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Danvers selectman facing simple assault charge

Posted by Ryan Mooney  October 26, 2012 10:05 AM

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Danvers Selectman Keith Lucy is facing a charge of simple assault as the result of an incident involving a Danvers Town Meeting member at Town Hall on September 6, according to David Sweeney, the first assistant clerk magistrate at Salem District Court.

Lucy and Town Meeting member Jack Fratus appeared for a closed clerk magistrate's hearing on October 15. At the hearing, Fratus was accompanied by his wife, Frances, and Julie Curtis of Danvers - who was a witness to the incident - as well as his attorney John Slattery, of Peabody. 

The charge is the result of an incident that occurred inside Town Hall during the announcement of the state primary election results, but neither side would comment on what happened after the hearing. Simple assault is defined as placing a person in fear without physical contact, according to Sweeney.

Multiple calls to Slattery - who was a candidate for state Senate in the 2nd Essex District, but lost in the Democratic primary to Joan Lovely on the night of the incident - have not been returned.

Lucy refused comment when reached by phone on Wednesday, and it is unclear who is representing him. Lucy will be summonsed to Salem District Court, but Sweeney said a date for appearance has not yet been decided.

A clerk magistrate's hearing involves a party taking out a complaint against another party for a misdemeanor offense, according to Sweeney, after which the clerk magistrate decides whether there is enough probable cause to pursue the matter in court.

Lucy has been a selectman since 2004, and Fratus served on the finance committee in between his first term as a Town Meeting member, and his current stint representing Precinct 3. Both have terms set to expire on May 7, 2013.

A call to Town Manager Wayne Marquis seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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