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State & Region Briefs


Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Man kills self following long standoff with police

MIDDLEBOROUGH — Police say a man who opened fire on officers trying to serve and arrest warrant has killed himself following a standoff of several hours.

Middleborough Police Chief Joseph Perkins says the man “appears to have killed himself,” and has not provided further details.

Perkins said earlier that no one was struck when the suspect opened fire with a rifle at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, and that officers did not return fire.

Police pulled back, took cover and established a perimeter around the house as the man barricaded himself inside. They tried unsuccessfully to establish contact with the man.

The regional SWAT team was called to the scene.

The suspect is described to be a white man in his late 30s or early 40s.

Daughters of teacher struck and killed by truck sue driver

SPRINGFIELD — The daughters of a teacher killed when she was struck by a pickup truck have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck’s driver.

Zoe Rosenthal’s daughters allege in the suit filed in Hampden Superior Court that the driver was negligent in operating his truck.

Police say the 52-year-old Rosenthal was struck while walking her dog across a Holyoke street on Nov. 27. She died two days later. She was a teacher with The Literacy Project in Northampton and lived in Holyoke.

The driver, 62-year-old Charles Davignon, of Holyoke, stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

He told police he did not see the woman. No criminal charges have been filed in the case.

He declined to comment on the suit.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Firefighter dies after suffering heart attack on duty

ATTLEBORO — A veteran firefighter has died after suffering an on-duty heart attack.

The Attleboro Fire Department says 63-year-old Thomas Cannon died Monday.

Chief Scott Lachance says Cannon was performing truck and equipment checks at the Twin Village Fire Station on Sunday when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

His fellow firefighters revived him and transported him to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence where he died. Cannon served the department for more than 30 years.

He leaves behind a wife and three sons.

Black flags are currently hanging over the truck bays at the station in honor of Cannon.

A wake will be held Friday in Attleboro, followed by a private funeral service.

Feds investigating death at Boston construction site

BOSTON — Federal workplace safety investigators are looking into the death of a construction worker who fell at a job site in Boston last week.

A carpenters’ union identified the deceased as 48-year-old Jose Rodriguez, of Worcester. The union says he fell about four stories while working at a construction site in East Boston on May 7.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is inspecting his employer, Northeast Framing Inc., along with a general contractor and another subcontractor on the project. The investigation could take several months.

Northeast Framing did not respond to a request for comment.

From Associated Press