Salem Community Patriot September 2, 2011 - 5
Several Thefts Reported in Salem
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Last weekend, police were kept busy with a high number of reported thefts throughout town. Police in Salem dealt with a male subject who robbed both Home Depot and Lowes Hardware on South Broadway on Friday and Saturday, as well as several residential and business burglaries.
Around 11:23 a.m. on Friday,
August 26 officers were requested to investigate an unarmed robbery at Home Depot. An older white male leaned over the counter and swiped approximately $200-$300 in cash from the register and fled the store. He was seen leaving the area in a dark colored Jeep Cherokee driven by another male subject. Officers attempted to locate the vehicle, according to Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten, but the suspect and driver were not located. The following day around 1:55 p.m. a robbery, with no weapon shown was reported at Lowes close to the Methuen, MA, town line. The caller gave a description of the suspect, which also fit the description of the suspect from the Home Depot incident the day before. The vehicle the suspect fled in was described as a green Jeep Cherokee with a Massachusetts registration. Salem dispatchers contacted police in Methuen and officers there located and stopped the vehicle in the vicinity of Cross and Pelham Streets. The vehicle had a New Hampshire registration and was also reported stolen out of Laconia. Methuen
police took one male subject into custody identified as Peter Bettencourt, 49, with a last known address in New Bedford, MA. Deputy Chief Patten said the subject was held as a fugitive from justice from the state of Massachusetts and faces several charges there. He also said police in Salem are seeking warrants for several charges as well as a fugitive from justice from the state of New Hampshire. Police in Salem are awaiting extradition of Bettencourt so he can be brought back to New Hampshire to face charges here. In unrelated incidents, police
investigated several burglaries on Saturday and Sunday, with two being at Lancelot Court and one at a residence on Lawrence Road. All the residences sustained broken windows and numerous items stolen. Officers from Salem Police Department are working with the victims to determine what they sustained in losses.
Also, on Monday morning officers were called to the IHOP restaurant on South Broadway for a report of a burglary. Officers and detectives working the scene found a safe had been pried open and between $3,000 and $5,000 in cash was stolen. Police are working diligently on these and all unsolved burglaries that have occurred this summer in Salem. Anyone who has information regarding the burglaries can contact Southern New Hampshire Crimeline at 893-6600 or Salem Police Department at 893-1911.
Accused Heroin Dealer has Bail Set by Salem Judge
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz An accused heroin dealer from Massachusetts has had bail set by a Salem District Court Judge and part of his conditions of making bail will be to prove the money came from a legitimate source. Wagnel Luna, 28, of Peabody, MA, rammed a police cruiser and attempted to run down an off- duty Salem police officer after fleeing police and leading them on a chase that ended in Dracut, MA. Luna is charged with selling heroin on Brookdale Road on May 24 and June 14. Salem detectives witnessed the June 14 deal, and Luna fled the area at a dangerously high rate of speed. Luna led officers through Methuen and Dracut until he drove his vehicle onto a road with no outlet, leaving his vehicle in the woods and fleeing officers pursuing him on foot. He was eventually located and detained by a Salem Police K-9 unit. Luna is also charged with a felony count of
reckless conduct, and misdemeanor charges of disobeying a police officer, transporting narcotics in a vehicle and a traffic offense of operating after suspension. On Monday, Judge John Korbey set Luna’s bail at $50,000 cash only and Luna will be forced to provide proof of funds should he become able to post bail. Luna was extradited to New Hampshire on August 25 after waiving his right to fight extradition at the District Court in Salem, MA. Luna is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on September 20 at Salem District Court.
Hunt Within Regulations
For hunters headed afield this fall, the Boone and Crockett Club offers ways to help keep the public on our side. Hunting is allowed today because the vast majority of hunters through the ages have respectfully followed laws, regulations, safety rules and high ethical standards known as fair chase-the sporting pursuit and taking of native free-ranging game species in a manner that does not give the hunter improper advantage. Continue the tradition. America’s system of conservation and wildlife management is the most successful ever developed. It works only because of funding from hunters. Spread the word. Respect the customs of the local area
where you’re hunting, including the beliefs and values of those who do not hunt. This season, make every attempt to take a youngster hunting.
If you already hunt with your son or daughter, invite one of their friends to come along. Technology is a wonderful thing until it replaces the skills necessary to be a complete hunter. If it seems gratuitous, leave it at home. Always ask permission before hunting private land. Respect
landowners. Tread lightly, especially on public land. ATVs have their place-on roads and trails. If you pack it in, pack it out.
Charlie Chalk can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Salem Animal Rescue League Benefit
Summer Fun Continues at Canobie Lake Park Daily Through Labor Day
submitted by Canobie Lake Park If you’re not ready to let go of summer
just yet, Canobie Lake Park has some good news for you. The Park remains open every day and evening through Labor Day with their full complement of rides, games, attractions and live entertainment. It’s your last chance to catch Canobie’s live tribute shows, including the extremely popular Tribute to Michael, since the curtain comes down for the season on September 5. The fun doesn’t stop at Labor Day! Canobie is open weekends during September and October with the Park’s seven-weekend Oktoberfest celebration
kicking off on September 17. The festivities include a beer garden, traditional German fare, music and live entertainment. Canobie’s newest live show, a Tribute to Madonna, also begins on September 17 and runs through October 30. Then ScreeemFest adds some fear to all the fun, haunting Canobie Lake Park every weekend from September 30 through the end of October. And there’s plenty to “screeem” about. Just when you catch your breath from the excitement of Canobie’s newest roller coaster, Untamed, which will be open throughout both events along with many other rides, there are four
terrifying haunts to keep you screaming. There will also be Halloween games, zombies and monsters lurking about, “haunted” fireworks displays every Saturday night in October, and even more live entertainment. The one and only Mini Kiss, a nationally known act, will be performing a tribute to the legendary rock band all during Screeemfest. Canobie Lake Park is presenting both major events for one, low admission price that includes all haunts, live entertainment, operating rides, fireworks and more. For Park hours, more information about events and directions, visit canobie.com
all proceeds will benefit Salem Animal Rescue League. To see examples of shirts for sale, please visit www.sarl-nh.org
and view our homepage stories.
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For questions regarding the benefit, please call Jessica at Lulu's Closet.
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