, Gloucester, MA

April 20, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: No foul play seen in man's death

Gloucester Police/Fire

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — A 70-year-old Pleasant Street man died at Addison Gilbert Hospital Friday morning, after dropping abruptly to the ground at the corner of Washington and Prospect streets and being transported by a Fire Department ambulance squad.

Police and firefighters performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man at the scene. Police noted a pool of blood and a glasses case left behind on the sidewalk near 29 Prospect St.

Foul play is not suspected and police believe the man died of “natural causes,” possibly suffering a heart attack then falling and hitting his head on the sidewalk.

Police were not immediately releasing information to identify the man, as his family members were still being notified Friday afternoon.

Responding to a call reporting a woman trying to drive drunk, police arrested the Concord Street caller for assault and battery Friday about 12:09 a.m.

Police said Ronald C. Gannon Jr., 55, was “highly intoxicated” when officers arrived, subsequently arresting him for assault and battery. The woman Gannon had called about had “several” red marks and scratches on her chest and neck and a bloody nose, police said.

She told police she was leaving the residence when Gannon allegedly grabbed her and “slammed” her head on the hood of the vehicle, according to police.

A 51-year-old woman who listed the Action Shelter as her home was arrested for driving while under the influence of Klonopin, a powerful anti-anxiety drug, Thursday about 6:53 p.m.

Pauline A. Coleman was arrested after her vehicle allegedly pulled out of Elm Street onto Prospect Street, crossed the center lane, and struck another moving vehicle, damaging only the mirror on the other vehicle, according to police. Coleman’s vehicle had damage to both the front and rear bumpers when police stopped her on Rogers Street, police said.

Coleman failed three sobriety tests, police said, and told them she had taken a Klonopin pill an hour earlier, saying someone “gave” her the pill in the Liquor Locker parking lot.

“She was speaking very slowly and lethargically,” police wrote in a report. “She appeared to be very confused, often answering my questions with statements that did not make sense.”

Gloucester police arrested a 29-year-old New Hampshire man in the Walgreen’s parking lot Thursday about 12:38 p.m. on charges of having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, disturbing the peace, and failing to produce a license and registration at police request.

Police, realizing that Michael J. Krizanek of Hampton Beach had been parked in the lot for over two hours, grew suspicious and approached the man’s vehicle Thursday night, police said.

“This is a common area for meetings involving drug transactions,” police wrote in a report.

As police had approached Krizanek’s vehicle, he rolled up the windows, locked the doors and refused to present identification, police said.

A detective eventually unlocked the passenger door of the vehicle, as onlookers stared and traffic slowed in the area, police said. Police, seeing an open bottle of Sutter Home zinfandel wine on the passenger side floor of the vehicle arrested Krizanek and had his car towed, police said.

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