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Worcester

City man allegedly raped 13-year-old girl

WORCESTER - A Millbury Street man is facing several charges after he allegedly took a 13-year-old girl back to his home and raped her, police said.

Angel L. Valentin, 36, of 605 Millbury St., was charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and five counts of rape of a child with force.

Sgt. John W. Lewis, of the Special Crimes Division, said the girl was known to Mr. Valentin. He said Mr. Valentin allegedly took the girl back to his home Saturday and raped her. The girl told a parent, who took the girl to a local hospital Sunday. Police were notified, and arrested Mr. Valentin at his home around 9 p.m. Monday. Police with a warrant searched the home, Sgt. Lewis said. Officer Daniel Fallon III took the initial report, and Detective Laura J. LaLiberte of the Special Crimes Division investigated.

Worcester

Gun found in bag in hospital storage room

WORCESTER - A St. Vincent Hospital employee discovered a gun in a bag he inadvertently knocked over in a storage room near the emergency room shortly before 8 a.m. yesterday.

The employee notified hospital security, who called police.

The storage room is used to store property of hospital patients, according to police.

Police officers picked up the .22-caliber single-shot rifle, and took it to the Detective Bureau, according to Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst. He said detectives would run the serial numbers on the rifle, to try to find the owner.

Police broadcasts described the weapon as being a sawed-off shotgun, but police would only say that it was altered.

Warren

Robber must surrender all of his toy guns

EAST BROOKFIELD - A 21-year-old man with Down syndrome must turn over to police any replica or toy guns he owns after using one to rob a Warren store in April.

As part of a plea agreement in Western Worcester District Court, Joshua Woods of West Warren must also write a letter of apology to the victims and must stay away from Traskas Market. The charge of armed robbery was reduced to larceny of more than $250.

"The district attorney's office worked with the victims, the police and the defendant's guardian to come to a fair resolution," said Timothy J. Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. "We recognized the defendant's situation, his disability."

Police raced to the market on Main Street in West Warren the night of April 8 after a man walked in, placed a gun on the counter and told the clerk to put cash from the register into a bag that later turned out to be a pillow case.

The clerk gave police a description and said the robber appeared to have Down syndrome because of his distinctive facial features. Witnesses led police to Mr. Woods, who carried some of the cash he took to school.

The money, pillow case and a toy hunting rifle were recovered.

In accordance with the agreement, Mr. Woods will remain on pretrial probation for one year and police were given permission to search his home and seize any replica or toy guns.

Thompson

Swine flu case confirmed in town

THOMPSON - Windham County is the last county in the state to have confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, commonly referred to as the swine flu, according to Patricia Beckenhaupt, director at the Northeast District Department of Health.

Ms. Beckenhaupt said last night there were confirmed cases in Thompson and Killingly. She stressed that there may be more, noting that there are already, as of Monday, 693 cases in the state. Twenty-two of those residents, she said, required hospitalization and there have been, so far, three deaths in the state.

Ms. Beckenhaupt stressed hand washing over hand sanitizers and reminded anyone who is ill to stay home from work or school.

"If you become ill," she said, "just assume you have swine flu."

The director suggested that anyone suffering flu-like symptoms call the doctor to schedule an appointment for a time when when fewer patients would be in the office.

First Selectman Larry Groh said, "This is something that we should all be aware of."

Worcester

WRTA urges people to `Dump the Pump'

WORCESTER - The Worcester Regional Transit Authority is encouraging people to give up their cars for the day tomorrow and ride public transportation instead.

It's part of the American Public Transportation Association's fourth annual National Dump The Pump Day. It encourages people to save money, protect the environment and reduce dependence of foreign oil.

The WRTA also is sponsoring a drawing on its Web site, www.therta.com, where contestants can register to win a monthly pass on the WRTA or one of four one-day passes. The winner will be drawn tomorrow.

"The cost of gas in Massachusetts has risen 89 cents per gallon since the beginning of the year," according to WRTA Administrator Stephen F. O'Neil. "Taking public transportation just makes good fiscal sense."

Worcester

Annual JFK dinner to honor five residents

WORCESTER - Five city residents will be honored at the annual John F. Kennedy awards dinner hosted by the Worcester Democratic City Committee.

Those to receive awards are William Breault, the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award; Margot Barnet and James Leary, Democrat of the Year awards; Paul Soucy, the Edward M. Kennedy Labor Award; and Carlton Watson, the Barbara Jordan Award.

The dinner will be held June 20 at Coral Seafood, 225 Shrewsbury St. Tickets must be ordered in advance by calling (508) 753-0341. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item. Food collected will be distributed to the Salvation Army and the Massachusetts Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Worcester.

Putnam

Water improvements, new roof approved

PUTNAM - Residents approved nearly $6 million for town drinking water system improvements and for a new roof for the Middle School at a referendum yesterday.

Voters approved $2.2 million for a reconstruction bond for the middle school's new roof by a vote of 178-42 and $3,780,000 to expand the town's well-fields by a vote of 189-30.

Democratic Registrar Bob Garceau said only 4.1 percent of Putnam's 5,163 registered voters voted in the referendum.

ART: PHOTO

CUTLINE: GELINAS COURTHOUSE - Judge Charles Abdella, at left, congratulates Judge Andre A. Gelinas during a rededication ceremony of the District Court building on Wallace Avenue in Fitchburg yesterday. The building was renamed Gelinas Courthouse, in honor of Judge Gelinas and his late father, A. Andre Gelinas, "for their many contributions to the judiciary, the bar, and the city of Fitchburg," according to the legislation authorizing the renaming. Judge Gelinas retired last fall after serving nine years on the state Appeals Court and his father, the late A. Andre Gelinas, had a distinguished law career that included serving on the bench and being elected district attorney in the 1950s.

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