BRAINTREE, Mass.

Charity says theft of trailers won’t affect haunted house

Organizers of a charity haunted house in Braintree say the scares will go on as planned this weekend despite the theft of two trailers used to store props.

The 53-foot trailers disappeared from behind a warehouse this week where they have been stored for several years.

Fortunately, most of the props were already assembled for the haunted house, which opened Thursday. The event has been held for 32 years as a fundraiser for the parent-teacher organizations at two city schools.

Volunteers speculate the trailers were stolen for their scrap metal value. They bear the logos of defunct department store Bradlees.

SANDWICH, Mass.

Couple arrested for robbing two banks — with tot in car

A Mashpee couple has been arrested for allegedly robbing two Cape Cod banks with their 11-month-old daughter in tow.

Police on Thursday arrested 38-year-old Gerard Langley and 33-year-old Lana Rogers at a Sandwich gas station and charged them with two counts of unarmed robbery.

Police allege they robbed the Eastern Bank in the Marstons Mills section of Barnstable on Thursday and a Bank of America in the village of Hyannis on Oct. 16.

The girl was in their car when they were arrested.

BOSTON, Mass.

Ruling: State must show driver knew he hit person

The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that the crime of leaving the scene of a fatal accident requires prosecutors to prove that the defendant knew he collided with a person.

The ruling came in the case of Paul Daley, a Quincy firefighter who was charged with striking a man with his car in December 2009.

Daley said he stopped to check after he thought he hit a fire hydrant or a street sign, but never saw anyone. Moore’s body was found the next day in a snowbank.

A judge initially found Daley guilty of leaving the scene of the fatal accident, but later acquitted him, finding that prosecutors had to show Daley knew he hit a person.

On Friday, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed with that ruling.

DOVER, N.H.

Suspect waives hearing in UNH student’s killing

The man charged with killing a University of New Hampshire student whose body still has not been found has given up his right to a hearing.

Seth Mazzaglia, 30, was scheduled to be in Dover District Court Monday for a probable cause hearing on second-degree murder charges.

Prosecutors say he suffocated or strangled 19-year-old Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott Oct. 9. Investigators continue to search for her body along the New Hampshire coastline.

BURLINGTON, Vt.

Prosecutors say woman smuggled guns to Canada

Federal prosecutors say a Florida woman is facing charges she smuggled firearms to Canada by transferring them to a Canadian co-conspirator in a library on the border between Vermont and Quebec.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Annette Wexler of Gibsonton, Fla., was indicted Thursday by a grand jury sitting in Burlington.

She’s charged with making false statements to firearms dealers in Florida, illegally exporting the guns to Canada and dealing firearms without a license.

CENTRAL FALL, R.I.

Moody’s upgrades rating of city that filed bankruptcy

A firm that provides bond credit ratings has upgraded the rating of Central Falls and revised its outlook on the city to “positive” a day after its exit from municipal bankruptcy.

The Providence Journal reported that Moody’s Investor Services on Friday upgraded Central Falls’ general obligation rating from Caa1 to B2. Moody’s cited deep cuts made to employee salaries, pensions and health care costs.