July 31, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass.

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East Brookfield police released a photo of a bear shot to death by a homeowner who said the bear was threatening puppies in his yard. The man has found himself the focus of attention after police posted the photo on Facebook.

The Associated Press / East Brookfield Police

Homeowner who shot bear getting Facebook attention

A Massachusetts man who shot a bear he felt was threatening several puppies in his yard has found himself the focus of attention after police posted a photo of the animal on Facebook, urging people not to handle wildlife intruders on their own.

East Brookfield police said on their Facebook page Tuesday the man encountered the 300-pound adult male black bear near where 10 young puppies were in a pen. The man isn't facing charges, but the posting gathered a few hundred comments both criticizing and supporting him.

Nineteen-year-old Jacob Victor told reporters Wednesday he shot the bear because he and others weren't able to scare it away. He said he wounded it in the shoulder, then followed it into the woods and shot it again to be sure it was dead before calling police.

GOSHEN, N.H.

Officials searching for lost boy, 7, unfamiliar with area

Officials from the New Hampshire State Police and Fish and Game are searching for a 7-year-old boy who went missing in Goshen.

Police say Brennan Pelletier was last seen in the area of 183 Center Rd. at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Brennan has a crew cut and was last seen wearing a maroon shirt with a white stripe, blue shorts, black socks and green and gray sneakers.

The boy is visiting family and is not familiar with the area. Brennan may be with a brown cocker spaniel with a green collar and no leash.

HOOKSETT, N.H.

Two held in shooting of man outside gas station

Authorities are investigating what led to an early morning shooting outside a Hooksett, N.H., gas station.

WMUR-TV reports that police were called to the Irving gas station around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators believe the victim was shot in the chest in a car and then went into the gas station for help. The man was found in the doorway of the station and was taken to the hospital, where he was in stable condition.

A short time later, police in Salem stopped a minivan that was speeding without its headlights on and arrested Orlando Quintana of Lynn, Mass., and Ana Koufus, of Revere, Mass.

Quintana was arraigned on a first-degree assault charge and held on $100,000 bail. Koufus was charged with hindering apprehension and was held on $25,000 bail.

BOSTON

Inmate at hospital shot after struggle, shooting of deputy

An inmate being taken for treatment at a specialty hospital shot a deputy sheriff after a struggle over the officer's gun Wednesday, then was shot and critically wounded by a second deputy, police said.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the shooting happened around noon in the emergency room of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The two officers from Middlesex County were removing the inmate's handcuffs when the man grabbed for the gun of one of the officers, he said. During the struggle that followed, one of the deputies was shot in the leg.

The other deputy sheriff then fired his weapon, striking the prisoner in the chest, Davis said.

The officer was taken to nearby Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was in stable condition. The inmate, taken to the same hospital, was believed to be in critical condition.

Authorities didn't immediately release the names of the officers or inmate, but Davis said no one else was involved.

CONCORD, N.H.

Attorney general warns bank customers of scam

New Hampshire's attorney general is warning bank customers of a phone scam seeking personal information and passwords.

Attorney General Joseph Foster says numerous bank customers across the state have reported receiving phone calls from scam artists posing as bank employees.

Foster says the scam artists tell the person they've called that their debit or credit card has been compromised and asking customers for sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, personal identification numbers and passwords.

Foster says bank customers should always call their banks customer service center before providing any information.

Anyone who receives such a call should end the call immediately, Foster said, and call his consumer protection hotline at 1-888-468-4454,

 

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