COLUMN: From the region
Police arrest 3 for drugs at fast-food restaurant
WORCESTER - Three people were arrested yesterday after police said they were dealing drugs in the dining area of a Main Street McDonald's.
Armando Gonzalez, 38, of 263 Pleasant St., was charged with heroin distribution, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws. Cristal Buxton, 28, of 1A Hitchcock Road, was charged with knowingly being where heroin is kept or present or conspiracy to violate drug laws. Anthony Sclamo, 34, of 557 Southwest Cutoff, Apt. 94, was charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws and heroin possession.
Police said that around at 9:30 a.m. members of the Vice Squad set up surveillance with plainclothes officers at McDonald's at 995 Main St. According to police, a detective inside the restaurant saw a drug transaction take place among Mr. Gonzalez, Ms. Buxton, and Mr. Sclamo. They were arrested, and police seized about a dozen plastic bags of heroin along with drug paraphernalia.
WRTA bus strikes pedestrian near depot
WORCESTER - A bus struck a pedestrian near the corner of Sagamore Road and Grove Street last night.
Around 9 p.m., a WRTA bus driver radioed to police that his bus struck a pedestrian. Police went to the area, and an officer with the crime scene unit took pictures and collected evidence. Around 9:30 p.m., police left the area.
Police had no immediate information last night. The scene of the accident was just several feet from the WRTA bus depot.
Southboro man charged with fourth DUI offense
WESTBORO - A Southboro man charged with his fourth driving-under-the-influence-of-alcohol offense was held on $5,000 cash bail or $50,000 with surety at his arraignment in Westboro District Court yesterday.
Judge David Locke said if Jeffrey Lee, 48, of 48 Richards Road, Southboro, is able to make bail he must refrain from any alcohol use and he must be on a sobrietor.
Mr. Lee was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Thursday after a Richards Road resident reported that a man was in the backyard of 50 Richards Road. The home is vacant and is for sale. The neighbor told police that when he confronted the man, the man fled in his car. The neighbor was able to give police a description of the car and part of the license plate number.
Police said because there has been a string of house break-ins recently, they thought the man could have been involved in the crimes.