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June 15, 2013

Around the region


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---- — Ad praises Ayotte on immigration

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two groups pushing for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system have teamed up to run a television ad in New Hampshire praising U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

The 30-second spot running on WMUR-TV and cable stations says Ayotte showed “courage and independence” when she recently came out in favor of the far-reaching immigration bill being debated in the Senate.

It was produced by Americans for a Conservative Direction — a subsidiary of a nonprofit created by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg — and InSPIRE STEM USA. The latter, which is co-chaired by former Sen. John E. Sununu, R-N.H., advocates for “productive immigration reform” to attract highly skilled workers and strengthening U.S. education in science, technology, engineering and math.

The groups spent about $200,000 to run the ad.

Sentencing delayed for ex-housing director

BOSTON (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for the former executive director of the Chelsea Housing Authority on charges he tried to hide his inflated salary from state and federal authorities.

Michael McLaughlin of Dracut was scheduled for sentencing Friday in federal court in Boston after pleading guilty earlier this year.

The Boston Globe reports prosecutors brought up a new allegation that McLaughlin might have ordered an employee to destroy time cards related to his pay. The judge set a July 17 hearing on that.

McLaughlin admitted under-reporting his salary in annual housing authority budgets from 2008 to 2011 and submitting the false figures to state and federal regulators.

He resigned in 2011 under pressure from Gov. Deval Patrick after the Globe reported his annual salary was $360,000.

His case sparked a call for statewide reform of Massachusetts housing authorities.

Bank robbed in Merrimack

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a bank robbery in Merrimack, N.H.

Police say a man wearing a suit passed a note to a teller at the Peoples United Bank demanding money and claimed to have an explosive device. Police say the man then fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money.

The suspect is described as being between the ages of 55 and 65 and was wearing a dark gray suit, white dress shirt and tie, as well as glasses and a black tam hat worn backward.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Merrimack Police Department or the Merrimack Crimeline.

Police say the suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous and advise anyone who sees him to call 911.

Police: Trooper fatally shoots man in Quincy

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — State police say a 41-year-old New Bedford man has been shot and killed by a veteran state trooper responding to a report of an erratic driver.

Police identified the man as Wilfredo Justiniano, Jr.

State police commander Col. Timothy Alben said a concerned woman called Milton police just before 8 a.m. Friday to report an erratic driver who may have been having a medical emergency on Route 28 in Quincy.

Milton police transferred the call to state police, who sent a 25-year veteran.

Alben says the trooper and the man were involved in a “violent confrontation” in which the man was shot. Alben didn’t say whether the man was armed.

State police and the Norfolk district attorney’s office are investigating.