SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — Two Seabrook police officers who were fired after they were caught on tape roughing up a suspect at police headquarters are planning to file grievances.
Officers Mark Richardson, who was seen slamming the suspect's head into a wall, and Adam Laurent, who pepper-sprayed the suspect, were fired. Richardson has also been charged with assault in connection with the Nov. 11, 2009, encounter at the Seabrook police station.
Richardson and Laurent told town staff this week they would file grievances. Officer John Wasson, who was demoted from lieutenant to patrolman following the incident, filed a grievance Thursday. A fourth officer who was suspended for two days has not challenged the disciplinary action.
DA says Boston police justified in shooting man
BOSTON — Prosecutors say two officers were protecting themselves and others when they fatally shot a Boston man last month.
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said Friday prosecutors met with 38-year-old Ross Batista's family to explain their findings. The family has questioned the use of deadly force.
Conley said Batista was in the passenger seat of a car when he exchanged shots with a man on the sidewalk at about 1 a.m. June 2. Officers heard the shots, ran to the scene. Police said Batista refused to get out of the car, and an officer shot him when he jumped into the back seat and reached for a gun.
Conley said Batista then got out and fired at two retreating officers before another officer shot him. Conley said investigators found a second loaded handgun in the front passenger area.
Marathon bomb suspect's lawyers seek leaks hearing
BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have renewed their request for a judge to hold a hearing on leaks to the news media.
Last month, a judge issued a stern warning to prosecutors about former or current members of their team speaking to the media after Tsarnaev's lawyers objected to interviews retired FBI agents gave around the anniversary of the deadly 2013 bombings.
The request came after several news outlets this week reported that investigators believe a friend of Tsarnaev provided the gun authorities say was used by Tsarnaev and his brother in the fatal shooting of an MIT police officer several days after the bombings.
Tsarnaev's lawyers asked the judge yesterday to hold a hearing to determine what instructions were given to law enforcement about not talking to the media.
Restaurateur convicted of sexual assault
MANCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire restaurateur has been convicted of indecent exposure and sexual assault involving an employee.
Neville Pereira was accused of exposing himself in front of the woman at the Rouge Rill restaurant in Manchester in June 2013, grabbing her hand and forcing it on him. At trial, his lawyer said Pereira was a different restaurant at the time. Prosecutors cited business records of the restaurants to challenge that argument.
The Hillsborough County attorney's office says other restaurants Pereira has or has had in ownership in include Ignite Bar & Grille, Hooked Seafood and Sizzle Bistro in Manchester; Molly's Tavern in New Boston; and the Capital Grille in Concord.
Superintendent docked over plagiarism allegation
NEWTON, Mass. — The superintendent of Newton's public schools has been docked a week's pay for failing to credit Gov. Deval Patrick in graduation speeches at the city's two public high schools.
The questionable passages became public Wednesday, when the Newton South High School student newspaper called attention to passages from David Fleishman's June 9 remarks at the school's commencement ceremony similar to the governor's speech to Boston University graduates in May.
Fleishman delivered a similar speech to Newton North High graduates June 10.
Fleishman heard excerpts of Patrick's graduation speech on the radio, but did not review a written transcript when he wrote his speech, but admitted making a "mistake."
His punishment came a week after Mansfield's superintendent resigned over commencement speech plagiarism allegations.
Former lawmaker honored for starting state Lottery
KEENE, N.H.— The New Hampshire lottery — now in its 50th year — is honoring the former Keene state representative who pushed for it more than sixty years ago.
The lottery yesterday celebrated Laurence "Larry" Pickett night at the Keene Swamp Bats baseball game. Pickett worked from 1953 to 1964 to make sure legislation passed making New Hampshire the first state in the nation with a lottery. In 1964, Gov. John King signed legislation establishing a lottery system.
Along with the dedication, Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the lottery, threw out the first pitch.
Ex-Cape Cod dog club official jailed for stealing
BARNSTABLE, Mass. — The former treasurer of the Cape Cod Kennel Club has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing more than $62,000 from the organization.
Cynthia Savoia pleaded guilty Thursday in Barnstable Superior Court to falsifying entries into books and larceny of more than $250.
She was sentenced to serve six months of a two-year sentence, with the balance suspended during 10 years of probation for the larceny charge, with a concurrent six-month sentence on the falsifying books charge. She was also ordered to pay full restitution.
Savoia's attorney said his 43-year-old client experienced financial difficulties after her mother died and was "embarrassed and ashamed."
The club, which holds dog shows and provides training, is primarily supported through donations.
Man arrested in crash that killed woman
MERRIMACK, N.H. — A New Hampshire man has been arrested on a manslaughter charge in connection with a dump truck-car collision that killed the woman driving the car.
Kyle Witty of Cornish turned himself into Merrimack police a warrant yesterday.
Police said the collision happened early July 16 on Route 101A at the intersection of Continental Boulevard. Police said Witty, who was traveling eastbound on the roadway, failed to stop at a red light entering the intersection, causing the collision and the death of Elizabeth McQuinn.
The 43-year-old Witty was released on $50,000 personal recognizance bail pending his arraignment on July 29.
Pittsfield man convicted of biting roomie's thumb
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield man has been convicted of nearly completely biting off his roommate's thumb during a fight over bathroom use.
Michael Mensah, 57, was convicted Thursday of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. He faces sentencing yesterday. He was acquitted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Police say when they responded to their apartment on Feb. 11, Stephen Quam came to the door with the top of his thumb hanging by a tendon.
The 61-year-old Quam testified that it could not be re-attached and doctors removed it. He showed his disfigured thumb to the jury.
The fight started when both men wanted to use the bathroom at the same time.
Mensah's attorney said Quam was the aggressor and his client acted in self-defense.
2 teens sentenced for egging undercover officer
LYNN, Mass. — Two Swampscott teenagers charged with throwing eggs at an undercover Lynn police officer posing as a prostitute have admitted to sufficient facts for a guilty finding on an assault and battery charge.
Jacob Finlay and Spencer Webber, both 19, were sentenced Thursday to a year of probation. The charges will be dismissed if they successfully complete probation.
A third teen involved is scheduled in court on Aug. 26.
Prosecutors say in June 2013 the teens were in a car that made several passes, yelling and throwing things at the officer. On the fourth pass, the officer was hit in the leg with an egg. The car was pulled over on a fifth pass.
Finlay's lawyer says his client is remorseful. Webber's lawyer refused comment.