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Friday, August 22, 2008
Regional digest



Postal worker guilty of thefts
SHREWSBURY -- A postal worker yesterday pleaded guilty in Westboro District Court to stealing gift cards and Lottery tickets from mail at the postal distribution center on Main Street.

Joseph M. Maenzo, 48, of 177 Mixter Road, Holden, was arrested July 11 for larceny over $250 by a single scheme. Authorities said he stole about $274 worth of gift cards and Lottery tickets between February and July, while he was employed at the postal center.

Mr. Maenzo was sentenced to one year of supervised probation. He must complete 250 hours of community service, pay a $500 fine and pay $150 in restitution.
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The investigation of the theft involved police from Shrewsbury, Auburn, Holden, the U.S. Postal Service and the Office of the Inspector General. Police said Mr. Maenzo cooperated with the investigation and provided an audiotaped statement admitting to the thefts.

Sobriety checkpoints planned in city
WORCESTER — The sun will be shining this weekend and summer days are numbered — and though it might sound like a good idea to have another beer at a cookout this weekend — motorists may want to hold off.

State police will set up a sobriety checkpoint on a secondary state highway in the city tomorrow and Sunday.

The purpose is to educate drivers and strengthen public awareness of the need to detect and remove from roadways motorists who operate vehicles under the influence of alcohol and-or drugs, according to state police Col. Mark F. Delaney.

State police said the checkpoint in Worcester will be operated during varied hours. The selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety, state police said.

Bomb threat closes courthouse
MARLBORO — A bomb threat left on a Marlboro District Court employee’s voice mail yesterday morning shut down the building for several hours as law enforcement officials searched the building.

Joan Kenney, spokeswoman for the state trial courts, said a man left a message on the employee’s voice mail at 8 a.m. saying he was going to blow up the courthouse. Law enforcement officials were called to the court, including the bomb squad from the state fire marshal’s office, and the building was evacuated.

Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the fire marshal’s office, said the bomb squad was joined in the search by the state police bomb squad, uniformed state police, Marlboro police and firefighters, and court personnel.

“Nothing was found,” she said.

Court was back in session about 11 a.m.

Loose hay bales tie up Pike
AUBURN — Motorists had a relatively easy commute yesterday morning on the Massachusetts Turnpike, with the exception of a truckload of hay bales that landed on the road and held up traffic in Auburn for a short while.

State police Sgt. Timothy Finn said a truck lost an entire load of hay bales on the Pike in Auburn about 7:30 a.m. He said two lanes were closed for about 10 minutes until the state Highway Department removed the hay bales. Traffic was backed up for three-quarters of a mile, state police estimated.

State takes 2 children from mother
WEBSTER — A 2-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl were left unattended in their apartment, which was “in utter disarray,” police said.

Their mother, Nikita M. Rose, 15 Village Way, Apt. 8, has been summoned to Dudley District Court for an Oct. 1 arraignment on two counts of reckless endangerment of a child.

Authorities said on July 12 they confirmed a report that two young children were alone in their apartment.

The apartment, police said, looked as if it hadn’t been cleaned in some time; clothes and other items were strewn about. Fresh vomit was found next to Ms. Rose’s bed and chicken bones on her bedroom furniture.

Ms. Rose was outside the apartment by her car. She was unsteady on her feet and smelled of alcohol, according to a police report.

Woman charged with assault, robbery
WORCESTER — A 40-year-old city woman was arrested by police last night after she allegedly assaulted a woman and stole her gold necklace and later fought with police during her arrest, officials said.

Melissa M. Brisson of 30-1/2 Glen St., was charged with armed robbery, three counts of assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (purse) and resisting arrest, according to Lt. Robert F. Rich of the Service Division.

Police received a call at 7:49 p.m. from a woman at 65 Merrifield St. who said she had been assaulted and robbed. Upon arrival, Officer George E. Lavin of the Operations Division was told by the victim that she was attacked in front of her Elliot Street home by a woman who grabbed her gold chain from her neck and struck her repeatedly with her purse in the face and head to keep her from retrieving it.

The alleged victim managed to get the necklace back by grabbing a post which she used to block her attacker from leaving the yard. The attacker finally gave up the necklace and fled down Elliot Street, toward Liberty Street.

Officer Lavin described the attacker as a white woman with long dark hair in her 40s. A witness came forward and identified the woman and gave her address.

Officers Lavin, Daniel Lapopolo and Detectives William A. Hinson and John M. Doherty went to the woman’s home and attempted to arrest her. She allegedly became combative, tried to punch the officers as they attempted to handcuff her and started to kick them. They finally subdued her and finished handcuffing her and placed her in a cruiser.





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