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April 30, 2014

Trouble hits close to home for controversial oil dealer

BEVERLY — He’s run afoul of the state’s consumer protection laws, been chastised by a judge for seizing customers’ cars, and has even been convicted of running down a deputy sheriff.

But this time, controversial North Shore oil dealer and landscaper George Davekos is having problems a bit closer to home, as a pending divorce has touched off a series of other legal actions that led to his arrest last week for allegedly violating a restraining order.

Davekos, 62, of 21 Atlantic Ave., Beverly, spent the weekend in custody after his arrest Friday on a Danvers police warrant. A Salem District Court judge released him from custody, with several conditions to follow while the case is pending, following a hearing Monday.

His son and his estranged wife of 38 years allege that Davekos violated a restraining order that the son had obtained, by calling his wife and demanding that she intervene with the son.

Meanwhile, Davekos is suing both of them in Superior Court, alleging that his wife had no right to transfer the deed to a vacation property in New Hampshire to their son, even though the property was solely in her name.

Tensions had risen to the point that his son first sought a restraining order earlier this month. After initially reaching an out-of-court agreement with his father that Davekos would keep his distance, his son testified, he learned that Davekos was seen driving through his neighborhood and found a flyer for his latest business, “Go Green Landscape and Construction,” on his mailbox.

As a result, his son went back to court and obtained a restraining order.

Martha Rich Davekos testified that an “angry and threatening” Davekos called her shortly afterward and warned that unless she convinced their son to drop that order, “I would never see any money from him, ever,” she testified.

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