Suspect caught after car runs out of gas, man accused of attacking with a tree branch and more in this week's edition.


 

Drug suspect arrested after car runs out of gas

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - A Dorchester man evaded pursuing police cars in Natick on Sunday night, only to be caught later in Framingham after his car ran out of gas, police said.


Terrence C. McLean Sr., 35, was arrested more than two hours after Natick Police originally tried to pull him over, said Natick Police Lt. Brian Grassey.


Natick Police had a search warrant for McLean's Chrysler as part of a drug investigation, Grassey said.


On Sunday, an officer on patrol recognized McLean's car and tried to stop him.


"He refused to pull over," said Grassey.


The officers gave chase, and McLean drove through seven red lights and around several police cars, Grassey said, even going the wrong way down one street.


Natick Police lost sight of the car after an almost four-mile chase.


Natick Police put out an alert to area departments about the car, and Framingham Police found it in a parking lot, and McLean was standing near the car.


Grassey said, "The car had run out of gas."


Natick Police identified McLean as the man they were looking for, and he was arrested.


Man arrested for attacking senior citizen with tree branch


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A Springfield man was arrested Monday night for allegedly attacking a senior citizen with a tree branch and stealing her purse.


Nicholas A. Ward, 24, was taken to Sangamon County Jail after police arrested him a short time later.


The attack happened just after 6:30 p.m. According to Springfield police, the victim, a 65-year-old woman, arrived at a home there, and as she walked up to the door a man armed with a large branch approached her from behind. He struck her in the back of the head with the branch, knocking her to the ground. He then snatched the woman’s purse and fled into a nearby park.


Police began searching the area and used a dog to track the man. During the search, a nearby resident saw a man acting suspiciously near a parked car and went to confront him. The man ran from the resident but left behind some of the property that had been taken from the victim.


The resident called police to report the incident. He recognized the man as Ward and was able to provide police with his name.


Police found Ward a short time later and arrested him. They are seeking charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery and theft.


The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


Man charged after trying to hit cop with a cane


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Police said a Framingham man kicked an officer and tried to hit another with a cane on Wednesday.


Edwin Ortiz, 49, is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, his feet; assault with a dangerous weapon, a cane; assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.


Police went to a bar for a report of a drunken man.


When they arrived, they found Ortiz, who had just finished urinating outside of the convenience store. Police said they originally planned on taking Ortiz into protective custody, but he became violent and was arrested.


Judge rules fake grass must go; business owner says no way


BROCKTON, Mass. - The state Land Court has cut down a car wash owner’s bid to keep artificial turf outside his Brockton car-wash business.


But the owner says he will shell out more greenbacks to challenge that decision.


“This is the dumbest thing,” said Ronen Drory, who owns Prestige Car Wash with his two brothers.


“The whole town is falling apart,” he said. “There are so many things to worry about, and they are wasting their money on something like this.”


Land Court Judge Charles W. Trombly Jr., in a six-page decision, ruled the city was right when it found artificial turf isn’t “landscaping” and ordered the removal of the fake stuff.


Trombly noted the dictionary definition of “to landscape” is to “adorn or improve by contouring the land and planting flowers, shrubs or trees.”


That definition, he wrote in the decision, “indicates that live plant material is required.”


Drory said that’s just not practical for the location with its heavy traffic.


Drory has been battling the city since 2008, when the Zoning Board of Appeals first ordered him to remove the fake grass. A city inspector had ruled the artificial grass did not meet the city’s zoning ordinance for green space.


Drory can now appeal the most recent court ruling to the Appellate Court or go back to the Zoning Board of Appeals, seeking a variance. He said he’s not sure which avenue he will take.


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