Salem Community Patriot December 23, 2010 - 9
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&#x201C;Thumbs down: When you say happy holidays,
what are you saying? December has two recognized Holidays - Christmas (which for those that are not aware is the birth of Christ not Santa Claus) and Hanukkah. So if you do not believe or support either of these&#x2026;what are you celebrating? Why are you taking the day off of work? The definition of Holiday is the celebration of an event, what event does Santa belong to? Why buy presents? What do office parties have to do with a religious Holiday? If you partake in any of this, ask yourself why. Mean what you say and say what you mean. For those that don&#x2019;t believe, we don&#x2019;t tell you that you can&#x2019;t hang Happy Birthday signs at a public park picnic (yet) or on your garage (yet). So the next time you indulge in the festivities of Christmas or Hanukkah, ask yourself why you are not at work like it is just another day.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs up and way up if the U.S. postal Service would keep one window at the Post Office
open just for people that want to buy stamps only. That would save some folks from a long, long wait in line. Then if it wasn&#x2019;t busy they could help folks with packages or other needs.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down a big &#x2018;thumbs down&#x2019; to the person who put a &#x2018;thumbs down&#x2019; in the paper regarding Lancaster&#x2019;s &#x2018;HOLIDAY&#x2019; Craft Fair!!
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don&#x2019;t know if your aware that the fair was NOT a juried fair and it was posted that several vendors as well as crafters would be present. More that 3/4 of the tables WERE homemade crafts as stated on the applications turned in to us. Your negative comment on this event was unnecessary as you paid NOTHING to enter the fair and look around for something you may want to purchase. It is also very hurtful to the many parent &#x201C;volunteers&#x201D; who donated so many hours for many weeks to put this fair on, to benefit the kids at Lancaster through the PTA, so that they can enjoy cultural events, family fun events, field trips, parties, etc... with little or NO cost to the families!! Until you step up and volunteer to take on an event of this magnitude, at this time of the year, while working full time and managing family life as well, AND please everyone when it&#x2019;s over, you should keep your negative comments/ opinions to yourself!! To anyone who feels the need to put a negative comment about a school or a school event in this forum, just think of the kids first, then ask, is it
worth it?? SIGNED, Deb Smith, Lancaster PTA co-president.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs up, a huge &#x2018;thumbs up&#x2019; to the Barron School and their Christmas Tree Wish program. The parents and staff are been extremely generous and without them, I would not be able to provide as much for my kids this Christmas. Their generosity is amazing and I hope I will be able to do the same for another family in the future. THANK YOU!!!!&#x201D;
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&#x201C;Thumbs up the Salem Christmas Fund and all
the volunteers who assist to make kids dreams come true. And to all the amazing donors who contribute! You have provided many, many families with warm clothes, many toys and a family dinner.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs up to Salem Christian school kids group that sang in the annual holiday concert for Salem. They were not mentioned in the article by the Patriot and they did a great job.&#x201D;
&#x201C;Thumbs down to the person who complained about the Lancaster craft fair. I know how hard the PTA and volunteers worked they raised money for the kids in the school. It was a non-juried fair, which means it does not have to be handmade. I enjoyed the fair there were items that were handmade there. It did not look like a flea market. Thanks again to all the volunteers who
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&#x201C;Thumbs up. I had a doctor&#x2019;s appointment and ended up at the wrong address on Stiles Road. I went to #23 Stiles Road and they helped me so much. I am handicapped and a young lady named Tara drove me to the right building. Thanks to her boss who allowed her to take time off to help me. May God bless them all! I hope they all have a beautiful and happy holiday.&#x201D;
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by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz A 48 year old woman is under arrest
Elderly Woman Beaten by Daughter in Hotel Room run her over.
and charged with second-degree assault after police say she severely beat her elderly mother while staying at a Salem hotel.
Carol Provost, 48 of Methuen, MA, Carol Provost
was arrested Tuesday, December 14 and charged as a fugitive from justice. Police in Salem had issued a felony arrest warrant for Provost after the victim&#x2019;s son, Provost&#x2019;s brother went to Salem Police Department to speak with an officer and
report that his mother was hospitalized at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, due to injuries she sustained at the hands of her own daughter. The victim had been unable to report the incident earlier due to her hospitalization. Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten said the 47 year old son of the victim brought his mother to Salem Police Department on Tuesday, December 14, so she could report the incident herself and speak with an officer. The 82 year old victim stated she stayed with her daughter at the Park View Inn on December 10 and 11. Patten said the victim alleges that while staying at the Park View Inn her daughter grabbed her by her hair, shaking her head and had removed her belt and wrapped it around her hand. Provost
then allegedly whipped and beat her mother with the belt and also wrapped it around her neck and choked her with it. &#x201C;The victim was able to scream and push her daughter off of her and then lock herself in the bathroom. Provost then forced herself into the bathroom and punched the victim numerous times in the face and head and also began whipping and choking her with the belt again. The victim stated that Provost said, &#x2018;They will never find the body!&#x2019; The suspect then grabbed a metal rod from a carpet sweeper in the hotel room and beat the victim in the back and legs with it,&#x201D; Deputy Chief Shawn Patten said. According to an affidavit filed in court by Salem Police Officer
Jeffrey Ouellette, the victim told him that she thought she was going to die. She also told Officer Ouellette that the incident began around 3 a.m. on December 11 after Provost had returned to the hotel room after leaving for a substantial amount of time with her vehicle and the victim had asked her where she had gone. Also in the affidavit Officer Ouellette wrote that the victim told him that around 8:30 a.m. on December 11 that Provost had packed up her car and that the victim told her she was going to check out. Provost demanded gas money from her mother and the victim refused. While the victim walked to the hotel office to check out Provost followed her with the vehicle and attempted to strike her with it, causing the victim to run into the grassy area near the hotel office to get out of the way. Provost then fled the area in her vehicle. The victim told Officer Ouellette that she thought Provost was going to
According to Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten the victim who
was left stranded at the hotel by the suspect then took a cab to the bus station in Salem and from there took a bus to Boston where she got on the MBTA and rode it to Tufts Medical Center where she checked herself in for treatment for her injuries. &#x201C;She is one tough lady to have been able to go through those means to get herself to the hospital,&#x201D; Patten said. Police in Salem executed the felony arrest warrant for Carol
Provost on charges of second-degree assault. Deputy Chief Patten said the warrant was forwarded to police in Methuen who arrested Carol Provost on Tuesday evening at her residence. She was held as a fugitive from justice out of the state of New Hampshire and remained in the custody of Methuen Police overnight while awaiting extradition to New Hampshire. Patten says that more charges are expected in connection with the assault. Adult Protection and Elderly Services were also notified of the incident. Provost did appear in Salem District Court on December 15. Salem Prosecutor Jason Grosky argued for $50,000 cash or surety bail due to the severity of the crime and the defendant&#x2019;s husband&#x2019;s recent move to the state of Florida. Despite the arguments, Judge Michael Jones set bail at $5,000 cash or surety. The case remains active and under investigation by Salem detectives.
Burglary Suspect Charged in Another Previous Burglary
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Police in Salem investigated nearly 60 burglaries several months back and had gotten a lucky break in the cases with several arrests, tying burglary suspects to several previously unsolved burglaries. Now police say one of the suspects arrested for a burglary that occurred on South Policy Street has been charged in a burglary that occurred on Kelly Road. On Saturday, November 6, at 11:07 a.m. police
received a call from the resident on South Policy Street reporting a residential burglary. The victims reported they had only left their home for an hour and a half and upon returning home noticed a window had been smashed and a door left ajar. Police found that a bedroom had been
ransacked and numerous items including jewelry were missing from the victims&#x2019; home. Deputy
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Chief Patten said that officers immediately began canvassing the area looking for a suspect and while doing so discovered a suspicious male subject acting odd in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn. Officers questioned the male subject, identified as Richard Melcher, 50, of Derry, and found him to be in possession of a large amount of jewelry he could not account for. During the break in at the South Policy Street residence the suspect had sustained injuries as blood evidence was left behind. The officers questioning Melcher asked him to show his hands and revealed he had fresh cuts to them.
According to the officers, Melcher then wrestled
away from them and fled on foot in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn. He then attempted to steal a Salem Police Department cruiser in the lot in an attempt to flee the officers. While Melcher
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attempted to get fully inside the cruiser and put it in gear Melcher was tasered by a police officer and then pulled from the vehicle. He was apprehended without further incident and taken to a local hospital to have the prong from the taser removed from him. Police detectives conducted a search of the room he was staying in and it appears he had been living at the Red Roof Inn. Detectives found numerous items in the room that had been reported stolen during previous burglaries in Salem and in the surrounding communities. His vehicle was also seized and a search warrant was executed. Richard Melcher was held on $25,000 cash bail and is facing charges of burglary, resisting arrest and attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
On December 15 Salem detectives obtained
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another felony warrant for the arrest of Richard Melcher on burglary charges stemming from an October 31 burglary on Kelly Road. On the same day of the burglary detectives learned that Melcher had pawned jewelry that had been taken from the residence. During the investigation detective Mike Rogers found a latent fingerprint on a metal cash box at the Kelly Road residence and did receive confirmation from the state lab that the fingerprint was that of Richard Melcher. Richard Melcher is currently still held at the
Rockingham County Jail on the previous burglary charges. He was video arraigned from the jail on the additional felony charge and an additional $25,000 cash bail. He was back at Salem District Court on Tuesday, December 21, for a probable cause hearing.
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