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State & Region Briefs


Thursday, November 30, 2017
Man accidentally shoots grandson at target practice

SOUTHBRIDGE — Police in Massachusetts say a 68-year-old man apparently accidentally shot his grandson in the chest during target practice when the younger man stepped in front his grandfather just as he fired.

Southbridge police said on Facebook that the 22-year-old grandson was taken to the hospital after the shooting at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Responding officers were told that the men were shooting .22-caliber rifles. The younger man was conscious and kept telling police it wasn’t his grandfather’s fault. The grandfather was distraught.

Police say it does not appear any laws were broken, but the investigation remains open. No names were released because no one has been criminally charged, but police say the older man is from Dudley and his grandson is from Webster.

Police arrest bank robbery suspect hiding in port-a-potty

REVERE — A bank robbery suspect is in police custody after authorities say he tried to make a smelly escape in a portable toilet.

Police say 41-year-old Steven Spolidoro, of Woburn, walked into a Revere bank around 1 p.m. Wednesday, demanded money and fled with about $1,000 cash.

An off-duty officer in the area provided authorities with a description of Spolidoro’s vehicle. It was spotted in Boston, and police say Spolidoro abandoned his vehicle and ran away on foot. Authorities eventually located Spolidoro hiding in a port-a-potty near the TD Garden arena.

One officer crashed his SUV during the pursuit of Spolidoro. The officer is expected to be OK.

No bail for woman accused of setting deadly fire while high

SPRINGFIELD — A Connecticut woman charged with setting a deadly fire in Massachusetts while high on PCP has been ruled too dangerous to be released on bail.

The Republican newspaper reports that 20-year-old Iris Larregui, of Hartford, is charged with arson in connection with a Nov. 20 house fire in Springfield that killed a 32-year-old woman and displaced about eight other residents. She has pleaded not guilty.

Larregui’s arrest report says she was found laughing and running naked down a street while proclaiming that she was God and was “burning down the world.”

At the request of her lawyer she was examined by a court clinician who determined she is competent to stand trial.

A judge ruled Wednesday that Larregui can be held without bail for at least 120 days.

Man who recorded people in bathroom gets 5-year sentence

PITTSFIELD — A New York man who secretly recorded 10 adults and five children using the bathroom at a public park has been sentenced to up to five years in prison.

Sam Wassilie apologized at sentencing Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court, saying he suffered from a “crippling” sex addiction that had ruined his life and cost him his job and family.

The Berkshire Eagle reports he was convicted Nov. 9 of 10 counts of video recording people nude or partially nude, and five counts of video recording sexual parts of children.

Prosecutors say the 39-year-old Hudson, New York, man set up a cellphone to record people using the shared bathroom at Pinegrove Park in Dalton in the fall of 2014. The park has ball fields, basketball courts and a playground.

From Associated Press