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From the region
Man is indicted in death of mother
WORCESTER- A Leominster man charged with stabbing his mother to death is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 8 in Worcester Superior Court.
Thomas B. Scesny, 27, of 39 Biscuit Hill Drive, Leominster, was indicted Aug. 20 on a charge of murder in the April 12 stabbing death of 46-year-old Lisa Scesny in the family's home.
Mr. Scesny, who was arrested the day of the killing, is being held without bail at Bridgewater State Hospital, where mental health professionals have deemed him mentally incompetent to stand trial, according to his lawyer Leonard J. Staples. Mr. Staples said the issue of Mr. Scesny's competency to stand trial must still be addressed by the court.
Lawyer James G. Reardon Jr., who represented Mr. Scesny at his April 13 arraignment in Leominster District Court, said Mr. Scesny had a history of mental illness and had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Judge Mark E. Noonan committed Mr. Scesny to Bridgewater State Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. The case was transferred to Worcester Superior Court as a result of the Aug. 20 indictment.
Special permit sought to keep 13 dogs at home
WEBSTER -The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing Monday on a special permit application from a couple who want to keep 13 dogs in their Slater Street house.
Christopher J. Roy and Michelle M. Poirier have asked for a special permit to keep their dogs at 37 Slater St., which is zoned single-family residential.
The Slaters' menagerie of dogs includes black Labradors, greyhounds, golden retrievers, beagles and Chihuahuas. Several of the dogs are old, and three dogs - two of which are on medication - experience periodic seizures. The couple included reference letters from the Southbridge town clerk and dog officer with their application, as well as notes of support from their dog sitter, veterinarian and former neighbors in Southbridge.
The couple said their dogs have always been current on their vaccines and properly cared for.
They said they have received no complaints from their former neighbors about the dogs being offensive or obnoxious in any way related to noise, odor or waste. The couple also said they would be willing to sign a letter stating they do not intend to replace any of the dogs when they die. There is nothing in the town's general bylaws regulating the number of dogs owned by an individual.
The public hearing is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Monday in the basement conference room of Town Hall.
5 school choice seats still open for Grade 9
SHREWSBURY - The high school still has five seats available for the ninth-grade class through its new school choice program.
The School Committee voted to open 20 seats in the ninth grade at the high school to school choice participants for the 2010-11 school year as a way of making up some of the $100,000 lost as a result of Shrewsbury residents going to school outside the district.
Diane Abbott, registrar, said yesterday that 15 students are registered through the program. She said 12 are girls and three are boys. They come from Charlton, Boylston, Leicester, Northbridge and Worcester. School begins Tuesday.
Anyone interested may go online to www.shrewsbury.k12.ma.us to get information or download an application. Questions about the school choice application process should be directed to Ms. Abbott at dabbott@ shrewsbury.k12.ma.us or (508) 841-8320.