Saturday, May 24, 2014

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Peloquin

Ken O’Brien

The Worcester Telegram reports that Judge Timothy M. Bibaud dismissed assault charges against Southbridge Town Councilor Amelia Peloquin on Wednesday. Judge Bibaud said that the arresting officer's probable-cause narrative indicates the defendant was suffering an emotional breakdown and, therefore, there was no criminal intent in her actions.

Ms. Peloquin, 33, of 275 Marcy St., Southbridge, had been charged with resisting arrest and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer after a January 22nd incident at her home. 

It remains an open question at this time as to when, and if, Ms. Peloquin will return to her duties as a Town Councilor. She has been on extended medical leave from the position since the incident.

25 comments:

  1. It is too bad that Councilor Peloquin's Court date was not s week earlier-I suspect that it would have saved the Southbridge tax payer $35k if she was present to vote on good Councilor Moriarty's motion.
    Maybe what we need is an additional Ambulance crew. That way we wouldn't need to send Police to calls better processed by well trained Paramedic professionals.
    Some communities, Sturbridge for example, have invested in training that certifies their Police to properly handle situations that can otherwise result in expensive legal procedures and even more
    extensive Hospital stays.

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  2. Where is the SEN 's fb "sneak peek" to this story?? They were pretty quick on the trigger to slander the woman back in January.

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  3. According to Brian Lee, the case has been continued until June 4th...I would take this with a grain of salt. Sorry, but at this time this story smells.

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    1. I agree. I had read Brian Lee's story and then saw this. I think we need an explanation of the discrepancy.

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  4. Brian Lee reported the Judge would decide BY June 4th. Judge Bibaud examined the Police Report and determined this case was medical and not criminal. In Massachusetts we no longer burn wiccans or jail people for medical conditions that scare the ignorant.
    Due to the lack of training these young Policemen should not be treated harshly, but training for this sort of reaction to a prescription drug is warranted, especially with the exponential increase in problems of this nature.
    What concerns me is how unreluable confidential information said to be shared between a patient and an alleged medial professional was then reported to Police. This action brings shame upon Harrington Hospital and the hard working professionals that make up the vast majority of the staff there.
    This media event came a short time after the Blueberry Brouhaha, and it had the same stench. Who got their hands on what should have been a very sensitive Police Report and promulgated the fiction to the Boston television stations like a low rent public relations firm? If the ugly truth ever gets out, it will destroy the political future of the pathetic personalities that hit hard and hyde .

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  5. Fault lies with the police for not understanding the situation and then dealing with it poorly, with the hospital for allowing confidential information to get out and for the SEN for dramatizing the whole situation beyond belief - where is the compassion, common sense and simple decency?

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    1. The Southbridge News is a GIANT joke. It went way down hill when Walter Bird was running it, and now Adam Minor has brought it to an even lower place.
      But what's really scarey is that one of the architects for the demise of The News, Gus Steeves, is running for Town Council. He had no problem using confidential documents leaked to him for articles. I question since he felt it ethical to so as a reporter, will he feel it ethical to release confidential documents to media outlets? Let's face it, it's happened before.
      Safest bet - don't cast a vote for Gus Steeves.

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    2. Estrada, Vecchia, and Steeves appear to be the choices of Councilor Clemence, and by electing them we can have a stable Council with Denise as chair and a very experienced Councilor as Vice. Gus can not be blamed for bringing down the Southbridge News. He learned on the job and like everyone else st the News he is underpaid. He done good with what he's got. Estrada is a young businessman and with Denise as his mentor will know how to vote to get more businesses in town. Apple, especially as the Vice Chair, will use his experience as former Councilor and as a financial wizard to make our tax dollars go farther.
      Zotos, JP, and Marino probably all mean well, but they won't compromise with Clemence and they focus on particular issues instead of realizing that all we actually need to do is get the Industrial Park rolling to get Southbridge back on track!

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    3. Not Our "Best Bet"May 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      To Best Bet: Clemens is the biggest problem on the council.
      But as for Steeves, ethics is ethics. You should know right from wrong when you an adult. Our Constitution gives top priority to freedom of the press. Unethical people put great strain on that concept. You can educate ignorance - you can't fix stupid and unethical.

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    4. Clemence a problem? As you may recall it was Clemence that saved the Industrial Park Access Road by getting Apple to flip his vote and got the Registry to return to Southbridge. If it wasn't for her the landfill deal would have fallen apart. She kept Mr. Clark here by getting it in our Charter to need sixCounvilors to fire him, and she got Cksrk to get rid of Zotos who was allowing the greenies to put their scare tactics on cable.

      Mock my words but before Denise is Kathern Walker's age she will be Governor of Massachusetts. Her family practically made this town and it was her imagination that allows Hyde's to remain in America.

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    5. An Apple on the dais,
      Another chance to betray us.

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    6. As for Denise, did you know that single-handedly she made "Canadian Men" the number one Google search in Massachusetts.

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    7. I sincerely hope best bet is a satirical responder. In my personal experience, all I've seen DC hugely supportive of is a dump, a 7 million dollar road to nowhere, an elderly housing complex on Main street (that will eventually become section 8 housing) and real section 8 housing.

      (Aaaand Apple was elected mostly solely on his opposition to that road)

      Yeah, these things bring short sighted needed funds to the table. But they're detrimental to Southbridge in the long run. We have the projects and the people on hand to turn Southbridge from the crime infested and laughable state it is now, to a vibrant community. They're unfortunately not in the "right circles" to get things approved and done.

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    8. Beware of Rotten ApplesMay 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Yes, Apple was elected by opposing that road, but then he became chummy with Cruella Clemence and then stabbed the people opposed ro landfill expansion and voted FOR that Road to Perdition.

      I hope they allow questions st the debate from the floor so I can ask him why we should believe anything he promises now when he swore on his Mother that he'd never support that road.

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    9. If you want to see what a wacko Apple is, you should read the State Police Report that looked into the leak of Executive Session material the last time he was on the Council.

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    10. If the "Southbridge News" did a better job reporting this State Police report would Apple have done so well in last year's election? Apparently leaking has greater political benefits than any punishment that is rendered. Can you imagine Pulaski keeping his big mouth shut if the Council learns in executive session about more toxic leaks st the landfill? Can Gus Steeves refrain from at least hinting on a major news item to the publisher if his column?

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    11. The fault lies with the police? The police aren't the ones who smoked marijuana with salvia; the police were not the ones who bit someone; the police didn't call themselves. The job of the police has now gotten harder, as every criminal in Southbridge can and most likely will cite this case, and state that they were having an 'emotional breakdown'. Not only is that bad for our justice system, should a person 'not responsible for her actions' be responsible for the town? I don't think so. She and her backers miss the bigger picture--they care more about her being an ally than 'her mental health'. Selfish. Just plain selfish on everyone's part. It's always easy to point the finger at the police--particularly when they responded to a call from her family. The point about the hospital allowing confidential information out? They didn't, it was blurted out to the police, who are not bound by the same regulations. If there is any compassion, common sense and simple decency, the people of this town will be served by someone who hasn't abandoned, for whatever reason, their position for five months.

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    12. And YES I agree that it IS very difficult to serve as a Policeman, and for this reason we need to prove our support not only with new vehicles, but with additional training to prevent people from being brought to the Police station that need to be in the ER. I have a friend that has terrible seizures that weighs almost 300 pounds. If he accidentally hurt a Police officer during a seizure, I would like to think that he'd end up in the ER instead of Police Headquarters. Right now if he had a seizure with two beers on his breath I wonder where he'd end up.p

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  6. Governor Clemence? Vice Chairman Vecchia? Any of you thinking of supporting the town meetings needs to realize that "Best Bet" will have as much decision making power at Town Meeting as the rest of us.
    As far as Amelia-now that she has been vindicated I hope that she is able to return really soon. Her presence at the last meeting may have saved us $35k, something already mentioned on this blog. If you are reading this Amelia- even if you aren't at your best yet, on a bad day you are still brighter than Denise and her first cousin Monique Manna combined.
    Apple on the Council again? Why not make him a bank treasurer? Maybe he can get a race track placed in his imaginary industrial park?

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  7. Stop Taxpayer AbuseMay 26, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Unfortunately, the only way to stop the out-of-control spending by these liberal tax and spend councilors is to render them irrelevant. Spending will be placed in the hands of those of us who pay our taxes. How many backhoes do you think a town meeting mob would buy? Do you really think a town meeting would have approved a massive new school, turned over to a school committee of fools?
    As for "Best Bet" and her Clemence worshiping, and her "choices" for town council . . . well it's obvious what her agenda is.

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    1. Most of the councilors are conservatives. They supported our current rep in the statehouse, opposed Warren and voted for Romney. Liberals aren't the only types that tax and spend. Conservatives like to funnel taxpapyers money to their friends because they all believe the lower classes aren't qualified to play with money.

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    2. droped or propped?May 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Fact check, I tend to agree with your evaluation of the Council and its view on thinking it knows how to spend our money better than we do. At least one of them even believes that we are "too stupid" to run our own town meetings.
      Can you please fact check the status of Amelia Peloquin's status with the Court? Was the recent story that is the subject of this post correct? If it is, good for her. I hope that she returns to her Council seat soon. She is a thoughtful well educated considerate young lady and I look forward to the balance she brings to our Council.

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  8. Regarding the claim that I would be unable to remain silent about information received in Executive Session-this is not true. As someone that obtained security clearances while serving on a nuclear submarine. I have demonstrated respect the confidentiality of information that is classified. Also the members of the Council are as likely to learn about problems at the landfill from me than they are from the Board of Health or from past Town Managers. And as far as my leaking information to the media, my experience is that they have a remarkable lack of curiosity regarding violations at the landfill. This blog has been the most dependable source of news related to the landfill. Any serious landfill problems are shared with the DEP, and that information is public record. It is unreported problems that many of us are concerned about-waste that even the operator is not informed about.
    Also I do not speak for any other Council candidate, but it is my belief that Gus would refrain from violating Executive Session information as well.

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  9. You can't be blamed for believing everything you see in the newspapers, but Councilor Peloquin was having a very bad ( and sadly too common) reaction to a prescription drug, and just to be clear it was not marijuana. If it was it would have showed up in the tests taken in the Hospital. Tedts that confirm ZERO illegal drug use. The Police report verifies that the Councilor was speaking
    nonsense-obviously that nonsense included any alleged talk of drug use. No doubt if the Councilor was twenty years older and claimed she shot JFK there would be people that would insist that she was a shooter in the grassy knoll. The Southbridge News and the Telegram have different versions as to who provided information about K2, marijuana, and salvia talk. If she had K2 or salvia on her she would have been arrested, and there was not even any hint of marijuana use. And even the Police claim she was talking nonsense, so why would you believe the third hand accounts provided by the sensationalist commercial media? As for people blaming the Police, that is unfair because they do not have the training that the Police in Sturbridge and Oxford have. If our Police Chief requested such training and Councilor Peliquin denied that request, she'd be the one to blame. This is not the time for blame-it is bad enough that someone was arrested. Let's hope that the next time someone needs to go to the Hospital an ambulance and paramedics appear on the scene along with Police so the drug reaction can be treated properly and without delay. Anyone that believes Amelia would bite a police officer under normal circumstances has never spent any time with her. She is a gentle soul and as we know from watching council meetings that she suffers fools patiently.

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