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July 6, 2013

Around the Region

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---- — 2 disabled adults left for hours in van

KINGSTON, Mass. (AP) — Police and officials of a Massachusetts day program for the disabled are investigating after two adults were left in a van for a few hours in the July heat in Kingston.

Mike Eddy, transportation director of the Habilitation Assistance Corp., said program officials are investigating how the two people could have been left in the van after they were driven from a nursing home to the day program’s parking lot Friday morning.

Police and paramedics were called when the passengers were found. They were treated at a hospital and later released. Temperatures on Friday reached the low 90s with high humidity.

Eddy said the program has rules to prevent such things, but they apparently weren’t followed. He said the driver has been suspended.

Kingston police said they are investigating.

NE fishermen ask feds to boost dogfish

BOSTON (AP) — Fishermen desperate for revenues are learning to love the ornery dogfish, and they’re hoping the government can help them persuade seafood eaters to do the same.

Industry groups have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy more dogfish fillets, to increase industry earnings and build the market for an abundant, but low-value species.

Last week, 19 New England lawmakers followed the fishermen’s request with a letter saying the purchase could “bring much needed relief to an ailing industry.”

The purchase would be made under a program that buys surplus food, relieving downward pressure on the price. The food is then donated to federal programs.

The desire to promote dogfish is a change for fishermen who have long despised the small shark, a relentless predator they say drives out more valuable species, such as cod.

NH rescuers search river for fisherman

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Rescuers are searching for a man who may have drowned in the Merrimack River in Concord.

Fish and Game officers were called to the scene on Friday afternoon.

Witnesses say the man had been fishing when he tried to pull a piece of trash floating in the water and was swept down the river.

WMUR-TV reports that the man’s friend put on a life vest and searched for him but was unsuccessful. A bystander called 911.

Israeli man killed in hit-and-run crash in Mass.

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police say the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident on Cape Cod has been identified as an Israeli man who was driving a rented minivan with multiple passengers, including children.

Police say the crash at the base of the Sagamore Bridge in Bourne occurred at about 8 p.m. Thursday when a pickup truck merging onto Route 6 east struck another pickup.

The second truck careened into the westbound lanes, striking the victim’s minivan head-on.

The vehicle that allegedly caused the crash drove away. Police are looking for a dark-colored truck with minor or moderate damage to its left front end or left side.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released.

Some van passengers were hospitalized, as was the driver of the second pickup. He was ejected from his truck.

Police investigating hammer attack in NH

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police in Manchester, N.H., are investigating a home invasion involving several intruders who attacked a man with a hammer.

Police said 27-year-old Brian Smithurst was seriously injured early Friday and is recovering at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Smithurst told officers he was at his girlfriend’s apartment when the group of unknown people broke in through the front door and started assaulting several people inside. Smithurst was struck with the hammer.