QUINCY -- A 15-year-old girl was forced to have sex with men who paid between $100 and $150 to Norman S. Barnes, a Dorchester man accused of kidnapping the girl and forcing her to become his sex slave for 10 days, officials alleged today.FULL ENTRY
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QUINCY -- A Dorchester man kidnapped a 15-year-old girl off a street on May 7 and held her captive while forcing her to work as a prostitute in motels in Quincy, Danvers, and Dorchester, a prosecutor said today.
The girl managed to escape Thursday afternoon when the suspect left her alone at the Best Western Quincy Adams Inn in North Quincy. She ran from the hotel room and went to the lobby where she reached out through Facebook and pleaded for help, Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Erin Murphy said in court.
Murphy said relatives had reported the girl missing to authorities.
At least two relatives arrived at the motel at the same time the suspect, Norman S. Barnes, returned to the motel. A relative of the victim summoned a state trooper working a paid detail on the Neponset River Bridge reconstruction project. The trooper arrested Barnes and helped rescue the girl.
“When the relative pulled up near the motel,’’ Murphy said, “the defendant returned to the inn, asking her what was she doing out of the room. … She began to run away.”FULL ENTRY
Danvers man leads police on 20-mile chase on Mass Pike after allegedly kidnapping a woman from her Malden home
A Malden woman told police she was forced into a car and kidnapped early this morning, according to State Police.
At about 5:45 a.m., Nathaniel A. Hudon, 31, of Danvers, who was described as an acquaintance, arrived at the 42-year-old woman’s home and convinced her to come outside and into his car, said State Police spokesman David Procopio.
Hudon had removed the inside handles of his car to prevent the victim from escaping, and was under the influence of narcotics, Procopio said.
“We believe it was cocaine,” Procopio said. “He was talking incoherently, and she was in fear for her life.”FULL ENTRY
A man crashed through a guardrail on the White Fuel Bridge into the Waters River in Danvers after he was distracted by text messaging while driving last night, officials said.
Though a Salem District Court official said a date has not been scheduled, police said Gerald Maher, 22, of Danvers, will be summonsed to court for negligent operation of a motor vehicle and texting while driving.
Maher landed in the river around 11:45 p.m. after he was texting while driving on Route 35 and hit a snowbank, causing him to swerve into the next lane of traffic and crashed completely through the bridge guardrail, said Danvers Police Captain Patrick Ambrose.
“The guardrail was just completely torn off,” he said.FULL ENTRY
A section of the ceiling at a Danvers Best Buy store collapsed last night, said Richard Maloney, the town's building inspector.
Police received a call at about 8:26 p.m. that an approximately 30-foot section of the ceiling at the Liberty Tree Mall store fell in, said Danvers Police Sergeant Robert Bettencourt.
No injuries were reported and police turned the investigation over to Maloney, Bettencourt said.
Through a two-year, $6,000 Essex County Community Foundation Grant, the school will train and hire a student mentor for the Women in Transition program, a part-time educational program for women who have been away from college for a long time or who begin college later in life, said Margaret Figgins-Hill, WIT program coordinator. The grant will be shared with a sister program offered at the Lynn campus of the college that focuses on helping women secure employment opportunities.
The transition program for women has been offered at the Danvers campus for over 20 years, said Figgins-Hill, and attracts women from many North Shore communities who oftentimes are facing financial hardship, abuse or addiction. Each year, 24 women participate in the self-contained program that provides emotional support services in addition to liberal arts classes.
This is a very supportive, very connected program for women who have come back to college after facing much adversity, said Figgins-Hill. We have seen so much success with it. The eyes who are looking at me in September when they begin are not the same eyes looking at me in May. Its a whole new person who leaves our program, she said.
The women who attend the program are usually older than the traditional college-aged student ranging from 20 to 50 years old, said Figgins-Hill. Many attain an Associates degree, while others have gone on to receive a Bachelors or Masters degree, she said.
Applicants for the new mentor will be limited to past WIT program graduates, said Figgins-Hill. The mentor will undergo a specialized training program before starting in the role sometime this fall. As the program is held part-time, three days a week, the mentor position will mirror that schedule, she said.
It will be extremely valuable to have a woman, who has gone through the program and gone on to turn her life around and achieve success, to be here to show current students the way, said Figgins-Hill.
Karen McNaster of Wakefield in 2008 graduated from the WIT program after coming to the college at age 42, recently divorced and without a job after being a stay-at-home mom for 8 years.
The WIT program saved my life, said McNaster. It gave me direction and offered tremendous support. Meeting and learning in an environment with other women who shared in my predicament gave me strength.
McNaster, who will begin her junior year at the school this fall, plans to transfer to Leslie College next year to study in the human services program.
My long-range plan is to become a licensed social worker, said McNaster. Im going all the way.
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