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Leominster

Pretrial hearing slated on wife-beating charges

LEOMINSTER - A pretrial hearing for the owner of Store 24 on Main Street is scheduled for today in Leominster District Court on charges of beating his wife on two occasions.

Both of the alleged beatings took place in front of the couple's children, according to court documents.

On Nov. 19, Mohammed Salim Uddin, 39, of 13 Short St., Apt. 2, Leominster, originally from Bangladesh, was arrested in his store after his wife told police he beat her on Nov. 10 and Nov. 14. She said there were also previous beatings.

Court history of the alleged domestic abuse goes back to at least 2006.

Mr. Uddin was already on probation for allegedly beating his wife on May 2.

On Nov. 19, Officer James A. Marois was dispatched to Mr. Uddin's home. A friend of Mr. Uddin's wife persuaded her to report the beatings, court documents said.

With that same friend translating for her, Mr. Uddin's wife told police that on Nov. 10 she had asked Mr. Uddin where he had been when he came home, and they began to argue, and then he "came at her punching her in the head and face."

She told police she was "very scared of him" and that he had a firearm.

She told Officer Marois that on Nov. 14, she called her husband at the store around 11 a.m. and he told her he would be home in a few minutes to take the kids shopping. Mr. Uddin arrived home at 2:30 p.m., she said, and when she asked why he was late, he came at her, "grabbing her by the shirt and punching her in the head and face." Both of their children, ages 9 and 12, were present during the beatings, she told police.

After hearing the reports, Officer Marois drove to Store 24 and arrested Mr. Uddin on charges of assault and battery on his wife, but waited for one of his employees to show up before taking him to the station for booking, because he was the only one at the store at the time.

He was arraigned Nov. 19 on two counts of assault and battery.

Barre

Two hurt when car hits moose on Rt. 122

BARRE - Two people were injured early Tuesday evening when the car they were driving hit a cow moose.

Police Chief Erik Demetropoulos said Kimberly A. Skorb, 21, of Orange and Patrick R. Girard, 18, of Worcester were in a 1987 Toyota Camry driving north on Route 122 between Old Hardwick and Jackson roads when it struck the moose.

The police chief said Ms. Skorb was taken by ambulance to Heywood Hospital in Gardner and Mr. Girard, whose injuries were more serious, was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester.

No information on Mr. Girard's condition was available.

Chief Demetropoulos said the moose was not killed by the impact, but was euthanized by animal control Officer Laura Pease because of broken limbs and other serious injuries.

Sgt. Anthony E. Wolski of the state environmental police said the carcass was salvaged and distributed to rod and gun clubs for game suppers.

Sgt. Wolski estimated that the moose weighed 500 to 600 pounds.

Cpl. Timothy Ury investigated, assisted by Officer Dan McCarthy, Barre Rescue and the Fire Department.

Worcester

Murder trial to start Monday

WORCESTER- Opening statements are scheduled Monday in the trial of one of three people charged with murder in the 2008 drug-related stabbing death of a Westboro man.

Jorge Pinero-Rivera, also known as Janleer Povez, 30, of Worcester, is on trial in Worcester Superior Court for on murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges in the killing of 35-year-old Jack McGuire, whose body was discovered April 21, 2008, in a car parked in front of 10 Florence St.

Mr. McGuire bled to death after being stabbed in his upper left leg, according to investigators. Police said they believed a struggle ensued after Mr. McGuire's plan to rob a drug dealer with a phony handgun went awry.

After two days of jury selection, a 15-member jury, including three alternate jurors, has been chosen to hear the case. Opening statements by Assistant District Attorney Lisa Casella and Mr. Pinero-Rivera's lawyer, James J. Gribouski, are scheduled Monday after the jury is taken by bus to various locations that are expected to be mentioned during the trial.

Judge Janet Kenton-Walker postponed the start of trial until Monday because of a judges' conference scheduled for today.

Two co-defendants, Lance Savage of Worcester and April Marlborough of Wales, are awaiting trial in the case.

Spencer

Aubuchon Hardware abruptly closes

SPENCER - Would-be customers

blankly stared at the windows of the Aubuchon Hardware store in The Fair Plaza yesterday.

The store was shuttered, windows covered in brown paper. A sign indicated Aubuchon, after 73 years, was closed.

Town Administrator Adam Gaudette said he was told the store "closed abruptly" but he had no idea why.

"Anytime a business in town closes it's disappointing," he said. "We hate to see it."

Calls to Aubuchon's main offices seeking information were not returned yesterday, and the owner of the building also did not call back.

The company's website says there are about 125 Aubuchon stores in New England. The first store opened in 1908 in Fitchburg. Its owner, William Aubuchon, had a fifth-grade education and did not speak English when he came to the area from Canada in 1900 at the age of 15.

Gardner

First patients moved to new emergency center

GARDNER - Beginning at midnight Tuesday, the first patients were moved into Heywood Hospital's new Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care.

The patients moved into the new facility were from the Heywood emergency department. Other patients were expected to be moved in after breakfast Wednesday morning.

Lorie C. Martiska, vice president of community relations and development, said people coming to the emergency department now should note that the location is on the north side of the Heywood campus, directly adjacent to the main entrance of the hospital. Patients coming to the new emergency department should park in the main hospital parking lot, instead of the old emergency lot on the south side of the campus.

Patients located on medical, surgical, telemetry and intensive care units were being moved Wednesday morning. Additional staff and physicians were called in for the moves.

The hospital also established an incident command center to oversee the moves, and to conduct the transition as a formal disaster drill. Incident commanders are Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Nursing James Mullen and Senior Vice President of Finance Robert Crosby.

The Watkins Center is a new 72,000-square-foot, $37.6 million addition to the hospital. The hospital has so far raised $9.6 million for the project, out of a target of $10 million.

Barre

Fund set up for family displaced by fire

BARRE - A fund to help a local family displaced by a fire Nov. 21 has been set up at the Barre Savings Bank.

James "Smokey" Stelmokas and Jesse Goodfield Stelmokas, along with their foster children and house pets, lost their home to a chimney fire that grew to three alarms and heavily damaged their 200-year-old farmhouse.

Plans are under way for a benefit for them. Friends and family have set up the Smokeyfield Relief Fund for donations.

The Stelmokases are well-known in town, have raised foster children, and have taken in many creatures that needed homes.Donations can be made to the Smokeyfield Relief Fund by visiting the bank or by mail. Checks should be made out to the fund and sent to Barre Savings Bank, P.O. Box 940, Barre, MA 01005.

Questions about the fund or those with items to raffle at the benefit can call Terry or Billy Stelmokas at (978) 257-8237.
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Date:Dec 3, 2010
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