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May 19, 2010

Man charged after gun found in his hotel room

DANVERS — An Indiana man is facing gun charges after a hotel housekeeper found an unloaded handgun under his pillow and police found a second gun in a storage bin in the man's room.

Jonathan Chenevert, 31, of Evansville has an Indiana license for the two guns, a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson with a laser sight and a .38 Jennings by Bryco, both found in Room 274 of the Knights Inn on Route 1.

State law in Massachusetts requires that he have a firearms identification card to possess guns here. In addition, neither gun was locked or secured in a gun safe, another Massachusetts requirement. He is charged with violating both statutes. Chenevert pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, raised concern about the fact that when first questioned by Danvers police, Chenevert denied that there was a second gun in the room.

Prosecutor Michelle DeCourcey urged Salem District Court Judge Richard Mori to hold Chenevert on $5,000 cash bail, noting his lack of ties to the area.

Chenevert is part of a crew from Mid-West Maintenance Coating. They are in the area to perform work on a water tank in Middleton, according to a police report.

Defense lawyer Heidi Shore argued that her client, who has no record, is a married father who owns the guns legally in Indiana and didn't intend to break any laws.

Mori set the bail at $1,000, an amount Chenevert is expected to post.

He is due back in court on July 2.

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