State & Region Briefs

Friday, January 12, 2018
Community rallies to help find lost 3-year-old Labrador

ATTLEBORO — A community rallied together in their search for a 3-year-old black Labrador dog named Kate — finding the pup just 36 hours after she ran off from her home.

Owner Virginia Garcia says Kate is her family’s first and only dog, and came to their home in Attleboro a month ago after being rescued from a neglectful family. The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro reports Kate got loose Monday morning and ran off — and Garcia was helped along in her search by friends and good Samaritans online and around the community.

People from all over joined in on the search, with one resident eventually finding Kate in her backyard Tuesday and alerting Garcia.

She says she is happy Kate is home.

Judge’s daughter in scandal in court on drug charges

FRAMINGHAM — The judge’s daughter at the center of a report-altering scandal that led to the resignation of the top two officers of the Massachusetts State Police has appeared in court on heroin possession charges.

Alli Bibaud admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding Friday and was sentenced to six months’ probation. The charge relates to a traffic stop last May, and not a crash in November that sparked the state police shake-up.

In the November case, two troopers involved in her arrest alleged in lawsuits they were ordered by superiors to alter their crash report.

She was sentenced to 14 months of probation on a drunken driving charge, but drugged driving charges remain pending.

Her lawyer said Friday she’s been sober for three months and is focused on recovery.

Police arrest Connecticut man in series of armed robberies

WATERBURY, Conn. — Police have arrested a Connecticut man in connection with a series of armed robberies in the state as well as in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Authorities say 32-year-old Zachary Provost, of Waterbury, was charged with Hobbs Act Robbery at his arraignment Thursday.

The Hobbs Act allows federal prosecution if the crime involved interstate commerce.

Police say Provost robbed a Middlebury gas station and a Dunkin’ Donuts inside the gas station Dec. 8 before turning to the Thomaston Savings Bank.

The bank teller told officers the man put a pistol on the counter before passing a note demanding cash. Police later determined the weapon was a BB gun.

Officials say Provost was arrested Dec. 9 while police responded to a woman overdosing at a motel. Authorities revived the woman.

Officials identify woodstove as cause of fatal Oxford fire

OXFORD — Fire officials say a malfunctioning woodstove caused a blaze that killed a 93-year-old woman in her home last month.

The state Fire Marshal’s office on Thursday released the cause of the Dec. 14 fire in Oxford that killed Josephine Mulvey.

First responders were called to the home at around 7:45 p.m. Efforts to contain the blaze were complicated by a lack of fire hydrants in the rural area. Firefighters had to use a tanker truck to bring water to the home.

Mulvey’s death was not the only woodstove-related loss in the state last year. A Warwick woman and four of her five children died in a woodstove fire last March.

Plea for mercy from victim’s widow spares woman jail time

DUDLEY — A woman charged with striking and killing a man with her car as he checked his mailbox has avoided jail thanks to a plea for mercy from the victim’s widow.

Sharon Ricci, 62, originally faced a motor vehicle homicide charge in the November 2016 death of 68-year-old William Krukowski in Charlton. If convicted, Ricci faced time behind bars.

Prosecutors say Krukowski’s widow, Margaret, asked that the motor vehicle homicide charge be dropped because sending Ricci to prison would be a burden to her family.

Instead, Ricci pleaded guilty to negligent driving and was sentenced Thursday to three years’ probation.

Ricci was not impaired by drugs or alcohol, and mechanical failure, speed and medical issues were ruled out as factors in the crash.

Police officer pleads not guilty to intimidating teen

SPRINGFIELD — A police officer charged in connection with what prosecutors say was a violent off-duty confrontation with a 15-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty.

Springfield Officer Daniel Cintron was released on person recognizance after pleading not guilty Thursday in Hampden Superior Court to unarmed robbery, assault and battery and witness intimidation.

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old Cintron and another man confronted the teen at a city mall in August over text messages he exchanged with the other man’s sister.

Prosecutors say Cintron wore his badge, carried a department-issued gun, and told the teen he was “lucky” he didn’t let the other man kill him. The other man allegedly punched the teen and stole his cellphone.

From Associated Press