State & Region Briefs

Thursday, June 14, 2018
High school stops selling yearbook over Nazi quote

ANDOVER — A high school has pulled its yearbook after the principal found out that a student had used a quote generally attributed to Adolf Hitler or Joseph Goebbels under his picture.

Andover High Principal Philip Conrad says he was “horrified” to learn of the Nazi origins of the quote about making people believe lies, which made it through a painstaking vetting process.

Conrad says the student, whom he did not identify, did not know the origin of the quote used under his senior picture. He says the student “sincerely regrets his choice.”

The school has stopped selling yearbooks, but some have already been distributed. Students who already have a yearbook can either get a custom sticker to cover the quote, or they can return their book and get a replacement.

Police: Pedestrian was in crosswalk when fatally struck

WORCESTER — A 20-year-old woman has died after being struck by a vehicle while trying to cross a street in Worcester.

Gabriella Lowell was killed Tuesday. Investigators believe she was in a crosswalk when she was hit by an SUV.

The driver remained at the scene. Police identified him as a 21-year-old man but did not release his name. It is unclear if charges will be filed.

Lowell’s grandfather says the family got word of the crash Tuesday night and knew Lowell had been walking in the area. He says his wife went to the scene and discovered that Lowell had been hit.

Witness: Fisherman deliberately hit swan with boat

MASHPEE — Police are investigating a report that a fisherman deliberately struck a swan with his boat on a Massachusetts pond, causing injuries that led to the bird’s euthanization.

A witness tells the Cape Cod Times he saw the boat accelerate into the swan on Mashpee-Wakeby pond on the Mashpee-Sandwich border on May 12. Animal control officers searched for the injured bird for weeks before it was finally brought to a rescue service on June 1. It had multiple fractures to its right wing and had contracted a bone infection. The swan was put down several days later.

A bass fishing competition was taking place on the pond the day the swan was hit, but Mashpee police say they have cleared all competitors of wrongdoing. They are still searching for a suspect.

Scholarships named for slain math teacher announced

ANDOVER — The family of a high school math teacher killed by one of her students in 2013 has announced the recipients of an annual scholarship named in her honor.

The Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to graduating seniors who plan to pursue a teaching degree in college. In the past, recipients have had to attend either Andover High School in Ritzer’s hometown, or Danvers High School, where she taught. This year for the first time students graduating from private schools in those towns were also eligible.

This year’s recipients from Andover are Emma Dyer, Mackenzie Evans, Mikayla Goodwin, Caroline Medwar, Olivia Raza and Emalie Tjalsma. The Danvers recipients are Jamie Boghosian, Grace Sanders and Shannon Treacy.

Since 2014, nearly $190,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to 48 students.

Jury clears Red Sox in suit brought by woman hurt by foul

BOSTON — A jury has ruled in favor of the Boston Red Sox in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says she sustained severe facial injuries when she was struck by a foul ball at Fenway Park.

The jury Wednesday found that the team and principal owner John Henry were not negligent.

Stephanie Taubin, of Brookline, sued for $9.5 million, saying she suffered facial fractures and neurological damage from a foul ball in June 2014 while sitting in luxury seats above and behind home plate unprotected by glass or netting.

A spokesman says while the Red Sox “regret the injury” to Taubin “we are pleased with today’s outcome.”

Taubin’s attorney says he’s disappointed. He says his client was paying attention, but the ball moved so fast she could not avoid it.

From Associated Press