Swampscott

‘Dark’ day a good one for Lynn’s Stafford

PHOTO | BOB ROCHE
Lynn Jets goalie Jack Stafford is ready to smother the shot of Jets teammate Jon Kosmas in Shoot Out/Shooter

By GORDON VINCENT

SALEM – For the past four years, goaltender Jack Stafford has been the backbone of the Lynn Jets. In Saturday’s Northeastern Conference all-star boys hockey game, Stafford got the rare opportunity to play against two of his Jets teammates, Jon Kosmas and Ryan Clark.

Stafford made 12 saves but more importantly earned bragging rights as his team in Dark jerseys defeated the team in White jerseys, 7-6, on Saturday at Rockett Arena. James McCarthy of Marblehead scored the winning goal for the Dark team with 1:45 left in the game.

“Everyone should have an opportunity to experience a game like this,” said Stafford, who was named to the NEC All-Conference first team as well as being selected to participate in the All-Star game. “You get to play with kids you play against all season, and you get to see a different side of them. And they’re all great players.”

What’s more, Stafford stoned Kosmas twice on penalty shots the pre-game skills competition. More bragging rights.

“Yeah, there definitely was some chirping going on,” said Stafford. “If (Kosmas) had scored on me during the shootout or if either one of them had scored on me during the game, I definitely would have heard about it.”

Stafford ended up on the opposite bench from his Lynn teammates because of the five goalies selected for the game, four would have ended up on the White team, which was comprised of players from Danvers, Winthrop, Gloucester, Peabody and Lynn, sans Stafford.

The Dark team was made up of players from Marblehead, Swampscott, Revere, Beverly and Saugus.

McCarthy led the Dark team with two goals and an assist, while Andrew Dove and Mike Johnson, both of Swampscott, Drew Cioffi of Marblehead, Brendan Ronan of Saugus, and Mike Giordano of Revere scored once each. Louis Olivieri of Swampscott and Braden Haley of Marblehead had two assists each.

For the White team, Liam Lyons of Gloucester had a pair of goals, Henry Brooks of Winthrop, Chris Gillen of Peabody, Sal Costanzo of Gloucester and Rob Tibbetts of Danvers scored one goal apiece. Tibbetts added a pair of assists, as did Lynn’s Clark.

The game itself, which was carved into two, 25-minute periods of running time, was what you would expect – lots of end-to-end play, few whistles, no penalties, and almost no contact (there were two body checks during the game, both of which appeared to be accidental). The proceedings did get a bit spirited in the final minute, however, as the White team pressed for a tying goal. Stafford had to make a good stop of a shot by Winthrop’s David Barry with about 13 seconds left in the game to preserve the win.

In the skills competition, Tibbetts of Danvers was the winner of the fastest skater competition, edging Jack Poska of Swampscott in the final. Ridge Driscoll of Marblehead won the stickhandling competition, beating Colin Desmond of Danvers in the final. Winners of the shootout were Marblehead’s Haley, who defeated Jimmy Alcott of Saugus in the final, and Winthrop goaltender Ryan Skoczylas, who stopped seven of the eight shots he faced.

 

Swampscott snags top seed in Division 3 hockey

FILE PHOTO
Louis Olivieri is one of two Big Blue players who eclipsed the 100-point mark for his career this season

By SCOT COOPER

The Swampscott hockey team is in a new spot as it  awaits the start if the Division 3 hockey tournament.

The Big Blue are the top seed for the first time, finishing the regular season at 17-3, the best record in the history of the program.

Blue coach Gino Faia said the team will use this week to get healthy, and he’ll remind his team that they’ve got to play their best hockey of the year, because seeding doesn’t matter when the puck drops. “We’re very happy about our regular season, certainly, but that’s not going to mean much when we take the ice next Sunday,” Faia said. “We’re proud of our regular season, but it’s a different story now. Anything can happen in the playoffs, seeding really doesn’t matter, you have to play well no matter whether you’re seeded first or last.”

The Big Blue received a first round bye, and will play the winner of the Newton South-Lowell first round game. Swampscott has some history with both teams in previous seasons, playing Newton South in several East Boston Tournaments and beating Lowell twice last winter.

“It’s the playoffs and you’ve got to go out and win games, top seed, bottom seed, you have to do it on the ice this time of year,” Faia said. “We’ve got a good week to get ready, which we need to get everybody healthy.”

Several regulars were wiped out by different illnesses down the stretch, but the Blue still won five of their last six games despite having two of their first four defensemen out of the lineup.

Faia said pressure in the offensive end and contributions from the backline have been the keys to Swampscott’s success this season. The forwards have done a good job forcing turnovers with an aggressive fore-check and then turning them into scoring opportunities for the Blue.

“One of the things that’s really helped us is good offensive numbers from our defensemen, Jack Poska, Dom Codispoti, Emery Wollerschied and David Peterson have all had good seasons defensively, and have really contributed on the offensive end as well,” Faia said.

This is the third straight playoff trip for junior goalie Dan Johnson and the big first line of Mike Johnson, Andrew Dove and Louis Olivieri. Both Mike Johnson and Olivieri cracked the 100-point plateau for Swampscott this winter.

“We do have a lot of guys with playoff experience, certainly but I think this season we really are a deep team and can play three lines and get production from all three lines,” Faia said.

In Division 1, St. Mary’s (13-7-2) awaits word of its first-round opponent. The Spartans won’t know until after tonight’s Division 1A play-in games.

In Division 2, No. 12 Saugus (9-7-4) will try to knock off No. 5 Methuen (12-4-4) Tuesday night in Woburn. The Sachems will try to get their footing back after dropping their final two games of the regular season

“It’s important that we shore up a few things defensively, and it’s important that we play our game,” said Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci.

“We need to get in there aggressively on the forecheck, and really, just play our game. We need to bring our game, and not let them bring their game to us.”

Natalucci will be counting on a strong performance in the net from junior Nick Sanderson and will look for some scoring punch up front from Brendan Ronan (18-12-30), Brendan Patterson (12-8-20) and top-scoring defenseman Mike Sarnacchiaro (5-10-15).

“When things are working for us, it’s our speed, getting pucks in deep, playing the game down low,” Natalucci said. “We’ve got three lines that can all skate really well, and when we forecheck the way that we’re capable of, and play the game down low we have a lot of success.”

No. 3 Danvers (15-3-2) and winner of the Northeastern Conference/North crown, grabbed a bye awaits the winner of the Tewksbury-Stoneham game. Coach Steve Baldasarre said his team bounced back from a tough stretch in the middle of the season and closed the schedule very well.

“We really just have to keep playing with the consistency we’ve been playing with lately, we had our little lull, three losses, in the middle of the season,” Baldasarre said. “The guys got refocused they worked hard, the guys picked each other up, and we had a lot of guys step up after a few guys got hurt.”

No. 4 Winthrop (13-3-4) will try to shake off a rough stretch to close the season; junior forward Tyler Mignosa suffered a back injury in practice and will be out of action for three months, according to coach Dale Dunbar.

“He (Mignosa) went out five games ago, and we haven’t won since, we’ve managed a couple of ties, but I’m a little concerned about our recent play,” Dunbar said. “Tyler’s one of those kids that does everything for you, and you really miss him when he’s out of the lineup.”

Winthrop will square off against the No. 13 seed Lynnfield Tuesday night at 7:30 in Stoneham.

No. 9 Marblehead (12-6-4) comes into the tournament with a 6-0-2 in February to finish with 12 wins after a 0-4-1 start. Coach Bob Jackson said his team would need an A-plus effort Tuesday (7:30) at the Chelmsford Forum against North Andover.

“North Andover is very, very formidable opponent, and we are definitely going to have to play one of our best games of the year to beat them,” Jackson said. “If you look at their record, they played a great schedule this year, they beat Danvers, they beat Tewksbury, they beat Lincoln-Sudbury. Some of the teams that are ahead of them in the playoff standings they played really well against.”

Marblehead will need solid play in the net from senior Ronan Cunningham and scoring from the first line of Braden Haley, James McCarthy and Drew Cioffi. Marblehead’s second line has been a pleasant surprise this winter, with Sam Cioffi and Jacob Garfield playing with freshman Zach Piersol. Piersol didn’t make the team to start the year, but worked his way onto the team and has scored some very big goals for Marblehead.

Marian L. Granese, 87

OSSIPEE, N.H. — Mrs. Marian L. Granese, age 87, of Ossipee, N.H., died Friday Feb. 24, 2017, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Anthony Granese, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage. Born and raised in Saugus, she was the daughter of the late George and Agnes Hannon. She lived in Swampscott and Danvers prior to moving to Ossipee in 1994. The Graneses have also spent winters in Orlando, Fla., since 1986. Her life was dedicated to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Earlier in life she worked for Stone and Webster Engineering, and various banks in Boston as a bookkeeper. Later in life she worked as a Realtor for Vernon A. Martin. Marian was an avid golfer, enjoying the greens as a member of the Ventura Country Club in Orlando, Fla., and the Indian Mound Golf Club in Ossipee, N.H., where she achieved a “hole-in-one” and then 17 years later, achieved her second. She was an integral part of the Committee for Rally for the Cure, annually held at the Ventura Country Club. Every year she vowed to attain more donations than the year before and always exceeded expectations. She was also an active member of the Sunshine Club. She was a longtime parishioner of St. John’s Church as well as Holy Family Church.

She is survived by her children; Michael Granese of Tewksbury, Laurie Walton and her husband Sean of Ossipee, N.H., Richard Granese and his wife Donna of Newburyport, and Sherren Granese and her husband Jack Henebury of Newton, 10 grandchildren; Michael Granese and his wife Lisa, Joseph Granese, Stacey Granese, Katie Bliss and her husband Bryan, Anthony “Tony” Granese, Kerri George, Donald Granese, Jeffrey, Matthew, and Molly Henebury, along with 14 great-grandchildren.

Service information: Marian’s funeral will be held Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 9 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Rt. 1A) Lynn, MA 01902, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church, Lynn, followed by burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marian’s name to the Rally for the Cure c/o Mrs. Lynn Karcsh, 3471 Pinebrook Ct. Orlando, FL 32822. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.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.

Helen I. Feinberg, 92

SWAMPSCOTT — Helen I. (Bulafkin) Feinberg 92, of Swampscott, formerly of Chelsea, beloved wife of the late Julius “Moxie” Feinberg, died Feb. 21, 2017 at the Devereux House in Marblehead surrounded by her family.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Rose (Ligols) Bulafkin. Raised and educated in Chelsea, a graduate of Chelsea High School and was employed at Chelsea City Hall for many years. She was also a home maker who enjoyed her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a 20-year resident of Swampscott.

She is survived by her three sons, Richard Feinberg and his wife Laural, Stuart Feinberg, both of Swampscott, and Ralph Feinberg and his wife Janet of Newton; her grandchildren, Jordan Feinberg of Newton and Julie R. Lucas of Swampscott; and her two great grandchildren, Kyle and Dylan Lucas of Swampscott.

Service information: Private graveside services were held at Liberty Progressive Cemetery, Everett. Memorial observance to be held in the recreation room at Crown Pointe, 400 Paradise Road, Swampscott, Monday, Feb. 27 from 12-5 p.m. Assisting the family with arrangements is the TORF Funeral Service, 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea. For guest book please visitwww.torffuneralservice.com.

 

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.

 

Swampscott school race draws contenders

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — Two incumbents are vying to retain their seats on the School Committee.

Suzanne Wright and Gargi Cooper could face a challenge from Melissa Camire, who also pulled nomination papers for a chance to fill one of the two open seats.

Wright and Cooper are running for a second, three-year term on the school committee.

Candidates have until March 3 to obtain nomination papers and until March 7 to return them. Fifty certified signatures are required for a candidate to appear on the ballot. The local election is April 25.

Wright said she decided to run because she is enjoying the whole process of being on the committee. She said it took almost a full year to get up to speed after initially being elected.

“Now, I feel we’re working really well as a committee,” Wright said. “It’s been really rewarding.”

If re-elected, Wright said she is looking forward to some new projects, including seeing a new school get built. School officials intend to submit a statement of intent to the Massachusetts School Building Authority by April. Officials are seeking state support for one or several new school buildings in Swampscott, which would be for a new elementary or middle school.

Wright said she wants to be a part of the continuation of the mental health initiative in town. Two new programs were recently unveiled at Swampscott High School, aimed at providing a supportive environment for students suffering from mental or emotional health concerns. Wright said she wants to see those programs introduced at the middle school. She also wants to see a comprehensive technology plan for the entire district.

Cooper said she decided to run for a second term because she believes in her tenure, the committee has created transparency between the school department and the community.

“I feel that we have made positive movement on many initiative(s) that help unite resources for the town and the school department,” Cooper said in an email. “The school department underwent a large amount of changes over the past three years during my term and I am proud that during this process a lot of important initiatives have occurred, including a new facilities director that has helped unite the school and town on improving our aging facilities.

“I believe continuity is also important in our school department and feel that I will help continue this positive momentum,” she said.

Camire could not be reached for comment.

Elections taking shape in Swampscott

uAmy O’Connor, vice-chair of the school committee, also spoke about the importance of continuity on the board, and endorsed her fellow members. If Wright and Cooper win, she said it would be the first time in more than 10 years that there is consistency on the board.

“With all the turnovers in school leadership in the past decade, Swampscott can’t seem to maintain any traction,” O’Connor wrote in a text message. “Hopefully, we will this time … We’ve had so many (superintendents) and principals. This is traction we need. We are in the midst of making difficult decisions.

“If you had asked me two years ago if I would support their re-election, I’m not sure what my answer would have been,” O’Connor said. “It was a slow start. But I can say categorically that I support them now. We disagree on a lot, but it is great discourse and positive friction. Each one of us is pushing the others to be our best.”

There is one open seat on the Planning Board. Angela Ippolito, chairwoman of the board, is running for a second five-year term.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to run again for another term,” Ippolito said. “I love the work that we do on the planning board. I think it’s really important.”

Ippolito said the planning board is the authority for site plan review. She said the board manages the town’s zoning bylaws and any change comes before it. The board doesn’t look at zoning as putting restrictions on what a developer can do, but rather as trying to encourage the right type of development in town.

She said the board also develops and executes a master plan. The town’s master plan was completed last spring, and will be implemented over a 10-year period. Many municipal departments and boards have responsibility for various parts of the plan, but the planning board coordinates and oversees the process, she added.

Ippolito said she also wants to continue to work on spearheading the town’s effort to purchase White Court, the former Marian Court College, and utilize the property for a public use. The 6.2-acre site is owned by the Sisters of Mercy.

“We are doing all those things finally,” she said. “I feel that it’s a board working really well together.”

As reported in The Item on Wednesday, Naomi Dreeben and Laura Spathanas, chair and vice-chair of the Board of Selectmen respectively, have announced they will be running for a second, three-year term. Both said they want to continue to see town projects move forward, as part of their reason for running.

There are four other open seats in town, and all of the incumbents are running. As of Thursday afternoon, no challengers have pulled papers. Only Michael McClung, town moderator, has returned his papers and is guaranteed to appear on the ballot, according to Town Clerk Susan Duplin. He is running for a second, one-year term.

William Sullivan is running for another three-year term on the Board of Assessors. Martha Dansdill is trying for another three-year term on the Board of Health.

Duplin said local elections usually average about 20 percent voter turnout.


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

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.

LYNN

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.

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.

Elections taking shape in Swampscott

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — Two seats are up for grabs on the Board of Selectmen for the April 25 local election.

Naomi Dreeben and Laura Spathanas, chair and vice-chair respectively, have announced they will run for a second, three-year term.

William DiMento, a Swampscott attorney, also pulled papers to run, but said he’s not going to return them, after learning the two incumbents are running again. Speaking from Florida on Wednesday, the former school committee member said he retired about a year ago, and isn’t taking on any more legal cases. He wants to travel. He said he likes the current board members and thinks the town is going in the right direction.

Candidates have until March 3 to obtain nomination papers and until March 7 to return them. Fifty certified signatures are required for a candidate to appear on the ballot.

“After some very serious consideration, I have decided to run for reelection to the board of selectmen,” Dreeben said at a recent board meeting. “It is a very big commitment … What I realized is that after three years of really getting up to speed and becoming familiar with the issues and the policies and the programs we have here in town, I now have this body of knowledge, and I want to be able to use it more effectively. And I want to see a few more things that we’ve initiated come to fruition.”

Dreeben said she is excited at the chance of working with new Town Administrator Sean Fitzgerald and wants to be able to continue to work with the schools as well.

“I feel very invested in the work that we do as a board and I’m very interested in continuing for one more term,” Dreeben said.

Spathanas said there are lots of exciting things happening in the town that she continues to want to be a part of. There are lots of unresolved issues that the board hasn’t finished yet and things it hasn’t started yet, she added.

“Three years ago, when I was first elected and after our campaign, I told the town it was an honor to be elected and to be able to serve,” Spathanas said. “It’s really, throughout the three years, it’s been, continued to be an honor to serve our residents, to serve with this board, other members that have come and gone over the last three years.”

Selectman Peter Spellios spoke about the importance of continuity on the board. He added that he’s learned lots from Dreeben in the past year and a half. He said Spathanas is part of the reason the board has positive traction on a lot of things, adding that she’s open-minded and listens.

Initially, DiMento said he considered running out of frustration, with what he considered to be a spendthrift town. He said town government spends far more than it can afford to, which has caused Swampscott to have one of the highest tax rates on the North Shore and puts a strain on the majority of residents who don’t have children in school. He thinks the schools are given too much money.

“I’m a strong believer in public education, but I’m not a strong believer in wasting taxpayers’ money,” DiMento said. “Let’s give them a school system. Let’s not give them a Cadillac.”

Ferryway student rolls over barriers


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

 

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.

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.

Baker fundraiser tops the menu at Porthole

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Gov. Charlie Baker is interviewed at the entrance to the Porthole Restaurant.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — The 2018 governor’s race is 20 months away and Gov. Charlie Baker hasn’t even said if he will seek a second term.

But that didn’t stop the popular Republican from holding a fundraiser at the Porthole Restaurant Tuesday night with a few dozen supporters including fellow GOP Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy.

“I support the governor,” said Kennedy. “I endorsed him the first time around and I think he’s done a good job for the commonwealth keeping an eye on the finances. I support him for reelection.”

The Item was invited to the event by the Mass GOP. But the party’s finance consultant stopped a reporter at the door saying it was private. Participants paid $250, $500 or $1,000 to chat with the governor and enjoy appetizers.

Saugus staking out a Hilltop vision

“This is in my backyard,” Baker said before going in, referencing his Swampscott address. “There will be people in there that I’ve known a lot longer than just my life in politics, so we will spend some time talking about the commonwealth, the success we’ve had improving the economy and some of the initiatives we’ve been pursuing on the opioid epidemic.”

Baker declined to say whether he is planning to run for reelection.

“Karyn (Lt. Gov. Polito) and I have talked about having this conversation at some point this year, but we haven’t had it yet,” he said. “There’s enough stuff … that we have to follow through on, like dealing with the MBTA or the opioid epidemic. We’ve made lots of progress on the Department of Children & Families and we have tons of work to do there. And then there’s a question of what would we want a second term to be about.  We were clear when we got into this … that we wanted to focus on strong communities, a strong economy and strong schools, and bring that fix-it mentality to state government. For the most part we’ve been reasonably successful.”

But not everyone agrees. So far, at least two Democrats have expressed interest in the governor’s job.

Jay Gonzalez, the former budget chief for former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, has said he plans to challenge the popular incumbent.

He said the Bay State needs a governor who will stand up to Republican President Donald Trump and defend the state’s values. He said the governor too often sits on the political sidelines.

“There are too many people in our state, families, working families, who are still struggling to get ahead,” Gonzalez told WBZ. “There are too many people who need a governor who’s going to stand up and make sure they know that every single person in the state is included and is welcome and that the governor’s going to be there to fight for them. Right now I don’t think we have a governor that’s doing that.”

The other potential challenger is Newton Mayor Setti Warren. In a recent interview with The Item, the Democrat said he will back a tax on millionaires to help pay for needed school, transit and housing initiatives. He said fellow Democrats are too timid to call for more taxes.

“We have economic growth, but people are struggling,” he said. “There is a case to be made that we can do better.”

If he runs, Setti said his focus would be on on improving schools, housing and transportation with cash from a new 4 percent tax on residents whose income exceeds $1 million. The question on whether to impose the tax is expected to be on the November ballot.

The other person being talked about is Attorney General Maura Healey. The Democrat trounced her Republican opponent John Miller in 2014 with nearly 62 percent of the vote. But on Tuesday she tried to squash persistent chatter that she may run for governor next year, saying that the role of attorney general has never been more important.

“I’m running for reelection,” Healey said on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio on Tuesday. “It’s never been as important as it is now to do my job and do my job well. Certainly we have our hands full, so that’s what I’m focused on.”

Whoever takes on Baker, it won’t be easy. In a recent survey by WBUR, Baker was more popular than liberal Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Only 44 percent said Warren deserves reelection while 51 percent view her favorably.

In contrast, Baker’s favorability rating is 59 percent — 8 points better than Warren. Even more striking is that only 29 percent of poll respondents think someone else should get a chance at the governor’s office, the survey said.

If he does decide to run, Baker has amassed a $4.7 million war chest, according to his most recent report with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance. That doesn’t include his take on the Porthole fundraiser.

James Cowdell, executive director of the Lynn Economic Development and Industrial Corp., the city’s development bank, who attended the event, praised Baker for creating the Lynn Economic Advancement and Development (LEAD) team with the mayor whose mission is to cut through the bureaucracy and jumpstart construction on the Lynnway.

“We have major projects in the pipeline. The governor lives next door to us in Swampscott, and we are hoping for continued good things in Lynn,” he said.

Material from the Associated Press and State House News was used in this report.


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.


SAUGUS

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.


SWAMPSCOTT

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.

Robert Minsky, 89

SWAMPSCOTT — Minsky, Robert “Bob,” of Swampscott, formerly of Dorchester, Mattapan and Revere, entered into rest on Feb. 21, 2017 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of the late Edith (Itzkovitz) Minsky.

Father of Richard and his wife Denise Minsky of Salem and Paul Minsky of Lynn. Loving brother of the late Florence. Cherished grandfather of Alyssa, Cherice (Chris) and Jason. Great-grandfather of Caity.

Service information: Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at STANETSKY-HYMANSON Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem. Interment will be held at Beth Jacob Cemetery in Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s name may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or at www.caredimensions.org.

Marblehead collects for a good cause

By LINDSEY RYAN

MARBLEHEAD — A community donation drive to collect items needed by Syrian refugees is pushing toward its goal of filling a 40-foot container for shipment by month’s end.

Members of Swampscott Unites, Respects and Embraces (SURE) are working with local organizations SPUR and The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor to collect donations for Nu Day Syria to help refugees. Nu Day Syria is a nonprofit organization that aids Syrian refugees as well as citizens living in Syria.

“I think it’s such a positive thing to turn the sentiments into action. I think it’s huge to do it together, to be reminded of how many around you are as concerned and as desiring to make an impact,” said volunteer Susannah Ketchum Glass.

Donations for Syrian refugees are being sorted at the Marblehead Community Charter Public School through this month. The volunteers have been sorting and packing clothing, as well as medical supplies, canned food and other items ranging from shampoo to sleeping bags, sanitary pads and toys.

Swampscott resident Keli Khatib’s husband is Syrian and the local woman called the collection effort “near and dear to our hearts.” Khatib has done previous work for the organization, helping with sorting donations.

“The need for donations for these containers, because they are expensive, is great … People want to help … so we just encourage them to get involved,” said Khatib.

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Rosaleen Doherty, chairwoman of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s service committee, said the organization’s motto, “Service Above Self,” mirrors the refugee assistance effort.

“It’s inspiring to see so many individuals and organizations come together so immediately and so generously to work together to address this humanitarian need,” she said.

For questions about donations, please contact Doherty at Right at Home Senior Care at 978-234-0672 or Right at Home Senior Care at 978-744-5151.

Marblehead businesses and organizations including Coldwell Banker, 2 Atlantic Ave.; Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA, 40 Leggs Hill Road; Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey St.; National Grand Bank, 91 Pleasant St.; St. Andrews Church, 135 Lafayette St.; and Residential Front Porch, 5 Trager Road, are accepting donations during business hours.

In Swampscott, Swampscott Atlantic Hearing Care, Suite 1G, 990 Paradise Road; Eastern Bank, 405 Paradise Road; First Church Congregational, 40 Monument Ave. (accepting from 10 a.m. to noon); and the Swampscott Senior Center, 200 Essex St., are accepting donations.

Donations can also be delivered directly to the warehouse at the Marblehead Community Charter Public School, 17 Lime St., on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about Nu Day Syria, visit nudaysyria.net or the organization’s Facebook page. For updates and more information about the February Collection for Nu Day Syria, visit The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s website at www.rcomh.org or the club’s Facebook page. For updates and specific volunteer opportunities, visit SPUR’s website at www.spur.community or its Facebook page, or S.U.R.E.’s Facebook page.

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.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

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

Scott H. Robertson, 46

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. — Scott Howard Robertson, age 46, of Somersworth, N.H., formerly of Plymouth, died suddenly at Wentworth Douglass Hospital, Dover, N.H., on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

Born in Lynn, Scott was the son of Betty Jane Curran of Peoria, Ariz., and George R. Robertson and his wife Barbara of Stoneham. He was raised in Swampscott and was a graduate of Swampscott High School. Prior to moving to Somersworth seven years ago, he had lived in Plymouth with his family for many years.

Scott had worked as a painter for C&R Painting in Somersworth. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his children.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Lillian and Boston Robertson of Plymouth; his brother, Glenn T. Robertson of Lynn; his former wife, Erin Robertson of Plymouth; his partner, Krista Brown and her family, of Somersworth, and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Service information: A memorial service will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Memorial visitation Monday from 4-7 p.m. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.

 

North Shore has holes to fill

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Pictured is a pothole on North Franklin Street where it blends with Linwood Road.

By LEAH DEARBORN

Rough roads in winter are a fact of life.

But local public works departments are making an effort to put a freeze on potholes.

Danny Diroche of Los V Tires & Auto Service on Chestnut Street said he’s seen a lot of weather-related repairs in the wake of recent storms.

“It’s everywhere, you know,” he said about the cracks and crevices New England winters are notorious for creating.

Diroche cited well-traveled streets in Lynn like Western Avenue and Franklin Street as popular places for potholes.

Ward 5 City Councilor Dianna Chakoutis said she hasn’t had many complaints about holey roads this winter, nor has she hit too many while out driving on her own. She said the city Department of Public Works (DPW) has quickly patched any potholes she’s reported.

“It’s not as bad as a couple of years ago, but there are some,” said Ward 1 Councilor Wayne Lozzi. “I would hope this is an average winter. Two years ago was pretty traumatic for a lot of city residents.”

Lozzi said the record snowfall amounts of 2015 did serve as a learning experience for the city.

He said Lynn is now better equipped to handle snow removal following changes to snow policy ordinances and the purchase of more and better equipment.  

In Ward 7, Councilor Jay Walsh said that part of the difficulty in effectively treating potholes before spring comes from the fact that most hot top plants in the area tend to close during the cold months.

Walsh said that in low temperatures, a huge amount of energy is required to keep the tar heated and prevent it from congealing.

As a result, many communities purchase hot boxes to store, haul and dispense small amounts of hot asphalt for pavement repair.

Gino Cresta, Swampscott’s DPW director, said the town purchased their own hot box last year, which has been out patching potholes three times per week.

He said that while plenty of streets still need serious attention, the hot box was one of the best investments the department has made in the past several years.

Arthur Graves, director of Public Works in Marblehead, said potholes are an inevitability in winter, but his department is also equipped with a hot box and will respond whenever they receive a complaint.

“We get them, we’re trying to keep up with them,” he said.

Aggregate result is space for Saugus


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

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.

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.

Police nab Marblehead trail assault suspect

By GAYLA CAWLEY

MARBLEHEAD — The GPS bracelet that has already linked Mounir Rhoulam, 39, of Swampscott, to a rash of tire slashings and five alleged assaults against women on the Lynn-Swampscott line, has also tied him to an assault last October on the Marblehead Rail Trail.

On Oct. 26, police received a call shortly after 11 a.m. that a man had exposed himself and tried to grab a woman on the portion of the popular 4-mile trail outside Tower School, a private pre-K to 8 school on West Shore Drive. The trail connects Marblehead, Swampscott and Salem.

Rhoulam was arraigned in Lynn District Court Wednesday on charges of open and gross lewdness, indecent exposure and assault. He was also arraigned on numerous other charges stemming from a Jan. 9 arrest by Swampscott Police. After his arrest, police discovered Rhoulam was already on probation, and a GPS ankle bracelet put him in the area of five alleged assaults against women in Swampscott and Lynn.

Police also believe, through the suspect’s GPS bracelet, Rhoulam was in the area of a rash of tire slashings that began in October and ended in January. A total of 32 people reported their tires slashed in Swampscott alone. There have been no tire slashings in the area since Rhoulam’s arrest. Lynn and Saugus Police also reported similar incidents.

Rhoulam was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Feb. 23.

Police eye Swampscott man in tire slashings

According to court documents, on the date of the incident in Marblehead, the victim told police she was walking alone on the path toward Salem when she saw a man ahead of her on a bike in the area of the Tower School athletic fields. At first, she related, she wasn’t concerned, but became nervous when he got off the bike. She told police the man had exposed and grabbed himself with his right hand, while trying to grab her with his left hand. She jumped back and screamed for help and then the man fled on the bike toward Salem without making physical contact or saying a word, according to the documents.

Several people on the path who heard her yell came to her aid and helped her call 911, but when asked, none of them had seen the incident, according to documents.

Schools were notified of the incident by police, who searched the area with assistance from a Salem K9 unit, but the suspect was not found. Police continued to patrol the rail trail the day after the alleged assault, with no sighting of the suspect the victim described. A woman came forward on the day of the incident after seeing a news broadcast about the alleged assault to relate an odd encounter on the path to police. The woman told police about an encounter she had walking on the path on Oct. 23, when she felt someone behind her and turned to see a man on a bike. She said the man rummaged around in his bag for longer than it should have taken him to find anything, as the bag was very small, and was “panting” while doing so. She was concerned enough to pick up a large rock, and told police she left with the feeling she wanted to tell other walkers or joggers to avoid the trail, according to court documents.

Marblehead Police Sgt. Sean Brady wrote in his report that he spoke with Swampscott Police Sgt. Tim Cassidy on Jan. 12 regarding the arrest of Rhoulam. Brady wrote that Rhoulam, a registered sex offender, is on probation and wears a GPS monitoring bracelet. Police checked Rhoulam’s sex offender registry photo, which matched the description of the suspect from the rail trail assault case, court documents say.

Brady spoke with Rhoulam’s probation officer, who was able to access his whereabouts on Oct. 26. The GPS bracelet placed him in the same location of the encounter with the victim at approximately 11 a.m., according to court documents. The probation officer said Rhoulam had been on probation for a sexual assault conviction out of Revere.

In Lynn, overall crime drops, violence jumps


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

 

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.

Gearing up plan for the Lynnway

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — One of the last hurdles to win approval for a $500 million development designed to transform a desolate section of the Lynnway is scheduled for next week.

Engineers for Swampscott developer Charles Patsios will present plans for the 65-acre former General Electric Co. Gear Works property to the Lynn Conservation Commission  Tuesday night. The six-member panel’s mission is to protect wetlands and water resources.

The developer is seeking approval for the project to be built on the Saugus River. The commission can regulate or prohibit activities that may alter waterways.

When completed, the complex is expected to feature a 1,260-unit apartment tower, boutique retail, restaurants, a gym and new roads within walking distance to bike trails, beaches and the MBTA.

Michael Toomey, a commission member, said the group will review their plans and if the members have any questions, they will be raised at that meeting.

“At some point, we will most likely issue an order that lays down the conditions we expect them to follow to protect the waterway and comply with the state wetlands laws and local bylaws,” he said.

Patsios said he is not worried about satisfying the commission.

“There are no issues that I’m aware of,” he said. “It’s a matter of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s. I don’t see any problems or obstacles.”

He said his team recently reached a milestone deal with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to expand the use of the nearby MBTA River Works Station at the GE plant on Western Avenue. Today, the T only stops at the factory on the Newburyport/Rockport Line for GE employees. But under an agreement in the works with MassDOT, the station would be expanded for all commuters, including the new residents at the Patsios project.

“We have a tentative agreement and MassDOT is working on the documents,” he said.  

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack could not immediately be reached for comment.

Patsios paid $7.6 million in 2014 to purchase the parcel from GE and has been working to win approval from a variety of city and state agencies ever since.

Of the three major projects in the works on the Lynnway, the Patsios project is the grandest and the priciest and could be a game changer for the city. It has the potential to unlock billions in gleaming residential and commercial real estate projects and transform the Lynnway.

Joseph O’Donnell, founder of Boston Culinary Group and Belmont Capital in Cambridge, is developing a 17-acre site for a $69 million luxury apartment project across the Lynnway that would include 250 units in a three-story building. At the other end of the Lynnway,  Louis Minicucci Jr. and Arthur Pappathanasi are working to turn the vacant Beacon Chevrolet site into an $80 million oceanfront apartment community. If approved, the project will include 348 apartments in two buildings across from North Shore Community College.

“As soon as we have all the approvals in place from the Conservation Commission, the city’s Inspectional Services Department and the state, we will then get to the financing,” Patsios said.

Council weeds out pot clinic locations


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

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.

Johnson, Solis pace Classical past English

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Erick Solis (right) looks for a shot as Charlie de Rochmont defends. 

By KATIE MORRISON

LYNN — The Classical boys basketball team is tough to contain.

Tuesday night, the Rams sunk Beverly behind nine three-pointers. On Wednesday night, Classical did the most damage on easy layups in transition to top rival English, 69-46, at the Paul Cavanagh Field House.

“To be honest, we really prefer the transition game,” Classical coach Tom Grassa said. “It’s kind of gravy. As the expression goes, you live and die with threes, and we’ve had some nights, like against Beverly, when we’re 9-for-17 (behind the arc), we were terrific. But then we’ve had nights when we’ve been 3-for-22.”

Classical was in control from the get-go in this one, and left English searching for its 10th win which will boost the Bulldogs into the tournament. The Bulldogs have one game left on the season.

“We have to go after it,” English coach Steve Stranahan said. “If we don’t come out with energy, we’re not going to play well.  If you can’t get up for your inner-city rival, then shame on you. There’s no excuses, just go out and get it.”

The energy was high in the Cavanagh gymnasium on English’s Senior Night, and the game was fast-paced right off the bat. Jaylen Johnson opened the scoring on a breakaway layup, and added another in similar fashion after Edwin Solis forced English to turn the ball over on the full court press. Tommy Rijo got the Bulldogs on the board with a three, but Classical responded with layups from Dyrrell Rucker and Johnson to open the lead to 8-3. Stranahan called a timeout to get his team back on track.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they weren’t able to slow down the Rams, and Classical ran the lead up to 17-8 at the end of the quarter.

“We like to set the tone with teams to be very up tempo,” Grassa said. “A lot of time we press not to get a steal, but just to force the other team to be uncomfortable. A lot of teams have terrific half court offense if you allow them to walk the ball down.”

The opening period was a sloppy quarter, as each team turned the ball over five times, but it was Classical that was able to capitalize on the messy play.

“They were getting after the rebounds, (Edwin) Solis he throws it long and beats us up the court for some easy baskets,” Stranahan said. “They’re a very good team. In order to contain them, our shots shouldn’t be flying way out and letting them get rebounds. Our shots weren’t falling, they were getting rebounds and getting up the court and getting baskets.”

English cut the lead down to four, 19-15, midway through the second, as Angel Soto put back offensive rebounds on two straight possessions. But that’d be as close as the Bulldogs would get, and the Rams went on a 7-0 run to open it up. Classical led 36-21 at the half.

Johnson put up 15 points in the quarter, most on layups in transition. For English, Ivy Lopes did the heavy lifting with nine points, all coming in the second.

The Bulldogs were unable to gain any ground in the third. A couple of bad turnovers allowed Classical to up the lead to 20, 48-28, with three minutes left in the quarter.

The Rams never let up on the gas, and held English at bay to cruise to the win. Other than a three from Edwin Solis early in the game, Classical’s only baskets from behind the arc came late in the fourth quarter when both teams had emptied their benches.

Johnson scored a game-high 22 points, adding three steals. Erick Solis scored 19 to go with five rebounds and three steals, and Edwin Solis (8 rebounds) and Rucker each added seven points.

For English, Lopes led the way with 17 points, and Javonte Edwards scored seven. Frank Perry chipped in with six points and five rebounds.

The Bulldogs close out the regular season Friday in Swampscott, and need to beat the Big Blue to make the state tournament. Classical has a huge matchup against Marblehead Friday night.

 

McCarthy scores twice, Magicians down Sachems

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Marblehead’s Aidan Gillis reaches around Saugus’ Brenden Patterson to get the puck. 

By MIKE ALONGI 

SAUGUS — Behind two goals from senior forward James McCarthy, the Marblehead boys hockey team took down the Saugus Sachems, 4-1, at Kasabuski Arena on Wednesday night. The win punched a tournament ticket for the Magicians (10-6-3).

Senior forward Braden Haley notched a four-point night with a goal and three assists, while Drew Cioffi added a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Ronan Cunningham had 18 saves in the win.

“The ice conditions weren’t the greatest out there tonight, but we talked to the guys about fighting through it,” said Marblehead coach Bob Jackson. “Once we got those two goals in the second, I think we were able to carry that momentum through the rest of the game.”

For Saugus (9-5-4), junior forward John Torres scored the lone goal on an assist from senior forward Brenden Patterson. Junior goalie Nick Sanderson had 27 saves.

“I think we competed hard and played well through the first two periods, but in the third I think [Marblehead] wanted it more,” said Saugus coach Jeff Natalucci. “I would’ve liked to see a little more from our guys in that last period, but we just have to keep working.”

Both teams came out flying in the first period, with each recording six shots on goal in the frame. Haley had a great scoring opportunity for the Magicians but missed the post, while Saugus got several good scoring chances on a powerplay midway through the period. But, both goalies stood tall in net and the first period ended as it started, at 0-0.

The Sachems got another powerplay chance early in the second period, but Marblehead’s penalty kill was rock-solid all night and didn’t allow anything close to the net, mainly due to the Magicians’ ability to block shots in the open ice.
Marblehead got on the board first with 7:35 left in the second. Haley sent the puck behind the net to Cioffi, who maneuvered around before flicking a pass out front to McCarthy, who fired a wrist shot from the slot right into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

After yet another unsuccessful powerplay opportunity, the Sachems were able to answer with a goal of their own. After a battle for the puck behind the Marblehead net, Patterson took control of the puck and sent a quick pass to Ronan, who was waiting next to the net. Instead of making a pass or skating out to get a better angle on the shot, Ronan flipped the puck up and scored top shelf on a shot from almost behind the net to tie the score at 1-1.

The tie was short-lived, however, as McCarthy cleaned up a puck in front of the net to take a 2-1 lead with 50 seconds left in the period.

There wasn’t any action in the third period until about four minutes left, when Cioffi grabbed a rebound from a Haley shot and deked past Sanderson to make it 3-1.

Saugus had more powerplay chances in the third period, but once again they could not find the net. The Sachems went 0-for-5 on the powerplay on the night.

“I thought we had plenty of good opportunities, but we just couldn’t finish,” said Natalucci. “Our puck movement was there, but they blocked a lot of shots. And even when we did get the shots through, we’re not going hard enough to the net. So we’ve got to work on it and get better.”

While Jackson obviously doesn’t want his team committing five penalties in any game, he was pleased with the way his guys killed them off.

“Penalties have been an issue for us all year, and we took some dumb ones tonight,” said Jackson. “It’s been a point of focus all year and will continue to be, but the way the guys fought through that adversity was good to see.”

After Saugus pulled its goalie with 1:35 to go, Haley was able to score an empty-netter to seal the win for Marblehead.

The Magicians will finish out the regular season with three more games, starting with a game against NEC foe Swampscott on Saturday at Rockett Arena in Salem.

Saugus will take on North Reading at Kasabuski Arena on Friday night.

Minor leaguer January suspended

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Swampscott’s Ryan January will miss the first 50 games of the minor league baseball season.

Five minor league baseball players, including Swampscott’s Ryan January, have been suspended following alleged violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

January, a catcher, who was taken in the eighth round of the Major League baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, has has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine, a stimulant on the list of banned substances, according to the office of baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. The suspension of January, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Missoula, Mont., Osprey of the Pioneer League, will be effective at the start of the season.

In 51 games in Missoula last year, January, who is 19, batted .273. However, he showed good power with the Osprey, with 10 homers. He also knocked in 26 runs, had an on-base percentage of .376, a slugging percentage of .470, making his OPS .846.

January had a fielding percentage of .981, making six errors in 38 games behind the plate. He was a Pioneer League midseason All-Star last summer.

January, a lefthanded hitter, is 26th among players in on the Diamondbacks’ top prospects list. A scouting report on him said, “his pop from the left side of the plate is his best offensive tool and he was able to get to it fairly consistently with Missoula, even hitting four long balls in August as he tired out a bit.

“He played regularly behind the plate with Missoula and is eager to show he can stick there,” the report said. “He does have a strong arm, but the rest of his defensive game needs refinement.

The report also suggested that January “might be athletic enough to handle an outfield corner or a move to first, where his bat could profile well.”

Last year in junior college with the San Jacinto Gators, January hit .370 with five home runs, a team-high 11 doubles and 24 RBI during the regular season. He then hit a tournament-high four home runs during the JUCO World Series in June.

 

Asking ‘If Only’ in Swampscott

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An audience reacts to a January 2017 showing of “If Only” at the Marblehead Veterans Middle School Performing Arts Center.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — Swampscott Police Chief Ronald Madigan said the town is not immune to the opioid epidemic and addiction.

Building on the work of the Swampscott Overdose Response Team, the police department and town will be bringing more awareness to the issue on March 9, with the screening of the short film, “If Only,” which highlights the dangers of prescription drug and opioid misuse and abuse. The film will be shown at Swampscott High School at 7 p.m.

The film is presented by the Mark Wahlberg Foundation and was produced by Executive Director James Wahlberg. The screening will be followed by an interactive discussion about drug use and addiction, featuring a panel of local experts, a licensed physician, people in recovery from addiction, and family members who have lost a loved one to the disease. Discussion will include where to find a detox or inpatient facility, and where people can turn to for help afterwards. Questions will also be taken from the audience.

“We would like to start a conversation to help break the stigma associated with drug use and addiction,” Madigan said in a statement. “This is a Swampscott problem and it is happening here and we are not immune to it.”

In Swampscott, there were 17 overdoses in 2015 and 25 overdoses in 2016. There were eight fatal overdoses during that time frame. In 2017, there have been three overdoses, according to police.

The Overdose Response Team was formed by the police department in 2016. Members include Madigan, Detective Rose Cheever, Officer Brendan Reen, School Superintendent Pamela Angelakis, Health Director Jeff Vaughan, Naomi Dreeben, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, Interim Town Administrator and Department of Public Works Director Gino Cresta, Fire Chief Kevin Breen, Deputy Fire Chief James Potts, and Mary Wheeler, of Healthy Streets Outreach Program, along with other officials and emergency personnel.

Following overdoses, Reen, Cheever and Wheeler go to residences to conduct “door knocks,” or follow-ups with the families afterward.

“It is not an easy phone call to make when a loved one needs help,” Madigan said in a statement. “We are trying to make that easier for people.”

Cheever said with the door knocks, sometimes people are more comfortable talking with Wheeler, rather than police officers. She said it’s hard for people to trust police because they may feel like officers are only there to charge them. She said the visits are about providing them with follow-up services.

“Once we go there, it does break the ice,” Cheever said. “We have been able to get people into treatment and stay off the drugs. Yes, there’s been some relapses and we’re back there again, but I think that’s part of the addiction.”

Cheever said the work of the response team and the point of showing the film, followed by a panel discussion, is to break to the stigma. She said people should know that they can reach out. She said people shouldn’t be embarrassed about addiction and it shouldn’t be a problem behind closed doors.

“We’re hoping that we’re able to get people to come out,” Cheever said of the event. “I know it’s a tough subject for some people and that’s why we’re trying to open the door for communication.”

Marblehead talks about hope and recovery


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

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.

MBTA making grade for rider reliability

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Nunu Tway talks about commuting by bus as she waits for one to arrive.

By THOR JOURGENSEN

LYNN — It was a cold wait for a train on the Central Square commuter rail platform Monday morning and Dexter McKenzie appreciated pulling MBTA.com up on his phone to check train delays.

With winter about halfway over, the Lynn resident and semi-regular commuter rail rider said the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and its rail contractor are doing a reasonably good job keeping riders informed about weather-driven delays.

“It’s been reliable,” McKenzie said.

Train on-time performance statistics provided by commuter contractor Keolis buttressed McKenzie’s assessment.

Newburyport/Rockport trains serving Lynn and Swampscott logged a 68 percent on-time rate last Thursday and 86 percent last Friday. On-time performance was even better on Saturday and Sunday.

“The majority of these delays were between five to 15 minutes and caused by long dwell times slow boarding, reduced speeds in poor weather and long dwell times from Bruins crowds. No trains on the Newburyport/Rockport lines were terminated or canceled,” Keolis representative Justin Thompson said.

Winter tooks its toll two years ago on the MBTA and commuter rail operations with Newburyport/Rockport train service tallying a 22.5 percent on-time performance in February 2015.

The poor reliability prompted MBTA reforms and vows by Gov. Charlie Baker to boost reliability. McKenzie works in Salem and splits his commute between driving and riding the rails. He has enough confidence in the trains to work late and knows he can grab a train to Lynn at night.

Lynn resident Jaime Amato shares the same degree of confidence in MBTA bus service. She commutes to work in Peabody and said on-time reliability problems from 2015 have largely been fixed.

“I think service has been better in the last couple of years,” Amato said.

Lynn resident Nunu Tway rates MBTA reliability as “fair.” She missed a Monday morning bus and had to wait an hour at the commuter rail garage bus stop for another bus.

The MBTA has a color-coded weather schedule posted on the commuter rail platform in addition to social media sites posting ridership information. Thompson said a number of reliability improvements have been initiated since 2015’s wintery onslaught.

“Service has improved since the blizzards of 2015 thanks to lessons learned and year-round planning,” he said.

$250,000 in tow for Lynn


Thor Jourgensen can be reached at tjourgensen@itemlive.com.

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.

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.

James T. Kapoll Jr., 55

BEVERLY — Mr. James T. Kapoll Jr., age 55, of Beverly, formerly of Swampscott, died Sunday surrounded by his family. He was the son of Angela (Femino) Kapoll of Danvers and the late James T. Kapoll Sr. He was a graduate of Swampscott High School, Class of 1981. James was recently employed with Shaw’s in Lynn. A member of the Knights of Columbus, Valladolid Council #70, Lynn, he was honored with the 2016 Knight of the Year Award. He enjoyed bingo and volunteered at several area bingo halls several nights a week for more than 30 years. James enjoyed time at his camp in Sandown, N.H. and time in North Fort Myers, Fla.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two brothers; Richard Kapoll and his wife Bobbie-Jo of Lynn and David Kapoll and his wife Ann of Marblehead; one sister; Kathryn Hurley and her husband Daniel of Danvers; as well as his nieces and nephews; Michelle Kohr and her husband Stephen, Steven Hurley, Christopher Kapoll, Carolyn Kapoll, Kristine Stark and her husband Stephen, Allison Kapoll, Elaine Kapoll and Laura Kerr; as well as several great-nephews.

Service information: His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Rt. 1A), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott. Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.  Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Thomas Goodwin, 79

CHELMSFORD — Thomas Deehy Goodwin, 79, of the Westland section of Chelmsford, died Friday, Feb. 3 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home. He was married to the late Barbara Goodwin, who died on Aug. 29, 2001.

Born in Swampscott, he was the son of the late Carl and Anne Deehy Goodwin. He graduated from Swampscott High School with the Class of 1955.

He proudly served with the U.S. Coast Guard for eight years.

Tom worked as a process control supervisor at Lmi-Milton Roy, Acton, before retiring in 1995. He previously worked at J.B.F. Scientific of Wilmington.

Thomas was a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and American Film Institute. He enjoyed photography, woodworking and deep sea fishing. He was also an extremely charitable donor, especially to Native American organizations and the D.A.V.

He is survived by his children, Thomas Goodwin II and his wife Linda of Fitchburg and Kelly Hennessey of Stoneham; two grandchildren, Jason Goodwin and Ashley Hennessey; his brother, Daniel Goodwin and his wife Kitt of Tampa, Fla.; and his sister-in-law, Virginia Ogonosky of Concord. He was the brother of the late Carl Goodwin of Swampscott, who died in January of 2013.

Service information: All services were private. Burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. Memorials may be made in his name to the Disabled American Veteran’s charity at https://www.dav.org/. Arrangements by DOLAN Funeral Home, 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.

 

Police eye Swampscott man in tire slashings

PHOTO COURTESY OF SWAMPSCOTT POLICE DEPARTMENT
This still from surveillance video shows a suspect in a string of tire slashings, Swampscott police said last month.

SWAMPSCOTT A notorious tire slasher may now be in police custody.

Mounir Rhoulam, 39, of Swampscott was arrested on charges of trespassing, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after an early morning foot chase last month by Lynn and Swampscott police.

Following his arrest, police discovered that Rhoulam was already on probation, according to an email from the Swampscott department.

A GPS ankle bracelet put him in the area of five alleged assaults against women near Beach Avenue and Essex Street on the Lynn-Swampscott line, in addition to others in Marblehead and Salem.

Police also believe Rhoulam was in the area of a rash of tire slashings that began in October and ended in January.

A total of 32 people reported their tires slashed in Swampscott alone. There have been no tire slashing incidents in the area since Rhoulam’s arrest Jan. 9.  

Rhoulam has been charged with 22 counts of malicious destruction under $250 and 11 counts of malicious destruction over $250. He is due in Lynn District Court on Feb. 15.

Police: GPS links sex offender to assaults

Police log: 2-11-2017

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

John Banks of 50 Andrews St. was arrested on warrant charges of armed assault and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 11:19 a.m. Friday.

Mark Daniels, 23, of 48 Saratoga St. was arrested for armed robbery at 1:07 p.m. Friday.

Wallace Jones, 26, of 102 Henry Ave was arrested on warrant charges of armed robbery, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon at 1:32 p.m. Friday.

James McDonald of 6 Granite St., Saugus, was arrested on a warrant charge of assault and battery at 10:22 p.m. Thursday.

Phillip Ragusa Jr. of 95 Alley St. was arrested on a warrant charge of Class A drug possession at 2:19 p.m. Friday.

Joseph Wilcox, 28, of 33 Spring St. was arrested on warrant charges of shoplifting by asportation, shoplifting by concealing merchandise and Class B drug possession at 11:10 a.m. Friday.

Michael Williams, 44, of 23 Bonavesta St. was arrested on a warrant at 2:46 p.m. Friday.

Accidents

A motor vehicle accident was reported at 11:15 p.m. at Brightwood Terrace and Essex Street on Thursday;

Assaults

An assault was reported at 12:28 p.m. at Timson Street Friday.

Complaints

A suspicious person was reported at 5:56 p.m. at Boston Street Thursday; a suspicious person was reported at 428 Chatham St. at 6:02 p.m. Thursday; a disturbance was reported at 399 Essex St. at 11:33 p.m. Thursday; a disturbance was reported at 11:34 a.m. at Western Ave

Overdoses

An overdose was reported at 10:01 p.m. at Joyce Street Thursday; an overdose was reported at 8:45 a.m. at Union Street Friday; an overdose was reported at 10:43 a.m. at Spring Street Friday  

Theft

A report of larceny at 49 N. Federal St. #2 at 1:11 p.m. Thursday; a report of larceny at 97 Harwood St. at 12:56 Friday.

Police log: 2-10-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Complaints

A report of trash in the street at 8:07 a.m. Thursday at Atlantic Ave; a report of a road blockage due to trees on wires at 12:01 p.m. Thursday at Beacon Street; a report that surfers were surfing too long at 2:10 p.m. Thursday at Devereux Beach; a dispute over snow at 5:34 p.m.;

Accidents  

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:18 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln Ave; a report of a car stuck on the side of the road at 4:42 p.m. Thursday at West Shore Drive and Green Street; a report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:06 p.m. Thursday at Creesy Street; a report of a car stuck on a hill at 6:04 p.m. Thursday at Elm Street; a report of a minor motor vehicle accident at 8:02 p.m. at Washington Street and Pearl Street; a report of a disabled motor vehicle at 10:07 p.m. Thursday at Weston Road.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:43 a.m. Thursday at Lowell Street; a report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Street and Newbury Street; a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident at 3:31 p.m. Thursday at Forest Street; a report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:43 p.m. Thursday at Brooksby Village Drive; a report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:35 p.m. Thursday at 155 Lowell St.; a report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:27 a.m. Friday at Andover Street and Violet Road; a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident at 9:23 a.m. Friday at 256 Andover St.;  

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:24 a.m. Thursday at 286 Newbury Street; a report of harassment at 8:26 a.m. Thursday at Griffin Road; a report of suspicious activity at 10:55 a.m. Thursday at Mount Vernon Street. A caller reported a green trash bag in front of his house with cremation remains.; a report of a disturbance at 2:40 p.m. Thursday at Anthony Road; a report of a neighborhood dispute at 11:51 p.m. Thursday at 22 Andover St. Officers resolved a dispute over snow removal.; a report of a dog complaint at 8:27 a.m. Friday at 32 Clement Ave. The caller complained of excessive barking; a report of a dog complaint at 9:08 a.m. Friday at Benevento Circle; a report of harassment at 9:58 a.m.   

Theft

A report of fraud at 12:29 a.m. Thursday at 57 Newbury Street #301; a report of a possible stolen vehicle at 8:27 a.m. Thursday at 164 Newbury St.


REVERE

Arrests

Daniel P. Morrow, 101 Florence Ave #3 was arrested on a warrant at 7:25 a.m. on Wednesday.

John J. Ciano, 30, of 288 Vane St. was arrested on a warrant at 9:02 a.m. on Wednesday.

Four juveniles were arrested at the Beachmont School for a school disturbance at 10:12 a.m. on Wednesday.

William Deangelo, 37, of 6 Glover Dr. was arrested on a warrant at 1:51 a.m. on Thursday.

Luiz A. Dachuna, 25, of 56 Furness St. was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at 3:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Eduardo M. Romero, 18, of 5 Hilltop Ave. in Saugus was arrested on a warrant.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:38 a.m. Wednesday at Argent Street and Newhall Street; at 6:06 a.m. Wednesday at Reservoir Ave; at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday at Fenley Street; at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday at Bellingham Ave; at 7:05 Wednesday at Liberty Ave; at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Cushman Ave; at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Newhall Street and Fenley Street; at at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday on Broadway; at 8:20 a.m. Thursday on North Shore Road; at 12:08 p.m. Thursday on the American Legion Highway; at 12:40 p.m. Thursday on Grover Street and Orvis Road; at 1:01 p.m. Thursday on Patriot Parkway and Squire Road; at 2:49 p.m. Thursday on the Lee Burbank Highway; at 7:01 p.m. Thursday on Everett Street; at 7:36 p.m. Thursday on Fenno Street; at 8:34 p.m. Thursday on Park Ave; at 10:17 p.m. Thursday on Pearl Ave and Summer Street.

Breaking and Entering

A past breaking and entering was reported at 2:14 p.m. Wednesday at Temple Street.  

Complaints

A report of a loud stereo disturbance at 12:15 a.m. Thursday at Prospect Ave; a report of suspicious activity 6:22 a.m. Thursday at Furlong Drive; a report of a complaint at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at North Shore Road; a report of a disturbance at 10:26 a.m. Thursday at Centennial Ave; a report of a disturbance at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Shirley Ave; a report of a complaint at 12:19 p.m. Thursday at Broadway; a report of an unwanted person at 2:07 p.m. Thursday at Walnut Ave; a report of suspicious activity at 5:18 p.m. at Standish Road and Curtis Road; a report of fraud at 5:58 p.m. at Bennington Street; a report of suspicious activity at 6:19 p.m. at Beach Street; a report of a disturbance at 8:36 p.m. Thursday at Lantern Road; a report of a disturbance at 9:26 p.m. Thursday at Vera Street.

Theft

A report of larceny at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday on Broadway; a report of larceny at 8:31 p.m. at Central Ave; A report of shoplifting at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway; a report of larceny at 9:50 a.m. Thursday at Revere Beach Parkway; a report of larceny at 10:40 a.m. Thursday at Cooledge Street; a report of past shoplifting at 11:12 a.m. Thursday at the VFW Parkway.

 

Saugus comeback falls short in Peabody

FILE PHOTO
Senior Katie Wallace scored 15 points in Peabody’s win over Saugus on “Senior Night.” 

By HAROLD RIVERA

PEABODY — Saugus girls basketball coach Mark Schruender was proud of his team’s performance on Friday night at Peabody. Although the Sachems fell to the Tanners, 58-53, the final score doesn’t tell the story. The Sachems fell behind, 52-41, midway through the fourth quarter and climbed back to within one point before Peabody held on to close out the win.

“We knew we had to take it one possession at a time,” Schruender said. “There’s no 11-point play in basketball. We just had to chip away at it, but unfortunately we fell short and ran out of time. It was an unbelievable effort. I’m so proud of our kids.”

The Sachems ran out to an early lead in the first quarter when Alessia Salzillo nailed a three to give Saugus a 9-4 advantage. Peabody stole the lead at 10-9 before Salzillo hit another shot from beyond the arc to re-take the advantage for Saugus at 12-10. Peabody’s Catherine Manning knocked in a pair of free throws to end the quarter at a 12-12 tie.

Things started to turn in Peabody’s favor in the second quarter, with the Tanners offense orchestrating an 8-4 run to start the period. After a Saugus timeout, Peabody added six points to mount a double-digit lead at 26-16. With a pair of late buckets from Hannah Pellizzaro, the Tanners outscored Saugus 20-7 in the quarter and led 32-19 at the half.

“Our fastbreak worked for us,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said. “We forced a couple of turnovers in that second quarter and we were making our shots.”

Peabody’s zone defense spelled trouble for the Sachems at the end of the half.

“Their 3-2 zone didn’t allow us to execute and do what we wanted to do,” Schruender said. “I give them credit, but we weren’t reversing the ball and our guards needed to attack more, which they did in the second half. Overall, Peabody’s a good team.”

Allie Kotkowski knocked in a three on the opening possession of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10 at 32-22. Salzillo took center stage in the quarter, scoring nine points in hopes of leading the Sachems back into the contest but Peabody stayed in front, 44-31, at the end of three.

“She’s (Salzillo) relentless,” Schruender said. “She has no quit. She’s our energizer bunny. Her best asset is her defense. Her defense energized our team tonight and led us in that comeback.”

Down 52-41 with four and a half minutes remaining in the game, Peabody looked to have a win in its back pocket. Unfortunately for the Tanners, Saugus made things interesting in the late stages.

Taylor Bogdanski drained a three and Olivia Valente added a bucket for Saugus to trim the deficit to six points at 52-46. Salzillo drove to paint for a make and a drew a foul to get the Sachems closer at 52-49 with just under three minutes left on the clock.

After a stop on the defensive end, Kotkowski knocked home a layup and the Sachems were down a point at 52-51 with two minutes to play. Melissa Gray and Nene Onwuogu made shots to give the Tanners breathing room at 56-51, but Kotkowski answered with a hookshot to make it a one-possession game again.

Katie Wallace sunk a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to ice the win for Peabody, 58-53.

“They made a great comeback,” McKeen said. “Saugus didn’t get tired. They ran up and down the floor all the time. They created some turnovers and we missed some shots in the fourth quarter. We missed some shots, they got rebounds and they beat us up the court because they’re well-conditioned. Those kids just ran and it was very impressive.”

McKeen added, “We made some key plays down the stretch. We forced Saugus to foul and made the free throws at the end. It was a good game.”

For Saugus, Salzillo led the team with 15 points, while Kotkowski added 11.

Wallace led Peabody with 15 points, while Nene Onwuogu scored 13 and Gray finished with 12.

Both teams are back in action on Monday. Peabody (11-5) visits English and Saugus (14-5) hosts Swampscott.

Before the game, a ceremony was held to honor the seniors on both teams as part of Peabody’s “Senior Night.”

Abramsons ready for ‘amazing’ spelling bee

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Mary and Joel Abramson have been involved with the spelling bee for years.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SWAMPSCOTT — Joel and Mary Abramson, corporate sponsors of the Daily Item’s Regional Spelling Bee, take pride in encouraging literacy.

“We had never been to a spelling bee. After our first event, we realized you kind of get hooked,” said Mary. “It’s an amazing event — It’s a real family event. It’s heartwarming to see how invested, not only the children are, but their parents are.”

The 32nd annual competition will be March 10 at Lynn City Hall Auditorium. Candidates include 54 champions from local schools in grades three through eight.

The winner of The Item’s regional bee will move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May, a trip that’s paid for by the Abramsons and their Marblehead-based travel agency, Flagship Travel.

It includes roundtrip airfare for two, lodging, food and $400 in spending money. Joel estimates that it’s a $4,000 value.

The sponsors for the fourth year in a row also purchase $10 gift cards to Barnes & Noble for each of the participants. The first-place champion will take home a $100 gift card, second and third place will snag a $50 and $25 voucher for the book store. Each of the finalists will also receive a dictionary.

The couple picks up the costs for mailings to schools and food and beverages at the bee.

“We’ve always tried to support as many educational events as we can,” said Joel. “We’re both readers and we’re just concerned that kids are relying too much on spell check and Google to get their information. We thought we could utilize our marketing skills and passion for reading.”

Joel and Mary consider themselves ingrained in the community. Joel serves on the Board of Trustees for KIPP Academy in Lynn. Mary grew up in Beverly and Joel in Lynn. They have lived in Swampscott, where they raised their son Benjamin, for 40 years. Flagship Travel has been in Marblehead since its inception in 1983. They’ve raised money to support their neighbors going through hardships and enjoy watching local children grow.

They followed former Marblehead competitors Amber Born and Mitchell Robson. Born was the first Item contestant to make it to the final round. She took four trips to the national competition and placed fourth in 2013.  

Born went on to coach last year’s winner, Mitchell Robson, who secured seventh place in his final of three consecutive trips to the Scripps bee. To secure his spot at the national competition, Robson went head to head with third-grader Ashrita Gandhari from the St. Michael’s School in North Andover for more than four hours and 400 words. A tie breaker held a week later lasted an additional 115 rounds.

Robson has aged out of the competition but his younger brother Will Robson will compete this year, said Joel.

Joel said the bee has grown from 20 participating schools to more than 50 in the past four years. The couple prides themselves on creating a buzz about the bee and helping to keep it fun.

“We’re not going to change the world or build a new high school, but we can do this,” said Mary.

Lynn firefighters settle on contract


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Police log: 2-10-2017

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

Franklin Evans, 33, of 7 Temple St., Cambridge, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and Class B drug possession at 11:01 a.m. Thursday.

Adam Lewis, of 11 Willard St., Chelsea, was arrested on warrant charges of no inspection/sticker and operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 4:51 p.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:54 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway and Conomo Avenue; at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday at Day Street and Lynnway; at 7:26 p.m. Wednesday at Essex Street and Silver Lake Place; at 7:27 p.m. Wednesday on Exchange Street; at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday at Essex and High streets; at 11:13 a.m. Thursday at 255 Blossom St. Extension; at 12:34 p.m. Thursday on Federal Street.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:24 a.m. Thursday at 42 Linden St.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 3:57 p.m. Wednesday on Orchard Street; at 4:06 p.m. Wednesday on Chatham Street.

A report of an assault and battery at 5:39 p.m. Wednesday on Western Avenue.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday at 49 Hanover St.; at 5:41 a.m. Thursday at 139 Western Ave.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 3:53 p.m. Wednesday at Summer Street and Western Avenue; at 10:06 p.m. Wednesday at 8 Joyce St.; at 10:54 p.m. Wednesday at 185 N Common St.; at 12:17 a.m. Thursday at 37 Witt St.; at 6:46 a.m. Thursday at 30 Parkland Ave.; at 6:48 a.m. Thursday at 8 Joyce St.; at 9:16 a.m. Thursday at 77 Grant St.; at 9:19 a.m. Thursday at 95 Neptune St.; at 11:10 a.m. Thursday at 28 Lewis St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:56 p.m. Wednesday at O’Reilly Auto Parts at 599 Lynnway; at 4:23 p.m. Wednesday at 62 Apple Blossom Lane; at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday at Shaw’s at 43 State St.; at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at St Jean’s Credit Union at 250 Maple St.; at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday at 83 Memorial Park Ave.; at 7:52 a.m. Thursday at 18 Richard St.

A report of a robbery at 8:33 p.m. Wednesday at Harwood Street and Western Avenue.

Police log: 2-9-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a truck hitting a guardrail at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday on Bayview Road.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:46 p.m. Wednesday at Humphrey Street and Sevinor Road; at 6:51 p.m. Wednesday at Humphrey Street and Clifton Avenue.

Complaints

A report of fireworks at 7:08 p.m. Wednesday on Ocean Avenue. A caller reported two people throwing fireworks from Castle Rock towards the Castle.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at 8 ½ Mt Vernon St. A caller reported someone damaged their front gate while they were out earlier in the day. Police reported a pickup truck struck the gate/wall; at 9:43 a.m. Thursday at Lowell Street and Route 128 North. A woman was taken to Salem Hospital.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 6:27 p.m. Wednesday at 71 Dodge St.; at 6:38 p.m. Wednesday at Speedway at 545 Lowell St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:09 p.m. Wednesday at Municipal Parking Lot on Central Street; at 7:07 p.m. Wednesday at 6 Fountain St. A caller reported a disturbance between two dog owners after two large dogs attacked a smaller dog; at 11:06 p.m. Wednesday at 108 Tremont St.; at 11:33 p.m. Wednesday at 108 Tremont St.; at 12:24 a.m. Thursday at Mobile Estates at 286 Newbury St. A caller reported the sound of possible gunshots in the area.

A report of a suspicious motor vehicle at 7:59 p.m. Wednesday at Gaeta Enterprises at 14 Newbury St. Staff reported a man in a gray BMW appeared to be intoxicated and was urinating in the parking lot.

A report of suspicious activity at 10:55 a.m. Thursday at 36 Mt Vernon St. A caller reported a green trash bag in front of his house with a box of cremation remains. Saugus Police were asked to make a notification to a family member. Family members no longer reside there.

Theft

A report of a stolen motor vehicle at 8:27 a.m. Thursday at Logan Express at 164 Newbury St.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 5:56 p.m. Wednesday at 2 Mulberry Drive. Police received a report from a man who stated a vehicle drove onto his property and damaged his hedges. Police reported minor damage to one of the shrubs.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:14 a.m. Wednesday at 509 Humphrey St.; at 6:29 a.m. Wednesday at 50 Foster Road; at 6:48 a.m. Wednesday at Danvers Road and Essex Street; at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday at Salem Street and Stanley Road; at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday at 67 Walnut Road; at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday at 40 Roy St.; at 1:33 p.m. Wednesday at Burrill Street and Paradise Road.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 4:14 p.m. Wednesday at Stop & Shop at 450 Paradise Road.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 1:16 p.m. Wednesday at 450 Paradise Road.

Morrison: Hockey community always responds

ITEM PHOTO BY KATIE MORRISON
Nathan DeRoche smiles during the ceremony prior to Monday’s game. Beside him is sister Sydney, dad Michael.

By Katie Morrison

There are few communities as tight-knit as a local sports community. When one of their own is in need, you can count on athletes, coaches and fans to pull together and provide a sense of support and camaraderie.

Monday night at Salem State’s Rockett Arena, the Swampscott and Lynn hockey teams came together to create a fundraiser and special puck-drop ceremony for Nathan DeRoche, a Swampscott seventh-grader battling lymphoma.

The two teams were feverishly to get the word out about the fundraiser for weeks in advance, and it paid off; the arena was packed for a special night, and both teams showed a lot of class for a great cause.

I got to the arena at about 7:15 for a 7:30 start, figuring I could waltz right in, as usual. What I didn’t plan for was the line of fans that nearly poured out the glass double doors in the lobby of the O’Keefe Sports Complex. The lobby was filled with parents, grandparents, fans and students from all different schools. I saw kids from English and Classical, a group of Gloucester hockey players, and of course, a huge throng of Swampscott High students.

About half of the fans waiting to enter the arena were donning the lime-green “NATHAN STRONG” shirts that were sold to raise money for the DeRoche family. There were 200 shirts being sold that night, and they were gone well before game time. Inside, the stands were packed. It was a sea of green, especially in the Swampscott student section.

The ceremony itself was special. DeRoche was joined by his parents, Michael and Kristia, and his younger sister, Sydney, at center ice, along with coaches and captains from both teams.  With a beaming smile, DeRoche dropped the puck between Lynn’s Jon Kosmas and Swampscott’s Louis Olivieri, and the coaches and captains made sure to shake DeRoche’s hand and wish him well.

Nights like Monday are such a perfect reminder of how special the sports community can be. On the field (or ice, or court, whatever it may be), the competition is fierce. But when it comes to real-life matters, like a seventh-grader battling a terrible disease, any animosity is put aside, and sportsmanship, mutual respect and support take center stage.

There have been plenty of examples of athletes putting hard work and effort into brightening the day of someone who is going through a tough time. I was reminded of Tyla Morgante, a Saugus High cheerleader who also battled lymphoma last year (and who is nine-months cancer-free, I’m happy to report). During a Saugus High home game this past fall, the Sachems honored Morgante, as each football player presented her with a rose before taking the field.

High school is a weird time. It’s not always easy for teenagers to put these real-life issues in perspective, simply because they don’t have the life experience to draw from. But I’ve seen so many examples of students coming together to provide a support system for those in need, and every time, I’m impressed by the humanity and compassion they show.

This is something that I feel occurs regularly in the tight-knit high school hockey community. Look at the outpouring of support that came from teams all over the state back in December when Falmouth hockey players James Lavin and Owen Higgins were killed in a car crash days before Christmas. Most of the athletes from this area had never met or even seen Lavin and Higgins in person, but felt enough of a connection to show support in the form of fundraisers and benefits. Even just hanging the jerseys of the two players on the benches is displaying the kind of compassion that will serve these kids well later in life.

Monday, that same compassion was on display, but this time, it was even more personal. Sports may just be fun and games, but it’s nights like Monday that remind you that the athletic community is truly one big family, and if one of its own has fallen, it will do whatever it can to help them get back up.

To cap off the night, the Jets and Big Blue gave the large crowd a great game. Swampscott came out on top, 1-0, in a battle between two of the top teams in the Northeastern Conference. But the lasting memory from the game will be the fact that the community came together to help out someone in need, and gave DeRoche a special night.

 

John P. Denahy, 72

SAUGUS — Mr. John Patrick Denahy age 72, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 8. He was the beloved husband of Joan L. (Davis) Denahy with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.

Born in Lynn and raised in Swampscott, he was the son of the late John F. and Marjorie (Healy) Denahy. A United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Pat worked for 34 years with the City of Melrose as foreman of the Tree Department and then worked for 10 years at Greenwood & Sons Construction Company in Melrose. His love for wood was expressed with his building of bird houses and feeders. Splitting and cutting wood became a devoted pastime. After retirement Pat was a faithful volunteer at the United Parish Food Pantry in Saugus.

Besides his wife he is survived by his two loving daughters; Kellie Seniti and her husband Joseph of Medford, Maurine Sponagle and her husband Robert of Nottingham, N.H. He was the cherished grandfather of Ashley Seniti, Samantha Seniti, Lily Sponagle, Leila Sponagle and the late Kylee Sponagle. Pat was the brother of Tim Denahy of Florida, Daniel Denahy of New Hampshire and Michael Denahy of Swampscott.

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the United Parish Food Pantry, 50 Essex St., Saugus, MA 01906.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service in the Cliftondale Congregational Church, 50 Essex St., Saugus, on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. For condolences BisbeePorcella.com.

Eyes on the skies for snowfall

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Lynn’s fleet of snow plows are ready for the storm.

BY LEAH DEARBORN

If you live on the North Shore, you’ve probably heard the news that snow is coming.

The storm could bring upward of 12 inches of snow to areas throughout the state, said a Wednesday press release from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).   

“The weather forecast is calling for snow to begin before the morning commute on Thursday, become heavy quickly, and continue throughout the day, decreasing visibility and braking time,” Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin said in the release.

Even as commuters and residents monitor news stations about forecasts, city officials urge them to check local municipal websites, paying particular attention to emergency parking bans and school cancellations.

In Lynn, an emergency parking ban was scheduled to go into effect at midnight Wednesday, the city website said.

Vehicles that park on a public street or sidewalk may face a $155 tow fee and a $35 storage fee in addition to parking tickets. Parking is available at the Ellis Street Municipal Lot (School Street side) and the MBTA garage at Broad and Market streets with a charge of $4 per vehicle, the website said.

Lynn Public Schools are also closed on Thursday. Parking is available but limited at all school lots, and residents are advised by city officials to remove vehicles after the snow ban to avoid ticketing and towing.

“There’s no need for a list; it’s simply all schools,” the mayor’s chief of staff John Krol said about parking in school lots during the storm. “We don’t want any confusion.”

Icy-road crashes mark morning commute

The Peabody Police Department announced an emergency parking ban to be in effect at 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to an email from the department.

In Lynnfield and Saugus, residents were advised that trash and recycling pickup will be delayed due to the anticipated snowstorm.

Lynnfield trash and recycling scheduled for Thursday of this week will be picked up Friday; trash and recycling normally picked up Friday will be picked up Saturday.

“We’ve got salt, we’ve got plows ready to go,” said Lynnfield DPW Director John Tomasz.

The town of Saugus issued a parking ban, effective at 6 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, the town website said.

Parking is available in the Saugus High School upper lot on Pearce Memorial Drive.

Saugus Youth and Recreation announced on Facebook that all of their events will be canceled Thursday. This includes after-school club, youth wrestling and basketball.

In Swampscott, schools will be closed for the day, according to a message sent out to parents by Superintendent Pamela R.H. Angelakis. DPW Director Gino Cresta said he plans to put an emergency snow ban into effect at 2 a.m. Thursday.

Cresta recommends that residents try to stay off roadways during the storm.

“We’ll be out there as soon as the first snowflake hits,” he said.

Nahant Police Lt. J. Paul Manley said a regular winter parking ban is already in place and all vehicles should be removed from town streets.

The snow parking ban in Revere will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday and apply to specific streets listed on the city website, said DPW foreman Paul Argenzio.

Revere Public Schools are also closed Thursday, according to the city’s official Facebook page.

 

Gertrude Sowers, 90

SWAMPSCOTT — Mrs. Gertrude (Heron) Sowers, age 90 of Swampscott, died Thursday in Grosvenor Park Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Owen Lee Sowers. Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Margaret Heron. She lived in Illinois for much of her married life, and had resided in Swampscott for more than 30 years.

Gertrude was a member of First Church — Swampscott Congregational. She was active with the Swampscott Senior Center and enjoyed her time at Aviv Adult Day program.

She is survived by her two children Marcella M. Marold and Owen L. “Lee” Sowers Jr., in addition to a grandson, Reid Owen Sowers and a great-grandson, Owen Joel Sowers.

Service information: Her memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in First Church — Swampscott Congregational, 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott. Relatives and friends are invited. Arrangements by the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, Lynn. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Swampscott grapples with education spending

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT With school officials still scrambling with how to bridge a $275,000 budget deficit, the Swampscott Education Association, the teachers’ union, fought back after taking some heat from town officials last week for rejecting their proposed contract, and potentially seeking higher raises.

Parents are not happy that the school department is considering transitioning full-day kindergarten to a half-day program at no charge. Parents would have to pay tuition for the full-day program. School officials have asked the town to increase their allocation to bridge the gap instead.

Teachers representing the union voiced their concerns in prepared statements to the school committee Wednesday night.

“In recent weeks, teachers have been described as budget busters and likened to video game characters gobbling up resources, when in reality, you can easily check the facts and see that Swampscott does not spend an extraordinary amount of its budget on public schools when you compare us to districts around the state most like us,” said Allison Norton, a teacher at Stanley School, who spoke on behalf of the union.

Norton was referring to a comparison made by Peter Spellios, a selectman, at last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, who said he would not advocate for allocating more town funds to the school department, if it would potentially go toward payroll, rather than keeping programs, such as full-day kindergarten. As 80 percent of the school budget is already devoted to salaries, he said contractual increases are outpacing the revenue the town can give to the schools. He compared it to feeding a Pac Man that keeps eating the programming.

“Town officials have the audacity to suggest that any renegotiating of a contract with teachers will jeopardize free, full-day kindergarten,” Norton said. “In fact, the school committee and administrators were considering charging for free full-day kindergarten well before the contract ratification failed. And for the record, the Swampscott Education Association wholeheartedly supports free access to full-day kindergarten.”

Superintendent Pamela Angelakis said it was not true that school officials were considering charging for free full-day kindergarten beforehand. She said that was something decided in the 11th hour when cuts were being looked at to bridge the deficit.

The committee was initially scheduled to vote on their proposed $30.49 million FY18 budget Wednesday. Instead, the committee postponed that vote until Feb. 16, until after the town budget is presented at the Board of Selectmen meeting Feb. 15.

After revolving funds and grants are taken into account, the school district budgeted for $28,272,500 in town allocation. But the town is only allocating an additional $750,000 from last year’s amount, or $27,997,500. Therein, lies the $275,000 deficit.

School officials are faced with a scenario where the $750,000 increase in town allocation is not enough to cover their teacher- and staff-anticipated salary increases. In December, Evan Katz, school business administrator, projected there would be $960,000 in salary increases for school employees and teachers, based on a then-anticipated 1.5 percent raise for educators.

Catie Porter, a Swampscott teacher speaking on behalf of the union, disputed that figure. She said the proposed raise would not increase salary by $960,000, but by approximately $200,000. The remainder is salary advances due to teachers staying in the district or advancing their degree.

After overwhelmingly rejecting their contract, the teachers’ union issued a statement that the members questioned the dramatic change in statement about the budget deficit, which was reported at $1.6 million at the start of contract mediation when salary bargaining was underway and was more recently pegged at $275,000 after a tentative agreement was reached.

Nancy Hanlon, SEA president, issued a further statement that the rejection was based on several factors, the least of which was monetary, and that the union believes that teachers are not being treated with respect as professionals. Those statements were echoed Wednesday night by teachers speaking on behalf of the union.

Carin Marshall, chairwoman of the school committee, said salaries, which total 80 percent of the school budget, have grown to dollar amounts that exceed what the town can afford to allocate to the school district each year.

For the past two years, she said, the town has given the schools unprecedented increases in allocation, which it has informed them is not sustainable and cannot continue. To address the issue, she said the committee decided that salary increases would be held to a 1.5 percent limit.

Marshall said successful negotiations within that 1.5 percent salary increase limit occurred with other staff, including administrators and the superintendent. She said the teachers were offered a package with 1.5 percent raises, and budget constraints were shared.

“I don’t think it’s fair to say that Swampscott does not value our teachers or the work that they do,” Marshall said. “I have seen and heard statements that money was not the only or most important factor in why the agreement failed. I cannot speak to that. What I can say is that I was present for that year’s worth of negotiation sessions and I can categorically say that in every instance, it was all about the money. There were many other issues and items discussed on both sides, but in the end, they were always tied back to the money.”

Also discussed was how potential half-day kindergarten would work. Martha Raymond, director of student services, said after noon, kindergarten teachers already cannot introduce new curriculum during a full-day program. From 8:15 a.m. to noon, the schedule wouldn’t change at all. She said parents have expressed concern that a full-day tuition program would mean daycare after 12 p.m., but she said that wasn’t true. Between 12 and 2:15 p.m., Raymond said teachers are working on the social emotional development of kids.

“It does not mean I support it,” said Angelakis of half-day kindergarten. “This is just a discussion. It is not a vote of support.”

To reduce the initial $1.5 million budget gap to $275,000, there have been revenue increases of $240,000, personnel transition savings of $200,000, program reductions of $314,000, and the $300,000 budgeted for the unknown amount of students who may join the district and require special education services has been eliminated.

Talking about Trump in Marblehead


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

Coming attractions

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Bill Staines will perform at the me & thee coffeehouse.

Bill Staines at me & thee

MARBLEHEAD — Folk Legacy Month at the me & thee continues with the appearance of Bill Staines tomorrow night. Staines has performed on the coffeehouse stage every year since it began in 1970. Quentin Callewaert opens the show at 8 p.m. The me & thee coffee house is at the Unitarian Universalist Church on 28 Mugford St. in Marblehead.

Staines became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960s and for a time emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. He performs nearly 200 concerts a year and drives some 65,000 miles annually. He has recorded 26 albums and many of his songs have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals and scouting campfire songbooks.

Callewaert has been on the music scene for only a few years but he’s making a major buzz as one of the most gifted guitarists around — and the Byfield resident is still in high school. Quentin plays a combination of classical, traditional, contemporary and popular material as well as his own finely crafted original compositions.

The door charge for this show is $20. Tickets are available at the me & thee website at www.meandthee.org.

Bite into the Big Apple with a weekend away

Sculpture exhibit

LYNN Mary Spitzer, a sculptor based at the Lydia Pinkham Building, will exhibit some of her work at Christopher’s Cafe, 2 Lewis St., through March 4. The restaurant is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

‘Artful Prose’

LYNN North Shore Community College and the Lynn Museum are collaborating on two Black History Month programs. “Artful Prose: A Spoken Word Event” will occupy the LynnArts Gallery tonight from 6-8 p.m. A festive “Harlem Renaissance Gala” will follow at Lynn Museum on Feb. 23.

The Lynn High School Jazz Band is expected to perform at the gala. Boston-based actor Alan White will recite poems and stories from the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural, social and artistic explosion that revitalized Harlem, N.Y., in the 1920s.

The “Artful Prose” night is an open mic, spoken word showcase. Everyone is invited to participate and all will be given up to three minutes to share their talent. The subject matter need not be related to Black History Month.

Both events are free and open to all

To perform at “Artful Prose,” sign up here: https://goo.gl/xh5kIY. To attend, use this link: https://goo.gl/kkSQ4G.

For free tickets to the gala, use this link: https://goo.gl/cfNFAH

‘Love Letters’

PEABODY — Northeast Arc, a nonprofit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community, will host “Love Letters” at the ArcWorks Community Art Center tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the performance benefit Arc’s planned construction of a Black Box Theater at ArcWorks.

“Love Letters” is the story of a man and a woman whose friendship spans 50 years, during which, despite making different choices and taking different paths, they share a bond that cannot be broken. Starring in the production are John Archer of Danvers and Anne Marilyn Lucas of Marblehead. It is being directed by Aimee Oliver of Wenham.

Tickets, $25, can be purchased at http://tinyurl.com/ArcLoveLetters or by calling Pam Silva at 978-624-2403. For additional information visit www.facebook.com/ArcWorksCommunityArtCenter.

‘Thomas Spencer: Salem Abolitionist’

SALEMHistorical Interpreter and storyteller Merrill Kohlhofer will present “Thomas Spencer: Salem Abolitionist,” a program about the anti-slavery effort in the port city of Salem, tonight at National Park Service Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For additional information, call 978-740-1650.

The Gift of Song

SWAMPSCOTT — The First Church in Swampscott will present “The Gift of Song: Voices of Black America” on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 40 Monument Ave. The gifted musicians and actors in this program include baritone Robert Honeysucker, internationally renowned opera and concert singer; reader Samuel Martinborough, performer and theater educator; tenor Antanas Meilus; soprano Kynesha Patterson; organist Andrew Soll; and pianist and artistic director Beverly Soll. An interfaith choir will also participate in the performance. The concert is free and open to the public; free-will donations will be accepted. For more information, call 781-592-6081 or visit thefirstchurch.org.

Police log: 2-9-2017

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Arrests

Angel Avelino, 24, of 526 Western Ave., was arrested and charged with trespassing and on warrant charges of two counts of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and larceny at 3:02 p.m. Wednesday.

Christian Castillo, 22, of 1 Goldburg Road, Peabody, was arrested and charged with trespassing and violation of the city knife ordinance and on a warrant charge of juror failure to attend at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday.

Ruth Delacruz was arrested on warrant charges of receiving stolen property, assault and battery, larceny, trespassing and shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 2:23 a.m. Wednesday.

Derek Duval, of 90 Ford St., was arrested on a warrant charge of larceny at 5:19 p.m. Tuesday.

Jose Machado, 24, was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession, violation of the city knife ordinance and trespassing at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Japhal Perez, 27, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 3:58 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant and Tremont streets; at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday at 102 Boston St.; at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday at Salem Laundry at 188 Essex St.; at 1:12 a.m. Wednesday at 47 Cliff St.; at 5:49 a.m. Wednesday at 538 Walnut St.; at 5:58 a.m. Wednesday at 38 Atkinson St.; at 6:03 a.m. Wednesday at 70 Den Quarry Road; at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday at Green and Violet streets; at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday at Huss Court and South Common Street; at 6:06 a.m. Wednesday at Broadway and Virginia Terrace; at 6:06 a.m. Wednesday at 67 Parkland Ave.; at 6:14 a.m. Wednesday Carlton and Cook streets; at 6:16 a.m. Wednesday at 51 Manson St.; at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday at 28 Sunnyside Road; at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday at Allen Avenue and Cook Street; at 6:32 a.m. Wednesday at Broadway and Virginia Terrace; at 6:33 a.m. Wednesday on Acorn Street; at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday at 200 Linwood St.; at 6:35 a.m. Wednesday at 141 Den Quarry Road; at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday at 38 Grant St.; at 6:37 a.m. Wednesday at 70 Granite St.; at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday at Atkinson and Woodlawn streets; at 6:44 a.m. Wednesday at Grant and Rockingham streets; at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday at Broad and Portland streets; at 6:46 a.m. Wednesday at Brookline Street and Eastern Avenue; at 6:49 a.m. Wednesday at Cook and Hollingsworth streets; at 6:53 a.m. Wednesday at 4 Westview Road; at 6:57 a.m. Wednesday at 60 Beacon Hill Ave.; at 6:57 a.m. Wednesday at 11 Hudson St.; at 7 a.m. Wednesday at 51 Atkinson St.; at 7:01 a.m. Wednesday at Bellevue Road and Lovers Leap Avenue; at 7:01 a.m. Wednesday at 67 Grant St.; at 7:07 a.m. Wednesday at Dungeon and Parkland avenues; at 7:11 a.m. Wednesday at North Franklin Street and Northern Avenue; at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday at 64 Adams St.; at 7:12 a.m. Wednesday at 190 Allen Ave.; at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at 58 Coolidge Road; at 7:16 a.m. Wednesday at Bellevue Road and Woodlawn Street; at 7:21 a.m. Wednesday at Adams Street Extension and Tracy Avenue; at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday at 64 Jefferson St.; at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday at 26 Oneida St.; at 7:33 a.m. Wednesday at 104 Parkland Ave.; at 7:33 a.m. Wednesday at Euclid Avenue and Wentworth Place; at 7:34 a.m. Wednesday  at Allen Avenue and Apple Street; at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday at Hutchinsons Court; at 7:36 a.m. Wednesday at 116 Bay View Ave.; at 7:41 a.m. Wednesday at Beacon Hill and Beede avenues; at 7:43 a.m. Wednesday at 51 Manson St.; at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday on Burdett Road; at 7:49 a.m. Wednesday on Hesper Street; at 7:49 a.m. Wednesday at Graves and Western avenues; at 7:51 a.m. Wednesday at 26 Myrtle St.; at 7:51 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Brookvale St.; at 7:56 a.m. Wednesday on Marion Street; at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Brookvale St.; at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday at 70 Beacon Hill Ave.; at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday at 37 Wentworth Place; at 8:38 a.m. Wednesday at Eastern and Western avenues; at 8:37 a.m. Wednesday at Adams Street Extension and Tracy Avenue; at 8:59 a.m. Wednesday at 63 Autumn St.; at 9 a.m. Wednesday on Dungeon Avenue; at 9:16 a.m. Wednesday at 46 Coolidge Road; at 9:47 a.m. Wednesday at Cook and Grant streets; at 9:49 a.m. Wednesday at 35 Beacon Hill Ave.; at 10:07 a.m. Wednesday at Bay View and Western avenues; at 10:18 a.m. Wednesday at Atkinson and Walnut streets; at 10:41 a.m. Wednesday at 63 Autumn St.; at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday at Adams Street Extension and Tracy Avenue; at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at 74 Chestnut St.; at 11:16 a.m. Wednesday at 57 Beacon Hill Ave.; at 12 p.m. Wednesday at 108 Bay View Ave.; at 12:14 p.m. Wednesday at 126 Grant Road; at 12:16 p.m. Wednesday at 67 Grant St.; at 12:29 p.m. Wednesday at Cross Street and Western Avenue; at 12:28 p.m. Wednesday at Shaw’s Supermarket at 43 State St.; at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday at 80 Boston St.; at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday at 62 Henry Ave.; at 2:39 p.m. Wednesday at 98 Marianna St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday at Capitol Diner at 431 Union St.; at 6 a.m. Wednesday at Bennett and Commercial streets; at 7:02 a.m. Wednesday at 35 Lovers Leap Ave.; at 8:02 a.m. Wednesday on Market Square.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:08 p.m. Tuesday at 56 Ingalls St.; at 8:08 p.m. Tuesday at 7 Rantoul Ave.; at 1:23 p.m. Wednesday at 37 Green St.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday North Common and Whiting streets; at 6:46 a.m. Wednesday on Allen Avenue.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 12:56 p.m. Wednesday on Brookline Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday at 18 Linton Road; at 6:49 p.m. Tuesday at 9 Story Ave.; at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday at 18 Linton Road; at 11:29 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Tarmey Lane.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 5:02 p.m. Tuesday on Buffum Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:37 p.m. Tuesday at 51 Memorial Park Ave.; at 3:59 p.m. Tuesday at 77 Greenwood Ave.; at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday at 119 Lewis St.; at 7:51 a.m. Wednesday at 80 Washington St.; at 11:26 a.m. Wednesday on Oxford Street.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 12:52 p.m. Tuesday on Kingsley Terrace.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 4:09 p.m. Tuesday at Dollar Tree at 102 Boston St.; at 10:26 a.m. Wednesday at 160 Neptune Blvd.; at 11 a.m. Wednesday at CVS at 509 Eastern Ave.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 5:21 p.m. Tuesday at 10 Farrar St.

Police log: 2-8-2017


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A caller reported he slid on the ice while driving his car and hit a pole at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday on Rolleston Road. He wanted no response, but an officer was sent to check the police. An officer reported the pole was possibly moved slightly.

Complaints

A report of a needle on the beach at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday on Ocean Avenue. A woman reported she was on Riverhead Beach with her kids and saw a needle. She didn’t want her kids to see it, so she kicked sand over it. She stated the needle was somewhere on the left, you are going down the boat ramp.

A caller complained about construction starting too early at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on Wallace Road. He claims it started at 6:25 a.m. or so. Police reported no one was on scene.


NAHANT

Arrests

Frederick Page, 38, of 45 Edward St., East Boston, was arrested on warrants at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:41 a.m. Wednesday on Castle Road; at 7:02 a.m. Wednesday on Lennox Road; at 7:24 a.m. Wednesday on Lennox Road.


PEABODY

Arrests

Kevin J. Karakoudas, 28, of 29 Paleologos St., Apt. 2, was arrested on warrants at 2:14 pm. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:52 a.m. Wednesday at 245 Lowell St. Police reported a single car accident into the fence of the property; at 5:55 a.m. Wednesday at 0 Bartholomew St. and 378 Lynnfield St.; at 5:57 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Lynnfield St. A two car accident with injuries was reported. One driver was taken to Salem Hospital; at 5:57 a.m. Wednesday at Sullivan Tire & Auto Service at 175 Washington St.; at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Washington St. and 101 Main St. A car crash into a telephone pole was reported; at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday at 50 Margin St. and 93 Gardner St. A car crash into a parked car was reported; at 6:22 a.m. Wednesday at 2 King St. and 136 Lowell St.; at 6:49 a.m. Wednesday on Overlea Avenue; at 6:57 a.m. Wednesday at 10 Main St.; at 7:04 a.m. Wednesday at 50 Margin St. and 93 Gardner St.; at 7:09 a.m. Wednesday at 7 Russell St. and 42 Murray St.; at 7:12 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Longwood Ave. and 6 Elaine Ave.; at 7:24 a.m. Wednesday at 260 Washington St. and 2 Hourihan St. A two-car accident was reported. One driver was taken to Salem Hospital. Both vehicles were towed; at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Forest St. and 220 Lowell St.; at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Howley St. and 192 Main St.; at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Pinecrest Ave. and 193 Winona St.; at 8:14 a.m. Wednesday at Northshore Mall at 210N Andover St. A plow into a parked car was reported; at 8:23 a.m. Wednesday at 36 Aborn St. and 39 Pleasant St. A car into a pole was reported; at 8:36 a.m. Wednesday at 16 Holten St. and 8 Sewall St.; at 8:47 a.m. Wednesday at 22 Spring St. and 20 Park St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday at 14 Collins St. Gilmar F. Estorque, 44, of 65 Mason St., Apt. 2, Salem, was summoned for leaving the scene of property damage and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

A report of a police motor vehicle accident at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday on Goodale Street.

Complaints

A report of a neighborhood dispute at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday at 15 Bourbon St. A caller was upset that her neighbors’ children were making noise while playing.

The department of public works reported a male resident throwing snow into the street and yelling at the plow operator at 5:51 p.m. Tuesday at Emerson and Perkins streets. An officer checked the area, but could not locate anyone shoveling snow into the street.

A report of a disturbance at 7:54 p.m. Tuesday at Beverly Hospital at 65 Prospect St. Police received a report of cars doing “donuts” in the parking lot. Police reported the youths were sent on their way.

Vandalism

A report of property damaged by a snow plow at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at 3 Hilltop Drive. An officer reported the city plow driver struck the mailbox at the residence and damaged it.  


REVERE

Arrests

Matthew J. Sutherland, 43, of 45 Gore Road, was arrested and charged with assault and battery, larceny and on a warrant at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday at New Revere Police Station at Walnut and Shirley avenues; at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday at Beach and Harris streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:36 a.m. Tuesday at North Shore and Eliot roads; at 3:04 p.m. Tuesday on Brown Circle; at 6 p.m. Tuesday on Copeland Circle; at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday on Beach Street.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday on Barrett Street; at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday on Garfield Avenue; at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday at Revere High School on School Street; at 3:26 p.m. Tuesday on Larkin Street; at 9:43 p.m. Tuesday on Cecilian Avenue.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 10:52 a.m. Tuesday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 12:53 p.m. Tuesday on Revere Beach Parkway.


SAUGUS

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 11:34 a.m. Tuesday at 5 Ballard St. and 82 Lincoln Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:49 p.m. Tuesday at 9 School St. A caller reported a car into a house. Police reported the car struck the fence, not the house; at 6:01 a.m. Wednesday on Johnson Street. The fire captain reported a car into a pole. The driver was the sole occupant and had to get out by the passenger side of the vehicle.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:07 p.m. Tuesday at Hamilton Street and Broadway; at 2:39 a.m. Wednesday on Fox Hill Bridge; at 5:43 a.m. Wednesday on King Street. A caller reported a car striking a fence at the bottom of the hill. Police reported there was no vehicle in the area and no description of it was given; at 6:48 a.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Avenue and Sunnyside Park. A caller reported his vehicle struck a parked car due to icy conditions; at 6:52 a.m. Wednesday at 18R Smith Road.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday at 47 Evergreen St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday at McDonald’s at 127 Broadway. An employee reported a customer comes in every day, creates a large mess and then leaves.

A report of property damage at 1:58 p.m. Tuesday at 16 Orchard Ave. A caller reported a youth drove over his lawn and damaged some of his property. Police responded as the person’s car was stuck in the bushes.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 10:27 a.m. Tuesday at Dragon Island Restaurant at 44 Hamilton St.; at 11:33 p.m. Tuesday at Holiday Inn Express at 999 Broadway. A caller reported her “Michael Kors” purse was taken from the front lobby.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday on Humphrey Street; at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday at 450 Paradise Road; at 7:49 p.m. Tuesday on Danvers Road.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 12:43 p.m Tuesday at Swampscott Middle School at 207 Forest Ave.

Sean J. McCarriston, 34

SWAMPSCOTT — Sean James McCarriston, age 34, of Swampscott, died Saturday from injuries sustained in a tragic automobile accident.

He was the beloved son of Peter C. and Mary T. (Winston) McCarriston. Raised in Swampscott, he attended Swampscott High School and North Shore Community College.

Sean was a wonderful poet, and he loved music and art. He also enjoyed fishing with his father. His greatest source of pride was his four-year-old daughter, Skylar Rose McCarriston.

In addition to his parents and daughter, he is also survived by his longtime girlfriend, Janelle Gromada of Swampscott; his brother, Craig McCarriston of Swampscott; his aunts and uncles, Joyce Raymond of Marblehead, Michael Winston and his companion Donna Rivera of Salem, N.H., Maryellen Blaisdell and her husband Richard of Lynn and Mary Lawless of Lynn; his cousins, Caitrin Psihogios, Margaret Bane, Kyle Winston, Alyssa Fiorillo and Julia Raymond; as well as several extended family members. He was predeceased by his grandparents, James and Christine McCarriston and William and Eileen Winston.

Service information: His funeral will be held on Friday at 9 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott. Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy (LYSOA, Inc.), 298 Union St., Lynn, MA 01901. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Swampscott admin signs four-year agreement

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Sean Fitzgerald is pictured in this December 2016 file photo.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — Sean Fitzgerald is looking forward to his first day as town administrator in Swampscott. His first day of work is Feb. 27.

“With any job, I think the first couple of weeks is really exciting,” said Fitzgerald, who signed a four-year deal. “I’m eager to really work with the board of selectmen. They have a lot of busy plans and they’ve been working incredibly hard to support the town with a number of projects.”

Fitzgerald, who was town manager in Plaistow, N.H., and is a Peabody resident, said it’s hard whenever there is a position that’s been open for an extended period of time and the staff is pulling double duty. He hopes to give them support.

The new town administrator anticipates a busy first few weeks after taking the helm, which he said will include contacting local officials and stakeholders in Swampscott and on the North Shore. He also looks forward to working with the Council on Aging and the school department. Change is always a challenge, Fitzgerald said. He said he cares deeply about Plaistow residents and was honored to serve in an important position there.

But the lifelong resident of the North Shore said working in the seaside town will give him a chance to spend more time with his family, which includes three young sons. Fitzgerald spent much of his childhood in Swampscott. His grandmother was a nurse at Hadley Elementary School for decades and his mother grew up on Bay View Drive.

“The major expectation is really proactive leadership,” said Naomi Dreeben, chairwoman of the board of selectmen. “We’re expecting that he will be picking up the initiative on moving our projects forward, both the things that are in motion and the things we’re interested in doing in the future.”

Dreeben said project priorities for Fitzgerald will include forward movement on the development of the former Machon Elementary School and old Swampscott Middle School on Greenwood Avenue. He’ll also be involved with school officials’ plans to bring a new school building to town.

Town officials are also interested in possibly acquiring White Court, or the former Marian Court College, for an open space use. Dreeben said he will be involved in the reuse of other buildings in town as well.

Under the terms of his contract, Fitzgerald will be paid at a prorated rate for the remainder of fiscal year 2017, based on a salary of $128,500. On July 1, his annual salary will increase to $129,800.

Fitzgerald’s pay will increase each year on July 1 as outlined in the contract, with him set to make $132,400 in the final year. His contract expires on June 30, 2020, and will be up for renewal with the selectmen then. Fitzgerald’s performance will be evaluated publicly by the selectmen semi-annually during his first year of employment and every year thereafter on or before Oct. 1, according to the contract.

If Fitzgerald wishes to terminate his contract before it expires, he must give written notice to the board of selectmen at least 90 days in advance. His employment can also be terminated by the selectmen before the contract is fulfilled under the town charter, according to the deal.

Before becoming town manager in Plaistow in 2008, Fitzgerald served as chief of staff to former Peabody Mayor Michael Bonfanti. He was hired in nearby Saugus in 2015, where he served less than a week as town manager. He was sworn in a day before a recall election that unseated four of the five members of the Saugus Board of Selectmen. His contract was voided a week later after the four new selectmen were sworn in. Saugus reinstated Town Manager Scott Crabtree, who was fired by the previous board. Fitzgerald was reinstated in Plaistow.

Fitzgerald was hired by the selectmen in late December. He is replacing former Town Administrator Thomas Younger, who left in mid-October for the same job in Stoneham.

Gino Cresta, department of public works director, has been serving as interim town administrator. Town Accountant David Castellarin, who also serves as assistant town administrator, has been in charge of the budget during the interim.

“It was a great experience,” Cresta said. “It was great working with the board of selectmen. It was great having their support and it was a great learning experience for me.”  

Dreeben called Fitzgerald a very high energy person. She said the selectmen have been meeting with him about once a week for about a month to catch him up on what’s happening in town. He’s also been meeting with town staff and administrators including Cresta and Castellarin.

Dreeben also expressed her appreciation for Cresta taking on the role of town administrator, in addition to his duties as department of public works director.

“Gino is wonderful to work with,” Dreeben said. “Gino has been really stepping up and he’s doing two jobs. I’m delighted that he’s been able to do this for so long, but I don’t want him to get burnt out. I want him to have a reasonable job.”

Lynn marina nets $1M from state


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

Police log: 2-8-2017

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

Liz Garcia, 41, of 72 Mall St., was arrested and charged with sexual conduct for a fee and heroin possession at 2:08 a.m. Tuesday.

Joanna Lugo, 42, of 72 Mall St., was arrested and charged with sexual conduct for a fee at 2:07 a.m. Tuesday.

Jared Papadimitriou, of 2 Hart St., was arrested on warrant charges of assault and battery and larceny at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:14 p.m. Monday at Broad and Exchange streets; at 3:09 p.m. Monday at 70 Hanover St.; at 4:49 p.m. Monday at Henry Avenue and Washington Street; at 5:41 p.m. Monday at Laighton Street and Lawton Avenue; at 9:30 am. Tuesday at 38 Estes St.; at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday at 502 Western Ave.; at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday at 678 Lynnfield St.; at 11:07 a.m. Tuesday at 269 Union St.; at 11:16 a.m. Tuesday at 212 Boston St.; at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday at 21 Stanwood St.; at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at 76 Grover St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:06 p.m. Monday at Chestnut Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday at Essex and Empire streets.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 5:23 p.m. Monday on Neptune Boulevard.

A report of an assault at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday on Essex Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 9:31 a.m. Tuesday at 269 Union St.; at 11:26 a.m. Tuesday at 35 Washington St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 2:39 p.m. Monday on City Hall Square; at 4:14 p.m. Monday at 30 Surfside Road; at 5:38 p.m. Monday at 25 State St.; at 6:18 p.m. Monday at 102 Henry Ave.; at 7:01 p.m. Monday at 89 Liberty St.; at 9:09 p.m. Monday at 137 Broad St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 8:58 a.m. Tuesday at 13 Park St.; at 9:21 a.m. Tuesday at 7 Liberty Square; at 12:07 p.m. Tuesday at 41 Light St.

Vandalism

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 3:01 p.m. Monday at 376 Washington St.

Police log: 2-7-2017


LYNNFIELD

Arrests

Crystal Ulchak, 33, of 4 Old Wood Road, was arrested on a warrant at 11:40 a.m. Friday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:47 p.m. Friday on King Rail Drive; at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at 807 Salem St. and 5 Canterbury Road; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Donovan’s Liquor at 449 N Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:21 p.m. Saturday at 580 S Broadway. One person was taken to Union Hospital.

Fire

A report of a brush fire on the side of the house at 3:07 p.m. Sunday at 15 Cider Mill Road

A report of a brush fire at 3:33 p.m. Monday at 20 Stanley Road.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 2:33 p.m. Friday at Herb Chambers Cadillac at 395 N Broadway.


MARBLEHEAD

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:59 p.m. Monday on Smith Street.

Complaints

A caller reported her vehicle was egged by kids the previous night at 10:24 a.m. Monday on Elm Street.

A report of suspicious activity at 6:51 p.m. Monday on State Street. A caller reported that someone was “peering” into his yard and found it suspicious. The man was driving a truck and drove off towards the water. The man told police he was working at 92 Washington and was checking a small easement between properties to make sure nothing was left behind.

Fire

A report of heavy smoke from the chimney at 10:50 a.m. Monday on Kenneth Road. Multiple callers reported heavy smoke from a house and chimney.


PEABODY

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:05 p.m. Monday at 1 Summit St. and 0 Christina Drive; at 4:47 p.m. Monday at 121 Winona St.; at 7:06 p.m. Monday at 128 Underpass on Lowell Street; at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at 2 Sparrow Lane and 117 Central St.; at 10:54 a.m. Tuesday at 82 Lowell St. and 2 Perkins St.; at 12:01 p.m. Tuesday on Forest Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 6:12 p.m. Monday at Latitude Sports Club at 194 Newbury St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 4:17 a.m. Tuesday on Paleologos Street. One person was taken to Salem Hospital.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 10:52 a.m. Tuesday at Center School at 18 Irving St.


REVERE

Arrests

Joseph M. Dellorfano, 44, of 60 Cecilian Ave., was arrested and charged with uttering a counterfeit note, larceny from person, identity fraud, trespassing and on warrants at 4:44 p.m. Monday.

Krunalkumar J. Patel, 31, of 337 Paris St., East Boston, was arrested and charged with OUI liquor at 6:48 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7 a.m. Monday on Copeland Circle; at 8:17 a.m. Monday at Bob’s Discount on Ferragamo Way; at 8:23 a.m. Monday on Broadway.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery at 3:47 a.m. Monday on Beach Street. Janine M. Proia, 22, of 82 Undine Ave., Winthrop, was summoned for assault and battery.

A report of an assault at 10:59 a.m. Monday on School Street; at 7:55 p.m. Monday on Rever Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 9:36 a.m. Monday at Carlyle House Condominiums on Ward Street; at 4:39 p.m. Monday at Rumney Flats on Ward Street; at 7:23 p.m. Monday at Carlyle House Condominiums on Ward Street.

A report of a breaking and entering at 1:12 p.m. Monday at Cinco De Mayo on Centennial Avenue.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 10:43 a.m. Monday on Walnut Place; at 7:59 p.m. Monday on Sears Street.

Overdose

A report of a possible overdose at 6:53 p.m. Monday on Pearl Avenue.

Theft

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 11:10 a.m. Monday on Park Avenue; at 2:53 p.m. Monday on Freeman Street.


SAUGUS

Arrests

Justina ML Boyce was arrested on a warrant at 4:34 p.m. Monday.

Anthony Martinez, of 39 Boylston St., Boston, was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest at 5:27 p.m. Monday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 9:37 a.m. Monday at 386 Lincoln Ave. A man was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital. A woman was taken to Salem Hospital. The fire captain reported a two car accident, head on collision; at 3:42 p.m. Monday at Gas Station on Sunnyside Park.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 3:08 p.m. Monday at Home Depot at 564 Broadway.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife) at 5:27 p.m. Monday on Broadway. Anthony Martinez, of 39 Boylston St., Boston, was arrested.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday at 49-50 Evergreen St.; at 6:56 a.m. Tuesday at 5 Evergreen St. A man reported his car was broken into and items were stolen.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 5:58 p.m. Monday at Laurel Towers; at 6:38 p.m. Monday at Bridgewell at 17 Seagirt Ave. A caller reported she was struck in the head three times by another resident of the home. Police reported there may have been no assault and the administrative staff was instructed to follow up in the morning; at 11 p.m. Monday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 1204 Broadway; at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bed Bath and Beyond at 367 Broadway.

Theft

A report of an armed robbery at 11:06 p.m. Monday at Red Roof Inn at 920 Broadway. An employee at the front desk reported receiving a call from a man inside one of the rooms who stated he was assaulted. Police reported the man was a victim of an armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon. The only footage available was of a man, about 6 feet tall, 250 pounds and with a muscular build. His iPhone was stolen and he was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital.


SWAMPSCOTT

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 10:04 a.m. Monday at 51 Essex St.