State & Region briefs, Nov. 14, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017
Northampton man attacked by raccoon

NORTHAMPTON — A Massachusetts man is getting treated for rabies after being attacked by a suspected rabid raccoon over the weekend.

Paul Bradish of Northampton said he was letting his dog out at about 5:30 a.m. on Saturday when the raccoon pounced. He beat the animal with his flashlight and it fled, but when he got back inside his house he noticed blood on his leg. He called police, but officers could not find the raccoon.

Bradish then went to the hospital for his first set of rabies shots. His dog is up to date on her vaccinations.

Bradish says it’s not the first time he has seen suspected rabid animals in the city’s Leeds neighborhood, and informed his neighbors about the sick animal.

Police search for carjacking suspect

SAUGUS — Police are searching for a man suspected of carjacking a taxi driver outside a Massachusetts mall. Authorities say the man first stole from a Dick’s Sporting Goods store at Square One Mall in Saugus around 6:45 p.m. on Sunday. A store employee said the man walked out of the store with $900 worth of North Face jackets.

Police said the man ran toward a taxi, broke the driver’s side window and yanked the driver out of the front seat. The suspect then drove off. No injuries were reported.

Authorities are searching for a grey Ford Fusion from Garcia’s Taxi Company. Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

Police visit boy with brain cancer

CHELSEA — Police in a Massachusetts town paid a special visit to their number one fan — a 2-year-old boy battling brain cancer.

Sandra Cordero says her son Edison loves the police. She says she went to the Chelsea Police Department Sunday hoping just one officer would stop by their home.

Patrol cars filled her street just a few minutes later. Cordero says the entire day shift showed up to bring Edison gifts. Police officers let Edison sit in a cruiser and talk over the radio.

Edison’s father Frank Cordero thanked the officers, saying his son was “so happy” when they showed up.

US Senate candidate drops GOP to pursue independent run

BOSTON — A candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Elizabeth Warren has decided to drop his pursuit of the Republican nomination to launch an independent run.

Cambridge technology entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai says he’s dumping the party, citing what he called their betrayal of GOP voters and the people of Massachusetts. Ayyadurai made the announcement Saturday.

His decision brings the number of Republicans seeking Warren’s seat to three: Beth Lindstrom of Groton, one-time aide to ex-Gov. Mitt Romney; state Rep. Geoff Diehl of Whitman; and business executive John Kingston of Winchester.

— The Associated Press