Week in Review: Robbers Hold up Plainville Dunkin' Donuts, Wrentham Ties to Meningtis Outbreak, King Philip Hoops Star Ready to Play for Maryland, and More!

This week, a man who attempted to rob two Dunkin' Donuts in Plainville was arrested in North Attleboro, it was discovered that NECC co-owner Barry Cadden has ties to Wrentham, and former King Philip basketball star Jake Layman gets ready to play fo

Man Attempts to Rob two Dunkin' Donuts in Plainville

According to eyewitnesses talking to Wrentham Patch and Plainville Police Chief James Alfred, a person described as a white male, with blue eyes, wearing baggie jeans, and a red lifeguard hoodie attempted to rob the Dunkin' Donuts located across the street from Target at approximately 7:00 p.m. The man went into the Dunkin' Donuts and attempted to rob the store with what he claimed to be a hypodermic needle infected with HIV.

When he was unsuccessful, he fled the scene and attempted to rob the Dunkin' Donuts at 86 Washington St. on Route 1 in Plainville where he got away with $200.

The person in question also held up Dunkin' Donuts in Bellingham and another one on King St. in Franklin about an hour before arriving in Plainville.


Suspects in Dunkin' Donuts Robberies Arrested

North Attleboro police have arrested two suspects connected to the recent local donut shop robberies after allegedly stopping their attempt to rob a Honey Dew Donuts on Route 1.

Both Gregory Mansur, 23 and his wife Amanda Mansur, 24 were found by the North Attleboro police while allegedly planning to hold up a Honey Dew Donuts on North Attleboro. Gregory Mansur was found with a hypodermic needle containing blood on it which police suspect he was going to be used to help hold up the shop.


The meningitis outbreak stemming from an infected batch of vials of a steroid prepared at a factory of the Framingham-based New England Compounding Center, Inc (NECC) has ties to Wrentham.

Barry Cadden, the co-owner of the company, is a Wrentham resident and recently donated to Senator Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) campaign. Brown has since given the money to charity.

This month, it was discovered that steroids for back pain produced by NECC had contain fungal meningitis. According to the Wall Street Journal, an estimated 13,000 patients may have been exposed to the form of meningitis though the injection. As of Oct. 11, there were 170 reported cases of rare fungal meningitis nationwide along with 14 deaths with more cases expected.

Cadden made three donations to Brown’s campaign, totaling $5,000 during the summer.


King Philip Star Jake Layman Ready to Play at Maryland

Jake Layman, while growing up in Wrentham, followed Atlantic Coast Conference basketball on a limited basis. He knew that Boston College was in the ACC, but when it came to signature programs he was well aware of Duke and North Carolina, perennial national powers.

A former hoop star at King Philip Regional High School, the 6-foot-8 Layman has landed at another ACC school with a rich basketball tradition. Layman is days away from his first season at the University of Maryland, which won the NCAA national title in 2002 but is coming off a 17-15 record last season under first-year head coach Mark Turgeon.

Layman’s father, Tim, a former baseball player at the University of Maine, has family in the suburbs north of Baltimore, about one hour north of the University of Maryland, and the younger Layman said in an interview Oct. 9 that played a role in his decision to join Terps Nation.

But being able to play in the tough ACC is another major factor for Layman, who is one of five brothers. His mother, Claire, played basketball at Maine.


Photos: British Jaguar Enthusiasts Show Off over 60 Years of British Automobiles

As shoppers walked by the parking lot in front of Saks Fifth Avenue at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, many could not help but notice the 43 Jaguars parked outside. The club known as the British Jaguar Enthusiasts, which stopped at Wrentham as part of their tour of America, showed off Jaguars from as early as 1951 to the more modern cars.

The stop in Wrentham was just one of the many stops that the group has made as part of a 22 day trip in the U.S. After shipping their cars to Baltimore, the group has driven to Washington D.C., Virginia, and up to Montreal, New Hampshire, and Vermont before stopping in Wrentham. 

To end the trip, the group will be making stops in Cape Cod, Newport, RI, Connecticut and New York City.


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