, Gloucester, MA

May 1, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Jail term suspended for unlicensed driver

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — A 28-year-old Rockport resident received a suspended jail sentence after admitting to a subsequent offense of driving without a license.

Judge Joseph Jennings sentenced Jennifer Jones of Sandy Bay Terrace to 60 days in jail, but with that sentence suspended until March 2014. He also ordered her to pay a $50 assessment.

Rockport police had charged Jones after an officer saw her driving on Main Street in February and recognized her as an unlicensed driver.

Some charges in a court case against Benjamin F. Zwart, a 20-year-old Essex man who police found carrying 14 global positioning systems, multiple cell phones and purses in a backpack in his vehicle, were continued without a finding while others were dismissed.

Jennings found that Zwart admitted to sufficient facts on the charges of receiving stolen property and driving an uninsured vehicle, but continued the case without a finding until October, placing Zwart on administrative supervision in the meantime.

But Jennings dismissed a charge of driving a vehicle with a suspended registration at the state’s request, and found Zwart not responsible for a headlights violation and responsible for driving an unregistered vehicle.

Police had stopped Zwart driving on Essex’s Main Street in January because the front bumper and license plate on his vehicle were missing, police said. After smelling a scent of burnt marijuana in the car, police began searching the vehicle, finding items police presumed stolen in a backpack, police said.

Judge Joseph Jennings dismissed the following cases in court:

Schuyler Titus, a 21-year-old Bennett Street resident, saw charges of driving an uninsured vehicle with suspended registration dismissed upon failure to prosecute in court Tuesday.

Michael P. Davis, a 38-year-old Malden man, will see a charge of check larceny for over $250 dismissed if he pays restitution. That ruling came at the probation department’s recommendation.

Charges of being a fugitive from justice against a 49-year-old Spring Street man, Ronald R. Ballou, were dismissed at the state’s request.

A 17-year-old Lynnfield man will see charges of using a vehicle without authority dismissed if the man, Thomas Burke, pays $100 in restitution.

John D. Champi, a 68-year-old Essex man, saw a charge of assault and battery dismissed upon failure to prosecute when marital privilege was asserted Monday. A charge of witness intimidation against the Addison Street man was also dismissed on failure to prosecute.

A charge of unlicensed driving against Loretta A. Koonce, a 53-year-old Washington Square woman, will be dismissed if Koonce pays court costs of $100.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at