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August 30, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Dine-and-dasher must pay up

A 50-year-old Gloucester man pleaded guilty in Gloucester District Court this week to ordering meals and drinks at several Gloucester establishments earlier this summer then leaving without paying.

Steven Davis of Main Street pleaded guilty to charges of defrauding restaurants, credit card fraud, and violating bylaws.

Judge Joseph Jennings ordered Davis to pay $40 restitution to The Rhumbline on Railroad Avenue, $92 to Halibut Point and $97 to Short & Main, both on Main Street, and about $28 to Captain Carlo’s on Harbor Loop. He was also ordered to pay $50 assessments.

Jennings sentenced Davis to 90 days in Middleton Jail with 12 days of that sentence to be deemed served and the balance suspended for a year.

Veterans Way resident Kevin Frazier, 20, was ordered to pay $150 in court assessments after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of liquor and drinking in public.

Frazier was arrested in June when police saw him sitting on a wall and drinking from a large beer bottle.

Judge Jennings ordered a 27-year-old Willow Street man to pay a $250 assessment on a charge of driving after a license suspension. The man, John Curley, was also found responsible for failing to stop at a posted stop sign in Essex.

Susan M. Sceviour, 55, of Smith Street admitted to sufficient facts on charges of driving with a suspended registration and license, and another charge of driving an uninsured vehicle from a separate case, but Jennings continued both cases without a finding until February.

Sceviour was ordered to pay $100 in assessments and to not drive unless licensed, registered and insured.

Renato Marins, a 27-year-old East Main Street resident, pleaded guilty to unlicensed driving. Judge Jennings ordered him to pay $500 in fines and assessments.

Police had stopped Marins on Webster Street when he was driving with both headlights out at 2:35 a.m. in early August. Jennings found Marins not responsible for the headlights violation in the case.

Charles Markee, a Washington Street resident, will see a bylaw violation brought against him dismissed if he pays $100 in court costs.

A charge of assault and battery brought against Francis G. Green, a 48-year-old Centennial Avenue man, was dismissed for failure to prosecute.

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





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