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June 21st, 2013

Salem Man Reports Waking Up to Intruder

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

Wednesday, June 19:

  • At 4:14 p.m., police responded to a report of an injured seagull on Prince Street.
  • At 4:16 p.m., a Lafayette Street man called police to report that someone entered his locked storage unit and stole some of his tools.
  • At 4:38 p.m., a man called police to report that a sail had fallen off of his truck near the Home Depot on Traders Way. The man said he retraced his steps but was unable to find his sail. Soon after, the man said he was contacted by someone who found the sail and wanted money to return it.
  • At 5:36 p.m., police responded to a report of a man playing with a large knife on Hancock Street. Gregory Hardin, 50, of 29 Hancock St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of possessing a large knife.
  • At 5:38 p.m., police and fire units responded to a report of smoke coming from a home on Puritan Road. Responding officers determined that a man was just burning wood in a fire pit in his backyard. Firefighters extinguished the fire.
  • At 6:23 p.m., a man called police to report that his bicycle, valued at $500, was stolen from a bike rack on Sewall Street.
  • At 6:32 p.m., police responded to a report of ducks crossing the road on Highland Avenue. The ducks were reportedly assisted across the roadway.
  • At 7:24 p.m., a North Street woman entered the police station to report that a diamond ring had gone missing from her bedroom.
  • At 8:19 p.m., police responded to a raccoon complaint on Flint Street.
  • At 8:53 p.m., police conducted a well-being check on an older man who appeared lost on Washington Square South.
  • At 10:11 p.m., police responded to a report of a homeless man drinking in the bushes near the intersection of New Derby Street and Klop Alley. John H. Lapointe, 54, of the streets of Salem, was arrested on a charge of drinking in public.

Thursda, June 20:

  • At 2:46 a.m., an Osgood Street man called police to report that he woke up to find an unknown man standing in his bedroom. The man said the intruder fled the house when confronted and escaped by jumping over his back fence. Responding officers weren’t able to find anyone in the area.
  • At 8:52 a.m., police responded to a report of a breaking and entering in progress on Garden Terrace. Wellington Pinales-Garcia, 24, of 46 Walnut St., Peabody, was arrested on a charge of possessing a class A substance (heroin) and possessing a class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute in a school zone.
  • At 9:24 a.m., police responded to a report of “kids displaying physical emotion on a lawn” on Cauldron Court. The kids were reportedly returned to Salem High School because they were supposed to be in school.
  • At 11:27 a.m., police made an arrest on Charter Street. Alexis S. Dimino, 24, of 8 Herbert St., Salem, was arrested for reportedly having an outstanding warrant.
  • At 2:16 p.m., a Loring Avenue man called police to report that someone stole three flags from his screen porch.

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

May 30th, 2013

Senior Pranks: Do You Remember Yours?

Westborough High Class of 2013 Senior Prank: "2013" is spelled out in plastic forks on the baseball field.

It’s that time of year again: when eager-to-be-free seniors conspire with their classmates to pull off a memorable and (hopefully) harmless prank.

A quick internet search of “senior prank” will pull up articles about some of the shenanigans of teens this year.

At Methuen High, the halls were trashed overnight and police cautioned students of the ramifications of the act (technically, they could be charged with breaking and entering.)

At a high school in Pennsylvania, seniors vandalized the high school mascot and other school property, causing $1,500 in damage. In Georgia, one high school class covered classrooms with tin foil and bubble wrap.

We want to hear about your senior prank, whether you’re a member of the Class of 2013 or graduated years ago.

Additionally, please share your thoughts on some of the senior pranks we’ve mentioned above. Are such acts a rite of passage?

Let us know in the comments section below.

April 22nd, 2013

Salem Schools Plan to Help Returning Students Cope With Bombing

As Salem’s public school students prepare to return to class for the first time since the Marathon bombings, school officials say they are prepared to help any pupils having difficulty.

Superintendent Steve Russell wrote a letter to Salem parents over the weekend.

“In the event that you have concerns about your own child’s reactions, please don’t hesitate to make your child’s teacher and/or guidance counselor aware of these concerns,” the letter read. It is often common for a delayed reaction to occur as young people attempt to interpret what they’ve experienced and witnessed in the face of difficult life events.”

Russell went on to say that while no “special nor formal school-wide announcements are planned,” that staff will be ready to help all students.

He said several schools will be doing positive activities like mailing cards and planning walk-a-thons.

Russell also offered tips to parents about talking with their children about the bombings, which killed three people and injured nearly 200. A chaotic Thursday and Friday left one suspected bomber dead, an MIT police officer slain and included a tense manhunt that ended with the apprehension of the second suspected bomber in Watertown.

Among the Salem connections to the past week’s events are that one Salem family suffered injuries in the bombing, that the father of 8-year-old Martin Richard, Bill, is a graduate of Salem High and that the slain MIT police officer, Sean Collier, graduated from Salem State.

You may read the full letter at this link.

April 20th, 2013

Salem State Pauses to Remember Slain Graduate

Sean Collier

Dedication ceremonies in memory of Johnny Pesky on Saturday included a moment of silence for Salem State University graduate Sean Collier and victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Sean, 26, was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer shot and killed Thursday night in his vehicle near Vassar and Main Street in Cambridge.

The shooting began a string of events that led to one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers being killed in a shootout with police.

Sean graduated from Salem State with honors with a criminal justice degree in 2009.

Saturday’s ceremonies took place at the university’s baseball field, before the Viking’s game against Bridgewater State University.

Pacth will have a story on the ceremonies on Sunday.

June 25th, 2011

On The Search For A Superintendent

There are some things about municipal government that confuse me.
Chief among them is the evolution of the school superintendent position. I do not dispute the importance of the position. There are no doubt great responsibilities that go with su…

June 23rd, 2011

Salem Celebrates Retiring Teachers [VIDEO]

As the school year winds down, the district is taking the time to recognize teachers who have dedicated years to educating Witch City youngsters.At Monday’s School Committee meeting, several were recognized and presented with City seals. Others have …

June 21st, 2011

What Are You Looking for in a New Superintendent?

The search is on for a new superintendent.A search committee is hoping to secure a successor to departing Superintendent Dr. William Cameron by Aug. 8.As the Committee begins its search, we want to know: What quality is top priority as the district s…

June 21st, 2011

Committee Hopes to Find Superintendent by Aug. 8

The Salem School Committee’s search for a superintendent is on and district representatives hope the process will be wrapped up by Aug. 8. At its regular meeting Monday, the Committee voted unanimously to take on Devaux & Associates, Inc. of Ma…

June 13th, 2011

Jaden Oliver — Math, Science, Law Enthusiast

Whiz Kid: Jaden Oliver
Age: 12
Grade: 6th Grade at Collins Middle School
Jaden Oliver is truly a student for all seasons. Math, science, law, track and field, an interest in how things work and community service are just a few of his i…

June 10th, 2011

School Committee Compensation to Increase $500

At its meeting Thursday night, the City Council voted to change an ordinance that will increase School Committee members’ compensation to $3,000, up from $2,500.Councilor-at-Large Joan Lovely, who heads the Committee on Ordinances, Licenses and Legal…

June 10th, 2011

The Greenhouse School Beats the Heat

The following press release is courtesy of the Greenhouse School.
The heat was no sweat for kids Thursday at The Greenhouse School, a small pre-K to 8th grade independent school on Boston’s North Shore.
“We run year-round, so we just flip…

June 8th, 2011

Salem Boys and Girls Club Gets Fishy [Image Gallery]

The sounds of flopping fish, rapid brush strokes and unbridled laughter filled the New Derby Street corridor on Artists’ Row late Tuesday afternoon, as 20 elementary school students learned how to make “fished impressions.” Joe Higgins of Fished …

June 4th, 2011

Class of 2011 Looks to ‘Pay it Forward’

After four years of tests, projects and practical jokes, Salem High School Principal David Angeramo’s final message to the Class of 2011 was simple: “pay it forward.”
“The best way to make an impression is to pass on a good deed,” Ange…

May 31st, 2011

Mayan Levin — Mathematician, Artist, and Kung Fu Kid

Whiz Kid: Mayan (my-ahn) Levin
Age: 9
Grade: Fourth grade at the Phoenix School
Mayan Levin loves her days at the Phoenix School. She has been at Phoenix since kindergarten and hopes to be there through eighth grade.
Her parents a…

May 28th, 2011

Kicking Off the Prom at Salem Common

With only a week left until graduation, Salem seniors kicked off celebrations with a gathering on Salem Common on Friday before prom.
Check out our photos from the celebration, and be sure to add your own photographs to our gallery. Stay tuned t…

May 27th, 2011

Saltonstall Kicks Off Honor Society

The following is courtesy of Kristine Wilson.
We are pleased to announce that Saltonstall School is starting a local chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.
Forty 6th, 7th and 8th graders have met the criteria of academic excellence,…

May 24th, 2011

Superintendent Search is On

Salem Public Schools has started its hunt for a new superintendent.At its meeting Monday evening, Committee members voted to start the process of looking for a new superintendent — Dr. William Cameron will be moving on the Berkshire Regional School…

May 24th, 2011

School Committee Approves $49.65 Million for FY 12

The  School Committee has approved a total of $49.65 million for the FY 12 school year, including funds for the Salem Community Charter School.Allocations for operations of Salem Public Schools will total $48.886 million — $38,190, 294 for FY 12 s…

May 22nd, 2011

Salem State Graduates

Salem State University held commencement ceremonies yesterday at the O’Keefe Center for graduates of the Class of 2011.
A 10 a.m. commencement was held for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education.
A 3 p.m. …

May 18th, 2011

‘Fuzzy Friends’ Benefits Salem’s Fire and Police Departments

Danny Liberge is only in the fourth grade at Witchcraft Heights Elementary, but he’s already doing his part to help in a big way, and Salem’s police and fire departments are taking notice.Salem Police Chief Paul Tucker and Fire Chief David Cody stopp…

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