Regional Roundup: Foxboro Sexual Abuse Victims Call on Town for Help, Stoughton Woman Gives Birth in Fire Department, and More
A look at some of the top stories in the region
Four men, each survivors of William E. Sheehan’s alleged sexual abuse crimes in Foxborough over 30 years ago, courageously came forward Tuesday to call upon the town’s Board of Selectmen to take ownership of the past and find the answers to so many questions regarding the alleged assaults of nearly 30 children.
“Many questions unanswered haunt not only the survivors of Sheehan but the soul of the town of Foxborough,” said Rev. Bill Dudley, pastor of Union Church of South Foxborough. … “Foxborough must purge our soul of this terrible chapter in our history and make our message crystal clear: Children are loved and valued in Foxborough and we will spare no effort to protect them.”
These survivors spoke out Tuesday against Sheehan, the former Foxborough youth leader and teacher accused of sexually assaulting at least 28 children in town from the late 1960s to 1981.
A Stoughton woman in labor ended up giving birth to a baby girl at Randolph's main fire station Wednesday morning, the Patriot Ledger reports.
The woman's husband was driving her to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, but the new mom's labor pains were so severe that the husband didn't think they would make it to the hospital before the baby was born so the couple stopped at the Randolph fire station, Randolph Firefighter Steve Glassman told the Ledger.
Oliver Ames girls' soccer standout Kendall Andrew is leaving behind plenty of great memories.
Luckily, as she takes the next step in her soccer career, she'll be a short drive away.
"Providence College was a perfect match academically and athletically," she said Wednesday. "It was close to home. I couldn’t see myself going too far from my family."
Andrew signed a Letter of Intent to play soccer at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. She was surrounded by family (her mother and father Ann and Shawn and brother and sister Tim and Meghan), Oliver Ames coach Britt Sellmayer and Athletic Director Bill Matthews.
Several people have already begun their road to election day by obtaining nomination papers.
Incumbents Robert Kimball Jr. and Robert Salvo Sr. are looking to be reelected while George Gillis is also vying for a seat. School Committee chairperson Andrew Mackie is seeking reelection while Beth McManus’ seat is being eyed by Valerie Desmond. Ralph Stefanelli and Robert Salvo Sr. are both trying to keep their Housing Authority positions. While three seats are available on the Planning Board, so far only incumbent David Miller has taken out papers. No one has taken nomination papers for the Water/Sewer Commission or Board of Assessors, which both have one seat apiece.
Summary: The Attleboro RMV branch, which has been open since 2009 offering “express” services is now offering learner’s permit tests. RMV Registrar Rachel Kaprielian came to Attleboro to make the announcement. She said by offering the tests in Attleboro, it will reduce the lines at branches in nearby areas.
"That sigh of relief you're hearing is out there in Taunton, Brockton and Milford, particularly Milford, which gets absolutely slammed during permit tests," Kaprielian said.
Two men, one of them using a semi-automatic handgun, were able to escape Sharon Credit Union with an undisclosed amount of money after holding up the bank a little before 1:30 pm.
Walking into the bank wearing black hoodies, sunglasses, hats, and clothing to conceal the bottom their faces, the two men took over the bank and demanded money while showing the gun to the tellers.
The Volvo used as a getaway car was found abandoned on South Walnut Street.
The two men are described as 6'0" and 5'10" and both heavy set.
Anyone with information pertaining to the robbery is asked to call Mansfield police at 508-261-7300.