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August 3, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Loud 'bangs' draw police responses

Gloucester Police/Fire

Two loud bangs drew police to two separate locations Thursday night between 10 and 11 p.m.

The first, a crashing sound at about 10 p.m., was reported as coming from inside a building at 69 Commercial St. Police were unable to identify the cause of the sound, but one neighbor said she saw kids running from the area after the loud sound.

About 45 minutes later, police received a report of another “loud explosion,” this time near the Yellow Sub Shop and St. Ann’s on Pleasant Street. Officers searched the area and found no cause for the sound.

Police arrested Elisha M. Sonia, 26, on a warrant for three counts of violating a restraining order Thursday about 6:53 p.m.

Sonia was arrested at her Friend Street home for violating the restraining order that was issued in early July out of Northampton District Court.

What was initially reported as a man outside of a Friend Street home with a knife Thursday afternoon, turned out to be a civil dispute over loaned money, with no knife involved, according to police.

Police said a man was “pounding” on the door to the residence about 1:22 p.m., when a resident called police, thinking the man might have a knife.

Police advised a resident to obtain a harassment order if the other man returns to the home and starts knocking on the door again. They advised the man who had been knocking on the door to attempt to get the money back through small claims court.

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

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