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Merrimack Valley

December 20, 2011

Man dressed as woman refuses to pay bar tab

LAWRENCE — Jorge Gomez sat at the bar at the Malaya Nightclub Saturday night and ran up a $118 bar tab while dressed as a woman.

When he refused to pay the tab at the end of the night, club management called police about 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

When they arrived, club security directed Officers Michael Mangan, Carmen Purpora and John Tully to the bar, where they met Gomez. He was dressed as a woman in jeans, a woman's sweater, high heels, earrings and makeup, police said.

Club owner Juan Hidalgo told police he would forgive the bill if Gomez just left so the staff could finish cleaning up and go home, but she refused.

He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

While being taken to the police station, Gomez repeatedly kicked the window of the cruiser with his high heels, causing a crack in the window.

He was then charged with malicious damage to property over $250, police said.

Police said Gomez was drunk and refused to allow a booking photo to be taken and was placed in a cell.

Police said that although Gomez refused to pay his $118 bar tab, they discovered during booking that he had $360 in his purse.

Christmas decorations reported stolen

HAVERHILL — A dozen lighted candy canes were stolen from the front lawn at 91 Howard St., police said.

Detective Capt. Alan Ratte said the homeowner went outside for a smoke about 11 p.m. Sunday, and noticed the candy canes were missing.

The Christmas decorations were valued at $1,000 Ratte said.

There are no suspects.

The theft was reported at 11:05 p.m. police said.

The following were taken from area police logs for Sunday

Methuen

Car crash: 27 Huntington Ave., two cars, no injuries, 9:54 a.m.

Car crash: East Street and Linwood Avenue, no injuries, 2:10 p.m.

Theft: 188 Haverhill St., 7:28 p.m.

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