Saturday, June 6, 2015

In the News: Ficco's closes, Taunton man charged

Yet discussing the close, Ficco didn't reveal any pangs of regret, though he said it likely hasn’t sunk in completely. It will hit him the hardest, he said, when he drives by the new shopping plaza slated to be built in the alley’s place. The building will be razed. 
“There are hundreds of stories, when you’ve been here as long as we have,” he said. “There're all kinds of things – one woman told me she’d been in the same league for 47 years. I feel a little bad for the older folks, my regular customers who’re here every week.” 
And Ficco will miss watching the jubilant faces of people as they bowl, especially the children. “I was always around people who were having a good time,” he said, adding that the alley has been the venue for uncountable first dates, many of which blossomed into happy marriages.
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A Taunton music teacher, who has taught children in public and private settings in several cites and towns in Massachusetts, has been accused of child rape. 
Charges were filed after police said Charles Hocking, 66, inappropriately touched a 7-year-old boy during piano lessons at a home here last month. 
Hocking has been charged with aggravated statutory rape of a child (two counts) and open and gross lewdness. He was held on $10,000 bail following his Wrentham District Court arraignment Thursday.
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