State & Region Briefs

Friday, September 08, 2017
Cause of 2 seal deaths at Cape Cod aquarium unknown

FALMOUTH — It is still unknown what led to the deaths of two harbor seals that died within days of each other at a Cape Cod aquarium.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said that necropsies on 15-year-old LuSeal and 10-year-old Bumper from the Woods Hole Science Aquarium in Falmouth were inconclusive.

Spokeswoman Teri Frady said Thursday a variety of tests were done on their water and food. All were negative for viruses, infections and toxins.

The aquarium closed for two days in July after the deaths.

Aquarium officials say LuSeal became sick July 1 and died of respiratory and heart failure the next day. Bumper started showing similar symptoms a week later and died July 13.

Student hit by SUV while skateboarding at University of R.I.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island says a student was seriously hurt when he was hit by an SUV driven by another student while skateboarding at the school’s Kingston campus.

The collision happened Thursday around 5:30 p.m.

The university identified the skateboarder as 18-year-old Henry Karshis of Foxborough, Mass., and the SUV driver as 19-year-old Stephano Gikas of Montvale, N.J. Both are students.

Karshis was flown to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. A member of URI’s counseling staff went to the hospital, and another met with the SUV driver.

Campus police are investigating. No charges have been filed.

11-year-old girl walking with father fatally struck by car

METHUEN — Police say an 11-year-old girl crossing the street with her father has died after being struck by a speeding vehicle.

Investigators say Jaydee Soto was hit at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday in Methuen just as she and her father stepped into the street.

The vehicle then drove toward Lawrence.

The girl was thrown into the air and struck by another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. She died at the hospital.

Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon implored the driver to surrender and asked anyone with information to contact the department.

He said it appears the girl was struck by a dark-colored vehicle, but was hoping for a better description after video surveillance from area businesses was viewed. He says the vehicle likely has front-end damage.

Teen wants to suppress evidence in beheading case

LAWRENCE — A teenager accused of killing a high school classmate whose headless body was found near a river wants to prevent his initial statements to police from being used as evidence.

Mathew Borges, 16, said in a filing Thursday that his parents were not present when police first spoke to him and he was not informed of his right to remain silent.

Police were investigating the Nov. 18, 2016 disappearance of 16-year-old Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino.

His body was later found near a river in Lawrence by a woman walking her dog. Police recovered his head nearby.

A police report says Borges told a witness that he had stabbed someone and cut his head off.

Borges’ defense also wants to suppress evidence from his cellphone.

Man who secretly recorded nude teen gets 3 years

SPRINGFIELD — A man who fled the state in 2010 after he found out he had been caught secretly recording a teenage girl undressing and getting in the shower has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Eddie Agosto, 40, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to posing or exhibiting a child in the nude and photographing an unsuspecting nude person.

He was also sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors say Agosto lived in several places outside the state after he fled when he found out that the then 16-year-year Chicopee girl discovered she had been recorded. He was arrested in February 2016.

The victim said in court she still suffers fear and anxiety.

From Associated Press