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Jose Maldonado died at Hartford Hospital

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — State Police say a 22-year-old suspect in custody for an alleged domestic dispute has died after police tried to subdue him with a stun gun.

Police say Jose Maldonado of Manchester was arrested early Sunday morning after East Hartford police responded to a complaint of a dispute. Police say he damaged a vehicle occupied by a family including two adults and three children. Police say one adult was injured by broken glass.

Police say Maldonado was combative and resisted arrest. He was taken to East Hartford Police Department for booking on charges of risk of injury to a minor, assault and resisting arrest.

Police say he again became combative and was subdued by a stun gun. Police say he seemed to suffer medical distress. He died at Hartford Hospital.

State Police are investigating.


Teens facing charges; Others sought

BOSTON — Three Boston teenagers are facing charges and the search is on for several more after some disturbing attacks.

Police say a group of 20 young people launched at least six unprovoked attacks on people near Boston Common on Wednesday night.

The victims told police they were assaulted without provocation.

There were no serious injuries.


‘Evidence doesn’t support charges’ in Currier case, police say

BOSTON —The man wrongly arrested in connection with a North End sexual assault spoke at a news conference Wednesday afternoon and said someone needs to take responsibility for mistakes that were made.

Charges against Ross Currier, 26, in connection with the February assault were dropped Wednesday morning.

Watch report

Prosecutors said the continued investigation against him, “reveals that the evidence does not support the charges.”

“Our filing is a standard legal device that lays out the evidence and makes abundantly clear our belief that that Mr. Currier did not commit the acts for which police arrested him,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said in a statement.

Boston police arrested Currier on the evening of March 10 after the victim of a Feb. 15 assault reported seeing her attacker playing basketball. That man was later identified as Currier, who lives nearby.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Currier was hopeful that the victim would get justice and the real attacker will be found.

“I really want to address the victim and say I still don’t know who you are, or what you look like, or where you live,” he said. “But I’m sorry for what happened to you. They’ll get the guy that did this.”

Currier went on to say that even though the charges against him have been dropped someone needs to take responsibility for what went wrong during the investigation.

“It’s nice to hear that the charges have been dismissed, but the manner in which they were dismissed is simply unacceptable,” he said. “My record should reflect that. I certainly feel someone needs to step forward and take responsibility for what’s happened here. Simply brushing it under the rug and acting like it didn’t happen isn’t acceptable.”

Currier said that he is alarmed that the person or people responsible for the mistakes hasn’t come forward.

“Someone needs to take responsibility for the mistakes that were made through this entire process,” he said. “The lack of due diligence by police and everyone along the way, this could have been prevented. The fact no one has come forward to admit their mistakes to own up to them and to learn from them is alarming.”

The victim’s identification at the scene, made with 90 percent to 95 percent certainty, gave police probable cause to arrest Currier on charges of assault and battery and indecent assault and battery, investigators said.

Currier provided police with an alibi that was later independently corroborated, investigators said.

In the weeks that followed, investigators reviewed Currier’s alibi, performed forensic examinations of his phone and associated cell tower records.

The assailant in the Feb. 15 assault is believed to have used his phone to photograph the victim, and the forensic examination of Currier’s phone recovered no photographs — stored or deleted — consistent with the attack, investigators said.

The GPS device Currier was ordered to wear showed that he did not commit a similar North End assault on March 16, investigators said.

The investigation into the Feb. 15 and March 16 assaults is ongoing. Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400. Survivors of sexual assault are urged to call 911 in an emergency and may also contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour hotline at 800-841-8371.


By Maria Papadopoulos/The Enterprise

WickedLocal

BOSTON — A Brockton man was commended in Boston on Wednesday for intervening to help an MBTA police officer who was being assaulted at South Station.

The Enterprise reported that Steven Germain, a Quincy native who works as a Massachusetts Bay commuter rail car inspector, received a Certificate of Commendation at Transit Police Headquarters in Boston Wednesday morning.

MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul S. MacMillan, who presented the certificate to Germain, praised Germain’s “service before self, perseverance and commitment” in helping to diffuse a chaotic situation.

“His swift and decisive measures disrupted an assault on a police officer which could have resulted in serious injuries,” MacMillan said in a statement Wednesday. “His immediate and selfless intervention directly contributed to the apprehension of a dangerous individual.”

Germain intervened to help MBTA Officer Vincent Moy, who was attacked while patrolling the commuter rail lobby inside Boston’s South Station about 7 p.m. on March 10, MacMillan said.

An unidentified man began acting erratically, and pushed Moy to the ground as the officer was trying to restrain and handcuff him, MacMillan said.

Germain saw the assault and “without regard for his own well-being,” quickly ran to help Moy, and pulled the man off him, MacMillan said.

Reached Wednesday afternoon, Germain, 54, said he acted quickly out of fear for the officer’s safety.

“I just did what I thought was right, took the man off him,” said Germain. “I didn’t think anything of it.”

Germain and Moy then restrained and handcuffed the man.

Germain, who is single, said he moved from Quincy to Brockton two years ago. He is a 1978 graduate of Quincy High School.

He said he has worked for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail for two decades.


Michael Paquin allegedly assaulted victims between September and December 2013

Michael Paquin

NASHUA, N.H. —The man who police say allegedly sexually assaulted multiple victims between September and December 2013 has been identified and charged.

Michael Paquin, 61, reportedly sexually assaulted a boy under the age of 13 in Nashua last month.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Paquin was connected to the previous accounts of assault reported to police.

He has been charged with five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, one count of felonious sexual assault, as well as one count of simple assault.

Paquin will be arraigned Monday.


Richard Koster accused of assaulting boy

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — A Rhode Island teacher has been arrested on allegations he assaulted a student for eating a cookie in the classroom.

Richard Koster, 49, of Cranston, turned himself in to police Thursday and was charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities obtained an arrest warrant.

Police say Koster teaches at Slater Junior High School in Pawtucket and assaulted the 13-year-old boy March 18.

Authorities say the boy claimed Koster lifted him off the floor, pinned him against a wall and yelled at him, after catching him eating a cookie. Police say Koster got upset after another student told him the boy made a face at him after he told the boy it’s against the rules to eat in class.

Koster and his lawyer didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment Friday.


Luis Figueroa, 30, arrested

Luis Figueroa

Salem police

SALEM, N.H. — Police say a New Hampshire man crashed into three police cruisers, causing minor injuries to two Salem officers.

Police say they found 30-year-old Luis Figueroa passed out in the front seat of a running car stopped on a road in a condominium complex on Friday night.

According to police, when the officer woke him he sped off, hitting several parked cars before driving head-on into a police cruiser, pushing it back about 15 feet. Police say he hit two other cruisers as he tried to get away.

Figueroa was arrested after a brief struggle. Authorities say they found a large bag of prescription Xanax pills stuffed into his pants.

He’s charged with driving while intoxicated, assault, resisting arrest and other charges.


Christopher Van Horn held without bail

SALEM, Mass. — A Beverly father has been held without bail after being charged with slapping his 11-month-old son so hard he left hand imprints on the baby’s face.

Christopher Van Horn was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for next week after pleading not guilty Thursday in Salem District Court to charges of assault and battery on a child with injuries and child endangerment.

Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Van Horn grabbed the baby by the face Wednesday and slapped him at least five times. The child was brought to the hospital.

The assault was allegedly witnessed by Van Horn’s 3-year-old stepdaughter and heard by the girl’s biological father, who reported it to police.

The Salem News reports that Van Horn’s lawyer said his client denies the charges.


Two players had been suspended for Providence College team

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two players suspended from the Providence College men’s basketball team last fall are now being investigated by the Providence Police in connection to a sexual assault complaint made by a student, according to a report from the The Wall Street Journal cited by WPRI.com.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin are the two players implicated in the sexual assault allegations. WPRI.com reported last November that Bullock and Austin had been suspended from the team for “not upholding their responsibilities as student athletes.”

Austin has since left Providence College and now attends the University of Oregon. Bullock’s attorney confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that his client has been accused of sexual assault.

While neither Providence College nor the police officially identified any suspects involved in the investigation, police confirmed that the two suspects were members of the basketball team during the time of the report.

The Friars’ head coach Ed Cooley said in a statement that, “while I cannot talk about this situation further, it is a reminder that the privilege of representing Providence College comes with great responsibility for our student-athletes.”

Providence police told WPRI.com they have not filed any charges and that the investigation is in its early stages.


Woman, unborn baby not injured

Fall River Police Department

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Police are searching for a man who pepper-sprayed an eight-months-pregnant woman after allegedly trying to rob her on North Main Street.

Wicked Local reported that he victim, 22, was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital for treatment.

There were no indications of problems with her unborn baby, Fall River Police Detective JD Costa said.

The assailant — described as a white man in his 20s with a medium build — ran toward Heritage Heights after dousing the woman with pepper spray. He did not take anything from the victim, Costa said.

Fall River Police Officer Gary Pasternak interviewed the victim after responding to her residence around 4 p.m. Monday.

The victim said she had withdrawn money about 30 minutes earlier from the Bank of America at 10 N. Main St. While walking home on Durfee Street, the woman said, the assailant approached her and demanded money, Costa said.

The woman said she pushed the man, who then doused her with the pepper spray and ran off, Costa said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fall River Police Major Crimes Detective Thomas Chace at 508-324-2796, or to call the police department’s anonymous tips line at 508-672-TIPS.

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