Beer Bribe

Man allegedly tries to buy vote with 12 pack

A Ludlow man is charged with trying to buy a person's vote with a 12-pack of beer. Police accuse Edward Lucas of offering the beer to an 18-year-old student at Ludlow High School in exchange for a "no" vote on a proposed nickel increase in school property taxes. He's also accused of threatening to egg the teen's house and slash his tires if he voted "yes." Police officer James Tucker said in an affidavit that the 40-year-old Lucas was arrested Friday and released on bond Saturday. Ludlow contends that all he said was he hoped the issue didn't pass and if it didn't he was going to have a big beer party. Police dispute that version of the exchange, but declined to give specifics. The tax increase is on the ballot today and would add about 43 dollars a year to the tax bill for a 75-thousand, 800 dollar residence and would generate about 75-thousand dollars a year for school construction.