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February 27, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Ex-Rockport selectman gets dismissal

Gloucester District Court

GLOUCESTER — A former Rockport selectman whose license had been suspended after a drunken driving charge, will see charges of driving with a suspended license dismissed if he pays court costs of $200, Judge Joseph Jennings decided at a pretrial hearing Monday.

Charles H. Clark, 55, of Autumn Lane in Rockport had been arrested in November, when Gloucester police used a machine to query his license plate and found that his license was suspended, according to a police report.

Police then saw the warrant out of Salem District Court for a drunken driving charge, according to police.

Laurel Court resident Renard Rawson, 27, pleaded guilty and was found guilty on two separate charges of violating restraining orders in court trials Monday.

Rawson will remain on probation for a year and was ordered to pay a $50 assessment fee on each case. He was also ordered not to abuse people and must abide by any restraining orders issued against him in the future.

Rawson’s first arrest in these cases came when police saw him in August on Maplewood Avenue, walking alongside the woman who police knew had an active restraining order against him.

Rawson was charged with two more counts of violating the restraining order when police brought him into the Gloucester station from Middleton Jail and he saw the plaintiff on the restraining order being booked at the station, according to police.

In two separate incidents on that day, Rawson “became loud” and was yelling to the woman, first asking her why she had been arrested and if she had been with anyone while she was in jail, then later yelling as she was being taken into court by police that he loves her and needed to talk to her.

Charges of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon against Gilbert S. Greenberg, a 44-year-old Heights at Cape Ann resident, were both dismissed on failure to prosecute at a trial Monday.

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