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March 24, 2013

In Brief


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Man seriously injured by pit bulls

RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) — Police in Raymond, N.H., say a man was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries caused by a pair of pit bulls.

Police and an ambulance were sent to Mildred Avenue on Friday night after a report that a 23-year-old man had been “attacked” by two pit bulls.

The victim sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The dogs were secured before emergency personnel arrived and have been quarantined by their owner.

The Raymond Police Department is investigating.

US Senate passes Warren’s fishery assistance plan

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed an amendment that would allow funds in next year’s federal budget to be used to aid fishermen in the Northeast and elsewhere.

The bipartisan amendment, introduced by Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, was included in the Senate budget proposal that passed early Saturday.

It’s uncertain whether the provision will survive budget negotiations before final legislation is passed. The House has passed a rival budget proposal and President Obama has yet to introduce his plan.

Warren’s amendment came after a federal disaster was declared last year in several fisheries, including in the Northeast, where fisherman face massive cuts in 2013 groundfish catch allocations.

The Senate last year approved $150 million for fisheries assistance, but that measure died. Warren says disaster aid is critically needed by fishermen.

Police release images of NH diamond ring theft

NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Police in Newington, N.H., are releasing surveillance images of the suspect and a car they believe were involved in the theft of a diamond ring from a jewelry store.

The Portsmouth Herald says the ring was stolen Wednesday from a shop in the Fox Run Mall. An employee of Hannoush Jewelers told police an unidentified suspect walked into the jewelry store and asked to look at some rings. The suspect reportedly ran from the store with a 2.5 carat diamond ring worth more than $1,000.

Police say the suspect is believed to have left the area in a car with a Massachusetts license plate.

Anyone who has information is asked to call the Newington Police Department at 431-5461.

Mass. city seeks sale of vacant lots to neighbors

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield officials are offering property owners a chance to buy blighted vacant lots next to their own properties.

The lots were taken over the by the city after their previous owners stopped paying taxes.

Under the city’s “Abutter Lots Sales Program,” owners of adjacent residences or businesses can buy the vacant lots if they are valued at $25,000 or less and are not needed by the city for public use.

The lots would be sold at a price of 25 cents per square foot and can be used by their new owners for a variety of purposes, including additions to existing properties, gardens, landscaped yards or off-street parking.

Mayor Domenic Sarno says the program seeks to reduce blight and return unused parcels to the the city’s tax rolls.

Dem. House Leader Pelosi to visit Boston for event

BOSTON (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is heading to Boston to mark the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Pelosi will join with union leaders and Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano on Monday to celebrate the federal law that guarantees American workers protected time off to care for loved ones.

The 1993 law offers 12 weeks of unpaid leave, which workers can use to care for a new baby, sick family member or to recover from an illness.

The law applies to workers hired by companies with 50 or more employees, who work more than 1,250 hours a year and who have been on the job for at least a year.

Labor activists say the law still leaves out more than half of the workforce. They are pushing for measures they say would toughen the law.