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Saturdays at Fay School - Jeannie Mack Interactive Sing-along
Saturday, September 28, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Children’s musician and songwriter Jeannie Mack will perform some of her original songs as well as traditional favorites. This is a lively and fun performance for children that will have them singing, dancing, and clapping the entire time. After the sing-along stick around for a complimentary snack.


Fay School will be hosting this event as part of their Saturdays at Fay program. Saturdays at Fay take place monthly and are designed for children ages 2-8 along with their parents. The events are free to attend but guests need to register online to reserve a spot atwww.fayschool.org/saturdays


Saturdays at Fay take place at Fay’s Primary School, located at 25 Middle Road in Southborough. Questions? Contact Nicole Casey at 508.490.8204 or ncasey@fayschool.org.



We are working with a group of volunteers from Holliston and Ashland to help the MetroWest YMCA find ways they can help strengthen our communities. 


The MetroWest YMCA is seeking input from Hopkinton, Holliston and Ashland by conducting an online Needs Assessment Survey followed by a series of targeted focus groups. Based on the survey and focus group findings, the Y hopes to work with community partners to help address identified needs in the areas of youth development, healthy living, social responsibility and elder services.


This link: YMCA Survey will take you to the YMCA survey.  Responses are not individually tracked and are kept confidential.  The assessment should take about 5 minutes.


The survey must be completed by October 11, 2013.


Thank you for sharing your opinion and supporting this effort. 


Should you have any questions,  please contact Dorothy Maruska dmaruska@comcast.net or Sue Hadley thehadleys6@gmail.com .        


*If the above link did not work, please copy and paste the link below into a new web browser to access the survey.



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Greyhound Friends Annual Fall Open House To Feature Former Patriot Standouts


The Greyhound Friends Annual Fall Open House is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, noon to 4P.M. both days. The event will be held at the Greyhound Friends kennel - 167 Saddle Hill Road, in Hopkinton, MA, and will feature appearances by former New England Patriot players Patrick Pass (Saturday) and Jermaine Wiggins (Sunday).


Everyone is invited to come by and spend a few hours meeting adopted greyhounds and their owners as well as greyhounds available for adoption. Enjoy our silent auction and raffle, lots of shopping for greyhound goodies (for both hounds and humans), let your dog run in the fenced field, and participate in the Not Quite Westminster Dog Show.


Greyhound Friends depends on the kindness of supporters and anyone interested in greyhound welfare.  Those attending the event are welcome to bring donations of dog food, cleaning supplies, bleach, laundry detergent, bedding, blankets, sheets and towels. Financial donations are also appreciated and needed. Greyhound Friends is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Please call 508-435-5969 or visit www.greyhound.org for more information. Photo by John Mottern.

The Runway

September 23, 2013 — The roving HopCam caught this shot of a mute swan making a runway out of the surface of the Blackstone River in Blackstone on Sunday, as it finally became airborne, taking a bit of the river with it, as some younger swans observed and learned.

       Below, a mute swan puffs itself up as it paddles faster and faster toward some swan intruders upriver with a message for them to keep their distance. 


Jean D. Kelly, 83

HOPKINTON - Jean D. Kelly, 83, died Thursday, September 19, 2013 in Milford.  She was the widow of John L. Kelly, who died in 1993.  Born in Concord, MA, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Impi (Lindfors) Frye.  She graduated from Weston High School in 1949 and was a member of the Minuteman Model A Club.


She is survived by her sons Thomas and his wife Kathleen of Sonoma, CA and John Michael and his  wife Victoria of Warwick, RI, and her daughter Julia Forbes and her husband Andrew of Hopkinton.  She also leaves her sister Margot Clark of RI and  five grandchildren.


A graveside funeral service will be held Thursday, September 26 at 11:00 a.m. in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.  Calling hours at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, are Wednesday, September 25 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 47 Elm Street, Walpole, MA  02081.


Shine On

September 22, 2013 — Although a pretty full Harvest Moon,  clouds speeding past between the Moon and the camera allow some areas on the surface to lighten and others to darken more than they would have under a clear sky last evening. Regardless, a 30 year-old  film-camera Canon EOS lens on a modern digital body zooms nicely toward the subject, and a touch of digital sharpening makes the craters on the edge of the circumference pop out like three dimensional objects.


September 21, 2013 — The Hopkinton High School Class of 1963 held their 50th reunion this evening. Above, classmates gathered for a photo before dinner at an undisclosed location, where they likely continue as we speak ( at 8:00 pm) to dance the night away.


Benefit Event

September 21, 2013 — Kyra, Autumn and Cloe decided they wanted to help the needy, and so organized a bake sale, held today on little Hayden Rowe Street for the benefit of Project Just Because.

Rural Feel

September 21, 2013 — This is proof on Hayden Rowe Street today, that you needn't go to Woodville for that local rural feel.


 Shayne M. Desroches, age 13

HOPKINTON/HOLDEN - Shayne M. Desroches, age 13, of Hopkinton and formerly of Holden, died on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from injuries sustained in a car accident in Hopkinton.

Born in Worcester on March 5, 2000, Shayne was raised in Holden before moving to Hopkinton in 2010. He attended Davis Hill Elementary School in Holden and was currently enrolled in the eighth grade at Hopkinton Middle School. Shayne enjoyed sports and played in the recreational soccer program in Holden. Since moving to Hopkinton, he played recreational soccer and lacrosse and was presently trying out for basketball. He loved to create his own music and was a fan of Dubstep, a genre of electronic dance music. Shayne was kind and engaging and loved to make everyone laugh. He embraced his new community of friends but always found time for his younger family at home. We will cherish the time spent with Shayne, miss the love he shared with us, and find comfort in knowing that he is in the hands of God.

He leaves behind his devoted and caring mother, Amanda Desroches and Shawn, John and Joseph Kelly with whom he also lived; maternal grandparents, David and Cindy (Harris) Desroches of Holden; paternal grandparents, Kelly (Maher) and Paul Michalczyk of Paxton; a maternal great grandfather, Donald Harris of Worcester; a maternal great grandmother, Marcia Desroches of Holden, a brother, Christian Asquith of Webster; aunts and uncles including, David Desroches, Jr. of Worcester, Shawn Desroches of Leicester, and Jaclyn McGreevy and her husband Ryan of Holden; along with many great aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to visit with Shayne's family from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 23, at the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden. A funeral service honoring and celebrating Shayne's life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, in Faith Community Church of Hopkinton, 146 E. Main Street, Hopkinton. A private graveside service will be held at Grove Cemetery in Holden at the convenience of the family. At Amanda's request, memorial contributions may be made to "The Sky's the Limit", a project to utilize unused courtyard space at Hopkinton Middle School for learning and recreation. Checks may be payable to Hopkinton Middle School, 88 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, MA 01748. To share a memory or leave an online condolence, please Sign the Guestbook at Miles Funeral Home.


State Police Vehicle Stop Leads to Drug Bust on 495 in Hopkinton


September 20, 2013 — In the early morning hours of Thursday, September 19, 2013, Trooper Ryan Walczak was on patrol of Route 495 northbound in the town of Hopkinton when he observed a vehicle in the far right travel lane. The vehicle committed several moving violations and was stopped in the breakdown lane.

Trooper Walczak observed a New Hampshire dealer plate on the vehicle and began speaking to the operator. During this time, Trooper Walczak observed a heavy odor of burn marijuana coming from the vehicle. One of the passengers admitted to smoking marijuana earlier accounting for the heavy odor.


Trooper Walczak determined the vehicle was unregistered due to numerous inconsistent statements from the operator and passengers. Further investigation yielded over 2,000 Oxycodone pills and two dozen Methadone pills secreted in a hidden compartment.


The vehicle was towed and five people were placed under arrest for trafficking in a Class B substance over 200 grams, possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. Their names are listed below.


RAUL FONTANA, 22, of  Lawrence

MANUEL BARROSO, 31, of Nashua New Hampshire

JULIO HERRERA, 26 of New York City, New York

JOSE ROSARIO, 23, of Manchester, New Hampshire

RAUL FONTANA was also charged with numerous motor vehicle violations including attaching plates, marked lanes violation, number plate violation, misuse of a dealer plate and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

All five, four adults and one juvenile were held for arraignment on Friday in Framingham District Court.

Over $6 million for Hopkinton parcel • HHS Principal on leave • Hillers win


1.) Another parcel of fully permitted Legacy Farms land just passed hands to Pulte Homes for what looks to be a bargain basement price of $6,039,369.80. 2.) MetroWest Daily News has reported that Hopkinton High School Principal Michael Cournoyer is on administrative leave, according to the secretary to the Principal. Mr. Cournoyer is no longer listed in the staff directory of HHS. Inquiries at the Administration building by HopNews were met with "No comment" and questions referred to Superintendent Cathy MacLeod, who they said was not available until Monday. 3.) Hillers kick butt. 4.) Staties make bust, see above. 5.) Football photo gallery coming Sunday.


Hillers 28, Nipmuc 7

September 20, 2013 — Junior Matt Decina turns the corner after a solo run into the end zone as the ref signals his success to everyone during a decisive win over Nipmuc tonight.


Made in America
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September 20, 2013 — This American Chestnut tree is showing off its seeds against a soft Autumn sky. Mouse-over the image to see the nuts inside.


Jean D. Kelly, 83

HOPKINTON - Jean D. Kelly, 83, died September 19, 2013 in Milford.  Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, are incomplete at this time.

Shayne M. Desroches, age 13

HOPKINTON/HOLDEN - Shayne M. Desroches, age 13, of Hopkinton and formerly of Holden, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Hopkinton.

Calling hours are from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 23, in the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street (Rte. 122A), Holden.

A complete obituary will be placed on the website  of Miles Funeral Home Saturday p.m. (9/21) and published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and MetroWest Daily News on Sunday (9/22).

To share a memory or leave an online condolence, please sign the Guestbook.


Ed Note: HopNews will check for the complete arrangements and post them here, too.


Police Chief Search Committee Update


The Police Chief Search Committee, appointed by the Board of Selectmen, has been meeting to move forward the recruitment and selection of a Police Chief, to replace Chief Flannery who retired on June 30, 2013.


“This is a critical hire for the Community and the Committee will be thorough in conducting a very careful, thoughtful, and deliberate process, to ensure the right candidate(s) for the Office of Chief of Police is presented to the Board of Selectmen,” says Bob Levenson, Chair of the Search Committee.


To date the Search Committee has worked on identifying critical areas of focus, that are required to choose the most qualified candidates who possess the qualities that will allow the new Chief to be successful in Hopkinton. The outside firm to provide candidate testing and assessment resources will be engaged this month.


The Search Committee will post the job announcement on September 23rd with a closing date of October 7th. Screening of candidates will be conducted by the Search Committee in early October with interviews set for November, at which point the Search Committee hopes to make finalist recommendations to the Board of Selectmen. The Search Committee expects the new Chief to assume the Office of Chief of Police early next year.

Curious Rodent

September 20, 2013 — It isn't often that a white rodent, or a white animal of any kind, is seen out and about, like this one this morning. It was as curious about the aghast photographer, as the photographer was about it. It matches with other photos of white chipmunks online.


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  Police Incident Report

Updated Friday, September 20, 2013



The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

3 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

1 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Check.

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

3 Disabled Motor Vehicles.


Incident Log

Thursday, September 19, 2013

2:59 am Officer John Moran checked on a motor vehicle that was parked behind a Hayden Rowe Street building.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

11:32 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was parked at a gate on Cedar Street with its lights off. Officer Linda Higgins responded and advised that the vehicle was gone upon her arrival.

9:02 pm Three officers responded to Briarcliff Drive for a report of a disturbance.

4:47 pm Six officers responded to Hayden Rowe Street for a 911 call of a fatal motor vehicle accident vs. a bicycle.

6:30 am A caller from South Mill Street reported that large construction trucks arrived at 6:10 am and was blocking their driveway. Officer John Moran responded and issued a verbal warning to an operator.


Superintendent Cathy MacLeod Proposes Safer Walkway

by Muriel Kramer

September 20, 2013 — The mood was somber and business like at the School Committee Meeting last night; new School Superintendent Cathy MacLeod opened the meeting with comments focused on remembering Shayne Desroches, the young boy killed in a bike vehicle accident Wednesday.  Shayne was in the 8th Grade at the Middle School.


Speaking to the great sorrow felt by all in the community, and especially the school community, MacLeod commended the Crisis Response Team, the students for their respectful and spontaneous gathering in front of the High School that morning sharing silent time honoring Shayne’s memory and the staff for supporting the students and each other so capably. MacLeod assured the SC and audience that support would continue to be available as needed. Her comments were followed by a moment of silence.  Joining the SC in the audience were Selectmen John Mosher and Brian Herr as well as Town Manager Norman Khumalo.


Planned recognitions were postponed until the meeting on October 3rd. MacLeod reported out results of the working session held to discuss the Superintendents goals and evaluation process; she also discussed at length her entrance plan.  That plan is into Phase 3.  Phase 1 and 2 included Transition and Entry which included tours and numerous interviews with various stakeholders; next up Phase 3 Planning which includes getting into the schools more and working with principals to set their goals. In her comments, MacLeod focused on the benefits of having Assistant Principals in each building providing continuity and better support to students. Additionally, they provide support that allows Curriculum Directors to more fully devote to curriculum work and common assessments.


MacLeod also commented on pursuing a new walkway at Center School to insure students at drop off have a clear and safe entranceway; she will work with Elaine Lazarus, Director of Land Use, Planning and Permitting to approach the idea with the Historic District Commission.  Currently the children can cross the grass to stay off the road and enter school safely; during the winter months it is a much trickier scenario.  One idea is a broad path that would help children enter safely at the busiest times of the morning in all weather conditions.


The Elementary School Building Committee meets next Monday night at 7PM at the Fire Station.   MacLeod expects to have a report from a conversation she has scheduled with a representative from  the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) prior to the meeting.  She also expects to discuss shaping educational priorities for the proposed solution with the committee; joining her in that discussion will be ESBC Member and Center School Principal Lauren Dubeau.


The Strategic Plan sub-committee reported out that their work is kicking off; a change from years past will be that the SC does not at this time expect to hire outside facilitators for the work on the new Strategic Plan.  The committee is hoping to have a survey available for the public as well as focus group meetings as early as next month.


Also up for discussion and revision this year are policies on Field Trips, Textbooks, Gender Identity, Anti-bullying, Communication, SC Public Comment , Transportation and more.



Town of Hopkinton Offers Coping, Grieving Resources


To assist you in helping to cope with the recent tragedy in Hopkinton, here are some resources to help you support your child through grief and loss. The entire Town of Hopkinton offers our deepest sympathy to the Family. Hopkinton Youth Services will work with the Hopkinton Public School to support any child or family in need.

The resources are HERE.


Family Asks People not to Leave Flowers at Accident Site — Middle School Alternate Site Offered by Principal


Dear Hopkinton Middle School Families:

Thursday afternoon, we met as a faculty to discuss the day--how our students did and are doing, how our staff supported them, and how we can continue to support our students on Friday.  Today was a very difficult day for all of us, as I am sure that it was for you.  

Our approach on Friday will be to move slightly more toward “normalcy.”   While we will run a regular schedule, our counselors will be available to students in the counseling office throughout the day.

Tonight at our parent meeting in the library, we met with several parents to talk, ask, and answer questions and to share information, including additional Grief Resources with links to several helpful sites for you in helping your child during this very difficult time.

Again, please know that we are here for you and your child.  Our Counseling Department’s phone is 508-497-9828 and the main office phone is 508-497-9830.

Finally, at the request of the Desroches family, I would ask that items not be left for a memorial at the site of the accident.  Instead, for those who wish to show their support in this manner, you may do so in a location at the front drive of the Middle School.


Alan Keller

Ready for Flight

September 19, 2013 — The great blue herons that have proliferated in the area over the last few years seem to go elsewhere as the summer turns to fall. The bird above was simply putting some space between itself and the camera, this afternoon at Legacy Farms.


Governor Signs Bill to Raise the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

Senator Spilka filed bill in Senate


(BOSTON, September 19, 2013) – Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation yesterday to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility in Massachusetts from 17 to 18 years old, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced. Raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction brings the Commonwealth’s approach to young criminal offenders in line with most other states, recent developmental research and many other legal age limits in the Commonwealth. 


Senator Spilka, who filed a bill in the Senate to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction, joined other legislators and advocates at the State House Wednesday for the bill signing. “I have fought for many years to make this change a reality,” Senator Spilka said. “Teenagers have unique developmental needs, and our juvenile justice system plays a critical role in helping them get back on track. Raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction will increase public safety and provide teenagers with the age-appropriate rehabilitation and support services they need.”


The new law amends current law requiring all 17-year-old persons accused of a crime to be automatically tried as adults in criminal court, regardless of the circumstances or severity of the offense. Thirty-nine other states and the federal government set the age of adult criminal jurisdiction at 18 years old. Nearly every other law in Massachusetts, including laws setting the minimum age for voting and for serving on a jury, also assumes 18 years old to be the age of adulthood.


Scientific and sociological research on adolescent development consistently shows little justification for treating 17-year-olds as adults. Teenagers are not fully mature, and they lack important self-control, impulse control and decision-making capacities. 17-year-olds are more similar to the younger teens currently in the juvenile justice system, and they are arrested for similar offenses – generally minor, non-violent crimes.


“The 17-year-olds in our state’s adult criminal justice system are often still in school and still living at home with their parents. These teenagers are not adults, and they deserve the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. This new law helps our children, and I am proud that we are making this important change here in the Commonwealth,” said Spilka.


The juvenile court system in Massachusetts focuses on rehabilitation services and support, and school attendance and parental involvement are mandatory. When 17-year-olds are prosecuted in the adult system, they are more likely to re-offend and to re-offend by committing more serious crimes. Compared with teenagers in the juvenile justice system, youth in the adult system receive significantly less adequate education, mental health treatment and age-appropriate rehabilitative programming. They are also at a greater risk for suicide and sexual abuse while in confinement, and they face serious barriers to future employment, education and housing due to their adult criminal records.


Raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction also allows the Commonwealth to comply with recent changes in the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). New PREA regulations require detention facilities and court systems to provide “sight and sound separation” between adult inmates and minors, to better protect young inmates from rape and sexual assault. In order to comply with these federal regulations and keep 17-year-olds separate from adult inmates, Massachusetts would have to implement expensive staffing and construction changes to adult facilities. Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system saves the state money by eliminating the need for costly compliance measures.


With juvenile crime rates in Massachusetts at historic lows, the juvenile court system and the Department of Youth Services have the capacity to absorb 17-year-olds.


 Fatal Accident Victim Identified in Updated Press Release


On Wednesday September 18, 2013 at approximately 4:47 PM, Hopkinton Police responded to a serious motor vehicle accident on Hayden Rowe St., Route 85. The accident involved a motor vehicle and a teenage bicyclist. The bicyclist was transported to Milford Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.


The 13 year old victim has been identified as Shayne Desroches of Hopkinton.


No charges have been filed against the 16 year old female operator.


The cause and circumstance of the crash are being investigated by the Hopkinton Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.

NOTE: UPDATED 12:49 pm, September 19, 2013

HopNews facebook fans and Twitter followers are receiving mobile alerts of this developing story. Boston media is covering this story extensively, and grief counselors have been made available at Hopkinton Middle School. Stephanie Guyotte, spokesperson for the Middlesex District Attorney, reached by telephone this afternoon, said that all aspects of the incident are being investigated, and until the investigation is complete, the details of the crash — direction of travel, speed of vehicle, results of phone record examination, culpability, etc. — will not be made public. She said that although details of the crash will be made public following the investigation's completion, as well as any, if any, charges against the driver, the driver's identity will remain private, because of her status as a juvenile.


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Hopkinton Police Department Statement on Accident


On Wednesday September 18, 2013 at approximately 4:47 PM, Hopkinton Police responded to a serious motor vehicle accident on Hayden Rowe St., Route 85. The accident involved a motor vehicle and a teenage bicyclist. The bicyclist was transported to Milford Regional Medical Center.

      The accident is being investigated by officers of the Hopkinton Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. Press Release Incident # 2013-8769


           Editor's Note: September 18, 2013  — Channel 7 reported at 10:00 pm that the 13 year-old male victim riding the bicycle was taken to Milford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

           Sgt. Scott vanRaalten, reached by telephone at Hopkinton Police Headquarters shortly after the TV report said he would neither confirm nor deny that statement, he said, because everything is going through the DA's office. Calls to two numbers for the DA's office went to voice mail.

            The boy's bicycle was retrieved at 208 Hayden Rowe Street. According to scanner chatter during the event, his home is nearby on the other side of the street. The vehicle involved in the crash was towed way by Ted's Towing and ordered by police to be stored indoors.

Serious Accident on Hayden Rowe Street

  September 18, 2013 — A motor vehicle vs. bicycle at 208 Hayden Rowe Street was called in on 911 shortly after 4:30 pm today. An individual on scene, likely a good Samaritan, administered CPR to the victim while first responders were on their way. The original call misdirected responders to the High School, but the sound of the ambulance over the open 911 line led them to the correct location.

       Hayden Rowe was closed at Granite and at Chestnut Street. State Police were called in for reconstruction, and Chief Wallace was alerted, two events that often follow fatal or near-fatal circumstances. At this time, 7:15 pm, the Hopkinton Police are not confirming or denying any circumstance.

       Road opened at about 8:30 pm.

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  Updated Wednesday, September 18, 2013


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

2 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

2 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

1 Time the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

11:12 pm A caller from Cross Street reporting waking up to a gunshot. Two officers checked the area with a negative find.

9:34 pm A 911 caller from Walcott Street reported hearing yelling and screaming in the area. Three officers responded and advised that it was a minor argument over cigarettes.

7:49 pm A motorist reported an erratic operator on Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer spoke with the operator and advised all was fine.

4:20 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding larceny.

2:37 pm An Ash Street resident reported that her neighbor has been harassing her nonstop. Officer Patrick O'Brien responded and spoke with both parties involved.

Monday, September 16, 2013

7:27 pm A caller reported organic debris dumped on the side of Spring Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and contacted the DPW for them to pick it up in the morning.

5:53 pm A walk-in spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding a check scam.

1:24 pm Two officers attempted to serve a Warrant of Apprehension from the FDC for an individual on Davis Road but they advised that no one was home.

9:41 am The Water Department Supervisor reported that the lock on the gate to the pit on Fruit Street was cut over the weekend. There was no damage found and the gate has a new lock on it.

8:58 am A walk-in from Connelly Hill reported that a vehicle in his neighborhood was acting suspicious. Sgt. Joseph Bennett spoke him and will investigate.

State Police Traffic Stop Leads to 3 Arrests with Kilo of Cocaine and 500 Oxycodone Pills in Auburn


September 18, 2013 — At approximately 2 p.m. yesterday, Trooper Dana Oliver, assigned to the State Police Holden Barracks, was patrolling Interstate 290 in Worcester when he observed a Honda CRV swerving and failing to stay in its lane while driving in a construction zone.  Trooper Oliver activated his lights and stopped the vehicle on I-290 eastbound in Auburn.


During conversations with the three occupants of the vehicle, Trooper Oliver received inconsistent stories from each of the men.   Trooper Oliver was assisted by Trooper John Boland and a search of the vehicle was conducted. When narcotics were located, the driver of the vehicle, identified as JOSE M. RODRIGUEZ, 39, of New York City, fled on foot.  RODRIGUEZ ran across six lanes of traffic on I-290 and down into a wooded area.


Troopers located approximately one kilogram of a substance believed to be, cocaine and more than 70 grams (500 pills) of Oxycodone.


The passengers of the vehicle, LUIS E RODRIGUEZ, 30, and JASON A. TAVARES, 30, both of New York City, were placed in custody.


Troopers Oliver and Boland were then assisted by other troopers in the area, as well as Worcester and Auburn Police.  Trooper Mathew Moran and Trooper Patrick Mahady spotted JOSE M. RODRIGUEZ in a swamp behind the Seven Hills Foundation on Hope Avenue in Auburn.  Troopers Moran and Mahady entered the swamp and placed JOSE M. RODRIGUEZ in custody.


All three subjects were transported to the State Police Barracks in Holden.  They were booked and held on $100,000 bail, pending their arraignment this morning in Worcester District Court.

JOSE M. RODRIGUEZ was charged with the following:
                1.            Trafficking in over 200 grams of cocaine
                2.            Trafficking in 28-100 grams of Oxycodone
                3.            Conspiracy to violate drug law
                4.            Resisting arrest

LUIS E. RODRIGUEZ was charged with the following:
                1.            Trafficking in over 200 grams of cocaine
                2.            Trafficking in 28-100 grams of Oxycodone
                3.            Conspiracy to violate drug law

JASON A. TAVAREZ was charged with the following:
                1.            Trafficking in over 200 grams of cocaine
                2.            Trafficking in 28-100 grams of Oxycodone
                3.            Conspiracy to violate drug law

No further information is available at this time.  Please do not call the barracks directly.





The Milford Performing Arts Center announces its annual Halloween production – Zombie Jamboree!  A show for boys and ghouls of all ages, Zombie Jamboree! will be performed at the MPAC studio at 150 Main Street (MA Rte 16E) in Milford on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM.  Raffles, great refreshments, fortune telling, games, face painting and more!  Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  More info at www.milfordpac.org, email milfordpac@comcast.net, or call 508 473 1684.  Celebrate Halloween with a show that will not cost you an arm and a leg – unless the zombies catch you!

The Milford Performing Arts Center is a not-for-profit Massachusetts corporation and tax exempt under US IRC Section 501(c)(3). 


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