Teacher arrested after allegedly planting live ammunition in school

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Purcell reportedly claimed act was to show metal detectors needed By Shaun MoriartyCitizen Chronicle Editorshaun@TheCitizenChronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — A biology teacher was arrested on Thursday morning after allegedly placing live ammunition in a high school stairwell in an effort to prove a need for metal detectors in the building. According to […]

Southbridge PD surveilles, arrests two in alleged drug deal

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SOUTHBRIDGE — Acting on reports of drug deals in the parking lot of a local business, police arrested two men on Tuesday after witnessing an alleged sale. Orlando Rodriguez, 47, and Jovanny Ortiz, 43, were arrested and held at police headquarters pending bail or arraignment in Dudley District Court on […]

Police stepping up patrols to pinch impaired drivers

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SOUTHBRIDGE — Drive sober or get pulled over. It’s more than a slogan, it’s a way of life for local police. The Southbridge Police Department announced on Friday it will increase impaired driving patrols on local roads with grant funds from the Highway Safety Division of the Executive Office of […]

Southbridge puts money into fight against substance abuse

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Council action adds more outreach and tip411 app to plan By David Koran and Erick Nordby Citizen Chronicle Writers editor@TheCitizenChronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — Over the last five years, the number of local deaths related to opioid overdose has more than tripled, following a larger trend playing out across the nation. Town […]

Police bag shoplifters in new counter-crime initiative

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Five arrested for failed five-finger discounts SOUTHBRIDGE — Sixteen individuals, including five locals publicly outed by local law enforcement social media, have been arrested for shoplifting in recent weeks, all part of a new counter-crime initiative in conjunction with downtown merchants. The Southbridge Police Department released the names and booking […]