State & Region Briefs

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Officer charged with assaulting wife placed on leave

LEOMINSTER — A Leominster police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after his wife alleged he assaulted her and pointed a gun at her head.

Leominster Patrolman Jason Labell, 32, was released after his arraignment last week on charges of assault and battery on a family member and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Labell’s wife says in a police report she was punched in the face and her husband pointed a gun at her head.

Labell told the newspaper that “nothing like that happened.” His lawyer also denies the allegations.

Community activist found dead in Chicopee park

CHICOPEE — Police are investigating the death of a man who was found shot in a Chicopee park.

Authorities say 33-year-old Jafet Robles, of Springfield, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in Szot Park on Monday morning.

Robles worked for the local chapter of Neighbor to Neighbor, a group that focuses on economic, educational and environmental justice for working families.

Man spared jail after victim asks judge for leniency

NORTHAMPTON — A man who pleaded guilty to robbing a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint has been spared jail time after his victim asked the judge for leniency.

Tyson Burnett was sentenced Monday to five years of probation after pleading guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to armed assault with intent to rob.

The 20-year-old Burnett was one of three people who robbed Jaime Chadwick, a driver for Bruno’s Pizza in Amherst in December 2015. They pointed what turned out to be a BB gun at Chadwick, who refused to give them money.

Chadwick told the court Burnett was young and made a mistake and “should get a pass somewhere along the way.”

Dentist acquitted of indecently assaulting patient

WORCESTER — A dentist has been acquitted of a charge of indecently assaulting a female patient during a dental procedure. A jury of five women and one man found Nikhilkumar Patel not guilty of indecent assault and battery on Monday.

It was the second time this year that Patel, of Shrewsbury, has been acquitted of assaulting a patient.

The patient, a 43-year-old Maryland woman who previously lived in Worcester, testified that a fully-clothed Patel rubbed his genitals against her arm on two occasions while treating her in his office. Patel’s defense questioned the woman’s memory and chronology of events, and asked why she continued to see him after she had allegedly been assaulted.

His license to practice remains active.

From Associated Press