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October 14, 2012

In Brief

Man skips on Maine-to-NH cab fare

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A taxi driver who drove a man from Portland, Maine, to Manchester, N.H., says he skipped out on the $150 fare after pulling a gun on her.

Tina Shaw tells WMUR-TV she was driving her cab for ABC Taxi of Portland when she picked up a fare at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Portland on Friday afternoon. She says the man asked for a ride to Manchester and she told him it would cost $150.

Shaw says that when she arrived in Manchester, her passenger pulled out a handgun and demanded money. Shaw jumped out of the taxi and ran off. She told police she looked back and saw the passenger running away from the vehicle.

The suspect didn’t get any cash — but he didn’t pay the fare.

Boston worker arrested on child porn charges

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino placed a city worker on unpaid administrative leave effective immediately after police arrested the 47-year-old man on child porn charges.

James Mansfield is an executive assistant in the Boston Transportation Department. He is charged with possession of child pornography. He was arrested Friday after an internet investigation revealed he was engaging in graphically sexual chat. Police also say Mansfield was exchanging pictures of boys in various stages of undress.

Menino yesterday vowed that Mansfield will be fired after an administrative hearing. The mayor says it saddens him that anyone could endanger children, but to know the person who allegedly perpetrated these acts is truly devastating.

Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney’s office, says Mansfield will be arraigned tomorrow.

Vt. income tax lags, revenues up overall

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s largest source of tax revenue — the personal income tax — is coming into state coffers at slightly less than the expected pace.

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