Walgreens robbery suspect captured with civilian’s aid

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.)

Witness helps WPD nab alleged Walgreens robber

At 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, Worcester Police responded to Walgreens, 220 Grafton St., for a report of an unarmed robbery. A man had stolen the cash register and walked away. A witness followed the suspect, who hid behind a wall on Barclay Street while counting the money.

The suspect, Neksone Allah-Digui, 22, of 155 Lincoln St., Worcester, refused officers’ orders to show them his hands. When officers went to place him under arrest, he began to struggle. After escaping their grip, Allah-Digui faced officers in a fighting stance.

The Quad [Feb. 10-17]: Four things to know from Clark, QCC and Becker

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Clark’s Graduate School of Management recognized as a top business school

Clark University’s Graduate School of Management has once again earned accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a recognition received by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools.

Every five years, AACSB-accredited institutions undergo a review to earn an extension on their previous accreditation. Clark’s GSOM is among 40 business schools to have extended its accreditation in business this year.

“Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

Worcester Weekly: Valentine’s aplenty, WCLOC plays on + more, Feb. 10-17

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Saturday, Feb. 10 — Valentine workshop, 1 to 3 p.m., Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St. Considering Worcester’s role in the commercialization of the valentine, it would be borderline criminal to stalk the Hallmark aisles at CVS when you could personally craft a V-Day card for your sweetie right here in the Woo. The two-hour workshop is bolstered by a 1:30 p.m. presentation by museum honcho Bill Wallace, who’ll delve into the history of Esther Howland and Worcester’s valentine connection.

The no-cost event is part of the Worcester Historical  Museum’s “Free February” promotion.

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Bravehearts add Milford High’s Dion to coaching staff

As the Worcester Bravehearts enter their fifth season, they will do so with a new face in the dugout while a familiar face will hang up his cleats for a spot in the front office.

Assistant Coach Kevin Hartigan — who was the second employee in team history when he was hired in November 2013 — is retiring from coaching and moving into the Bravehearts’ front office. Westborough native and current Milford High School varsity baseball coach Alex Dion will join the team and take Hartigan’s place on the field.

Dion is a 2011 graduate of Western New England University and has coached locally for the last seven years. He was an assistant coach at Milford High School for four seasons before being offered the job of head coach last September. With the Bravehearts, he will unite with another person connected to Milford’s proud baseball heritage: Manager J.P. Pyne, a Milford High graduate.

Inbox [Feb. 7]: News and notes about Worcester Economic Index and Massachusetts Small Business Development Center

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Worcester’s economic growth slows

The greater Worcester economy grew at roughly 1.0 percent during the fourth quarter of 2017, down slightly from the revised 1.3-percent figure realized in during the third quarter, according to the latest update of the Worcester Economic Index.

The WEI, which is included in the Worcester Economic Indicators report released each quarter by Assumption College Professor of Economics Thomas White, Ph.D., is an estimate of local economic activity based on recent Worcester-area employment and unemployment data.

“While the area continued to add jobs in the fourth quarter, this year’s numbers showed less of a seasonal bump than usual, which contributed to the slow growth of the WEI at the end of the year,” White said. “The December unemployment rate for Worcester was 3.3 percent, which is still below both the state and national estimates.”

Man suspected of hurling girl off bridge indicted for attempted murder

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.)

Hubert indicted for attempted murder, kidnapping

The Worcester man charged with throwing a 7-year-old girl off a Lake Quinsigamond bridge on Aug. 27 was indicted on attempted murder, kidnapping and strangulation charges.

A grand jury handed up the indictments Jan. 25, charging Joshua Hubert, 36, of 3 Bernice St. with two counts of attempted murder and single counts of kidnapping a child under 16 and strangulation or suffocation.

The Quad [Feb. 3-10]: Four things to know from Holy Cross, WPI, Becker and Clark

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HC receives $3M gift for J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World

The College of the Holy Cross has received a $3 million gift from the family of alumnus J.D. Power III ’53 — a pioneer in consumer research and information — to support the college’s Center for Liberal Arts in the World. In recognition, it will be renamed the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World.

Established in 2016 by Provost Margaret Freije and led by Director Daniel Klinghard, the center is the hub for Holy Cross’ experiential learning programs, including internships, student research, community- and project-based learning.

The $3 million gift from the Power family’s foundation, the Kenrose Kitchen Table Foundation, will enable Holy Cross to enhance and significantly expand experiential learning opportunities that enable students to integrate their academic experiences with opportunities to apply their learning in real-world contexts beyond the classroom.

Inbox [Feb. 3-10]: News and notes from Worcester Historical Museum, Chamber of Commerce, Fallon Health, CABI + more

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Free February admission at Worcester Historical Museum

Worcester Historical Museum has announced that, thanks to a donation from J.J. Bafaro Mechanical Contractors, it will have an entire month of free admission and programs this month — and invites everyone to come and show their love of Worcester history.

There will be chances for learning about our community and its rich history through lectures on World War I; Worcester’s First Assistive Technology: Thurber’s 1843 Patent Printer; and Communities of Color in celebration of African American History Month. There will be valentine workshops at city public library branches, as well as the museum’s 40th annual Valentine Contest. For school vacation week, the museum will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Alden Family Gallery with crafts, scavenger hunts and fun.

At the end of the month the museum will celebrate Worcester’s 170th birthday with an announcement about a new partnership with WPI, champagne and Queen’s Cups cupcakes.

Chamber to host Career and Internship Fair at WSU Feb. 26

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the Live. Work. Play. Stay! Career, Internship and Live Local Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Wellness Center at Worcester State University.

Inbox [Jan. 31]: News and notes from Sen. Chandler, Worcester Chamber, Temescal Wellness, ArtsWorcester

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Chandler keynote speaker at Chamber’s March breakfast

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that acting Senate President Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, will serve as keynote speaker at the March 8 Breakfast Club event inside Holy Cross’s Hogan Center. The event runs from 7 to 9 a.m. and is sponsored by Fidelity Bank.

Chandler served as one of Worcester’s state representatives from 1995-2001 before winning an election as the first woman from the city to become a Massachusetts state senator. She represents Worcester’s First District, was Senate majority leader and longtime Worcester School Committee member. In the state Legislature, Chandler has served as the co-chair of the Prevention for Health Caucus and the Legislature’s Oral Health Caucus, co-chair of the Regional Transit Authority Legislative Caucus, co-chair of the Central Massachusetts Caucus, co-chair of the Brain Injury Commission, and co-chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators.

Jury finds Solis guilty of murdering of Cherise Hill

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A Worcester Superior Court jury found Pedro Solis guilty of murder in the first degree in the December 2015 stabbing death of Cherise Hill, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

The jury deliberated for six hours over two days before returning the verdict. The jury found the defendant guilty under both theories of the crime, pre-meditation and extreme atrocity or cruelty. Hill was stabbed to death in the early morning of Dec. 2, 2015, on Murray Avenue.

Judge Shannon Frison imposed the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.