, Gloucester, MA

February 7, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Traffic stop yields two warrant arrests

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — GLOUCESTER — Police arrested two people wanted on outstanding warrants in the wake of routine traffic stop Tuesday about 11:44 a.m.

According to police, officers stopped a vehicle for defective brake lights on Madison Avenue and arrested the driver Deborah L. Pitts, 58, of Friend Street on two outstanding warrants, according to a police report.

Ronald W. Nelson, a 39-year-old Summit Street man who was riding in the front passenger’s seat of the vehicle, was arrested on one outstanding warrant, police said.

One of two passengers who had been riding in the rear seat of the vehicle drove the vehicle, owned by Pitts, to her home, police said.

Police filed a criminal complaint against a 45-year-old Veterans Way woman for driving with a suspended and nonrenewable license after stopping her on her scooter Tuesday about 5:56 p.m., according to police.

Police had initially stopped the woman, Donna L. Brien, on Prospect Street because the scooter’s taillight was out, according to police. Police allowed Brien to walk the scooter to a place where she can store it, police said.

A 36-year-old Gloucester man who lists his residence as the Action Inc. shelter was arrested on charges of trespassing at the shelter Tuesday about 7:47 p.m., according to police.

Robert S. Frazier had returned after shelter staff and police asked him to leave for the night because he was “intoxicated” and being “disruptive,” according to police. Upon returning to the shelter, police again found Frazier had gone back upstairs without permission, and arrested him.

A black pickup truck was towed from around 999 Washington St. after the vehicle, originally headed southbound, slid down the hill at the start of Mount Locust Place, spun and struck a small tree.

The vehicle ended up facing northward in the northbound lane about 5:36 a.m. Wednesday, according to police.

The driver, a Washington Street man, was uninjured in the accident and an officer drove him home, police said. Police estimated the driver was travelling at about 25 miles per hour at the time of the accident, and said icy road conditions were most likely at fault for the crash, according to police.

The truck had “heavy” damage to the grill and front end, police said.

A Whittemore Street resident reported vandalism damage to a vehicle that had been parked in front of his mother’s 37 Whittemore Street home overnight Monday, according to police.

Police noted a broken radio antenna on the back of the vehicle and a left turn signal light that had been broken days before, the son told police.

Police said there were scrapes in the vehicle’s paint near the broken light. The son told police a neighbor may have security footage, and police will investigate further if that is the case, police said.

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