February 23, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

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Miami Beach police say a Providence elementary school teacher faces a criminal charge after allegedly taking a 15-year-old from Rhode Island to Florida without his parents' knowledge.

The police report shows 56-year-old David Jones of Cranston was arrested Wednesday after the boy was reported missing in Rhode Island. His parents later learned he was in Miami Beach, and the two were located with the FBI's help. Jones faces a felony charge of "interference with custody."

The report says Jones admitted taking the boy to Florida without his parents' consent and exchanging sexually explicit text messages with him. Records show he is being held on $9,000 bond.

Mayor Angel Taveras expressed concern over the arrest and said the teacher has been placed on leave.

WESTFIELD, Mass.

Fighter jet on training flight breaks the sound barrier

A Massachusetts Air National Guard fighter jet flying a routine training mission over the New Hampshire-Vermont border has broken the sound barrier.

The pilot of the F-15C Eagle was completing qualification training in a controlled military airspace when the jet exceeded the speed of sound while flying above 20,000 feet Thursday.

National Guard spokesman Maj. Matthew Mutti said the Air Force and Department of Defense allow supersonic flights only at designated military operating areas.

Residents of the Vermont city of Bradford and those in the New Hampshire communities of Lyme and Orford may have heard the sonic boom after the pilot broke the sound barrier.

Col. Kenneth Lambrich, vice commander of the 104th Fighter Wing, said the National Guard didn't intend to cause undue concern. The F-15s secure the northeastern U.S. airspace.

 

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