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UMass Memorial says area hospitals can meet demand for psychiatric beds

WORCESTER – In a letter responding to questions from the state Department of Public Health, UMass Memorial Medical Center said it and other area hospitals will be able to meet the demand posed by the closing of 13 inpatient psychiatric beds at the University Campus.“The Medical Center believes that the 14 beds that will remain open at the University Campus will be able to accommodate patients of the service area requiring medical and psychiatric admission,” Andrew S. […]

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Worcester native sheds light on Burns Bridge illumination

SHREWSBURY – For Faith Baum, principal of a New Jersey-based architectural lighting design firm called Illumination Arts, being tasked with the lighting design for the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge was something of a homecoming.Ms. Baum, a Doherty Memorial High School graduate who has lit up bridges all around the country, shared a memory.“I lost my saddle shoe in the little boat ride when I was 5 years old at White City Amusement Park,” said Ms. Baum. […]

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Colombian man stopped in Oxford pleads guilty to drug, immigration charges

WORCESTER – A Colombian national illegally living in the country who was caught driving through Oxford with an expired license while transporting nearly 300 grams of cocaine concealed in the backseat of his vehicle pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to drug and immigration charges.The driver’s license had expired more than a decade ago.Leonardo Franco, 45, a Colombian national who lived at 96 Elm St., Apt. 2, Worcester, was charged with possession of […]

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Anti-foreclosure protester arrested during eviction in Worcester

WORCESTER – A woman was arrested Thursday during a protest against the eviction of the owner of a townhouse at 158 Orient St.Lorie Cairns, 58, of 16 Chalmers Road, a member of the Worcester Anti-foreclosure Team, was arrested when she attempted to block efforts by representatives of mortgage lenders at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co., or Freddie Mac, from evicting Marjorie Evans from her home.Ms. Evans said it was the 10th effort over 10 years to evict her. In some […]

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Neighborhood Watch meetings in Worcester tonight

Worcester has 52 Neighborhood Watch groups that typically meet once a month. The Worcester Police Department’s Neighborhood Response Team attends these meetings, where citizens can meet police officers, express concerns about their neighborhoods, meet other residents and bring the latest information from police to their neighbors. Click on the map to see previous meetings and those scheduled for tonight:KEY: Police Badge: […]

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Police: New York man stopped with 48 pounds of marijuana

HOPKINTON, R.I.  — Police in Rhode Island have charged a New York man who they say was stopped with $150,000 worth of marijuana in his minivan.Thirty-seven-year-old Huilin Wu, of Brooklyn, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of marijuana.Officials say state troopers stopped Wu on Interstate 195 for a traffic violation Tuesday. Troopers say they found 48 pounds (21.77 kilograms) of […]

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