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July 27, 2013

Carnival worker ID'd as fugitive

Beverly: Police made discovery through routine background check


Cushing said he had no trouble with Moody-Dabney, who operated the Dizzy Dragon ride.

“He was a very good employee, very mild-mannered,” Cushing said. “He did whatever he was asked and never complained.”

Cushing Amusements has 40 to 50 employees who travel with the company as it stages 30 to 35 carnivals per year throughout Massachusetts, Cushing said. The employees stay in trailers at the carnival site.

Cushing said the company does criminal background checks on all its employees. The checks include other states, not just Massachusetts, he said.

“We did everything we were supposed to do,” he said.

Cushing said his family has been running carnivals since the 1930s. It has run a carnival on Devereux Beach in Marblehead for the last 40 years. This is the company’s first year in Beverly.

The carnival raises money to support the Beverly Education Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports public education in Beverly. The carnival was rained out on Thursday but was scheduled to be held yesterday, today and Sunday in the parking lot at Beverly High School.

Moody-Dabney also told the judge yesterday that he has a young son, and was concerned about the status of personal items that he left with the carnival, which included some family mementos “I can’t lose.”

The arrest took place shortly before 2 p.m. at 100 Sohier Road, after the warrant from Maine was found by police searching a national warrant database.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.




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