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March 9, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Woman gets jail time in check theft case

Gloucester District Court

A 22-year-old Gloucester woman pleaded guilty to a total of 12 counts of various charges, most related to larceny, check forgery and drugs, Monday in Gloucester District Court.

Ashley M. Williamson of Sylvan Court was ordered to serve 6 months in jail, with 31 days already deemed served. Plus, she could be ordered to serve an additional six months of jail time if she breaks the terms of her probation, which carries through August 2015.

Williamson was ordered to pay a total of $610 in assessments and restitution. She was also ordered to remain sober and can be subjected to random drug and alcohol screens.

Wiliamson was first charged and wanted in these cases in October, when she stole checks from her boyfriend’s coworker, wrote the checks out to herself, and cashed the checks in her own name.

In November, police arrested Williamson again on a warrant charge of illegal possession of prescription drugs and of heroin.

A man who was charged with disorderly conduct, after attempting to gain entry into a home that police said he mistook as his own while “intoxicated,” was found guilty on the charge and ordered to pay a $100 fine.

Manuel P. Silva, 24, of Fenley Road, arrested in December on the charge and an additional charge of an attempt to commit a crime, had the charge dismissed in court on failure to prosecute.

“It was clear that Mr. Silva had mistaken (another family’s) home for his own due to his intoxication,” police wrote in the report.

Silva was also ordered to stay away from the residence that he attempted to enter.

Two assault and battery charges against 30-year-old James Brown of Exchange Street were dismissed on failure to prosecute in court Monday.

Brown had been arrested in August when he was charged with pinning a woman against a wall by pressing his forearm to her throat, then punching another man in the face, according to a police report.

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