New Evidentiary Developments in 1993
Holly Piirainen Homicide
January 3, 2012 —
Hampden County District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni convened a
press conference today to discuss the unsolved 1993 homicide of
ten year old Holly Piirainen. Present with District Attorney
Mastroianni were Captain Peter Higgins of the Massachusetts
State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden County
District Attorney's Office, investigators from Captain Higgins
unit and other members of the state police, as well as members
of Holly's family. District Attorney Mastroianni updated the
public on the status of the investigation into the circumstances
surrounding Holly's abduction and murder.
August 5, 1993, at approximately 12:50 p.m., ten year old Holly
Piirainen, of Grafton, was reported missing by her father
Richard Piirainen. Holly had been vacationing with him and other
family members at a cottage in Sturbridge. She had been seen
last by her father, at approximately 11:45 a.m., heading toward
the area of Allen and South Shore Roads in Sturbridge to play
with puppies at a residence on South Shore Road. When she did
not return, he searched the area for her, finding her left
sneaker on South Shore Road. Police were notified and a massive
search was conducted by local and state police and Sherriff's
departments, with assistance from units in Connecticut and Rhode
Island, with no results.
On October 23,
1993, Holly's skeletal remains were found by hunters in a wooded
area off Five Bridge Road in Brimfield. The scene was
photographed and processed by personnel from the Massachusetts
State Police, including its Crime Scene Services Section and
Crime Laboratory, and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Items documented at or near the location where Holly's remains
were discovered were seized and have been maintained by the
Massachusetts State Police since that time. Throughout the
subsequent police investigation into Holly's disappearance and
death, seized evidence had been reviewed, identified for
forensic analysis and subjected to some testing procedures.
In late Spring of
2011, District Attorney Mastroianni notified the state police
assigned to his office, as well as other detective bureaus, that
review of evidence in unsolved homicide cases would occur to
determine if application of further or new forensic/scientific
examination would be beneficial. Several cases were identified
as having such evidence and efforts were coordinated between
police investigators, crime lab officials and District Attorney
Mastroianni's Office. As a result, evidence in the Piirainen
investigation was examined. In September 2011, District Attorney
Mastroianni received information that an indisputable
identification was made forensically from an item found in close
proximity to Holly's remains. This item was documented in 1993
and was identified this past summer for submission to further
forensic testing in addition to what had been originally
conducted on the item.
have followed up with leads associated with this evidentiary
discovery and determined the person, forensically identified
from the item, did have a connection and established familiarity
with the general area of the crime scene. Today, District
Attorney Mastroianni identified the individual linked to the
retrieved item as David E. Pouliot, formerly of Springfield. Mr.
Pouliot died on August 16, 2003. He is not considered a suspect
at this time. However, investigators are interested in speaking
with anyone who may have had any interaction with David Pouliot
from 1993 to 2003. District Attorney Mastroianni released three
photographs of Mr. Pouliot to assist the public in determining
whether they had any interaction with him.
much information as possible about David Pouliot, with the
assistance of the public, is vital to fully follow up on this
new lead. The nature and character of the item tested, as well
as its condition and location upon discovery, suggests Mr.
Pouliot and/or persons associated with him were in the immediate
crime scene area at a time relevant to Holly's disappearance and
the location of her remains.
All evidence and
leads previously developed in this case are now being evaluated
with consideration given to this new forensic development.
Review of all items for further forensic analysis continues to
be part of this ongoing investigation.
At the conclusion
of the press conference, a $15,000 reward for information
supporting an arrest and conviction in the case was pledged by
State Senator Stephen Brewer and State Representative Todd
information should contact the Massachusetts State Police
Detective Unit at (413) 505-5933, or Text-a- Tip at "Crimes" or
274637 (beginning with the word "Solve"). Press Release
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Colonel Marian J. McGovern,
superintendent of the MassachusettsState Police (HopNews file photo),
releases the following statement regarding this weekend’s arrest
of Trooper John Analetto.
last week, the Massachusetts State Police joined the FBI in an
investigation into bookmaking and extortion crimes committed by
John Analetto, a state trooper. We provided assistance to our
federal law enforcement partners and together determined that
circumstances required us to move quickly to apprehend Analetto.
He was taken into custody Saturday afternoon by FBI agents and
“Immediately after his arrest,
superior officers relieved Analetto of duty. We took from him
his department-issued firearm, a department-issued shotgun, his
cruiser, his badge and other State Police gear. We also
confiscated a personal firearm that was at his residence. Today
we suspended him without pay indefinitely.
“Analetto’s actions as alleged in
the federal complaint are beneath contempt. They are, as
alleged, the actions of a criminal and street thug. As suggested
by the evidence, Analetto’s behavior exemplifies street-level
organized crime, not the values, ideals, and character of a
Massachusetts State Trooper. I am disgusted by those actions,
but more importantly, the 2,000 or so state troopers who serve
with integrity and honesty are disgusted by them.
“We have no tolerance for
lawbreakers within our ranks, and will act tirelessly to root
them out and see them prosecuted, as we did in this case.”
Marian J. McGovern
Masked Armed Robbery
MA.) On January 3, 2012 Tuesday morning at 6:12 am the Milford
Police received a report of an armed robbery had just occurred
at the Village Laundromat located at 70 Main Street. Milford
Police responded and learned that a masked male subject
approximately 5’08” had smashed the side glass door with a
hammer and entered the business shortly after an employee
entered. The suspect was armed with a hammer and threatened the
employee to give him the money or he would hit her. The suspect
did rob the employee of an amount of cash from the business’s
safe and fled out the side door onto Court Street and in the
direction towards Spring Street.
Detectives are continuing the investigation along with patrol
officers and are reviewing video evidence. Video evidence
captures a subject dressed in a winter coat possibly green or
gray colored with stripes on the sleeves and a hood. The suspect
also had a full face mask on and was carrying a hammer in his
right hand. The suspect then smashed the side glass door and
entered the business approaching the employee shortly after she
arrived demanding money from the safe. The suspect is observed
wearing a dark colored back pack with a yellow hard hat attached
The case remains
Elementary School Survey Results to be Reviewed Wednesday
Joint Selectmen/School Committee Meeting
January 4, 2012
High School Auditorium
At 6:30, Paul
Flaxman, Vice President of Boston Research Group, will present
the survey methodology, data, and results, followed by questions
and answers from both boards. At the conclusion of the
discussion, the meeting will be opened up to community members
who would like to ask questions regarding the survey.
presentation and public discussion will end promptly at 8:30, at
which time the Board of Selectmen and School Committee will
consider and vote on potential Statements of Interest for the
Center School and the Elmwood School, in order to meet the
January 11 deadline for submission to the MSBA. A vote of both
boards is required. The boards will also discuss the Hopkinton
Elementary School Building Committee (HESBC).
Scanlon Couple Puts the "Irish" in Cornell's Pub
Purchase and Sale for Cornell's Pub signed
January 2, 2012 — Cornell's Irish Pub will be the new
name of Cornell's as soon as Irish transplants Ellen and Colm
Scanlon get the key to the front door. The couple signed a
purchase and sale agreement with the current owner, Rob Cornell,
two days before Christmas. They watched it on the market for six
months, they said today in a fireside interview at their home,
one minute down Hayden Rowe Street from
new investment. When the time was right, they made an offer that
took only a week to conclude.
"We wanted to make an investment; and for the
potential. But it's more than just an investment.
"We are settled in this town," said Colm, who
with wife Ellen, purchased their modest Hayden Rowe Street home
"Our kids have another 7 or 8 years in the school
system. And they like school," he said.
The Scanlons said they have plans to give back to
the schools through fundraisers at their new establishment. They
believe the current clientele will be receptive.
"The staff and customers are very nice," said Mr.
Scanlon. "A happy bunch.
"We've been going in there for three years and
never seen trouble there, never so much as an argument. There's
a lot of camaraderie." The Scanlons like the menu, too.
"They've got the best pizza, and the best burger
in town," said Mrs. Scanlon. "And I'm not saying that because
I'm buying the place," she said with a smile, adding that they
will be offering children's fare on the new menu. The pizza is a
New York pizza system, and the burgers are fresh, not frozen,
black angus beef.
"We'll be adding some sandwiches that customers
have asked for," said Colm. "Like any business, you have to
listen to input from the customers."
They have their own ideas for what Cornell's will
look like after they are done; a new counter for the bar made of
rustic wood, and new
hardwood, wide-planks for flooring to start — building a country
look on the interior. New barstools with backs as well as new
tables and chairs will welcome new and current customers.
Walking in the front door of Cornell's, first
time visitors can't help but notice the low ceiling in the main
room. Well, the Scanlons have a fix in mind for that.
"Eventually, we'd like to remove the ceiling and
install post and beam construction, as well as skylights. We'd
like to lower the windows, too, and get more daylight in," said
But what about the exterior?
No one will have to worry about pebbles bouncing up
from the driveway chipping at the paint of their Mercedes,
Beemer or Jag after the Scanlons install hot top. Not only will
the driveway get a makeover, but the exterior will be redesigned
to fit in with the neighborhood of residential construction.
The Scanlons are using a model from Ireland —
Scanlon's Pub — for the inspiration for Cornell's. The
successful bar they ran for years in Ireland, and then sold, is
pictured here, and will become the standard for the new look —
eventually. In the photo, right, taken in winter, the window
boxes and hanging plants of summer have been removed for the
The windows will be painted and
designed like the countryside they grew up in, and the exterior
will be painted white.
All of these endeavors will
take time, but there is at least one thing they will not have to
"Rob Cornell has been very helpful.
He has built a successful business and maintained it for years.
"He said he'd be happy to help us
during the transition," Ellen said.
The Scanlons will close on the deal
after receiving license transfers and approvals from various
Town Hall departments, as well as the ABCC.
Wellness Teacher, and Athletic
Trainer & Coach Says "Yes" to Yoga
by Diane Welch
It seems that the years of the three-sport athlete have gone to
the way side to make room for the student-athlete who now trains
year round and specializes in hopes of gaining a college
scholarship. But at what cost? As an athletic trainer, coach and
a Wellness teacher, it amazes me how many more injuries we
seeing with the teenage student-athlete. Different sports allow
for different muscles to work and rest. However, now that
soccer, basketball (and many others) have become a year round
sport, we start to wonder...when is the body given a chance to
Let's face it, today's student is under more stress and pressure
than we ever were in high school. There are more AP classes
offered, SAT scoring has changed and it's possible to earn a GPA
higher than a 4.0. So what can we offer to today's
student-athlete to help them handle the stresses put on their
body both in the classroom and on the field? The answer my
friends is Yoga. Power Yoga, such as the kind offered at bCalm
Power Yoga in Hopkinton, helps to increase my athletes' strength
and flexibility, as well as provide them with a sense of inner
peace to help calm their anxieties. When I saw the benefits yoga
was bringing to my student athletes' lives, I finally decided to
give it a go myself.
I know what you are thinking....here we go again...another earth
crunchy, freedom loving yoga enthusiast is trying to get you
into their cult. Only, I don't fall into that category...at all.
I'm a has-been. During my college track years I spent numerous
hours in the throwing circle, the weight room, refueling in the
cafeteria, and watching films. What I should have also been
doing was yoga. Here I am in my thirties, and I am no
longer training for track but fighting to find the time to get
in any type of workout. When I was first approached about trying
yoga at bCalm Power Yoga, I was concerned that the few
days that I had at the gym now doing cardio and weights would be
lost to days on a mat... and doing what exactly? Well, surprise
surprise...yoga is more of a workout than I expected!
The days that I do cardio now feel like more of a breeze than
ever before! I expected to be winded and tired but I actually
felt great. In terms of strength, who needs dumb bells when I
have my body weight to use? My deltoids and chest scream at me
after just a few “yogi push ups”, my abs cry when we have to
hold “boat pose” and my calves are fired up when doing “half
moon”. Yoga has shown me just how much of a workout it can
be and that you don't need weights to develop a strong and
healthy body. I am now stronger than ever before thanks to
bCalm's powerful yoga classes! I can only imagine the benefits
that I would have gained in flexibility, core strength, balance
and avoidance of injury had I incorporated yoga into my athletic
training as a high school and college student.
Now, when I suggest yoga to my student-athletes, I am able to
back what I say because I have had the chance to personally
experience the ways that power yoga has changed my well-being.
As a Wellness teacher, I try to get my students to focus on
their own personal wellness hexagon (physical, intellectual,
spiritual, social/emotional, occupational/leisure, and
environmental). Yoga is a great opportunity for our
student-athletes to work on several aspects of their hexagon at
the same time, while helping them grow into more well-rounded
individuals, both mentally, physically and spiritually.
author: Diane Welch is in her 9th year as a Wellness teacher at
Hopkinton High School. She also works as a per diem athletic
trainer for local high schools and colleges and has coached at
Hopkinton, Hudson Catholic and Assabet Valley Technical High
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Mary Carman, Michael Ferguson
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Neil Whitworth, Valeria Whitworth
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Dennis A Mekemson, Sheryl S Mekemson
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Dorothy W Meeske
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Weston Development Group, Inc.
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January 2, 2012
12:45 pm An off-duty
employee of the police department found some suspicious hand
11:44 pm A caller
reported an unauthorized, underage party in the model unit...
11:47 am A Main Street
business reported an earlier shoplifting incident...
A passenger fled on foot, and the driver...
A deer fled the scene of a collision...
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Smooth as Glass
January 1, 2012 — A still Blood's Pond today, a day of Indian
Summer, reflects the beautiful partly cloudy blue sky above,
framed by its dam and opposite shore.
January 1, 2012 — The cemetery on Wilson Street has not received
new residents for years, but is maintained by St. John the
Evangelist Church. Direct sunlight, beaming thought the trees,
lights up the tallest flag, but doesnt hit much else directly.
The readers' eyes are drawn to it, as it is the minority tone,
being white. The inverse, a black flag with a white background,
would be true to the rule, too.
January 1, 2012 — These arborvitae on the border of a property
on Ash Street eluded the HopNews camera until now; but even
though the season is officially over, we see a need to share the
cleverness of their owner.
Hopkinton Girls on Worcester Academy’s
2011 New England Championship Soccer Team
Worcester Academy Varsity
Girls Soccer Team beat Loomis Chaffee 2 – 1 to win the 2011 New
England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class A
Championship Nov. 20. It was the Worcester Academy team’s third
NEPSAC Championship in four years, but its first ever Class A
seniors played an integral part on the winning team: Emily
Doherty, left, and Bridget McCarthy.
Emily and Bridget were recently named to the Boston Globe’s
All-NEPSAC (New England Prep School Athletic Council) team
for Girls Varsity Soccer. Additionally, Bridget was named 2011’s
NEPSAC Most Valuable Player, as well as having been named
to the 2011 Massachusetts All-State Soccer Team.
14, ESPN named the Worcester
Academy Girls Varsity SoccerTeam the
#1 girls prep soccer program in the nation.
Coach Adam Strogoff had high praise for Emily Doherty and
“I could not be
more proud of the way Emily and Bridget competed this season en
route to the championship. They should be very proud of their
accomplishment,” Mr. Strogoff said. “As scholars and athletes,
they exemplify the academy motto, ‘Achieve the Honorable.’ ”
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Quitting Smoking This New Year?
1, 2012 — For those who want to quit smoking and have
tried every method unsuccessfully, this writer recommends a try
with "the Russian." Some call Yefim Shubentsov the "Mad
Russian," although I do not know why. I had wanted to quit
smoking with all of my might for years, but failed at every
attempt until I visited him.
Shubentsov claims to be a psychic healer and refutes those who
say he must be a hypnotist. What I know for sure is that it
worked for me, and it has worked for countless others with a
success rate that is unmatched. And he has never advertised.
This is an unpaid testimonial.
First, he invites the waiting group of fifteen or more people
into a two-hour treatment seminar and talks about smoking. He
surprises people with his ability to read body language. Nothing
embarrassing, just really good reads about a person's health.
"Sir, would you switch seats with that woman. She has a hearing
problem," he said to someone during the first minutes of my
also offers little healings — no touching involved — to
receptive people in the group, with his hands that apparently
pulse energy into the area his palms are pointing toward.
next step is a one-on-one visit in his office. The visit lasts
about a minute, and during that time, he removes the urge to
smoke from the person's brain by means of psychic healing. No
one is required to believe that, but it is how he explains his
ability. Imagine not having the urge to smoke?
first cigarette was in 1957 after seeing a television commercial
— yes, you youngsters, they used to advertise on television —
for Parliament cigarettes. The ad promised that the bad stuff
would not reach my lips, because it had a recessed filter tip
scientifically designed for that purpose. It was the best
recess, Parliament would assure me, showing me in a print ad
with one cigarette out of the open pack. Ah yes, one cigarette,
one recess. I knew that recess was what we did at school, and I
knew that it lasted about the amount of time it took to smoke a
cigarette. But I probably knew it on a subconscious level.
the reader wonders, how could you be smoking at ten years-old at
recess? True, we bought our cigarettes at Scotties Market — yes,
you youngsters, they sold cigarettes to 10 year-olds back then —
and smoked them anywhere we could hide from our parents. It
wasn't until we were 16 years-old that we could smoke during
recess in the smoking area at school. You read correctly, the
smoking area at school.
seemed everyone smoked back then. It was a rite of passage, like
a first date. People smoked on television, in their homes, in
their vehicles, in stores, and yes, at school. More people got
carsick back then because mom and dad did not know that their
non-stop butts on the way to Grandma's ("No, I will not roll the
window down. It will ruin my hair.") were making the kids dizzy.
course, most people like myself — those of us who get a 10%
senior discount at participating Dunkin' Donuts (Eat your heart
out!) — have already quit by this age. This message is largely
for younger people who want to quit. And that is the key. You
have to want to quit. If a person smokes, so will their kids,
although the inverse is not necessarily true.
those who want to quit, give Mr. Shubentsov's office a call and
set up an appointment. It comes with a lifetime guarantee. If
the desire to smoke returns, you can visit again, or you can
give him a call and he will remove the urge to smoke over the
phone. I had to have a second visit one time. It took half a
minute with him and I haven't smoked since. That was around
1994. Last I heard, the rate was $65 for the guaranteed session.
more thing. Go it alone. The only failures I have heard of is
when people (usually women) try to quit together. "Let's quit
smoking" is not a good suggestion. Go it alone. It is a solitary
to quit? Give him a call. Go to Brookline. Pay the short money.
Never smoke again.
Ringing in the New Year
January 1, 2012 — What was described by a
neighbor as an underage party in an unoccupied model home on
Nazneen Circle brought police from Hopkinton, as well as
neighboring Upton and Ashland, to help coral the young suspects
and process them.
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in Pictures 2011 - Part II
December 31, 2011 — Please enjoy Part II of a look back at the
Year in Pictures, 2011 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. These photos
from HopNews.com are largely a labor of love by principal
photographer Robert Falcione as well as contributors from
Hopkinton. There are photos of people, places, animals, sports
as well as photos that remind the reader of a remarkable event,
like a hurricane or a contentious Town Meeting. Please enjoy
Part II below, and scroll down for Part I if you, missed it. And
remember, the pause button is there for a reason.
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December 31, 2011 — A great blue heron passes its bearded mate
perched on a clamshell-covered rock in Lake Maspenock, which is
usually well-submerged, even this time of year. However, the
lake is undergoing an off-year draw down conducted by the lake
Maspenock Preservation Association to hopefully kill off the
invasive weeds by way of an expected, albeit seasonally late,
freezing of the bottom. Shorefront homes of Downey Street are
reflected in background.
Below is Pout Rock, as it is called by some, showing the lake
level several feet below its normal high-water mark.
Call for special New Year’s Eve menu
and reservations 508-589-6400
Dinner $12.99 - while they last
lb. Boiled Lobster with Choice of any two sides
order ahead, call 508-435-6922
Chinese Food on New Year's Eve?
the Dynasty early - 508 435-8088
Year's Eve is to the Dynasty Restaurant what Easter is to
church. Everyone who has visited once in the previous year shows
up on that day.
So, to help
with getting the orders out for everyone, Rose asks that people
call ahead with their order. She says that 2:00 pm today, New
Year's Eve, is not too early to place your order, and it will be
ready at the time you specify. Happy New Year.
Three-car Pileup on 495 Sends Three People to Hospitals
"There are cars everywhere" - First police officer on the scene
asking for more police
December 30, 2011 — Three out of four occupants of a
three-vehicle pileup on Route 495 Northbound in Hopkinton were
taken to hospitals this evening. A fourth occupant refused
treatment and was given transport to safety were she met with a
ride. Two patients were transported with Advanced Life Support
ambulance to a local hospital, the other was by ambulance with
Basic Life Support.
The first patient was transported by
American Medial Response, as seen in the video below. It is
unclear what roles each town played, but Southborough and
Westborough sent ambulances, as did Hopkinton, which also
responded with apparatus.
The accident occurred almost directly
across from one on Monday evening, where an individual was
seriously injured after leaving the roadway for several hundred
The roadway and median were covered
with debris, shattered glass, car parts and personal
possessions. An Art's Towing driver can be seen in the top photo
carrying a guitar case.
The pickup truck above is in the
right travel lane, and the other two vehicles are on the median,
forcing 495 traffic to use the breakdown lane, and safety
vehicles to use the rest of the highway. The scene is about a
quarter mile from the entrance to 495 North at West Main
Mass DOT was called to take care of a
petroleum spill on the road, and Art's took care of the
Below are two of the vehicles from the crash, one of which
appears to be smoldering.
in Pictures 2011 - Part I
December 30, 2011 — For HopNews readers, this slideshow
review can be a fond look back at the first six months of the
year 2011 (Part II will be forthcoming). For those who may want
to learn about Hopkinton, Massachusetts, it is a good way to see
it largely through the eyes of photographer Robert Falcione, as
well as other talented contributors. So feel free to share the
link with friends and family from out of town, as well as those
who may consider moving here.
Although the viewer may see the repeat of a photo
during the video, don't look away. Keep in mind, there will be
many more fresh photos to come after the repeated ones.
Please enjoy, and check back for the last six
months of the year, Part II, between now and New Year's Day.
The computer generated transitions are very quick in the
beginning, so be ready with the pause button if there is one
that needs to be savored.