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Pedroia's brother accused of child abuse

January 26, 2009
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The brother of Red Sox second baseman and American League MVP Dustin Pedroia is facing accusations of child molestation in Yolo County, according to According to the Woodland Police Department, Brett Pedroia, 30, was taken into custody Jan. 9 on a probable cause warrant for two counts of oral copulation and lewd acts with a child under age 14, all felonies. The alleged victim recently told his parent about the incidents from four years ago, a statement from Woodland police said. Police declined to speak with the Globe last night.

Man, 23, chased and shot on street corner
Police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Saturday at Shawmut and Cottage streets. The victim, a 23-year-old Chelsea resident, told police he was chased about 3:41 a.m. and shot twice by the occupants of a Honda after they exchanged words, according to Chelsea police. The victim ran to Bellingham Square, where he hailed a cab to Whidden Hospital in Everett. He was treated for gunshot wounds in the stomach and leg before he was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Mother accused of theft, leaving girl in car
Police say a Massachusetts woman left her young daughter in the car alone so she could shoplift from a clothing store in Tilton, N.H. Kristine Rosario, 38, of Billerica, Mass., was charged with child endangerment, shoplifting, and disorderly conduct. Police say they arrived at the Tanger Outlet Center on Friday afternoon to find a car parked in a fire lane, with an 8-year-old girl inside. The girl told police her mother was shopping. Police say when they found Rosario in the J.Crew outlet store, she was stuffing a dress into a shopping bag, and that she resisted several attempts to arrest her. (AP)

Man wanted in shooting, robbery arrested
A man accused of shooting another man in the stomach during a robbery in Manchester in April 2007 has been arrested in Massachusetts. The US Marshal's Office says Richard Malave, 28, was arrested at gunpoint Saturday after authorities stopped his car in Cambridge. Officials say Malave had made numerous efforts to change his identity and appearance, including altering one of his tattoos, after seeing himself on the "America's Most Wanted" website. (AP)

Woman to be sentenced for killing child
A Nashua woman convicted of killing her toddler daughter will be sentenced today. Nicole Belonga, 27, was convicted of manslaughter in November and faces up to 30 years in prison. Her 21-month-old daughter, Rylea, died in 2006 of brain injuries doctors said could only have occurred from abuse. Belonga's family members say she was a devoted mother who never even yelled at the little girl. They believe police pressured her to say what they wanted to hear, and that the media portrayed her as a monster. (AP)

Special Olympics to kick off in Sugarloaf
An estimated 500 athletes are gathering at Sugarloaf ski resort for the 39th annual Special Olympics Maine Winter Games. The three-day event features Nordic and Alpine skiing, skating, and showshoe competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. (AP)

Legislature to consider 4-day school week
A proposal to allow Maine schools to operate on a four-day week will be aired today in the Legislature. The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee will hear testimony on the bill that would authorize school systems to adopt alternative calendars as long as equivalent instruction is provided. Specialists suggest that a shortened school week could cut busing, heating, and meal costs but may sacrifice quality and pose scheduling problems for extracurricular activities. Susan Gendron, the education commissioner, plans to attend the hearing but will neither support nor oppose the bill. (AP)

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