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Frank was there when partner arrested

November 7, 2009

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US Representative Barney Frank confirmed last night that he was present when his domestic partner was arrested on marijuana charges two years ago in Maine. Frank, a Democrat who supports legalizing marijuana for medical use, said in a statement that he did not know that his partner, whom he had recently met, had marijuana plants and said he has never smoked marijuana. Police arrived at the home of James Ready in Ogunquit in August 2007 after finding marijuana plants in his backyard. Frank was on the front porch and said that he never saw them and that he would not have recognized them anyway. Ready later pleaded guilty to civil possession of marijuana.

In House, Delahunt sticks up for Sox fans
For many members of Red Sox Nation, loyalties run deep. US Representative William Delahunt is no different, as the lifelong Sox fan voted against a US House resolution yesterday congratulating the New York Yankees on their World Series victory, said Mark Forest, a spokesman for the Democrat. House Resolution 893 was sponsored by US Representative José E. Serrano, a New York Democrat. The resolution was passed. “He told me that as a lifelong member of Red Sox Nation, he couldn’t bring himself to vote for it,’’ Forest said of Delahunt’s action.

Everett man charged in four T assaults
Transit Police have arrested an Everett man, charging him with groping four women on the T over the past six months, authorities said. Hugo Hernandez, 22, was apprehended at Sullivan Square station Wednesday, after he identified himself in a photograph from surveillance footage related to one of the alleged assaults on Oct. 19. His arraignment for that case was postponed Thursday, allowing prosecutors to attach charges from three more incidents, two on April 28 and one on Sept. 10. Hernandez faces four charges of indecent assault and battery and pleaded not guilty at his arraignment yesterday in Boston Municipal Court.

Healey urges lifting of charter schools cap
Kerry Healey, the former lieutenant governor, sent out an e-mail yesterday urging Massachusetts to lift its cap on charter schools. Healey, the Republican 2006 gubernatorial candidate who is director of the Pioneer Institute, said that with President Obama setting aside $4 billion for charter school expansion, Massachusetts should try to get as much of the funding as possible. She asserted that “the Legislature is holding back, afraid of political retribution by the unions.’’ (AP)

Bay State man is shot during gun sting
A Massachusetts man was shot in the face while scuffling with a Rhode Island state trooper during a sting operation in a state park. An undercover state trooper posing as a firearms salesman arranged to meet Arjusz Roszkowski, 26, of North Reading at Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln yesterday afternoon. Police said Roszkowski gave the trooper money for the guns, but then pulled a loaded 9mm handgun from his waistband after the trooper identified himself. The gun suddenly went off during the skirmish, and Roszkowski was shot in the chin and is being treated at Rhode Island Hospital. The bullet went through the suspect’s throat and out his ear, but authorities say he is expected to recover. The trooper was not injured. (AP)

3 charged in Jewish center vandalism
Three juveniles have been charged with breaking into and vandalizing a Cape Cod Jewish center. Police said that images of Adolf Hitler and anti-Semitic symbols found on the rabbi’s computer were downloaded during the break-in at the Chabad Jewish Center in Hyannis. Witnesses said the center was heavily damaged. Walls were defaced and religious objects were thrown on the floor. The suspects face charges of breaking and entering, larceny of a building, willful injury to a church, and committing property damage for the purpose of intimidation based on religion. The Anti-Defamation League of New England condemned the break-in as a hate crime. (AP)