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Sleeping man is arrested in vandalism

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April 29, 2008

Police trying to find a vandal who ransacked a church arrested a man napping inside. Officers called to Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park about 8 a.m. Sunday found a broken stained-glass window, chalices thrown about, missing Oriental rugs, and an open safe. Witnesses led officers downstairs, where a man was napping. Police say that Charles Martin, 47, of West Roxbury resisted arrest and kicked an officer in the groin. Police say they found a gold spoon with religious symbols, two knives, a sword, and prescription pills on Martin. (AP)

Town counsel says FBI is investigating
The town building inspector and several other people have been linked to an FBI investigation in Saugus. Town Counsel John J. Vasapolli said yesterday that he recently provided investigators with copies of building permits, assessment papers, water and sewer documents, and other records. Vasapolli said he had been asked for records gathered since Jan. 1, 1997, relating to three properties and six people. Listed in Vasapolli's memo were building inspector Fred Varone and a 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom Prospect Avenue home he owns. Also named were Peter Varone; David Pretti, who owns a house on Beachview Avenue; Karen and Francis L. Giardullo, who sold a second Prospect Avenue house in 2006 that investigators are looking at; and Francis A. Ciampi Jr., who sold Fred Varone his house in 2003, records state. "There's no charges, no conclusion. . . . No one has been accused of a crime," Vasapoli said.

Mother, 2 teens accused in theater assault
A Lakeville woman was charged with assault and battery, while her teenage daughter and another teenager were charged with disorderly conduct, following a fight at a Taunton cinema Friday night. Two police officers who were on patrol outside the cinema at the Galleria Mall rushed inside after two females told them about a large fight in the theater shortly after 11 p.m. Police said they saw a 35-year-old woman, later identified as Ann Marie Crocker, yelling and flailing her arms in the theater. Then her 16-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old girl from Taunton became belligerent, officers said. Police arrested all three. A 20-year-old Taunton woman said she was beaten by approximately 20 girls and Crocker.

Mother arrested after tots left home alone
A mother was arrested after a fire broke out in her apartment after she left her three young children home alone and went to a store. Christina Page, 28, left her 3-year-old son and 2-month-old twins alone for at least an hour Saturday, police said. Food left cooking on the stove started a fire in the first-floor apartment. Page was arraigned yesterday in Dudley District Court on three counts each of permitting bodily injury to a child and wanton reckless behavior causing risk to a child. The building's owner rescued the children. They were treated for smoke inhalation and put in the custody of the Department of Social Services. (AP)

Retirement home emptied after alarm
A retirement home was evacuated yesterday after high carbon monoxide levels were detected, according to the Rockland Fire Department. The staff had evacuated the residents of the Tiffany II Rest and Retirement Home on West Water Street when the Fire Department arrived, said Lieutenant Donald Hussey. Carbon monoxide detectors had gone off in the building. Sixteen people, including some staff members, were taken to area hospitals as a precaution, but they were all released, Hussey said. The problem was traced to the home's furnace.

Researcher loses suit against Woods Hole
A US District Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a former Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researcher who said he was fired because of his Christian belief. US District Court Judge William G. Young agreed with the institution's lawyer that the researcher did not file his lawsuit within the time frame required by law. Nathaniel Abraham, who has a doctorate in biology, filed a lawsuit in December saying that the research center dismissed him in 2004 from his biology lab post shortly after he told his superior that he did not accept evolution as a scientific fact. Abraham's lawyer couldn't be reached for comment.

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