May 14, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

GREENLAND, N.H.

Name of fallen police chief added to national memorial

The name of a fallen New Hampshire police chief is now etched into history.

The name of Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was added Sunday to the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial in Washington, D.C.

The granite memorial bears the names of all law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Officers from Greenland arrived carrying a cruiser door from a Crown Victoria to leave behind at the memorial. The Portsmouth Herald reported that the door, which the Portsmouth Police Honor Guard drove to Washington in a van, features messages and memories of Maloney written by his family and police officers..

The 48-year-old Maloney was killed by gunfire during a drug raid on April 12, 2012. Four other officers were wounded before the gunman killed a female companion and then himself.

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt.

Avalanche safety expert gets award named for him

A Vermont man has been recognized by the National Ski Patrol for his expertise on avalanche safety.

Roger Damon of St. Johnsbury, 84, is an active member of the 19-person Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol in New Hampshire, which he joined in 1972.

The Caledonian-Record reported Damon recently became the inaugural recipient of an award named for him -- the Roger H. Damon Jr. Eastern Division Avalanche Award. The National Ski Patrol honored him in Albany, N.Y.

EDGARTOWN, Mass.

Old English bulldog attacks pair of miniature horses

Animal control officers say an Old English bulldog killed one miniature horse and mauled another over the weekend on Martha's Vineyard.

Edgartown animal control officer Barbara Prada said the dog apparently jumped a 4-foot fence and attacked the horses Saturday.

Prada said the 3-year-old, 50-pound dog "ripped the jugular out and ripped half the face off" one horse and left facial injuries on the other.The dog named Mugsy has been quarantined for 10 days.

Prada said the owner of the horses can file a written complaint, after which selectmen would decide the dog's fate. Dog owner Andrew Mahoney told the Cape Cod Times he wants to "do what's right.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass.

City taking bids for sailboat whose owner fell overboard

The city of Newburyport has an offer for sailors looking for a sturdy sailboat, if they're not spooked by the supernatural.

The city Harbor Commission is holding an online auction for the Endeavour, a 37-foot "ghost ship" it took title to after the owner apparently fell overboard in the Merrimack River last November, never to be seen again despite an extensive search.

Commission Chairman Brad Duffin said the man's family never came forward to claim the wooden vessel, which appears to be in good shape.

The Daily News of Newburyport reported Monday that there had been 24 bidders, with a top offer of $9,110. Bidding is open until May 29 and proceeds go to the city.

QUINCY, Mass.

Woman charged in dispute over pickles on sandwich

A Quincy woman is facing an assault charge for allegedly punching a restaurant worker for putting too many pickles on her steak and cheese sandwich, police said Monday.

Tina Drouin, 49, ordered the sub from Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs in the Quincy Center subway/commuter rail station about 2 p.m. Saturday, according to MBTA police. Drouin started loudly complaining, used a profanity, and made other derogatory comments about the ratio of certain ingredients as the worker prepared the sandwich, police said.

Finally, she demanded a refund. The worker refused. That's when Drouin allegedly punched the female worker in the face.

 

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