February 8, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

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Another raise proposed in state's minimum wage

Some Rhode Island lawmakers propose raising the state's minimum wage, just a month after the last increase.

Legislation reviewed by a panel of lawmakers this week would increase the hourly wage from $7.75 to $8.25, beginning Jan. 1 of next year.

Under the proposal the wage would be automatically adjusted for inflation each year beginning in 2015.

Lawmakers voted last year to increase the wage by 35 cents. It was the first increase since 2007.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Man sentenced to life for molesting 6-year-old

A Pawtucket man who had two child molestation convictions overturned by the state Supreme Court has been sentenced to life in prison for molesting a 6-year-old boy.

Sixty-year-old James Oliveira was sentenced Wednesday in Superior Court in Providence.

Oliveira was first convicted of molesting the boy in 2006 and sentenced to 40 years in prison. But the state Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 2008 and ordered a new trial, saying a jailhouse interview Oliveira gave to a child protective investigator shouldn't have been allowed as evidence at his trial.

He was retried last year and a jury found him guilty again in October.

Oliveira also was convicted of molesting another child in 1985, but the state Supreme Court overturned that conviction in 1990.

SALEM, Mass.

YMCA employees fired after baby is left alone

Two employees have been fired and the state has launched an investigation after a baby was left unattended for several minutes at a Salem YMCA babysitting room.

A Lynn woman told police she went to the Y to work out and dropped her 10-month-old son in the child care room at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The woman said she returned at about 2 p.m. and found the room dark and unattended. She found her son sleeping in a crib, unharmed.

YMCA officials tell The Salem News the child care room closes at 2 p.m. and the workers left five minutes early thinking all the children had been picked up. The baby was unattended for two to five minutes.

State child welfare officials say they have been informed and are investigating.


N.H. company settles suits from music festival accident

A New Hampshire company has settled two lawsuits stemming from a fatal accident at a music festival in West Virginia.

U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley approved National Event Services' settlements with Yen Ton and Elizabeth Rose Doran last week. Court documents don't list the settlement amounts.

Ton and Doran were injured during the 2011 All Good Music Festival when a pickup truck crashed into a tent where they were sleeping. Their friend, Nicole Miller, was killed. All three were from Mount Pleasant, S.C.

National Event Services was a subcontractor for the festival.

The Dominion Post reports that two other defendants, M&M Parking Inc., of Pennsylvania, and Event Staffing Inc., of Virginia, were dismissed from the cases.

Ton and Doran reached settlements with several other defendants last year.


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