Man allegedly steals newspapers to cover up story about him, criminals mad when they can’t get crack, man tries to trick witness into missing court date and more in this week’s edition.

Man takes hundreds of newspapers in effort to quiet news of criminal charges 

TAUNTON, Mass. - Police shortly after 9 a.m. detained a van driven by Roland Hill, a Taunton man facing aggravated rape and child assault charges, parked on the side of the Taunton Daily Gazette’s building. Inside the van were piles of Tuesday’s edition — the front page of which featured an account of police having arrested Hill and his wife, Mary.


Four patrol cars were parked around Hill’s van. A police officer told a Gazette employee that Hill, 46, was able to produce at least $21 worth of receipts for papers purchased. After a half-hour discussion, police allowed Hill to drive away.


That incident followed a call police received at 8:46 a.m. from a resident of Eldridge Street — the street on which the Hills reside — stating that a man in a tan van was stealing all the Taunton Daily Gazettes out of newspaper boxes on the street.


The caller also said she witnessed him filching papers from the nearby Reed & Barton complex.


And just after 9 a.m., the Gazette reported to police numerous complaints from various local businesses that someone had stolen all of their papers that morning — including bundles left outside of businesses that had not yet opened for the day.


The estimate of papers taken was between 300 and 400, police said.


The incident did not result in charges against Hill, police said Tuesday night.


Two men set fire to victim’s door after he didn't share crack cocaine


CANTON, Ohio - Two Canton men told police they tried to set someone’s door on fire after the person smoked crack with them then told them to leave and refused to give them “their share” of what was left of the drug.


Police arrested Robert G. Grier, 38, and Darren D. Adams, 45, about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the location of the fire, Stark County Jail records said.


Police recovered burned paper and saw ashes and burn marks on the victim’s door, according to jail records.


Grier and Adams told police that they had become angry after the fire victim smoked crack with them, told them to leave and then refused to give them “their share of the remaining crack,” jail records said.


Pennsylvania man convicted after trying to trick witness


HONESDALE, Pa. - A Lake Ariel man was convicted of several charges after he tried to trick a witness against into missing a hearing on other charges.


A Wayne County Jury convicted Scott Greenberg, 27, of one count of criminal attempt to commit obstruction of justice and one count of impersonating a public servant, both misdemeanors of the second degree. The jury deliberated about 25 minutes before reaching a verdict.


In January, Greenberg had telephoned a witness in a case pending against him scheduled for a hearing in Honesdale. Greenberg, while disguising his voice as a female, told the witness that she (he) was an employee of the Magistrate’s Office and that the scheduled case had been continued and that the witness need not appear at the hearing scheduled.


First Assistant Patrick L. Robinson prosecuted the case. District Attorney Michael P. Lehutsky said, “Mr. Greenberg’s attempt to manipulate the judicial system and prejudice an honest litigant’s rights was as wrong as it was childish. The jury made it clear that this kind of ridiculous conduct will not be tolerated.”


Stinky the cat has 8 lives left after rising from the dead


WINCHESTER, Mass. - Evander "Stinky" Rucki lives.


In a stunning reversal of last month’s cat-astrophe, the beloved feline was found this week, alive and well, with warm food in his belly and eight lives in his pocket.


“We were shell-shocked last night,” said Evander’s owner, Sally Rucki, who thought she had buried her cat last month when a feline fitting Evander’s description was found dead at a high school three weeks after Evander went missing.


“ We got a call from a woman from Medford last night who said, ‘I really think I have your cat.’


“She said she had just read the article online because she had been looking for the owner of the cat.”


Rucki said she told the woman her cat had already been buried, but, as she originally did with Evander, she offered to take the cat in and care for it while trying to find its rightful owners.


“She said, ‘In the meantime, let me e-mail the pictures.’ … So the first picture came up, and I thought it was him, but I knew it had to be wishful thinking.


“Then the second picture came up, and I knew it was him. I started balling my eyes out, flew over there in the car, and it was him. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.”


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