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Alleged Vandal Nabbed After Tagging Twitter Handle

The following information was submitted by the Salem Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

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

Thursday, Dec. 27:

  • At 5:30 p.m., police responded to a neighbor dispute on Congress Street. The dispute was reportedly over a stolen package.
  • At 5:49 p.m., a resident entered the police station to ask for help dealing with an abusive boyfriend.
  • At 6:26 p.m., a Bridge Street woman called police to report a scam. The woman said she befriended a man on the internet who sent her a check in her name for $5,300 and asked her to cash the check and send him $3,100 by Western Union.
  • At 6:38 p.m., police responded to a dispute on Pope Street.
  • At 8:46 p.m., a Manning Street woman who listed a dresser on Craigslist  and got a check in the mail from an interested party made out for $975 with instructions to send back $1,800.
  • At 9:09 p.m., police responded to a reported domestic assault and battery on Silver Street. Julio A. Nunez, 38, of 4 Silver St., Salem, was arrested on charges of assault, malicious destruction of property valued above $250 and threatening to commit a crime.
  • At 9:51 p.m., a woman called police to report that her vehicle was broken into while parked on Ocean Avenue.
  • At 10:27 p.m., police responded to a domestic dispute on Ropes Street. Braima Seidi, 46, of 4 Ropes St., Salem, was arrested on three counts of domestic assault and battery.

Friday, Dec. 28:

  • At 3:30 a.m., police conducted a well-being check on Mason Street.
  • At 6:57 a.m., hypodermic needles were discovered on Bridge Street.
  • At 8:29 a.m., a Boardman Street resident called police to report that they had been the victim of credit card fraud.
  • At 10:54 a.m., police responded to a building on Loring Avenue for a report of graffiti on the wall. One of the words police found written on the wall was a Twitter account handle and officers were able to track down the alleged perpetrator using that information. The alleged suspect was given a no trespass order.
  • At 12:12 p.m., police responded to a report of a man bleeding on Abbott Street.
  • At 2:05 p.m., police responded to a report of a stolen cell phone at the intersection of Church and Brown streets.
  • At 2:40 p.m., a woman called police to report that her son's Churchill Street apartment was robbed. An XBox system and computer were reportedly stolen.

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

Sinead O'Brien December 29, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Why do you publish the names of some people and not others? It seems unbalanced and especially unfair to the named persons. They are, after all, innocent until proven guilty. I don't think you should publish any names, but if you insist on the practice it should be across the board.
Owen Boss December 29, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Hi Sinead: We publish the names of every arrest included in the daily police log, with the exception of juveniles.
Sinead O'Brien December 29, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I see. Is there a reason why you feel it necessary to include them? I don't mean to be difficult, but as I mentioned above I do think it's invasive. An arrest is merely the first step in a long process to conviction. Often charges are lessened or dropped all together. That information doesn't get published, and the damage is done. Thanks so much for your input!
Owen Boss December 29, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Hi Sinead: It is our policy at Patch to list the names of those arrested by the Salem Police in our police log reports. While I understand your point about it being the first step in a long process, that is why we top of each of our posts with the disclaimer: "the following information was submitted by the Salem Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction."
Jack Carver December 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Arrest records are public record under state and federal law "the best way is to hit offenders in their pocketbook through traffic enforcement citations. Cameras, speed gauges - whatever it takes.: Sinead O'Brien

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