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Winchendon

Annoying phone caller gets 6 months' probation

GARDNER - A Winchendon man was sentenced yesterday to 6 months of probation for making threats by telephone against a local woman.

David W. Bisbee, 55, of 138 Glenallen St., apartment 5, Winchendon, was convicted in Winchendon District Court of making annoying telephone calls and threatening to commit a crime, murder, for harassing a Winchendon woman by calling her repeatedly, using foul language, accusing her of stealing money from him and threatening to kill.

Police reports filed with court documents indicate the victim received six calls from Mr. Bisbee on July 27 after visiting his apartment.

Templeton

Traffic stop leads to drug, weapon arrest

GARDNER - An Athol man is being held on $100,000 bail after being arrested on drug and weapon charges during a state police car stop

Michael J. Litchfield, 35, of 283 Drury Ave., Athol, was arraigned yesterday in Winchendon District Court in Gardner on carrying a dangerous weapon, a billy club, trafficking in oxycodone, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and a number plate violation. He is being held on bail to appear June 28 for a pretrial hearing.

Police said Mr. Litchfield was arrested after a state trooper on routine traffic surveillance on Route 2 in Templeton early Sunday morning noticed that the license plate light on his vehicle was out, and stopped him. While the officer was issuing the ticket, he noticed a 2-foot long billy club in the vehicle. As he was arresting Mr. Litchfield for the weapon, he discovered the drugs, police said.

Gardner

Police say mother turned in holdup suspect

GARDNER - A homeless man whose mother allegedly identified the sweatshirt he was wearing in a surveillance video faces charges in the robbery of a local variety store on Friday, police said.

Christopher C. Phillips, 23, was arraigned Friday in Gardner District Court on charges of unarmed robbery and receiving stolen property of more than $250.

Mr. Phillips was arrested Friday after his mother reported he was the person robbing Jay's Variety in South Gardner in a surveillance photograph she saw on Facebook. She told police he was wearing his sister's hooded sweatshirt.

In reports filed with court documents, police said Mr. Phillips entered the variety store with one hand in his pocket, leading the clerk to believe he had a weapon. He quietly demanded the clerk give him money. However, he spoke too softly, and the clerk had to ask him to repeat what he had said. He asked for money again and was given about $250. He then fled, police said.

Mr. Phillips was also arraigned Friday in a case from April 18. He is charged with larceny from a building in the alleged theft of a Wii video game system and seven games from his mother. He is being held on $10,000 cash bail until June 22 pretrial hearings on both charges.

Worcester

Sen. Brown opens Central Mass. office

WORCESTER - U.S. Sen. Scott Brown opened his new office in the Harold D. Donohue Federal Building yesterday.

City officials and Worcester residents applauded as soon as Mr. Brown's scissors cut through the ceremonial ribbon at 1:40 p.m. at the federal building, 595 Main St.

Approximately 50 supporters of Brown were in attendance, including Republican state Reps. Kevin Kuros of Uxbridge and Ryan Fattman of Sutton, as well as members of Mr. Brown's staff.

"This is a definite win for the county," said Bill McCarthy, president of the Worcester County Republican Club. "Last year we were close, but this year we have more people running and more activists."

He went on to praise Mr. Brown as "an independent Republican. People see he's not just toeing the party line; citizens really like that."

An official with the General Services Administration, the agency responsible for leasing space in the federal building, was not sure who initiated the lease for the new office on the first floor.

Mr. Brown said a Worcester office was badly needed, and every city has different challenges. He said constituents should not have to go to Boston to air their grievances. He plans to tackle various issues in the community, such as emigration, transportation and infrastructure.

Mr. Brown also announced that Denzil Drewry will be the regional supervisor for the Worcester office.

State Rep. Matthew Beaton, R-Shrewsbury, said Brown has a great staff and Worcester is a good place for the senator to call home.

"Somebody should not have to take a day off from work and go to speak to a senator. There is life past Route 128 and I-495," Mr. Brown said.

Worcester

Homeowner grabs suspect for police

WORCESTER - A man awoke Saturday morning inside his Richmond Avenue home to find an intruder inside.

Instead of letting the fleeing suspect run off, the homeowner grabbed the unwanted visitor, fought off his punches and held him until police arrived.

Police were called to the home around 4:30 a.m. and were told someone had broken in. The homeowner, a 39-year-old man, said his family was asleep when he heard noises and saw a hallway light flickering on and off. Family members could also hear footsteps on the stairs, police said in a news release.

The man got out of bed and saw the suspect, identified by police as 22-year-old Dominique Jackson of 66 May St.

Mr. Jackson tried to run, but the homeowner tackled him at the bottom of the stairs. Mr. Jackson punched the homeowner in the face, but the man didn't let go, police said.

When officers arrived the two men were in the home still struggling.

Mr. Jackson was charged with armed burglary and assault and battery.

Worcester

Two men charged with breaking into school

WORCESTER - Two city men have been charged with breaking into Columbus Park School early yesterday morning and stealing electronics.

Rafael Trinidad, 33, of 20 Lakewood St., and Anthony Rivera, 20, of 16 Orient St., were charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, possession of burglary tools, larceny of more than $250 and malicious destruction of property worth more than $250.

Police were called to the Lovell Street school about 2:30 a.m. after an alarm went off. Officers saw damage to an outside door and heard noises inside, police said in a news release.

The officers called for a state trooper and their dog to search the building. The dog found two men in a lower floor utility room.

"The suspects were in possession of a hammer and screwdriver, which was believed to have been used to force the exterior door open for access," police said. "The suspects were also discovered to have a Bose docking stereo system, iPod nano, AM/FM/stereo player and a Polaroid camera."

Auburn

Police see no humor in man's practical joke

WORCESTER - An Auburn man's practical joke on a group of people on James Street led to him being charged with possession of a hoax device and driving with a revoked license.

Police were called to the area of 70 James St. around 7 p.m. Sunday after someone called to report a bomb threat. The caller said a man placed a hunk of gray material under a car, then drove away.

The caller told officers the man held up the gray clay-like substance and then yelled. He allegedly asked if anyone saw C-4 explode.

"The male then placed the substance under a company work van and lit some type of fuse," police said. He then drove off.

Police found the man driving on Ludlow Street. He was identified as Christopher Gilley, 44, of 85 Burnett Road, Auburn.

Authorities said the material under the van was duct sealing compound.
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