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State & Region Briefs


Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Residents complain of smell from sewage backup

WORCESTER — Residents in a public housing complex say they’ve suffered from a “putrid, gut-wrenching” smell from a sewage backup for weeks.

The Worcester Housing Authority wrote in a Facebook post the backup at A Better Life Village was due to grease and baby wipes clogging the pipes.

The authority said it would clean the basement of the Worcester building Tuesday. Still, the newspaper reports no crews arrived as of 5 p.m.

Housing authority director Alex Corrales says crews had cleaned the building at the end of the day and will return to control the smell.

The housing authority says their response time was “appropriate” and the claim that they let the issue last for weeks is false.

Daltrey, Steve Miller Band added to Tanglewood lineup

LENOX — The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, the Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton and Andy Grammer are among the artists added to Tanglewood’s Popular Artists series this summer.

The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday that Daltrey and the Boston Pops will open the season June 15 with a performance of The Who’s iconic rock opera “Tommy.” It will be Daltrey’s first performance at the venue since 1970.

Frampton, who made his mark in the early 1970s with hits including “Show me the Way,” is scheduled to open for the Steve Miller Band on July 2. The band’s 1970s hits including “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Take the Money and Run” still receive heavy airplay on classic rock radio stations.

Feds: Man busted with more than 5 kilos of fentanyl

BOSTON — Federal authorities have arrested a Guatemalan man they say was busted with more than five kilograms of the powerful opioid fentanyl in his car.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Boston says 26-year-old Rene Alejandro Salazar Reyes was arrested Saturday and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a detention and probable cause hearing.

Prosecutors say Reyes was a courier for a drug dealer and was scheduled to deliver the fentanyl with a street value of about $1.25 million to a witness cooperating with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Authorities say he was pulled over and consented to a search of his vehicle. Police say they found a plastic shopping bag on the rear passenger floor that contained 23 heat-sealed bags containing drugs.

2 charged with not reporting child’s injuries

PITTSFIELD — Two residents charged with failing to report severe injuries suffered by an 11-month-old child in their care are on trial.

Brett Logan and Karisa Miranda-Ruiz, both of North Adams, are charged with reckless endangerment for allegedly being aware of the child’s injuries but failing to report them to authorities. Neither is charged with causing the injuries.

In opening statements Tuesday, prosecutors said the child was beaten and burned resulting in injuries from the “top of his head to the soles of his feet.”

The defendants’ attorneys reminded jurors their clients did not cause the injuries and exactly what happened remains unclear.

A third person pleaded guilty last week to using a lighter to burn the child, but who caused other injuries hasn’t been disclosed.

Full school bus slides down icy street, no one hurt

SUTTON — Officials in Sutton say no one was hurt when a school bus full of middle and high school students slid backward down an icy road and crashed into a stopped car.

A nearby resident captured video of the crash early Tuesday in Sutton. Neither vehicle was badly damaged, and the bus continued on to school after the crash.

Later Tuesday, a Sutton school van crashed into a pole. Two adults and a child were hospitalized after that crash.

Sutton Superintendent Theodore Friend says he consulted with other school administrators and highway officials before deciding to send the buses out. He says most main roads had been treated before the first crash, but some smaller roads had not.

Customs agents find $10K sewn into traveler’s pocket

BOSTON — Customs agents at Boston’s Logan International Airport say a traveler arriving from Israel was found to have $10,000 sewn into his pants.

Customs officials said Tuesday that the man significantly underreported the amount of cash he was carrying when he flew into the country last week. They say he claimed to have $14,000 on him, but agents found and seized more than $29,000, including the $10,000 sewn into a pants pocket.

Former officer convicted in theft loses pension

WOBURN — A former Framingham police officer who served jail time for stealing more than $19,000 from the department’s evidence room has lost his pension.

The Framingham Retirement Board voted unanimously Tuesday to rescind Alan Dubeshter’s pension.

Dubeshter was in charge of receiving and cataloging evidence for the Framingham Police Department. Police started investigating in September 2015 after six envelopes from the evidence room were discovered inside his truck with cash missing.

Dubeshter was placed on leave, and he resigned in April 2016. He pleaded guilty to a single count of larceny, and was sentenced to one year in jail with 30 days to serve.

From Associated Press