Peabody

Murder suspect Wes Doughty captured in S.C.

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Murder suspect Wes Doughty is pictured in a booking photograph.

By LEAH DEARBORN and DAVID WILSON

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The second man suspected of killing Mark Greenlaw and Jennifer O’Connor appears to have traveled about 950 miles since Wednesday night, but the journey ended Friday.

Two white-collar investigators observed a man around 4:15 p.m. Friday holding a sign asking for money at an intersection in Boiling Springs, South Carolina, according to information from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigators approached the man in a McDonald’s parking lot, told him that solicitation is illegal and arrested him without incident.

After asking the man for his vital information, investigators ran his name and date of birth — Wes Doughty, Aug. 22, 1977 — through the National Crime Information Center. It was at that time the sheriff’s office says they learned the 5-foot 7-inch, 140-pound man was wanted for a double homicide in Peabody and carjacking out of Boston.

Law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts were notified of the 39-year-old’s arrest, and he was taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Facility.

The other suspect in the double homicide, Michael Hebb, 45, was arrested Monday at an apartment at 84 Aborn St. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree murder in Peabody District Court. He is scheduled to next appear in court March 28 for a probable cause hearing.

In a discovery which required the use of X-ray machinery, the bodies of Greenlaw, 37, and O’Connor, 39 — who were engaged to be married, according to their Facebook profiles — were found Feb. 18 in a home at 19 Farm Ave. in Peabody.

Later the same night, Peabody and state police began the search for Doughty, whose name was released to the public as a suspect Tuesday. Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, at the time, warned that Doughty is considered to be armed, dangerous and should not be approached.

On Wednesday night, Kenneth Metz of Middleton told FOX25  that Doughty carjacked him in the parking lot of Hailey’s Restaurant & Pub on South Main Street in Middleton. The 64-year-old grandfather said that Doughty, armed with a knife, restrained him with a seat belt and allegedly confessed to his involvement in the killings.

A waitress at Hailey’s, who asked to not be identified for this story, said Doughty is known to the neighborhood and has been, all week, the talk of the bar. The waitress said Doughty often came to the area to visit friends on River Street, or his mother, who she believes lives on Route 114 near the Peabody-Middleton line.

 Nobody at the bar heard any commotion from the parking lot the night of Metz’s carjacking, the waitress said. Most employees didn’t know anything had happened until they were greeted by reporters when arriving at work the next day, she said.

According to information from the Spartanburg sheriff’s office, Metz’s car — a gray 2006 Honda Accord with Massachusetts plates — was recovered from the Waffle House parking next to the McDonald’s where investigators approached Doughty.

Carjack victim: Murder suspect confessed

Back in Peabody, city health officials have condemned the scene of the killings at 19 Farm Ave. A vacate order issued by the board of health Feb. 23 to property owners Lucy J. and Stanley J. Pikul Jr. said the dwelling was found to be unfit for human habitation.

The letter outlines hazardous conditions in the home, such as passageways blocked by furniture, plywood, clothing and household articles. The home did not have hot water or a working source of heat. Temporary electrical wiring was found throughout, as well as an accumulation of garbage, rubbish, “other combustible materials” and the “presence of potentially-infectious residue.”

Blood on the floors, walls and furniture was ordered to be removed by a person or company knowledgeable in cleaning biological materials within 24 hours. Occupants were ordered to vacate the building within 48. The property owners declined to comment when approached Friday.

As for Doughty, he will be arraigned Monday at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility on a fugitive from justice charge, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. She says if Doughty waives rendition, he will be returned to Massachusetts within the week.

Authorities: 2nd murder suspect still out there


Item reporter Bridget Turcotte contributed to this report. Leah Dearborn can be reached at ldearborn@itemlive.com. David Wilson can be reached at dwilson@itemlive.com.

Police log: 2-25-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Khalil Johnson, 27, of 205 Pratt Ave., Lowell, was arrested for shoplifting and resisting arrest on Friday at 2:05 p.m.

Kendrick Bellamy, 41, of 21 Kerwin St., Boston, was arrested for larceny from a building, breaking and entering, possessing  a burglary instrument, destruction of property and possession of a Class E substance at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Victoria Badjie, 38, of 188 Washington St., was arrested on a charge of protective custody at 2:31 p.m. Thursday.

Raymond Bryant, 63, was arrested for trespass at 4:27 p.m. Thursday.

Albert Burns, of 11 Dudley St., Saugus was arrested for shoplifting at 3:21 p.m. Thursday.

Kelly McNeil, 31, of 10 Greene St., North Reading, was arrested for larceny from a building, breaking and entering, possessing  a burglary instrument and a knife with a blade at 3:33 a.m. Thursday.

Brian Neenan of 124 Central St.was arrested on a warrant charge for operating a vehicle with a revoked license and two counts of distributing a Class A and B substances at 12:39 p.m. Friday.

John O’Neal, 66, of 69 North Common St., was arrested on a warrant charge for a parole violation on Thursday at 6:23 p.m.

Lurina Rivera of 32 Range Ave. was arrested on a warrant charge of using a motor vehicle without permission, larceny from a building and motor vehicle larceny on Friday at 10:24 a.m.

Donald Ross, 48, was arrested for trespassing on Thursday at 1:02 p.m.

William Tirrell of 100 Willow St., was arrested on Thursday at 9:15 p.m. for driving with a suspended license.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 11:51 a.m. Thursday at Broad Street; at 12:05 p.m. Thursday at Green and Union streets.; at 12:51 p.m. Thursday at Essex Street and Rogers Avenue; at 12:59 p.m. Thursday at Brightwood Terrace and Essex Street; at 1:15 p.m. Thursday Franklin and Laighton streets; at 2:36 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant and State streets; at 3:12 a.m. Friday at 678 Walnut St.; at 6:44 a.m. Friday at Essex Avenue and Essex Street Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle at 3:23 a.m. Thursday at 325 Broad St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:56 a.m. Friday at Planet Fitness at 50 Boston St.; Friday at 12:58 a.m. Friday at Chestnut and Union streets; Friday at 678 Walnut St. at 3:12 a.m. Friday at City Hall at 3 City Hall Square at 11:14 a.m.; at 1:11 p.m. Friday at Essex Circle.

Police log: 2-24-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Arrests

Abdou K. Sene, 21, of 15 Hines Court, Apt. 10, was arrested on a warrant at 10:09 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 1:07 a.m. Thursday at Tedesco and Maple streets.

Complaints

A report of loud music that had been going on for an hour at 5:05 a.m. Friday on Washington Street. Officer reported an all clear and everything appears quiet.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:21 p.m. Thursday at the Salem Country Club at 133 Forest St.; at 6:13 p.m. Thursday at 102 Tremont St.; a hit and run at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at 67 Lynnfield St.; at 12:26 a.m. Friday at Newbury Street.

Well Being Check

North Shore Elder Services requested well being check for a man who has dementia and a history of falls on Thursday at 10:16 a.m. police checked home and found female was sleeping.

A 911 call to police at 10:54 a.m. Thursday from an insurance company representative who said a customer told them he was planning to kill himself. Officer spoke to man and he was taken to Salem Hospital for evaluation. Home checked for firearms.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5 p.m. Thursday at Big Lots on the VFW Parkway; at 7:12 p.m. Thursday on Sargent Street. Hit and run on Thursday at 9:35 p.m. on Walnut Avenue.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 1:52 a.m. Wednesday on Broadway.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 11:04 p.m. Thursday at Global Oil on Lee Burbank Highway; at 2:47 p.m. Thursday on Irving Street; at 6:50 p.m. Thursday on Winthrop Avenue.


SAUGUS

Complaints

A caller reported traffic lights not working at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Ballard Street at 11:35 a.m. Friday. Department of Public Works notified.

Suspicious Activity

Caller reported she heard noises outside her home and saw footprints at 12:30 p.m. Friday at 40 Clifton Ave. Officer reported footprints appear to be old and there was no sign of forced entry.

Credit Card Fraud

A woman came to the station Friday at 12:51 p.m. to report fraudulent charges on her credit card totaling $700. Filed report.

Janice MacCallum, 76

SWAMPSCOTT — MacCallum, Janice (Weinstein), of Swampscott, entered into rest on Feb. 23, 2017 at the age of 76.

Janice was the daughter of the late Manny and Sylvia (Marcus) Weinstein. Janice adored the town of Swampscott, where she resided the majority of her life. She was known for her love of travel, Ted Williams and the Boston Red Sox. Janice supported the “Save Our Beach” Project at Whale’s Beach. She will be remembered for her love of children, she particularly adored her niece and nephews.

Janice is survived by her husband, Scott MacCallum. Devoted mother of Philip Weinstein of Salem. Loving sister of Ellen J. McKeough of Swampscott and sister-in-law of Diana Weinstein of Swampscott. She is predeceased by her brother Michael Weinstein and her sister Deborah Betsy Weinstein. Dear aunt of Gadi Niram, David and Leslie McKeough, Dillon McKeough, Sydney McKeough, Alan McKeough, Craig McKeough and Emily and Peter Weinstein.

Service information: Funeral services will be held at STANETSKY-HYMANSON Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at the Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery (Temple Israel Section), Lowell Street, Peabody. A memorial observance will be held immediately following the interment on Tuesday until 6 p.m. and on Wednesday and Thursday from 3-7 p.m. at the home of Philip Weinstein. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to The Vascular Dementia Foundation of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 (www.vasculardementiafoundation.org) or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923.

 

Plenty of local teams in state tourney

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Chris Canela and the No. 9 Peabody Tanners will visit No. 8 Lawrence on Monday night. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

There’s no shortage of local teams that will participate in this year’s MIAA boys basketball state tournament.

In Division 1 North, No. 5 St. John’s Prep will host No. 12 Revere on Tuesday night. The Eagles finished the regular season at 15-5, led by strong play from Matt Relihan, Tommy O’Neil and Brett McNiff. Revere won 8 of its final 10 games to finish at 13-9 under first-year coach David Leary. Players to watch on the Patriots side include Mass Joof and Curtis High.

Peabody (13-7) drew the No. 9 seed in Division 1, earning the Tanners a trip to Lawrence to play the No. 8 Lancers on Monday night.

“I’ve had a chance to get an initial scouting report on them (Lancers), we’re familiar with them,” Tanners coach Thad Broughton said. “They’re a terrific team and they play in a tough conference but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Peabody will have to stick to its strengths to come out of Lawrence with the win.

“We went up there for the state tournament two years ago,” Broughton recalled. “It was a great atmosphere. We need to do all the things that got us in the tournament, which are take care of the basketball, rebound and defend.”

Also in Division 1, No. 7 Malden (14-6) hosts No. 10 Somerville on Monday.

In Division 2 North, No. 2 Marblehead (19-1) hosts No. 15 Wakefield on Monday. The Magicians put together a strong season led by Patrick Bugler and Derek Marino. Bo Millett has served as a strong rebounder for the Magicians down the stretch.

“Wakefield’s a tough team,” Magicians coach Mike Giardi said. “Their record is very deceiving. We saw them in our Sheridan Tournament. They play really hard and it’s going to be a tough game for us.”

Although the Magicians had a great regular season, Giardi and his players understand that the tournament is a different story.

“We’re fortunate that we’ve played very well in key moments,” Giardi said. “We overcame some adversity. When you’re in the tournament, it’s one game at a time.”

Division 2 features a battle between two talented NEC powerhouses in No. 3 Classical (18-3) and No. 14 Salem (10-8), at Classical on Monday. The Rams and Witches met in the regular season, with Classical notching a 54-43 win at Salem. The Witches feature a number of outside shooters who are capable of heating up from the three. Nate Lebron and Henny Vlaun are two names to watch for Salem in the tournament.

Also in the Division 2 North bracket, No. 12 Beverly (12-8) visits No. 5 Brighton and No. 10 Malden Catholic (13-7) is at No. 7 North Andover. Pat Gavin is the player to keep an eye out for on the Beverly side.

In Division 3 North, Lynnfield and Saugus will look to make noise.

The No. 4 Pioneers (16-4) put together a great regular season. They’ll host No. 13 Stoneham on Monday. Lynnfield is anchored by its two leading scorers, Louis Ellis and Billy Arsenault.

Saugus (7-13), which made the tournament under the Sullivan Rule, drew the No. 14 seed in the bracket. The Sachems will hit the road for a matchup at No. 3 Weston on Monday.

Sachems assistant coach Mark Bertrand said the tough NEC schedule has prepared Saugus for what the team will see in the tournament.

“We knew as the season progressed that we’d likely be on the road,” Bertrand said. “That’s the great thing about the NEC, we’re battle-tested.”

Bertrand added, “As much as we would’ve liked to have won more games, the NEC gets you ready.”

Saugus has seen film on Weston and will continue to study its upcoming opponent as Monday’s game nears.

“We’ve seen them,” Bertrand said. “We have some film and we’ll look at some more over the weekend. They’re really good. They’ll be ready for us.”

Although the Sachems didn’t finish the regular season with as many wins as the team had hoped, the state tournament brings a new beginning.

“We would’ve loved to have been 15-5 but that didn’t happen,” Bertrand said. “Everyone’s 0-0 right now. We know we have a good team and they’re starting to gel. Most teams come together in the second half.”

A pair of local teams are featured in the Division 4 bracket in No. 10 Mystic Valley and No. 11 Winthrop. Mystic Valley  (11-9) will make the trip up to No. 7 Pope John on Monday. The Vikings (8-12) will visit No. 6 Maimonides on Tuesday. The winner of the game will clash against No. 3 St. Mary’s (15-5), last year’s Division 4 state champion, at Conigliaro Gym.

Peabody’s Pang Defends Weight Throw Title

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Photo: Front row, left to right, Carlos Vega, Patrick Pang, Will DeMayo.  Back row, Daniel Canela and Randdye Ramos.

By ANNE MARIE TOBIN

It’s a common sports cliche that it doesn’t really matter where you start, it’s where you finish that counts most.

Peabody High senior Patrick Pang is proof positive of that.  Pang successfully defended his state weight championship at the 7th Annual USA Track and Field Massachusetts Scholastic Weight Throw Championship Feb. 22 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Pang overcame a slow start, but rallied with the winning throw on his sixth (and final) attempt by inches with a throw of 50-04.  Xaverian junior Hayden Dillow finished second with a throw of 50 feet, just four inches shy of Pang’s mark

Pang was one of six Tanners who competed.  Peabody took five of six medal positions.

Senior Will DeMayo came in third with a throw of 47-06, while senior Carlos Vega was right behind in fourth place with a throw of 45-06.   Junior Randdye Ramos (43-04) and junior Daniel Canela (43-05) rounded out the top six, finishing fifth and sixth respectively.

“Patrick showed poise and competitive maturity in the come-from-behind victory,” said Peabody throw team coach Jay Smith.
On Sunday, Demayo, Vega, Ramos and Cono Ramos traveled to Providence for the annual Weightarama, one of two signature postseason events in New England leading up to the nationals.

Carjack victim: Murder suspect confessed

PHOTO BY MARK LORENZ
Ken Metz speaks to the press about being carjacked by, he says, murder suspect, Wes Doughty.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

MIDDLETON — A 64-year-old grandfather said he was carjacked in Middleton on Wednesday night by the man wanted for last Saturday’s double murder in Peabody, and claims the suspect confessed to the crime.

Mark Lorenz

Hailey’s Restaurant and Pub, where Kenneth Metz says he was carjacked.

Wes Doughty, 39, wanted in the killing of Mark Greenlaw, 37, and Jennifer O’Connor, 39, carjacked a driver and drove to Boston, police said. The couple’s bodies were discovered Saturday night in a home at 19 Farm Ave.

Kenneth Metz identified himself as the carjacking victim, while speaking to reporters outside his Middleton home on Thursday. He said Doughty allegedly confessed to the double homicide early on in the encounter.

“He said he killed them because they gave heroin to his godfather,” Metz told reporters, according to a WBZ video of the interview. “He visited his godfather and his godfather was really loopy and he didn’t want his godfather to be addicted to heroin.”

Doughty allegedly carjacked Metz in the parking lot of Hailey’s Restaurant & Pub on South Main Street, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office. Armed with a knife, he restrained the driver with a seatbelt. About three hours later, around 10 p.m., the victim escaped and sought help after the suspect entered a liquor store on Tremont Street in Boston.

Investigating officers showed the victim photos of possible assailants and the man identified Doughty as the carjacker, according to Middleton Police Sgt. Matthew Armitage.

Doughty is believed to be driving Metz’ gray 2006 Honda Accord four-door sedan with Massachusetts license plate 7KLY80, state police said.

“When I realized he had a pen knife, I just decided to cooperate,” Metz told reporters, according to FOX25 video. “I prayed. God gave me great peace. I’m a believer in Jesus Christ.”

After he cooperated with him, Metz said the suspect told him he wasn’t going to harm him. He said he told Doughty about his family, and that his wife had ALS.

“I told him my wife’s situation and that I have four kids and eight grandkids and he said, ‘I can’t kill you’,” Metz told reporters.

Metz said he wasn’t taking any chances though, and waited for his escape, and took off after Doughty went into the liquor store.

Doughty has been on the run since Saturday. Police scanner reports have indicated that he may be headed for Canada, but Metz told reporters he doesn’t think the man will get there.

“It came up about where he might go, but by then, I knew this guy didn’t even know his way around Boston, so I don’t think he’s going to get very far,” Metz said, according to WBZ video.

Authorities: 2nd murder suspect still out there

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Doughty remains at large. He warned the public that Doughty, who is considered to be armed and dangerous, should not be approached. If anyone sees Doughty or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Massachusetts State Police Violent Apprehension Section at 1-800-KAPTURE (527-8873).

Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the DA’s office, said Doughty’s last known address is in Danvers. He grew up in Middleton.

The other suspect, Michael Hebb, 45, of Peabody, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in Peabody District Court on Tuesday and was held without bail. He is scheduled to next appear in court on March 28 for a probable cause hearing.

10 years for man who killed girlfriend


Thomas Grillo contributed to this report. Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com.

10 years for man who killed girlfriend

SALEM Brandon Hoar, 61, of Peabody was sentenced to 10-11 years in state prison Thursday for fatally stabbing his 55-year-old girlfriend in June 2015, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Hoar was convicted of voluntary manslaughter by a jury on Feb. 10, according to the DA’s office and was sentenced by Salem Superior Court Judge Thomas Drechsler.

Hoar was charged with first-degree murder after Peabody Police responded to his home at 1 Gates Road on June 16, 2015 for a well-being check. Officers found Hoar sitting on the front steps and Cheryl Young, his girlfriend of 25 years, in the living room with a knife through her chest, according to the DA.

The victim’s 5-year-old granddaughter, who was the subject of a custody hearing that day in Salem Probate Court, was asleep in the master bedroom. Hoar told police he had stabbed Young the day before, according to the DA.

Police log: 2-24-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

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Arrests

Kendrick Bellamy, 41, of 21 Kerwin St., Boston, was arrested and charged with larceny from building, breaking and entering nighttime for a felony, possession of a burglarious instrument, destruction of property and Class E drug possession at 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

Dylan Flanagan, 24, of 6 Wilson Terrace, was arrested and charged with parole/probation violation at 2:22 p.m. Thursday.

Georgios Keskinidis was arrested on a warrant charge of larceny at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Kelly McNeil, 30, of 10 Greene St., North Reading, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering nighttime for a felony, larceny from building, destruction of property, possession of a burglarious instrument and possession of a knife with a blade over 2 and a half inches at 3:33 a.m. Thursday.

Emily Sheehan, 25, of 9 Bearhill Road, Merrimack, was arrested on warrant charges of juror failure to attend, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation and OUI liquor at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:11 p.m. Wednesday at B Street and Parkland Avenue; at 2:54 p.m. Wednesday at 258 Parkland Ave.; at 3:28 p.m. Wednesday at 6 Western Ave.; at 7:27 p.m. Wednesday at Boston Street and Rhodes Avenue; at 8:32 p.m. Wednesday at 400 Broadway; at 11:51 a.m. Thursday on Broad Street; at 12:05 p.m. Thursday at Green and Union streets; at 12:51 p.m. Thursday at Essex Street and Rogers Avenue; at 1:20 p.m. Thursday at Franklin and Laighton streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:48 p.m. Wednesday at 406 Western Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 12:59 p.m. Thursday at St. Stephen’s Church at 74 South Common St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 10:47 p.m. Wednesday at 29 North Common St.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 3:23 a.m. Thursday at 325 Broad St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:27 p.m. Wednesday at 19 Essex Circle; at 4:21 p.m. Wednesday at 19 Forest St.; at 4:42 p.m. Wednesday on Brightwood Terrace; at 4:52 p.m. Wednesday at 377 Essex St.; at 6:32 p.m. Wednesday at 147 Franklin St.; at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Public Library at 5 North Common St.; at 11:36 p.m. Wednesday at 330 Essex St.; at 12:15 a.m. Thursday on Quincy Terrace; at 1:54 a.m. Thursday at 2 Williams Place; at 2:29 a.m. Thursday at 454 Essex St.; at 3:06 a.m. Thursday at 16 Flint St.; at 9:11 a.m. Thursday at 2 Brightwood Terrace.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 7:48 p.m. Wednesday on Boston Street; at 8:18 p.m. Wednesday on Chatham Street; at 5:19 a.m. Thursday on Mudge Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 3:23 p.m. Wednesday at Lynn City Hall at 3 City Hall Square; at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Union St.; at 1:11 p.m. Thursday at 8 Silsbee St.

A report of a robbery at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday on North Common Street.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 1:23 p.m. Thursday at 271 Chatham St.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 10:48 p.m. Wednesday at Goldfish Pond at 0 Lafayette Park; at 10:09 a.m. Thursday at 81 Empire St.

Police log: 2-23-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Arrests

Abdou K. Sene, 21, of 15 Hines Court, Apt. 10, was arrested on a warrant at 10:09 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 1:07 a.m. Thursday at Tedesco and Maple streets.

Complaints

A report of someone posing as a firefighter at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday on Anderson Street. The fire chief called in saying he was alerted to someone posing as a firefighter in an effort to solicit a donation.


PEABODY

Arrests

David E. Garcia, 46, of 390 Lowell St., was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday.

Laurie J. McCullock, 40, of 401 Essex St., Apt. 222, Beverly, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, shoplifting by concealing merchandise and possession of a burglarious instrument at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:57 p.m. Wednesday on Centennial Drive; at 4:36 p.m. Wednesday at 221 Andover St.; at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday at Domino’s Pizza at 1 Andover St.; at 7:47 a.m. Thursday at 220 Lowell St. and 2 Forest St.; at 12:55 p.m. Thursday at U.S. Post Office at 4 Essex Center Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 9:35 a.m. Thursday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 527 Lowell St.

Complaints

A report of gunshots at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday on Scribner Road. Ten gunshots were reported. Police reported the call was unfounded.

A report of a disturbance at 8:43 a.m. Thursday on McIntire Court; at 1:08 p.m. Thursday at Wendy’s at 71 Newbury St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday on Foster Street. The person was taken to Salem Hospital.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday at Walgreens at 35 Main St. A stolen bike was reported, worth about $300.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:02 a.m. Thursday at 111 Main St. A caller reported damage to a vehicle during neighbors moving.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:48 p.m. Wednesday at Speedway on Lee Burbank Highway; at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday at Dairy Mart on Squire Road.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 1:52 a.m. Wednesday on Broadway.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 11:19 a.m. Wednesday at Rumney Flats on Ward Street; at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on Crescent Avenue; at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday at Hill Park on Park Avenue; at 6:13 p.m. Wednesday on Squire Road; at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday at Flaming Grill Buffet on Furlong Drive; at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday at Revere Housing Authority on Constitution Avenue; at 10:32 p.m. Wednesday at Revere Housing Authority on Nahant Avenue.

A report of shots fired at 9:38 pm. Wednesday on Cooledge Street.

Theft

A report of larceny of a wallet at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday at Burlington Coat Factory on Squire Road.

A report of auto theft at 1:34 p.m. Wednesday on Central Avenue; at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday on Shirley Avenue.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 12:33 a.m. Wednesday at Domino’s Pizza on Broadway.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:51 a.m. Wednesday at York Ford at 1481 Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday at Lynn Fells Parkway and Falmouth Street; at 5:06 p.m. Wednesday at Jimmy’s Steer House at 114 Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday on Bow Street. One person was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 8:58 p.m. Wednesday at 8 Wickford St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:48 p.m. Wednesday at Speedway at 220 Broadway. A theft of about $25 was reported.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 4:19 p.m. Wednesday at 27 Spring St.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of an accident at 3:16 p.m. Wednesday at 88 Cherry St.

Threes lift Endicott over Eastern Nazarene

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Lynn native Stephen Basden and the Endicott Gulls rolled past Eastern Nazarene, 84-66, on Thursday night. 

By HAROLD RIVERA

BEVERLY — The Eastern Nazarene men’s basketball team gave Endicott everything it could handle for 15 minutes. But when the Gulls knock in their three-pointers, they’re a tough team to beat.

The second-seeded Gulls swished 13 threes en route to an 84-66 win over sixth-seeded Eastern Nazarene in Thursday night’s Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinal game at Endicott’s MacDonald Gymnasium.

Endicott head coach Kevin Bettencourt, a Peabody native who recently earned the CCC’s Coach of the Year award, was pleased with his team’s success from beyond the arc.

“That’s something we’ve been pretty successful with all season,” Bettencourt said. “We have a lot of shooters that can really spread the floor. There’s some games that different guys can get it going and tonight was no different.”

Daquan Sampson led the Gulls with a game-high 24 points, shooting five of six from beyond the arc in the process. Kamahl Walker finished with 16 points and five assists, while Max Motroni contributed with 15 points. Lynn native Stephen Basden grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists for the Gulls. Basden’s strong play off the glass helped Endicott out-rebound the Lions, 41-28.

Eastern Nazarene held the lead in the early goings of the game, but a pair of threes knocked in by Danvers native Vinny Clifford put Endicott ahead, 17-15. With 2:40 to play in the first half, Nick Thebeault powered his way to a bucket in the paint and drew a foul. Thebeault drained his free throw and the Gulls led by six, 36-30.

Endicott ended the half on a 7-4 run and held a 43-34 advantage at halftime.

“I thought it was a little sluggish early on,” Bettencourt said. “We were all a little bit emotional. I thought we made some plays on defense, got some one-ups in transition. Daquan made some threes in the second half and that kind of settled us down.”

In the second half, Sampson flashed his talents from long-range to open Endicott’s lead. The senior forward swished four three-pointers in a row to start the period, the final one giving the Gulls a comfortable 55-40 lead with 14:30 to play.

With Endicott running away with the game, the Lions were forced to play catch-up for the remainder of the second half. Eastern Nazarene was able to slim the deficit down to 12 points with seven minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough and the Gulls rolled to the win.

“I thought it was a great win,” Bettencourt said. “Any win in the playoffs, do-or-die situation, is a great win.”

For the Lions, Christian Lynch led the way with 17 points and Josh Rice added 15.

With the win the Gulls advance to the CCC Championship game on Saturday, when they’ll visit top-seed Nichols. The Nichols Bisons are led by another local talent in Lynn’s Marcos Echevarria, who was named CCC Player of the Year earlier this week.

“Marcos is a phenomenal player,” Bettencourt said. “It’ll be a challenge, especially on the road, but we’re looking forward to the opportunity. Just to be playing, doesn’t matter if it’s home or away, we’re happy to be there and we’ll see what happens.”

Tipoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon.

Aside from Bettencourt and Basden, Thursday’s game featured another local in Nahant’s Jake Canty who wrapped up his first season as an assistant coach at Eastern Nazarene.

D’Amato, Wilkey earn Moynihan honors

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Matt D’Amato (left) and Paris Wilkey are Moynihan Student-Athletes of the Month for January. 

Peabody boys basketball star Matt D’Amato and Lynn Classical girls hoops star Paris Wilkey kicked off 2017 in style, as they were recently named the Moynihan Student-Athletes of the Month for January.  

It is the first selection for each of these model high schoolers, and for Paris, the announcement came as a pleasant surprise.

“I really wasn’t sure what (the award) even was until my coach explained it to me, so to be nominated and then win it is a great feeling,” said Paris, a junior who is averaging over 18 points and seven rebounds per game for the streaking Rams.  

With her strong play on the court, Paris — who regularly draws double teams — has helped Lynn Classical to a 17-5 record and a second place finish in the Northeastern Conference. It’s the first time the Rams have had a regular season win percentage that high in over a decade, and Paris is a huge reason why.  

“Since my freshman year we’ve been underestimated because of our size. I’m 5-foot-9 and I’m the tallest girl on our team whereas other teams have at least one 6-footer or a big girl,” said Paris. “So to be 17-5 and have the best record in 13 years … I’m really proud of that and how we have stepped it up. We just click a lot more as a team this year than the past two years and it’s all come together for us.”

Paris and her Rams squad will find out their first opponent in the Division 1 North state tournament today, but in the meantime you can bet she’ll be studying in order to maintain her 3.75 GPA. Paris has always put her academics first and knows that it’s her work in the classroom that will allow her to be successful in life.  

“My grades are very important to me,” said Paris, who is currently ranked No. 56 in her class of 381 students. She also takes honors and AP courses despite being a junior.  

“My dad always tells me that grades come first and without good grades there’d be no basketball. To get into a good school the grades come first too, so I always put the classroom first and that’s always been a big deal to me.”

Paris has also donated much of her time to volunteer with Lynn Classical girls basketball clinics for younger, aspiring athletes, and was involved with the Special Olympics through her basketball team as well.

“I love kids and giving back in any way I can and being in such a great environment like that feels really good,” Paris said of her work with both clinics. “This is our first year doing the free basketball clinic and it’s literally the best part of my day, whether we do it after practice or before practice on Saturdays. I love seeing the kids happy and helping out and I’m really glad our coaches put that together.”

Paris has already looked ahead to life after high school, and she plans to study physical therapy in college.  

As for Matt, his accomplishments on and off the court are equally impressive.  

A two-year captain of the basketball team, Matt helped lead the Tanners to an eight-game winning streak earlier this season and a Division 1 state tournament berth. During the month of January, he recorded a season-high 27 points in a win over Gloucester, while piling up excellent stat lines of 17 points and five rebounds in a win over Revere and 11 points in a win over Swampscott.  

In the classroom, Matt carries a 3.4 GPA and is ranked in the top 25 percent of his graduating class. This is the first time in Matt’s four-year career that he has won the award.  

“It feels great because I know how long the award has been running and winning it is the one thing my brother (TJ) always had over me,” said Matt. “(TJ) won it twice I believe, so to win it now is really an honor.”

When he’s not busy with sports (he also played quarterback on the varsity football team and is a baseball standout as well) and academics, Matt can be found helping freshman students through Peabody High’s Transitional Partners program.  

“It’s basically like this little group where we meet with freshmen that aren’t as fortunate as some of us are and we meet them once a week and eat lunch with them,” said Matt. “It helps create a better environment for them in high school; it’s been a cool experience.”

Matt hopes to play college basketball following graduation, but is leaning towards a post graduate year at Suffield Academy in Connecticut in order to fine tune his game and continue to mature and grow in the classroom.

Police log: 2-23-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Misael Echevarria, 36, of 98 Green St., was arrested and charged with two counts of failure to register as a sex offender at 10:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Daniel Knittle, 23, of 8 Victoria Lane, Marblehead, was arrested and charged with defacing property/tagging at 2:06 a.m. Wednesday.

Alex Ledford was arrested on a warrant charge of assault and battery at 7:38 p.m. Tuesday.

Patrick Lynch, 48, of 58 Estes St., was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 4:14 p.m. Tuesday.

Jose Marte, 41, of 124 Eastern Ave., was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and on warrant charges for motor vehicle violations at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:17 p.m. Tuesday at Commercial Street and Lynnway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:54 p.m. Tuesday at Broad and Silsbee streets; at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday at Maple and Chatham streets; at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday at Allston and Lynnfield streets; at 11:06 a.m. Wednesday at 235 Boston St.; at 1:53 p.m. Wednesday at 60 Boston St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 9:13 p.m. Tuesday at Broad and Union streets; at 9:21 p.m. Tuesday at 123 Western Ave.; at 9:34 a.m. Wednesday at Chestnut and Essex streets.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 7:16 p.m. Tuesday on Market Street.

A report of a sexual assault at 7:51 p.m. Tuesday on Summer Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 4:56 p.m. Tuesday at 63 Lynnway; at 8:04 p.m. Tuesday at Belden Bly Bridge on Western Avenue; at 11:57 p.m. Tuesday at 631 Eastern Ave.; at 1:03 p.m. Wednesday at 11 Adams Court.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 7:37 a.m. Wednesday at 14 B St.; at 8:08 a.m. Wednesday at 44 Baltimore St.

Complaints

A report of a gunshot at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday at Essex and Jackson streets.

A report of a disturbance at 8:24 p.m. Tuesday at MBTA Parking Garage at 186 Market St.; at 8:31 p.m. Tuesday at 33 High St.; at 8:42 p.m. Tuesday at 740 Summer St.; at 8:54 p.m. Tuesday at 145 Lewis St.; at 9:52 p.m. Tuesday at 52 Holly Ave.; at 10:38 p.m. Tuesday at 9 Oakwood Ave.; at 2:04 a.m. Wednesday at 43 President St.; at 2:49 a.m. Wednesday at 563 Boston St.; at 9:54 a.m. Wednesday at 501 Washington St.; at 10:36 a.m. Wednesday at 330 Lynnway; at 1:49 p.m. Wednesday at 80 Boston St.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 4:09 p.m. Tuesday at 23 Broad St.; at 7:03 p.m. Tuesday at 7 Barrett Court.

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday at 103 Washington St.; at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday at 36 Western Ave.

Police log: 2-22-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Arrests

Stephen P. Molinari, 33, of 88 Pennybrook Road, Lynn, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class D drug, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, attaching plate, receiving stolen property and shoplifting by asportation at 6:11 p.m. Tuesday.

Paige A. Rumson, 27, of 12 Golden Drive, Apt. 3, Winthrop, was arrested on a warrant at 6:11 p.m. Tuesday.

Complaints

A caller reported her neighbor was putting cones out preventing people from parking on the street at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday. Police informed the woman that she could move the cones and park on the street. She told police “I don’t want to, as I don’t want to start anything with the neighbors. She wanted an officer to come down and remove the cones.

A report of a disturbance at 8:43 a.m. Tuesday on Pleasant Street.

A caller reported that a man was walking in the street with headphones on and no dog at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday at Tedesco Street and Leggs Hill Road. She was concerned because she always sees him with a dog. Police found the man and reported he was fine. He was just trying to avoid snowbanks.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday at 12 Alden Road.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Century House Restaurant at 235 Andover St.; at 8:43 a.m. Wednesday at Sonic Drive-in at 55 Newbury St.; at 9:13 a.m. Wednesday at 629 Lowell St. and 156 Goodale St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday at The Cheesecake Factory at 210C Andover St. A registration car booklet and about $10 worth of change was taken from the car.

Complaints

A report of a suspicious motor vehicle at 7:34 p.m. Tuesday at 22 Reynolds Road. A caller reported a suspicious car drove by the residence before and flashed lights at it. Police spoke with a resident of Tammie Lane who stated he came upon a car with youths in it and was concerned because his vehicle had been broken into in the past, which was why he was shining his lights around the neighborhood. Police told the people involved not to interact with each other.

A report of a disturbance at 7:56 p.m. Tuesday at Pierpont Park on Pierpont Street. A caller reported several youths fighting. Police reported the youths were not fighting; at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday at 16 Burford Road. A caller reported someone banging on her door. Police reported the person had the wrong address; at 4:39 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Collins St.

Fire

A report of an oven fire at 6:16 p.m. Tuesday at 43 Paleologos St. The blaze was handled by the fire department.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 11:39 a.m. Wednesday on Silverleaf Way. The person was taken to Lahey Hospital.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 7:47 p.m. Tuesday at 103 Central St. An elderly woman reported a piece of furniture that belonged to her was missing from outside her apartment.


REVERE

Arrests

Richard D. Linares, 23, of 144 Washington St., Apt. 7, Peabody, was arrested on a warrant at 4:27 p.m. Tuesday.

Roy M. Stuart, 36, of 199 Constitution Ave., was arrested on warrants at 3:33 a.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12 p.m. Tuesday at Tedeschi Food Mart on Squire Road; at 2:54 p.m. Tuesday on Brown Circle; at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday at Beachmont Liquors on Winthrop Avenue; at 4:36 p.m. Tuesday on Bennington Street; at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday at North Shore Road and Revere Street; at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday on Copeland Circle.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 1:54 p.m. Tuesday on Beach Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday on Crescent Avenue.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 2:34 a.m. Tuesday on Hillside Avenue.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Justin B. Blood, of 50 Hood St., Apt. 2, Lynn, was arrested and charged with no inspection/sticker and operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 3:24 p.m. Tuesday.

Brian M. Sevoich, of 06 Bailey Ave., was arrested and charged with carjacking at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 10:38 a.m. Tuesday at Noah’s Motors at 622 Broadway.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 3:56 p.m. Tuesday across Stocker Field. A caller reported a man with a small gun. He stated he was unsure if the man was shooting animals in the water, but was lingering along the bike path across from the field. Police reported the man was practicing shooting targets with his airsoft gun and went home for the night.

Authorities: 2nd murder suspect still out there

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Murder suspect Michael Hebb is escorted during his arraignment in Peabody District Court.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

PEABODY — After one suspect was arraigned in Peabody District Court on Tuesday for the weekend double homicide on Farm Avenue, authorities are warning the public to be on the lookout while the second suspect remains at large.

Police are searching for Wes Doughty, 39, who is wanted in the killing of Mark Greenlaw, 37, and Jennifer O’Connor, 39.

The couple’s bodies were discovered Saturday night in a home at 19 Farm Ave. Both victims were thought to have been living there, and investigators learned that they were dating. A search of their respective Facebook profiles shows that the couple was engaged.

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett is warning the public that Doughty, who is considered to be armed and dangerous, should not be approached.

State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s office obtained an arrest warrant for Doughty on Saturday. State and Peabody police have been actively pursuing him since that time, according to the DA’s office.

If anyone sees Doughty or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Massachusetts State Police immediately at 1-800-KAPTURE (527-8873).

2nd suspect named in Peabody double homicide

The other suspect, Michael Hebb, 45, of Peabody, was arraigned Tuesday in Peabody District Court and was ordered held without bail by Judge James Barretto. Hebb pleaded not guilty to two counts of first degree murder.

Hebb was taken into custody Monday at an apartment complex at 84 Aborn St. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 28 for a probable cause hearing.

Hebb’s defense attorney, Ray Buso, said he couldn’t comment directly on the charges, or from what his client may or may not have said, but only what had been said in open court.

“I can’t say anything that my client has said to me,” Buso said following the arraignment. “He could have confessed. He could have said I’m not the guy.”

Buso said his client had what he called a fairly exhaustive interview lasting nearly two hours, before he was appointed as Hebb’s attorney.

“I can tell you that he gave a recorded statement after he was arrested yesterday about his involvement and other people’s,” Buso said. “My advice to anybody charged with a crime is you don’t talk to the police until you talk to your lawyer first.”

The cause and manner of the death of the two victims has yet to be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner. A motive has not been released by authorities, but based on a witness statement, the people involved are believed to have all known each other.

Investigators said a woman came into the State Police barracks in Danvers on Saturday around 11:30 p.m. to a report that a crime had been committed at the two-bedroom bungalow. The woman fled the house and flagged down a car, which took her to the police station. Peabody officers entered the home and saw part of a dead body.

Authorities initially had difficulty determining the number of victims because the home was in poor condition and messy and the bodies were somewhat concealed. X-ray machinery was used to make that determination, according to the DA’s office.

Hunt continues for 2nd homicide suspect

Edward O’Connor, 70, Jennifer’s father, was not in court for Hebb’s arraignment, but spoke by phone on Tuesday from his Beverly home.

“She was the sweetest, kindest person you would ever want to meet,” O’Connor said. “She didn’t have a mean bone in her body.”

O’Connor said his daughter suffered from a lifetime of medical issues. When she was 5, he said she came down with leukemia. She lost her hair from chemotherapy. At 15, she had a minor stroke from the radiation. He said Jennifer also suffered from some very painful menstrual cycles, which led to her looking for pain relief, including oxycontin and other pain medication.

At 30, O’Connor said Jennifer came down with a flesh-eating disease. At one point, doctors told Jennifer’s parents that they needed to say goodbye to their daughter. She was put in an induced coma for six weeks. A team of doctors operated on her from her navel to the top of her thighs.

“Unfortunately the painkillers, the sickness, the operation … She had a downward spiral of drug and alcohol addiction. She’s been into rehab, into programs. They didn’t work for her. They weren’t enough.”

O’Connor said women with alcoholism and drug addiction face a greater stigma than men. He said there aren’t enough facilities to take care of women. His daughter served a short stint in state prison for OUI and a minor shoplifting charge, and then transferred to Women in Transition in Salisbury, a pre-release facility that serves women with drug and alcohol addiction.

“Unfortunately, Jen being a follower, not a leader, got into the wrong crowd that led her to where she was unfortunately Saturday night,” O’Connor said. “She really was a kind soul. She loved kids. One of her biggest depressions was that she might not have been able to have children. The person is not the addict. The person is kind, but with a sickness.”

O’Connor said he had only met her fiance a few times, and couldn’t say that he approved of the relationship, but that “we can’t help who we fall in love with.” He said he’s always been close with Jennifer, but she sometimes divorced herself from her family because she was going in a different direction.

If anyone is looking for the father to say he wants to harm the two suspects in his daughter’s murder, O’Connor said they’re not going to hear him say that.

“It won’t bring my daughter back,” O’Connor said.

Pam, a relative of Greenlaw who did not want to share her last name, said it had been about six months since she had seen Mark. She’s close with his mother and his sister. She came to Hebb’s arraignment to support the family.

“I’m just going to miss him,” Pam said. “And his mother, they just lost their niece, her niece a year and a half ago, so now their son. She was devastated about that and I’m sure she’s devastated about this … This is a very bad thing for somebody to do to somebody.”

She described Mark as friendly and hyper. Pam said his family loved him and he was very protective of his siblings and his mother.

When she looked at Hebb, Pam said she saw a lost soul. She said she felt shock, but not anger. The crime left her with questions.

“Why?” Pam said. “Why? I don’t know if it’s drugs or not. Why does it have to end this way? Why do people have to go to that extreme? It’s awful. It’s brutal. It’s gross. From what I hear, it was really bad. How does a person in their mind want to do something like that?”

Greenlaw had been in trouble with the law before. In 2010, he was charged with shooting a man outside a train station in Lawrence, according to the Eagle-Tribune.

Police in the past had often been dispatched to 19 Farm Ave., the home where the victims were found, according to the DA’s office

The home was the site of a stabbing five years ago. In 2013, George Moise was sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to stabbing Robert Kowalchik outside the residence. Moise was living there at the time, according to the Salem News.

George’s father, David Moise, is believed to also live at 19 Farm Ave. Property records list Lucy J. and Stanley J. Pikul Jr. as the owners of 19 and 21 Farm Ave. The owners live at 21 Farm Ave.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley

 

Condo sales sail in Lynn

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This graphic shows the increase in North Shore condominium sales from 2015-2016. 

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — Condominium sales in the city made the biggest splash on the North Shore last year as buyers sought alternatives to higher prices closer to Boston.

The number of condos sold in 2016 soared by a whopping 48 percent in Lynn to 225 units, up from 152 in 2015, according to The Warren Group, the Boston-based real estate tracking firm.

Perhaps the most attractive thing about Lynn condos was the low cost, say agents. The median price of a condo last year was $180,000, up less than 1 percent from $178,500 in 2015.

In contrast, buyers faced sticker shock in competing cities that are out of reach for many potential buyers. In Chelsea, the median was $317,000, East Boston reached $416,000, Somerville was $580,000 and South Boston topped out at $631,000.

“Buyers are choosing Lynn because it’s more affordable,” said Michael Connor, owner-manager at Connor Real Estate in Lynn. “There’s great value for your money here compared to other cities.”

Colleen Toner, broker-owner of Toner Real Estate in Lynn, said the soaring cost of apartments in Lynn is driving condo sales. A tenant paying $1,500 in rent would pay less than $1,200 per month for a $200,000 condo with 5 percent down.

The other factor that drove sales last year was low interest rates, Toner said.

The average mortgage interest rate in 2016 was 3.65 percent. That’s down from 4.17 percent in 2014, according to Freddie Mac, the federal agency that provides mortgage capital to lenders.

Revere was the only other North Shore city to demonstrate a strong sales condo market as 204 units sold last year compared to 156 in 2015, a 31 percent hike. While sales increased, median prices fell by 4.4 percent to $267,200 last year, down from $279,500 in 2015.

Four communities, including Peabody, Swampscott, Lynnfield and Marblehead, saw sales fall but prices rise.

In Peabody, 154 units sold in 2016, down more than 9 percent from 2015 levels when sales reached 170. But the median price rose to $267,750 last year, up from $254,500 in 2015, a 5.2 percent hike.

Sales of condos in Swampscott slipped to 62 last year from 69 in 2015, a 10 percent drop, as median prices increased by 4 percent to $255,000 last year, up from $244,900 in 2015.

Lynnfield condo sales fell by 30 percent with 14 units sold last year, down from 20 in 2015. But the median price increased by 60 percent to $709,900, up from $440,000 in 2015.

In Marblehead, 52 condos sold last year, down from 57 in 2015, a nearly 9 percent dip while median prices rose to $350,750, a 14 percent increase over the 2015 level of $307,500.

Sales were flat in Nahant, which has a small condo market. Just six units sold last year, the same as in 2015. But median prices showed the biggest increase on the North Shore and reached $370,000 last year, up from $209,300, a 77 percent jump.  

Only Saugus experienced fewer sales and a drop in the median price. A total of 54 condos sold last year, down from 56 in 2015 while the median fell to $286,000 last year from $323,750 in 2015, a nearly 12 percent dip.

Saugus staking out a Hilltop vision


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

Police log: 2-22-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to the Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Matthew Elwell, of 136 Western Ave., was arrested on warrant charges of shoplifting by asportation and assault with a dangerous weapon at 9:24 a.m. Tuesday.

Ivan Gonzalez-Rodriguez, of 65 Whiting St., was arrested on warrant charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and passing violation at 5:17 p.m. Monday.

James Legault, of 540 Chestnut St., was arrested on a warrant charge of larceny at 7:52 p.m. Monday.

Dale Lundquist, of 101 Lynnway, was arrested on a warrant at 7:40 p.m. Monday.

Rebecca Morris, of 167 North Common St., was arrested on warrant charges of two counts of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, disguise to obstruct justice, Class B drug possession, Class E drug possession and forging/misusing an RMV document at 6:36 p.m. Monday.

Fernando Murga, 32, was arrested and charged with urinating in public at 5:52 p.m. Monday.

Orlando Vales, 30, of 77 Marion St., was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 1:14 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:50 p.m. Monday at 322 Essex St.; at 9:12 a.m. Tuesday at Hanover and Washington streets; at 10:07 a.m. Tuesday on Harding Street; at 10:24 a.m. Tuesday at 67 Tudor St.; at 11:09 a.m. Tuesday at 269 Union St.; at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday on Silsbee Street.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 1:41 a.m. Tuesday at Boston and Federal streets.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 4:24 a.m. Tuesday at 618 Boston St.; at 7:56 a.m. Tuesday at 40 Broad St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:56 p.m. Monday at 285 Lynn Shore Drive; at 4:48 p.m. Monday at 780 Lynnway; at 5:48 p.m. Monday at 106 Curwin Circle; at 6:11 p.m. Monday at 48 Newhall St.; at 6:25 p.m. Monday at 63 Curwin Circle; at 6:29 p.m. Monday at 50 Newhall St.; at 2:38 a.m. Tuesday at 12 Rockmere Gardens; at 11:33 a.m. Tuesday at Boston and Washington streets; at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday at 422 Walnut St.; at 12:26 p.m. Tuesday at 80 Sagamore St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 3:31 p.m. Monday on Western Avenue; at 6:20 p.m. Monday on Chestnut Street; at 8:08 p.m. Monday on Eastern Avenue; at 9:39 p.m. Monday on Spring Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 4:29 p.m. Monday at 9 Broad St.; at 8:03 p.m. Monday at 180 Commercial St.; at 8:18 p.m. Monday at 30 Boston St.

Police log: 2-21-2017


LYNNFIELD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:27 p.m. Thursday at Whole Foods Market at 100 Market St.; at 1:44 p.m. Thursday at 180 Salem St.; at 7:39 a.m. Friday at 1 Hutchins Circle and 529 Main St.; at 3:21 p.m. Friday at Kings Entertainment at 510 Market St.; at 8:47 p.m. Friday on Market Street; at 10:38 p.m. Saturday at 65 Brook Drive and 326 S Broadway; at 6:38 p.m. Monday at Bali-Hai Restaurant at 93 Moulton Drive.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 8:48 p.m. Friday at 730 Market St.


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 10:47 a.m. Monday at Bessom and Pleasant streets; at 4:26 p.m. Monday at Pleasant and Spring streets.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:23 p.m. Monday at 2 Prospect St. and 363 Lowell St.; at 4:17 p.m. Monday at 8 Pine St.; at 5:54 p.m. Monday on Lowell Street; at 10:23 a.m. Tuesday at 6 Essex Center Drive; at 10:24 a.m. Tuesday at 15 Peabody Road and 0 Clark Road; at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday at Perfecto’s Cafe at 515 Lowell St.; at 12:07 p.m. Tuesday at TD Bank at 31 Cross St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 2:26 p.m. Monday at 6 Spring St. A woman reported the house was broken into. Heaters were stolen, but no one was living in the house.

Complaints

A caller reported a neighbor putting snow in the street at 2:02 p.m. Monday at 17 Linden Road. Police had the man remove the debris from the road.

A report of suspicious activity at 11:19 p.m. Monday on Felton Street. More than 15 callers reported loud explosions in the area of Brooksby Farm. Police reported all was in order after an area check and that all the houses had power.

A report of a disturbance at 12:03 p.m. Tuesday at Today’s Insurance at 66 Main St.  


REVERE

Arrests

Kathleen K. Baltzer, 46, of 120 Winthrop Ave., was arrested and charged with unregistered motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, habitual traffic offender and on warrants at 5:38 p.m. Saturday.

Andre F. Peixoto, 31, of 234 Highland St., New Bedford, was arrested and charged with disorderly person and disturbing the peace at 3:19 a.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:33 a.m. Friday on North Shore Road; at 11:47 a.m. Friday at Sunoco Gas Station on Broadway; at 6:41 p.m. Friday at Sargent Street and Jefferson Drive; at 10:33 p.m. Friday at Squire Road and Mccoba Street; at 2:06 p.m. Saturday on Squire Road; at 5:23 p.m. Saturday on Copeland Circle; at 6:48 p.m. Saturday at Hampton Inn on Lee Burbank Highway; at 7:24 p.m. Saturday on Ocean Avenue; at 12:33 a.m. Sunday at Wonderland Entertainment at North Shore Road and Shawmut Street; at 2 a.m. Sunday at Wonderland Entertainment on North Shore Road; at 9:56 a.m. Sunday on Lucia Avenue; at 12:03 p.m. Sunday at Shaw’s Supermarket on Revere Beach Parkway; at 12:42 p.m. Sunday on S Furness Street; at 2:09 p.m. Sunday at Harley Davidson on Squire Road; at 3:03 p.m. Sunday at Market Basket on Squire Road; at 8:34 p.m. Sunday on Carey Circle; at 5:34 p.m. Monday on Highland Street.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:27 p.m. Friday on Charger Street; at 1:14 p.m. Saturday on Eliot Road; at 3:16 p.m. Sunday at Market Basket on Squire Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident with personal injury at 10:07 p.m. Sunday at Blanchards Liquors on American Legion Highway.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 2:01 p.m. Friday on Dehon Street; at 8:40 p.m. Friday at Revere Housing Authority on Hutchinson Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 4:34 a.m. Friday on Emmet Terrace; at 11:23 a.m. Friday on Fernwood Avenue; at 4:11 p.m. Friday on South Avenue; at 4:39 p.m. Friday at Cosmo Pools on Washington Avenue; at 3:04 a.m. Saturday on Tuscano Avenue; at 10:24 a.m. Saturday on Winthrop Avenue; at 1:48 p.m. Saturday on Malden Street; at 4:23 p.m. Saturday on Malden Street. Sherri L. Marano, 45, of 925 Revere Beach Parkway, was summoned for vandalizing property; at 8:10 p.m. Saturday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 9:50 p.m. Saturday at Planet Fitness on Charger Street; at 9:57 p.m. Saturday on Olive Street; at 10:45 p.m. Saturday on Shirley Avenue; at 11:46 p.m. Saturday on Garfield Avenue; at 12:08 a.m. Sunday on Beach Street; at 12:19 a.m. Sunday at Carlyle House Condominiums on Ward Street; at 12:33 a.m. Sunday on Wave Avenue; at 1:06 a.m. Sunday on Beach Street; at 2:45 a.m. Sunday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 3:08 a.m. Sunday on Reservoir Avenue; at 3:12 p.m. Sunday on Bellingham Avenue; at 4:36 p.m. Sunday on Park Avenue; at 6:55 p.m. Sunday on Newbury Street; at 11:22 p.m. Sunday on Standish Road; at 2:45 a.m. Monday on Agawam Street; at 3:36 a.m. Monday on Ocean Avenue; at 8:57 a.m. Monday on Carleton Street; at 10:19 p.m. Monday on Walnut Avenue.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 3:39 p.m. Friday on Revere Beach Boulevard.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 3:47 p.m. Friday at Target on Furlong Drive; at 10:23 a.m. Saturday at New Revere Police Station on Revere Street; at 3:48 p.m. Sunday at Revere Housing Authority on Rose Street.

A report of a larceny at 9:03 a.m. Monday on Campbell Avenue.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 7:06 a.m. Friday on Jones Road; at 2:55 p.m. Friday on Bellingham Avenue.


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Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:40 p.m. Saturday at 240 Lincoln Ave. and 7 Bristow St.; at 2:08 p.m. Saturday at Lynn Fells Parkway and Forest Street; at 10:04 a.m. Monday on Nickole Circle.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 4:21 p.m. Saturday at 259 Essex St.; at 4:34 p.m. Monday at Central and Elm streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 1:06 p.m. Sunday on Essex Street. One person was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital; at 2:36 p.m. Monday at Sports World at 87 Broadway.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 4:09 p.m. Sunday at Kelly’s Roast Beef at 595 Broadway; at 4:15 p.m. Sunday at Target at 400 Lynn Fells Parkway; at 11:29 a.m. Monday at 30 Spencer Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 4:44 p.m. Friday at Square One Mall at 1201 Broadway. Mall Security reported a customer got into an altercation with an employee in the food court and smashed the tip jar; at 7:50 p.m. Saturday at Kentucky Fried Chicken at 421 Broadway; at 11:20 p.m. Sunday at Extra Space Storage at 640 Broadway.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:21 p.m. Friday at New York and Company at 1201 Broadway. A loss prevention manager reported there had been 11 total fraudulent returns totaling more than $4,000 and identified a suspect; at 3:04 p.m. Saturday at 21 Newhall Ave. A caller reported a PCA worker had stolen jewelry from the apartment; at 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Victoria’s Secret at 1277 Broadway. A manager reported a past theft of $700; at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Macy’s/Square One Mall at 1201 Broadway. A caller reported her credit cards were stolen from her wallet while she was in the store.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:12 a.m. Friday at 66 Denver St. A caller reported his tires were slashed on his vehicle.


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Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 4:07 p.m. Monday at 11 Plymouth Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:18 p.m. Monday at Blaney Street and Thorndike Terrace.

Frederick L. Gaudet, 79

PEABODY — Mr. Frederick L. Gaudet, 79 years, of Peabody, and formerly of Lynn and Woburn, died Thursday in a local nursing home after a long illness.

He was born in Cambridge, the son of the late William and Dorothy (Gunn) Gaudet. Though he was raised and educated in Billerica, he lived in Woburn and Lynn for most of his adult life.

Mr. Gaudet was employed as a sheet metal worker in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field. He enjoyed a quiet retirement with friends and family and occasional trips to Foxwoods and playing Keno.

He is survived by his daughter, Christine Gaudet of Lynn; his longtime cherished friend, Jacqueline (Costello) Day of Lynn; and his brother, George “Ed” Gaudet of Burlington. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. He is the brother of the late William Gaudet, Ann Conlon and Dorothy McIntosh.

Service information: His funeral will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 with graveside services at 11 a.m. in the Fox Hill Cemetery, 130 Andover Road, Billerica. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 from 5-9 p.m. at the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn. Donations may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3400, Woburn, MA 01801. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Peabody’s Buonopane enjoys baseball in the sun

COURTESY PHOTO BY ANDY MENG/STAGESHOT PHOTOGRAPHY
Tom Buonopane, a Peabody native and St. John’s Prep alum, is off to a strong start at Eckerd this season. 

By JOSHUA KUMMINS

While New Englanders were forced to shovel snow several times in recent weeks, Peabody native Tom Buonopane is happy to have had nothing to do with that.

At Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., and elsewhere around the powerful Division II Sunshine State Conference (SSC), there are few days off from baseball. And, the junior center fielder ― who attended St. John’s Prep and played his first college season at the University of Rhode Island ― isn’t complaining.

“It’s a blessing to be down here playing every single day,” Buonopane said. “At URI, we were shoveling snow off the field to get our first game in, but here we’ve practiced every single day and throughout the fall and winter.

“Just playing the game you love every single day with the brothers next to you is really fun.”

Buonopane’s second season as a Triton is off to a great start. He’s gone 11-for-33 through the first nine games with six runs scored and five RBI.

Eckerd is just 3-6 on the year, but Buonopane has hit safely in all but one game thus far, has already managed three multi-hit efforts and has driven in four runs over the last three outings, including one in an 8-5 win over Ave Maria last Wednesday.

As SSC play does not begin until a three-game series against reigning national champion Nova Southeastern over the weekend, this time of year is just about getting better.

“Each and every day, we get our individual drills in and really work on our routes to baseballs and approach at the plate,” said Buonopane. “So far, I feel like I’ve been getting better even in just the two weeks we’ve been playing. I’m feeling good and I have a positive outlook on the rest of the season.”

Buonopane, who hit .308 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 38 games last season, is one of just 10 players on Eckerd’s roster with at least junior status.

As an everyday player and now the Tritons’ starter in center field, developing a presence of leadership has been just as important as Buonopane’s positive start to the season statistically.

“We’re a pretty young team and still trying to find ourselves, so Tom has provided leadership for our team being an upperclassmen and someone who’s played every day,” Tritons head coach Josh Beauregard said. “His play so far has been really good, mixing him between the leadoff spot and the five hole to better utilize his skill set.”

Buonopane is one of four Massachusetts natives and six total New Englanders on the Eckerd roster. Also among the Tritons’ other locals is left-handed pitcher Cam Lanzilli of Stoneham, a UMass Lowell transfer who spent this past summer in Lynn with the Futures Collegiate League’s North Shore Navigators.

“Just having some guys from up north who know what I go through to try to grind and play the game we play, playing inside and hitting in the cages instead of out in the sun, it feels good,” Buonopane said. “I’m a long way from home, but having a taste of it makes you feel more comfortable because they know how much harder you have to work to get here.”

Beauregard notes that New Englanders can have an added “projectability” because of the forced break from baseball during the winter. Often, the players he recruits here are multi-sport athletes.

Still, Beauregard ― as a New Englander himself ― knows the baseball talent and high-caliber programs in this region, especially at the D-II level with the likes of Franklin Pierce and Southern New Hampshire in the Northeast-10 Conference.

“The main reason I came down to Florida is that I was tired of shoveling,” said Beauregard, who hails from Keene, N.H. “I love the mindset, the blue-collar atmosphere up there. You’re just taught to work hard and get your job done, and that’s the attitude we have too.”

Another selling point? An on-campus beach.

“I came down here at the end of my sophomore year looking for a new place to play down here,” Buonopane said. “A senior captain that year, Jimmy Gutowski took me down to the beach first, and I was sold.

“I was with my father and I told him, ‘Dad, we’ve got to make this happen.’”

Mission accomplished.

 

Names and notes

  • Lynn’s Stephen Basden was one of four Endicott College men’s basketball players in double figures Saturday in an 84-72 win over Western New England, scoring 13 points while also recording six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
  • Lynnfield’s John Festa recorded his second assist and fifth point of the season in the Amherst College men’s hockey team’s 4-1 win over Middlebury on Saturday.
  • At Saturday’s NCAA Division III New England Championships in Medford, St. Mary’s grad Andrew DiMaiti became the fourth consecutive Tufts runner to win the 600-meter title with a 1:21.25 time. The Medford native also helped the Jumbos’ 4×400-meter relay team finish fourth. Peabody native Marcus Vieira of Worcester State placed fourth in the weight throw with a distance of 17.07 meters, while Lynn’s Jalil Gibson finished 11th in the 60-meter dash, finishing in 7.16 seconds.
  • Bates College swimming captain Sara Daher of Marblehead earned five All-NESCAC honors after helping the Bobcats place in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay, while nabbing second in the 200-yard individual medley at last week’s conference championship meet.
  • Lynn’s Ashelyne Babb was the Utica College women’s basketball team’s second-leading scorer this season, averaging 12.6 points and 3.9 assists per game after a nine-point effort in Saturday’s season-ending, 56-44 win over Elmira. Her 70 steals led the Empire 8 Conference.
  • Lynn’s Cam O’Neill went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in the Holy Cross baseball team’s Sunday season opener, a 3-2 loss to Central Connecticut State.
  • Saugus’ Peter Bocchino recorded his first three hits of the season this weekend for the Bentley University baseball team, which lost twice to Rollins and once to Southern Connecticut State. He went 2-for-4 with a triple on Saturday against SCSU and drove in a run in a 7-6 setback to Rollins the following day.

Lynn’s Echevarria, Peabody’s Bettencourt earn CCC Honors

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Lynn native Marcos Echevarria named the 2016-2017 Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year earlier this week. 

By KATIE MORRISON

Lynn native Marcos Echevarria was named the 2016-17 Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year Monday thanks to his play with the Nichols College mens basketball team.

Echevarria finished his sophomore season as the CCC’s leading scorer, and his 23.4 points per game average makes him one of the top-10 scorers in all of Division III basketball. He hit 115 three-pointers, which leads the nation in all divisions.

He ranks second in the CCC in free-throw percentage, hitting 88 percent from the stripe. He was also the conference leader in steals with 57, averaging 2.3 steals per game, and was second in assists with 107 (4.3 assists per game). Echevarria became the 28th player in Nichols history to score his 1000th point, a mark he reached last month.

Echevarria scored 19 points and collected six assists, four steals and three rebounds in the Bisons’ 86-69 win over the University of New England to end the regular season Saturday. Echevarria led all scorers with nine first-half points. The Bisons finished 20-5 overall and 15-3 in the conference to earn a share of the CCC title.

Echevarria was named the CCC Player of the Week on two occasions this year and was the USBWA Division III National Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 29.

Also being recognized by the CCC is Endicott men’s basketball head coach Kevin Bettencourt of Peabody.
In his third season at the helm of the Gulls’ squad, Bettencourt led his team to a 20-5 overall (15-3 CCC) record and earned a share of the CCC Regular-Season Championship. Endicott heads into the conference tournament as the league’s second-highest scoring offense (80.1 ppg), while allowing the league’s second-lowest point total on defense (68.5). Earlier this year, the Gulls received some national recognition as they entered the D3hoops.com Top-25, peaking at No. 20. Bettencourt will be looking for his third straight CCC title since taking over in 2014-15.
Also recognized were Salve Regina’s Nicholas Bates, of Danvers, who made the conference second team, and his teammate Rodney Morton, of Malden, was named to the third team.

2nd suspect named in Peabody double homicide

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Murder suspect Wes Doughty is pictured in these images provided by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.

PEABODY — Authorities are searching for Wes Doughty, 39, who is wanted in connection with the weekend double homicide on Farm Avenue.

Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett is warning the public to be on the lookout for Doughty, who is considered to be armed and dangerous, and should not be approached.

State police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s office obtained an arrest warrant for Doughty on Saturday. State and Peabody police have been actively pursuing him since that time.

Doughty is the second suspect wanted for the killings of Mark Greenlaw, 37, and Jennifer O’Connor, 39. The couple’s bodies were discovered Saturday night in a home at 19 Farm Ave.

Hunt continues for 2nd homicide suspect

The other suspect, Michael Hebb, 45, of Peabody, was taken into custody Monday at 84 Aborn St. He was arraigned Tuesday in Peabody District Court and Judge James Barretto ordered him held without bail.

Hebb pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

A probable cause hearing for Hebb is scheduled for March 28 in Peabody District Court.

No bail for murder suspect

If anyone sees Doughty or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Massachusetts State Police immediately at 1-800-KAPTURE (527-8873).

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No bail for murder suspect

PHOTO BY SCOTT EISEN
Murder suspect Michael Hebb, center, is escorted during his arraignment.

A Peabody District Court judge on Tuesday ordered a suspect in last weekend’s double homicide held without bail.

Michael Hebb, 45, of Peabody is charged with the murders of Mark Greenlaw, 37, and Jennifer O’Connor, 39. The couple’s bodies were discovered Saturday night in a home at 19 Farm Ave. Police took Hebb into custody Monday afternoon on Aborn Street.

Hebb pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. Police continue to seek a second suspect.

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Hunt continues for 2nd homicide suspect

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Pictured is the scene of a double homicide at 19 Farm Ave.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

PEABODY— Authorities have arrested one man in connection with Saturday night’s double homicide on Farm Avenue while another suspect remains at large, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Michael Hebb, 45, of Peabody, was taken into custody at 84 Aborn St. shortly after noon on Monday, with assistance from the Special Weapons and Tactics Team. He will be arraigned Tuesday in Peabody District Court on two counts of first-degree murder, according to the DA’s office.

The victims of the Peabody double murder at 19 Farm Ave. have been identified as Mark Greenlaw, 37, and Jennifer O’Connor, 39, both thought to be living at the house. Investigators learned that they were dating. A search of their respective Facebook profiles shows that the couple was engaged.

The cause and manner of the death has yet to be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Peabody murder suspect captured

Investigators said a woman came into the State Police barracks in Danvers on Saturday around 11:30 p.m. to report that a crime had been committed at the two-bedroom bungalow. The woman fled the house and flagged down a car, which took her to the police station. Peabody officers entered the home and saw part of a dead body.

Authorities initially had difficulty determining the number of victims because the home was in poor condition and messy and the bodies were somewhat concealed. X-ray machinery was used to make that determination, according to the DA’s office.

Based on the witness statement, authorities believe the people involved all knew each other.

Charles Cheffro, 27, who lives in the apartment complex at 84 Aborn St., said he slept through Hebb’s arrest. He said his mother-in-law heard the encounter with police. Also awake during the arrest, he said, were his young child and fiancee.

“So, yeah, it’s pretty scary, but I just woke up … and I just saw all the cops out here in the hallway,” Cheffro said.

He said there had been no concerns at the complex before Monday.

Police find 2 dead in Peabody home

Sue Rankin said her daughter has lived in one of the apartments for several years, and the place has been very quiet. She said there’s usually just couples living there, with their young children. She was stopping by her daughter’s place and saw Hebb get arrested, but didn’t know what it was for. She said it took place in the apartment next door to her daughter.

“It’s a little more scary knowing what he was arrested for,” Rankin said.

Edward O’Connor, Jennifer’s father, told FOX25 on Monday that his daughter suffered from a lifetime of medical issues that led to a 20-year-battle with alcoholism and addiction.

“This was a good person,” O’Connor told FOX25. “She wasn’t a mean person. This was a good person that just got involved with people she shouldn’t have been involved with.”

A friend of Greenlaw’s from Salem, who asked not to be identified for this story, said Mark was caring and a “gem.”

“He was there for me … if I just needed to know someone cared out there,” the friend said. “He’d come here and listen to me rant, or cry, or (whatever) and he truly cared.

“I’m so devastated and literally sick (over) this.”

Greenlaw had been in trouble with the law before. In 2010, he was charged with shooting a man outside a train station in Lawrence. The victim initially told police that he didn’t know the man who shot him, but eventually told authorities it was his best friend, Greenlaw. Police said Greenlaw and the victim knew each other from previous stints in prison, according to the Eagle-Tribune.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office, said that police have responded to 19 Farm Ave. often in the past, but she didn’t know the details.

On one instance, in 2013, George Moise was sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to stabbing Robert Kowalchik outside the Farm Avenue residence. Moise was living there at the time, according to the Salem News.

Property records list Lucy J. and Stanley J. Pikul Jr. as the owners of 19 and 21 Farm Ave. David Moise, George’s father, is believed to also be a resident of 19 Farm Ave. The owners live at 21 Farm Ave.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Peabody votes for 25 mph speed limit

By LEAH DEARBORN

PEABODY — City Council is trying to make the roads safer by reducing the speed limit.

The council voted 5-0 at a legal affairs committee meeting Feb. 16 to amend the city’s default speed limit to 25 miles per hour. Previously, every street without a sign had a speed limit of 30 mph.

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. characterized the change in speed as “simple and straightforward.

“There’s just too many cars going too fast on our streets,” he said.

Christopher Ryder, chief of the mayor’s staff, said residents can expect the speed limit change to go into effect sometime in the next few weeks.

Ryder said the city will advertise the change, possibly through the use of the community communication alert network.

A number of towns and cities, including Boston, have changed their default speed limits after Gov. Charlie Baker signed the Municipal Modernization Bill last year.

Before signing the bill, all speed limit changes had to be initiated through a traffic study, followed by a presentation to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), said Bettencourt.

The mayor said the changes won’t apply to highways or roads with existing signs over 30 mph. He named Lowell, Lynnfield, Lynn and Pulaski Streets as examples.

Ward 1 Councilor Jon Turco inquired about Bartholomew Street, which has multiple speed zones.

Bettencourt said he would recommend the overall speed limit of Bartholomew Street be reduced to 25 mph.

“I have three kids, it’s certainly a concern of mine,” said Bettencourt, who emphasized that the change will target densely populated side streets.

“That’s a no-brainer. I like that idea,” said Ward 3 Councilor James Moutsoulas. “Right now, you just made that process a lot easier.”

The city will be able to increase speed limits if they need to adjust the 25 mph limit in some areas, but that process will still involve going through MassDOT.


Leah Dearborn can be reached at ldearborn@itemlive.com.

Police log: 2-21-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to the Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Raymond Bryant was arrested on warrant charges of receiving stolen property, breaking and entering daytime for a felony and breaking and entering nighttime for a felony at 3:42 p.m. Sunday.

Jennifer Echeverria, 25, of 65 Elm St., was arrested and charged with OUI liquor and leaving the scene of property damage at 4:27 a.m. Monday.

Stephen Fobert, 41, of 15 Broad St., Peabody, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor second offense, OUI drugs second offense and Class A drug possession subsequent offense at 7:40 p.m. Sunday.

Jorge Juarez, 22, of 32 Moulton St., was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of property damage, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and OUI liquor at 12:38 a.m. Monday.

Diego Mejia, of 61 Bloomingdale St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrant charges of three counts of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, Class A drug possession, crosswalk violation, breaking and entering daytime for a felony, larceny by check, forgery of a check and uttering a false check at 8:47 a.m. Monday.

Tatiana Pena, 26, of 15 Lyman St., was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 3:12 p.m. Monday.

Joshua Smith, 22, of 32 Howard St., was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, attempted murder and mayhem at 6:41 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:05 p.m. Sunday at 145 N Common St.; at 6:46 p.m. Sunday at 136 Myrtle St.; at 1:22 a.m. Monday at 501 Washington St.; at 3:59 a.m. Monday at 94 Hanover St.; at 7:31 a.m. Monday at 927 Western Ave.; at 10:28 a.m. Monday at Federal and Marion streets; at 1:35 p.m. Monday at Chatham and Marianna streets; at 2:30 p.m. Monda at 50 Boston St.; at 2:33 p.m. Monday at Lynn City Hall at 3 City Hall Square.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:49 p.m. Sunday at 43 Rockaway St.; at 11:11 a.m. Monday at Boston and Federal streets.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:11 p.m. Sunday at 147 Myrtle St.; at 12:06 p.m. Monday at 58 Parkland Ave.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 5:59 p.m. Sunday on Howard Street.

A report of an assault and battery at 12:37 a.m. Monday at Essex and Washington streets.

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 7:27 a.m. Monday on Boston Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 50 Adams St.

A report of a breaking and entering at 7:21 p.m. Sunday at 31 Broad St.; at 1:54 p.m. Monday at 16 Surfside Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 11:04 a.m. Sunday at 42 Market St.; at 12:51 p.m. Sunday at 26 Essex Circle; at 1:11 p.m. Sunday at 20 Essex Circle; at 1:49 p.m. Sunday at 242 Chestnut St.; at 5:52 p.m. Sunday at 26 Autumn St.; at 6:47 p.m. Sunday on Essex Circle; at 7:09 p.m. Sunday at 33 Newcastle St.; at 12:21 a.m. Monday at Club Euphoria on Union Street; at 2:25 a.m. Monday at 66 Commercial St.; at 3:50 a.m. Monday at 83 Franklin St.; at 8:59 a.m. Monday at 1 Freeman Square; at 2:56 p.m. Monday at 285 Lynn Shore Drive.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 3:46 p.m. Sunday at 590 Washington St.

Theft

A report of a robbery at 7:31 p.m. Sunday at 3 Kingsley Terrace.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 2:54 p.m. Sunday at 9 Kingswood Lane; at 8:03 a.m. Monday at 69 Gardiner St.; at 2:10 p.m. Monday at Richdale at 149 Walnut St.

Police log: 2-20-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A caller reported kids throwing snowballs at cars from the cliff at 7:57 p.m. Sunday on Pleasant Street.


NAHANT

Arrests

Pamela E. Sprenger, 57, of 38 Irving Way, was arrested and charged with marked lanes violation, OUI drugs second offense and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at 3:35 a.m. Sunday.


PEABODY

Arrests

Michael C. Hebb, 45, of 84 Aborn St., Apt. 1201, was arrested on a warrant charge of murder at 10:41 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:08 p.m. Sunday at 5 Granite Road.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:12 a.m. Monday at 629 Lowell St. and 156 Goodale St.; at 8:39 a.m. Monday at 20 Webster St. A van on its roof was reported; at 11:11 a.m. Monday at Brothers Deli at 11 Main St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 6:22 p.m. Sunday at Metro Cleaners at 43 Foster St.; at 9:41 p.m. Sunday at 28 Washington St.; at 3:07 a.m. Monday at Bella Rose Consulting at 71 Northend St.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 2:20 p.m. Sunday at 1 Ian Circle. Two cars were reportedly keyed.


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Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 9:52 a.m. Sunday on New Ocean Street.

Peabody murder suspect captured

PHOTOS BY SCOTT EISEN
A Peabody police officer gets out of his cruiser in front of 84 Aborn St.

PEABODY — The District Attorney’s office announced at 1 p.m. Monday that Michael Hebb, 45, of Peabody was taken into custody shortly after noon today without incident in connection with a weekend double homicide on Farm Avenue.

Hebb was arrested at 84 Aborn St. in Peabody with assistance from a Special Weapons and Tactics team.  He will be arraigned on Tuesday in Peabody District Court on two counts of first-degree murder.

Another suspect is still at large.

The victims in the Peabody double homicide have been identified as Mark Greenlaw, 37, and Jennifer O’Connor, 39, both thought to be living at 19 Farm Avenue in Peabody.  A tip to police on Saturday evening led investigators to the residence near Route 128. An investigation throughout Sunday indicated the pair were in a dating relationship.

The Office of the Medical Examiner is still performing the autopsies so cause and manner of death is still unknown.

Police find 2 dead in Peabody home

PHOTOS BY SCOTT EISEN
Authorities investigate a double homicide at 19 Farm Ave.

BY GAYLA CAWLEY

PEABODY — Police have identified the victims of a double homicide on Saturday.

The couple, Mark Greenlaw, 37, and Jennifer O’Connor, 39, were thought to be living at 19 Farm Ave. where they were murdered, police said.

The Essex State Police Detective Unit with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section are seeking two suspects in connection with the crime.

Investigators said a woman came into the State Police barracks in Danvers on Saturday around 11:30 p.m. to report that a crime had been committed at the two-bedroom bungalow.

Medical examiners remove the first of two bodies on Farm Avenue.

The woman had left the residence and flagged down a car, which took her to the police station. When Peabody officers entered the house, they saw part of a dead body. They determined there was no one who was alive in the home, police said.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office, said the cause of death has yet to be determined by the medical examiner. Authorities said the victims were staying at the house.

Monahan said the condition of the house, which she described as “poor” and “really messy” initially made it difficult for authorities to determine how many bodies were there. She said the bodies were somewhat concealed. X-ray machinery was used to make that determination, she added.

“There was a lot of debris so it was difficult to see how many bodies there were at first without disturbing a lot of evidence off the bat,” she said. “So, we were just proceeding carefully.”

Rachel Hrubes, 25, a Danvers resident, said she knows a man who lives in the home, whom she said was named David. She said her ex’s brother, William Choquette, died after being involved in a tow truck accident with David.

State police identified Choquette as the driver of a tow truck that rolled over on Route 95 South, and a David Moise as the passenger, according to a 2014 article in The Daily Item.

Hrubes said she never met David, but heard that he rented the house out. Property records list Lucy J. and Stanley J. Pikul Jr. as the owners of 19 and 21 Farm ave.

Hrubes alleged David shot off his leg years ago, and only has one leg. She said she wasn’t surprised to hear a double homicide took place at the residence.

Police remove evidence from the scene on Farm Avenue.

“It’s actually very sad,” Hrubes said. “I’m just really not surprised. I mean, this guy shot off his own leg.”

This isn’t the first crime that has taken place at 19 Farm Ave. In 2013, George Moise, identified as David’s son, was sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Salem News,.

He was charged with stabbing Robert Kowalchik multiple times in the abdomen outside his home. George’s brother, David Jr., reportedly told police that the man “got what he deserved” because Kowalchik was allegedly engaging in sexual relations with George Moise’s girlfriend at the time, according to the Salem News report.

Julia Brown, Nicole Hart and Nicole Powers, three friends who live down the road, said they were returning from a baby shower on Sunday  when Julia’s father texted her that there was a homicide in the neighborhood.

“We were all just really shocked and wanted to see what was going on,” 19-year-old Powers said.

Brown, 20,  said she didn’t know who lived in the home. She said it was a little unsettling to know the crime happened so close to their neighborhood and they didn’t know about it.

“You pass houses all the time and you don’t know,” Powers said. “It’s just a random house, but something horrible happened here. And I just didn’t think it would happen around me.”

You never expect it until it actually happens, 19-year-old Hart added.

“I was astonished,” Hart said. “It’s just, it’s so scary. This kind of stuff can happen. You see it on TV … I watch Criminal Minds and I love it. And to think, I’m always like, that’s fake. That’s just a show, but it’s happening right here, right now. It’s just wild.

“I don’t really know how to feel,” Hart continued. “It’s really hurts my heart to know that this kind of stuff can happen. It makes me want to watch out when my sisters go out playing … If this can happen to anybody, it can happen to them and I don’t want that. It’s definitely really, really scary.”

It definitely changes things in a way you don’t want, Brown added.

“You always think it’s going to happen somewhere else and then it happens here,” Hart said. “It’s a game changer.”


Thomas Grillo contributed to this report.

Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com.

Living large and little in Lynn

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Above, a large house sits on Lynn Shore Drive. Right, a little house on Glenwood Road.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN Are you in the “bigger is better” camp or are you more comfortable with “less is more?”

The Item searched city records and found the city’s smallest and largest single-family homes.

If you prefer a mansion, the 9,242-square-foot white Colonial overlooking the ocean at 55 Lynn Shore Drive is perfect.

Built in 1900 as a grand waterfront home, it later became a convent for the Little Sisters of the Poor. Until a few years ago, it housed Catholic Charities. The Boston Archdiocese’s social service agency used the three floors to fulfill its mission offering social service programs for people of all races, religions and ages.

In 2013, Giorgio Dicostanzo, a general contractor, bought the 24-room house for $590,000, according to city records, with plans to restore it to its original glory. The house features 18 bedrooms, 4 full and 7 half-baths on a 22,922-square-foot lot. Its assessed value is $786,600.

Four miles away, on the Peabody border, the two-room bungalow at 21 Glenwood Road offers just one bedroom and one bath. At 384 square feet, the gray shingled home could fit into the living room of the Lynn Shore palace.

Assessed at $176,700, it was purchased in 1980 by Philippe and Deborah Lambert for an undisclosed nominal price, according to the Southern Essex Registry of Deeds.

David Hughes, broker-owner of Century 21 Hughes, said anyone looking for very small or very large homes are niche buyers with very specific requirements.

The average home is 1,500 square feet, he said. If buyers want smaller, they typically choose a 1,000-square-foot ​house. For bigger residences, they top out at 3,000 square feet.

“It takes a special buyer for a house as large as the one on Lynn Shore Drive,” he said. “The buyer of a very small home, like the one on Glenwood, is a lifestyle choice where they don’t want to have a big mortgage on a bigger house.”

Eileen Spencer, an agent at Annmarie Jonah Realtors, said the majority of people seeking homes in Lynn are first time home buyers and are not looking for houses in extreme sizes. Typically, these buyers are seeking three bedrooms, 1.5 baths in a 1,500-square-foot home. Buyers who are trading up prefer something a little larger at about 2,500 square feet, she said.

“There’s been a lot of attention paid to these tiny homes on television shows,” she said. “But those are not popular in this part of the country, certainly not in Lynn.”

Despite its  “bigger is better” reputation and seemingly endless supply of McMansions, the U.S. does not have the largest average house size, according to Love Abode. That honor goes to Australia where the average house is 2,500, the U.S. is second at about 2,100 square feet while China has the smallest, at just 500 square feet.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

Police log: 2-20-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to the Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Benjamin Bowden, of 116 New Park St., was arrested on a warrant at 8:48 a.m. Saturday.

Edin DeLeon, of 174 Broadway, was arrested and charged with property destruction and on a warrant at 7:29 p.m. Saturday.

Christian Kendal, of 37 Adams St., was arrested on a warrant at 12:16 a.m. on Saturday.

Joseph LeClerc of Gloucester was arrested on a warrant at 12:49 a.m. on Saturday.

Chelcie McDade, of 90 Aborn St., Peabody, was arrested on a warrant at 10:10 a.m. on Friday.

Bonnie Montanez, of Lowell, was arrested on a warrant at 4:36 p.m. on Saturday.

David Pezzulo, 59, of 11 Brook St., Salem, was arrested and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle at 11:17 a.m. on Sunday.

Gary Platt, of 175 Fayette St., was arrested on a warrant at 10:31 a.m. on Sunday.

Joseph Stapf, of Litchfield, was arrested on a warrant at 2:46 a.m. on Saturday.

Joseph Vincent, 27, of Gloucester was arrested and charged with Class E drug possession at 12:47 a.m. on Saturday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit-and-run at 22 Barrett St. on Friday at 3:32 a.m.; a report of an accident at Stanwood Street and Western Avenue on Friday at 7:47 a.m.; at Newhall and Sagamore streets on Friday at 7:58 a.m.; at 25 Pleasant St. on Friday at 8:21 a.m.; at Broad and Washington streets on Friday at 11:07 a.m.; at Eastern Avenue and Ocean Street on Friday at 11:24 a.m.; at Boston and Moulton streets on Friday at 11:32 a.m.; at Liberty and Washington streets on Friday at 11:40 a.m.; at 48 Hillside Ave. on Friday at 11:49 a.m.; at 79 North Common St. on Friday at 2:42 p.m.; with injury at 150 Essex St. on Friday at 5:29 p.m.; at 35 Washington St. on Friday at 6:09 p.m.; at 126 Hamilton Ave. on Friday at 6:49 p.m.; at Maple Street and Western Avenue on Saturday at 12:14 p.m.; at 9 Union St. on Saturday at 12:32 p.m.; at 969 Western Ave. on Saturday at 12:33 p.m.; at 234 Lynnfield St. on Saturday at 1:10 p.m.; hit-and-run reported at Chatham Street and Williams Avenue on Saturday at 7:02 p.m.; at Chestnut Street and Chestnut Terrace on Saturday at 8:42 p.m.; with injury at Bennett and Orchard streets on Saturday at 9:59 p.m.; a hit-and-run at 123 Hamilton Avenue on Sunday at 6:49 a.m.; at 32 Chestnut St. on Sunday at 8:03 a.m.; at Maple Street and Western Avenue on Sunday at 10:40 a.m.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 300 Washington St. on Friday at 5:04 p.m.

Complaints

A disturbance was reported at Commercial and Summer streets on Friday at 1:11 a.m.

A disturbance was reported at 9 Surfside Road on Friday at 2:25 a.m.

A disturbance was reported at 80 Sagamore St. on Friday at 12:01 p.m.

A missing person report was filed from 9 Devlin Way on Friday at 1:31 p.m.

A disturbance was reported at 14 Rock Avenue on Friday at 3:45 p.m.

A disturbance was reported at 501 Washington St. on Friday at 4:13 p.m.

A noise complaint was reported at 42 Rockingham St. on Saturday at 12:25 a.m.

A noise complaint was reported at 32 Nelson St. on Saturday at 12:33 a.m.

A report of an uninvited guest was lodged at 116 New Park St. on Saturday at 8:12 a.m.

A report of an uninvited guest was lodged at 174 Broadway on Saturday at 6:47 p.m.

A noise complaint was reported at 224A Washington St. on Saturday at 10:01 p.m.

Theft

A larceny was reported at 95 Tremont St. on Friday at 10:37 a.m.; at 96 Laurel St. on Friday at 8:11 p.m.; at 138 South Common St. on Saturday at 3:11 p.m.; a motor vehicle theft was reported on Cypress Place on Saturday at 9:31 p.m. and a motor vehicle theft was reported at 111 Munroe St. on Sunday at 12:10 a.m.

Vandalism

Vandalism was reported at 103 Broad St. on Friday at 9:05 p.m.

MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

Police responded to a report of an underage party on Ware Lane at 7:41 p.m. on Friday.

PEABODY

Arrests

Jeffrey Lopez, 27, of 119 Lewis St., Lynn, was arrested and charged with operating after license revoked at 4:29 p.m. on Friday.

Lynda Esquilin, 26 of 119 Lewis St., Lynn, was arrested on a warrant at 4:29 p.m. on Friday.

Jody Crockett, 46, of Wakefield, was arrested and charged with operating after suspension at 5:07 p.m. on Saturday.

Ujwal Dhungel, 31, of Arlington, was arrested and charged with shoplifting over $100 at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Carlos Bastos, 41, of Everett, was arrested and charged with unlicensed motor vehicle operation at 9:56 p.m. on Saturday.

Accidents

A hit-and-run was reported at 210 Andover St. at 6:02 p.m. on Friday; a police officer reported minor damage to a cruiser at 637 Lowell St. at 9:19 a.m. on Saturday; hit-and-run at 310 Lowell St. at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday; hit-and-run at 210 Andover St. at 10:21 a.m. on Saturday; hit-and-run at 373 Lowell St. at 7:39 p.m. on Saturday; at 163 Washington St. at 11:36 a.m. on Sunday.

Complaints

A citation was issued to a Fountain Street resident for one unvaccinated and two unlicensed dogs at 2:07 p.m. on Saturday.

A homeowner requested animal control remove a raccoon at 234 Lynn St. at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Police responded to a loud music report at 49 Pierpont St. at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday.

St. Mary’s girls win first Classic game

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Olivia Nazaire drives past Coyle-Cassidy’s Jenna Piatelli for a basket during Sunday’s Spartan Classic.

By SCOT COOPER

LYNN —  If you’re going to host a tournament you might as well win it.

Junior Olivia Nazaire made sure her St. Mary’s Spartans reached the finals of the Spartan Classic, pushing her team past Coyle-Cassidy Sunday night 46-35.

Spartans coach Jeff Newhall said that Nazaire’s 23 points were big for his team, but a lot of other players contributed too.

“It’s our tournament, we’re very proud of it, and we’re certainly in it to win it,” Newhall said. “Olivia did a great job, our whole forward line did a great job on their bigs, getting them all to foul out by the fourth quarter.”

“Coyle-Cassidy (15-3) has an excellent team, they have two losses to Bishop Feehan, a top team in the state, so to beat them is a nice accomplishment for our team,” Newhall said. “And it was a team effort tonight certainly.”

Newhall said that after a tough game with Bishop Fenwick Friday, it was good to get a boost of energy by scoring first against the Warriors. Nazaire made a free throw and a bucket, and the Spartans were ahead early on, 4-3.

The Warriors battled back and took a 9-8 lead behind buckets by their high scorer, sophomore Rachael Johnson. St. Mary’s was cold to start the second quarter, but eventually heated up to take a 21-15 lead into the locker room at halftime. Amanda Idusuyi helped push St. Mary’s back on top with five points in the second quarter to go with Nazaire’s offense.

Coyle-Cassidy wouldn’t go away in the third quarter and Johnson had help from Kaylee Haynes, and the Warriors climbed all the way back to take a two-point lead after three quarters, 30-28.

Nazaire came right out fast in the fourth, scoring six straight points to put her team on top for good, 34-30, with 7:20 left in the fourth quarter. The junior from Peabody said that her team had to put the hammer down once they got the lead back in the fourth quarter.

“We told everyone to push it and keep pushing it and pushing it in the fourth quarter,” Nazaire said. “Once we got the lead we wanted to just keep pushing them back, and we did because so many girls on the team did a great job for us.”

Coyle-Cassidy got as close as 42-35 on a three pointer by Abbie Kurtzer, but Mia Nowicki and Nazaire sank free throws to ice the 11-point win.

Warriors’ coach Michael O’Brien said it was tough to keep up with the Spartans after all his bigs fouled out by the fourth quarter.

“We’re a young tram, no seniors, we got into foul trouble, we lost some key players and couldn’t recover,” O’Brien said. “We played hard, St. Mary’s is a very good team, we’re 15-3 and we’ll take where we are now and go forward from there.”

The Spartans will be looking for a fifth straight Spartan Classic title Monday night at 7 p.m. against Rockland. The Bulldogs beat Latin Academy to earn a spot in the title game with St. Mary’s.

Nazaire led all scorers with 23 points; Johnson was high scorer for the Warriors with 15. For the winners, Temi Felayi chipped in with eight points, Mia Nowicki had 5, Idusuyi had five, Gabriela Torres had three and Ashley Sullivan hit a free throw.

Before the game seniors Mia Nowicki, Idusuyi Felayi and their parents were honored on Senior Night.

 

Prep players win in wrestling, track tournaments

BOSTON — St. John’s Prep’s Nikolas Reardon won the high jump (6-4) and the long jump (22-4.25) to help the Eagles finish fifth with 34 points in the Division 1 boys state meet, Saturday, at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Tristan Shelgren also won the mile (4:20.48), which also got a 4th-place finish from its 4×800 relay team (8:17.35).

In the girls meet, Peabody finished ninth with 16 points, including four fifth-place finishes: Amanda Andrew in the 300 meters (42:26), Sophie Anderle in the 1,000 meters (3:04.37), Jessica Ostrowski in the 2-mile (11:29.22), and in the 4×400 relay (4:07.08).

The Tanners also picked up ninth-place finishes from Emily Nelson in the 600 meters (1:42.06), and the 4×800 (10:09.64).

The Peabody boys finished 17th with 10 points. Joseph Farhat placed fifth in the 1,000 meters (2:33.19). Eric DeMayo was sixth in the shotput (48-10), while Patrick Pang was eighth (47-7½) in the same event. Dhimitri Bido was eighth in the long jump (20-2½), while Shane Braz was eighth in the 2-mile (9:50.45).

In the Division 2 meet Sunday, the Beverly girls finished in 11th place with 20 points, led by Gracie Sparkman, who placed third in the shotput (35-8¼). Lexi Sutyak was fifth in the 2-mile (12:04.95), while the 4×400 relay team also finished fifth. Abby Walsh was sixth in the mile (5:19.51), while Tyler Orlendella was sixth in the high jump (5’).

For Lynn Classical, Agnes Bangura finished eighth in the 55-yard dash.

In the boys Division 2 meet, Beverly placed 16th with 11 points. Sean Richardson was fourth in the 600 (1:25.48), one place ahead of teammate Johnny Jones (1:25.64). The Panthers finished seventh in the 4×400 (3:35.21), while Bobby Adams was 10th in the shotput (44-1).

Revere placed eighth in the 4×200 (1:36.87), while Classical’s Adam Washington was ninth (5-8) in the high jump. Also for Classical, Tyler Way missed out on a spot in the finals of the 55-meter dash by .04 seconds and placed 11th.

For Salem, Giovanni Guzman placed 10th in the high jump (19’ 6”).

WRESTLING

St. John’s Prep brought three wrestlers to the tournament, and all three made the finals.

In the 113-pound division, Ryan Garlitz pinned all four of his opponents. In final he wrestled Jake Ferri of Shawsheen, the defending State, all-state New England champion who hadn’t lost a match since his sophomore season.

It was 2-2 after regulation, and Garlitz did a move called the elevator and kicked Ferri over onto his back, pinning him at 6:58.

At 126, Malcolm Mitchell wrestled Mahari Miller of Springfield Central in the final, to whom he had lost twice during the season.

Miller got a Takedown with three seconds left in regulation to tie the match 8-8. In OT Mitchell scored on a single leg Takedown to win 10-8

At 132 Zach Alexander. lost a tight match against Cesar Alvan of Ludlow.

Garlitz and Alexander are Eagles coach Manny Costa’s 28th and 29th state champions.

Peabody freshman Phil Makoci placed eighth in the 195 pound weight class division at the Division 1 State Wrestling Championship meet this past weekend at Methuen High School.

Peabody placed 39th out of 44 teams with five points.

Makoci, the fourth seed in the North Division, was pinned by Phillip Rankin of Putnam, the top seed in the Central Division, in the opening round (1:10).  He then defeated the No. 3 seed out of the South, Alex Lopes of Barnstable, with a pin (1:41) in the first round of the consolation, then defeated Franklin’s Kyler Colella, the fourth seed in the Central Division in a tight 4-3 decision.

Makoci lost his next match to Spencer Kozlack of Agawam, the number two seed in the West Division, in a second period pin in 3:28.

In the match for seventh place, Makoci came up on the short end of an 8-0 major decision to Cambridge Rindge and Latin’s Andre Domond, the third seed in the Central Division.

“As a freshman, he had an amazing season,” Tanners’ coach Dave Pinette said.

Jon Salmeron also competed in the meet.  He was seeded fourth in the North Division at 160 pounds and ran into a buzzsaw in the first round, losing to the top seed in the Central Division, Ikaro Montiero (5:12).  Salmeron was eliminated from the competition with a loss to Barnstable’s Vinny Ciliberto (3:23) in the first round of consolation.

In the Div. 2 meet at Algonquin, Lynnfield’s Connor Stead finished fifth in the 145-pound division.

In Division 3 at Wakefield High, Stephen Hopkins of Swampscott took third place. Wakefield High School on Hopkins went 4-1 over two days, with his only loss coming to eventual 138-pound champion, Brian Kelly from Foxborough in the semifinals.

Lynda J. Elwell 46

PEABODY — Lynda J. Elwell, 46, of Peabody, passed away unexpectedly at Union Hospital in Lynn on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Lynda was born in Lynn on Jan. 29, 1971, daughter of William J. Elwell and the late Marcia L. (Densecco) Elwell. Raised and educated in Peabody she graduated from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School in 1989 and was a lifelong resident of the city.

Lynda was employed for many years as a phlebotomist in the health care industry prior to her illness. She devoted her life to creating a home for family, but most of all she cherished loving and caring for her son, daughter and 2 granddaughters.

In addition to her father, Bill of Peabody, Lynda is survived by her son, Thomas H. Elwell and her daughter Jenara L. Martell, both of Peabody; her cherished granddaughters, Jennalee Elwell and Zaniyah Elwell; a sister, Mary Ann Kerwin of Peabody; three brothers and their spouses, James and Kim Elwell of Lynn, William Elwell of Peabody, and Joseph and Paula Elwell of Merrimac; a brother-in-law, John Kerwin, two nephews, four nieces, one great-niece, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Service information: Her family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5-8 p.m. at the CONWAY, CAHILL-BRODEUR Funeral Home at 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Her Celebration of Life service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 11:30 a.m. with the Reverend Sarah Van Gulden officiating. The interment will be held at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Please visit Ccbfuneral.com for directions, online obituary and memorial guestbook.

Carol A. Bannister, 80

SALEM — Carol Audrey (Turcotte) Bannister, 80 years old, passed away Feb. 14, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Daughter of the late Jere and Juliette (Cyr) Turcotte, and wife of the late Robert James Bannister, Carol was born and raised in Salem. She worked for Parker Brothers and EG&G until her retirement.  

Carol had a true zest for life. She was a loving and a devoted mother and wife.  Her greatest pleasure in life was her children and grandchildren. She and her husband enjoyed spending their summers with their children at the family cabin on Lake Winnipesaukee. After her retirement, Carol became a snowbird and spent her winters in Florida where she had a great group of friends. She loved playing cards and competing in friendly games.  

Carol is survived by her son, Robert Bannister of Salem; her daughter, Julie-Ann Carrick and her husband Matthew of Peabody, her daughter, Nadene LaChance and her husband Kenneth of Peabody, her son, Mark Bannister and his wife Judith McCormack of Salem; her grandsons, Brett Carrick and his fiancé Kara, Shaun Carrick and his wife Laura, Michael LaChance, James Bannister and granddaughter Macayla LaChance. She also leaves her three great grandchildren, Chloe, Caleb and Mellani Carrick; and her sister, Francine (Turcotte) Pike and her husband Richard of Estero, Fla.

Service information: Visiting hours for Carol will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. at the MURPHY Funeral Home, 85 Federal St. (corner of North Street), Salem, MA 01970. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas Church on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at 1 Margin St., Peabody, MA 01960. Interment will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery, 57 Orne St., Salem, MA 01970. In lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial contribution in Carol’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. For additional information or online guestbook please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com or call 978-744-0497.

 

Police log: 2-18-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Dario Mercedes, 59, of 7 Willow St. in Lynn was arrested on protective custody at 2:39 p.m. Thursday.

Octavio Sanabria was arrested on a warrant charge of parole or probation violation at 4:17 p.m. Thursday.

Donnell Skeen, 35, of 170 S. Common St. was arrested on a warrant charge of Class B drug distribution at 7:00 p.m. He was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a straight warrant and an unregistered motor vehicle.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:55 a.m. Thursday at 64 Gardiner St.; at 8:07 a.m. Thursday at Goodridge Street; at 8:50 a.m. Thursday at 175 Walnut St.; at 10:32 a.m. Thursday at 52 Franklin St.; at 10:59 a.m. Thursday at 59 N. Franklin St.; at 1:51 p.m. Thursday at Eastern and Glenwood Street; at 2:42 p.m. Thursday at 77 New Park St.; at 4:22 p.m. Thursday at 8 S. Common St.; at 6:22 p.m. Thursday at 86 Boston St.; at 7:47 a.m. Friday at Stanwood Street and Western Ave.; at 7:58 a.m. Friday at Newhall and Sagamore streets; at 8:21 a.m.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with a personal injury at 7:28 a.m. Thursday at Boston and Cedar streets.

A report of police motor vehicle accident at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Hamilton and Lawton avenues.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run at 8:35 p.m. Thursday at 15 Pond St.; at 3:32 a.m. Friday at 22 Barrett St. #3; at 6:30 a.m. Friday at 622 Eastern Ave.

Breaking and Entering

A report of breaking and entering at 1:31 a.m. at 10 Grover St. Thursday.

A report of past breaking and entering of a motor vehicle at 5:38 p.m. at 17 W. Baltimore St. #3; at 6:57 p.m. at 186 Market St.; at 11:31 p.m. at 50 Boston St.  

Complaints

A report of an unwanted guest at 14 a.m. at 2 Rogers Ave.

A report of a disturbance at 133 Chestnut St. #2R at 1:28 a.m. Thursday; at 7:39 a.m. at 9 S. Elm St. Thursday; at 1:48 Thursday at 34 Hood St.; at 2:02 p.m. at 378 Chestnut St. #1;  at 2:15 p.m. Thursday at 39 Buffum St.; at 3:21 p.m. Thursday 36 Flint St.; at 3:36 p.m. Thursday at 50 Central Ave.; at 3:48 p.m. Thursday at 20 Wheeler St.; at 5:26 p.m. Thursday at 126 Union St. #17; at 6:09 p.m. Thursday at 366 Western Ave. #3; at 6:27 p.m. Thursday at 50 Central Ave.; at 8:28 p.m. Thursday at 10 High Rock St.; at 11:58 Thursday at 501 Washington St. #311; at 1:11 a.m. Friday at Commercial and Summer streets; at 2:25 a.m. Friday at 9 Surfside Road.

Theft

A report of a scam at 2:06 p.m. Thursday at 9 Surfside Road #9.

A report of a motor vehicle theft at 2:49 p.m. at 725 Western Ave.

A report of larceny at 3:29 p.m. at 60 Granite St.

Police log: 2-17-2017


PEABODY

Arrests

Jason M. Modugno, 43, of 117 Elliot St. #1 in Beverly was arrested at 3:42 p.m. Thursday for concealing over $100 worth of shoplifted merchandise.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:25 a.m. Thursday at 201S Andover St.; at 11:50 Thursday at 2 Johnson Ave. and 82 Lynnfield St.; at 12:59 a.m. Thursday Sewall Street; at 2:42 p.m. Thursday at 83 Margin St.; at 3:42 p.m. Thursday at 309 Lowell St. and 2 Northshore Road; at 11:40 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 7:05 a.m. Thursday at 52 Warren and 70 Endicott streets.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a past breaking and entering at 8:33 p.m. Thursday at 6 Dearborn Road.


REVERE

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:18 a.m. at Goldie Street; at 10:31 a.m. Thursday at Squire Road; at 11:36 a.m. at Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run at 2:58 p.m. Thursday at Sigourney Street and Squire Road.

Assault

A report of an assault at 8:31 a.m. Thursday at Thurlow Ave.

Breaking and Entering

A report of an attempted breaking and entering at 10:36 p.m. Thursday at Shirley Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 1:24 a.m. Thursday at Ocean Ave.; at 11:38 a.m. Thursday at Sears Street; at 3:50 p.m. Thursday at Reservoir Ave.; at 6:38 p.m. Thursday at Campbell Ave.

A report of a complaint at 8:40 a.m. Thursday at Bell Circle; at 10:35 a.m. Thursday at Squire Road; at 5:57 p.m. Thursday at Revere Street; at 7:40 p.m. Thursday at Lee Burbank Highway.

Theft

A report of larceny, forgery or fraud at 1:33 p.m. Thursday at Gelndale Street.

A report of larceny at 7:58 p.m. Thursday at Garfield Ave.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report by a walk-in of a past motor vehicle accident at 4:01 p.m. Thursday.

Complaints

A report of large pothole at 2:38 p.m. Thursday at 213 Walnut St. Department of public works will put a barrel over the hole.

Theft

A report of shoplifting at 4:46 p.m. Thursday at 1201 Broadway. An employee reported roughly $4,000 in merchandise was stolen.

Luis “looking forward” to new role at Saugus

By HAROLD RIVERA

SAUGUS — Saugus High School announced on Thursday that Joe Luis has been named as the new varsity baseball coach for the Sachems.

Luis, a Peabody native, is excited to begin his new role as he takes over for former coach Steve Freker.

“I’m looking forward to the season,” Luis said. “I wanted the job so when I got it, it put everything in perspective. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Luis was a star on the diamond in his days at Peabody High as a catcher. He went on to become a  four-year starter and team captain for the baseball team at UMass Lowell.

His professional career included a three-year stint, from 1991-1993, in the minor league system of the Boston Red Sox.

“You don’t see too many coaches that were catchers,” Luis said. “As a catcher, you see that whole field in front of you. You know where people are and should be moving. You’re also in the bullpen, listening to pitching coaches all the time. Those are the things that I’ve learned and I’ll teach to the kids at Saugus.”

After his stint with the Red Sox came to an end, Luis returned to his alma mater as UMass Lowell’s catching and pitching coach in 1994. He remained in that role until 1998, but has coached baseball at multiple levels since then. Overall, Luis has 32 years of coaching experience on the diamond.

As a Peabody native, Luis has gained a sense of familiarity with the Saugus community and a good understanding of what the town’s baseball tradition is like.

“Being from Peabody, I grew up playing against Saugus my whole life,” Luis said. “Saugus was always a competitive city that had great teams. Through the tradition of the Little League World Series and coaching a lot of players at my facility (Extra Innings), I always knew it was a competitive town. They take it serious.”

At Saugus, Luis inherits a team that includes talented returners in Jim Alcott, Mike Mabee, Brendan Ronan, Steve Ruggiero and Nick Rusconi.

He’ll also walk into a tough Northeastern Conference that is both competitive and well coached.

“The league is very competitive,” Luis said. “A lot of teams have coaches that have been around for a long time. Dave Wilbur (Beverly), Joe Caponigro (English), Roger Day (Danvers), Mark Bettencourt (Peabody), those guys are all mainstays.”

Luis will begin his new role at Saugus on March 20, the team’s first day of tryouts. The overall goal, Luis said, is to clinch a spot in the state tournament while building a strong program in the long run.

“We’ll start working hard, with learning the fundamentals of the game,” Luis said. “I’ll start teaching baseball 101, like it’s a course, and we’ll go day by day until our first game on April 10.”

Luis added, “We want to build up a program that starts in Little League, up through the Babe Ruth program and then translates into Saugus High School. That’s my goal in general, to make kids in eighth grade come into the program and know they’ll get a good education and have fun in athletics.”

Residents to vote on marijuana sales

By LEAH DEARBORN

PEABODY — City council is putting the question of recreational marijuana sales back on the ballot and into the hands of voters.

At a legal affairs committee meeting on Thursday, council members agreed to take two separate courses of action: a ballot referendum at the next general city election and the adoption of a moratorium, or temporary prohibition on marijuana sales.

The moratorium will be modeled after the town of West Bridgewater’s  moratorium, which councilor Anne Manning-Martin said already passed successfully through the state attorney general’s office.

Although voters passed Question 4 on a state level last fall by a margin of 54 to 46 percent, cities and towns retain the ability to limit or ban the operation of marijuana businesses within their borders.   

Peabody Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. said his hesitation in allowing recreational marijuana retail in the city stems partly from how residents reacted to the issue while it was on the ballot the first time.

The measure was fairly unpopular in Peabody, where it was defeated by 2,203 votes.

Putting pot in its place in Peabody

Ward 6 Councilor Barry Sinewitz expressed concern at potential legislation that would tie the number of recreational marijuana licenses to the number of liquor licenses allotted to a town or city.

“I just want to make sure when we go into this, we know what we’re doing,” said Sinewitz.  

Bettencourt said a number of questions regarding administration and policing of marijuana have to be answered before he can feel comfortable moving forward with its sale in the city.

“Because each city and town has the ability to put it to a vote, I thought that it should be put forward to them, the voters,” said Bettencourt.

Bettencourt clarified that he is in favor of medical marijuana dispensaries, which are exempt from the referendum. He said he will be proposing a specialized zone on the highway for further study by a subcommittee and possible future use by a dispensary.

“I do see (medical marijuana) as a distinction,” he said.  

State Rep. and Councillor-at-Large Thomas P. Walsh said the moratorium will not instantly go into effect. He said that because it’s a zoning amendment, it will have to first move through the planning board and back to the council for advertisement and discussion.

Walsh said the ballot question only addresses the sales of marijuana in the city and not its use.  

City Clerk Timothy Spanos said that the referendum will go on the ballot next November. He gave an estimate of July for when the language will be prepared.

Manning-Martin said that so far, a number of cities and towns are considering moratoriums, but Lynnfield is the only town that has pulled the trigger on attempting to institute an outright ban.

Council weeds out pot clinic locations


Leah Dearborn can be reached at ldearborn@itemlive.com.

Sergeant approved as new harbormaster

SWAMPSCOTT — Officials are confident it will be clear sailing for their new harbormaster.

Swampscott Police Sgt. William Waters was unanimously approved as the new interim harbormaster by the board of selectmen on Wednesday. Waters was recommended by Gino Cresta, interim town administrator and department of public works director.

“It’s an honor to be considered for the position,” said Waters. “I hope to get down there and be accessible and do the job for the town.”

His first day is March 1. He will be in place through June. Cresta said his hope is that Waters, whom he called his No. 1 candidate for the position, will be reappointed on July 1.

The position, which pays a stipend of $7,983, or $665 a month, is a yearly appointment.

“I think he would make a great harbormaster,” said Cresta.

Waters, 48, grew up in Nahant and lives in Swampscott with his wife and three children. Cresta said Waters is a lifelong experienced boater on the North Shore.

The new harbormaster served as a reserve police officer in Nahant from 1989 to 1991, when he became a full-time police officer. He’s also served as a police officer in Peabody. He transferred to the Swampscott Police Department in 1996 and was promoted to sergeant in 2001.

Waters served as assistant harbormaster in Nahant from 1992 to 2004. Cresta said Waters has also agreed to take the required classes to obtain his harbormaster council certification.

Cresta said in a previous interview that it took some selling for Waters to say yes to the position. He was interested in appointing Waters because of his knowledge of the harbor and because he’s a police officer.

Waters said he didn’t have much interest in the position initially because of time constraints. Eventually, he said, he came around and thought it might work out well. In the past, he said there hasn’t been much of a schedule with the position, but he wants to show more of a presence at the harbor and town waters and get the boat out on a more regular basis.

The new harbormaster said in the past the police department hasn’t had access to a boat with water emergencies. Now that he’s going to be running the boat, Waters said that will change. His goal is to have several police officers be appointed as assistant harbormasters, and plans to do more patrols on town waters on weekends and evening hours.

“In the past, it’s been kind of sporadic,” Waters said. “I’d just like to see a more regular presence with the boat.”

Members of the board of selectmen were happy to appoint Waters. Naomi Dreeben, chairwoman of the board of selectmen, said she had recently met him and was very impressed with his professionalism.

“I know Billy,” said selectman Peter Spellios. “I can tell you, I think as though he’s an A-plus for us. I think he’s very serious about everything he does. He’s very serious about the town and those are the things you can’t fake and you can’t learn. And I think he’s going to be great.”

Waters will be replacing Harbormaster Lawrence Bithell, who is facing criminal charges for his use of an expired license plate, and had been on paid administrative leave since September.

Bithell was arraigned in Lynn District Court in October and last appeared in court for a pretrial hearing. His next appearance will be for a motion to dismiss hearing, scheduled for Feb. 28, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Officials have said that Bithell remained on administrative leave because waterfront towns are required by state law to officially have a harbormaster in place.

Swampscott takes on Waters as harbormaster


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Putting pot in its place in Peabody

The state’s new recreational marijuana law runs 11 pages long by standard printer and copy machine standards. But the law’s section devoted to local control over recreational marijuana sales occupies roughly half a page.

Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt is well advised to recognize the short shrift given local control in the new law even as he acknowledges its passage last November by a majority of Massachusetts voters. Bettencourt doesn’t like the law and he points to its rejection by Peabody voters in calling for a local referendum on recreational marijuana.

“There are a great many unanswered questions” concerning the new law wrote the mayor in a letter to Peabody City Councilors. It’s a reasonably safe bet to say that Peabody’s rejection of the recreational marijuana last year will be a repeat affair if public opinion on the subject is tested again through a local vote.

The marijuana law allows city officials to hold an election and ask voters again if they are in favor or against marijuana sales and consumption. The law doesn’t declare a “no” vote by a city or town to be an outright local rejection of the state law. It says that a “no” vote “shall be taken to have not authorized the consumption of marijuana and marijuana projects on the premises where sold.”

Council weeds out pot clinic locations

Two truths are indisputable concerning Massachusetts’ new marijuana law. One, the law is intended to allow a broad spectrum of budding (pun intended) entrepreneurs to profit off the sales of a product that was illegal just months ago and still remains illegal in many places across the country.

Two, the law is going to spawn enough legal challenges and counter challenges to keep an army of attorneys in business for years. Savvy lawyers have already rearranged their businesses to, first, handle medical marijuana licensing bids and, second, recreational marijuana ventures. Like gambling, the money to be made by business people and through tax dollars is difficult to fathom.

All of this boils down to one reality for well-intentioned municipal leaders like Bettencourt: They are rowing against a fast-receding tide when it comes to restricting or banning recreational marijuana.

Bettencourt and Lynnfield town officials who want a town referendum on marijuana can spend tax dollars to put the measure before the voters, but the reality is marijuana as a legal consumer product is here to stay in Massachusetts.

Even if Peabody bans or limits the drug’s sales, the nature of Massachusetts’ contiguous town and city borders means pot shops will be located mere blocks from certain Peabody neighborhoods.

It sounds cynical but the best strategy Bettencourt and other marijuana opponents can employ is to ensure they get their share of tax dollars associated with the pot bonanza by arguing the new law has expensive public safety and health implications.

Marijuana advocates claim the drug in legal form is less harmful than alcohol and argue it makes sense to allow people 21 years and older to consume it. Opponents point an accusing finger at marijuana and claim its legal use will shove open even wider the gateway leading to heroin use and addiction.

The debate over who is right or wrong in this argument ended on Nov. 8, 2016. Now is the time to adjust to a new societal reality that shows no signs of going up in smoke.

Police log: 2-17-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Davoni Boyd, of 140 Union St., was arrested on a warrant at 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

Alex Guerrero, 46, of 88 Jackson St., was arrested and charged with Class A drug possession and on a warrant charge of Class A drug distribution at 1:54 p.m. Wednesday.

Pedro Morales, 20, of 30 Lafayette Park, was arrested and charged with use of a motor vehicle without authority and on a warrant at 1:36 p.m. Thursday.

Carlos Perez, 25, of 114 South Common St., was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon at 8:10 a.m. Thursday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday at 617 Boston St.; at 2:41 p.m. Wednesday at Stop & Shop at 35 Washington St.; at 2:42 p.m. Wednesday at Boston and Washington streets; at 3:01 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia and Eastern avenues; at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Boston and Ford streets; at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday at 985 Western Ave.; at 8:09 p.m. Wednesday at 149 Essex St.; at 8:28 p.m. Wednesday at 32 Moulton St.; at 7:55 a.m. Thursday at 64 Gardiner St.; at 8:07 a.m. Thursday on Goodridge Street; at 8:50 a.m. Thursday at 175 Walnut St.; at 10:32 a.m. Thursday at 52 Franklin St.; at 1:51 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Avenue and Glenwood Street.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 5:09 p.m. Wednesday at Silsbee and Union streets; at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Hamilton and Lawton avenues.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 7:28 a.m. Thursday at Boston and Cedar streets; at 8:59 a.m. Thursday at Waitt and Western avenues.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 12:07 p.m. Thursday at 51 Light St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday on Fortesque Terrace.

A report of an assault at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday on State Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 1:31 a.m. Thursday at 10 Grover St.

Complaints

A report of a gunshot at 10:08 p.m. Wednesday at 408 Summer St.  

A report of a disturbance at 1:28 a.m. Thursday at 133 Chestnut St.; at 7:39 a.m. Thursday at 9 S Elm St.; at 1:48 p.m. Thursday at Drewicz Elementary School at 34 Hood St.; at 2:02 p.m. Thursday at 378 Chestnut St.  

Theft

A report of larceny at 6:39 p.m. Wednesday at 10 High Rock St.; at 10:16 p.m. Wednesday at 332 Euclid Ave.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 1:33 p.m. Wednesday at 605 Eastern Ave.; at 9:52 p.m. Wednesday at 103 Broad St.

Police log: 2-16-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:28 p.m. Tuesday on Carol Road. A caller reported she hit a tree and was stuck in her vehicle; at 4:27 a.m. Thursday on Humphrey Street.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on Front Street.

Complaints

A report of a rock thrown through a windshield at 8:57 p.m. Tuesday on Cottage Street. A woman reported someone threw a rock and broke her rear window.

A report of a broken window at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday on Community Road. The caller wasn’t sure if it was caused by vandalism.

A report of a grandparent scam at 2:29 p.m. Wednesday on Intrepid Circle. A man reported receiving a call from someone claiming to be his grandson. The person told him he got in trouble with the police the previous night and was pulled over speeding, and officers found marijuana in his car. The person told the caller he needed money to get out of it.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 2:39 p.m. Tuesday on Robert Road. A caller reported that a machine was taken from the construction site over the weekend, and access was gained through forced entry.

A man reported his daughter’s iPhone was stolen from the Veteran’s School at 9:28 p.m. Tuesday on Pleasant Street. The phone was found in the girl’s bathroom.


REVERE

Arrests

Dineen E. Duro, 33, of Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace and trespassing at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bank of America on American Legion Highway; at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday at Cushman Avenue and Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:16 p.m. Wednesday at Firestone on Squire Road; at 6:02 p.m. Wednesday at Everard and Bennington streets.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday on North Shore Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday on Lincoln Street; at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday on Lee Burbank Highway; at 12:08 p.m. Wednesday on Oak Island Street; at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday at Revere Beach Train Station on Shirley Avenue; at 5:56 p.m. Wednesday at Burlington Coat Factory on Squire Road.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 8:51 a.m. Wednesday on Sargent Street; at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday on Lantern Road.

Theft

A report of a robbery at 12:29 a.m. Wednesday at Target on Furlong Drive.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 5:09 p.m. Wednesday at Target on Furlong Drive.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:56 a.m. Wednesday on Lincoln Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday on Essex Street. Several callers reported a gray Honda Sedan in the snow with an elderly woman slumped over the wheel. Police reported the car slid off the roadway into the snowbank.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:37 p.m. Wednesday at Walnut and Central streets.

Complaints

A report of property damage at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday at 245 Essex St. A caller reported a snow plow driver dumped snow in his driveway from his neighbor’s driveway.

Fire

A report of a car fire at 8:56 p.m. Wednesday at Square One Mall at 1201 Broadway. Mall security reported a vehicle fire on the second floor of the parking garage.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 3:34 p.m. Wednesday at 1504 Lewis O Gray Drive.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:48 a.m. Wednesday at Norfolk Avenue and Paradise Road; at 10:02 p.m. Wednesday at Burrill and Essex streets.

North Shore anglers ask ‘why knot?’

PHOTO BY NICOLE GOODHUE BOYD
Matthew Arsenault of Plum Island holds a handmade stainless steel bass during a Why Knot Fishing gathering at Toscana’s Ristorante. 

PEABODY — A few big fish tales were swapped on Wednesday night at a community meetup for enthusiasts of all stripes.

Why Knot Fishing, billed as a “team of passionate and positive anglers,” hosted the event at Toscana’s Ristorante on Bourbon Street, drawing a diverse crowd of professionals and hobbyists.

Why Knot was started three years ago by Endicott College graduates Joe Gugino and Matthew Zimmerman.

“Obviously, the fishing in this area is not year round,” said Gugino. “Winter lets you gear up and do trips that help you push out of your comfort zone.”

Matthew Arsenault of Plum Island was at the event to showcase his metal art business, Flood Tide Fabrications. Arsenault, a commercial tuna fisherman, crafts metal sculptures of aquatic life during the winter downtime.

“Even talking about it makes my blood boil,” said Arsenault about looking forward to getting back on the open ocean. “There’s no feeling like getting your (fishing rod) pulled by an 800-pound fish.”

Arsenault said his favorite fish story comes from one trip out on the Gulf of Maine last summer, when he hooked seven tunas in eight hours and took four home.

Gearing up plan for the Lynnway

Robert Galante of East Coast Flies in Medford was on hand to demonstrate various types of fly-tying.

Galante, who teaches adult classes in the subject at Shawsheen Technical Institute, pointed to a fly called the Crackleback as his favorite.

“It doesn’t look like any type of insect, particularly,” he said. “But it catches fish when nothing else will.”

Most of the attendees came for a fun, laidback evening of socializing.

Fishing friends Gary George and Kevin French, both of Peabody, and Bill Eicher, of Stoneham, laughed when asked if they had any fishing stories to tell.

French recounted his experience landing a porbeagle shark, and Eicher took out a photo of his dog and most loyal fishing partner, Brady.

“These meetups are great,” said George. “Fishermen can be protective of their secret spots and tricks. You come here, and people are a lot more willing to talk and friendly.”

Why Knot’s next event is a fly tying night on March 8 in Wenham. Starting in April, they also take groups out on the water for kayak fishing with Little Harbor Boathouse in Marblehead.

 

Police log: 2-16-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Leigha Farnham, 38, of 100 Willow St., was arrested and charged with trespassing at 1:38 p.m. Wednesday.

Isaiah Gonzalez, 20, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 10:08 a.m. Wednesday.

Robert Lewis, 46, of 36 Western Ave., was arrested and charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 9:46 a.m. Wednesday.

James Nutton, 34, of 26 Essex Circle, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 1:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Mark Tassinary, of 234 Earle St., New Bedford, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation at 3:44 p.m. Tuesday.

Eliza Wallner, 39, was arrested and charged with trespassing and on warrant charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and state highway traffic violation at 1:41 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Casey’s Shell at 122 Boston St.; at 2:46 p.m. Tuesday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 932 Lynnfield St.; at 3:08 p.m. Tuesday at Classical High School at 235 O’Callaghan Way; at 4:33 p.m. Tuesday at 185 Walnut St.; at 6:42 p.m. Tuesday at Richdale at 229 Broadway; at 11:03 a.m. Wednesday at 60 Lynnfield St.; at 11:32 a.m. Wednesday at Washington Street and Western Avenue; at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at 13 Seymour Ave.; at 12 p.m. Wednesday at 59 Lexington St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 4:17 p.m. Tuesday at 120 Broad St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 4:38 p.m. Tuesday at Burns and River streets; at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday at 75 Lynnway.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday at 86 Lewis St.

A report of a breaking and entering at 9:39 p.m. Tuesday at 26 Washington St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday at 17 Beach Road; at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday at 20 Park St.; at 5:33 p.m. Tuesday at 247 Union St.; at 8:24 p.m. Tuesday at Commercial Street and Lynnway; at 11:07 p.m. Tuesday on Brightwood Terrace.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 11:13 a.m. Wednesday at Callahan Elementary School at 200 O’Callaghan Way.

Police log: 2-15-2017


PEABODY

Arrests

Daniel Joseph Baldwin, 25, of 261 Newbury St., Apt. 101C, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:33 p.m. Tuesday at Holden Oil at 91 Lynnfield St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 5:38 a.m. Wednesday at 9925 Magnolia Way.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday on Gardner Street. A male with a needle in his arm was reported. Narcan was administered twice. The man was taken to Lahey Hospital.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday at 13 Center St. A caller reported his car was scratched.


REVERE

Arrests

Scott G. Stillman, 47, of 418 Revere Beach Parkway, Apt. 32, was arrested on warrants at 12:57 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 11:23 a.m. Monday at Bank of America on American Legion Highway; at 11:13 p.m. Monday at Thrifty Car Rental on Lee Burbank Highway; at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at Sunoco Gas Station on Lee Burbank Highway; at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday on American Legion Highway; at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday at Wonderland Train Station on North Shore Road; at 6:53 p.m. Tuesday at Harley Davidson on Squire Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 11:57 a.m. Monday on Henry Street; at 11:47 a.m. Tuesday on Beach Road; at 5:41 p.m. Tuesday at Beachmont School on Everard Street. Matthews Bruno, 21, of 8 Orient Ave., East Boston, was summoned for leaving the scene of property damage; at 5:46 p.m. Tuesday at Showcase Cinemas on Squire Road.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 8:03 p.m. Tuesday on Jones Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:43 p.m. Monday on Fenno Street; at 7:29 p.m. Monday at Revere House Auto Service Global Gas on Broadway; at 8:29 a.m. Tuesday at Seacoast Middle/High School on School Street. A 15-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession with intent to distribute; at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Caruso Northgate Apartments on Lantern Road; at 6:07 p.m. Tuesday at Roadway Inn on American Legion Highway; at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday on Crescent Avenue; at 8:02 p.m. Tuesday at Flaming Grill Buffet on Furlong Drive.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 10:08 a.m. Monday on Temple Street; at 12:31 p.m. Monday at Revere Housing Authority on Cooledge Street; at 6:55 p.m. Monday at Pretzel Time on Squire Road; at 9:44 a.m. Tuesday at Liston Towers on Dolphin Avenue.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 5:31 p.m. Monday on Calumet Street.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 1:29 a.m. Friday at 6 Cliff Road; at 9:44 a.m. Saturday at 250 Central St.; at 2:39 p.m. Saturday at Deflorio Guy & Rose at 24 Birch Pond Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:25 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Avenue Market at 84 Lincoln Ave.; at 5:32 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Avenue and Vincent Street; at 3:05 a.m. Sunday at Resco Wheelabrator at 100 Salem Turnpike. A caller reported a motorist struck a pole and fled the scene towards Lynn; at 3:19 p.m. Sunday at Hurd Avenue and Pelham Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 9:46 a.m. Friday at North Shore Physicians at 1069 Broadway. An employee reported a female patient threatened to go from room to room to find the doctors. Police reported the only threat made was that she would stomp around the office; at 7:55 p.m. Friday at 21 Hood St. A caller reported his neighbor was throwing snow into his driveway; at 9:32 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Elementary School at 25 Hurd Ave. Police dispersed a group of youths playing on the playground after hours; at 11:22 a.m. Sunday at 12 Foss Ave.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 12:42 p.m. Friday at Avalon Motel at 1529 Broadway. A woman reported two televisions were stolen from a room; at 8:20 p.m. Friday at Kowloon Restaurant at 948 Broadway. A group ran out on a bill.


SWAMPSCOTT

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:16 a.m. Tuesday at 450 Paradise Road.

Police log: 2-15-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Sergio Castro-Solis, 37, of 242 Boston St., was arrested and charged with parole/probation violation and on a warrant charge of OUI liquor at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Ieisha Clements, 34, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 4:29 p.m. Monday.

Sarah McDonough, 31, 29 Raymond Road, Salem, was arrested and charged with failure to stop/yield, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and on warrant charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding at 2:36 a.m. Tuesday.

James McKenna, of 36 Western Ave., was arrested on warrant charges of OUI liquor fourth offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop/yield at 8:54 p.m. Monday.

Wayne Wilmot, 55, of 41 Light St., was arrested and charged with failure to register as a sex offender at 9:37 a.m. Tuesday.

Christine Zak, of 18 Cashman Road, Peabody, was arrested on a warrant charge of parole/probation violation at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:49 p.m. Monday at Lynnway and Market Street; at 5:58 p.m. Monday at North Shore Community College at 300 Broad St.; at 6:10 p.m. Monday at 348 Chestnut St.; at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday on Belle Avenue; at 12:21 p.m. Tuesday at Chatham Street and Western Avenue; at 1:49 p.m. Tuesday at Franklin and Laighton streets; at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday at 3 Lynnfield St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:06 p.m. Monday at 310 Boston St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 5:16 a.m. Tuesday at Santander Bank at 414 Broadway.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 3:58 p.m. Monday at 86 Lewis St.

A report of a breaking and entering at 7:37 p.m. Monday at 201 Essex St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 6:02 p.m. Monday at 32 W Neptune St.; at 6:12 p.m. Monday at 599 Western Ave.; at 7:04 p.m. Monday at 69 N Common St.; at 7:25 p.m. Monday at 8 Wilfred St.; at 11:55 p.m. Monday at 47 Estes St.; at 12:43 a.m. Tuesday at 378 Chestnut St.; at 10:42 a.m. Tuesday at Walgreens at 21 Joyce St.; at 10:48 a.m. Tuesday at 399 Essex St.; at 12:59 p.m. Tuesday on South Street Court.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 7:19 p.m. Monday on High Street; at 8:19 p.m. Monday on Western Avenue; at 8:52 p.m. Monday on Cedar Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 7:52 a.m. Tuesday at 55 Western Ave.; at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at 14-20 Central Ave.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 4:06 p.m. Monday at 111 Washington St.; at 4:22 p.m. Monday at 50 Goodridge St.; at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday at 181 N Common St.

Police log: 2-14-2017


LYNNFIELD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:07 a.m. Friday at 100 Market St. and 425 Walnut St.; at 10:08 a.m. Saturday on Condon Circle; at 10:56 a.m. Saturday on Market Street; at 1:03 p.m. Sunday at Whole Foods Market at 100 Market St.; at 2:33 p.m. Sunday on Condon Circle; at 5:12 p.m. Sunday on Ashwood Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:31 a.m. Tuesday at 5 Summer St. and 618 Main St.; at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday at Salem Street and North Broadway.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 2:23 p.m. Friday on Market Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:45 p.m. Monday at Advanced Medical at 7 Kimball Lane. A caller reported two people arguing in the parking lot.

Vandalism

A report of malicious destruction of property at 8:38 p.m. Sunday at 10 Upton Lane. A caller reported a plow driver was plowing snow onto his fence. Police spoke with the driver.


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of an image on Snapchat at 1:41 p.m. Monday on Seaview Avenue. A caller reported her daughter had seen a Snapchat of some boys doing disturbing things and they are students at the high school.

A report of abuse allegations at 2:16 p.m. Monday on Lafayette Street. An administrator called looking for an officer to take a report of an alleged abuse. The caller reported the patient had some bruises and told her social worker that it was the “gal working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.”

A report of harassment at 2:23 p.m. Monday on Susan Road. A woman reported that she just got chocolate and flowers delivered to her house. She stated it was the second time recently and she would like someone to speak with the man who sent them and tell him to stop. She has also sent him text messages telling him to stop calling and to stop contacting her, but it continues.

Someone reported a homeowner throwing some snow into the street at 4:45 p.m. Monday on Beacon Street and was concerned about the passing traffic.

A report of kids walking on the street at 7:36 a.m. Tuesday at Village Street and Heritage Way. A caller reported kids walking in the street and she was afraid they were going to die. She wanted police to enforce the sidewalk clearing. Police told her there was no rule about sidewalk clearing. An officer was in front of the school at the time of the call and reported that most of the sidewalks were clear.

Fire

A homeowner reported he had a small fire in his kitchen at 5:41 p.m. Monday on Homestead Road and has extinguished it. He was concerned if it may have been in the walls or not fully extinguished. Police reported the fire was confirmed out, but there was heavy smoke present.


PEABODY

Arrests

Celso T. Defreitas, 41, of 134 Beacon St., Apt. 2, Clinton, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor third offense, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license subsequent offense, marked lanes violation and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at 5:16 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of an impaired driver at 5:16 p.m. Monday at 310 Lowell St. and Route 128 North. A caller reported the vehicle got off the highway onto Lowell Street, and that the driver was swerving and appeared to be asleep behind the wheel. The vehicle struck a snowbank on Lowell Street. Police stopped the vehicle on Foster Street. Celso T. Defreitas, 41, of 134 Beacon St., Apt. 2, Clinton, was arrested for OUI liquor third offense.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 7:58 p.m. Monday at T-Mobile at 210T Andover St. An employee reported that someone kicked her car. Police reported someone clipped the car’s mirror.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Brooksby Village at 301 Brooksby Village Drive; at 9:49 a.m. Tuesday at Century House Restaurant at 235 Andover St.; at 11:31 a.m. Tuesday at 2 Blair Terrace and 156 Lynnfield St.

A pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at 21 Caller St. The 59-year-old male pedestrian was taken to Salem Hospital.  

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 3:15 p.m. Monday at 5321 Crane Brook Way. A caller reported her car was broken into and a wallet containing cash and her driver’s license was taken.

Complaints

A report of a neighborhood dispute at 6:20 p.m. Monday at 346 Lowell St. Police reported a neighbor dispute over the plowing of a shared driveway. The people involved were told to stay away from each other.

A report of suspicious activity at 9:51 a.m. Tuesday at 4 Normandy Drive. A caller reported unknown men with shovels were walking around her house. She thought one person was on the roof shoveling snow. Police checked on the people and reported no issue as they had gone to the wrong house for snow removal.

A report of a disturbance at 10:08 a.m. Tuesday at Shamrock Motors at 5 Willard St.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:31 p.m. Monday at Paradise Gym & Fitness at 21 Elm Place.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 8:33 a.m. Monday at 41 Doherty Circle.

Saving lives in Peabody

Firefighters in Peabody and communities across the country save lives in many different ways. They rescue people from burning buildings and bring them back to life from drug overdoses.

The role firefighters play in battling addiction has prompted Peabody Fire Department members to take a bold and humane step to help addicts. Armed with statistics and information about overdoses in the city, firefighters are reaching out to addicts and urging them in face-to-face conversations to get the help they need.

This type of outreach is not a new concept. Police officers and firefighters historically have approached people they see in the course of fighting crime and fighting fires and urged them to take a straight and narrow road for the sake of their health and their families.

Healthy Streets ready to help

Addiction is a national problem that touches every family directly or indirectly. Few, if any, Americans don’t know a family member, neighbor, co-worker, casual acquaintance or good friend who is in the grips of addiction or has a loved one plagued by addiction.

Firefighters who spend a few minutes or, maybe, hours talking to an addict or the relative of an addict about opioid abuse are sharing knowledge, empathy and sympathy with someone who is suffering.

It’s compelling to visualize a firefighter knocking on an addict’s door and telling the person who answers the knock, “Listen, I’ve saved addicts’ lives. I’ve also seen addicts die. I might save your life someday or witness your death. But today can be the day you take the first steps to saving your own life.”

Public attention has been focused at the state level and nationally on the war on opioid addiction. There is a universal consensus over the severity of the addiction problem and its human toll. There is less unanimity over how to end addiction. Substance abuse prevention advocates call for more detoxification and rehabilitation beds. Law enforcement proposes new sentencing or arrest protocol suggestions and legislators draft proposals aimed at cracking down on how opioid pain medication is dispensed in hopes of narrowing the gateway leading to addiction.

All of these approaches are well-meaning and usually well thought-out. But the direct approach to talking to addicts injects a degree of honesty into combating addiction. Addicts who have overdosed know a police officer, paramedic or firefighter was most likely the person who saved their lives. They know they can’t hide from or fool someone who is paid to fight on the front lines of addiction.

Peabody firefighters and counterparts across the country may never know if they save a life by knocking on an addict’s door. But that won’t keep them from continuing to try.

Police log: 2-14-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to The Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Donne Agogo, 23, of 298 Eastern Ave., was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing and shoplifting by asportation at 12:33 p.m. Monday.

Kevin Sanchez, 18, of 35 Marsh St., Lowell, was arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, failure to signal, failure to wear a seatbelt and methamphetamine trafficking at 8:04 p.m. Sunday.

Alphonso Weah-Weah, 19, of 107 Jefferson St., was arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, failure to wear a seatbelt and methamphetamine trafficking at 7:38 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:24 p.m. Sunday at Euclid and Magnolia avenues; at 2:32 p.m. Sunday at Burrill and New Ocean streets; at 2:42 p.m. Sunday at Chestnut Street and Western Avenue; at 2:50 p.m. Sunday at 46 Jenness St.; at 3:04 p.m. Sunday at Boston and Moulton streets; at 3:19 p.m. Sunday at Broadway and Jenness Street; at 3:31 p.m. Sunday at Fayette Street and Trinity Avenue; at 4:43 p.m. Sunday at Adams and Sheridan streets; at 4:59 p.m. Sunday at 34 Forest St.; at 2:43 a.m. Monday at W Sigourney Street and Washington Avenue; at 7:43 a.m. Monday at Hurd Street and Parkland Avenue; at 8:04 a.m. Monday at 4 Madison St.; at 8:16 a.m. Monday at Jenness Street and Millard Avenue; at 9:25 a.m. Monday at 32 Merrill Ave.; at 11:45 a.m. Monday at 12 Shepard St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 10:02 a.m. Monday at Capitol Diner at 431 Union St.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 6:28 p.m. Sunday at 21 Story Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:38 p.m. Sunday at MBTA Parking Garage at 186 Market St.; at 4:19 p.m. Sunday at 32 W Neptune St.; at 6:18 p.m. Sunday at 669 Western Ave.; at 9:47 p.m. Sunday at 50 Andrew St.; at 11:20 p.m. Sunday on Union Street; at 2:40 a.m. Monday at 94 Spencer St.; at 4:13 a.m. Monday at 10 Surfside Road; at 10:47 a.m. Monday at 26 Essex Circle; at 12:25 p.m. Monday at 178 Chestnut St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 3:21 p.m. Sunday at 54 N Franklin St.; at 3:36 p.m. Sunday at 5 Ashland St.; at 10:10 a.m. Monday at 501 Washington St.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 11:58 p.m. Sunday at 159 Essex St.; at 11:16 a.m. Monday at 91 Newton Ave.

Police log: 2-13-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

Police received a report that two vehicles slid from the driveway to the telephone pole at the end of the street at 9:12 p.m. Sunday on Greystone Road.

Complaints

A caller reported he was on Main Street when a man honked at him and he pulled over at 12:13 p.m. Sunday at Atlantic Avenue and Commercial Street. The caller reported the man claimed he was struck by him. The caller stated he didn’t hit any pedestrians and the man was confrontational, and swore at him before driving off.


PEABODY

Arrests

Christopher S. Bissel, 35, of 47 Ashton St., Beverly, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise and on a warrant at 3:43 p.m. Sunday.

Katie Jean Gonyea, 35, of 233 Lafayette St., Apt 25, Salem, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise second offense at 3:43 p.m. Sunday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:06 p.m. Sunday at 21 Winona St. and Moulton Road; at 2:14 p.m. Sunday at 96 Forest St.; at 2:14 p.m. SUnday at 2 Gardner St. and 13 Pulaski St.; at 2:47 p.m. Sunday at 633 Lowell St. and 2 Russell St. A car into a snowbank was reported; at 3:06 p.m. Sunday at 2 Cross St. and 174 Andover St. DPW was notified to sand the hill because cars were stuck on it; at 5:52 p.m. Sunday at 51 Perkins St. and 6 Allens Lane; at 6:03 p.m. Sunday at Bartholomew Street and 378 Lynnfield St.; at 6:09 p.m. Sunday at Not Your Average Joe’s at 210N Andover St.; at 6:14 p.m. Sunday at 22 Lynn St. A car into a pole was reported but police couldn’t find the crash; at 6:28 p.m. Sunday at 22 Main St.; at 8:14 a.m. Monday at 5 Felton St.; at 12:17 p.m. Monday at 5B Christina Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:21 p.m. Sunday at Route 128 North and 310 Lowell St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 4:43 p.m. Sunday on Warren Street.

Complaints

A report of a dispute over snow removal at 1:37 p.m. Sunday at 3 Smidt Ave. The landlord was upset that the neighbors were having their snow plowed on her property.

A report of a road rage incident at 8:49 p.m. Sunday at 9 Blair Terrace. A caller reported a plow driver attempted to run him over.

A report of a disturbance at 1:06 a.m. Monday at Care One at Peabody Glen at 199 Andover St.; at 3:27 a.m. Monday at 1 Pinecrest Ave. A man running a snowblower was keeping the neighborhood awake. Police told the man to stop snowblowing.

Fire

A report of a structure fire at 9:10 a.m. Monday at 262 Lynnfield St. A caller reported a fire in the basement. The fire department extinguished the fire.

Theft

A report of a stolen motor vehicle at 3:48 p.m. Sunday at 88 Endicott St.; at 9:41 a.m. Monday at Wood Trucking at 13 Lakeland Park Drive.

A report of a larceny at 6:18 p.m. Sunday at Mass Bay Hockey at 216 Newbury St. A zamboni was reported stolen.


REVERE

Arrests

Jillian F. Biddiscombe, 35, of 3 Seal Harbor Road, Apt. 631, Winthrop, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise third offense at 8:40 p.m. Friday.

Abas M. Bilal, 22, of 137 Bunkerhill St., Apt. 1139, Charlestown, was arrested and charged with three counts of nighttime vehicle breaking and entering and operating after a suspended license or right to operate at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

James T. Brennan, 30, of 72 Thornton St., Apt. 1, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and on a warrant at 12:07 p.m. Saturday.

Santiago Mesa, 30, of 165 Winthrop Ave., Apt. 1, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop and failure to stop for a police officer while operating a motor vehicle at 1:20 a.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:34 p.m. Friday at TD Bank on Broadway; at 3:57 p.m. Friday at Brewer Heating on Furlong Drive; at 9:36 p.m. Friday on Everett Street; at 5:59 a.m. Saturday at Salem and Fenwick streets; at 6:48 a.m. Saturday at Stop & Shop on Squire Road; at 9:35 a.m. Saturday at Taft Street and Broadway; at 3:32 p.m. Saturday on Naples Road; at 8:09 p.m. Saturday at Revere House of Pizza on Broadway; at 10:27 p.m. Saturday at Prospect House on Reservoir Avenue; at 10:34 a.m. Sunday on Brown Circle; at 3:04 p.m. Sunday at Lynn and Salem streets; at 3:10 p.m. Sunday on Fenwick Street; at 3:26 p.m. Sunday Park Avenue Apartments on Park Avenue; at 5:22 p.m. Sunday at Dunkin’ Donuts on Squire Road; at 7:15 a.m. Monday at Stop & Shop on Furlong Drive.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 9:57 a.m. Sunday on American Legion Highway.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:59 p.m. Sunday on Broadway.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 6:17 p.m. Saturday on Keayne Street.

A report of an assault and battery at 6:49 a.m. Monday on Abruzzi Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 10:36 p.m. Saturday on Yeamans Street; at 3:18 a.m. Monday on Pearl Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 7:46 a.m. Friday at Revere Housing Authority on Adams Street; at 9:36 a.m. Friday at Revere Housing Authority on Constitution Avenue; at 10:42 a.m. Friday on Pemberton Street; at 11:29 a.m. Friday on Broadway; at 12:53 p.m. Friday at Bank of America on Squire Road; at 2:34 p.m. Friday on Pemberton Street; at 3:48 p.m. Friday on Bennington Street; at 6:04 p.m. Friday on Newman Street; at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Revere Housing Authority on Adams Court; at 10:45 p.m. Friday at Ocean Place Tower on Ocean Avenue; at 11:20 p.m. Friday on Larkin Street; at 1:53 a.m. Saturday at Seawatch Tower on Ocean Avenue; at 2:10 a.m. Saturday at Tuscano and Lucia avenues; at 2:31 a.m. Saturday on North Shore Road. Francisco Santiago, 21, of 209 Fayette St., Lynn, was summoned for assault and battery. Jaclyn Giordano, 20, of 1698 North Shore Road, was summoned for assault and battery; at 3:12 a.m. Saturday on Larkin Street; at 9:08 a.m. Saturday at Stop & Shop on Furlong Drive; at 1:14 p.m. Saturday on Crescent Avenue; at 3:10 p.m. Saturday on Nahant Avenue; at 7:01 p.m. Saturday at 7-Eleven on Broadway; at 11:05 p.m. Saturday on Sears Street; at 3:32 a.m. Sunday at Northgate Apartments on Lantern Road; at 5:03 p.m. Sunday at Revere and Cleveland streets; at 7:21 p.m. Sunday on Highland Street; at 6:31 a.m. Monday on Billow Avenue.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose 4:19 p.m. Saturday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 9:22 p.m. Sunday on George Avenue.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 3:40 p.m. Friday on Burnett Road; at 5:28 p.m. Friday on Highland Street; at 10:11 a.m. Saturday on Walnut Avenue; at 5:49 p.m. Saturday on Eliot Circle

A report of a larceny to a motor vehicle at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Target on Furlong Drive.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:54 a.m. Friday on Fiske Street.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:26 p.m. Sunday at Burrill and New Ocean streets; at 2:33 p.m. Sunday at 113 Burrill St.; at 4:18 p.m. Sunday at Banks and Walker roads.

College Notebook: Locals pace Worcester track team

COURTESY PHOTO BY WORCESTER STATE ATHLETICS
Jalil Gibson, a Lynn English alum, has built a strong freshman season at Worcester State this winter. 

By JOSHUA KUMMINS 

A team needs contributions from many in order to become a champion.

With a roster chock full of locals, the Worcester State University men’s indoor track and field team became a champion this weekend, taking home the school’s first-ever Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown.

“We’re probably the most balanced team in the conference right now,” said head coach Al Halper, whose roster includes six Peabody High graduates, four Lynn natives and one Saugus native. “We have people in pretty much every event area, so there are not too many places that we’re weak.”

The Lancers proved Halper right at Saturday’s MASCAC/Little East Conference (LEC) Alliance Championships at the University of Southern Maine, as seven individuals earned MASCAC titles and two set school records. In the Alliance, only the host Huskies earned a better team score.

Lynn English alum Jalil Gibson was a key contributor to Worcester’s success, continuing an outstanding freshman season with a MASCAC championship in the 55-meter dash. Gibson sealed the win in 6.56 seconds, also good for fourth in the MASCAC/LEC Alliance.

Gibson has fared well all winter long, most recently leading the team in the 200-meter at the Tufts Stampede on Jan. 28 and finishing sixth overall in the 60-meter at the Wesleyan Invitational the following week.

“It’s been a great season so far, and we have a great team spirit. It’s been a big adjustment coming into college,” Gibson said. “But, I think my blocks, I’ve been starting off very well this season. I’ve had to work on getting better finishing the race because I kind of slow down at the finish line.”

The adjustment from high school to college was often discussed between Halper and Gibson in recent weeks, especially as championship season continues.

On Friday and Saturday, Gibson and other qualifying runners will compete at the NCAA Division III New England Championships at Tufts.

“Compared to what Jalil was used to in high school, it’s a much more intense environment,” Alper said. “I told him, ‘Everyone around you is as good or nearly as good as you.’ He’s better than most, but you’re always running with the competition. In high school, sometimes you go for weeks without seeing competition.”

Lynn Tech alum Justin Lewis was twice named the MASCAC’s Rookie of the Week this season after winning the high jump at both last month’s Tufts Invitational and Northeastern University’s Jay Carisella Invitational in December.

A pair of former Tanner throwers also scored en route to WSU’s conference title. Sophomore Marcus Vieira claimed MASCAC and Alliance titles with a 17.93-meter weight throw, while his classmate Anthony Christo placed third at 16.03.

While Viera set a Worcester State record in the weight throw to move up to sixth in the NCAA Division III ranks, it was truly a team effort.

“I had a great performance at two meets before Christmas break, but never really had another personal record until last week. This was a huge throw and a big step for me,” said Vieira. “But, this had to be done together, and a lot of the little things we talked about showed at the meet. It really was just one big family putting in the work to get it done.”

Making the jump to college has also brought Gibson closer to another one of the Lancers’ half-dozen Peabody natives who was one of his top competitors during their time in the Northeastern Conference.

Phill Bynum was my biggest competition in high school,” Gibson said. “Now, he’s my roommate. We’ve started to bond more and he’s my best friend in college. … It’s always good to have people to talk to that you’ve known for a while.”

Lynn and its surrounding North Shore communities have been a key recruiting area for Halper, who has guided both the Lancers’ men’s and women’s programs since 2002. Having such a strong base of local talent has helped bring in even more athletes.

Of the Lancers’ 11 current locals, all but two of them are freshmen or sophomores. So, the future remains bright.

“We’ve been very fortunate to get some of the better athletes from that area,” Halper said. “From a recruiting standpoint, I can put out the word, but it’s really the guys on the team who sell the program. … It’s kind of like that pipeline concept. A great area for us to go.”

 

Names and notes

  • Lynn’s Katie Burt recorded her 85th career victory for the sixth-ranked Boston College women’s hockey team on Sunday, making 11 saves in a 7-1 win over Vermont. The win moved her into a tie for ninth on the NCAA career wins chart and marked her 50th in Hockey East play, good for a second-place tie.
  • Saugus native and Malden Catholic alum Mike Vecchione recorded an assist in the Union College men’s hockey team’s 8-1 win over Dartmouth on Saturday night. It was his 51st point, setting a single-season program record.
  • Lynn’s Peter Mafo led the Westfield State men’s basketball team with 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting in Saturday’s 82-74 loss at Salem State. The Classical product also recorded three rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals.
  • Saugus’ Norma Waggett posted two double-doubles for the Salem State women’s basketball team this week, logging 20 points and 13 rebounds in last Wednesday’s 64-43 win over Bridgewater State before a 26-point, 13-rebound performance in a 91-65 loss to Westfield State on Saturday.
  • Marblehead’s Jake Kulevich scored his first goal since December and added two assists to help the Colgate University men’s hockey team finish a two-game ECAC sweep on Sunday with a 4-2 win over Yale.
  • Danvers native Vinny Clifford scored all 12 of his points from beyond the arc on Saturday as the Endicott College men’s basketball team trounced Roger Williams, 101-71, to improve to 13-3 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play.
  • Peabody’s Tom Buonopane has hit safely in six of the Eckerd College baseball team’s first seven games. The St. John’s Prep grad went 2-for-4 with two RBI in an 11-3 loss to Flagler in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader.

Opioid fight hitting home in Peabody

By LEAH DEARBORN

PEABODY — City departments are working together to combat an uptick in opioid overdoses.

There were 91 nonfatal drug overdoses and 10 fatal overdoses in 2015, leading to a combined increase of nearly 15 percent for overdoses, said Police Chief Thomas M. Griffin at a Municipal Safety Committee meeting in January.

Across Essex County, there were 236 unintentional opioid-related deaths during the same year, according to data from the state Department of Health.

The city overdose statistics for 2016 have yet to be released, but Griffin said he doesn’t expect to see dramatic changes.

Deputy Fire Chief Richard Nelson said that while the opioid epidemic is a serious problem in the area, he does not believe Peabody is suffering from an unusually high number of overdoses.

“We’re not exempt,” he said about drug use in the city.

Nelson said the department does have an outreach team that goes out on a weekly basis to speak with families about topics such as clinical services.

“We call it doorknocking,” said Nelson. “We offer assistance to basically whoever wants services.”

Griffin said that every overdose in the city is recorded, as well as the overdoses of Peabody residents that occur in other communities when the information is available.

Ha also said a crucial component in the fight against overdoses has been the decision to equip police cruisers with Narcan, a nasal spray used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioids.

“I felt it was an important piece to put in the hands of my officers … I’d rather have my guys have the ability to do that instead of having to tell a parent they weren’t able to save that child,” said Griffin.

He said the department also uses resources such as citywide organization Healthy Peabody Collaborative and Project COPE, a nonprofit substance abuse service.

Following an overdose, the Fire Department sends staff to speak with family members of the victim.

“I think the relationship between a police officer and someone who is addicted is a little bit tense,” said Griffin.

State Rep. Thomas Walsh (D-Peabody) has previously said he has plans to introduce legislation that will create a statewide registry of overdose responses.


Leah Dearborn can be reached at ldearborn@itemlive.com.

Canceled schools, parking bans are orders of the day

PHOTO BY NICOLE GOODHUE BOYD
Jessica O’Gorman of Swampscott walks her dog Cody Bear, an Old English Sheepdog, along Lynn Shore Drive on Sunday as the snow starts to pick up.

A snowy Sunday is expected to continue into this afternoon, with officials setting into place parking bans and school cancellations.

In Lynn, an on-street parking ban was set to go into place at 9 p.m. Sunday. Cars must be removed from all public streets and sidewalks. Residents can face a $150 tow fee, $35-a-day storage fee, and parking tickets for failing to comply with the parking ban, according to Department of Public Works Commissioner Andrew Hall.

Residents can park their cars at all Lynn public schools. Parking is also available at the Ellis Street municipal lot (School Street side only) and the MBTA garage at the intersection of Broad and Market streets (a parking charge per car applies).

Once the parking ban concludes, cars must be removed from these lots promptly to avoid a tow.

Trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one day all week. Today’s collection will be picked up Tuesday, Tuesday will be picked up Wednesday, Wednesday will be picked up Thursday, Thursday will picked up Friday, and Friday will be picked up Saturday.

Lynn Public Schools are closed today. Check in with the city’s website at cityoflynn.net for further updates.

Visit town.lynnfield.ma.us for updates for Lynnfield; www.marblehead.org for updates for Marblehead.

The winter parking ban remains in effect in Nahant.

Nahant Public Schools are closed today.

In Peabody, a parking ban was issued at 6 a.m. Sunday and remains in effect until further notice. As with Lynn, cars must be removed from the streets to avoid being ticketed and towed.

There will be no trash collection today, resulting in a one-day collection delay for the remainder of the week.

Peabody Public Schools are also closed today. Follow the city’s website at www.peabody-ma.gov for updates.

A parking ban went into effect in Revere at 6 p.m. Sunday. Residents should be aware of the list of emergency arteries and not park on these streets until the ban is lifted.

Cars parked on emergency arteries will be towed for the duration of the parking ban. Visit reverepolice.org/snow-emergency-parking for more information.

Trash collection appears to remain on schedule.

Revere Public Schools and offices are closed today, according to the city’s website.

A town-wide parking ban took effect in Saugus at 10 p.m. Sunday and will continue until 6 a.m. Tuesday, unless lifted sooner.

Trash and recycling collection is canceled for today. Collection will then run on a one-day delay from Tuesday through Saturday this week.

Follow saugus-ma.gov/ for more updates from the town.

In Swampscott, the snow ban began at 8 p.m. Sunday and will remain in effect until further notice. There is no on-street parking during this time.

Trash and recycling collection is delayed by one day all week.

Swampscott Public Schools are closed today.

Visit the town’s website at town.swampscott.ma.us for further updates on the snow ban and other cancellations.

Police log: 2-13-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to the Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Jose Lazu, 47, of 39 Crosby St., Lowell, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon, Class A drug possession, possession of a knife with a blade over two and a half inches and on warrant charges of marked lanes violation, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle at 10:57 p.m. Friday.

Phylecia Rucker, 30, of 86 Kingsdale St., Boston, was arrested and charged with larceny at 2:10 p.m. Saturday.

Monet Santos, 19, of 22 Darlington St., Dorchester, was arrested and charged with larceny at 2:08 p.m. Saturday.

Maria Serrano, 27, of 23 Rockmere Gardens, was arrested on warrant charges of two counts of assault and battery at 4:49 a.m. Sunday.

Dexter Soares, 27, of 8 Chase St., was arrested and charged with uninsured motor vehicle/trailer, operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, no inspection/sticker, unregistered motor vehicle and on warrants at 1:21 a.m. Saturday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 12:59 p.m. Friday at 1067 Western Ave.; at 1:01 p.m. Friday on Cooper Street; at 8:33 a.m. Sunday at Boston and Federal streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:39 p.m. Friday at Market and Broad streets; at 6:14 p.m. Friday at Sonny’s Car Wash at 700 Lynnway; at 9:10 p.m. Friday at Centre Street and Market Square; at 1:28 a.m. Saturday at 98 Richardson Road; at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at Casco Road and Lynnfield Street; at 8:43 a.m. Saturday at Showcase Laundromat at 110 Washington St.; at 9:37 a.m. Saturday at 45 Henry Ave.; at 12:34 p.m. Saturday at Alley and Shepard streets; at 10:15 p.m. Saturday at 6 Houston St.; at 11:34 p.m. Saturday at 22 Robinson St.; at 2:09 a.m. Sunday at Chestnut and Lewis streets; at 9:42 a.m. Sunday at South and Summer streets; at 10:59 a.m. Sunday at Lynnway and Market Street; at 12:48 p.m. Sunday at 70 Munroe St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 11:22 p.m. Friday at 102 Warren St.; at 1:58 a.m. Saturday at 124 Broad St.; at 1:05 p.m. Saturday at 122 Boston St.; at 11:33 p.m. Saturday at Linwood Street and Parkland Avenue.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 6:39 p.m. Friday on Western Avenue.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 7:12 p.m. Friday at 79 Lowell St.; at 3:28 p.m. Saturday at 595 Lynnway.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 10:20 p.m. Friday at Broad and Silsbee streets; at 2:49 p.m. Saturday at 11 Wentworth Place; at 6:06 p.m. Saturday at 61 Gardiner St.; at 7:04 p.m. Saturday at 399 Essex St.; at 11:10 p.m. Saturday at 94 Alley St.; at 3:17 a.m. Sunday at 56 Broad St.; at 4:19 a.m. Sunday at 23 Rockmere Gardens; at 5:56 a.m. Sunday at 86 Green St.

A report of a gunshot at 3:07 p.m. Saturday at 5 Huss Court.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 1:03 p.m. Friday on Washington Street.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:14 p.m. Friday at 43 Linwood St.; at 5:13 p.m. Friday at 53 Arlington St.; at 11:06 a.m. Saturday at 30 Broadway; at 4:16 p.m. Saturday at 61 Gardiner St.; at 10:22 a.m. Sunday at U-Haul at 282 Lynnway; at 11:21 a.m. Sunday at 53 Mall St.


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 10:53 p.m. Saturday at Shepard Street and Evans Road. A caller reported there was a man lying in the road. The man stated he was fine and didn’t need assistance. He was wearing dark clothing and “looked like a trash bag.” The man was lying directly on the road and appeared to be in his 40’s. Police couldn’t find the man.

A report of a suspicious man at 12:21 a.m. Sunday on Tedesco Street. A caller reported the man was yelling at cars and swearing randomly in the street.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle at 2:04 p.m. Friday at Babies ‘R’ Us at 300 Andover St. The victim was taken to Salem Hospital.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:34 p.m. Friday at 119 Tremont St. and 50 Mt Vernon St.; at 3:47 p.m. Friday at Kappy’s Liquor at 175 Andover St.; at 5:11 p.m. Friday at 18 Sparrow Lane. A resident reported a vehicle spun out onto the lawn. The vehicle was freed before police got there; at 10:01 a.m. Saturday at Treadwell’s Ice Cream Stand at 46 Margin St.; at 10:23 a.m. Saturday at 384 Lynnfield St. A vehicle off the road was reported; at 7:31 p.m. Saturday at 101 Main St. and 2 Washington St.; at 1:27 a.m. Sunday on Sutton Street. A car into a pole was reported; at 12:33 p.m. Sunday at 97 Winona St. and 43 Lake St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at 47 Washington St.; at 6:45 p.m. Saturday at 9 Wiseman Drive; at 8:52 p.m. Saturday at 21 Perkins St.; at 9:35 a.m. Sunday at Southwyck Condominium Association at 80 Foster St. A caller reported his car was hit by a plow.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 1:27 p.m. Saturday at 8 Aberdeen Ave. The suspect is known and items were taken.

Complaints

A neighbor dispute over snow removal was reported at 4:43 p.m. Friday at 171 Lynnfield St. The people were told to stay off each other’s property.

A report of a disturbance at 5:42 p.m. Friday at 84 Aborn St. A caller reported seeing a man vandalizing a car with a woman in it. Johnny Fantauzzi, 26, of 84 Aborn St., Apt. 2107, was summoned for assault and battery and malicious damage to a motor vehicle; at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at 102 Main St.; at 11:36 p.m. Saturday at 6 Ellsworth Road.

A report of a road rage incident at 9:25 p.m. Saturday on Lowell Street. A caller reported a car behind him was shining a laser pointer at him and interfering with his vision.

Fire

A car fire was reported at 8:19 p.m. Saturday at Haven from Hunger at 71 Wallis St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 9:16 p.m. Friday at Spring Hill Suites at 43 Newbury St. A caller reported a pair of tennis shoes, worth $130, was stolen from her hotel room.

Spartans beat Fenwick, hot goalie

ITEM PHOTO BY KATIE MORRISON
St. Mary’s Dante Maribito and Fenwick’s Kasey O’Brien collide along the boards.

By SCOT COOPER

 

PEABODY — The St. Mary’s boys’ hockey team got a goal in the first period and a goal in the second, and 20 saves between the pipes by Andrew LoRusso to get by Bishop Fenwick, 2-0,  Saturday evening in Peabody’s McVann-O’Keefe rink.

The winners peppered Crusaders goalie Matt Goulian, the junior from Melrose, all night, with both goals coming off of broken plays and a broken stick. Goulian got a piece of 32 of 34 St. Mary’s shots.

St. Mary’s dominated the early going, but did not have anything to show for its efforts. The Crusaders were on their heels early, and their first shot on goal came while short-handed, when a clearing attempt went down the ice and was swept away by LoRusso.

The Spartans finally got on the board after long stretches of intense pressure in the Fenwick end. A broken stick opened up a chance for St. Mary’s with 5:41 left in the first.

Taking advantage of a defenseman with no stick, Damon Marabito got the puck from Nick Napolitano and got a shot on net. Goulian got a piece of it, but Dante Marabito was able to get his stick on the puck before he could freeze it. Maribito buried it in the back of the net, and St. Mary’s had a 1-0 lead.

Marabito almost had his second of the period, but he rang one off the pipe to Goulian’s right with 1:20 left before the break. LoRusso made a great save of his own with just 30 ticks left in the first period when Fenwick’s Jim Moore broke in alone and tried to put a backhander home to tie it up.

St. Mary’s picked up where it left off , doubling its lead to 2-0 four minutes into the second period. Once again the puck was boxed around in front of Goulian’s cage, Nico Scalli slid toward the net from his point position and got the puck to Alec Matho, who blew it by Goulian with 11:13 left in period two.

The two teams were held scoreless in the third period, the closest call for the Spartans came when Fenwick’s Rob Murphy got a pass in the slot from Kasey O’Brien, but his wrister got nothing but metal behind LoRusso.

The Crusaders lifted Goulian with 1:12 left in the game and managed three shots before the buzzer, with LoRusso stoning Moore twice and getting a pad on a shot by Derek DelVecchio as time ran out.

Spartan (12-4-1) coach Mark Lee tipped his cap to the Crusaders’ junior goalie and his team for a good effort Saturday evening.

“I think we outshot them by a 3-1 margin, so my hat’s off to their goalie, he played really well,” Lee said.

“It was a close game,” he said. “We would have liked to convert a few more of our chances, but we didn’t convert. We pressed a little and got frustrated, but we came out with a win. We know they weren’t going to go away and they didn’t, they’re a good team.”

Senior defenseman Marc Zampanti said Fenwick played his team tough, and his team is glad to pick up two points anytime.

“We had a big win (6-0) the other night over Matignon, this was a good win for us, another shutout,” Zampanti said. “We have a huge week coming up with Andover at home Monday night, BC High on Wednesday, and we have a big game with Newburyport coming up too.”

“We’ve been playing pretty good hockey lately, and we need that to continue, this is a very big stretch for this team coming up,” the senior from Winthrop said.

Crusaders (3-13-1) coach Jim Quinlan said that if one of those shots off the post went in, things might have played out better for the home team.

“We battled, they’re an excellent team, we’re a very young team, only three seniors, it’s tough to lose so many close games,” Quinlan said. “These kids will grow, they’ll get better, we’ve been in, with the exception of a (7-0) loss to Austin Prep, every game we’ve played this season.”

Marblehead second in swim sectional

By STEVE KRAUSE

The Marblehead girls swimming team finished second in the Massachusetts sectional Saturday at the MIT pool while Bishop Fenwick was 11th, and Peabody finished 12th.

The boys meet, which was supposed to be held Sunday, was cancelled due to the impending storm. It will not be made up. However, after a similar situation happened three years ago, the MIAA established a policy for determining who goes onto next week’s state tournament.

Swimmers and divers who exceeded the fastest sectional qualifying standard will automatically proceed to the states, and divers who achieved one state qualifying score prior to the sectional will also qualify for states.

The medley relay team of Ellie Ronan, Amanda Wager, Grace McGuire and Meagan Hathaway won in 1:49.60. Ronan also won the backstroke in 58.79, which is a school record; and the 200 IM (2:07.62).

Also for the Magicians, Hathaway was third in the 200 free (1:54.76) and second in the 100 fly (59.77.95). Maguire was third in the 200 IM (2:12.96); Wager was second in the 500 free (5:20.15) and third in the 100 breast (1:10.50).

PEABODY

Two new qualifying times for the MIAA State Championship qualifying times were achieved by Millie Teague in the 200 individual medley (16th place) and in the 100 breaststroke (14th place, 1:13.00).  

The State-qualifying 200-yard medley relay team of Cailin Currie, Kirsten Currie, Millie Teague, Cana Teague achieved 10th place (1:58.53), and the same team swam the 200 free relay, also qualifying for states (10th place, 1:47.40).  

Senior Cailin Currie placed 22nd in the 200 IM (2:27.21), and 37th in the 100 fly (1:12.69); also swimming butterfly was Cana Teague (25th place, 1:06.62)  and 100 back  (27th place, 1:07.60).  Kirsten Currie finished seventh in the 100  free (56.95) and eighth in the 200 free (2:03.10).  

Besides the girls qualifiers for MIAA State Championships, Conor McCarthy is advancing to the MIAA Boys State Championships. These swimmers will be competing at girls and boys state championships next weekend at Boston University.

CLASSICAL

Sarah Sirois was eighth in diving with a score of 404.70. Carly Mendonca was ninth in the 50 free (25.60) and ninth in the 100 back (1:02.21).

Also qualifying for sectionals as relay members were Alaina Gridley, Gabriela Marquez and Rachel Brennan.  They swam the 200 free relay and 400 free relay with Mendonca.

BISHOP FENWICK

Catherine Chrisuk was fourth in the 200 IM and 10th in the 100 fly. Sophia Lumino was fifth in the 200 IM and third in the 100 breaststroke.

100 fly placed. 10th.

Senior Connor Christuk will compete in the states, as well the boys relay team.

ENGLISH

Caroline Zuffante was 36th in the 500 free (5:59.520.

Also, the 200 free relay team of Shanel Turnansky, Hannah and Emma Trahant and Kiley Moorehouse) was 23rd in 1:57.28; and the 400 free relay (Turanskey, Zuffante, Moorehouse and Emma Trahant was 25th (4:25.85).

ST. MARY’S

Senior Eve Smith finished ninth in the 200 free and 13th in the 500 free

Freshman Gabbi Marchese finished 14th in the 100 Fly.

“The girls did a really nice job on Saturday,” Spartan coach Michelle Brewster said.

 

George J. LaMonica, 84

PEABODY — Mr. George J. LaMonica, 84, of Peabody, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in a local nursing home after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Gertrude M. (Clark) LaMonica. He was born in Chelsea, the son of the late Joseph and Rose LaMonica. He was raised in Chelsea and moved to Lynn in 1960. He was a 1952 graduate of Everett Vocational and Trade School.

Mr. LaMonica was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. He served with the 3538th Field Maintenance Squadron in the Mather Air Base, California. He was a member of the American Legion Post 6, the AmVets, the Franco-American posts and the DAV. He also was a member of the Valladolid Council 70, Knights of Columbus in Lynn since 1963. He also played softball with the K of C when younger. He enjoyed square dancing and making model planes.

He was employed as a union sheet metal worker, Sheet Metal Worker’s Local 17. He retired in 1990. After his retirement he worked as a courier for North Shore Cardiovascular Associates on Highland Avenue in Salem.

Mr. LaMonica is survived by his sons, George LaMonica and his wife Susan of Lynn, and Stephen LaMonica and his wife Barbara of Beverly, his grandchildren Linda and Laura LaMonica, his brother, Nicholas Rucci of Philadelphia, his aunt Gloria LaMonica, and his friend Emma Rossi of Peabody. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. He is the brother of the late Constance Koczrowski, Joseph and Anthony Rucci.

Service information: His funeral will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt. 129) Lynn followed by a funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Lynn at 10:30 a.m. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The family prefers donations be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Peabody goes all out for Ella

PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
Teachers from the South School look over the 111 raffle items offered at the raffle extravaganza. Pictured left to right are Stacy Grayton, Deb Petras and Jennifer D’Amato.

By LEAH DEARBORN

PEABODY — A raffle fundraiser for a new South Memorial Elementary School playground brought out the community spirit on Friday night.

The school plans to dedicate the playground in the memory of Ella Jade O’Donnell, who passed away at the age of 10 last November following a battle with brain cancer.

“I think she would feel happy,” said Ella’s 13-year-old sister, Sydney O’Donnell, about the playground. “I want people to be able to have fun when they remember her.”

Dr. Monique B. Nappi, interim principal of the South School, said she only knew Ella O’Donnell for a short time, but called her a “delightful spirit” and said it was a natural choice to build the playground in her name.

Joanne Pantapas, a member of the South Memorial–Passos Avante Playground Committee, said the school only has a “tot lot” right now for its youngest pupils, whereas the new playground will be a space for all students.

Pantapas said the committee hopes to raise an additional $20,000 toward the $125,000 total needed for construction on the playground to begin.

Julie Butt, a close friend of the O’Donnell family and playground committee member, said the playground will ideally be built by the end of spring, when Ella O’Donnell’s fifth grade classmates graduate.

“Every item in the raffle was donated,” said Butt. “The outpouring of generosity has been unbelievable.”

Hand-drawn posters depicting student visions of a dream playground hung on the walls of the Peabody Elks Lodge where the raffle took place.

The playground will be built with a theme, and that theme will be community, said Pantapas.  

“I’m very excited,” said Everett resident Sergio Cornelio, who turned out to support the event. “It’s a great thing they’re doing.”

Interested parties who missed the fundraiser can make donations by sending checks to the South School, payable to the City of Peabody.

They can also attend the next fundraiser, which will be a craft fair, held March 11 at the South School.

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Leah Dearborn can be reached at ldearborn@itemlive.com.

Museum weaves way through history

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Pictured is a rare embroidery made by Araxie Chakarian in 1880 with a portrait of her family in the middle. It is one of many things to be seen at the Lynn Museum’s “Heartstrings” exhibit.

By BILL BROTHERTON

LYNN — With the unrest and anxiety in the world these days, it would be easy to politicize the timely, remarkable new exhibit that opens at the Lynn Museum this morning. It’s equally easy to just enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship of Heartstrings: Embracing Armenian Needlelace, Embroidery and Rugs.”

The exhibit features intricate needlework inspired by the stories of Armenian-Americans who have persevered through challenging times, including the murder of more than 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. Featured are items from the personal collections of several leaders in the local Armenian-American community including Mary Mooradian of Haverhill, Raffi Manjikian of Belmont and Marie Bazarian of Watertown.

Kate Luchini, who served as executive director of the museum from 2010-14, is curator of the exhibit.

“Mary (Mooradian) collected objects and wrote personal stories to go with each,” said Luchini. “Members of the Armenian-American community saved some of the needle work and lace embroidery of their grandmothers and great-grandmothers. These creations were either brought with them when they emigrated to America in the early 1900s or were created once they resettled in the United States.

“Families and groups can relate to it in their own way. It’s a special exhibit.”

Drew Russo, executive director of the museum, said there’s a large Armenian-American presence on the North Shore, especially in Peabody. “Mary and members of her church community are the main architects of the exhibit. The works are beautiful. The personal stories are fascinating. People came to this country for a better life after the atrocities at home.”

In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country. Today, most historians call this event a genocide — a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people. Properties, churches and schools were confiscated; and many beautiful works of art were destroyed and lost forever.

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“Heartstrings: Embracing Armenian Needlelace, Embroidery and Rugs” opens today, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. “Heartstrings” will be on display through June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St. For more information on this and other Lynn Museum events, call 781-581-6200 or visit www.lynnmuseum.org.