Bonnie Parker’s revolver can go on sale at auction

Federal agents in New Hampshire have made it possible for an auction house to sell a “squat gun” strapped to the thigh of Bonnie Parker when she and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed by law enforcement officers in 1934.

Amherst-based RR Auction obtained the revolver from a private collector this summer and noticed the serial numbers had been obliterated. The auctioneers contacted the Manchester office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Agents confirmed the .38 caliber Colt Detectives Special had a serial number when manufactured, making it illegal to sell without one. The agents then secured an ATF-issued serial number for the gun — which was stamped on the gun’s receiver — making it eligible for the Sept. 30 auction in Nashua.


Sixth human case of EEE detected in Massachusetts

Massachusetts health officials say a sixth human case of Eastern equine encephalitis has been confirmed in the state, and the 16th of West Nile virus.

The state health department said Thursday an Amesbury woman in her 60s is hospitalized with EEE. The newly confirmed West Nile case is a Middlesex County man in his 60s who has been released from the hospital.

The new cases led the health department to raise the threat level for EEE to “critical” in Amesbury, Haverhill and Merrimac, and to “high” for West Nile in Stoneham and Winchester. Communities around the state have received similar warnings. Those deemed at “critical” risk from mosquitoes have been urged to cancel outdoor evening activities until after the first hard frost.


Injured girl’s parents angry school didn’t call ambulance

A Saugus couple says they are furious with their daughter’s school because staff did not call an ambulance after the fourth-grader suffered a broken arm on the playground. School officials say they just followed policy.

Tom and Jen Deon said their daughter, Ally, fell and broke her arm Tuesday. Jen Deon said she received a call from the nurse and rushed to the school.

She told The Daily Item of Lynn that when she arrived Ally was screaming and her arm was bent at an unnatural angle. The arm was so severely broken she was brought to Children’s Hospital Boston.

School principal Jean Perry said in a letter to the Deons that injuries are judged on a case-by-case basis and response is based on the school nurse’s recommendation.


School will get inspections dealing with rat infestation

The Vermont Health Department will check in monthly with an elementary school dealing with a rat infestation.

WPTZ-TV reported that a state health inspector visited Sudbury Country School on Wednesday. State sanitation chief Al Burns said the inspector found rat droppings in the school’s boiler room and other evidence of an infestation.

He said the situation is under control and students are safe. The school has brought in an exterminator, put out bait boxes along the building’s exterior and put all food in containers.

The exterminator will visit the school twice a week until the problem is completely solved.


Fifth of Rhode Island kids falling below poverty line

More than a fifth of children in Rhode Island are living in poverty, and over 10 percent are in extreme poverty.

New Census data released Thursday show that 21.9 percent of children in the state fell below the federal poverty line in 2011. That’s the highest child poverty level of the six New England states. Eleven percent of Rhode Island children were living in extreme poverty.

The executive director of the advocacy group Rhode Island Kids Count, Elizabeth Burke Bryant, said poor children are more likely to have health and behavioral problems, become teen parents and be unemployed as adults.

The data come from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.