A Rockport man who was viewed as an “unwelcome guest” at two Essex Avenue, then taunted police as “bozos” when they ordered him to leave, is facing multiple charges over the Tuesday night incident.

Michael R. Crawford, 40, of 16 Jewett St. in Rockport, is charged with two counts of resisting arrest and a single count of disorderly conduct stemming from the 10:29 p.m. incident.

According to the report from Officer Stephen Lamberis, he and Officer Joseph Balbo first responded to the Cape Ann’s Marina Resort, then went across the street, where they found the Gloucester Cinema manager ordering Crawford off the property.

Lamberis said he found Crawford to be “highly intoxicated” and unsteady on his feet. He reported that Crawford was also loud and acting in a manner that was drawing attention as people exited the movies, and causing passing motorists to “slam on their brakes” out of concern for Crawford’s safety.

After repeatedly telling Crawford to calm down, Lamberis wrote that Crawford instead went into a fighting stance, clenching his fists, and shouted an obscenity, adding, “Now what are you bozos going to do about it?”

Crawford struggled before the officers were able to get him into a cruiser and transport him to the police station.

— Ray Lamont

In other news taken from the logs of Cape Ann’s police and fire departments:


Wednesday, Aug. 18

1:58 a.m.: Police restored the peace after responding to a report of a disturbance and a group gathering outside the McDonald’s on Maplewood Avenue. There were no arrests.

Tuesday, Aug. 17

6:55 p.m.: Both drivers reported escaping injury in a two-car accident along Thatcher Road at the Good Harbor Beach parking lot. The police report did not indicate any charges had been filed.

10:15 a.m.: Officers retrieved and safely disposed of a hypodermic needle found on Pavilion Beach off Western Avenue.


Tuesday, Aug. 16

12:14 p.m.: Police and rescue personnel responded to Curtis Street on a medical emergency and transported a male to Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester.

9:38 a.m.: Police checked on an illegally parked vehicle on Squam Hill Road. The vehicle was gone upon arrival.


Wednesday, Aug. 18

3:28 p.m.: Fire Department personnel responded to a Western Avenue property on report of activated smoke and fire alarms. They determined the problem was with a faulty smoke detector.

11:46 a.m.: Officers assisted the Essex County Sheriff’s Department in serving a warrant on John Wise Avenue.

6:45 a.m.: Police received a report of a dog wandering loose on Main Street. Animal control was notified and the dog returned to its owner. 

Tuesday, Aug. 16

4:05 p.m.: Police performed a well-being check on Pond Street after receiving a report of an elderly individual wandering around the neighborhood alone. The party was returned home.


Tuesday, Aug. 16

12:37 a.m.: The Fire Department’s ambulance squad transported a patient from Raymond Street to Beverly Hospital.

8:45 a.m.: Police responded to a call reporting a case of suspicious activity after the caller had seen the same van parked at Forest Street and Forest Lane, and responded to a call reporting a suspicious person on Beach Street at 11:15 a.m.  No charges were filed in either instance.

12:08 p.m.: The ambulance squad transported a female patient from Newport Park to Beverly Hospital.

4:36 p.m.: Officers issued a verbal warning for speeding to a motorist who was pulled over for a stop on Pine Street at Moses Hill Road.

7:50 p.m.: A commercial burglar alarm sounded on Elm Street. Officers found the alarm had been set off accidentally.


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