Greenland shooting victims released from hospital

The two police officers who were in intensive care after a shooting in Greenland on April 12 are out of a New Hampshire hospital.

Police say 33-old Detective Scott Kukesh, of the Newmarket Police Department, and 34-year-old Detective Jeremiah Murphy, of the Rochester Police Department, have been released from the Portsmouth hospital.

WMUR-TV reports that both officers were shot in the chest while serving a drug-related warrant to Cullen Mutrie. Police say Mutrie shot five officers, killing Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney, before killing himself and a woman.

Two other officers were treated and released from the hospital soon after the shooting.


Gun found at shooting site was bought by Maine victim

New Hampshire investigators say one of the guns found inside the Greenland home where Police Chief Michael Maloney was killed was purchased by a woman who also was shot to death that night.

Prosecutors say 29-year-old Cullen Mutrie killed Maloney and shot four other officers during a drug raid April 12. Mutrie then killed his girlfriend — 26-year-old Berwick, Maine, native Brittany Tibbetts — before turning the gun on himself.

The attorney general’s office said Wednesday that a .357 caliber revolver found in the home was purchased by Tibbetts on Jan. 16 at a Manchester gun show. Police have not yet confirmed the origin of a 9 mm pistol that was also recovered.

Gunman’s mother remains baffled by April 12 incident

The mother of a man who shot five police officers outside his New Hampshire home before taking his own life says her son will be remembered fondly by those who knew him personally.

Beverly Mutrie of Hampton told the Portsmouth Herald she hasn’t been contacted by law enforcement about the April 12 shootings. Authorities said Cullen Mutrie fatally shot Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney and wounded four other officers as the group tried to serve a search warrant.

Mutrie and a female companion, Brittany Tibbetts, later died in a murder-suicide.

Beverly Mutrie said Tuesday the people who really knew her son knew he was a good person. She still hasn’t had a funeral for him. She said she hasn’t been able to make any sense of the shootings.


Settlement ends suit against school that shocks students

A lawsuit brought by a New York family against a Massachusetts school for disabled children that administers shock treatment therapy to some students has ended with a settlement.

The suit against the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton was brought by Cheryl McCollins, who alleged malpractice.

The settlement was announced Tuesday on the Norfolk Superior Court jury’s first day of deliberations. Terms were not disclosed.

The trial featured dramatic video of the aversive therapy administered in 2002 to McCollins’ son, Andre, in which the autistic boy screams and begs for relief while he is shocked 31 times over several hours.

McCollins’ attorney called the settlement a victory.

A lawyer for the school told WFXT-TV there is no admission of guilt in the settlement and that shock treatment can be beneficial to some patients.


Search of beach, water fails to find evidence of toddler

A State Police spokesman says an intensive investigation including divers and boats hasn’t found a 2-year-old girl who disappeared last week from a Rockport beach, or any evidence she was the victim of a crime.

David Procopio said Wednesday divers will search again offshore today for Caleigh Anne Harrison of Gloucester. No more searches are scheduled unless there’s new evidence.

Procopio said 24 divers along with boats worked Wednesday off Cape Hedge beach, near Long Beach where she was last seen April 19 playing with her mother and 4-year-old sister. Her mother says she turned away for about two minutes to retrieve a ball, and Caleigh was gone when she returned.

Family members say they believe Caleigh may have been abducted since she hasn’t been found. They’re circulating her picture, hoping someone has seen her.


Mayor: Monument’s foes are ‘knuckleheads’

Woonsocket’s mayor is calling those seeking the removal of a cross on city property on constitutional grounds “knuckleheads.”

Leo Fontaine tells WPRO-AM the cross-shaped World War I monument on the grounds of the fire department is a “very fitting tribute to our soldiers.” He says the monument is not going away, though he hopes it will be refurbished and displayed more prominently, perhaps elsewhere.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote to Fontaine saying the cross should be removed because it violates the separation of church and state.

Fontaine says he’s had hundreds of calls and emails, including from law firms offering to defend against a potential lawsuit.

The station reports that Major Gen. Reginald Centracchio, former head of the Rhode Island National Guard, is planning a rally for next week to keep the monument.


Zoo-goers getting first look at newborn giant anteater

A new giant anteater born at the Roger Williams Park Zoo this month is on view to the public for the first time.

Zoo officials say the mother, Corndog, gave birth to a female on April 5. The baby has been named Inara, which is of Arab origin and means “ray of light” or “heaven sent.”

Tim French, the zoo’s animal program director, says the baby has a minor umbilical-area infection but is doing well. Zoo officials say she’ll be watched closely for six months because that time can be challenging for an anteater.

A giant anteater baby spends most of its first half-year on its mother’s back.

Zookeepers on Wednesday removed barriers to the anteater exhibit viewing windows set up to allow mother and baby some privacy.

Police seek man who stole, ditched, van with tot inside

Providence police say a 2-year-old city boy was found safe after his father briefly left him alone in a minivan that ended up being stolen and abandoned a short time later.

The boy’s father, Adewale Adeni-Awosika, says his son was sleeping when he left him alone in the running minivan outside a Laundromat Tuesday morning while he went inside to put laundry in a dryer. Surveillance video then showed a man getting into the van and driving off.

Police say the thief apparently didn’t realize the boy was in the van, and he ditched the vehicle about a mile away from the Laundromat.

Adeni-Awosika and another person ran after the van and found it about 15 minutes later with the boy safe inside.

Police are still searching for the suspect.


Woman using dead man’s credit card contacts police

A woman seen in a surveillance photo using the debit card of a man found dead in the St. Albans city pool has contacted police in the Vermont city.

Police have not released the name of the woman, who was not taken into custody.

Chief Gary Taylor told the Burlington Free Press the woman used the card belonging to 22-year-old Chris Davis of Swanton four times over the last three weeks.

Davis’ body was found in the city pool on April 16. Taylor says an autopsy did not determine the cause of death. Toxicology reports are pending.

Davis had been missing since the end of March and was wanted for questioning in connection with an armed robbery of a Swanton convenience store.


Suspected rare-book thief arrested at local library

Police have arrested a man they say was stealing valuable books from Cape Cod libraries and selling them to a local antiques dealer, who in turn auctioned them on eBay.

Arthur Souza was arrested at the Brooks Free Library in Harwich on Tuesday after librarians noticed him browsing through a rare books collection, then going to the bathroom. Police say they found six old books in his back pack.

The 52-year-old Souza was charged with larceny.

Harwich Detective Marc Harris said police think Souza stole books from the Sturgis Library in Barnstable as well as libraries in Hyannis, Brewster and Yarmouth.

A librarian at Sturgis tipped off other libraries after she got a call from a man who spotted a book bearing the library’s markings on eBay.


Expansion of natural-gas pipeline to area proposed

A Houston company is looking into expanding an existing pipeline to bring additional supplies of natural gas to southern New England and lower energy costs.

The proposal by Spectra Energy Corp. is still in its earliest stages, and it is uncertain when or if it would get under way.

Spectra officials said the pipeline would allow the area to further benefit from the boom in natural gas production in Pennsylvania and New York. They estimate increasing pipeline capacity in New England by about 15 percent would save gas and electric customers up to $651 million a year.


Bishop urged to let Kennedy speak at commencement

Two national religious organizations are asking the Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester to reconsider his position on having the widow of former U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy speak at a small Massachusetts Catholic college’s commencement.

Anna Maria College in Paxton last month withdrew its invitation to Victoria Kennedy after Bishop Robert McManus raised concerns about her stand on some social issues, including abortion and gay marriage.

The Telegram& Gazette reports representatives of Catholic Democrats were expected to deliver a petition to the chancery Wednesday asking the bishop to reverse his decision. The petition has about 20,000 online signatures.

The petition drive was organized by Faithful America, an online interfaith organization.

— From news service reports