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Gloucester mayoral candidate Mac Bell ordered to pay restitution in fence cutting case

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Mayoral candidate Mac Bell has been ordered by a district court judge to pay $1,128 in restitution in a case in which he was accused of cutting down a fence twice in 2012 on property located next to land that he owns in Gloucester. A spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office said the judge continued the case for nine months, and ordered Bell to stay away from Joseph Palmisano, the man who filed the complaint that led to the restitution. If Bell complies with the court’s order, any charges will be dismissed at the end of that period, according to the DA’s spokeswoman, Carrie Kimball Monahan.

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