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Worcester rape suspect held on $100K cash bail

WORCESTER — A 26-year-old city man charged with rape, kidnapping and strangulation or suffocation was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail at his arraignment Thursday.Brendan M. Simpson, whose address is listed in court records as 47 Katahdin St., was arraigned in Central District Court on three counts of rape and single counts of kidnapping and strangulation or suffocation, crimes allegedly committed March 12.Judge Janet J. McGuiggan set bail of $100,000 cash or $1 […]

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Worcester man arraigned for spitting on WRTA bus driver

WORCESTER — A Worcester man accused of spitting in a Worcester Regional Transit Authority bus driver’s face was arraigned Thursday on an assault and battery charge.According to prosecutors and police accounts, Melvin Gonzalez, 37, of 15 Lovell St., spat at bus driver Alex Chviruk on Dec. 30 because he was upset that Mr. Chviruk refused to stop the WRTA bus to let him off where he wanted in the lower Grafton Street area, rather than at the next designated bus stop. The bus […]

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Suspect in Worcester gas station gang threat is held without bail

WORCESTER — An 18-year-old city man arrested Wednesday on gun, drug and assault charges was ordered held without bail Thursday pending a dangerousness hearing next week in Central District Court.Worcester police were called to to the BP gas station at 30 Chandler St. about 1 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a man armed with a gun. Police dispatchers said they received a call from a man who told them the suspect […]

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Worcester woman stabbed outside Jefferson Street three-decker

WORCESTER – A 27-year-old woman stabbed in the driveway of a Jefferson Street three-decker Wednesday night was listed in stable condition after surgery, according to police. Police said the victim is expected to survive, and will be interviewed at some point after she recovers from surgery at a local hospital. Police are looking for two women who fled the area on foot, and were last seen on Blanche Street heading toward Pattison Street. They may have driven off in a light-colored […]

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Paul Rogers: Snow actually helps our bulbs

“Before the snow came, the leaves of my spring bulbs had grown 4 to 6 inches up out of the ground. Will the snow cover harm the ability of the bulbs to flower? Is there anything that I can do to help the bulbs for next year?”The snow cover helped, not harmed, the bulbs’ development. The bulbs received protection from the low temperatures and sleet conditions. Snow is one of the best mulches that could be used to stabilize changeable weather factors.When the snow […]

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Speaker in Worcester outlines move to reverse ‘Citizens United’

WORCESTER – Over the course of American history, constitutional amendments often bubble up in clusters as a response to a turbulent period, Jeffrey Clements told the local chapter of the League of Women Voters Wednesday night. We could be living through one of those times right now, he added, predicting that 10 to 15 years from now the country might be able to look back and see that two or three amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution during this modern era. Mr. […]

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ACLU wins legal fees in fight against Worcester panhandling law

WORCESTER – A federal judge has awarded $519,488.97 in attorneys’ fees and court costs to the people who successfully sued the city to overturn its ordinances against aggressive panhandling.The number is roughly half of what the plaintiffs’ lawyers sought, and more than 10 times what the city had requested. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman wrote in a decision issued Wednesday that the amount struck an appropriate balance between the lawyers’ charges and […]

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Pedraja ‘excited’ about pending appointment to QCC presidency

The path to becoming president of Quinsigamond Community College wasn’t always an easy one for Luis Pedraja.But the hardships he faced as a Cuban immigrant working his way up through the higher education ranks will serve him well, he said on Tuesday, as he prepares to lead a campus serving many students going through the same trials today.“This is an opportunity for me to pay it forward, and to help the low-income, first-generation students like myself,” […]

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