Published in the December 10, 2018 edition.

WAKEFIELD — A 36-year-old Malden woman was arrested early Saturday morning for operating on a suspended license (subsequent offense) after police stopped her for driving the wrong way down Albion Street from North Avenue.

Police said that Officer John Whaley was in the area of North Avenue and Albion Street just after 2 a.m. when he initially spotted the 2012 Volkswagen Passat. After running a Registry check on the driver, Julia Gonzalez of 27 Baldwin St., Malden, Officer Whaley found that her license was suspended. She was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration and attaching a number plate not assigned to the vehicle.


Police and the Fire Department responded to the area of Salem Street and Pleasure Island Road at about 2 p.m. on Saturday for a minor two-car crash.

According to police, a 2011 Mazda 3 driven by a Wakefield man was taking a right onto Salem Street from Pleasure Island Road as a 2010 Dodge Challenger driven by a Lynnfield man was taking a left from the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot on to Salem Street and the two vehicles collided.

There were no reported injuries.


Police took a report from a Pleasant Street resident who said that a tire on his car was slashed after he had an altercation with a man earlier.

The Pleasant Street resident told police that he was on his way home at about 12:15 Sunday morning when he encountered a car, possibly a newer model Toyota Prius, stopped in the street near the intersection of Pleasant and Park streets. The man said that he had to go around the car, after which he parked at his home.

He then went back and had words with the driver of the stopped car, described as a man in his 20s. Later, the Pleasant Street resident noticed that one the tires on his 2010 Toyota Scion had been slashed.


At about 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, a woman told police that her car had been vandalized while parked behind the downtown dollar store.

The woman said that she had parked her 2018 BMW 430 in the Dollar Tree lot for about a half hour. When she returned to the car, she found a dent and scratches on the passenger side of the car. Police said that the damage appeared to be intentional.

Police will review security camera footage as part of their investigation.


A Wakefield man was uninjured after he crashed his 1999 Toyota Camry into a utility pole on Salem Street on Sunday at about 5:30 p.m. Police, firefighters, Action Ambulance and a crew from the Municipal Gas and Light Department all responded to the scene.

The driver, a Wakefield man, had managed to get out of the car on his own and declined to be taken to the hospital. He told first responders that a deer had run out into the roadway causing him to swerve and crash into the pole.


The Fire Department responded to 30 calls over the weekend, including 19 for medical aid. Most of the non-medical calls involved accidental or malfunctioning alarms.