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March 9, 2013

Man cuffed while in court

Officials discover warrants on harassment, threats

SALEM — A North Shore businessman who’s run afoul of everyone from the Sheriff’s Department to the register of deeds, a local judge, the attorney general’s office, and even the Internal Revenue Service — not to mention consumers — is in yet more trouble.

George Davekos, 60, who is originally from Marblehead but whose actual address is unclear, was taken into custody yesterday inside Salem District Court, where officials had just discovered he was wanted on multiple warrants, including charges of harassment, threats and larceny.

Marblehead police filed some of the charges following an incident in January, in which a resident reported Davekos was calling and threatening her over a bill for services that she says were neither performed nor requested.

That’s a modus operandi that may be familiar to other customers of Davekos, including an 89-year-old Danvers woman who last year reported to police that Davekos, who runs a business called “Landscapes by George,” had threatened to burn her house down unless she paid him for lawnmowing she had never requested.

Davekos was due in court yesterday in connection with the 2012 case and showed up late, meaning he had to wait until the rest of the cases were called before the clerk got back to his. In the clerk’s office, Davekos was visibly angry, uttering a series of expletives after an employee told him he would have to wait in the courtroom until his case was called.

Meanwhile, probation officers had found warrants for Davekos’ arrest, issued in January and February by Lynn District Court.

When his case was called again, Davekos, now addressing a judge, spoke in a softer tone as he tried to convince him that the warrants were some sort of misunderstanding.

“I was under the impression they were supposed to dismiss it,” he told Judge Michael Lauranzano.

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