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State & Region Briefs


Thursday, February 08, 2018
Back taxes on Aaron Hernandez’s former home paid

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH — The more than $115,000 in back taxes owed on the Massachusetts home that once belonged to former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have been paid.

The tax collector in North Attleborough tells The Sun Chronicle that Hernandez’s estate paid $60,000 toward the lien in December while the new owners of the home paid the remaining $55,000 last month.

Hernandez bought the home for $1.3 million in 2012. It was sold in November for $1 million.

Court records also show $500,000 from the sale was placed into escrow while a judge determines if it should go to Hernandez’s daughter.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd when he hanged himself in prison in April days after his acquittal in a double slaying.

Former Harley dealership GM pleads guilty to $750K theft

BILLERICA — The former general manager of a Harley-Davidson dealership has been sentenced to two years in jail and ordered to pay more than $750,000 in restitution for pocketing the proceeds from the sales of more than 100 motorcycles.

Michael Sienkiewicz, 47, of Milton, pleaded guilty Wednesday to larceny, money laundering and falsifying entries in corporate books.

Sienkiewicz worked at High Octane Harley-Davidson in Billerica. Prosecutors say he required buyers to pay in cash and then kept the money for himself. He covered it up by removing the motorcycles from the dealership’s computerized inventory system.

Investigators also said he used dealership funds to make a down payment on a car.

Sienkiewicz will be on probation for three years after his jail time.

Managers approve rules for better lobster catch data

PORTLAND, Maine — Interstate fishing managers say they have approved a new set of rules for lobster and crab fishing that they expect will improve data collection about the two valuable species.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved the new rules earlier this week. The commission says the new rules expand the amount of data fishermen are required to report and prioritizes development of electronic reporting.

The new rules apply to lobsters and Jonah crabs. The commission says both fisheries are expanding in offshore areas. It says the new rules are designed to alleviate concerns that current requirements for data reporting aren’t up to date.

The commission’s move comes at a time when the lobster fishery has been expanding in volume of catch every year. The fishery’s based mostly in Maine.

Homeless man helps save father suffering heart attack

HYANNIS — A family is trying to repay a homeless man who helped save a father suffering from a heart attack.

George Dakin was walking in Hyannis on Aug. 7 when he collapsed in front of Champ Homes. The organization provides transitional housing for the homeless.

Austin Davis, who relied on Champ Homes, witnessed Dakin fall and jumped into action. Davis and two staff members performed CPR on Dakin until first responders arrived.

Dakin had 100 percent blockage in his artery, a condition commonly called the “widowmaker.” He says he flatlined for 28 minutes before he was revived.

Dakin and his family has since helped Davis find a job and raised enough money to buy him a new car.

Dakin says he considers Aug. 7 as his new birthday.

Man who says he’s homeless had large amount of heroin

SPRINGFIELD — A man who told authorities he lives in a shelter is facing drug and gun charges after police say they found as much as $800,000 worth of heroin in two Springfield apartments.

Arquelio Cajigas was held on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday to charges including heroin possession and illegal possession of a gun.

Police say they found approximately $35,000 and a 9 mm handgun Tuesday in one of the apartments. At another apartment, detectives found 816 grams of uncut heroin, enough for 80,000 bags with a street value of $400,000 to $800,000.

Prosecutors asked for $500,000 bail saying the 44-year-old Cajigas is a “career drug dealer.”

A defense attorney request saying $25,000 bail, saying his client is of limited means and cooperated fully in the police investigation.

From Associated Press