State & Region briefs: Police say woman stabbed to death in New Bedford

Monday, January 22, 2018
Police: Woman stabbed to death in New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD — A woman has been stabbed to death in New Bedford.

Authorities say police responding to reports of a woman screaming and bleeding found the victim outside a residence at about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

The victim, identified as 34-year-old Chantel Bruno, of Wareham, was taken to Sat. Luke’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead at about 2:30 a.m.

There was no immediate word of an arrest.

Mass. man charged with trying to meet minor from website

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — A former custodian at a Massachusetts middle school has been charged with attempting to meet in Connecticut who he thought was a 14-year-old boy.

Police say 50-year-old Carl Bezo, of Westfield, Mass., turned himself in Friday on a warrant.

Authorities say Bezo began messaging who he thought was an underage boy in September, but was actually an adult associated with an online child safety group.

Police say Bezo agreed to meet the fictitious minor at a Southington Walmart store in September. The meeting was recorded and turned over to police.

Bezo was fired from his job at a Westfield middle school after the meeting.

Bezo’s lawyer says his client has no criminal record and was cooperative with police. He is free on $50,000 bond.

Feds make $2M available to reduce fishing bycatch

Federal ocean managers are making more than $2 million available to try to help fishermen catch less of the wrong fish.

“Bycatch” is a longstanding issue in commercial fisheries, and fishermen have long sought solutions to the problem of catching rare species when seeking exploitable ones. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it is providing about $2.4 million for “projects that increase collaborative research and partnerships for innovation” in reducing bycatch.

The agency says it is prioritizing projects such as gear modifications, avoidance programs and improved fishing practices. NOAA also says it wants to learn more about possible reduction of mortality of fish that are released.

The agency is looking for pre-proposals by Jan. 31 and full proposals by March 30.

Cleaner declares bankruptcy, clothes still with company

BROCKTON — A dry cleaning chain has announced it has filed for bankruptcy — leaving customers in the lurch with clothes still checked in at the chain’s various locations.

Brockton-based Zoots says plans are being made to return customers’ garments on Friday as it announced it had filed for bankruptcy. An attorney representing the dry cleaner said an appointed trustee will oversee the transition, including returning customer’s property, and that the process is expected to take about a week.

According to court records, Sort LLC — the chain’s parent company — filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Thursday.

Zoots’ locations are spread throughout central and eastern Massachusetts, including stores in Worcester, Beverly, Attleboro and two locations in Wellesley.

France’s Sanofi buys hemophilia specialist Bioverativ

PARIS — France-based drugmaker Sanofi is buying U.S. hemophilia specialist Bioverativ for $11.6 billion in a deal that Sanofi says will boost its profile for fighting rare diseases.

The deal announced Monday is the latest such move in a pharmaceutical industry that’s seeing increasing interest in rare diseases.

Sanofi said in a statement that the boards of both companies approved the purchase, and that Sanofi will pay $105 per share in cash for all outstanding shares of Bioverativ. The Waltham, Mass. company focuses on blood disorders.

Bioverativ said it hopes its Eloctate and Alprolix hemophilia medications can reach a broader market thanks to Sanofi’s global infrastructure.

Sanofi’s strategy in the coming years includes expanding its rare disease portfolio, and hemophilia treatment is considered a growing market.