A spectator at Monday's proceedings in Gloucester District Court was transported by the Fire Department's ambulance squad to Addison Gilbert Hospital after what police suspect was a drug overdose in the courtroom.
Gloucester police Officers Josiah Aberle, Troy Simoes and Keith Gaudenzi and Fire Department paramedics all responded to the call just before noon and revived the person as the scene, according to the report filed by Aberle. The victim was then taken to Addison Gilbert.
Melissa Teixeira Prince, who heads the Gloucester District Court clerk's office, said that the person who was stricken was not a defendant in a criminal case, and confirmed only that the personal suffered "a medical issue" while in the courtroom observing other court actions.
The court generally holds criminal proceedings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays each week.
— Ray Lamont
Woman facing second drunken driving charge
ESSEX — A Manchester woman faces a drunken driving charge, her second offense, police say, after a traffic stop Monday on John Wise Avenue.
Kym Marie Donnellan, 53, of 10 Ledgewood Road in Manchester was to be arraigned Tuesday in Gloucester Daily Court on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, a second offense, operating a vehicle while unlicensed, and having an open container of alcohol in her vehicle.
Donnellan was pulled over on John Wise Avenue, Route 133, when an officer ran the car's registration and found the owner's license had expired. The officer said he followed her for a half mile before she stopped and smelled alcohol on her breath.
Police say she failed several field sobriety tests before they arrested her. She was later released on her own recognizance.
— Andrea Holbrook
In other news taken from the logs of Cape Ann's police and fire departments:
Tuesday, June 11
12:39 a.m.: A person will likely be charged with threatening to commit a crime, police said, after officers answered a call reporting a disturbance within Addison Gilbert Hospital. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.
Monday, June 10
11:43 p.m.: A customer refused to pay for services at Stone's Pub on Main Street. Officers said the issue was resolved and the person left without incident.
6:47 p.m.: A 13- and 14-year-old were each arrested on a charge of shoplifting by concealment after officers responded to a call from the Dollar General store on Whistlestop Way. No further details were available Tuesday due to the age of the youths charged.
5:22 p.m.: Police restored the peace after two people clashed in an incident in the Stop and Shop parking lot off Thatcher Road. According to Officer Jared Foote's report, a 20-year-old man carrying groceries became engaged in an argument with a 62-year-old man who had parked in a manner so that his car took up two spaces, one of which was a handicapped space. The older man pulled a bag of groceries out of the man's cart, threw it to the ground, breaking and spilling a bottle inside, and began yelling at the younger man, telling him, "you millennials have no respect." The younger man said he did not want to press charges. Police advised that he contact them in the future rather than confronting others about their parking habits.
12:24 p.m.: Officers restored the peace by calming a person at the Gloucester Healthcare nursing and rehabilitation facility on Washington Street after responding to a report of a disturbance there. Police said the person agreed to remain calm, and was advised that employees should call police if the woman "becomes a problem" again, the report indicates.
Tuesday, June 11
5:46 a.m.: Report of an erratic driver near Moraine Court. Officers searched the area but were unable to find the car in question.
Monday, June 10
11:26 p.m.: A driver on Bearskin Neck received a verbal warning for a one-way violation.
8:15 p.m.: A Holbrook Court resident reported his elderly mother's credit card has been compromised with purchases being made in Florida.
6:13 p.m.: Jeffrey Mickelson, 55, of Gloucester, was arrested on Main Street on a probation warrant. He's expected to receive a SCRAM GPS device from Gloucester District Court on Wednesday.
5:24 p.m.: Gloucester Police asked Rockport Police to monitor a car entering Rockport via Thatcher Road. Rockport Police found the vehicle and Gloucester Police spoke with the driver. It is unknown at this time why the driver was spoken to.
3:33 p.m.: Two-car accident on Granite Street. Both cars suffered more than $1,000 in damages. The two drivers exchanged information.
1:45 p.m.: A Penzance Road resident warned police that one of his bee colonies escaped its enclosure. Police did not receive any calls regarding bees in the area.
1:31 p.m.: Report of low-hanging wires on Glenmere Road. Verizon was notified.
8:55 a.m.: A broken-down car on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street was towed by AAA.
7:22 a.m.: A Norwood Avenue resident reported losing her key fob.
7 a.m.: A Beach Street resident reported construction at Millbrook Meadow started at 6:30 a.m. Officers reminded the crew about the mandated 7 a.m. start time.
Monday, June 10
9:09 p.m.: A caller reported a drunken driver in a small SUV was behind him, then pulled into an Eastern Avenue business lot. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.
12:59 p.m.: The rescue squad responded to a medical aid call at a Western Avenue restaurant, as did police Chief Peter Silva who was lunching at a neighboring establishment. The man refused ambulance transport to the hospital.
12:40 p.m.: A Southern Avenue resident reported being tailgated then passed by another motorist in a 25-mph hour zone on School Street in Manchester. The resident was told to report the incident to Manchester Police.
11:06 a.m.: Officers checked on a number of vehicles parked at a John Wise Avenue property. They belonged to contractors.
10:55 a.m.: A Choate Street resident reported a fox was either sick or chasing a cat because of the shrieking that could be heard. Officers spotted the fox and notified animal control. The caller later reported the cat returned home unharmed.
Monday, June 10
9:21 p.m.: Public Works reported a water main break on Bridge Street at Highland Avenue. Water in the area was shut off during maintenance. The issues was fixed by 3 Tuesday morning.
4:42 p.m.: A driver on Bridge Street received a verbal warning for defective equipment.
4:20 p.m.: A driver on Old Essex Road received a verbal warning for a crosswalk violation.
2:20 p.m.: Medical emergency on Arbella Street. The person refused ambulance transport.
12:20 p.m.: Medical emergency on Pine Street. The person was transported by ambulance to a hospital.
12:18 p.m.: Medical emergency on School Street. The person was transported by ambulance to a hospital.
11:16 a.m.: Minor side-swipe car accident on Beach Street. No injuries were reported. The two parties exchanged information.
10:48 a.m.: Bennett Sterling, 28, of Manchester, was arrested on a charge of domestic assault and battery. He was then transported to Salem District Court, where he was arraigned and then released on his own recognizance. Sterling is due back in court July 23.
10:30 a.m.: Lift assist on Pine Street. Ambulance transport was not needed.
9:42 a.m.: Report of a gas odor on Union Street. Firefighters investigated and found no readings.
6:41 a.m.: Medical emergency on Crooked Lane. The person was transported by ambulance to a hospital.