Vote On Bartlett High School $100M Renovations Set For Tuesday

June 19, 2022 | Comments Off on Vote On Bartlett High School $100M Renovations Set For Tuesday

THE LAKE 940 AUDIO: Doc Siddall talks to Webster School Committee member Kelly Seddiki about Bartlett High School:   Tuesday, June 21 will prove to be a landmark day for the future of Webster’s Bartlett High School.  There is a special town meeting in the Bartlett Auditorium at 6:30 pm regarding a proposed renovation to the school building with a total cost of more than 100 million dollars. Webster taxpayers will be responsible for roughly half of the bill if the measure passes by a 2/3 majority vote among registered voters in attendance, with an additional vote on Tuesday, June 28 about excluding the debt from proposition 2 and a half.  Kelly Seddiki from the…

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Death At Webster Commons Plaza Under Investigation

June 18, 2022 | Comments Off on Death At Webster Commons Plaza Under Investigation

The Webster Police Department and Worcester District Attorney Joe Early have identified the man found dead in a shopping plaza on Friday morning.  Police were called to Big Lots in the Webster Commons Plaza on East Main Street at 2:45 am when they found 39-year-old Joseph Bottis deceased. A planned autopsy will determine the cause of death.  The entire shopping plaza was closed off for most of the day on Friday while officials conducted an investigation. Webster Police and Massachusetts State Police Detectives are still looking into Bottis’ death.  If you have any information you are asked to call (508) 943-1212.

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What To Expect At Webster’s New Samuel Slater Experience

May 15, 2022 | Comments Off on What To Expect At Webster’s New Samuel Slater Experience

THE LAKE 940 AUDIO: Reanna Kuzdzal tells Doc Siddall what visitors can look forward to at the new Samuel Slater Experience in Webster.   The town of Webster, Incorporated in 1832 by Industrial Revolution figure Samuel Slater, has a modern educational experience about the founding of the town now open on Ray Street. The Lake 940’s Doc Siddall knows not to call The Samuel Slater Experience “a museum” because it is a completely immersive collection of exhibits that uses modern technology. Reanna Kuzdzal took the time recently to explain the journey that local figure Chris Robert went on to create The Experience, and what attendees can expect now that they are open for business. The…

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Webster Police Make Drug Arrests On North Main Street

April 6, 2022 | Comments Off on Webster Police Make Drug Arrests On North Main Street

It was no joking matter on April Fools Day for Webster Police.  Officers on the overnight shift were called to an apartment at 103 North Main Street after receiving a tip of a drug transaction taking place.  Webster Police Detectives conducted surveillance and observed a possible sale of narcotics. As a result, 55-year-old Orlando Ortiz was arrested with a substance believed to be crack cocaine.  While searching Ortiz’s apartment, 29-year-old Natalie Sullivan of Dudley was found to be in possession of Suboxone without a prescription. She was placed under arrest for Possession of Class B Substance. Police say they found 8 grams of Fentanyl along with other pills and evidence associated with narcotics sales.  Ortiz…

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Arrest Made In Connection With Wind Tiki Fire, Webster Break-Ins

March 29, 2022 | Comments Off on Arrest Made In Connection With Wind Tiki Fire, Webster Break-Ins

The Webster Police Department has announced the arrest of a 42-year-old Webster man after a fire that destroyed the Wind Tiki Restaurant on March 18th. In addition to the Webster Police Detective Bureau, the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated and found Joel Batista-Viera of Lincoln Street in Webster had attempted to break-in and start a fire at Mexicali Restaurant on Worcester Road, and gain access to Lake Pizza on Thompson Road. Batista-Viera was placed in custody on Monday and charged with several counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and vandalizing property.  Police say that some incidents remain under investigation and additional charges are likely.  More information was given out at 3 PM during a…

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Oxford Man Accused Of Killing Brother-In-Law

March 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Oxford Man Accused Of Killing Brother-In-Law

An Oxford man accused of stabbing his brother-in-law to death on Sunday morning is being held on $25,000 bail.  Abdullah Abdur-Rahim has been charged with assault and battery, but prosecutors say more charges are expected. Oxford police say the victim, 24-year-old Oussamma Chahat, was fatally stabbed during an argument at a 435 Main Street apartment he lived in with Abdur-Rahim. Abdur-Rahim is expected to be back in Dudley District Court to seek a reduction in his bail.  Police have not released a motive for the stabbing.

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Fire Destroys Wind Tiki Restaurant

March 18, 2022 | Comments Off on Fire Destroys Wind Tiki Restaurant

Local fire crews battled a massive fire that broke out overnight at Webster’s Wind Tiki Restaurant on Thompson Road.   The blaze quickly reached 4-alarm status.  No word of any injuries, but it appears the building is a total loss.  Traffic in the area is being detoured, police would like you to use Route 395 to travel between Webster and Thompson until further notice. The restaurant opened in April of 1974. https://www.facebook.com/groups/422674887776243/permalink/5211397278903956/      

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Footprints In Snow Lead Webster Police To Arrest Burglar

January 26, 2022 | Comments Off on Footprints In Snow Lead Webster Police To Arrest Burglar

At around 5:30 am on Tuesday, January 25th, Webster Police were called to Applebee Avenue after a resident spotted footprints in the snow leading up to their car.  They thought someone may have tried to enter it, but it was locked.  After a short investigation by officers, it appeared that there were cars that were either possibly broken into in the upper School Street area. After viewing surveillance video, an officer was able to identify the suspect as 30-year-old Joshua Wonoski of 37 Batten Street in Webster. When officers responded to the suspect’s home, they saw the same set of footprints and he was placed under arrest. Wonoski was charged with seven counts of breaking…

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Webster Police Involved In A “Flurry Of Activity”

January 22, 2022 | Comments Off on Webster Police Involved In A “Flurry Of Activity”

In a post on Facebook, the Webster Police Department says they were involved in combating some illegal activity in town this week. On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, officers came upon a car with license plates that didn’t match the vehicle they were on.  The car was pulled over, the driver had no identification.  The passenger was 43-year-old Bradley Wampfler of Worcester. Police say that Wampfler was in possession of both crack and powdered cocaine, heroin, and a over $24,000 in cash, which was seized upon his arrest. The operator was also placed under arrest, and both were transported back to the Webster Police Department for processing. Once at the police station, 40-year-old Christopher Noel…

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No Injuries In Charlton House Fire

January 16, 2022 | Comments Off on No Injuries In Charlton House Fire

On Saturday, January 15th just before 10 AM, firefighters responded to 51 Richardson Corner Road in Charlton to extinguish a stubborn house fire. The Dudley Fire Department said, cold temperatures “hampered fire operations, as water from hose lines instantly froze on ladders, hose, and other equipment that needed to be used to bring the fire under control.”  The extreme cold also took a toll on all the fire personnel on the scene. Fortunately, all of the occupants escaped unharmed, and there were no reported firefighter injuries.  

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