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Police chief’s trial delayed

The criminal trial of suspended Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix has been pushed from this week to June 20, according to the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

LaCroix, who was arrested in Maynard last summer, is facing charges that he assaulted his wife and a female neighbor during separate incidents in June.

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LaCroix was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest. Reached by telephone last week, LaCroix declined to comment.

The City Council in recent months rejected requests by Mayor Jeannette McCarthy to appropriate money — first $20,000, then $10,000 — to conduct an investigation into the police chief’s behavior leading up to his arrest.

Councilors said they felt uncomfortable with the timing of the mayor’s request, and would rather wait to see the results of his trial. It had been scheduled to begin Wednesday in Concord District Court.

A Middlesex prosecutor said in court after the arrest that ­LaCroix had grabbed his wife in a choke hold June 12 and slammed her onto a kitchen counter in their Maynard home.

He also talked about killing his wife, her friend, and himself, the prosecutor said.

The June 12 incident followed a quarrel that morning when LaCroix intercepted a work-related text message that his wife had sent to a male co-worker, the Globe reported, citing police ­records.

Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at
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