Couple plead not guilty in baby’s heroin death

A Quincy couple have been ordered held on $200,000 bail after pleading not guilty to manslaughter charges for allegedly giving their 5-month-old daughter a bottle of formula that contained heroin.

The Plymouth district attorney’s office said 30-year-old Ryan Barry and 26-year-old Ashley Cyr were arrested Friday. Cyr also faces a reckless endangerment of a child charge.

Their daughter, Mya Barry, died in September 2011 when the family lived in Marshfield.

Investigators said they found 3 grams of heroin and hypodermic needles in the little girl’s bedroom. The formula in the baby’s bottle tested positive for opiates, and an autopsy determined the cause of death as opiate poisoning.


Minor earthquake rattles residents in center of state

A small earthquake apparently hit central New Hampshire, but no damage has been reported.

The West Observatory at Boston College said the 2.5 magnitude earthquake was centered near the Hopkinton village of Contoocook on Thursday night.

WMUR-TV reported that residents in more than a dozen communities from Franklin to Laconia reported feeling the ground shake or hearing a loud rumbling noise at 9:07 p.m.


Man, 70, pleads not guilty in second marijuana case

Prosecutors say a 70-year-old Framingham man convicted of receiving an out-of-state package full of marijuana two years ago has done it again.

Police arrested James Auerbach near his home on Wednesday after he allegedly picked up a package containing 6 pounds of pot from a UPS facility in Needham. The package had come from California. A UPS employee alerted police after smelling the marijuana.

The MetroWest Daily News reported that Auerbach pleaded not guilty Thursday to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

A judge ordered Auerbach held without bail pending a probation violation hearing.

Authorities said Auerbach was sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to receiving 15 pounds of marijuana through the U.S. mail in August 2011.


Police say man caused crash while giving breath sample

Police say a man taking an alcohol breath-test while driving caused a three-car pileup in Poultney, Vt.

Vermont State Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash Wednesday afternoon, but that Randy Lizotte was distracted because he was using an Intoxalock, a breath test device linked to an ignition trigger.

The Rutland Herald reported that the Intoxalock requires drivers to provide a breath sample before operating a vehicle and then give additional “rolling” samples while driving. The company said drivers have the option of pulling over if they feel unsafe submitting the sample while driving.


Station fire survivor offers hope for other burn victims

A Massachusetts man severely injured in a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire has a message of hope to other burn survivors.

The Providence Journal reported that Joe Kinan, who has had more than 120 surgeries including a hand transplant a year ago, said Thursday that he’s engaged to be married to another burn survivor.

The Station fire in West Warwick killed 100 people and injured more than 200.

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