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Auburn

Burglary suspect arrested after chase

AUBURN - Called to a Bryn Mawr Avenue home yesterday morning by a neighbor, police said, they confronted a burglar who was ransacking the home. They said a brief foot chase through backyards and over fences ended with a Charlton man's arrest.

Police said when they caught up with 34-year-old Jesse J. Davis, of 245 Oxford Road, Charlton, they found more than $3,000 worth of jewelry in his pockets and said the homeowner identified the jewelry.

Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Lourie said police Officers Paul Lombardi and Keith Chipman entered the home around 11:35 a.m. yesterday, with Sgt. Lourie outside in an unmarked police cruiser. Officer Lombardi said he heard a noise inside the home, and suddenly, the front door burst open and the suspect ran out in full sprint.

The officers chased the man through several backyards along Wethered Street, with Sgt. Lourie following in the cruiser. The suspect ran right in front of Sgt. Lourie's cruiser as it moved along Wethered Street.

Police said Sgt. Lourie, seeing that the suspect was tiring, got out of the cruiser and chased him down. He caught and arrested him in the backyard of 24 Wethered St.

"It's rare to see a suspect pop right out into the open through the front door," St. Lourie said.

Mr. Davis was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with the intent to commit a felony; larceny over $250, and resisting arrest. He was held on $3,500 bail and was to be arraigned today in Central District Court.

Worcester

21-year-old man robbed, stabbed twice in chest

WORCESTER - A 21-year-old city man was robbed and stabbed twice in the chest just after 6 yesterday morning near Belmont Street.

The victim was taken to a city hospital, and the wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, according to police.

The victim told police he had just taken cash from an ATM machine in the Tedeschi market, 104 Belmont St. The victim walked away from Belmont Street onto side streets. In the area of Liberty Street, the robber jumped him.

The victim was robbed of his cash and jewelry before being stabbed, police said. According to scanner reports, the victim lost $500, a necklace, bracelet and two rings.

Police are searching for the suspect, whom they describe as a tall, thin, balding black man. Police said he was wearing basketball shorts.

Police ask anyone with information on the assault to contact detectives at (508) 799-8651.

Southbridge

Man gets year in jail for selling cocaine

SOUTHBRIDGE - A local man is serving a year behind bars for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute

Luis I. Colon, 46, of 88 Cross St., 2R, is serving 2-1/2 years in the House of Correction, one year to serve, with the balance suspended for three years, for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Another charge, a drug violation near a school or park, was dismissed at the request of the commonwealth. The ruling was made recently in Dudley District Court.

On March 13, police fouind a digital scale, packaging materials commonly used for narcotics distribution, nearly $2,000, and a bag of white powder weighing approximately 7.1 grams of a substance that resembled cocaine.

If it was cocaine, it had a street value of more than $700, police said.

On July 6, 2009, police raided Mr. Colon's basement apartment and found 16 packages of cocaine. Earlier this year, Mr. Colon was placed on probation for a year after being found guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Charlton

Underage drinking party charges are dismissed

CHARLTON - The charges facing two men in connection with an underage drinking party in Charlton were dropped recently in Dudley District Court.

Duane A. Williams, 21, of16 Jade Hill Road, Auburn, was charged with selling or delivering liquor to a person under 21. The charge was dismissed after payment of $100 in court costs.

Dell Williams, 48, of 22 City Depot Road, Charlton, was also charged with selling or delivering liquor to a person under 21. The charge was dismissed before arraignment.

Worcester

Federal mediator in WRTA union talks

WORCESTER - A federal mediator will be called on to break the logjam in the contract talks between Amalgamated Transit Union Local 22 and the company that operates the Worcester Regional Transit Authority's buses.

Local 22 and RTA Transit Services Inc. met for an hour Tuesday in an effort to reach a labor contract to replace the one that expired June 30. The talks broke up without a contract agreement, according to Christopher W. Bruce, Local 22 business agent, who said the two sides remain far apart.

Negotiators will not meet again to bargain until Aug. 18. Joshua Flax of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service will be present for the first time in this bargaining cycle, carrying messages between the two sides, which will be in separate rooms.

In the meantime, Mr. Bruce said, the company will not impose its "final" offer on the union and the union will not engage in job actions. He expects bus service to continue uninterrupted as the 132 drivers, mechanics and support personnel of the local work under the terms of the expired contract.

Southbridge

Accused heroin dealers indicted, arraigned

SOUTHBRIDGE - A man and woman charged with possession of 25 grams of heroin, as well as other narcotics, have both been indicted and arraigned in Superior Court.

Donald Andre, 31, and Danielle Thurlow, 30, both of 186 Everett St., were each charged with trafficking in more than 14 grams of heroin, trafficking in more than 14 grams of heroin within a school zone, possession of cocaine (1 gram) and possession of 15 alprazolam pills, which are prescribed for severe anxiety.

Sturbridge

Maine drug dealer convicted, set free

STURBRIDGE - A Maine man found with an estimated $57,000 worth of marijuana in his car was sentenced to 87 days in House of Correction.

Armando Sanchez, 28, of Lewiston, Maine, was found guilty of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

He was sentenced last month in Dudley District Court to 87 days in the House of Correction, and was credited with 87 days served.

Sturbridge

Assault charge dropped in knife incident

STURBRIDGE - An assault with a dangerous weapon charge against a 41-year-old local man has been dropped.

Daniel J. Curboy of 2 Shepherd Road was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (knife), disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. All charges were dismissed at the request of the commonwealth with the consent of the defendant recently in Dudley District Court.

Dudley

Man is cleared of assault with knife

DUDLEY - Gary R. Bergeron, 42, of 71 West Main St., was found not guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a knife) last month. In a case settled two months ago, no probable cause was found for a charge of assault to murder. Both rulings were made in Dudley District Court.

Webster

Teen put on probation in car burglaries

WEBSTER - Two teenagers who were accused of breaking into several cars on New Year's Eve received different sentences.

Jacob L. Chapdelaine, 18, of 24 Mechanic St., Apt. 9, Webster, and Joshua A. Curtis, 19, of 5 James St., Apt. 1, Dudley, were charged with three counts of breaking and entering into a vehicle during the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, two counts of larceny more than $250, and a count each of receiving stolen property more than $250 and conspiracy.

Sufficient facts were found but the charges against Mr. Chapdelaine were continued without a finding for a year. He was also placed on probation for a year.

Mr. Curtis' charges were dismissed owing to the commonwealth's failure to prosecute. The sentencing took place last month in Dudley District Court.

Orange

Light sensitivity drives candidate from race

ORANGE - Independent candidate Genevieve C. Fraser of Orange has withdrawn from the race for state representative in the 2nd Franklin District, citing health issues, and has endorsed Democrat Roxann Wedegartner of Greenfield, one of five Democrats vying for the nomination.

"I'm a high-energy person, but recently I developed photosensitivity and must avoid direct sunlight," Ms. Fraser said in a news release. "Although I intend to remain extremely active and will maintain my political blog as a noncandidate, www.Fraser4Rep.com , this has put a damper on plans to campaign door-to-door and attend outdoor festivities throughout the summer."

Ms. Fraser said that rather than continuing in the race, she has

decided to drop out and support Ms. Wedegartner, a candidate she said has political views similar to her views - including support of small-scale biomass projects and the rights of people who hunt and fish.

Ms. Fraser was seeking to replace state Rep. Christopher P. Donelan, D-Orange, who chose not to seek re-election but is running for sheriff of Franklin County. Other Democrats

in the state representative race are Denise Andrews of Orange, Lee E. Chauvette of Athol and Martin A. McGuane and David R. Roulston of Greenfield. Steven E. Adam of Orange is the only Republican candidate.

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CUTLINE: SHORT-TIMERS - Three-year-old Luke Putney, left, and his sister, Charlotte Putney, 5, both of Paxton, listen to blues artist Jon Short during the kickoff of an outdoor concert series presented by the Friends of Newton Hill on Tuesday in Newton Square, Worcester. The children regularly attend the musical presentations with their parents.
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