Housing Authority had violated the law by illegally entering her unit to fix things that she had complained about. Officer explained that it seemed as if she had been given more than the required 48 hours’ notice. Woman argued that she did not have a lease because the Marblehead Housing Authority had violated it many times over, rendering it “null and void.” Woman said that she feels as though the staff of Marblehead Housing Authority, and one member in particular, are mentally abusing her. She noted that she maintains a Twitter account where she documents her trials and tribulations with the Marblehead Housing Authority. She said she considers herself a “whistleblower” on the “corruption” going on in the Housing Authority and was being unfairly targeted for being outspoken. Woman’s next-door neighbor then backed up her story, saying that she too had begun to be targeted for complaining about how the Housing Authority was being run and how corners were being cut, resulting in work not being done up to code. Resident said that she would have no problem letting the Marblehead Housing Authority do the work, which the Board of Health had ordered be completed by the end of August, but she wanted it to be done by “professionals,” rather than Housing Authority staff. She said that after a previous complaint to the Board of Health about conditions in her unit, Marblehead Housing staff arrived to do work that the Board of Health had ordered, but instead of removing and replacing rotted and moldy wood, the workers had just placed decorative paper over it. She alleged that the staff had responded similarly to an active water leak in her unit, shoving towels in the ceiling and patching it up but not addressing the mold that had accumulated. Officer said he would document the conversation, but that the resident should expect the Housing Authority to arrive the following day to continue their repair.
6:35 p.m. Traffic lights not cycling properly reported on Humphrey and Tedesco streets.
8:14 p.m. Missing items reported on Ocean Avenue.
9:41 p.m. Ammunition was turned in at police station for destruction.
11:31 p.m. Investigated report of suspicious activity on Front Street.