Law & Order features information released by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts State Police, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., and the police departments of Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, Paxton, Shrewsbury and West Boylston. (Sourced from municipal websites, social media and press releases.)
Woman arrested after crashing into parked police cruiser
Police arrested a 24-year-old Worcester woman on Friday afternoon, Feb. 9, for allegedly crashing into a parked police car at Main and Chatham streets.
Police were responding to a disturbance call at 531 Main St. when they were told a car had crashed into one of the cruisers. The officers saw that a blue Ford Escape had smashed head-on into the driver’s door of one of the cruisers.
The officers rushed toward the Ford and observed the woman slumped over in the driver’s seat and all the doors locked. One of the officers smashed a rear window to gain entry.
Officers saw several hypodermic needles in the car. Believing the driver was suffering from an apparent heroin overdose, police administered several doses of Narcan. The driver, Melissa Cain of 24 Brooks St., was taken to a local hospital for observation.
She was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle negligently so as to endanger, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. After treatment, she was released to police custody and transported to police headquarters.
K9 locates youth in distress in Holden
At about 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, Holden Police requested K9 assistance in searching for a missing youth who threatened themselves harm.
Several residents reported sightings in the Main Street area. State Police Trooper Andy Martindell deployed K9 Tucker, who tracked down the youth at Domino’s Pizza on Main Street.
The youngster was taken to a local hospital for observation.
State Police arrest Worcester man on gun, drug charges
At about 8:15 p.m. Feb. 9, State Police arrested a man in Worcester on gun and drug charges.
Trooper Evan Brent was on patrol with his Field Training Officer, Trooper Jeremiah Dwyer, when he observed a 2003 Infiniti I35 traveling on Southbridge Street commit motor vehicle violations. The troopers stopped the car and determined the driver, a 25-year-old Worcester man, was driving with a suspended license.
The driver was placed under arrest and, during a motor vehicle inventory, troopers found a .40-caliber Glock pistol with a high-capacity magazine and a quantity of substances believed to be concentrated THC and marijuana.
The driver was booked on a total of six gun and drug charges.
Flores arraigned on murder charge in beating death
A 29-year-old Worcester man was ordered held without bail after being arraigned Feb. 13 in Worcester District Court for murder in the beating death of David Carlson last summer, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Carlson, 53, was found dead on July 25 in his burned-out home at 12 Halmstead St. He had significant head and facial injuries, and the lower part of his body was burned.
Brayan Flores of 197 Vernon St., Apt. 1, was arrested on charges of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and was being held on $50,000 bail. He was charged with murder after the state office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Carlson died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
The case is continued to March 8, and the death is being investigated by Worcester Police.
Man arrested after pointing gun at another patron outside Frank’s
About about 9:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, Worcester Police responded to Frank’s Bar, 274 Shrewsbury St., for an assault that involved a handgun.
The victim, a 54-year-old man, said he was drinking with the suspect at Frank’s. The suspect and another man followed the victim outside, walked away and returned, then pulled a gun from his coat pocket and pointed it at the victim.
While police spoke with the victim, the suspect, later identified as Charles Jensen, 28, of 54 Raymond St. left the bar.
Police said Jensen did not have the gun, but another bar patron gave information that led to the retrieval of the gun in a purse of a woman in the bar.
Jensen was arrested and charged with multiple weapons-related charges.
Man gets 15-17 years for drug deal shooting
Matthew Pye, accused of killing a man during a 2015 drug deal, was sentenced to 15 to 17 years in state prison on Feb. 9 after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Hodgens said Pye and Jeffrey Johnson met Simon Holley and Shane Bennett in a yard adjacent to the apartments at 10 Newbury St. The plan was to sell a pound of marijuana to Pye for $2,600.
Holley and Bennett pulled handguns on Pye, and while they were going through Pye’s wallet, Pye pulled a handgun from his belt and fired at least one shot, according to Hodgens. Bennett was shot and later died. Holley sustained a hand wound.
Worcester Superior Court Judge Janet Kenton-Walker sentenced Pye to 15 to 17 years for manslaughter, 12 to 15 years for possession of a firearm while an armed career criminal, and 15 to 17 years for armed assault with intent to murder. The sentences on the last two charges will be served at the same time as the sentence for manslaughter.
Holley and Johnson are awaiting trial.
WPD investigates shots fired on Jackson Street
About 2 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, Worcester Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation near 64 Jackson St.
Officers found several pieces of evidence in the area. An area resident said his window was struck with one round that was embedded into a ceiling support beam.
Police have limited information about a suspect or potential target or motive.
Pedestrian struck by Silverado on Chandler Street
A 2015 Chevrolet Silverado struck a pedestrian on Wednesday night, Feb. 7, near 107 Chandler St.
The 36-year-old male pedestrian was conscious and alert and complaining of head, neck and lower back pain. Worcester EMS took him to a local hospital for treatment, and he was listed in stable condition.
The operator of the Silverado remained at the scene and spoke with investigators.
The preliminary investigation by the Crash Reconstruction Unit indicated that the vehicle was traveling west on Chandler Street from Main Street. As the truck passed Golden Pizza, the pedestrian walked in between two parked cars and into the right side westbound travel lane.
The impact sent the pedestrian up and on to the hood and into the windshield. He rolled off the Chevrolet and came to rest in the westbound lane of Chandler Street.