February 16, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

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Sandwich police said Hoadley was arrested just before midnight Thursday. He allegedly drove his car into the rear of his family member's vehicle several times on Route 6 Thursday night, forcing the other vehicle into the median. The driver, whose name wasn't disclosed, wasn't injured. Hoadley has been placed on paid leave.

BOSTON

Democratic primary rivals both call for six debates

Congressman Edward Markey is proposing a debate schedule for the Democratic U.S. Senate primary which he said would include two general debates and four issue-specific debates.

Markey said Friday the two general debates should be held in Springfield and Boston while the four issue debates should be held at other locations.

Markey's Democratic rival -- fellow U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch -- has also called for six debates in the primary.

Lynch has said the debates should take place in Lowell, Boston, Springfield, Worcester, Pittsfield, and Fall River or New Bedford.

Markey said the issue debates should focus on topics like education, jobs and the economy, public safety and national security, and equal opportunity.

The Democratic and Republican primaries are scheduled for April 30. The election is June 25. 

Ex-housing official to plead guilty on salary reporting

The former director of the Chelsea Housing Authority plans to plead guilty to four federal counts of falsely reporting his salary.

Michael McLaughlin was charged last month with knowingly concealing his salary in annual housing authority budgets from 2008 to 2011 and submitting them to state and federal housing regulators.

Authorities allege that in Fiscal Year 2011, McLaughlin reported his annual salary as $160,415, when his actual salary was at least $283,471 and his total compensation was at least $324,896. He is also accused of falsely reporting his income in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

A plea agreement filed in court Friday says McLaughlin will plead guilty to all four charges. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday in U.S. District Court. McLaughlin resigned in 2011. 

Grocery worker claims self-defense in stabbing

A grocery store worker in Boston's Back Bay has pleaded not guilty to assault in the stabbing of a customer, which his lawyer says was self-defense.

Forty-nine-year-old Michael Guess was held on $250,000 cash bail after his arraignment Friday. Prosecutors said the 30-year-old Cambridge man who was stabbed in the abdomen has life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutors said the man called police at 10 p.m. Thursday, saying he'd been stabbed by a Trader Joe's store employee after a confrontation.

Police said Guess told investigators he exchanged words with the man when he tried to enter the store at closing, then again when the man left after buying something.

Guess's defense attorney said the man was drunk, verbally abusive and made a threatening move toward his client.

California-based Trader Joe's says the incident is "unfortunate" and it is cooperating with the authorities.

PROVIDENCE. R.I.

Advocate for homeless, 50, dies after battling cancer

John J. Joyce III, a homeless advocate and outreach worker who helped write the "Homeless Bill of Rights" enacted in Rhode Island last year, has died. He was 50.

Jim Ryczek, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, told The Associated Press that Joyce died at home in Providence on Thursday after a battle with cancer.

The Providence native was co-director of the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, a grassroots organization, and was formerly homeless himself. In 2009, he was among those who organized a high-profile tent city in Providence known as Camp Runamuck to draw attention to the problem of homelessness.

Last year, he successfully helped push the passage of a homeless bill of rights that prevents governments, health care workers, employers and others from treating homeless people unfairly because of their housing status.

On the day the General Assembly approved it in June, Joyce said he wished the legislation weren't necessary.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.

Swim classes suspended after boy, 12, found dead

Authorities in Springfield say a 12-year-old boy has died during a middle school swimming class, and city and school officials are promising a full investigation.

Police and school officials say the boy was found dead at about 2:30 p.m. during a regular physical education class at Kiley Middle School, about half an hour before school ended.

Police said the boy, whose name isn't being released, was pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center.

School Superintendent Daniel Warwick told reporters at a news conference at the school that he doesn't immediately know how many children were in the class, which was being supervised by a physical education instructor. He said swimming classes are suspended until an investigation is complete.

Warwick said "our deep-felt condolences go out to the family."

Mayor Dominic Sarno said the tragedy has affected the entire city.

 

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