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November 30, 2013

Region Briefs

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NH police say 5-year-old accidentally shot self

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police say a 5-year-old playing with a handgun accidentally shot himself.

Manchester police say the boy is being treated at Elliot Hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Investigators say the boy was playing with a handgun owned by his mother’s boyfriend when the gun went off.

His mother and her boyfriend — 29-year-old Sonday Bishop — told police they did not know he was handling the handgun. The shooting occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police seized the .22 caliber handgun and are continuing their investigation.

Mass. hunting licenses for new year available now

BOSTON (AP) — The new year is a few weeks away but it’s not too early to think about 2014 hunting licenses.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife says 2014 hunting, sporting, fishing, and trapping licenses will be available for purchase starting on Monday.

They can be purchased at all license vendor locations, MassWildlife District offices, the West Boylston Field Headquarters, and at MassFishHunt.org.

Anyone 15 or older needs a license to hunt or for freshwater fishing.

Freshwater fishing licenses for minors ages 15 to 17 are free and can be obtained online.

The department also reminds hunters that all deer harvested during shotgun season must be checked at a check station. Online checking is not available from Dec. 2 until Dec. 14.

NH donors sought to help 2-year-old with cancer

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — The parents of a 2-year-old New Hampshire boy with leukemia are asking people to become bone marrow donors in hopes of finding a match.

Police in Bedford are hosting a bone marrow drive Saturday until 6 p.m. at police headquarters to help Aybel Martin of Goffstown.

Abel’s parents tell WMUR-TV their son went through several rounds of treatment and they thought he was in the clear until the cancer resurfaced in October.

They are asking potential donors to be tested and placed on the bone marrow donor registry.

Donors should be between the ages of 18 and 55.

Brookline’s ban on plastic bags set to begin

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Brookline’s ban on plastic shopping bags is set to begin and authorities say they plan to phase the change in gradually.

The Boston Globe reports that the town’s ban on plastic bags and polystyrene — some plastic and foam — containers begins Sunday.

Alan Balsam is Brookline’s director of public health and human services. He has said he’s allowing retailers to use up their current inventories of the disposable plastic bags before switching to acceptable alternative bags. He says he is waiting until January to enforce the ban of polystyrene food and beverage containers.

The bans were approved by the Brookline Town Meeting in November 2012. The Globe reports about 70 businesses will be affected by the ban on the plastic bags and about 350 businesses will be affected by the ban on polystyrene containers.

Giant menorah to be lit at Mass. Statehouse

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick and other top state politicians are joining members of the state’s Jewish community to light an 18-foot menorah in the Statehouse to mark Hanukkah.

The menorah scheduled to be lit Monday at The Grand Staircase is so large that a scissor-lift is required to lift Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Rabbi Rachmiel Liberman to reach it.

The ceremony will include a musical interlude featuring the U.S. Navy Band and vocal presentations by students from the Schechter Day School.

The event is co-sponsored by Congregation Lubavitch Synagogue in Brookline.

The eight-day festival started at sundown last Wednesday.

Coakley seeks to have Dobelle’s suit dismissed

BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former president of Westfield State University.

The Boston Globe reports Saturday that Coakley says the suit filed by Evan Dobelle should be discarded on technical and legal ground.

Shortly after being suspended by trustees last month, the 68-year-old Dobelle filed a federal lawsuit against the university and state higher education commissioner alleging that trustees had conspired to damage his reputation and violate his rights.

In a 13-page memo filed in federal court on Wednesday, the newspaper says Coakley contended that Dobelle’s lawsuit makes only a cursory attempt to support his argument that his free speech and due process rights were violated.

Dobelle’s lawyer, Ross H. Garber, on Friday told the newspaper he hadn’t had a chance to review the request. Dobelle has 14 days to respond.