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April 26, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Hamilton teen gets court continuances

Gloucester District Court

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — 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.

Judge Mary McCabe found Kevin D. Webber, a 23-year-old Langsford Street man, and Michael D. Ellis, a 46-year-old Acacia Street man, guilty on charges of disorderly conduct, after both men admitted to the charges in court.

Both were ordered to pay $100 in assessments.

Judge McCabe dismissed charges of assault and battery against both men, who had faced both charges after fighting in the parking lot next to the House of Mitch.

Judge Jennings dismissed the following cases in Gloucester District Court:

A charge of assault and battery against Leonides Ramirez, a 37-year-old Lynn man, were dismissed upon failure to prosecute when marital privilege was asserted. Marital privilege allows a defendant’s spouse to decline to testify against the defendant.

Judge Joseph Jennings agreed to dismiss a charge of unlicensed operation against Dakota Zappa, a 19-year-old Friend Street resident if Zappa pays court costs of $200.

Judge Richard Mori dismissed the following cases in Gloucester District Court:

A charge of assault and battery against Trevor M. Wolfe, a 35-year-old Elm Street man was dismissed on failure to prosecute when Wolfe asserted his 5th amendment right.

Jeremiah Q. Nippert, a 36-year-old Rhode Island man, will see a charge of disturbing the peace dismissed if he pays court costs of $100.

A charge of unlicensed driving leveled against Alzonzo Bergmann, a 23-year-old Church Street man, will be dismissed if Bergmann pays court costs of $100.

Judge McCabe also dismissed the following cases in Gloucester District Court:

Craig Calisto, a 37-year-old Salem man, saw a charge of violating a restraining order dismissed at the state’s request, due to failure to prosecute.

The judge dismissed charges of assault and battery and of assault with a dangerous weapon against 42-year-old Anthony J. Womack of the Heights of Cape Ann, on failure to prosecute.

A charge of driving with a suspended license against John Viens will be dismissed if the 38-year-old New Hampshire man pays court costs of $200.

A charge of assault and battery against a 57-year-old New Hampshire man, Jacob Snow, was dismissed upon failure to prosecute.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.