GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 25, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Woman pleads to stealing scratch tickets

By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer

---- — A 53-year-old Washington Street woman who faced larceny charges after allegedly taking $146 in cash and $420 in scratch tickets from the gas station where she worked has been ordered in court to pay $564 in restitution and a $90 court assessment.

Judge Joseph Jennings found Monday that Linda Lepage admitted to sufficient facts on the charge, but he continued the case without a finding until next year. In the meantime, he ordered Lepage to pay the restitution and assessment, to stay away from the Hess gas station on Main Street where she worked, and to remain under administrative supervision.

Police had written in a report that Lepage sent a text message to her boss to say she was “feeling desperate,” and thought she “might win big” with the scratch tickets.

Torrance S. Cullen, 31, of Boston, admitted to sufficient facts in a case of drunken driving, Judge Joseph Jennings found. He continued the case without a finding until next year.

Cullen was ordered to pay $600 in court fees and assessments, will lose her license for 45 days and was ordered to attend programs. She was found not responsible for a speeding violation, but responsible for a marked lanes violation in the case.

Daniel J. Brooks, a 47-year-old Rockport man, pleaded guilty to a charge related to drinking in public. Jennings ordered him to pay a $100 assessment.

Marie Ouellette, a 41-year-old woman who lists her residence as the Action Inc. shelter, pleaded guilty to trespassing on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail tracks. Jennings ordered her to pay a $50 assessment on the charge.

A 48-year-old Centennial Avenue resident, Porfirio Ortiz, admitted to sufficient facts on a charge of driving after a license suspension, but Jennings continued the case without a finding or a penalty until April.

Jennings ordered Ortiz to remain under administrative supervision, and to not drive until he is licensed. He found that Ortiz was not responsible for the non-functioning brake lights that led police to make an initial traffic stop.

Luis C. Dasilva, 27, of Prospect Street, admitted to sufficient facts on a drunken driving charge and was ordered to pay $600 in fees and assessments and attend programs. He will lose his license for 45 days.

Police had stopped Dasilva driving on Route 128 North and arrested him after he failed field sobriety tests, while his blood alcohol level measured at 0.12. Jennings found him responsible for a marked lanes violation.

Judge Joseph Jennings dismissed the following charges in Gloucester District Court:

Alfonso Ciolino, 45, who lives on Warner Street, will see a charge of a miscellaneous municipal bylaw violation dismissed if he pays $100 in court costs.

A 23-year-old Millet Street man, Joshua M. Hopkinson, will see a charge of driving after a license suspension dismissed if he pays $200 in court costs.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.