BY JULIE MANGANIS
---- — MIDDLETON — A woman who was found lying in the grass between two Middleton businesses Wednesday evening is now facing charges after police say she became combative with officers trying to help her.
Linda Kormann, 57, of 10 Park Ave., Middleton, a well-known former gymnast and gymnastics coach, pleaded not guilty yesterday in Salem District Court to three counts of assault and battery on a police officer.
According to a police report, officers and the Fire Department went to a grassy area between Walgreens and a Marvin Windows showroom around 7 p.m. for a report of a possibly drunken woman lying on the ground.
Police, who said in their report that the woman smelled of alcohol, attempted to place her into protective custody.
At first, she did not respond to the officers or firefighters.
Then, as the officers tried to pick her up, they say, she spit in the face of Patrolman Richard Mendes. Mendes was later evaluated at Beverly Hospital.
At the station, she allegedly punched two other officers, Sgt. Robert Currier and Patrolman Robert Peachey Jr.
She remains free on personal recognizance and was ordered to return to court on May 21 for a pretrial hearing.