Paragraph six reads: "Following White's arrest, Maura White told police that she suspected he was abusing cocaine, and that he had been taking medication for depression."
Home of accused trooper searched
Ex-State Police spokesman faces assault charges
By Judith Forman, Globe Staff Correspondent, 2/13/2003
STOUGHTON - Authorities have searched the Stoughton home of a state trooper accused of domestic violence, but would not reveal yesterday what they found.
Stoughton District Court Clerk-Magistrate Donald Stapleton said he issued a search warrant on Saturday for the Southworth Court home of Sergeant Timothy C. White, a former State Police spokesman who also worked in the department's narcotics inventory unit.
Details of the warrant were not available. Stapleton said the documents have been impounded.
White was arrested by Stoughton police Jan. 27 after he allegedly threatened his wife, Maura, with his .40-caliber service pistol, and also put the gun in his own mouth, at the couple's home.
At a Jan. 31 appearance in Stoughton District Court, White pleaded not guilty to assault with intent to murder and several other charges. A judge ordered him sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for psychiatric observation, and last week a Norfolk Superior Court judge rejected a request by White to be freed on bail while awaiting trial.
Following White's arrest, Maura White told police that she suspected he was abusing cocaine, and that he had been taking medication for depression. Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Maria Judge has said that White tested positive for marijuana and cocaine.
Lieutenant Marian McGovern, a State Police spokeswoman, would not comment yesterday on the search of White's home, or say whether State Police evidence drugs - to which White had access in his former job at State Police headquarters in Framingham - had been tampered with. Investigators have been auditing the evidence drugs because White's former job required him to keep track of seized drugs and drugs ordered destroyed.
''That investigation is still being looked into as we speak,'' McGovern said. She would not say whether the search warrant was issued to State Police.
White's lawyer, Timothy Burke of Needham, said yesterday that he was unaware of any search at White's home. ''I have no information at all about what - if anything - was recovered,'' Burke said. White is due back in court Feb. 28.
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This story ran on page B3 of the Boston Globe on 2/13/2003.