Father, son guilty of stealing $50,000 from Little League

A father and son have been found guilty of stealing what authorities say was at least $50,000 from a Medford Little League.

The Middlesex district attorney said a jury found Stanley Komins and Stephen Komins, both of Stoneham, guilty of embezzlement.

Stanley Komins was ordered to serve a year in prison and pay $35,000 restitution to the West Medford Hillside Little League. Stephen Komins was ordered to serve six months and pay $5,000 restitution.

Prosecutors said Stanley Komins was previously board president and his son was treasurer. They said the league audited its finances in 2011 after the elder Komins refused to provide records after stepping down.

Prosecutors said the two used various methods to embezzle, including cashing league checks for personal use.


Police working to solve 60 thefts from vehicles

Police in New Hampshire’s largest city say they are working to solve 60 thefts from vehicles in the past three weeks.

Manchester authorities said that many of the thefts – 27 of the 60 – involve smash-and-grab style burglaries in which the thief broke a window to gain access to valuables inside.

Many of the smash-and-grabs are happening between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m., police said.

They said that the criminal likely peers into the locked cars and breaks into only those with valuables left in plain sight.

Police said that even vehicle owners who lock their cars should conceal electronics and other valuables.


Horse farm owner convicted of 17 animal cruelty counts

The owner of a horse farm in northern Vermont has been convicted of animal cruelty.

A jury this week found Bruce Bona of Lyndon guilty of 17 counts of animal cruelty.

Bona, who represented himself at trial, pleaded not guilty in May after police said they found dead and emaciated horses on his property in March. A judge ordered the forfeiture of 21 horses found at the ranch July 8.

The Caledonian Record reported that the 64-year-old Bona now faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine on each of the 17 convictions.


Lovecraft Honey Ale brewed in honor of late horror writer

Providence native son and horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is getting his own beer.

Narragansett Beer President Mark Hellendrung told WPRO-AM on Saturday that the company is launching a Lovecraft Honey Ale to celebrate the late writer’s literary work. It’s being launched on Jan. 19, the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe, whom Lovecraft admired.

Narragansett has launched several other locally inspired brews, including a Del’s Shandy and an Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout.

Lovecraft lived for years near Brown University, and local landmarks were used in some of his works. There was a big convention of his fans in Providence last year. The capital also has an intersection named in honor of Lovecraft, and the historical society has held Lovecraft walking tours.


Police looking for shooter of BBs at American Legion

Police in St. Johnsbury are looking for the culprit who has been firing a BB gun at patrons at the local American Legion hall.

Patrons and an employee said they were hit by BBs on Friday night.

Police searched nearby apartments but did not determine where the shots had come from.

Authorities said that patrons have been hit twice before.

– From news service reports