August 15, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

RANDOLPH, Mass.

Woman dies after driving into condo-complex pool

Police say a Randolph woman died after crashing her car through a fence into a condo-complex swimming pool.

The accident at the Highland Glen condominiums happened at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police Chief William Pace told The Boston Globe a bystander and a police officer removed the 58-year-old woman from the car. She was given CPR and taken to a hospital. Police are investigating.

Vito Martello of West Newbury, a visitor to the complex, told The Patriot Ledger of Quincy he was in the pool when the car "came barreling in." Martello said he tried unsuccessfully to get the woman out of the car from the driver's side, but later helped remove her from the passenger side.

A neighbor said the woman had sold her condo and was planning to move to Florida.

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

Graffiti defaces highway mural by David Macauley

A new highway mural by renowned children's author and illustrator David Macauley has been defaced by graffiti in Rhode Island.

The mural along Interstate 95 in Providence was completed in June as part of a highway beautification project aimed in part at reducing vandalism. It is one of two highway murals designed by Macauley, who attended the Rhode Island School of Design.

Red graffiti covers the length of the mural. Rose Amoros, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, says crews worked on Wednesday to clean it, although they were having trouble. Once they remove the paint, she said they will restore it.

She called the vandalism disheartening.

Macauley has won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Medal for children's books. Among his best-known books is "The Way Things Work."

DOVER, N.H.

Motorcyclist, 18, is dead in early-morning crash

Police say an 18-year-old New Hampshire man has died in a motorcycle crash in Dover.

Police say Jarrett Hudson of Dover was pronounced dead at the scene around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Foster's Daily Democrat reported a passenger of the motorcycle was treated for minor injuries.

Authorities say they believe speed and alcohol contributed to the crash.

ROCKPORT, Mass.

Blue shark swims away after second rescue effort

Harbormasters say they helped a distressed blue shark by taking a hook out of its mouth and taking it away from a Rockport beach.

The Gloucester Times reports that it was the two harbormasters' second attempt to help the blue shark on Monday that met with success.

The shark was about 6 feet long and cruising near swimmers close to Front Beach when the harbormasters stepped in, as beach patrons also tried to help.

The harbormasters dragged the shark into deeper water after taking out the hook on the sand, but the shark came back about 25 minutes later. The second time around, they put the shark onto their boat and dropped it into the ocean beyond the breakwater before it swam away.

 

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