State & Region Briefs

Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Town official held on domestic violence charge

BOURNE — A member of a Bourne’s governing board charged with attacking his girlfriend and threatening her with a baseball bat has been held without bail.

Bourne Selectman Michael Blanton is accused of attacking the woman on Nov. 4 and Feb. 25. On Monday, he was arraigned on the newer charges and ordered held as a danger.

Blanton’s attorney questioned whether his client should be considered a danger given that the woman continued living with him after the first alleged attack.

Blanton is a first-term selectman who is up for re-election on May 15.

Selectwoman Judith MacLeod-Froman says the board will address Blanton’s position soon.

Blanton will remain in custody until at least March 27, when he is scheduled for another court appearance.

No bail for man charged with killing 15-year-old boy

BOSTON — A man authorities say fired at least nine shots at a group of unarmed teenagers, killing a 15-year-old boy, has been held without bail.

Juan Carlos Matos Figueroa pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including murder in the shooting in Chelsea in January 2017 that killed high school freshman Jimmy Vasquez.

Prosecutors say the 21-year-old Figueroa was armed with a 9 mm handgun with a 30-round magazine and a laser sight. Another teen was struck in the foot.

Authorities did not disclose a possible motive, but Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley previously said Vasquez wasn’t involved in gangs, guns, or violence and was “an innocent young man doing what kids his age have always done — hanging out with his friends.”

Figueroa’s lawyer refused to discuss the case outside court.

Cop charged with rape while National Guard training

CHICOPEE — A police officer charged with raping a woman during National Guard training has been released on $5,000 bail.

Not-guilty pleas were entered on behalf of Chicopee Officer Corey Fournier on Tuesday to charges including rape, kidnapping and assault and battery.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old and the alleged victim were training with the National Guard at Fort Devens in Ayer on Saturday.

Chicopee Police Chief William Jebb says Fournier was arrested at department headquarters Monday night after going there voluntarily to meet with state police investigators.

Fournier’s attorney says his client denies the charges. Fournier is a married father of two who served with the National Guard in Afghanistan.

Jebb says Fournier has been placed on leave without pay.

Guilty plea in death at developmentally disabled center

WORCESTER — A former resident of a center for the developmentally disabled has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of another facility resident.

Anthony Remillard, 26, of Worcester, was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison in the 2013 death of 64-year-old Dennis Perry at the Templeton Developmental Center.

Prosecutors say Remillard pushed Perry, who fell and hit his head. The Athol man died at the hospital 11 days later.

Remillard was initially ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial. He was found competent last year after a psychiatrist hired by prosecutors testified that although intellectually disabled, Remillard was not “profoundly limited” and didn’t suffer from acute mental illness.

He was credited for the more than four years he’s already spent behind bars awaiting trial.

Mom of hockey coach charged with witness intimidation

LYNN — Police say the mother of a youth hockey coach charged with sexually abusing four young boys sent threatening messages to one of her son’s alleged victims.

Authorities say 55-year-old Louise Martino, of Winthrop, sent a message to the victim on social media shortly after her son’s initial detention hearing March 1.

Martino pleaded not guilty to witness intimidation Monday at court in Lynn, and she has been ordered not to have any direct or indirect contact with the victims or their families.

Her son, 31-year-old Christopher Prew, has been arraigned on one count of aggravated rape and four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. Prew’s attorney says his client denies all the allegations.

Prew pleaded not guilty, and he has been ordered held without bail.

From Associated Press