A Gloucester man pleaded guilty to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering, threatening to commit a crime and intimidating a witness in Gloucester District Court on Monday.
Judge Joseph Jennings sentenced Manuel Alvarez of 370 Main St. to 2 1/2 half years in jail, with 93 days to be served and the rest suspended until July 2014. Alvarez was also placed on two years' probation.
Police arrested Alvarez in April after he broke into 18 Colombia St. while three people were in the living room, according to police reports.
In front of them, according to police, he picked up a dog, said he was going to sell it and pulled out a knife. He eventually left the residence and one of the occupants helped police find him on Dale Avenue, he was arrested.
While in the cell at the police station, he threatened that occupant and told him he would kill him if he witnessed in court.
A Gloucester man pleaded guilty to two charges of distributing heroin in court on Friday.
Judge Ellen Flatley sentenced Edward Lane, 30, of 312 Main St. to 18 months in jail, with six months to be served, though 54 days have already been credited. The rest of the time will be suspended until December 2013.
Police arrested Lane in an undercover operation after officers had been receiving several reports of heroin dealing around Spring and Prospect Streets in early May.
On May 11, an undercover state trooper carried out a controlled buy of a small quantity of heroin from Lane with a team of Drug Enforcement Agency and Gloucester detectives watching the area on Fears Court.
The trooper arranged a second buy three days later on Main Street. After Lane sold heroin to the trooper, officers closed in and arrested him.
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