Tuesday, June 2, 2015

In the News: Cookies for a cause, clothing theft repeats

On Saturday, Cathleen Bryan of Franklin and her best friend Jena Johnson of Blackstone held their 6th Annual Cookies 4 A Cause sale at the Famous House of Pizza, 40 N Main St., Bellingham, pulling in more than $1,000 for cystic fibrosis and Jena’s fight against the disease. 
Cathleen, 11, has been organizing the sale for the past six years in honor of her friend, also 11. The money is raised to help with Jena’s medical expenses and to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 
“Cathleen and Jena worked their magic and the cookie sale went great. We did not sell out of cookies but were still able to raise over $1,800 and Famous House Of Pizza will continue to sell them and collect donations,” noted Laureen Bryan, Cathleen’s mom. “The girls stayed until 10 p.m. and it was a wonderful day. I am so grateful for friends, family, strangers and, most of all, Famous House of Pizza, for letting us hold the sale there year after year.”
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A Rhode Island man was held on $5,000 bail Monday after he allegedly took bags of clothing from the same Society of St. Vincent de Paul collection bin that police caught him stealing from last month. 
Valdir Barros, 27, of Central Falls, Rhode Island, was arrested Saturday on charges of breaking into a depository and larceny over $250. He and another man are accused of loading several bags of clothes into a U-Haul van before fleeing the area, Franklin police said. 
On May 4, Barros was charged with stealing from the bin after police found him hiding inside of it. 
Police Saturday also arrested Bruce Ribeiro, 29, of Brockton, and charged him with breaking into a depository, giving a false name and disturbing the peace, as well as larceny over $250 and witness intimidation.

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