LOWELL -- It wasn't a fight over a bed or a blanket that got Timothy J. Norton removed from the Lowell Transitional Living Center in handcuffs Sunday. It was a piece of pie.

At the head of the dinner service at nearly 6 p.m., Lowell police were called to the Center where an officer saw two men in a "heated debate." The Center's cook told police he was arguing with a man who allegedly stole another person's pie.

When the cook told Norton to leave, he continued to argue with the cook. The officer then intervened and tried to lead Norton, 47, from the shelter.

Timothy J. Norton
Timothy J. Norton
Instead, Norton continued to argue with the cook and the cop until he was disruptive to the other clients and staff of the shelter, according to court documents.

Norton was told if he didn't leave on his own, he would be arrested for disturbing the peace and trespassing. He began to walk to the door, when he turned around and started yelling at the officer, "What are you going to do, escort me all the way out?"

Norton allegedly began yelling at the officer about his treatment, raising both hands above his head in what the officer perceived as a threatening motion. As the officer attempted to handcuff Norton, he allegedly started to walk away, so the officer forced him to his knees.

In Lowell District Court on Monday, Norton, who lists an address of 247 Appleton St.


, apt. 11, Lowell, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to resisting arrest, disturbing the peace and trespassing.

As a result of the charges, Judge Ellen Caulo ordered Norton to stay away from the shelter.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for May 23.

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