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Back-To-School Supplies Donated In Dudley

August 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Back-To-School Supplies Donated In Dudley

It’s hard to believe, but Summer is winding down, and now it’s time to start thinking about the kids going back to school. The Dudley Police Department was visited by the folks at Venture Community Services in Sturbridge on Thursday afternoon with a generous donation of backpacks for local students. Venture Community Services maintains group homes and provides care and assistance to disabled adults in the South County area.  The residents were assisted by staff members to purchase school supplies and assemble 21 complete backpacks for local students.  Dudley Police Chief Steve Wojnar tells THE LAKE 940, “The Dudley Police Department thanks everyone for their generosity and efforts and plans to work with the local…

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2 Connecticut Teens Arrested After Dudley Armed Robbery

August 2, 2019 | Comments Off on 2 Connecticut Teens Arrested After Dudley Armed Robbery

Police have announced that two 16-year-old juveniles, one male and one female, have been arrested in connection to a recent armed robbery at Patriot Gas in Dudley.  The pair was taken into custody by the Connecticut State Police. Police say the male is from Hamden, CT and the female is believed to be from Canterbury, CT.  Both will face charges in Connecticut in connection with several similar robberies there, according to Dudley Police. They are expected to be returned to Massachusetts at a future date to face charges of armed robbery while masked and other offenses.  Evidence was recovered from these individuals which included clothing, masks, and a silver and black pellet pistol. Dudley Police…

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2 Crashes Involving Webster Police Cars Under Investigation

August 2, 2019 | Comments Off on 2 Crashes Involving Webster Police Cars Under Investigation

Webster Police have announced that 2 of their cruisers were involved in crashes this week.  The first accident took place over the line in Oxford last Thursday involving Officer Jacek Ochocki as he  was traveling on Cudworth Road over the bridge by Route 395.  Police say a minivan swerved into his lane and struck his cruiser head-on.  The cruiser sustained extensive front-end damage, but luckilly neither the officer, nor the operator of the other vehicle, had significant injuries.  That collision is being investigated by the Oxford Police Department and the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. The second crash involved Officer Patrick Trainor en route to a medical call on Thursday.  It happened on Thompson Road…

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Springfield Man Arrested For Trafficking Cocaine On Route 84 In Sturbridge

July 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Springfield Man Arrested For Trafficking Cocaine On Route 84 In Sturbridge

Just before 6 PM on Tuesday, July 30th, Troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Sturbridge Barracks observed a gray Honda Accord speeding on Route 84 through Sturbridge. The vehicle was observed traveling 65 miles per hour in a posted 50 mile per hour zone.  Once the driver was pulled over, 28-year-old David Baez-Vega of Springfield, gave consent to search the vehicle.  Police say as a result of the search, over one kilogram of a substance believed to be cocaine was found tightly wrapped in plastic.  Baez-Vega was arrested and the vehicle was towed from the scene. The suspect was released on $2,500 bail and was arraigned today at Dudley District Court on charges of…

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Dudley Police Searching For Armed Robbery Suspects

July 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Dudley Police Searching For Armed Robbery Suspects

Dudley Police are looking for help from the public after they responded to a report of an armed robbery at Patriot Gas convenience store, located at 251 West Main Street. Police say 2 male suspects, or a possibly a male and a female entered the store, one armed with a silver handgun.  The individuals got away with cash and cigarettes and were believed to have left the area in an unknown vehicle, possibly a pickup truck. The armed suspect was described as a tall skinny white male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black gloves, and black pants.  He was wearing black Croc style shoes.  The second suspect was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black pants,…

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State Police K-9 Tracks Down Fugitive In Southbridge

July 31, 2019 | Comments Off on State Police K-9 Tracks Down Fugitive In Southbridge

Massachusetts State Police has announced a wanted suspect in Southbridge was apprehended with help from a K-9 officer and his handler. On Friday, July 26th Trooper Alex Berry was in the area heading home when he heard Southbridge Police officers were involved in a foot pursuit.  He and K-9 Indy arrived on the scene to help search for a fugitive who had warrants for breaking and entering.   Indy acquired the suspect’s scent and began tracking north through several yards until the trail was lost.  The search was called off for a short time until another Southbridge officer observed the suspect as a passenger in a vehicle and pulled it over.  The suspect attempted to flee…

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Excessive Heat Warning: Webster Area Cooling Centers

July 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Excessive Heat Warning: Webster Area Cooling Centers

It’s a scorcher out there!  An excessive heat warning has been issued through 8PM Sunday night.  It’s not just the temperatures, but also the humidity that will make for dangerous weather this weekend.  As temperatures close in on the 100 degree mark, heat index values (feel-like temperatures) will be around 105 to 115 degrees. If you are among those fortunate enough to have air conditioning in your home, please remember that your neighbors may not be. Check on your elderly and at-risk neighbors and family members and let them know there are places they can go if they need to get out of the heat.  Also make sure that you and your pets get plenty…

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Southbridge Police Assist In Arrest Of Wanted Fitchburg Shooter

July 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Southbridge Police Assist In Arrest Of Wanted Fitchburg Shooter

Southbridge Police have announced the arrest of 33-year-old Concepcion Rodriguez of Worcester. Detectives along with members of the United States Marshall’s office and Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section made the arrest at around 10:30 AM on Wednesday morning at hiding in the basement of a home located at 115 High Street in Southbridge. The suspect was taken in for outstanding warrants. Rodriguez was wanted for discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, assault and battery with a firearm, assault to commit a felony, carrying a firearm without a license, assault, and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. He was also charged with disorderly conduct, 3 counts…

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Thompson Man Arrested After Webster Abduction & Assault On 12-Year-Old Girl

July 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Thompson Man Arrested After Webster Abduction & Assault On 12-Year-Old Girl

A Thompson man has been arrested in connection to an abduction of a 12-year-old girl from Webster in May. Webster Police announced 35-year-old Joshua Besaw after a lengthy investigation, which included reviewing surveillance video. Police believe Besaw enticed the child to enter his vehicle at a park in Webster, then drove her across the state line into Connecticut where an assault took place.  The child was then dropped off in a Dudley neighborhood and contacted her parents who picked her up and brought her to police. Detectives who were tracking the suspect were able to retrieve used cigarettes that were tested for DNA that matched DNA that was taken from the victim on May 31. Besaw…

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Motorcyclist Hospitalized After Striking Deer On Route 395 In Oxford

July 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Motorcyclist Hospitalized After Striking Deer On Route 395 In Oxford

In the early morning hours of Thursday, July 4th, Police, Fire and EMS departments from Oxford were called to Interstate 395 north just before exit 5 for the report of a motorcycle crash.  Oxford Fire-EMS says, “the motorcyclist was struck by a deer while traveling on the highway.” Crews responded to the wooded area off the highway and admininstered emergency care at the scene.  The patient was then loaded onto a scoop stretcher, according to officials, and then transported to a local hospital. The extent of the injuries are not known at this time. Additional photos from the scene are below.  Traffic is not being severely impacted by this crash.   Oxford FIRE-EMS, Oxford Police…

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