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March 13, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Accused squatter’s case continued

Gloucester District Court

A 44-year-old Gloucester man accused of squatting on the Linsky junkyard property has been fined and the case against him continued.

Delbert E. Watts had been arrested in September on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime with intentions to commit a misdemeanor and trespassing after a neighbor called police saying she had seen Watts and another man force the trailer doors open. Police found him and another man lying on the floor amongst a mattress and medications, as well as food inside a filing cabinet, and an ashtray. Watts admitted to sufficient facts on both charges Tuesday in Gloucester District Court.

Watts was ordered to pay a $50 assessment fee, and the case was continued to next year.

A 36-year-old woman accused of stealing another woman’s wallet at the Family Dollar store in September saw her case continued to next September without a finding, though she admitted to sufficient facts.

Store surveillance footage caught Ieasha Norman of LePage Lane placing her diaper bag over a wallet that another woman had accidentally left behind, then taking that wallet from the store.

Norman was ordered to pay $70 in restitution to that woman and a $50 court assessment and will remain on probation until her next court date.

Eric MacWhinnie, a 32-year-old Gloucester man arrested in October for driving with a suspended license, after police clocked him traveling at 42 mph on Washington Street, was ordered to pay a $50 assessment on the charge in court Monday.

MacWhinnie admitted to sufficient facts, and the case was continued to next year. MacWhinnie was found responsible on the speeding charge.

A judge found 43-year-old John M. Ahern guilty of heroin possession, but dismissed a charge of walking on the railroad tracks at the state’s request.

Ahern, of Bass Avenue, was ordered to pay a $50 assessment, placed on probation, and ordered to remain drug free for the next year. He had been arrested after police found him and another man hiding in bushes by the train tracks, preparing to use heroin.

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