, Gloucester, MA

January 23, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Nursing assistant on leave after injury at home

Gloucester Police/Fire

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — GLOUCESTER — A Seacoast Nursing Home’s certified nurse assistant has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, after an 87-year-old dementia patient the nurse was supervising during a breakfast feeding was injured at the home, according to Gloucester police.

According to the police report, staffers told officers that the 87-year-old woman clamped down her jaw during the meal, causing a laceration on her lip. Staff noted that “she has a history of clamping down with her mouth during meals,” according to police.

Staff at the nursing home said the injured patient “suffers from severe dementia and is unable to communicate with the staff,” according to the police report.

The woman was injured Thursday about 8:30 a.m., but the incident was reported to police Friday about 9:14 a.m., according to police. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health was notified of the incident and will be filing a report with elder abuse services, police said.

An adult man was driven to Beverly Hospital, then airlifted to a Boston area hospital with a “severe head injury,” after a person driving a pickup truck in reverse struck the man on the Jodrey State Fish Pier.

Police said there are no charges against the driver, and the incident is under investigation. Police estimated that the victim, who was struck is in his 50s or 60s, but could not give any further information until the man’s family was notified Tuesday night.

A 23-year-old School Street man was arrested Saturday on three counts of malicious destruction after he was accused of cracking a 52-inch flat screen television at the home where he stays, creating a hole in the ceiling of the house, then breaking a wooden front door.

Anthony Q. Bergmann had allegedly caused the damage after a disagreement with the homeowners’ daughter, then left the house. The girl’s father said the argument had grown loud and he had threatened to call the police, at which time “Bergmann went ballistic,” the man told police.

Bergmann eventually returned to the house, telling police he caused the damage after he was threatened and had to defend himself. Police arrested Bergmann at the scene, and photographed the spider-cracked television and the “smashed” wooden door and ceiling, according to the report.

Police stopped 47-year-old Kevin M. Collins of Beacon Street for driving with an expired inspection, then arrested Collins after he told police he was driving though his license had been suspended, police said.

A 43-year-old Peabody woman was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license, after police stopped her vehicle on Maplewood Avenue Friday about 10:45 a.m.. According to police. Arlene P. Middleton faces a charge of driving a vehicle with a rejected inspection sticker along with the suspended license charge. Tally’s towed the vehicle from the scene.

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