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Man charged with terrorizing ex-girlfriend
WEBSTER - A 25-year-old Worcester man allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint, police said.
Jacob A. Starr, of 51 Vernon St., Apt. 3, was charged with kidnapping, witness intimidation, assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Mr. Starr was being held on $1,500 bail. Dudley District Court Judge Timothy Bibaud entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. A pretrial hearing is Feb. 24.
Mr. Starr's ex-girlfriend allowed him to enter her Village Way apartment to visit their two young children Jan. 30, a police report said.
When the woman discovered Mr. Starr had been drinking, she asked him to leave. He threatened to kill her, choked her, threw the phone at her and told her to call the police and see if they could get there in time, authorities said. When she tried to grab the phone, he kicked her, choked her again and kneed her in the face, police said.
After hours of abuse, Mr. Starr allowed the woman to go to her bedroom. But he sat nearby, holding the two phones and a knife, to prevent her from calling anyone, police said.
He did not allow her to leave for the duration of the night, police said. She reported the incident the next day at the police station.
Five officers pursued Mr. Starr on foot through waist-deep snow into an adjacent yard. Officers found Mr. Starr on the ground, hiding in snow. After a brief struggle, he was arrested.
Mr. Starr denied the charges, saying he has been living at the apartment and everything was fine, police said.
Three men arrested on trafficking charges
WORCESTER - State police raids in the city have led to three drug-trafficking arrests, according to the Worcester district attorney's office.
The arrests came after two separate, unrelated raids on Delldale Street and Randall Street Monday night and yesterday morning, according to the district attorney's office.
About 5:15 a.m. yesterday, state and city police searched the residence at 2 Delldale St. Officers seized about 370 grams of crack cocaine, 5 grams of heroin, $160 in cash, 17 red and white unknown capsules, three digital scales, packaging materials, two cell phones and miscellaneous paperwork, according to the district attorney's office.
Ocie Jenkins, 44, of 2 Delldale St., Apt. 12, was arrested and charged with trafficking more than 200 grams of crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin. Mr. Jenkins was...