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April 26, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: City man charged over rail station lewdness

Gloucester Police/Fire

A 47-year-old Elm Street man was arrested and charged with gross and lewd conduct, after a woman reported seeing him pull his pants down to his thighs and urinate in view of her 6-year-old son at the Railroad Avenue train station Wednesday at 3:20 p.m., according to police.

Police arresting Robert M. Knowlton found him sitting on a bench, “highly intoxicated,” with urine on his pants and on the ground around him, police said.

The Fire Department’s ambulance squad transported Knowlton to Addison Gilbert Hospital for treatment after his arrest, police said.

A 44-year-old Danvers man, Ronald M. Scotti, was arrested on charges of domestic assault and battery in Gloucester Wednesday about 7:10 p.m.

The charges came after “several witnesses” saw him push a woman “several times” during a confrontation on Washington Street near the Oak Grove Cemetery, according to police.

One witness yelled for Scotti to stop, and he fled the scene, but later went to the police station and told police the woman had struck him first, police said.

Police photographed a “small scratch” on the man’s face,s then arrested him. The woman was not charged, according to the police report.

Police told two men using a boat in the Goose Cove reservoir off Gee Avenue Wednesday afternoon to leave the reservoir and stop using boats in the water that functions as the public’s water supply, according to police.

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

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