COLUMN: FROM THE REGION
Teens to face charges in six burglaries
AUBURN - Two local teenagers will be ordered to Worcester Juvenile Court to face charges connected to the recent burglaries of six businesses in the west part of town.
Detective Sgt. Jeffrey A. Lourie said two boys, 15 and 16, were stopped by Patrolman Daniel Lamoreaux Sunday night while riding their bicycles near where the burglaries had occurred. He said the youths looked like two people in a video taken at one of the businesses that had been burglarized.
Patrolman Lamoreaux smelled alcohol on their breath. He said one of the youths acknowledged that the two were responsible for the burglaries that had occurred in west part of town last month.
The burglarized businesses were the ice cream shop and restaurant at Ronnie's, 871 Southbridge St., where the video was taken; Mondi's Hair Salon and Brothers Pizza, both at 850 Southbridge St.; Hannah Nails,. 861 Southbridge St.; Song Ae's Salon, 848 Southbridge St., and Teddy Bear Farms, 872 Southbridge St., Detective Sgt. Lourie said.
In most of the burglaries an unspecified amount of money was taken, and tools were taken from Teddy Bear Farms, Detective Lourie said.
The teens will be ordered to Juvenile Court on several charges of committing a breaking and entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony, several charges of malicious destruction of personal property and several charges of larceny over $250, Detective Sgt. Lourie said.
Officer Lourie said the youths, whom he could not name because they are minors, were released to their parents.
Man gets probation in knife-assault case
WEBSTER - A Webster man was sentenced to 18 months' probation after he admitted there were sufficient facts that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint in February.
Adlai Joseph, 41, was recently ordered by a Dudley District Court judge to have no contact with the woman and to complete 100 hours of community service and an anger management program.
Mr. Joseph admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon and disturbing the peace.
Dismissed at a prosecutor's request were charges of armed assault to murder, assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
Shortly before midnight Feb. 5, Webster police officers went to School and Highland streets to investigate a report of a man assaulting a woman at knife point.
Mr. Joseph, who was standing in the middle of the street with blood dripping from his right hand when police arrived, told police he had just come home from work and found his live-in girlfriend of three years with another man, a police report said.
Police said the woman was watching a movie with her neighbor, with whom she admitted to having a romantic relationship. When he came home, Mr. Joseph allegedly ran from the kitchen to the living room and charged at the man while holding a large kitchen knife. The man was able to deflect Mr. Joseph's attack and ran next door to his mother's house, where he called police. He suffered a small cut to his hand but declined medical attention.
The girlfriend said Mr. Joseph attacked her with the knife, yelling, "Why, why, why?" He was holding the knife by the blade while striking her thigh and buttocks with the knife's handle, the police report said.
She was at a neighbor's home when police...