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State & Region Briefs


Friday, February 02, 2018
Holy Cross changes newspaper name, was same as KKK’s

WORCESTER — The student newspaper at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester that shared its name with a Ku Klux Klan publication is changing its name.

The staff at The Crusader announced Friday the paper will now be known as The Spire.

The new name pays homage to the distinctive twin spires of Fenwick Hall, Holy Cross’ main building and the oldest structure on the Jesuit school’s Worcester campus.

An editorial Friday said the change had nothing to do with “the nominal association with a poorly-circulated KKK newspaper,” but because of the violence and massacres associated with the medieval Crusades.

The name change was made without input from the college’s administration or trustees, who are meeting this weekend to weigh whether to keep the Crusader as the school’s sports mascot.

Judge grants bail to man suspected of hiding dead body

WORCESTER — The man authorities say hid the body of an acquaintance who died at a party at his home and then lied to police about it has been granted $7,500 bail.

Xavier Broughton, 32, appeared in court Friday. Broughton has pleaded not guilty to charges of disinterment of a human body and misleading police in the death of Justin Ramos.

Police found the 27-year-old Ramos’ body Monday under cardboard boxes and paper bags on a porch at Broughton’s Worcester home. He had been missing since Jan. 7.

Broughton told investigators Ramos died of a heroin overdose and he tried to revive him. A prosecutor confirmed Friday that an autopsy found Ramos probably died from an overdose.

Broughton’s lawyer says he thinks prosecutors suspected his client caused Ramos’ death.

Man sentenced for dealing fentanyl facing deportation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Boston man has been sentenced on charges of trafficking fentanyl and faces deportation to the Dominican Republic.

The U.S. attorney for Rhode Island said Friday that 28-year-old Jose Cordero was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence to time served, or two years in federal prison. The office says Cordero is a Dominican national and now faces deportation proceedings.

Cordero was arrested by Rhode Island State Police in March 2015 during a traffic stop.

Prosecutors say a search of the vehicle revealed a complex wiring system linked to a compartment designed to conceal contraband. They say the compartment held nearly two kilograms of fentanyl under the front passenger seat.

He’s presently in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Officials quiet on Northern Pass rejection

BOSTON — Massachusetts officials say they might be forced to select a different project to deliver clean energy into the state.

A spokesman for the state’s energy office released a carefully-worded statement on Friday, one day after New Hampshire regulators rejected Northern Pass, the Eversource-backed project that Massachusetts had chosen to deliver hydropower from Quebec.

The statement does not mention Northern Pass by name, but notes the state’s procurement process requires that utility companies conclude contract negotiations with the selected project by March 27.

Spokesman Peter Lorenz says if the contracts cannot be finalized, the selection process would have to be revisited and another project named to advance.

Eversource has said it would consider appealing Thursday’s 7-0 vote by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee against issuing a permit for Northern Pass.

Dog badly hurt after apparently being thrown from car

EVERETT — Police are searching for the person believed to have tossed a small dog from a moving car.

Authorities say the dog was spotted in a roadway in Everett Tuesday night by 26-year-old Jamie-Lee Hersey, of Wakefield. A friend, 29-year-old Christopher Desrochers, of Revere, also stopped to help.

Police had received a report earlier in the night of an unknown object being thrown from out of a black SUV.

Police say the dog was badly injured and might have to have its right hind leg amputated.

Everett Animal Control Officer Stacia Gorgone praised Hersey and Desrochers for being good Samaritans, saying the situation could have been worse if they had not removed the dog from the busy parkway.

Gorgone is calling the dog Jamie in honor of Hersey.

Bank exec, husband plead guilty to embezzling $2.7M

BOSTON — A former Bank of America executive and her husband have pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $2.7 million from the bank through fraudulent charitable donations then using the money to fund a lavish lifestyle.

Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old Palestine “Pam” Ace, a former senior vice president pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple counts of bank fraud and wire fraud.

Her husband, 46-year-old Jonathan Ace, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and engaging in an unlawful monetary transaction.

Authorities say the Rockland couple transferred bank money to various nonprofit organizations, and then demanded the return of a portion of the money in order to ensure that Bank of America would continue to fund the organization.

From Associated Press