State & Region Briefs

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Prosecutor facing drunken driving charge

WORCESTER — A prosecutor has been suspended without pay after he was arrested for allegedly driving drunk with his 13-year-old daughter in his car.

Worcester Assistant District Attorney John O’Leary was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including driving under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment.

Authorities say O’Leary was pulled over by state police on an Interstate 290 ramp in Shrewsbury at about 7:40 p.m. Monday.

The police report says the 48-year-old O’Leary smelled of alcohol, had glassy, bloodshot eyes, failed field sobriety tests and did not cooperate with troopers during his arrest and booking.

His lawyer did not respond to a message for comment and a family member told a Boston Herald reporter who went to his home he was unavailable for comment.

Pittsfield hospital’s nurses authorize another 1-day strike

PITTSFIELD — Nurses at a western Massachusetts hospital have authorized a second one-day strike.

Unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield voted 369-80 Tuesday to authorize their bargaining unit to set a strike date. The vote does not mean a strike will take place, just that union officials can schedule one if they deem it necessary.

The nurses held a one-day walkout in October to protest stalled contract talks with hospital management. That was followed by a four-day lockout because the hospital had to hire almost 250 replacement nurses on a five-day contract.

The nurses allege the hospital is understaffed, which affects patient safety.

A hospital official said she was “surprised and disappointed” by the strike vote because hospital management felt contract negotiations were going well.

1st of 2 brothers facing child porn charges sentenced

SPRINGFIELD — One of two brothers facing child pornography charges has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars under a plea deal.

Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Alex Germaine was also sentenced Tuesday to 10 years of probation. Prosecutors say the harsh sentence was because the Springfield man had previously been convicted of statutory rape.

Germaine’s younger brother, Justin, was the focus of a raid on their home in July 2016, but investigators say they found child pornography images on Alex Germaine’s cellphone and computer discs.

Alex Germaine’s lawyer said his client never shared the images and wants treatment in prison.

Justin Germaine, meanwhile, previously pleaded guilty to child exploitation and faces up to 30 years in prison at sentencing on March 21.

From Associated Press