In the State

Tuesday September 18, 2012


Kennedy launches
first TV campaign ad

Democrat Joseph Kennedy III is launching his first television ad in Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District race.

In the one-minute ad, the member of the famous political family is seen greeting small business owners and talking to voters. He says he'll focus on creating jobs, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, supporting community colleges and providing capital for small businesses.

Kennedy, who is facing Republican candidate Sean Bielat, said he'd protect Medicare and Social Security and tackle the debt and deficit with spending cuts and closing "corporate loopholes."

Kennedy said he also supports the so-called Buffett Rule that would require Americans with incomes above $1 million to pay a 30 percent tax rate.

Kennedy's fundraising has topped $3 million, more than any other candidate for the U.S. House from Massa chusetts.


Trooper suspended
amid sex assault case

Massachusetts State Police have indefinitely suspended without pay a state trooper who was indicted last week on sexual assault charges.

State police said in a statement the action on Jason Wil lard's case was taken after a duty status hearing at state police headquarters on Monday.

The Worcester District Attorney's office said Friday that 38-year-old Willard, of Auburn, was indicted on three counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of open and gross lewdness involving an 18-year-old girl four years ago.

State police spokesman David Procopio said the alleged incidents took place while Willard was off-duty.

Willard is to be arraigned Sept. 21 in Worcester Superior Court.


Man pleads not guilty
in girlfriend's stabbing

A Tyngsborough man has pleaded not guilty to stabbing his former girlfriend in Lowell.

Prosecutors said 61-year-old Peter Yates was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail after his arraignment Monday in Lowell District Court on charges of armed assault to murder and assault and battery.

The Lowell Sun reports Yates' attorney had argued for $2,000 cash bail, saying his client is a retired postal worker who has diabetes.

Prosecutors said the 50-year-old woman is expected to be hospitalized several days with chest and neck wounds.


Motorist denies guilt
in death of bicyclist

A Boston man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a bicyclist's death last week.

The Suffolk district attorney's office said 47-year-old Michael Ahern was arraigned Monday in Dorchester District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, and speeding. His bail was set at $25,000.

Authorities say Ahern was driving a pickup truck on Morrissey Boulevard south at about 12:30 a.m. last Friday when he struck 63-year-old Doan Bui riding his bike. Bui was thrown from his bicycle and was declared dead at the scene.

Ahern called 911 for assistance and stayed at the scene. -- The Associated Press


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