State briefs: Driver involved in fatal Barnstable hit-and-run turns self in

Monday, January 08, 2018
Police: Driver involved in fatal hit-and-run turns self in

BARNSTABLE — State police say a Centerville woman turned herself in to authorities in connection with a fatal hit-and-run.

The Barnstable Police Department says 33-year-old Sarah Hunt told police she was the driver in the hit-and-run Friday night that killed 62-year-old John Pina. The Cape Cod Times reports Hunt turned herself in Saturday.

Police say Pina suffered severe trauma from being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. He was taken to the hospital where was pronounced dead.

Hunt is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in District Court in Barnstable on multiple charges, including motor vehicle homicide. She was released on recognizance.

Commuter train hits stuck truck south of Boston

SOUTH WEYMOUTH — A commuter train has struck a truck that was left on the tracks about 20 miles south of Boston.

No injuries have been reported.

Joe Pesaturo, spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, says the train on the Kingston/Plymouth line hit the truck at about 7:30 a.m. Monday in South Weymouth. He says no one was in the truck at the time, and that the crossing wasn’t damaged.

He says none of the 19 people on the train at the time of the crash was injured.

Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan tells The Boston Globe that the truck broke down on the tracks.

He says an investigation is ongoing.

High court lets tribe’s gambling hall proceed

WASHINGTON — A Native American tribe will be able to go ahead with its plans for a gambling hall on Martha’s Vineyard after the Supreme Court declined to get involved in the dispute.

The Supreme Court said Monday that it would not take up the case involving the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe.

That leaves in place a lower court ruling favoring the tribe, which had proposed a facility with 300 electronic bingo machines and live bingo. It hasn’t proposed offering slot machines or casino table games such as blackjack or roulette.

Massachusetts and the Martha’s Vineyard town of Aquinnah opposed the gambling hall. They argued that a 1980s agreement granting the tribe nearly 500 acres had specifically prohibited gambling. The tribe argued a federal law effectively repealed that gambling prohibition.

2 men get life for shooting death of innocent bystander

BOSTON — Two men convicted in the shooting death of an innocent bystander at a Boston street festival in 2014 have been sentenced to life in prison.

Keith Williams and Wesson Colas were sentenced in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday after being convicted of first-degree murder last month in the death of 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier.

Prosecutors say the men were rivals who confronted each other with guns near a Caribbean festival in Dorchester. Prosecutors say Williams fired the shot that killed the city youth worker.

Prosecutors said Colas was responsible because he participated in the gun battle even though he didn’t fire the fatal shot.