Current Court Report - January 11, 2023

David Creed •

This week’s Current Court Report includes arraignments and dispositions from Monday's Nantucket District Court session.

Vincent Benoit, 18, of Nantucket, was arraigned on January 7 charges of breaking and entering a vehicle in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony, unlicensed use of a motor vehicle, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf and was ordered to return to court April 24 for a pretrial hearing.

According to the police report, officer Nicholas Iacozzi dispatched to 29 Broad Street for the report of a stolen motor vehicle. He met with the two individuals who reported the theft and one of the alleged victims told police his car was taken from the rear parking lot of the Jared Coffin House.

The alleged victim had a GPS tracker for his vehicle on his phone that located the vehicle at a Hummock Pond Road residence. Both individuals told police no one had permission to use their car.

Police eventually located the vehicle at the Hummock Pond Road address and Benoit was "one of the individuals within the area of the vehicle."

Benoit admitted to police he stole the car from the Jared Coffin House. When police asked Benoit while he was in custody when he stole the car he told officers he didn't know but that "it was dark."

Officers said at the time of the offense, Benoit did not have a valid license.

Ara A. Charder, 75, of Nantucket, had 14 Board of Health bylaw violations stemming from September of 2019 nolle prossed by the district attorney's office, meaning that they will not be tried by prosecutors and will be dismissed.

A Sept. 5, 2021 charge of carrying a firearm without a license that Charder was facing was also nolle prossed by the DA on Monday.

After being continued without a finding for one year, Heriberto A. Mancia-Lemus, 23, of Nantucket, had Nov. 11, 2020 charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle dismissed.

*All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty under a court of law*

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