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December 7, 2012

Essex Police/Fire: Man faces anumal cruelty charge

Essex Police/Fire

ESSEX — A 40-year-old Essex man is facing an animal cruelty charge for shooting a dog with a pellet gun the night of Nov. 28.

Sgt. Paul Francis said the charge has been filed against Kirby Crestin, of 77 Wood Drive.

Francis said the dog survived, and is believed to be in stable condition. Police are continuing to investigate the case.

An Ipswich resident faces several motor vehicles charges, including operating under the influence, after police say the car she was driving narrowly missed hitting a cruiser parked on John Wise Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. Friday.

Police said Chelsea Gagnon, 21, was arrested on charges of speeding, impeded driving, operating under the influence of alcohol and a marked lane violation.

On Wednesday, at 7:46 p.m., Dennis Gannett, 62, of Essex was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence of alcohol and a marked lane violation. Gannet was stopped on Martin Street by an observing officer.

Two calls to a Winthrop Street residence kept police busy on Tuesday.

At 1:19 p.m., the resident reported an “unwanted guest” was trying to enter the house. When police arrived, the guest was gone.

Shortly after, around 3:30 p.m., police received another call and responded again for the same reason. This time, officers informed the intruder to leave the premises or face a possible arrest. The person left immediately.

On Thursday, at 4:45 p.m., police and firefighters responded to a fire alarm on Island Road, but found that the alarm had been set off by accident.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3455 or

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