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Newton police made multiple arrests on Jan. 10 at Tedeschi’s Food Shop on Winchester Street.

Assigned to liquor enforcement, police spotted a young man head into the store around 8:40 p.m. He left carrying two 30-packs of beer, and loaded it into a gray Jeep with MA plates.

Police questioned the man, and seized two 30-packs (Budweiser and Natural Light), as well as a false New York driver’s license, as evidence.

The Pittsfield Licensing Board has lifted the three-month suspension of a city bar’s liquor license, provided the bar owner sells it, which could happen within the next 60 days.

The board’s unanimous decision on Tuesday means Hermann Alexander’s will remain closed until owner Mitchell Grossjung successfully finds a buyer for the license, reports the Berkshire Eagle. The city will continue to hold the license, pending its sale.

The five-member panel had been urging Grossjung to sell the license since they shut down the Lyman Street bar on May 15. Hermann Alexander’s initially lost its liquor license amid allegations of illegal gambling and liquor law violations, as well as drug dealing — charges that stem from a police raid in April by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.

Wicked Local Somerville reports on alleged illegal gambling being conducted at Michael’s in Somerville. The ABCC is weighing disciplinary action.

Under state law, gambling is any wager between participants or spectators of an event of more than $5 in a public place. Betting in pool halls, bowling allies or on sports is considered illegal. While betting on horse or dog races is legal on site, it is not allowed in public places, such as bars.

A former inspector for the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABC) pleaded guilty last week to extortion charges and received jail time for using his position of authority to extort money from an Everett business under his jurisdiction.

Arthur Hitchman, 41, of Melrose, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Jan. 11th, in Middlesex Superior Court to charges of Attempted Extortion, Soliciting and Accepting a Corrupt Gift to Influence an Official Act, Solicitation to Commit the Receiving of Stolen Property, and Improper Storage of a Firearm (two counts).

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced the defendant to two and one half years in the House of Correction on the attempted extortion charge and two years probation from and after on the additional charges.

Greenfield’s Board of License Commissioners has ordered the Easy Street Nightclub to remain closed through this holiday weekend – a traditionally busy time for Western Massachusetts eating and drinking establishments – after a series of recent problems, including the arrest of a co-owner of the nightclub on drug charges last month.

Bar owner Ivan Tristan was arrested in November on cocaine and other charges. The day after his arrest, town officials closed Easy Street for eight days, citing safety-code violations at the Fiske Avenue club, according to a report by the Greenfield Recorder.

On Tuesday, the Board of License Commissioners again ordered the bar to close, yanking the club’s liquor license for 10 days – three of which must be served immediately. The remaining seven days were deferred, The Recorder reported.

Police in Foxboro, Mass. arrested a Taunton man who led them on an almost hour-long chase after fleeing the scene of a car crash along Route 495 Northbound last Friday evening.

50-year-old Howard Stockbridge was arrested and charged after rear-ending a Rhode Island man’s car on 495 North in Foxboro and then driving away from the scene.

Massachusetts State Police found Stockbridge almost an hour later walking through a parking lot along Route 106 and discovered he smelled of alcohol and “observed that his eyes appeared glassy.” Stockbridge told the arresting trooper he was coming from a nearby gym.

District Attorney Michael Morrissey hosted more than 150 educators and police from across Norfolk County at an all-day conference providing strategies to prevent and address underage drinking and other dangerous behavior, according to patch.com

“The time to address underage drinking is before it comes into court as an alcohol-fueled assault, or the car crash that takes a life or causes permanent injury,” said Morrissey.

The Taunton Daily Gazette has a story on how the Taunton Police are getting tougher with sting operations and are on the hunt for liquor license violations and underage drinking. The state’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has awarded a $9,700 grant to the Taunton Police Department specifically to combat underage drinking.

Alcohol-related visits to local emergency rooms spike whenever Boston teams win championships and have parades, but effective public-safety oversight means we don’t experience the same sort of “horrendous” violence that other cities experience when they win, the Boston Public Health Commission reports.

The commission says it compiled ER stats from Boston championship runs dating back to 2004, and including this year’s Bruins’ championship:

The Bruins’ victory parade on June 18 generated the most alcohol-related hospital visits with 46, followed by 45 during the 2008 victory parade after the Celtics won the NBA championship. The 2007 parade after the Sox won the World Series generated the fewest alcohol-related ER visits with 20.