April 19, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports


Massachusetts jobless rate drops to 6.4 percent in March

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts dropped to 6.4 percent in March even as the state lost 5,500 jobs during the month.

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday the 6.4 percent is a slight drop from the 6.5 percent rate recorded in February.

In the first three months of 2013, Massachusetts added 12,600 jobs. During the past year, Massachusetts added 40,300 jobs, 37,300 of which were in the private sector.

Among those areas that saw job growth in March were the education, health services and leisure and hospitality sectors.

Those areas that lost jobs last month were the manufacturing, transportation, construction and professional, scientific, and business services sectors.


Gov. Patrick still raising funds for Together PAC

Gov. Deval Patrick is continuing to raise money for the political action committee he formed in 2011 to help re-elect President Obama and pay for his activities on behalf of the national Democratic Party.

A report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows Patrick raised about $56,600 for his Together PAC during the past three months.

As of the end of March, the PAC had $394,000 in its account, down from the $512,300 it had at the start of the year.

Patrick also reported spending $175,000 from the PAC, including money for staff salaries, catering and hotels.

SALEM, Mass.

Mother given probation for brawl at son's wedding

The Revere woman arrested for brawling with other guests and threatening police at her son's wedding reception has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Darlene DeIorio admitted to sufficient facts for a conviction Wednesday on charges including assault and battery and disorderly conduct in connection with the reception at the Danversport Yacht Club last April that a prosecutor called "an absolute disaster."

The Salem News reported that the judge agreed to continue the case without a finding for a year. If DeIorio stays out of trouble, completes anger management classes and does not drink, charges will be dismissed.

Police say the 48-year-old DeIorio slapped a bartender, threw chairs, tried to punch others guests and threatened an officer.


Woman charged in abuse of her 18-year-old son

A New Hampshire woman has been charged with subjecting her 18-year-old son to beatings and other physical abuse.

Police charged 52-year-old Christine Gelineau of Concord on Wednesday with second-degree assault, criminal restraint, tampering with witnesses and other charges.

Also arrested was an acquaintance of Gelineau and the teen, 20-year-old Daniel Tyler Cantrell of Sparta, Tenn. Cantrell was charged with five counts of second-degree assault, conspiracy, criminal restraint, and other charges.

Police said the assaults, which took place from March 10 to April 14, included using a lighter to burn the teen's genitalia and chest area.


Speed limit may increase on stretch of N.H. interstate

Motorists traveling from Concord north to the Vermont border might soon be able to crank up the speed -- just a little.

The New Hampshire Senate passed a proposal Thursday increases the speed limit to 70 miles-per-hour on Interstate 93 from mile marker 45 near Canterbury to Vermont


Legal home-brewed wine may soon be on the menu

New Hampshire residents wishing to ferment wine in their homes are one step closer to doing so legally under the same statute that allows the home brewing of beer.

The Senate approved a House-passed bill amending the state's home brew statute to allow people to produce up to 200 gallons of wine from their residence.

Homes with a single producer will be able to produce 100 gallons and those with two could double that.

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