A Gloucester woman pleaded guilty to stealing three checks from an elderly Ipswich woman and forging the woman’ signature on them in Gloucester District Court on Tuesday.
Judge Joseph Jennings ordered Roberta Kolodzik, 32, of 18 Burnham St., to pay $2,300 in restitution and sentenced her to 18 months in jail, which he suspended for two years.
Kolodzik pleaded guilty to three counts of larceny by check, three counts of forging a check and three counts of uttering a false check. She was placed on two years probation and ordered not to work as a home health aide by Jennings.
According to police Detective Tom Quinn’s report, Kolodzik had stolen three checks from the home of an elderly woman in Ipswich. She had worked as a home health aide for the woman. She took the checks from the woman’s home in 2011, using a key she obtained when she worked there.
The woman called Ipswich police who notified the Gloucester department. Kolodzik made out three checks, one for $1,300 and two for $500.
Quinn brought Kolodzik in for questioning and filed criminal complaints against her on March 14.
A Peabody man pleaded guilty to a charge of having pepper spray without a firearms license in Gloucester District Court on Monday.
Judge Joseph Jennings sentenced Edward Brennan, 28, of 261 Newbury St. to six months in jail but suspended the sentence for a year.
Police arrested Brennan on two warrants on Manuel Lewis Street last week.
Officers saw him walking down Chestnut Street and, when they found he was wanted on the warrants, asked him to stop on Main Street.
He ran, and was caught on Manuel Lewis Street. Police found a canister of pepper spray nearby. Brennan denied that it was his.
Drug possession charges brought against Brennan were dismissed Monday because failure to prosecute.
A Gloucester man pleaded guilty to a charge of malicious destruction of property in Gloucester District Court last Friday.
Judge Jennings sentenced Tyler Feldman, 19, of 18 Blynman Ave. to 2 1/2 months in jail, and deemed 30 days served. Feldman was arrested June 27 after he tipped over one of the police barricades on Commercial Street during the city’s Fiesta celebratio.
Thomas Beary, 26, of 7 Strawberry Place in Lynn faced charges of drunken driving, cocaine possession, negligent operation, speeding and having an open container of alcohol in a car in court on Friday.
Judge Jennings continued the drunken driving and drug possession charges for a year and dismissed the negligent operation charge. Beary was held responsible for the open container and speeding charges.
Jennings assessed Beary $600 in court costs and revoked his license for 45 days.
Rockport police pulled Beary over in June after the saw him speed down Granite Street and hit a sidewalk, deflating his right, front tire. After running him through field sobriety tests, which he failed, police searched the vehicle and found a small bag with cocaine residue and an open vodka bottle.
Jennings dismissed a disorderly conduct charge Friday brought against Robert Frazier, 36, homeless, on completion of 16 hours of community service.
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