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April 17, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Four admit to nabbing undersized lobsters

Gloucester District Court

Four people from Stoneham and Reading were each ordered to pay $300 fines after admitting to multiple counts in court of catching short lobsters.

Each of the four defendants pleaded guilty to three of the counts of catching lobsters that were found to be illegal under minimum size standards, and Jennings dismissed the remaining counts against each person at the state’s request.

Reading residents Kyuree Jin, 53, and Dukhee H. Lee, 54, each paid $300 in fees on the charges. Stoneham residents John N. Kim, 52, and Mi H. Kim, 48, also each paid $300.

Police had issued criminal complaints to the group after receiving a report of suspicious activity and finding the group had a trash bag with 10 lobsters, nine of which were undersized, on their boat.

Officers had followed up the report by viewing the defendants’ actions with binoculars borrowed from a local fisherman.

Judge Joseph Jennings placed Crystal Dwyer of Washington Street on probation on charges of disorderly conduct and assault and battery that stemmed from a February 2012 incident when the 40-year-old woman, then “intoxicated,” declined detox treatments at the hospital, then refused to leave Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Police said Dwyer also struck an officer in the chest with a closed fist.

Judge Jennings dismissed the following cases in Gloucester District Court:

A charge of larceny over $250 against Jerome D. Mckay, a 39-year-old Washington Street man, was dismissed upon failure to prosecute.

Two charges of assault and battery leveled against a 33-year-old Perkins Street man, Bryan Anderson, were dismissed upon failure to prosecute in trial.

A charge of violating an abuse prevention order against Holly Brewer, a 31-year-old Perkins Street woman, was dismissed upon failure to prosecute.

Charges of assault and battery and property vandalism leveled against a 23-year-old man, who police list as homeless, were dismissed upon failure to prosecute the man, Michael McGrath-Dyer in court.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.

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