Reward offered in rock-throwing incidents along Rte. 9

John Fenuccio

Westborough Police and a regional task force are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the latest rock-throwing incident along Rte. 9.

On Monday, around 3:57 a.m., Westborough Police received a call reporting a vehicle had been struck by a rock near Rte. 9 and Connector Road. Monday's incident is the eighth involving rocks being thrown at cars early in the morning, according to police.

Sturbridge residents Murray Goldstein, 68, and his passenger, Arlene Boccia, 64, were in a 1994 Honda Accord.

"The car sustained damage to its hood and to its windshield, but luckily neither person sustained injuries," said Police Chief Alan Gordon. "We have no new leads at this time, but we are searching the ... area in the proximity of the bridge near Connector Road."

Gordon received permission yesterday to offer a $500 reward for information that will aid police in an arrest in the string of incidents in the same spot.

On Aug. 13, glass from a shattered windshield lodged in Dominic Acqua's eye when a a rock hit his 1995 Audi A6 as he drove east on Rte. 9. Acqua, 25, of Great Falls, Mont., was released from UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester the same day after receiving treatment to his eye.

In a July 25 incident, a driver's hand was cut after a rock broke his windshield, police said. The man's vehicle was damaged and the Police Department later got a call from a second driver reporting damage.

A third driver reported being hit by a rock or similar object earlier that week.

All of the incidents have occurred between roughly 4 and 6 a.m.

Police are urging anyone traveling along that section of Rte. 9 to watch for anything out of the ordinary and to try not to panic in case of an accident.