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March 9, 2013

Man cuffed while in court

Officials discover warrants on harassment, threats

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But the warrants were marked “hold for court,” and Marblehead police were so interested in the case they showed up at the courthouse, in case they would be allowed to take Davekos into their custody.

Instead, Lauranzano ordered Davekos into the custody of the Sheriff’s Department, which will be responsible for bringing Davekos to Lynn District Court, where Marblehead cases are heard.

Davekos has faced similar threats charges in other communities.

In 2008, Davekos, who had been advertising a business called Poop Patrol, offering yard cleanups, was admonished by a Salem judge after he hired a constable to seize the vehicles of at least two local women who were refusing to pay bills of several hundred dollars for services they didn’t request.

The judge found that Davekos and the constable had illegally seized the cars, including a BMW, which were worth many times the amount he claimed he was owed.

In 2001, he was found guilty of running down a sheriff’s deputy who was trying to serve him with court papers.

His family’s oil business, which has gone under various names including Astrofuel, has also run afoul of state regulators, who obtained a consent decree in 2004 after the company stopped honoring fixed-price oil contracts.

Davekos is not currently listed in any ownership documents for the oil business, but he has operated oil trucks with the company’s name and uses the same address on Roberts Road in Marblehead that is also used by the oil business. In 2003, he was driving an oil truck owned by that business when he crashed into a Beverly fire hydrant and, police said, fled the scene.

In 2010 the oil business was again sued by the attorney general and later entered a settlement after Essex Register of Deeds John O’Brien discovered a pattern of improper mechanics liens being filed against dozens of North Shore homeowners who had refused to pay for oil deliveries they say they had tried to cancel.

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

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