, Gloucester, MA

January 1, 2013

Gloucester District Court

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — 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.

Thomas Freeman had allegedly swung the hammer just outside of the Exchange Street residence where he was living at the time, according to a police report. The man who Freeman struck was hospitalized after the hit, according to a police report.

A Gloucester woman plead guilty and was found guilty on a drunken driving charge at a pre trial hearing Friday.

The charge resulted from a hit and run accident in November, after Kathleen Lord of Washington Street struck a stone bridge on Washington Street then continued onto Grant Circle to Route 128 South, where police stopped Lord, according to a police report.

Judge Joseph Jennings ordered Lord to pay $600 in assessments and fees. Jennings sentenced Lord to 45 days loss of license and to participation in an alcohol education and addiction program.

An Ipswich man will pay fines and fees though his court case involving his second drunken driving charge, resulting from a December arrest, was continued to 2015 without a finding during a pre trial hearing Friday.

Judge Joseph Jennings ordered Alexander P. Ziolkowski, 43, to pay $600 in fees and assessments and sentenced the man to alcohol education programs as well as a 90 day loss of license.

Ziolkowski was found responsible for speeding and marked lanes violations that he faced after the arrest.

Police had been monitoring Route 128 North on Dec. 21 about 1:57 a.m., when they saw Ziolkowski speed by then turn onto Essex Avenue, according to a police report. Police had stopped the vehicle on Essex Avenue and arrested Ziolkowski after the man failed sobriety tests and a breathalyzer determined his blood alcohol level as about 0.11, according to the report.

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