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Templeton chief hurt in crash

WINCHENDON - Templeton Police Chief David Whitaker was injured in a two-car crash yesterday afternoon, Templeton police said.

Police said the crash occurred around 2 p.m. at Mill Glen Road and Otter River Road. The chief was taken by ambulance to Heywood Hospital in Gardner, but was later transported by rescue helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester.

In a statement, Templeton Sgt. Michael R. Bennett said the chief was taken to Worcester as a precautionary measure, and only suffered minor injuries in the crash. He should be released this morning barring any complications, Sgt. Bennett wrote. A UMass nursing supervisor said last night the chief was still being evaluated.

Templeton police directed inquiries to Winchendon and state police. Information on the crash was not immediately available last night.

Hispanic parishioners hear Beatty

LEOMINSTER - About 100 Hispanic parishioners from Rev. Anibal Garcia's church and others interested in learning more about the Republican candidates attended an informational meeting hosted by the Leominster Republican Committee at its headquarters last night.

Mr. Garcia initiated the meeting when he found that part of his congregation at the Inglesia Pentecostal Church was conservative and wanted to hear more about the Republican candidates and their platforms.

"This will help them understand the issues and have more opinions about the candidates," Mr. Garcia said. "I have been a Republican all my life and I believe if Republicans stay together, we can really do something in Massachusetts."

John J. Souza, chairman of the Leominster Republican Committee, and of Portuguese descent, said it did his heart good to see the room full of Spanish and Portuguese people interested in the Republican party.

Carmelo Batista Jr., 29, in attendance from the church, said this will be the first time he votes in an election.

"It is the danger that it implies," he said. "It is not just another election - it is a matter of life and death. Our future is in this election."

He said the meeting helped him understand the issue more.

Republican candidate Jeff Beatty and representatives from the Bech and McCain campaigns spoke and answered questions at the meeting.

Man's body found under bridge

FITCHBURG - Authorities are investigating the death of a city man whose body was found on railroad tracks beneath the Fifth Street Bridge late Tuesday. No foul play is suspected, according to Timothy J. Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Police received a 911 call around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday about a man on the bridge, Mr. Connolly said.

"A police officer arriving at the scene observed a man hanging onto the bridge with two feet over the side," Mr. Connolly said. "Soon after that the man was found on the tracks below."

It did not appear from police reports that the officer had any contact with the man, identified as Michael N. Prince, 51, of 52 Longwood Ave.

The bridge, also known as the Arthur J. DiTomasso Bridge, connects Cetrino Drive and Harvard Street.

Mr. Connolly said the state medical examiner's office was contacted, and an investigation is expected to yield the cause and manner of Mr. Prince's death.

Athol gets new postmaster

ATHOL - James C. Mills Jr. of Fitchburg has been installed as postmaster of the Athol Post Office. He served as an officer in the Webster and Athol post offices before this appointment.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Oct 23, 2008
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