State & Region Briefs

Wednesday, May 09, 2018
State trooper uses jerky to rescue pup from highway

WORCESTER — A state trooper has rescued a dog running loose in the middle of an interstate with the bribe of a homemade snack.

Trooper Nick D’Angelo responded to a report of a pup running loose along Interstate 190 in Worcester on Wednesday morning.

State police say the dog, named Dozier, was “hot doggin’ it,” down the highway as stopped motorists tried to capture him.

D’Angelo lured Dozier to safety with some homemade deer jerky.

Dozier has been reunited with his owner.

State Police say it’s always great making new friends, two- and four-legged.

Lawsuit seeks to protect Haitians, Salvadorans and Hondurans

BOSTON — A lawsuit filed to protect Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants from President Donald Trump’s decision to end a special status that has allowed them to live and work in the U.S. for years has been expanded to include Honduran immigrants.

The federal suit brought by the Massachusetts-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice was amended Wednesday to include a new plaintiff: a Honduran immigrant who has been on temporary protected status since 1999.

Yesy Patricia Carbajal, of Revere, joins 13 other immigrants from Haiti and El Salvador in the lawsuit, which argues that the decision to end their special status was racially motivated.

The Trump administration argues the status was never meant to be permanent, and that conditions in the affected countries have improved enough for its citizens to return.

Man awarded $1 million in wrongful conviction lawsuit

FRAMINGHAM — A man who served prison time for the rape and kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl he always maintained he did not commit has been awarded $1 million in damages in a wrongful conviction lawsuit.

A jury ruled in favor of Kevin O’Loughlin on Tuesday after he sued the state, the town of Framingham and several police officers involved in his conviction.

O’Loughlin was 19 at the time of the girl’s assault in Framingham in 1982. He served more than three years in prison, during which he says he was assaulted by other inmates.

O’Loughlin’s case was reopened after a retired police officer discovered the evidence pointed to another man.

A former lawyer for O’Loughlin says Tuesday’s verdict proves that he is “absolutely innocent of that horrific crime.”

Great Barrington bans sale of single-use water bottles

GREAT BARRINGTON — Another town has banned the sale of small, single-use bottles of water.

Town meeting voters in Great Barrington approved the ban of bottles 1-liter or smaller this week. The Berkshire County community joins Concord and Sudbury.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Environment Committee of the Berkshire Women’s Action Group proposed the ban with exceptions for emergencies. The group has waged a campaign since last fall, saying beverage companies are often selling municipal water that is not necessarily as safe as local tap water. Proponents of the ban also said the bottles lead to litter.

Not everyone supported the ban. Local businesses said it would hurt them and one person suggested better recycling efforts.

From Associated Press