WORCESTER – The Worcester Police Department [WPD] is among 30 finalists for the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award and is the only employer in Massachusetts remaining in the running for the award.

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Dept. of Defense to employers that support their employees that are National Guard and Reserve members.

The WPD was selected among 2,000 employers across the country by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve [ESGR] to the narrowed down field of 30. The ESGR National Selection Board will select and announce the 15 recipients of the 2018 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award by mid-June.

The finalists were nominated by more than 2,350 Guard and Reserve employees. The Freedom Award recognizes those employers who provide the most outstanding support for these citizen warriors. Up to 15 employers are selected each year for the award and honored at the Pentagon in an official ceremony in August.

The Freedom Award began in 1996 by ESGR to draw attention to support from the employer community. To date, only 250 employers have received the award.

WORCESTER – A 65-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for the attempted robbery of Harrahy’s Liquor Store on Ward St. in Worcester.

According to the Worcester Police Department [WPD], officers were dispatched to the store just after 4 PM. Upon arrival, the officers found three men — all store employees — trying to hold down the suspect, Manuel Rivera of Worcester, on the floor of the store.

The employees told the police that Rivera came into the store wearing a mask with black paint all over his face and told an employee behind the counter  “Give me all the money in the register.” Rivera then revealed what appeared to be a handgun and threatened to kill the employees.

One employee grabbed Rivera’s wrist to control the weapon and the other employees were able to subdue Rivera and call 9-1-1.

WPD officers determined that the handgun was a realistic-looking BB gun replica. Rivera was placed under arrest for Armed Assault to Rob. Officers confirmed that he had black paint all over his face. He will be arraigned in Worcester District Court. No one was seriously injured during the struggle.

WORCESTER – The Massachusetts State Police [MSP] have announced that there will be a sobriety checkpoint this weekend in Worcester County from Friday evening, April 27, into Saturday morning, April 28.  According to MSP, the purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to “educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways.”

The checkpoint will be operated during random hours. The State Police assures that officers will select vehicles at random and that safety will be a priority.

The sobriety checkpoint is possible thanks to a grant from the Highway Safety Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

WORCESTER – In recognition of being named “Player of the Game” the most times of any Worcester Railers player, ThisWeekinWorcester.com selects forward Barry Almeida as the ThisWeekinWorcester.com Railers Player of the Year.

Almeida, who led the Railers in goals, assists, and points, was named ““Player of the Game” ten times during the regular season, outpacing both goaltender Eamon McAdam and forward Chris Langkow, who each earned the “Player of the Game” nod seven times.

The ThisWeekinWorcester.com “Player of the Game” is selected by the writer covering the game, and is generally chosen from the remaining players after the game’s first two stars are announced.

The average cost of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline is up seven cents across Massachusetts this week and stands at $2.67 per gallon — the highest price since the summer of 2015.

“Demand is at record levels for this time of year – more drivers are hitting the roads as warmer weather starts to spread across the country,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “If this trend of high demand and declining supply continues, drivers are likely to see pump prices continue to climb as the country settles into spring.”

According to AAA, the Massachusetts price is nine cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.76. In 2017 at this time, the average price in the statewas 35 cents lower at $2.32.  

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 46 cents, from a low of $2.53 to a high of $2.99.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                        Grade                        

$2.67 ($2.53-$2.99)                         Regular Unleaded                  

$2.93 ($2.67-$3.39)                         Midgrade Unleaded               

$3.11 ($2.85-$3.49)                         Premium Unleaded                

$3.01 ($2.89-$3.19)                         Diesel                    

WORCESTER – The Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks (DPW&P) has listed traffic delays this week at the following locations. Resurfacing or sewer related construction activities will take place from 7 AM to 4 PM.

Roadway Resurfacing Related Work

  • June Street – Chandler St. to Pleasant St.
  • State Street – Main St. to Harvard St.

Sewer Reconstruction

  • Florence Street – May St. to Beaver St.
  • Perry Avenue – Endicott St. to Suffield St.
  • Route 20 – Sunderland Rd., Whitla Dr. & Rte. 20
  • Suffield Street – Perry Ave. to Vernon St.

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WORCESTER – Detectives from the Worcester Police Department [WPD] are searching for a suspect that stabbed a Worcester cab driver on Monday.

According to the WPD, on Monday afternoon, a 54-year-old cab driver was the victim of a stabbing following a struggle with a passenger. The altercation took place in the area of Edward St. The cab driver suffered wounds on the right side of his neck.

The suspect was described as a thin, 5’10” male with a dark complexion, wearing a black jacket and a gray hooded sweatshirt. He fled on foot toward the Eastern Ave area.

The cab driver’s injuries are not expected to the life-threatening. He was transported to the hospital by paramedics. This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this incident, please send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.