, Gloucester, MA

February 15, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Police probe lighting of trash fire at O'Maley

Gloucester Police/Fire

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — GLOUCESTER — Police are investigating a trash can fire that drew firefighters to O’Maley Middle School Thursday about 1:07 p.m.

According to police, an alarm sounded at the school after someone apparently lit a 5-gallon plastic trash barrel on fire in the second-floor boys bathroom.

Police said students were evacuated, the fire was quickly extinguished and the barrel taken outside.

Firefighters vented the school, and students returned to class once firefighters cleared the building, police said.

James J. Rohan, a 47-year-old man who lives on a boat in Gloucester, was arrested on charges of domestic assault and battery and malicious property destruction Thursday afternoon.

According to police, Rohan allegedly assaulted a woman in front of Captain Carlo’s restaurant, then punched the window of a vehicle in which the woman was sitting, breaking the glass.

Police said the vehicle belonged to another woman who witnessed the incident and both women told police Rohan had fled behind the building.

Officers found Rohan hiding behind a dock at the Cape Ann Seafood Exchnge auction, “highly intoxicated” and bleeding on his right hand, and arrested him at that point, police said.

Police arrested a man and a woman — the man on charges of driving without a license, and the woman on a warrant —after a traffic stop Wednesday about 1:38 p.m.

According to the police report, an officer recognized Alonzo Bergmann, 23, of Church Street driving a vehicle and knew that he was unlicensed. An officer stopped the vehicle on Prospect Street and arrested Bergmann on that charge.

During the traffic stop, dispatch ran the passengers’ names as well and found that one woman, Corey Westfield, had an outstanding warrant, according to police. An officer arrested Westfield at the scene too, police said.

Police arrested 22-year-old Angela McLoud of Willowood Road on a warrant Friday about 2:03 a.m., after stopping her for a traffic violation on Route 128 near Exit 12, according to police. McLoud’s boyfriend drove the vehicle home for her, police said.

Eric J. Oliveira, 29, was arrested on a warrant at his Blynman Avenue home Friday about 9:42 a.m., according to police.

Police arrested Jermaine C. Palazzola, 23, of Trask Street on an outstanding warrant out of Salem at the station Thursday, when Palazzola turned himself in to police about 12:46 p.m., according to police.

The Police Department’s graffiti expert is investigating a tag on the Good Harbor Beach concession stand, according to police. The concession stand manager reported the word “AWOL” painted on the building in blue and green paint Thursday about 9:25 a.m., according to police.

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