BOSTON — A welding company owner is facing two more lawsuits over a Boston brownstone fire that killed two firefighters last March.

Lawsuits against Giuseppe Falcone and Malden-based D&J Iron Works were filed within the past week in Suffolk Superior Court. Other defendants include Oliver Realty and Oliver Realty Limited Partnership, owners of an abutting property where welders allegedly sparked the blaze.

The lawsuits were filed by a neighboring property owner and insurer seeking more than $4 million and $500,000, respectively, to recover damages from the blaze, which killed Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy. Falcone is facing a third lawsuit by the owner of the building that burned.

Cape officials say discarded syringes a problem at beaches

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — Cape Cod officials say discarded hypodermic needles have become a problem at some beaches and parks.

Last week at West Dennis Beach, police say a syringe buried in the sand pricked the toe of a man on vacation. Authorities say the man had to get several shots, will have to take medication and will have to undergo tests over the next year, because of worries about hepatitis and HIV.

Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos said discarded syringes have become a major problem. Provincetown officials, however, say they rarely see discarded needles.

Xiarhos links the increase in discarded needles to a surge in heroin use, and the state’s 2006 legalization of needle sales without a prescription to curb the spread of HIV and hepatitis.

Lawsuit challenges tenants’ eviction

CONCORD, N.H. — An emergency lawsuit has been filed on behalf of tenants in a building across the street from New Hampshire’s State House told to move out because of numerous fire and safety code violations.

Fifteen to 20 people live in apartments in the Vegas Block on North Main Street in Concord. They were given about 24 hours’ notice to leave by noon Friday. New Hampshire Legal Assistance filed the suit to give them more time to leave.

Violations include holes in the walls, broken smoke detectors and locks, missing plumbing fixtures, cockroaches and bedbugs.

Rabid fox killed after attacks

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — A Framingham official has killed a suspected rabid fox after it attacked several people and animals.

Police said Animal Control Officer William Sage captured and killed the fox late Thursday afternoon behind an office building off Route 9.

The animal’s head is being brought to state labs in Boston for testing to confirm it had rabies.

Police say the fox attacked a police officer, a health aide, a third person, a dog and a cat within a 12-hour period.

Authorities were called to the office building off Route 9 at about 5 p.m. after the fox bit the health aide, who was helping a person in a wheelchair.

The conditions of the people and animals attacked weren’t disclosed.

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