, Gloucester, MA

January 12, 2013

District Court: Man jailed 90 days for breaking beagle’s leg

By Nick Curcuru and James Niedzinksi
Staff Writers

---- — A Gloucester man who was arrested in December for breaking a dog’s leg pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges Friday in Gloucester District Court.

Marc D. Appleton, 30, of 6 Langsford St., was sentenced to one year in jail with 90 days to be served by Judge Joseph Jennings. Appleton was given credit for 21 days already served and will be on probation for two years when released.

Appleton confessed to police in December that he had come home from work and kicked a beagle mix named Buddy while wearing a construction boot after discovering the dog had urinated in his apartment and chewed his belongings.

Buddy’s owner had told police that he was working the day of the incident, selling Christmas trees on Essex Avenue, when Appleton arrived with Buddy, whose back leg was swelling. Appleton told Buddy’s owner that the dog had been struck by a vehicle, but vowed to take out a loan to pay the animal hospital bill.

Both men rushed Buddy to Woburn Animal Hospital, where Buddy received emergency surgery at a cost of $4,900, according to police.

Appleton was arrested after one witness told police Appleton had admitted to hitting Buddy, and three other witnesses told police they had heard bangs and crashes followed by a dog “whimpering” and “screeching.”

Jason P. Trimmins, 30, of 2 West Tarr’s Lane, Rockport, pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny over $250 and was sentenced to serve nine months in jail by Jennings. Trimmins was given credit for 32 days already served.

Trimmins was charged in October after police detectives found that he sold stolen jewelry to a Gloucester pawn shop. According to police reports, Trimmins’ mother identified the jewelry as items stolen from her.

An assault and battery charges brought against Daniel J. Teel, 61, of 198 Granite St., Gloucester, were continued without a finding for one year.

Teel was charged in August after police said he grabbed and pushed a female roommate into the front door of their Granite Street home.

Kimberly Stewart, 43, of Veterans Way in Gloucester was sentenced to a year of probation on motor vehicle charges.

She was charged Nov. 26 with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to produce license information.

Stewart was also ordered to pay $50 in court costs.

Police said Stewart was pulled over for failure to stop at a stop sign on the corners of Prospect and Main streets. Stewart told police she had forgotten her license and gave police the name of her girlfriend, along with the other woman’s Social Security number and birth date, claiming the information as her own.

A charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle brought against Luiz Dasilva, 26, of Prospect St. will be dismissed without a finding if he pays a $300 fine.

A criminal complaint was issued Dec. 13 by police after Dasilva asked an officer where to park. Police later found out he did not have his license.

James Niedzinski and Nick Curcuru may be contacted at 978-283-7000, or at