Region Roundup: Man Shot in Stomach; Million Dollar Marijuana Bust; 1000 Point Scorers (And More...)

A look at what is happening around the region.

A Tri-Congregational Discussion on Regionalization for three local synagogues was held on Thursday, Feb. 14 at Temple Beth Emunah in Brockton. Representatives of Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton and Temple Beth Am in Randolph also attended the meeting, which attracted over 250 interested parties.

The plan, still in the discussion phase, is for these three temples to merge into one congregation and use an interim site (Temple Beth Emunah) until a new building is constructed.

The recommendation to merge, and begin attending services at the interim location in July of 2014 is not finalized. Each of the temple’s congregations still needs to vote on the plan. The vote is scheduled for April 4, 2013.

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Stoughton Police Assist in Million Dollar Marijuana Bust in Canton

The Stoughton Police Department along with other state and local police agencies arrested a Brooklyn, New York man in Canton on Feb. 15 for allegedly accepting a marijuana delivery valued at nearly $1 million, according to reports. 

Thomas Jin Kim, 30, of Brooklyn, was taken into custody after taking possession of nearly 300 pounds of pot and was subsequently charged with trafficking in marijuana.

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Drugs may have been the focus of a conflict that led to a man being shot at his Smith Street Rear home late last Sunday night. Attleboro police say they found illegal drugs, marijuana plants and more than $24,000 in cash at the home of shooting victim Michael Briggs.

He was in stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital as of Monday, police say. A search for the shooting suspects is ongoing, and police are following "several leads," according to a press release from the Attleboro department.

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Needing four points to become the 14th player in school history - boy or girl - to score 1,000 career points, Stoughton High boys' basketball star Marcus Middleton stole the ball twice in the first quarter last Sunday night against Boston Latin in the opening game of the Walpole Hoop Classic and both times headed to the hoop for an uncontested layup. 

The second steal came with 1:57 left in the first quarter. The senior captain, known for his tenacious defense, jarred the ball loose around mid court and headed to the basket. As Boston Latin's Adam Mikula closed in, Middleton spun to the left of the basket and laid the ball in with his right hand, scoring his 1,000th career point.

Middleton finished his four-year varsity career with 1,026 points. 

Read more (and see video of Middleton scoring his 1000th point) by clicking here. 


Oliver Ames senior girls' basketball captain Caitlyn Abela also joined the 1,000-point club. 

The milestone came midway through the second quarter of the Walpole Tournament Championship game against Medfield this past Wednesday.

Read more (and see video of Abela's 1000th point) by clicking here.


DJ February 24, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Why is an Attleboro shooting in the Stoughton roundup article? I can understand news of abutting towns of articles that affect Stoughton, but an Attleboro shooting? Might as well have been Milford.
Jeffrey Pickette (Editor) February 24, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Hi DJ, always keeping me on my toes :) It's the region roundup, taking top Patch stories from around the area, and I like to include a majority of stories that are either Stoughton related or are from a town bordering Stoughton, but if there is a particularly big story from another town in the area, I will highlight that. If you look at last week's, there was a story included from Mansfield and Norton for that reason.
DJ February 25, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Sorry about that Jeff, but most impressed that you take note and respond. Just my 2 cents, but I just don't see how someone shot in Attleboro is in anyway pertinent to local Stoughton news. I don't even think I read that piece in the Globe? Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I perceive the Patch as local access news/information and Attleboro must be 20 miles and 4 towns distant.


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