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June 23, 2013

Around the region

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Police again search home of Hernandez

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. — State police officers and dogs are searching the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez as they investigate the killing of a semi-pro football player whose body was found nearby.

Saturday’s search of Hernandez’s sprawling home in North Attleboro involved several officers, including one with a crowbar, and locksmiths.

Police have previously searched in and around the home as they try to figure out who killed Odin Lloyd, whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez’s home.

Lloyd’s family says the two men were friends and together the night he died. Authorities have ruled Lloyd’s death a homicide.

A spokeswoman for the Bristol District Attorney’s office declined to comment on the investigation Saturday.

An attorney for Hernandez has said he would not comment on the searches.

Advocacy groups call for halt to deportation

CONCORD, N.H. — Five New Hampshire faith-based and social groups are planning a “week of action” to protest the detention and deportation of immigrants who have not committed serious crimes.

The groups are planning prayer vigils and educational events in Nashua, Dover, Durham, Manchester and Concord beginning Monday.

The New Hampshire groups also will be joining others at a vigil outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Burlington, Mass., on Thursday.

The slogan of the week of action is “Not One More.”

— Associated Press

“path to citizenship” if immigration legislation passes.

“The administration and ICE have stated repeatedly that their priority is detention and deportation of serious criminals, but according to the 2012 statistics, 45 percent of those who were deported had no criminal convictions at all,” said Eva Castillo, director of the N.H. Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees.

According to ICE’s statistics, 23 percent of the immigrants deported between July 2010 and September 2012 had children who are U.S. citizens, organizers said.

The week ends with a vigil at the federal courthouse in Concord.

Other groups involved in the week’s actions are the American Friends Service Committee, the N.H. Citizens Alliance, the Granite State Organizing Project and the United Church of Christ New Hampshire Immigration Working Group.

Police investigate triple killings

BOSTON — Police are trying to figure out who shot and killed three people at a house party in Boston.

Officers responding to a report of a person shot found one woman and two men wounded inside an Intervale Street home in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood early Saturday. They were taken to Beth Israel Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Police did not immediately name them, only saying they were all in their early 20s.

Investigators say they are looking for a vehicle they described as an older-looking maroon or red Mercury in connection with the killings.

Police also ask members of the community with information to call or text investigators anonymously on the CrimeStoppers Tip Line.

Boston Marathon winner giving medal to city

BOSTON — Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa is giving his medal to the City of Boston this weekend as a tribute to the victims and families affected by the twin bombing near the race’s finish line.

The Ethiopian champion will participate in Sunday morning’s Boston Athletic Association 10K race. Afterward, he will present the medal to Mayor Thomas Menino in a ceremony on Boston Common.

Desisa announced his intention to donate the medal last month at a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the longtime senator from Massachusetts.

Desisa says he’s giving the medal as a gesture of support with the victims and in memory of those who died that day.

OSHA to investigate fatal stump grinder accident

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Officials are investigating a fatal accident involving a stump grinder that killed a tree service worker in Portsmouth, N.H.

Police say 43-year-old Matthew Morasse of Rochester was killed on the job on Thursday.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Morasse was an employee of Urban Tree Service of Rochester and was working alone at the time.

Urban Tree Service President Ed Hopkins says it was a tragic accident and the company is trying to understand how to cope with it. He says the company has lost a valuable member of its team.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating to figure out what happened.

Logging village gets historical marker

CARROLL, N.H. — A New Hampshire Historical Highway marker has been installed on Route 302 in Carroll to commemorate the 19th-century logging village of Zealand.

The marker also honors Zealand’s founder, James Everell Henry. It says the village grew in 1875 to serve the logging industry and that Henry owned 10,000 acres in the heart of the White Mountains, with a 10-mile railroad to move logs from forest to sawmill.

The village had a post office, school, store, housing and charcoal kilns “to eke out every bit of forest value,” the marker says. The logging season employed anywhere from 80 to 250 people.

— Associated Press

By 1885, Henry left and moved on to Lincoln, leaving the Zealand area mostly clear cut. Fires destroyed the area from 1886 to 1903.

Historic highway markers are at the locations of three other lumber communities — Bethlehem, Easton and Littleton.