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March 6, 2014

City man faces $57K fines over home site

EDITOR’S NOTE:

This is a corrected version of this story. The initial story incorrectly referred to the charges stemming from a different address; all of the charges refer to the Essex Avenue site.

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Found guilty of two municipal storage violations by Gloucester District Court Judge Joseph Jennings in January, a Gloucester man is facing $57,600 in fines.

Robert A. Chatwood, 69, who lives at 6 Staten St., but holds property at 654R Essex Aven., was first charged with improper storage of a motor vehicle in a prohibited zoning district on the Essex Avenue site, managing or not having a license for a junkyard in a prohibited zone of the city, violating placement and occupancy of a mobile home on a prohibited zone, failing to maintain a private property free of litter and having wrecked or dismantled motor vehicles. All of the charges stem from the Essex Avenue property.

A criminal complaint was issued in October of last year after reports and notices by the city’s building inspector, William Sanborn.

In January, Jennings found him guilty of storing a motor vehicle in a prohibited zoning district as well as the mobile home-related charge.

He was found not guilty of the junkyard and litter related charges, while the dismantled vehicle charge was dismissed.

Jennings handed down the sentence — two fines of $28,800 each — for the two charges Tuesday in Gloucester District Court.

But according to the Gloucester District Court Clerk’s Office, Chatwood has since claimed to be indigent and has appealed the guilty rulings and fines; he appeared in the clerk’s office Wednesday morning. Chatwood could not be reached for comment.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-675-2708 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.

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