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Two sought in attack at gas station

WORCESTER - Detectives were seeking two men yesterday, one of whom assaulted a 20-year-old city man Tuesday night at a Park Avenue gas station and took money from him.

Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst, Police Department spokesman, said the victim was leaving the restroom at the Getty station, 590 Park Ave., about 8:45 p.m. when he was approached by a man who punched him in the left side of the face, showed him a handgun and demanded money.

The victim told investigators from the Operations Division that he gave the gunman money. The robber took it and fled with another man on foot toward a plaza at 50 Mill St.

The gunman wore a black puffy jacket and the other wore a black hooded sweatshirt.

Sgt. Hazelhurst said the victim was treated at the scene by paramedics and declined further treatment at a local hospital.

Ziemba's wildlife efforts to be honored

The National Wild Turkey Federation will honor Sgt. Charles Ziemba of the Massachusetts Environmental Police for his efforts in conserving America's wildlife.

The federation will recognize Sgt. Ziemba as its Massachusetts Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at the 32nd annual convention and show from Feb. 21-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

The NWTF initiated the State Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award in 2000 to highlight the contributions from wildlife officers across the country.

"Without the tremendous level of support for wild turkey conservation from wildlife officers such as Sgt. Ziemba, restoration efforts and wildlife management strategies would never have succeeded," said Rob Keck, the federation's chief executive officer.

"We wanted to ensure that they receive the thanks and recognition they so richly deserve," Mr. Keck said.

Sgt. Ziemba and other state winners are eligible for the federation's National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award, which will be presented at an awards banquet Feb. 23.

With nearly 25 years of service to the environmental police, Sgt. Ziemba is known for his aggressive enforcement of Massachusetts' game and fish laws, according to Maj. Bruce Bennett, who added that Sgt. Ziemba is "well-respected among local, state and federal agencies for his cooperation and assistance." Sgt. Ziemba is an instructor for hunter education classes in his district. Maj. Bennett said he typically graduates more than 100 students each year.

"Sgt. Ziemba is our go-to guy when a mission needs to be accomplished," Maj. Bennett added.

"He is an excellent investigator, has a high conviction rate for wildlife criminals and we're proud to have him representing the great state of Massachusetts," the major said.
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Date:Jan 31, 2008
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