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May 10, 2013

Gloucester District Court: City, Essex women get DUI case continuances

Gloucester District Court

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — Judge Joseph Jennings found that Jennifer Napoli, a 25-year-old Maplewood Avenue resident, admitted to sufficient facts on a charge of drunken driving, but continued the case without a finding until next year.

Napoli had been arrested in September, after police stopped her for driving at a speed estimated at over 40 miles per hour on Washington Street. Napoli failed sobriety tests and her blood alcohol level measured at 0.177, according to police.

Napoli was ordered to pay $600 in fees and assessments on the drunken driving charge. Her license was revoked for 45 days and she was ordered to attend alcohol education programs. The judge found that she was not responsible for the speeding or for a charge of failing to yield at an intersection.

Judge Jennings also found that a 58-year-old Essex resident admitted to sufficient facts on a drunken driving charge, but continued the case without a finding, ordering the driver, Pamela Kelley of Martin Street, to pay $600 in court fees and assessments.

Kelley’s license will be revoked for 45 days and she was ordered to attend alcohol education programs. She was found not responsible for a marked lanes violation in the same case.

Police had stopped Kelley driving on Western Avenue after a caller reported her vehicle veering “all over the roadway.”

David A. Ritchie, a 26-year-old Revere Street resident, admitted in court to driving without a license and Jennings found him guilty while sentencing him to pay a $100 court assessment.

Ritchie was charged after police queried his license and found that the vehicle’s owner had an expired license. Police stopped the vehicle on Western Avenue, according to a report.

Judge Jennings dismissed the following cases in Gloucester District Court:

Jarred Johnson, a 31-year-old Cross Street man will see charges of assault and battery against him dismissed upon failure to prosecute in court when marital privilege was asserted.

Rockport resident Lawrence Goodwin, a 55-year-old Old Harbor Road man, will see a charge of driving after a license suspension dismissed if he pays court costs of $200.

A charge of unlicensed driving against Cynthia J. Coll, a 53-year-old Perkins Street woman, will be dismissed if she pays $200 in court costs. In the same case Coll was found responsible for failing to yield or stop at a posted sign and not responsible for not having her license at the time of the police stop in the same case.

The court will dismiss a charge of unlicensed driving against Paul R. Caputo, a 65-year-old Chapel Street resident, if Caputo pays $50 in court fees. Caputo was found not responsible of a speeding violation in the same case.

An assault and battery charge against 22-year-old Staten Street resident Luis O. Hernandez was dismissed upon failure to prosecute.

Mellissa Combs, a 26-year-old Patriots Circle resident, will see a charge against her of employing an unlicensed driver in a job that requires driving dismissed if she pays court costs of $100.

Kenneth Pangelinan, a 20-year-old Patriots Circle resident, will see a charge of unlicensed driving dismissed if he pays court costs of $200. He was found responsible on a charge of speeding in the same case and ordered to pay $150.

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