COLUMN: FROM THE REGION
Child sex suspect held for return to Mass.
A Shrewsbury man accused of having sex with a minor in the Dominican Republic will remain in federal custody and be brought to Massachusetts within the next few days.
Conrad E. Gallant, 61, of 112 Lakeside Drive, appeared in U.S. District Court in Miami yesterday. Brandy Donini-Melanson, a spokeswoman in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Boston, said when U.S. marshals return Mr. Gallant to Massachusetts, he will appear in U.S. District Court in Worcester before Judge Timothy S. Hillman. She said a detention hearing will be held to determine how the case will proceed.
An investigation by ICE led to Mr. Gallant's arrest March 4 in the Dominican Republic. He was taken to Miami two days later.
Authorities said Mr. Gallant, a former Winchendon Board of Health member, engaged in illicit sexual conduct between February 2011 and February 2012.
He allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, paid her money and took photographs of her. He also allegedly asked the girl to bring him other minor girls with whom he could have sex.
If convicted, Mr. Gallant faces up to 30 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
Man stabbed, after effort to break up street fight
WORCESTER - A man was stabbed last night while trying to break up a fight near Barclay and Aetna streets in the Vernon Hill area, neighbors said.
People living in the neighborhood said they heard a commotion around 7:30 p.m. and saw a man had been stabbed. He was taken away by ambulance. Paramedics tended to a young woman near a police cruiser in the middle of Aetna Street; she did not appear seriously injured but was also taken away in an ambulance. Detectives conducted interviews and an officer from the crime scene unit collected evidence and photographed the scene.
A police department spokesman could not be immediately reached for more information last night.
Driver hits pedestrian, leaves Grafton St. scene
WORCESTER - A Leicester man was hurt Sunday night when he was struck by a car while crossing Grafton Street near Houghton Street. The car sped from the area.
The 38-year-old man was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, police said. He was listed in serious condition yesterday with head, shoulder, arm and neck injuries.
Police said the man was...