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Driver tried to run, police say
A routine traffic stop led to the seizure of four kilos of cocaine on Interstate 93 in Canton Saturday morning, Massachusetts state police said.
A Nissan Quest driven by Hector Rivera Martinez, 40, of Milwaukee, was stopped by police for motor vehicle violations.
When a trooper with a K-9 was called to the scene, Martinez jumped over the guardrail and down a steep, rocky embankment, police said.
Martinez was taken into custody a short time later and a search of the van found four kilos of cocaine, police said.
Martinez was charged with drug trafficking and is being held on $200,000 bail.
Officials say prison swaps common
Convicted murderer Steven Spader has been moved from New Hampshire to a prison in New Jersey.
Department of Corrections officials confirmed that Spader, 22, was moved to the New Jersey State Prison on Feb. 15.
Spokesman Jeff Lyons said it’s not uncommon to send inmates to other states in exchange for other inmates, but officials don’t give specific reasons for such transfers.
Lyons said the most common reasons for a transfer are that the inmate is a threat to the institution or the inmate’s personal safety might be threatened without a move.
Spader was convicted of first-degree murder in the October 2009 machete killing of Kimberly Cates, of Mont Vernon. He was also convicted of attempted murder for the attack on Cates’ daughter, Jaimie Cates.
Christopher Gribble was also convicted of murder in the case.
Lyons said New Hampshire has more than 100 inmates serving sentences in other states.
Man wanted in connection with home invasion, attempted murder
HENNIKER, N.H. — A man who is wanted in Florida for attempted murder was arrested in New Hampshire last week.
Henniker police said Adam Hale was arrested after officers stopped to help a car that was stuck in a snow bank. Hale was a passenger in that car.
According to authorities, Hale is wanted in connection with a violent home invasion and the attempted murder of a 78-year-old man.
Hale is being held in New Hampshire as a fugitive from justice.
Somerville parking officer curses coach, fights cop at hockey game
By Dan Atkinson, Wicked Local/Somerville
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — A Somerville parking officer who had previously been arrested on assault charges reportedly cursed out the high school hockey coach and fought a police officer who tried to take him away from the game on Feb. 8, according to police reports.
Our news partners at Wicked Local/Somerville reported during the SHS boys hockey game against Salem at Veterans Memorial Rink, a detail officer reportedly saw Anthony Silvestri, 60, of 252 Medford St., approach the home team bench with one minute left in the game. After Somerville pulled its goalie and Salem scored, Silvestri reportedly yelled “What the f— are you doing? You blew the f—ing game!” at the coach.
When the officer told Silvestri he couldn’t talk like that at the rink, Silvestri reportedly cursed at him. The officer reportedly told Silvestri to leave and when Silvestri refused, put his hands on him. Silvestri reportedly pulled back and continued cursing at the officer.
The officer reportedly grabbed Silvestri and brought him to the lobby before Silvestri broke his grip, faced the officer and puffed out his chest as if he were preparing to fight, according to the officer’s report. The officer then sprayed pepper spray in Silvestri’s face and told him to put his hands behind his back, which Silvestri refused to do.
The officer then grabbed one of Silvestri’s arms and tried to pin it behind his back, but Silvestri struggled with him. The officer then pushed Silvestri against the wall and both men fell on the ground before the officer handcuffed Silvestri.
City officials have not returned a request for comment about Silvestri’s employment status. According to the city’s most recent budget, Silvestri is a parking control officer who makes $42, 466 a year. He was previously arrested in August 2012 and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, according to police reports.
After an argument with a pedestrian who claimed Silvestri almost hit him while he was in the crosswalk, Silvestri reportedly spat at the pedestrian, according to reports from the Aug. 12 incident. Silvestri then drove to a parking lot, and when the pedestrian stood in front of Silvestri’s Jeep and called police, Silvestri reportedly bumped him with his Jeep more than once.
Silvestri was placed on administrative leave following that incident, according to city officials.
Henriquez serving 6 month sentence for assault
BOSTON — The state House Ethics Committee is recommending that jailed state Rep. Carlos Henriquez be expelled.
Rep. David Nangle of Lowell, committee vice chairman, confirmed the decision Tuesday night after Henriquez met privately with the panel for several hours.
Nangle said the full House will vote Thursday whether to accept or reject the committee’s report.
Henriquez, a Boston Democrat, is serving a six-month sentence after being convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend. He has resisted calls for his resignation from House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Gov. Deval Patrick and others. He would be given an opportunity to address the full House before any disciplinary vote.
Henriquez was escorted into a Statehouse hearing room shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting ended about seven hours later.
He had met twice previously with the committee since starting his jail sentence last month.
Police search home in Auburn
AUBURN, Mass. — Police discovered evidence of a methamphetamine laboratory at the Auburn home of a man being arrested on child pornography charges on Thursday, authorities said.
While arresting Derek Ransom, 30, on two counts of child pornography, police found a bucket of chemicals used in making meth, District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said in a statement. Police were granted a search warrant to look for signs of a lab and discovered drug evidence, according to Early.
Ransom was held on $20,000 cash bail after being arraigned Friday in Central District Court.