State briefs: Rescuers save 9 stranded dolphins off Cape Cod coast

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Rescuers save 9 stranded dolphins off Cape Cod coast

PROVINCETOWN — Officials say several stranded dolphins have been rescued and released back into the ocean off Cape Cod.

Nine dolphins were released into the ocean at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown by the International Fund for Animal Welfare on Tuesday afternoon.

The group says 12 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were found stranded in a marshy area in Wellfleet earlier in the day. Three died. Videos show each dolphin being carried by as many as nine people on red tarps back to water. Two dolphins appear to have been released together.

The nonprofit organization has an operation center in Yarmouth Port, and responds to stranded dolphins along more than 700 miles of coastline along southern Massachusetts.

Feds will limit marijuana enforcement in Massachusetts

BOSTON — The top federal prosecutor for Massachusetts says he’ll focus his marijuana enforcement on overproduction, targeted sales to minors and organized crime.

Massachusetts has legalized recreational use, but distribution remains a federal crime. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling is cautioning that he won’t “immunize” state residents from federal enforcement.

Even so, Lelling reiterated Tuesday that fighting the opioid addiction scourge remains his priority because it’s still claiming thousands of lives in the commonwealth each year.

Lelling says overproduction by licensed growers runs the risk of leading to illicit sales in neighboring states, so his office will be monitoring that closely.

He says sales to minors and the involvement of gangs such as MS-13 in the marijuana trade also will be policed.

Regulators issued Massachusetts’ first pot retailing license last week.

Man arrested in connection to Fourth of July shooting death

BOSTON — An arrest has been made in a death investigation in Massachusetts.

Boston police say 32-year-old Michael Carleton, of Boston was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding warrant in connection to a Fourth of July homicide in the neighborhood of Dorchester.

Thirty-six-year-old Deondra Lee suffered multiple gunshot wounds that evening and later died at Boston Medical Center.

Carleton will be arraigned on a murder charge in Roxbury District Court.

An attorney for Carleton has not been immediately identified. Police continue to investigate the circumstances around the shooting and are asking anyone with information to reach out to detectives.

Lawyer readies insanity defense for man charged in murder

SALEM — The lawyer for a New Hampshire man accused of killing a delivery driver and raping a convenience store clerk in Massachusetts may pursue an insanity defense.

The Salem News reports 22-year-old Brian Brito, of Manchester, New Hampshire, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation at his attorney’s request. Brito’s attorney, Joseph Collins, told a judge Monday he expects to file a notice for a “lack of criminal responsibility” defense.

Prosecutors will be able to hire their own experts to evaluate Brito.

Authorities say Brito shot and killed a driver in Lynn on March 27, then drove to North Andover where he sexually assaulted the clerk and robbed the store.

He was linked to the earlier drive-by in Lawrence in which two women were injured and is awaiting arraignment.

A status hearing is scheduled for Sept. 18.