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State & Region Briefs


Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Police arrest man in crash into house that killed girlfriend

QUINCY — A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a crash in Massachusetts that sent the car he was driving into a house and killed his girlfriend.

Hector DeJesus was arraigned Monday on multiple charges, including manslaughter, driving under the influence and speeding.

Police say DeJesus was driving through Holbrook on Nov. 11 when his car struck a utility pole and went airborne before crashing into the house. Nobody was home at the time.

His girlfriend, 20-year-old Nicole Ricci, of Stoughton, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Another passenger suffered a broken arm.

DeJesus pleaded not guilty and was held on $50,000 bail.

His attorney said the bail was unreasonably high given that his client has injuries from the crash that still require medical attention.

Financial adviser pleads guilty to cheating clients of $3M

BOSTON — An investment adviser has pleaded guilty to defrauding her clients of more than $3 million and using the money for vacations, luxury vehicles and other personal expenses.

Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Kimberly Kitts, of Orleans, pleaded guilty Monday to investment adviser fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Sentencing was scheduled for March 20.

Authorities say starting in 2011 Kitts engaged in various schemes to misappropriate her clients’ assets. In one scheme, she directed client assets to a bank account for Marquis Consulting, an entity she controlled. In another, she cashed her clients’ annuities, transferred funds out of her clients’ brokerage accounts and directed distributions from her clients’ Individual Retirement Accounts.

Buyer announced for plant headed for closure

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A buyer has been announced for a Brattleboro paper plant, potentially saving 100 workers from planned layoffs.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports Washington-based Human Capital Investments has reached a definitive agreement to purchase the Neenah Paper mill, and the expected closing date is on or near Dec. 31.

Neenah previously announced it was closing the facility and eliminating jobs by the end of November.

Bill McCarthy, the company’s vice president of financial analysis, says they are pleased with the opportunity to keep the jobs.

Postal worker charged with stealing mail

WORCESTER — Authorities say a postal worker from Massachusetts is facing mail theft charges after credit cards sent to homes along her route were stolen and used to make about $37,000 in purchases.

Stephanie Lacroix, of Fitchburg, was released after her initial court appearance last week, told to give up her passport and undergo drug testing.

Postal service investigators say they started investigating in the spring when people along her delivery route in Harvard complained of missing mail.

They say she was caught on secret cameras installed in her truck and the post office stealing mail. She was also caught using a glass pipe, although she is not facing any drug charges. She denied stealing mail when questioned by police.

Gov. Raimondo ‘remains open’ to legal pot in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With recreational marijuana sales beginning in neighboring Massachusetts, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo “remains open” to exploring options for Rhode Island.

The first commercial pot shops in Massachusetts opened Tuesday in Leicester and Northampton. The stores are the first to operate on the East Coast of the U.S.

In Connecticut, Democratic Gov.-elect Ned Lamont said he expects recreational marijuana legalization will be a priority for the new legislative session.

Block didn’t say whether Raimondo would propose legalizing recreational marijuana sales when Rhode Island’s legislative session begins in January.

Last year, Raimondo proposed expanding the number of licenses for medical pot shops, to generate more revenue. Instead, the legislature increased the fee medical marijuana dispensaries pay.

From Associated Press