State & Region Briefs

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Sailor who died at Pearl Harbor to be buried with full military honors

BOSTON — A sailor from Everett who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago is being buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

The funeral service for Radioman 3rd Class Howard W. Bean, of Everett, is scheduled for Wednesday.

Bean was on the crew of the USS Oklahoma, which capsized after sustaining multiple torpedo hits during the surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Bean was one of 429 USS Oklahoma crewmen who perished.

The remains of many could not be identified and were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

The remains were exhumed in 2015 and tested using modern DNA technology not available in the 1940s.

Bean was identified by comparing DNA with living relatives, dental comparisons and circumstantial evidence.

Small-town fire chief collapses, dies battling house blaze

MONTGOMERY — The chief of a small town’s fire department has died while battling a house fire.

The state fire marshal’s office says Montgomery Chief Stephen Frye collapsed at the scene of a fire reported Tuesday night and was pronounced dead later at a hospital. The cause of the chief’s death remains under investigation.

Authorities say Frye had 17 years of service with the department in Montgomery, a town of fewer than 1,000 residents.

The fire started in a chimney from a wood stove and spread to the main structure. A woman and her adult son who live there were alerted by smoke alarms and escaped unharmed. The home is considered a total loss.

Man dies in Springfield house fire

SPRINGFIELD — Authorities say a man rescued from his fire-damaged home in Springfield has died from his injuries.

A fire department spokesman says the 69-year-old man was found in the basement of the home Tuesday afternoon. He says the fire appears to have started there and was apparently caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials.

The victim was rushed to Baystate Medical Center with critical injuries and later died at the hospital.

Republican Tran wins state Senate seat

FITCHBURG — Republican Dean Tran has won a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat in central Massachusetts. The Fitchburg City Councilor defeated Democrat Susan Chalifoux Zephir of Leominster and two other candidates on Tuesday.

Tran was born in Vietnam and came to the U.S. with his family as a young child. He was elected to the city council in 2005. The GOP will now hold seven seats in the 40-member Senate.

From Associated Press