The Star Democrat

Cambridge man again charged with panhandlin­g

Multiple cases pending

- BY MIKE DETMER mdetmer@chespub.com

CAMBRIDGE — Police in Cambridge have again arrested a man accused of panhandlin­g on Monday night in downtown Cambridge.

Cambridge police said 61-yearold Roger A. Dennis was arrested at about 11 p.m. on Dec. 20, near the intersecti­on of Race Street and Washington Street.

Dennis was panhandlin­g and attempting to pull on door handles to vehicles as they are stopped at that intersecti­on, said Cambridge Police Department spokesman Capt. Justin Todd.

Todd said the responding officer found Dennis walking in the middle of the roadway with both hands up and blocking the passage of an approachin­g vehicle until it had to come to a stop.

Dennis has been cited multiple times for panhandlin­g and has several open cases as officers have arrested him in the past several months for trespassin­g, harassment and other charges throughout the Cambridge, particular­ly the downtown business district.

Dennis was again placed under arrest and charged with reckless endangerme­nt, harassment, disturbing the peace and hinder passage, and fail to obey. Dennis was later seen by the Dorchester County court commission­er and is currently being held in the Dorchester County Detention Center on no bond.

The issue of panhandlin­g and further legal restrictio­ns on the activity has been the topic of discussion at more than one Cambridge city council meeting, including the Dec. 13 meeting.

Dennis’s trial on the Dec. 20 charges is scheduled for Feb. 9 in Dorchester County District Court.

 ?? PHOTO BY MIKE DETMER ?? A well-known downtown Cambridge panhandler approaches a vehicle on Tuesday evening, July 28, at the intersecti­on of Race Street and Muir Street.
PHOTO BY MIKE DETMER A well-known downtown Cambridge panhandler approaches a vehicle on Tuesday evening, July 28, at the intersecti­on of Race Street and Muir Street.
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ROGER A. DENNIS

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