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July 22, 2013

District Court: Public drinker must complete community service

Gloucester District Court

A homeless 22-year-old man must complete some community service, pay a $100 fine, and remain under probation, a judge has ruled.

Chale Mickels appeared in Gloucester District Court last week in two cases, both before Judge Joseph Jennings

In the first case, Mickels admitted to sufficient facts on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Mickels was arrested after police found him sleeping in a chair inside The Open Door food pantry. According to the police report, Mickels showed signs of intoxication when officers woke him.

He reached for his pocket upon being woken and police told him to stop. He reached for a backpack and police told him to put his hands on his knees. When Mickels reached for his pockets again, police told him to put his hands behind his back. He refused to do that and struggled against officers, causing one officer to draw his pepper spray and spray Mickels before arresting him.

Jennings ordered him to pay a $50 court fee and continued the case without a finding to January 2014, during which time Mickels must remain under court supervision.

In the second case, Mickels pleaded guilty to drinking in public on Pavilion Beach, violating a city bylaw. He was ordered to pay a $100 assessment and complete 10 hours of community service for that charge.

Dylan Young, an 18-year-old Young Road man, will see a charge of possessing alcohol as a minor dismissed if he pays $100 in court costs.

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

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