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July 4, 2013

Vendor wants city license back

Hot dog seller accused of beating 86-year-old man


Police who responded to the incident tracked Doyle down in a nearby bar, where he had fled. When police asked him if he had been in an altercation at the ICC, Doyle first answered yes, then said he didn’t remember. Police said Doyle was “heavily intoxicated.”

Police said the victim had a bloody mouth, bruised forehead, swollen left eye and a cut along the bridge of his nose. The victim was treated at the scene by personnel from Northeast Ambulance. He declined to be taken to the hospital.

Ranta said Doyle and the victim have known each other for 20 years.

Ray told city councilors that the violent nature of the incident, plus the threat that Doyle made to a witness at the scene, merits the suspension of his peddlers license.

Ray said the city requires the police chief to sign a “certificate of character” certifying that an applicant for a peddlers license is of “good repute for morals and integrity.” Based on the alleged assault of the 86-year-old man, Ray said he must withdraw that certification.

“This was well-investigated,” Ray told councilors. “There were several witnesses. There was a rather violent threat to one of the witnesses. Given these circumstances, there’s absolutely no way I could recommend the council sign off on this.”

Doyle pleaded not guilty in court and was released on $1,000 cash bail and ordered to stay away from the victim. Doyle attended the City Council meeting but did not speak publicly.

Ranta told councilors he will fight the charges in court. But rather than argue the facts with them, he said, they should consider Doyle guilty and make their decision about restoring his peddlers license based on his efforts to stay sober and the clean track record of his business.

City Council President Paul Guanci asked councilors to postpone their decision until their next meeting on July 15, and the council agreed.

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