By Steven Fletcher
A Gloucester man who faced multiple drug possession and distribution charges in Gloucester District Court has been handed a sentence of 112 days in jail, all of deemed already served.
Luis-Hernandez Rossario, 38, of 14 Staten St., faced charges of possessing cocaine and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute and giving a false name in court on Friday.
Judge Joseph Jennings sentenced Rossario to 112 days in jail, but with 112 days credit for the time he had been held since being arrested in January and placed on $30,000 bail.
A charge of being a fugitive from justice after fleeing parole in Wisconsin was dismissed on request of the defense.
A confidential informant had told police that Rossario was dealing cocaine from his house on Staten Street. Police didn't know his first name — only that he was called Nino Hernandez, according to police reports. Police staged a controlled buy, and then received a search warrant.
When they entered his home and found he wasn't there, a detective then called his phone, under the guise of someone looking to buy drugs. When Rossario entered the home, police arrested him.
Through a fingerprint scanner in the Police Department, officers found that his name was Luis-Hernandez Rossario, and that he was wanted in Wisconsin.
A charge of assault and battery on a public official brought against a Peabody woman was continued without a finding in court on Friday.
Jennings continued the charge, brought against Sarah Haskell, 29, of 7 Auburn Place in Peabody, for 18 months. She was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous and is subject to random drug and alcohol screens. The charges stem from a November incident in which police sought criminal complaints against Haskell after she punched a paramedic in the face.
Police arrived at a Stanwood Avenue residence for a report of an unwelcome guest. They had also responded to that residence earlier that day for the same complaint.
When they arrived, they found Haskell's mother attempting to get her dressed and out of bed. Haskell, according to reports, was extremely intoxicated, and police at that point called for an ambulance.
Police said Haskell was "uncooperative," and when they escorted her out the door, she sat on the ground and started spitting and kicking, according to reports. When a Gloucester paramedic attempted to assist Haskell, she punched him in the face. Police then handcuffed Haskell and placed her in the ambulance.
Jennings dismissed a charge of possessing alcohol against John Bradford, 19, of 5 Irvana Road, Rockport, pending 10 hours of community service, in court Friday.
Police arrested Bradford and two others during a March traffic stop, and charged them with being minors in possession of alcohol and the driver with drunken driving.
According to police, Josh Altman, 19, of Penzance Road, was driving passengers Lauren McKechnie, 20, of Cross Street in Rowley, and Bradford on Main Street and had pulled over to the side because of a snowstorm. A police officer driving by saw the hazard lights and stopped to help them.
The officer allegedly smelled alcohol in the car, and found alcohol on the passengers and the driver, Altman. All three were arrested and charged.
An Essex man pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges Friday.
Richard Standley, of 23 Story St., Apt. 1, in Essex pleaded guilty to his second drunken driving charge and was fined $600 and placed on probation for two years.
Police arrested Standley on Martin Street, Route 22, after a caller reported he was driving erratically. Police pulled him over, and ran him through field sobriety tests, which he failed.
Drunk driving charges brought against John Christian, 24, of 97 Keelers Ridge in Wilton, Conn., were continued without a finding Friday.
The charge was continued for a year, and Christian was assessed $600. He was arrested in Essex last July after he struck a vehicle on Martin Street.
Police found his vehicle in the Village restaurant parking lot. As they were talking with him about the accident, Christian appeared intoxicated. Police ran him through sobriety tests, which he failed.
Steven Fletcher may be contacted at 978-283-7000 x3455 or email@example.com. Follow him @gdtnews on Twitter.