September 17, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

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The Newport Daily News reports that Building Official William A. Hanley II said he issued the necessary building permits to John McNulty.

The City Council enacted a wind turbine ordinance in December 2012. Local homeowners with at least 10,000-square-foot lots outside the city's historic districts now may install a wind turbine generating up to 10 kilowatts, one turbine per lot.

McNulty has been involved in litigation with the city for at least five years, with each party filing complaints against the other.


Pest-control crew kills off bedbugs in apartments

The community of St. Johnsbury, Vt., is dealing with a growing bedbug problem.

The bugs were found in three apartment houses in town recently.

Town Health Officer Troy Ruggles tells the Caledonian Record there's been a growing bedbug problem in other parts of the state, too.

A pest-control crew used blower fans to pipe 150-degree heated air into the apartments to kill off the bedbugs in the three apartments.?


Helicopter pilot questioned on passengers firing guns

Police in Rhode Island have questioned a helicopter pilot after several passengers fired semi-automatic guns from the air, using a junked car as target practice.

The Westerly Sun reports Charlestown Police received a report Sunday afternoon of men firing semi-automatic pistols and rifles from a low-flying helicopter. The men were shooting at a junk car on a gravel bank in a semi-rural area.

The helicopter had landed by the time an officer arrived. The pilot told the officer that he knew of people in Texas who had "done the same thing."

The officer reminded the pilot that he was in Rhode Island and not Texas.

Police Chief Jeffrey Allen says while he has concerns about the men's actions, they were on private property and didn't violate any state laws.


Police seek suspect they say robbed churchgoers

Holyoke police are looking for a man they say interrupted a church service and robbed several members of the congregation at gunpoint.

Lt. James Albert says the masked suspect entered the Pentecostal church at about 2 p.m. Sunday, announced the robbery, and took personal items, including cellphones, from several of the roughly 20 worshippers.

One of the congregants called police after the robber ran off.

The suspect was described as a thin, Latino man wearing a black T-shirt, pants and hat.


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