March 24, 2013

New England Dispatches

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the University of New Hampshire School of Law annual dinner celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Wentworth by the Sea hotel in New Castle, N.H., on Friday.

The Associated Press

The suspect reportedly ran from the store with a 2.5-carat diamond ring worth more than $1,000.

Police say the suspect is believed to have left the area in a car with a Massachusetts license plate.

Anyone who has information is asked to call the Newington Police Department at 431-5461.


New Hampshire fugitive arrested in New York state

The U.S. Marshals Service says a New Hampshire fugitive wanted on weapon possession and other charges has been arrested in western New York.

Authorities say Dominick Stanin of Manchester was wanted on a warrant charging him with firing gunshots at a Manchester house Feb. 26. No one was hurt.

U.S. Marshals captured the 45-year-old Stanin safely in a hotel parking lot in Henrietta, N.Y., on Friday night. Authorities had looked for him in the Rochester area because he grew up there.

Stanin is being charged in New York as a fugitive from justice. He faces charges in New Hampshire of reckless conduct, felon in possession of a deadly weapon and violating probation.

Stanin was arraigned Friday and is being held without bail until he's returned to New Hampshire.


Bay State man sentenced in elderly man's carjacking

A Massachusetts man who attacked an elderly New Jersey resident and stole his car has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Monmouth County prosecutors say 31-year-old Rafael Laboy must serve roughly 34 years before becoming eligible for parole under the sentence imposed Friday. The term will run consecutive to a sentence he's serving in Massachusetts for unrelated charges.

The attack occurred in May 2009.

Laboy and his cousin were driving a stolen car when it broke down on the Garden State Parkway in Tinton Falls. They abandoned the vehicle and walked to the 82-year-old victim's home, where they asked to use his phone.

The cousins left when the man declined, but they soon returned and kicked in his door.

They then beat him before driving off in his car.


Bill would require teaching kids sex-abuse prevention

A bill introduced in the Rhode Island Senate would require public schools to teach children how to prevent and fight sexual abuse and abduction.

Bill sponsor Sen. James Doyle, a Democrat of Pawtucket, says abuse and exploitation of children can be reduced by raising awareness in young children of common dangers and warning signs.

Similar laws have been passed in five states, including Illinois, home state of the woman who has pushed for the law.

Erin Merryn was raped and abused when she was a child.

Her abusers warned her not to tell anyone what happened.

The bill would require that children in grades kindergarten through 8 receive age-appropriate instruction on sexual abuse and assault.

Doyle says the bill will give children the tools they need to protect themselves.

Search for missing student expands, includes Boston

Brown University says the search for a missing student who was last seen on campus a week ago is expanding to Boston, Connecticut, New York and Philadelphia.

Sunil Tripathi is a philosophy major who grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He has lived in Providence since 2008. He was on approved leave from  school.

Brown spokeswoman Darlene Trew Crist said Saturday that Providence and Brown police departments are leading the missing person investigation.

The search for Tripathi has focused on the Providence area. It involved distributing fliers, searching neighborhoods and soliciting information through social media sites.

Tripathi is 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black ski jacket, glasses and a wool hat.

-- From news service reports

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