, Gloucester, MA

February 1, 2013

Gloucester District Court: City man gets fine, probation for larceny

Gloucester District Court

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — GLOUCESTER — Prospect Street resident Keith Mitchell, 26, was ordered to pay a $90 fee and placed on probation with administrative supervision after he entered a guilty plea for a charge of larceny of $250 or more Monday in Gloucester District Court.

Mitchell was found guilty of the larceny charge, which he faced after he confessed to police that he had stolen jewelry that his mother had reported missing in July. Police had recovered the jewelry in a Danvers pawn shop.

Additional charges of assault and battery and of witness intimidation against Mitchell in a separate case were dropped Monday at the defendant’s request.

Those charges stemmed from a July arrest when Mitchell was accused of slapping a woman’s face, ripping her cash, then throwing her cellphone on the floor when she tried to call police, according to a police report. An area resident notified police of the situation after the woman ran to an outside deck and screamed for help, according to the report.

Rogers Street resident Gerald R. Olson, 66, was found guilty of assault in a court trial Monday and ordered to pay $550 in fees and assessments. Olson had been arrested in July at the Catch 22 Pub after he allegedly struck a patron in the back of the head using his cane, according to a police report.

A charge of allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle against a Gloucester man will be dismissed if the 44-year-old man pays court costs of $200, Judge Joseph Jennings decided in court Tuesday. Rolando Macario was charged after an unlicensed woman driving his vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation, according to a police report.

A 25-year-old Gloucester woman, charged with driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle in December, will see the uninsured vehicle charge dismissed if she pays a court cost of $250, but must also pay a $100 fine since she was found responsible for the unregistered vehicle charge. Alisha Swan of Poplar Court faced the charges after a Gloucester officer stopped her on Granite Street in December, according to a police report.

Charges of unlicensed driving and refusal to produce identification while driving a vehicle against a 25-year-old School Street man will be dismissed if he pays $100 court cost on each charge, Judge Joseph Jennings ruled Tuesday.

Scott Postawko faced those charges and a lights violation, for which he was found responsible, after Rockport police stopped the man on Granite Street while he was driving a damaged vehicle that he told police belonged to a girlfriend, according to a police report.

A 47-year-old Church Street woman will pay $180 for a charge of speeding that she was found responsible for in court Tuesday.

An additional charge of driving with a suspended license against the same woman, Kristin E. Myers, will be dismissed if she pays court costs of $100. Myers was charged after police stopped her for driving 63 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone on Grant Circle in November, according to a police report. Myers’s license had been suspended, she told police at the time, because of a toll charge she needed to pay.

A charge of driving with a suspended license against 46-year-old Robert Orlando of Orchard Way will be dismissed if Orlando pays court costs of $150, Judge Jennings ruled at a Tuesday arraignment. Orlando had been charged by a state trooper on Route 128 Northbound, when the trooper stopped to help Orlando, whose vehicle had broken down.

A charge of unlicensed driving against a 37-year-old Chestnut Street woman will be dismissed if the woman, Heather N. Parisi, pays $100 in court costs.

But Parisi was found responsible in court Tuesday for a traffic violation and must pay a $20 fine. Parisi faced both charges after the vehicle she was driving on Washington Street in December struck the rear of another vehicle, sending that vehicle’s driver to Addison Gilbert Hospital with back pain, according to a police report.

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