February 18, 2013

Maine/New England Dispatches

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Jordan Mayo heads out to clean camps at Sonny’s Smelt Fishing on the frozen Kennebec River in Dresden on Sunday. Winds gusted to 30 mph and blowing snow limited visibility to less than 100 yards.

Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

PLYMOUTH, Conn.

Pair accused of making up story about baby's death

A Connecticut woman and a friend are accused of fabricating a story about the death of a baby in 2001.

The Republican-American reported that Rosemary Eaton and Jesse Brown were charged with falsely reporting an incident concerning serious injury or death and two misdemeanor counts of reporting false statements.

Police said the 29-year-old Eaton told a Waterbury social service case worker that she gave birth at an abandoned house 12 years ago. Eaton said Brown helped with the childbirth.

The case worker alerted police that Eaton said she buried the baby behind a ball field in Terryville.

Police, who found no remains, said Eaton eventually admitted she made up the story.

WEBSTER, N.H.

Man dies, teen hospitalized after gas used to start fire

New Hampshire officials say a 20-year-old man has died and a 17-year-old girl has been hospitalized with burns from a fire that started when the man used gasoline to ignite a brush pile in Webster.

Officials said Daniel Hewey of Warner died at Concord Hospital of inhalation injuries and burns following the Saturday night fire on Deer Meadow Road. Fire Marshal William Degnan said the gasoline caused a small explosion and a flash fire when Hewey tried to ignite a brush pile that was in a fire pit.

The girl was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for treatment.

FITCHBURG, Mass.

Two-car crash kills woman, teenage son, injures man

Prosecutors say a two-car collision in Fitchburg has left a woman and her teenage son dead and a man injured.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said the mother and son were riding in an SUV that crossed over a marked lane Sunday morning and struck a pickup truck.

He said 36-year-old Michelle Martens of Ashby and her 16-year-old son, Justin Fournier, were killed in the crash. Investigators haven't determined which one was driving the SUV.

Early said the truck was driven by Wayne Patenaude, whose age and hometown weren't immediately available. He was taken to Leominster Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The District Attorney's Office, state police and Fitchburg police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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