November 23, 2012

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

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The measure would prohibit the purchase of any public property, including manhole covers, street signs and light poles, unless the seller has a certificate of release from a governmental entity.

The items and certificates would also have to be held for 10 days after purchase so police can inspect them.

Providence has seen hundreds of manhole cover thefts this year. The covers are worth only $20 as scrap but cost hundreds of dollars to replace.

State Sen. Paul Jabour also plans to submit legislation to increase penalties for the theft of manhole covers.


Coach fired over hazing incident sues school district

A successful Massachusetts high school wrestling coach fired last year following a hazing incident on his team has filed suit claiming he was wrongfully terminated.

The Enterprise reports that former Bridgewater-Raynham High coach Jeff Francis sued the school district earlier this month, alleging breach of contract and "negligent infliction of emotional distress."

Francis lost his job in January after 33 years and four wrestlers were suspended for eight days after school officials learned that older members of the team struck under-performing teammates with belts and brooms.

Bridgewater police investigated, but didn't find enough evidence to file charges.

School Committee member Pat Riley has said that Francis was fired because he did not report the incident in time. Francis said he reported it as soon as he heard about it.


Man sentenced for assaulting his wife with can of spaghetti

A New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty to throwing a can of spaghetti at his wife and hitting her in the face and arms.

Michael Rothney of Littleton was arrested recently on a simple assault charge.

The Caledonian-Record reports Rothney pleaded guilty Monday.

He was given a $200 fine and a 30-day jail sentence, both of which were suspended on condition of one year of good behavior and participation in substance abuse counseling.


FEMA rethinking its refusal to pay for post-Irene repairs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is planning to take another look at a reimbursement request from Bennington, Vt., for money spent on river restoration after Tropical Storm Irene.

The town spent about $4.2 million on protective flooding measures after the storm left debris on the Roaring Branch river.

The town had been denied a reimbursement; FEMA said the work should be funded by another agency.

The offices of Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch reportedly took up the case on behalf of Bennington, Woodford and Rockingham, and met with FEMA officials in Washington.

FEMA now says its assessment about the other agency was wrong. It's seeking more information about Bennington's repair efforts.


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