By Marjorie Nesin
---- — City police arrested three people on drug and assault charges after responding to reports of what initially appeared to be a kidnapping outside the Maplewood Avenue 7-Eleven just after midnight Tuesday.
According to police, Kayla M. Patnode, a 20-year-old Hyde Park woman facing charges in the case, told police she had been kicked in the shin and hand and yanked into a vehicle after she refused to serve a man in the vehicle as a prostitute. Patnode told police she had initially agreed to prostitute herself, but got nervous and declined.
Officers found pills identified as Klonepin and Gabapentin, both controlled narcotic substances, and heroin in Patnode’s purse. Some of the drugs were packaged for sale, police said.
Patnode — along with two men in the vehicle, 20-year-old Irvin Rodriguez and 27-year-old Pauliasky Jeanfrancois — was arrested and charged with possession of both class A and B substances, possession with intent to distribute both drugs, and disturbing the peace.
Rodriguez, who allegedly kicked Patnode in the shin and hand, then punched her in the back of the head forcing her back into the vehicle, faces a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon by means of a shod foot.
Francois, who initially gave a false name to police, officers said, was additionally charged with obstruction of justice.
Patnode was transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the confrontation with Rodriguez.
None of the three — all of whom listed home addresses in Hyde Park — could tell police why they were in Gloucester.
A pair of 12-year-olds who slipped a bottle of coconut vodka from a shelf at Ed’s Mini Mart into a backpack and tried to leave the store Monday afternoon will face shoplifting charges in a juvenile court.
A store employee saw the boys try to leave after taking the bottle and stopped them at the store’s exit. That employee called police who notified each of the boys’ parents and planned to file charges.
Gang affiliated writing spray-painted on the exterior walls of O’Maley Innovation Middle School have sparked a police investigation.
The name of a notoriously dangerous gang, “Bloods,” was painted in black paint in 10 spots along the wall when students returned to school Tuesday.
Similar graffiti has also been discovered on playground equipment on Veterans Way in recent weeks. School administrators asked that the graffiti be cleared away as soon as possible.
Police are investigating a pedestrian hit-and-run incident after an 18-year-old woman told police her arm was struck by a vehicle as she crossed Washington Street in a crosswalk near Old Ford Road Tuesday while she was on her way to work at the hospital.
The woman declined an offer for medical attention, but police noted a bruise on her forearm.
Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at email@example.com.