State & Region Briefs

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Police arrest man for stealing manhole covers

WEBSTER — Massachusetts police say they have arrested a man who stole seven manhole covers and put traffic cones in their place. The 46-year-old Webster man was arrested Friday and charged with larceny.

Police say they first received a call around 2:45 p.m. last Wednesday from a witness who saw the suspect taking a manhole cover in Webster. Authorities received several other calls about missing manhole covers, and they say they stopped a vehicle matching the witness’ description later that day.

Police say the suspect acknowledged taking the manhole covers and pointed officers to where he had sold them. Authorities recovered the covers from a Millbury salvage yard.

R.I. Senate to consider public subsidies for PawSox stadium

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island state Senate is considering a proposal to provide public subsidies to help fund a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

A bill to help the Boston Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate build a new stadium in Pawtucket is scheduled for consideration and possibly a vote Tuesday.

Under the plan, the state would pay for $23 million of the $83 million stadium.

Democratic Senate Finance Chairman William Conley Jr. introduced the bill when the legislative session began Jan. 2 and the finance committee approved it.

If it passes the Senate, the bill would go to the House of Representatives. There currently isn’t a separate House bill.

Firefighters find man’s body after garage fire

LOWELL — Fire officials say they found the body of a 31-year-old man while responding to a blaze at a Lowell condominium.

The Lowell Fire Department says they were called to the townhouse-style condo at around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday. Fire officials quickly contained the fire, limiting the damage to just two units.

Authorities say four occupants escaped, but firefighters found the man’s body in the first-floor garage. The fire department believes the fire started in the garage.

Officials have yet to determine the cause of death. Fire officials are working to identify the cause of the fire.

No name was released.

Man sought for 16 years is captured across state line

METHUEN — A man wanted by New Hampshire authorities for 16 years has been captured just across the state line in Massachusetts.

Police investigating reports of possible drug activity at a Methuen home earlier this month arrested 39-year-old Eric Rivera-Velez. He was detained until his identify was verified.

Police said that he had several fake names, altered fingerprints, and was listed on Rockingham County, New Hampshire’s, most wanted list where he’d been sought by police since 2002.

He had several outstanding warrants for narcotics offenses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

He’s charged with trafficking 18 kilograms or more of cocaine near a school or park, being a fugitive from justice, and conspiracy to sell a narcotic drug.

From Associated Press