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State Police suspend officer in assault case

A State Police sergeant facing charges that he assaulted two patrons in a Boston nightspot has been suspended without pay. Sergeant Joseph J. Boike, 52, of Arlington, was initially placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 22 after he and Boston College football players Gosder Cherilus and DeJuan Tribble were charged with assaulting Sean Maney, 28, last month at The Greatest Bar. Boike, a part owner of the bar, was also charged with assaulting Christy Osborne, 22. A State Police spokesman said Boike, who is assigned to the Danvers barracks, was suspended without pay after a duty status hearing on Aug. 24 pending the outcome of the court case. Lawyers for Boike and the players said they plan to plead not guilty at their arraignment Oct. 1.

T police hit while trying to arrest couple

An MBTA police officer was struck in the jaw while attempting to arrest a couple engaged in a domestic dispute yesterday morning at Dudley Square Station. Witnesses said the unidentified man assaulted the unidentified woman following an argument. The woman then proceeded to strike the male, capturing the attention of the officer on duty. "While the male was being placed under arrest, he became violent and struck the officer in the jaw," said Paul MacMillian, deputy chief of the Transit Police. "His tooth was loosened, but he did not go to the hospital." The pair was arrested.

Patrick aide to head refugee agency

Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, state secretary of Health and Human Services, yesterday announced the appointment of Richard Chacón as the new executive director of the Office of Refugees and Immigrants. The agency works with other state agencies and community-based organizations to promote the involvement of refugees and immigrants in social, civic, and economic life. Chacón is currently Governor Deval Patrick's director of policy and Cabinet affairs and begins the new post on Sept. 10.


Six to be charged in blasts at temple lot

Six Framingham teenagers accused of throwing Molotov cocktails in the parking lot of the Sri Lakshmi Temple earlier this month in Ashland will be charged today, police said. The explosives caused an estimated $12,000 in damage to lights on the property, according to Officer David Muri. No damage was reported to the building. Muri said four of the teenagers are expected to turn themselves in at different points today, while the other two are being sent summonses. Police are not treating the incident as a hate crime.


Salmonella sickens 5 workers at plant

At least five workers at a poultry vaccination plant fell ill from salmonella exposure late last year, underscoring risks associated with the manufacture of veterinary products, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday from Atlanta. As many as 21 workers reported symptoms consistent with salmonella exposure in the one-month period following a spill of liquid containing salmonella in November, but tests confirmed that only five had been exposed to salmonella, the CDC said. None of the sickened workers at Lohmann Animal Health International required hospitalization. (AP)


Boy's death ruled an accidental drowning

The death of a 4-year-old boy in a Sturbridge lake last month has been ruled an accidental drowning. Christian Frechette was participating in a town recreation program on Cedar Lake on July 13 when he was found in 3 feet of water. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early said his office has concluded that foul play was not involved, calling it a "tragic death." The boy was one of 40 children at the town day camp. (AP)


School chief resigns after budget deficit

The school superintendent in Maine's largest city is stepping down following a multimillion-dollar budget deficit. The Portland School Committee accepted the resignation of Mary Jo O'Connor Wednesday night. O'Connor, who will receive a settlement estimated to be about $80,000, will stay on until Dec. 28, while the School Committee looks for a replacement. O'Connor said in a statement issued through her lawyer that she bears the final administrative responsibility for the budget deficit. She has vowed for weeks that she would not resign, but had a change of heart. (AP)

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