November 23, 2012

New England Dispatches

From news service reports


Shopper takes new TV home, leaves child in car at Kmart

Police say a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind.

Police, alerted by store security, found the boy asleep in the vehicle in a Kmart parking lot at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

They forced their way into the car and took the boy to the hospital as a precaution.

Meanwhile, they tracked the man to his Springfield home.

He told police he lost the boy while shopping, panicked and called someone else for a ride.

The boy's mother was working.

The 34-year-old man was not arrested and not immediately charged, but police say they expect to charge him with reckless endangerment to a child.


Judge asked to reconsider estuary pollution question

A group of New Hampshire municipalities has asked a judge to reconsider whether the Department of Environmental Services was correct in setting its nitrogen pollution controls in the Great Bay estuary.

The Great Bay Municipal Coalition, which includes Dover, Portsmouth, Rochester, Exeter and Newmarket, filed a lawsuit earlier this year challenging the DES water quality criteria for nitrogen.

They say the standards are too stringent.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports a judge had declined to rule on their request, saying it was a federal issue for the EPA.

The communities say they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure waste-water treatment plants are running efficiently.

The dispute is over whether the EPA and New Hampshire officials are burdening the communities with requirements that have no environmental benefit.


Couple's all-night fight leads to brief incarceration

Vermont State Police said a man and a woman who couldn't stop arguing through the night have been arrested.

Police received a complaint about 2:30 a.m. Thursday about a possible family fight at an apartment in Townshend.

They spoke to Samantha Seals and her house guest, Brandon Lee of Brattleboro.

After investigation of the possible family fight, the 23-year-old Seals and 27-year-old Lee were advised to call it a night and quiet down.

But police got another complaint at 4:25 a.m. of loud noise and banging from Seals' home.

The two were subsequently arrested on a violation of noise in the nighttime.

Police said they were taken to the Southern State Correctional Facility and held there until sober.

They are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 31 for arraignment.


Other agencies loan cars after police cruisers burn

The Norwich police department is getting loaner cruisers from other Vermont law enforcement agencies after all three of its cruisers were destroyed in a Thanksgiving Day fire.

A Vermont State Police fire investigator says the cause of the fire that destroyed the three Norwich cruisers early Thursday is unknown, but it is not considered suspicious.

Norwich Police Chief Doug Robinson says the total loss is estimated at $100,000, but the vehicles and their contents were insured.

The cruisers were parked side by side when the fire was reported at about 2:40 a.m. Thursday.

The Valley News reports it could be more than a month before the cruisers can be replaced.

Meanwhile, the Hartford Police Department and Windsor County Sheriff have each loaned Norwich a cruiser.


Thefts of manhole covers get officials' dander up

A Providence city councilman wants to crack down on the sale of stolen manhole covers.

The Providence Journal reports that David Salvatore introduced an amendment this week placing new restrictions on sales of the covers.

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