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January 24, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Rockport man gets jail time on check charges

Gloucester District Court

GLOUCESTER — Rockport resident Seth C. Lospennato, 35, faces a year and 10 days in Middleton Jail, plus an additional year with 81 days credited for time served on charges of check forgery, larceny and driving with a suspended license, Judge Joseph Jennings ruled Friday.

The charges arose in October when a Rockport resident and friend of Lospennato’s reported a large sum of money missing from his bank account, according to a police report. Lospennato is accused of cashing 11 checks in the man’s name, totaling $980. The man also said he allowed Lospennato, who had a suspended license, to borrow his vehicle, resulting in the driving with a suspended license charge, according to a police report.

Lospennato also drew a sentence of a year in jail for each of two counts of larceny over $250, one count of check forgery, and one count of uttering a false check. The 10 days sentence results from the charge of driving with a suspended license.

Charges of receiving stolen property against two Gloucester men were dismissed upon failure to prosecute the case Tuesday. The men had been arrested in July when police saw them pushing two electric mini bikes down Western Avenue — bikes that were later reported stolen from the entryway of an apartment.

The men, Andrew Machado, now 20, and Jesse Benson, now 24, told police at the time they had found the bikes at the Gloucester High School track, according to a police report.

A 27-year-old Salem woman, allegedly found by police officers to be carrying heroin and needles in her sock on a summer 2010 night in Rockport, saw her heroin possession charge continued to next year after the court found sufficient facts but chose to continue the case without a finding Tuesday.

Judge Joseph Jennings ordered the woman, Courtney Arsenault, to pay a $50 fee and subject herself to random screening for alcohol and illegal drugs.

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