FROM THE REGION.
Motorcyclist injured; car driver charged
WESTBORO - A local man was cited yesterday for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident that injured a motorcyclist.
The accident occurred around 8:10 yesterday morning. Police said Ravi Kumar Edasuryachandra, 39, of 135 E. Main St., was driving a leased 2010 Chevrolet that pulled out of Park Village West apartments in front of a motorcycle driven by Michael Martin, 22, of 336 Old Central St., Berlin.
When police arrived, Mr. Martin's 1997 Suzuki motorcycle was on the ground, and he was injured. Mr. Edasuryachandra had allegedly left the scene. Mr. Martin was treated by Westboro Fire Department paramedics, and was taken to the UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester an hour later, according to Police Chief Al Gordon. He was listed in good condition last night.
Mr. Edasuryachandra was not injured, but the driver's side of his vehicle was badly damaged.
Mr. Edasuryachandra was cited for leaving the scene of a personal injury motor vehicle accident and failure to yield to oncoming traffic.
The accident is being investigated by Patrolman Domenic Annunziata.
Men allegedly harassed horses with rocks
EAST BROOKFIELD - Two men who allegedly threw rocks at horses in Oakham have been charged with animal cruelty.
Jonathan A. Brown, 20, of 282 Pleasantdale Road, Rutland, and Cody Handrahan, 21, of 216 Spencer Road, Oakham, were arraigned Monday on the charges after police learned the two men allegedly threw rocks at horses in Oakham on Aug. 24.
According to court documents, neighbors of the place with the horses called police after the horses became spooked and ran wild about their paddock. Mr. Handrahan allegedly told police he saw the horses running about and "thought it was funny."
The men said they were throwing the rocks at a beehive, which police wrote was not near where the rocks were landing.
Both men were released on personal recognizance and are due back in court Oct. 4.
Two seriously injured in crash on Route 2
LANCASTER - Two people were seriously injured in an accident last night on Route 2 east, state police said.
According to state police, the driver of a Toyota Sienna van was ejected in the crash, and was taken by rescue helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester with what they described as serious injuries. State police said the Toyota collided with a commercial dump truck.
The driver of the dump truck was taken to HealthAlliance Leominster Hospital with what state police described as minor injuries. An adult woman and three small children in the Toyota were also taken to the Leominster hospital; state police said they had minor injuries.
State police said the driver of the dump truck, whom they did not identify last night, will be summoned to Leominster District Court at a later date for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving negligently, and a marked lanes violation.
State police said Route 2 east traffic was diverted at Exit 35 so authorities could investigate the accident scene.
Investigation continues about missing man
HARDWICK - Little new information exists in the case of a Wheelwright man who has been missing since a fire destroyed his home last week, though state police detectives are continuing an investigation.
Joseph Cernauskas, 85, lived in the house at 151 Off Maple St. most of his life but has not been seen since the fire.
He is a former selectman and decorated Korean War veteran who was an avid reader, local officials said.
The fire broke out early Sept. 6.
Firefighters found the house, one of the oldest in the Wheelwright section of town, engulfed in flames shortly before 8 a.m. Mr. Cernauskas' van was not at the property and police began looking for it.
Neighbors who were questioned said investigators told them there was blood outside the house.
The missing van, which had been seen at 5:15 a.m. that morning by a Ware police officer, was found on Friday in a visitor's parking spot off Walnut Street at the Church Street School Senior Housing in Ware.
Police towed the van from the lot just before 8 p.m. Friday.
A spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said detectives are still investigating.
Fans of mushrooms to have get-together
ATHOL - Fungi will be in the air Saturday as the Millers River Environmental Center opens its doors to scientists for a focus on mushrooms.
The fifth annual Fungus Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Environmental Center at 100 Main St.
Organized by Noah Siegel of Royalston, the event is open to beginners and experienced mushroomers at a cost of $5.
It will include talks by Mr. Siegel, an award-winning photographer and mushroom identifier who is president and walk leader for the Monadnock Mushroomers Unlimited in Keene, N.H., and trustee of the North East Mycological Society; Erin Page Blanchard, a member of the Bay Area Mycological society and the Mycological Society of San Francisco, and David Arora, author of "Mushrooms Demystified" and "All That the Rain Promises and More."
There will also be mushroom walks in the morning to collect samples and fungi for a mushroom cook-up at noon and another foray in the afternoon.
The talks will take place all day.
At 4 p.m. there will be a table walk-through to see what was discovered on the walks.
More information is available by contacting Mr. Siegel at email@example.com.