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October 27, 2013

Around the Region

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---- — BOSTON (AP) — State police say they are holding two men without bail on assault charges after a Dedham woman was shot and wounded while driving in Boston.

The arrests announced Saturday occurred a day after a woman went to a police station Dedham to seek medical assistance from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The 32-year-old said she was driving north on the WFW Parkway in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood on Friday afternoon when assailants opened fire from another car.

Police named the suspects as 20-year-old Marcel Reed of Boston’s neighborhood of Roslindale and 21-year-old Andrew Rena of the city’s Mattapan section. They both face charges of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to murder.

It was not immediately clear if they have attorneys.

Car with Mass. plates crashes in Conn., killing four

PORTLAND, Conn. (AP) — Police say a car crash in Connecticut has killed four people, including three from Massachusetts, and critically injured a fifth.

Sgt. Scott Cunningham tells The Associated Press that the crash occurred at 2:45 a.m. Saturday in Portland. Police tell WVIT-TV that the car slammed into a metal guardrail and spun out of control at the corner of two roads.

The station reports that the dead include 24-year-old Pedro Duprey, 42-year-old Ivette Amaro and 20-year-old Andrea Caraballo, all from Springfield, Mass.. Thirty-year-old Ramon Ruiz of Hartford. also was killed.

Eighteen-year-old Juniarys Caraballo, of Springfield, is in critical condition.

Neighbors tell the station that the stretch of road where the accident occurred is dangerous and that it isn’t the first crash they’ve seen there.

Cunningham says investigators are trying to determine whether speed was a factor in the crash.

Group raises $100K to reopen Whaleback Ski Area

ENFIELD, N.H. (AP) — The Whaleback ski area that closed last March has raised the first $100,000 that will be part of a broader capital campaign is planning to reopen this season.

The Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation, the group created to keep Whaleback in operation, says the money is a down-payment on $2 million fund-raising campaign that will be used to put the winter recreational facility on a firm financial footing.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work up until now to get to this point,” said foundation Chairman John Schiffman. “We’re pleased that the community has responded very positively. We have a lot of work to do.

The mountain was more than $1 million in debt when its last owner shut it down in March. A succession of owners has run the ski area since 1955.

The Valley News reports that on Thursday, the foundation reached an agreement with the bank to lease the ski area through next October, at which time the foundation plans to purchase the property. Schiffman said he would like to complete the sale sooner than that, possibly by May.

Schiffman said upgrades are planned for the resort’s snow-making equipment and trail lighting.

About a third of the $100,000 raised came from online donations through the Whaleback website. The rest of the money was collected through a fundraising letter campaign, Schiffman said.

Barre’s ex-tax collector indicted on fraud charges

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The town of Barre’s former tax collector has been indicted on charges that she stole more than $300,000 of the town’s money.

Marcia Langelier is scheduled to be arraigned next Thursday in Worcester Superior Court on charges of larceny over $250 by a common scheme; embezzlement by a city, town or county officer; and making false entries in corporate books.

The Worcester district attorney’s office says the 61-year-old Langelier stole the money between January 1, 2005 and July 31, 2011 while acting as the elected tax collector for the town of Barre.

A listed phone number for Langelier was out of service.

Barre has about 5,400 residents and is about 60 miles west of Boston.

Coakley asks court to toss anti-gay marriage laws

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says laws in Nevada and Hawaii prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

Coakley is leading a coalition of states in filing a brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing the laws violate the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and should be struck down.

Coakley said the experience in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, shows that allowing same-sex couples to marry only strengthens the institution of marriage.

Coakley led the filing of the amicus brief on behalf of Massachusetts and 13 other states, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Hawaii and Nevada provide many protections for same-sex couples, but deny them full marriage status.

NH moose hunt winding down, success rate off

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire moose hunting season is winding down and preliminary numbers suggest hunters aren’t being as successful this year.

The moose hunt ends Sunday at dusk.

WMUR-TV reports that as of Wednesday, 119 moose had been taken, 63 bulls and 56 cows, a success rate of 42 percent. Last year, 50 percent of hunters had taken a moose by the same point in the season.

N.H. Fish and Game Department Moose Project Leader Kristine Rines says biologists checking moose carcasses brought in by successful hunters say they have seen unusually high numbers of winter ticks on some harvested moose, while others seem to be carrying a typical load of the pests.

Biologists are concerned an excess of winter ticks could be hurting the moose population.

NH slow to educate residents on health care law

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire still hasn’t hired anyone to advertise the federal health care overhaul law in the state, but officials say that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and the state isn’t alone.

New Hampshire Health Plan director Michael Degnan says it would have been helpful to have a New Hampshire-specific advertising campaign and outreach plan in place before enrollment began Oct. 1, but there are benefits to waiting. He says New Hampshire can learn from the experience of other states and wait until changes have been made to the federal government’s problem-plagued health insurance website.

Some states that are also in partnerships with the federal government have launched websites and marketing campaigns, while others are closer to New Hampshire’s experience.