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January 1, 2013

Gloucester District Court

Judge Joseph Jennings found a 29-year-old Gloucester man not guilty of drunken driving during a bench trial Friday.

Daniel V. Favaloro, of Larosa Avenue, was arrested Nov. 7 after he crashed his pick up truck on Grant Circle at about 10:38 p.m. on a windy, rainy day, according to a police report. The truck had been resting on its side against a guard rail when police arrived. Favaloro told police he had lost control of the vehicle because of the rain and said he had drank a few drinks that day, according to police.

Favaloro declined medical attention at the scene of the crash, then declined a breathalyzer test, according to the police report. He failed one sobriety test then told police he did not want to perform more tests.

Favaloro had also been charged with negligent driving, the charge resulting from the same crash. Jennings determined that Favaloro had admitted to sufficient facts on that charge, but continued the charge until March 2013, sentencing Favaloro to administrative supervision and a $50 fee and a driving behaviors educational course.

Joseph L. Curcuru Jr., 38, of Cleveland Place was found guilty Friday on charges including heroin possession, the charges resulting from an August arrest.

Curcuru pleaded guilty, and Judge Joseph Jennings ordered him to pay $550 in assessment fees.

Curcuru had been arrested after police received a report of people loitering near the commuter rail tracks. Police had found Curcuru and others “highly intoxicated” near the tracks then found a baggy containing heroin sticking out of Curcuru’s wallet, according to a report.

Curcuru also faced a charge of walking on the railroad tracks, resulting from the same incident, but that charge was dismissed upon the request of the Commonwealth Friday.

An assault and battery charge against a Washington Street man who allegedly struck another person in the nose with a hammer in September was dismissed Friday due to a failure to prosecute.

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