Fishermen thank 2 senators for work to include aid in bill

Fishermen from the Northeast are thanking two key U.S. senators for including $150 million in fishery disaster assistance in a recent appropriations bill.

The letter from 230 fishermen, all members of the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition, was dated Tuesday. It was addressed to appropriations committee chairwoman Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski and the committee’s top Republican, Richard Shelby of Alabama.

It thanked them for their “extraordinary work” to include the aid, needed after massive cuts in catch limits this year.

The letter said prosperity has vanished from fishing communities, and the aid is critical to preserve the industry until fish health improves.

The House must approve the allocation, which would be shared among Northeast, Alaska and Gulf Coast fisheries.


Boston man’s hole-in-one earns him $1 million prize

Talk about karma. A Boston man who makes an annual trek to Albuquerque to play in a charity golf tournament hit a $1 million hole-in-one.

Using a rented 8-iron, Jeff Barton sunk the shot from 150 yards out during Corley’s Albuquerque Lincoln Volvo Million Dollar Shootout. It was part of a tournament to raise money for East Mountain High School, where the children of Barton’s friend Peter Nyland go to school.

His ball hit the front of the green and then rolled in the hole.

“It’s crazy,” Barton told the Albuquerque Journal .

Barton was the last one up, and assistant pro David Muttitt said he was just thinking, “OK, you’re the last one, come on, hit it and we get to go home.”

Instead Muttitt got stuck filling out paperwork for the company that insures the prize.


Male exotic dancer accused of sexual assaults at party

A male exotic dancer hired for a private event at a Wareham home has been charged with sexually assaulting two women at the party.

Police said 31-year-old Patrick Ladapo of Providence, R.I., was arraigned Thursday on two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery.

Ladapo, performing under the stage name Damion, was arrested Wednesday and held overnight.

Police said the alleged assaults took place during his performance Tuesday night.

The women who made the complaints are 27 and 21 years old.

It could not immediately be determined if Ladapo had a lawyer.

Police said Ladapo is employed by Blaze Entertainment in Boston. A man who answered the phone at the company said he had not heard of the arrest and took a message.


Former lieutenant governor to pay $80,000 in penalties

Former Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, along with his campaign committee, has agreed to pay a total of $80,000 in penalties to settle allegations that he accepted contributions that were illegally solicited by the former Chelsea Housing Authority director Michael McLaughlin and another state official.

The agreement was announced Thursday by Attorney General Martha Coakley and the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

Murray now heads the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Murray will not face criminal charges but McLaughlin was indicted Thursday by a Suffolk County grand jury for allegedly soliciting illegal contributions from state workers for Murray and other campaigns.

In a statement, Murray said he should have been more vigilant and has learned from his mistakes.

McLaughlin’s attorney declined to comment.


Restaurant owner files suit against brother to stop sale

A family feud over a now-closed restaurant in Claremont, N.H., has resulted in a lawsuit.

The Eagle Times reported that Debra Holl recently filed the lawsuit in Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport. She said her brother and business partner, Michael Holl, has run BJ Bricker’s into the ground, with plans to sell it out from under her.

The restaurant shut down this week.

Michael Holl declined to comment. The Holls, of Springfield, Vt., inherited the business when their mother, Gertrude Holl, died in 2008.

In her lawsuit, Debra Holl said she signed over power-of-attorney to her brother in December, when she checked into a hospital for an undisclosed illness; she was released in March.

She said she wants to stop her brother from selling the business.


Woman accused of mailing drugs to jailed supremacist

A New Hampshire woman has been arrested on drug and conspiracy charges, accused of mailing drugs to a state prison inmate believed to part of a prison-based white supremacist gang.

Police said the name of the gang is the Brotherhood of White Warriors. Police identified inmate Matthew Peters as a “street captain” of the group believed to be responsible for expanding to the streets of Concord.

Police said Peggy Sinclair was identified as one of Peters’ girlfriends.

The 50-year-old Sinclair, of Concord, is accused of concealing the drug suboxone and mailing it to Peters and to another inmate this year.

Both envelopes were intercepted by state corrections investigators and were forwarded to the State Police Forensic Laboratory for analysis.

Sinclair turned herself into police on Thursday.


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