■ WOMAN ATTACKED Cambridge police are investigating an attempted assault and battery on a woman while she was walking near Harvard Square on Tuesday night. The woman was alone in the area of Putnam Avenue and Green Street around 10:15 p.m. when the suspect started following her, said Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick. “She felt the presence of someone behind her,” he said. “As she was turning around, a male suspect grabbed her shoulders and waist.” She managed to free herself and alerted police, Warnick said. “She was not injured, aside from being emotionally shaken up,” he said. Police are investigating the incident as an assault and battery, Warnick said. The woman said the suspect was a stranger to her. The suspect is described as a white man age 18 to 25 wearing a beanie with a thin build and a clean-shaven face, Warnick said. He is around 5 feet 10 inches tall and possibly has blond hair.
■ UNDERCOVER PROBE An Uber driver is charged with selling heroin to undercover state troopers, prosecutors said Thursday. Ariel Pimental, 26, of Lawrence was arraigned Wednesday in South Boston Municipal Court on charges of distribution of a Class A substance and trafficking in heroin, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a joint statement. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and the lawyer who represented him Wednesday had no comment. Pimental was ordered held on $60,000 cash bail. Prosecutors said investigators began monitoring him after receiving a tip over the summer that an Uber driver, later identified as Pimental, was selling heroin in the Boston area, the statement said. Troopers made six undercover purchases from Pimental through the fall after contacting him by phone, though not through the Uber app, according to authorities. In a statement, Uber spokeswoman Susan Hendrick said the company has a “zero tolerance policy for the use of drugs and alcohol.”
■ COURTHOUSE DRUGS Three court officers at Brockton Superior Court were placed on paid leave, and a mother and daughter were charged Thursday as part of an investigation into an alleged heroin distribution ring at the courthouse, authorities said. Christine Lozanne, 54, of Norwood, and Tineisha Lozanne, 25, of Dorchester were arraigned in Brockton District Court on a handful of counts, including distribution of heroin and delivery of an article or drugs to a prisoner in jail. Each pleaded not guilty and were released on personal recognizance, according to the Plymouth district attorney’s office. They are due back in court on Jan. 18. The unidentified court officers will remain on leave, pending the results of an investigation, a court spokeswoman said.