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April 26, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Hamilton teen gets court continuances

Gloucester District Court

Judge Joseph Jennings handed a 49-year-old Beverly man, Michael H. Connors, a suspended sentence of 90 days in Middleton Jail for a subsequent offense of driving with a suspended license.

Connors admitted in court that he was driving without a license when police stopped him in Gloucester last July. During the traffic stop, police searched the car and allegedly found Suboxone pills and seized the pills along with $161 and a cell phone, according to a police report.

Jennings found that Connors admitted to sufficient facts on a charge of possessing the Suboxone, but continued the charge without a finding until April 2014. Connors is subject to random drug screens in the meantime.

Connors was ordered to pay a $50 court assessment on that charge.

At the state’s request, Jennings dismissed a charge of distributing Suboxone that police had filed against Connors in the same case.

Judge Jennings also found that Caitlin O’Donnell, an 18-year-old South Hamilton resident, admitted to sufficient facts on a charge of driving without being licensed, but continued the case without a finding till October.

In the meantime, O’Donnell was placed on administrative supervision and was ordered to pay a $50 assessment on that charge. In the same case, O’Donnell faced a charge of driving with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Jennings found her responsible for driving with the open container and ordered her to pay $250.

Because O’Donnell is younger than 21, she was charged with possessing the liquor. On that charge, the judge decided she admitted to sufficient facts, but continued the charge until October without a finding.

O’Donnell had been arrested on Martin Street in Essex after police stopped her for failing to dim her headlights for oncoming traffic in March, according to a police report. She was found not responsible for the headlights charge.

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