Worcester News

Local news for Worcester, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

Approaching the election season two years ago, there were fearful pronouncements by a few that the African-American superintendent, Melinda Boone, was putting the Worcester public schools in great danger with her "touchy feely" approach to troubled students and her "culturally sensitive" curriculum aspirations. The fear - and most people knew it then - was wholly manufactured, but I believe it nevertheless was a factor in the losses of two of Boone's strongest defenders on the School Committee, as well as in her decision to leave the system to take a position elsewhere.

A person at 2 Brigham Hill Road called police early Monday afternoon and said there might be a body in the woods behind the home, Police Chief Normand A. Crepeau Jr. said. The body was found and state police were called to handle the investigation, the chief said, adding that he did not know if the deceased was male or female. It appeared the body had been in the woods "for more than a day," he said.

A 55-year-old Worcester man is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court on a murder charge in the strangulation death of a Congress Street woman who worked as a teacher's aide in the Worcester school system. Jose Segura, also known as Jose Melendez and Jose Alvarado, was indicted Sept.

Holden News

Local news for Holden, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

Coin in hand, he sits in the front seat of his Buick working his way through a crossword puzzle on a $2 scratch ticket to see if he's won. Before the day is through he estimates he'll spend about $90 on lottery tickets, and he admits that if a bill is passed to allow online lottery sales in Massachusetts he'll probably spend much more.

A hearing has been scheduled on motions in the case of a Massachusetts State Police trooper accused of beating a suspect in New Hampshire last year, including how much video footage caught by a TV news helicopter should be shown. Prosecutors allege Flynn punched Simone as he was kneeling to surrender following a chase.

Like so many defendants before him, it was Nikhilkumar Patel's lucky day when a judge decided that jurors couldn't know that the woman who claimed he sexually molested her wasn't the only one. Actually, four different women have told police that the Worcester dentist touched them inappropriately when he was treating them in his chair.

Paxton News

Local news for Paxton, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

She got a couple of small prizes over the years. So,when she saw a recent Summer Getaway Sweepstakes promotion in the Telegram and Gazette with a grand prize of a trip, she entered, though she felt she wouldn't have much of a chance since it was nationwide.

With the burned-out shell of the Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals shelter looming at the back of their property, the mostly-new Sweetpea board of directors talked last week about their plans to rebuild and why it's taking so long to do so. Last June, the board had hoped to break ground to replace the shelter, which burned down Nov. 22, 2015, in a devastating late-night fire that killed all but a handful of the 50 animals inside.