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2 young psychiatric patients arrested

July 8, 2009
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Police say that two teenage patients at Westwood Lodge Hospital are facing criminal charges after they injured staff members. Detective Paul Toland said a 17-year-old female patient was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon because she kicked a staff member while wearing a shoe. The 15-year-old boy was charged with assault and battery, Toland said, after he punched another staff member. Both staff members were taken to Norwood Hospital, one with back pains and another with minor mouth injuries, Toland said. The two patients remained at Westwood Lodge Hospital, which houses more than 100 residents with psychiatric conditions.

Violent storms wreak havoc across area
Southborough was especially hard hit as cities and towns across Massachusetts faced flooding of roads, buildings, and basements yesterday after fast-moving thunderstorms hit the region with heavy rain and strong winds. The National Weather Service reported that some towns saw several inches of rain between 2 and 4 p.m. Westborough got 4 1/2 inches. Two house fires were ignited by lightning in Concord. In Southborough, lightning struck the police station, knocking out power to phone lines and radios. The town had to use a backup system, said Fire Lieutenant Mark Sadowski. At one point, part of the town library’s ground-floor level was flooded. and firefighters had to pump water out. No serious injuries were reported.

2-year-old is killed by mother’s minivan
A 2-year-old boy died yesterday when he was struck by a minivan operated by his mother in their driveway, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. The toddler ran into the path of the vehicle, and the mother did not see him, said a statement from Early. Sturbridge and State Police are investigating.

Driver falls out of car, which hits trooper
A state trooper and a motorist were injured yesterday in a bizarre accident at a construction zone in Worcester County. Police said motorist Sandra J. Konkle, 46, was traveling north on Interstate 190, approaching the constuction zone, when she fell out of her car. The 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier then struck the police cruiser, which was pushed forward and struck the trooper standing nearby, said State Police spokesman Eric Benson. The trooper’s name has not been released. Konkle and the trooper were taken to Umass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, but Benson said that neither was seriously injured. The crash is under investigation.

Body of girl, 11, recovered from river
The body of 11-year-old Devin Wright was pulled from the Millers River yesterday after a two-day search by divers. The girl had fallen into the river Sunday evening, authorities said. Devin had been playing along the riverbank behind a house on Hamilton Avenue with her 10-year-old brother and a friend, Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel said. The girl slipped into the water and was swept downstream. Her submerged body was found about 8 a.m. less than a half-mile from where she fell in, Orange Fire Chief Dennis M. Annear said. Devin finished fourth grade in June and would have entered middle school in the fall. An autopsy will be conducted today. (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

Club owners lose suit against insurer
A judge has ruled that an insurance company does not have to cover legal costs for the owners of a Rhode Island nightclub where a fire killed 100 people in 2003. Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, who were each charged with 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter, had argued that the Essex Insurance Co. should cover the cost of their criminal defense. But Superior Court Judge Alice Gibney ruled last month that the insurer has no obligation to do so. The Derderians pleaded no contest in September 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter. Jeffrey Derderian avoided prison time, and Michael Derderian was released on parole last month. (AP)