Friday, January 21, 2011

Former Blackstone National Employee Arrested for Stealing

This one hits close to home. A reporter for a number of Central Massachusetts news organizations was arrested for stealing close to $100,000 from the Sutton, Mass., layout, a Rees Jones design.

According to the "Worcester Telegram" story found here, "Kenneth P. Powers, 49, of 36 Abbott St., No. 4B, Worcester, is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 28 in Uxbridge District Court on one count of larceny over $250. A criminal complaint was issued Jan. 11."

"At the time of the alleged theft, Mr. Powers was golf pro shop manager at Blackstone National Golf Club on Putnam Hill Road, Sutton"

The story also says that Powers was fired from the "Telegram and Gazette" for plagiarism of a Sports Illustrated piece in 2005.

At the time, Powers was the New England Patriots beat writer and was ordered to return to Worcester from Jacksonville where he was covering the Patriots-Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl.

"Substantial portions of a column originally written by Peter King and published Jan. 24 on the Sports Illustrated Web site were printed Jan. 30 in the Sunday Telegram under the byline of Ken Powers," wrote T&G editors at the time.

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