WORCESTER – On Friday, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. named District Chief Andrew White as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Worcester Fire Department.

White, 57, is a 34-year veteran and currently serves in the role of District Chief of Training. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Fitchburg State College and is a certified member of the Massachusetts Fire Academy.

“Throughout his career, District Chief White has been instrumental in initiating transformative programs to raise professional standards department wide,” Augustus said. “He is a proven, natural leader. I appreciate his continuing dedication to lead the men and women of the Worcester Fire Department and to serve the residents of this community.”

White was responsible for organizing the Special Operations Task Force and designing and implement training and equipment standards. He is the co-founder of the Worcester Firefighters Safety and Survival Seminar and conducted seminars for 10 years following the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire. The seminar provided state of the art safety training to firefighters from 39 states.

As a Lieutenant, District Chief White joined the Massachusetts Hazardous Material Team and in 2013 when promoted to Captain he was detailed to the Training Division and led the Candidate Investigations Unit. He served as Drill Master for the Academy in 2014. He was promoted to District Chief of Training in 2015.

WORCESTER – Joseph Kenadek, 52, of Webster was indicted on Friday by a Worcester County Grand Jury for 2nd Degree Murder of his girlfriend, Brenda L. Hatheway, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.

Hatheway, 43, of 8 Harris St., Apt. 2R, in Webster, the mother of missing 23-year-old Sabrina Hatheway who was last seen in Dec. 2014, was found unresponsive in a street near her home on April 30, 2017. Hatheway died a short time later at Hubbard Regional Hospital.

Kenadek, 52, of the same address, initially had been charged with aggravated assault and battery and domestic assault and battery in Dudley District Court. The investigation showed that Kenadek and Hatheway were involved in a loud argument that spilled over to a porch and eventually to the street.

WORCESTER – On Thursday, the City of Worcester hired Suja Chacko as the new Chief Diversity Officer.

Chacko will begin her new role on Monday, March 26. She will report directly to the City Manager while also working with Human Resources and other city departments. Her responsiblities will include developing and monitoring recruiting, hiring, training, promoting and retaining strategies to increase the number of people from underrepresented groups who work and volunteer for the City.

“The Chief Diversity Officer position is critical to the City’s overarching strategy to create a more diverse and inclusive approach to city government and recruit a workforce that reflects the community we serve,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “I believe Ms. Chacko has the background and skills necessary to help the City meet those goals.”

The new Chief Diversity Officer will also oversee the development and implementation of the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity and Inclusion Plan and ensuring the City is in compliance with all federal, state and local Equal Employment Opportunity laws.

Chacko has served as the administrative liaision to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and, most recently, has served in the Office of Human Resources leading employee trainings on diversity and inclusion.

Chacko, a Worcester resident, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business and an MBA in Management and Social Change from Clark University.

WORCESTER – As part of an undercover operation targeting demand for prostitution in the Main South area of Worcester, the Worcester Police Vice Squad arrested ten men on Thursday evening for paying for sexual conduct.

All ten men will be arraigned in Worcester District Court and are listed

Kpakpo Brown , twenty-three-years-old, of Worcester

Jared Khattab, twenty-seven-years-old, of Leominster

Abadio Ramos, fifty-five-years-old, of Newton

Luis Gutama, twenty-three-years-old, of Worcester

Roland Savageau, eighty-seven-years-old, of Oxford

Bruce Abrahamian, sixty-five-years-old of Watertown

Dominique McClain, twenty-five-years-old, of Worcester

Alfonse Roberts , thirty-years-old, of Worcester

Efrain Pacheco, eighteen-years-old, of Worcester

John Colorio, fifty-three-years-old of North Grafton

They will all be arraigned in Worcester District Court

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Below are today’s obituaries from Worcester funeral homes. ThisWeekinWorcester.com publishes obituaries every day.
Mary Asadoorian, 76, of Worcester – Obituary
Nicole M. (Buduski) Beley, 46 of Southbridge – Obituary
Carl E. Bruhn, Jr., 86, of West Boylston – Obituary
Josephine S. Chiras, 89, of Worcester – Obituary
David F. Dupuis, 49, of Worcester – Obituary
Mary S. (Pando) Efthim, 91, of Worcester – Obituary
Helen F. (Hughes) Estaphan, 97 of Shrewsbury – Obituary
Jane A. (Durning) Guilbeault, 73, of Holden – Obituary

Lucille M. Johnson, 83, of Worcester – Obituary


Shirley Miriam (Bergman) Katz, 66, of Worcester – Obituary

Vera (Costello) Kerr, 99, of Rochdale – Obituary

Marion V. (Hodgkins) Kozminski, 93, of Rutland – Obituary


Rae (Fins) Landgarte, 91, of Worcester – Obituary

Antoinette J. (Piscitelli) Lesperance, 69, of Shrewsbury – Obituary


Michael L. Mansfield, 43, of Springfield – Obituary

Miriam Virginia (Kachadorian) Markarian, 92, of Worcester – Obituary

Hector S Melendez, Sr.  80, of Worcester – Obituary



George J. “Wingsy” O’Connor, 82, of Worcester – Obituary

Carmen Otero-Montanez, 80, of Worcester – Obituary




Freddy A. Reyes, 54, of Worcester – Obituary


Dimitra (Vogiatzis) Savvidis, 82, of Worcester – Obituary

Felix J. Shilalie, 96, of Worcester/Auburn – Obituary

Mary Ann (Taparauskas) Smith, 72, of Grafton – Obituary




Alexandra Lee Valoras, 18, of Grafton – Obituary


Barbara A. (Burke) Williams, 89, of West Boylston – Obituary

Mary E. (Novash)(Shliapa) Winsky, 91, of Worcester – Obituary



Clifford Charles Yarosh, 74, of Westborough – Obituary


WORCESTER – Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., along with other DAs across Massachusetts, plans to ask the State Legislature for $5 million for re-entry programs for inmates who have completed their sentences.

“The money would help fund community-based residential re-entry programs,” Early said. “No one should leave their jail cell on Monday without services in place on Tuesday to help them safely adjust to life in the community; it’s a recipe for recidivism.”

The DAs unanimously support the Community Resources for Justice Plan to fund community-based residential re-entry programs.

In support of the need for re-entry services in a letter to the Legislature, the DAs said they have long supported “additional resources and financial commitment to post-conviction supervision and re-entry programs.”

The purpose of the re-entry programs is to reduce recidivism and give people the services needed to succeed outside of jail. The community-based programs provide a safe place to live, a job, case management and behavioral addiction treatment.

WORCESTER –  The first of two public forums hosted by Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr.’s Task Force addressing chronic homelessness in the city will now be held this Monday, March 26 from 5 PM to 6:30 PM at the Worcester Senior Center. 

The Task Force for Sustaining Housing First Solutions is encouraging members of the community to attend the forum and provide input. Community members can also submit comments and question on homelessness at the recently launched Task Force website

A second public forum listening session will be held on Wednesday, June 13 from 5 PM to 6:30 PM.at the Worcester Public Library.

Beginning this month and going through June 2018, the Task Force will do an in-depth examination of the city’s community needs and how it can better address adult chronic homelessness. The goal of the Task Force is to come up with a plan for permanent supportive housing within the City of Worcester.

WORCESTER – Worcester Public Schools will get out two hours early on Wednesday, March 21 due to another nor’easter hitting Worcester.

All schools will be dismissed 2 hours earlier than their normal dismissal time. There will be no AM or PM Preschool or Head Start programs and after school & evening activities & programs are cancelled.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for 5 to 10 inches of snow.

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin announced on Tuesday that 19 State Troopers will face duty hearings and possible suspension without pay as the result of an audit of overtime patrols and an investigation into payments for overtime traffic enforcement shifts.

The Troopers in question belong to Troop E – headquartered in South Boston and comprised of four stations in Weston, Charlton, Westfield and in the State Police Tunnels above the Ted Williams Tunnel in South Boston.

According to the MSP, the audit revealed apparent discrepancies between overtime earnings paid to members and actual patrols worked by the 19 members who are being scheduled for the duty status hearings. The 19 members hold the ranks of Trooper, Sergeant, and Lieutenant.

Two other troopers would have also been subjected to a duty status hearing, but one trooper retired before the audit was completed, and another trooper is currently suspended without pay and is under investigation for another matter.

The results of the audit have been submitted to Attorney General Maura Healey for further investigation. The result of further investigation will determine if criminal charges need to be brought forward to any of the 19 troopers.

Colonel Gilpin also announced today that the MSP is expanding the audit to examine all overtime traffic enforcement shifts worked by personnel in all Troops. To date, there is no information to suggest the overtime pay discrepancies are wider in scope than those confirmed today, but the Colonel and her command staff are committed to ensuring full accountability Department-wide.

“Integrity, honesty, and accountability are core values of the Massachusetts State Police,” Colonel Gilpin stated. “Those are values that I, as Colonel, expect and demand, that Governor Baker and Secretary Bennett demand, and that the hard-working men and women of this Department — the overwhelming majority of our people — expect and demand of their peers.

“Most importantly, those values of honesty and integrity are what our citizens rightly expect and demand. For us to fulfill our mission as a police agency, we must have the public’s trust.”