June 15, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

QUINCY, Mass.

State trooper shoots, kills New Bedford motorist

State police say a 41-year-old New Bedford man was shot and killed by a veteran state trooper responding to a report of an erratic driver.

Police identified the man as Wilfredo Justiniano Jr.

State police commander Col. Timothy Alben said a concerned woman called Milton police just before 8 a.m. Friday to report an erratic driver who may have been having a medical emergency on Route 28 in Quincy.

Milton police transferred the call to state police, who sent a 25-year veteran. Alben said the trooper and the man were involved in a "violent confrontation" in which the man was shot. Alben didn't say whether the man was armed.

State police and the Norfolk district attorney's office are investigating.

LACONIA, N.H.

Motorcycle parade shoots for fundraising record

As New Hampshire Motorcycle Week wraps up this weekend, several organizations hope to break a Guinness world record for "most money raised for a charity in 24 hours by a motorcycle parade."

Bikers are invited to ride around the New Hampshire Motor Speedway track Saturday, then continue on a 32-mile ride around the Lakes Region.

The goal is to raise over $76,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of New Hampshire and set the record.

Riders can pre-register online at www.newhampshire.speedwaycharities.org, in person at the Laconia Harley-Davidson dealership in Meredith, or sign up at the speedway Saturday for the 9:30 a.m. ride.

Individuals and businesses can make donations to the event from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the speedway.

NARRAGANSETT, R.I.

Three beaches reopened, five others remain closed

Three Rhode Island beaches have been reopened to swimmers after they were temporarily closed because of high bacteria counts.

The state's Department of Health said Narragansett Town Beach, North Kingstown Town Beach and Barrington Town Beach all reopened to swimming Friday.

Five beaches remain closed to swimming. They are Fort Adams State Park Beach in Newport and Conimicut Point Beach, Goddard Memorial State Park Beach, City Park Beach and Oakland Beach in Warwick.

Those beaches will be reopened to swimming after water quality tests find a safe level of bacteria.

The health department routinely monitors water quality at the state's public beaches throughout the summer months.

LIINCOLN, R.I.

Casino holds early preview ahead of grand opening

Roulette wheels spun for the first time at Twin River on Friday as the facility held an early opening for invited guests ahead of its grand opening as a casino next week.

The Lincoln slots parlor is expanding to offer Las Vegas-style games including blackjack and craps following a successful voter referendum last fall. Friday's soft opening amounted to a test run before Twin River's casino games formally start next week.

Twin River spent the winter and spring hiring hundreds of workers, renovating space for the new games and passing a litany of state licensing requirements.

Friday's soft opening was a success, said Patti Doyle, a spokeswoman for Twin River. Another soft opening is set for Monday, when members of the public will be allowed to participate. A formal ribbon-cutting is planned for Wednesday.

Voters approved the casino games after company officials and many state lawmakers said they would help Twin River compete with casinos now authorized to be built in Massachusetts.

CONCORD, N.H.

Lawmakers find agreement but postpone budget talks

New Hampshire House and Senate negotiators tentatively agreed Friday to increase spending on services for the disabled and mentally ill, but have yet to resolve their major differences over a new $10.7 billion state budget.

Negotiators agreed to many spending and policy decisions that were common to the House and Senate versions of the budget for the two years beginning July 1.

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