, Gloucester, MA

October 10, 2012

Gloucester District Court: Woman gets continuance on $2,500 theft

By Steven Fletcher Staff Writer
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — A Rockport woman was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution after Judge Joseph Jennings continued without a finding charges of larceny from a victim over the age of 65 Friday in Gloucester District Court.

The judge continued the charges, brought against Cheryl Sholds, 49, of 2 Mt. Pleasant Street, Rockport, for 20 months. That continuance will be revisited if the restitution is paid sooner, Jennings indicated.

Rockport police arrested Sholds at her home after a Rockport National Bank employee said bank security footage showed her taking an envelope with $2,500 in it that a man had left on a counter.

The man had withdrawn the money earlier and left the envelope on a desk when he went to get a working pen from a bank employee. When he returned a few minutes later, the envelope was gone.

A Boston man pleaded guilty Friday to threatening to commit a crime.

Jennings placed Francisco Montalvo, of 51 Atherton St., Boston, on probation for a year, and ordered him to find anger counseling. Police charged Montalvo after a March incident in which his girlfriend said he had threatened to take their child away and burn her house down with her inside of it.

Jennings continued without a finding a drunken driving charge brought against a Peabody man.

The judge continued the charge, brought against Jeffery Gosselin, 44, of 8 George Ave., Peabody, until April 2014. He assessed Gosselin $600 in court costs and ordered him to enroll in a driver’s safety program.

Police arrested Gosselin in April after stopping his car on Toronto Avenue. When officers stopped him, they noticed a strong smell of alcohol, according to the police report.

Gosselin told them he had been drinking, and had a problem, the report noted. He handed two small bottles of vodka to officers, and went through a series of field sobriety tests. But he failed the tests, and was arrested.

A Gloucester man was ordered to pay $1,300 in restitution to a man whose home he allegedly vandalized in August. Jennings ordered Ron Decaro, 36, of 5A Brightside Ave., Gloucester, to pay the restitution and continued a charge of threatening to commit a crime and vandalizing property for a year.

Police charged Decaro after a Mansfield Street resident reported that his home had been vandalized. He said he suspected he was the one who made cuts in his television and couch.

The other man told police that he was seeing Decaro’s estranged wife. Police spoke with Decaro and then filed charges.

Jennings dismissed drug possession charges brought against a Washington Street man in court last Friday.

The judge dismissed the charge brought against, Frank Mitchell, 36, of 185 R Washington St., upon payment of $200 in court costs.

Jennings also dismissed a charge of driving with a suspended license brought against Lawrence Susanno, 47 of 10 Prospect St. in Rockport on payment of $200 in court costs.

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