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Jan 26, 2013

Trying to stop jail’s revolving door

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While other inmates listen, Marco Arroyo expresses his gratitude for the Hazelton Community Project relapse program during a ceremony this week at the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction in West Boylston. The inmates received certificates for completing an anger management or relapse prevention program. (T&G Staff/PAUL KAPTEYN)

W. BOYLSTON RELAPSE PREVENTION PROGRAM

By Linda Bock TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

WEST BOYLSTON — Marcos Arroyo choked up as he stood up in front of about 30 other inmates at the Worcester County Jail & House of Correction to admit he is a “chronic relapser,” and to thank his substance abuse counselor and his fellow inmates for helping him make it through the Relapse Prevention certificate program.Mr. Arroyo and 32 fellow inmates received certificates Wednesday from either the Anger Management or the Relapse Prevention classes held the past 10 weeks. A few inmates received certificates for completion of both programs. Read more…

Jan 16, 2013

Nikita’s dogged determination helps him detect drugs

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Sgt. Thomas Chabot and Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis with Nikita, the new drug-sniffing dog adopted from the Sterling Animal Shelter.

With his small size and friendly personality, Nikita hardly resembles a stereotypically menacing police dog.But both traits make him perfect for his new role: He has been specially trained to assist the Worcester County Sheriff’s office in detecting drugs.

The nine-month-old lab-terrier mix recently completed a 14-week canine training program at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office with his handler, Sgt. Thomas Chabot of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. Read more…

Jan 10, 2013

Inmate work crew pitches in at Westboro Senior Center

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis with Westborough Senior Center Custodian Jim Ballard, left, and WCSO Officer Jason Firmin.

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis with Westborough Senior Center Custodian Jim Ballard, left, and WCSO Officer Jason Firmin.

WESTBORO — Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis recently provided a work crew through the Inmate Community Service Program to the Westboro Senior Center.

Inmates painted the kitchen and food prep area and helped remove snow from entryways and walkways, saving the senior center an estimated $8,000 in labor and maintenance costs.

The WCSO Inmate Community Service Program provides free labor to municipalities and nonprofit organizations by nonviolent, non-sex offender individuals who have earned a place in the program.

“We truly appreciate Sheriff Evangelidis providing the Inmate Community Service Program to paint our kitchen at the senior center and to remove snow from our walkways. The Sheriff’s inmate work crew was very respectful and did an outstanding job, and we are very grateful for the many thousands of dollars this program has saved us in labor and maintenance costs,” said Senior Center Executive Director Alma DeManche.

Jan 2, 2013

Sheriff Donates Holiday Turkeys To Shrewsbury Seniors

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis visits with 94-year-old Shrewsbury resident Belton Wall, who received a gift of a holiday turkey from the sheriff during a recent visit to the Shrewsbury Senior Center.

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis visits with 94-year-old Shrewsbury resident Belton Wall, who received a gift of a holiday turkey from the sheriff during a recent visit to the Shrewsbury Senior Center.

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Shrewsbury seniors enjoyed holiday cheer and put food in the pantry when Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis paid a visit to the Shrewsbury Senior Center on Dec. 20 as part of the 2012 Sheriff’s Holiday Turkey Program for seniors.

“We are very appreciative of Sheriff Evangelidis for generously bringing Christmas Day meals of turkeys, cranberry sauce and pies to our senior center,” said Shrewsbury Senior Center Executive Director Sharon Yager. “The Sheriff’s Holiday Turkey Program is a wonderful help for our seniors during the holiday season.”

Shrewsbury resident Belton Wall said, “It was great to see the sheriff here today, and what a nice surprise to receive a holiday turkey.”

The sheriff made nine stops across Worcester County to distribute more than 300 turkeys. The program was made possible by Table Talk Pies and private donations through the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Association.

The Daily Voice
by John Swinconeck
01/02/13

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