State & Region briefs: Police say woman stole $850 painting from Easthampton gallery

Monday, February 05, 2018
Police: Woman stole $850 painting from local gallery

EASTHAMPTON — Police have arrested a woman they say stole an $850 painting from a local gallery.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Carrie Hague of Easthampton was arrested Sunday and charged with larceny from a building.

Easthampton police responded Sunday to a report of a stolen painting at the Nash Gallery. Police say the John Gnatek painting of a local ice cream parlor was valued at $850.

Investigators used surveillance video to identify a witness, and that witness led police to Hague’s home. Police say they recovered the painting from her home.

An arraignment is scheduled for Monday in Northampton District Court. It could not be determined if she has a lawyer.

Repairs after library flooding may cost $300K

LOWELL — Officials estimate it will cost about $300,000 to repair a library after a burst pipe dumped thousands of gallons of water into the building.

The Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell remains closed after a pipe broke in early January. Library Director Victoria Woodley tells the Lowell Sun that it could reopen within a few weeks if repair work goes well.

Assistant City Manager Michael McGovern says the city will have to cover the full cost of repairs because the insurance policy has a $500,000 deductible. He says the city is currently trying to identify funding sources.

Firefighters: Fire destroys 200-year-old home

REHOBOTH — A fire has destroyed a 200-year-old home in a Bristol County town.

Firefighters responded to the blaze in Rehoboth around 12:20 a.m. Sunday. Assistant Fire Chief Mark Haskell says the flames were so intense motorists could see it from the nearby Interstate 195.

The fire had engulfed the home and a nearby barn before firefighters were able to get it under control.

Fire officials say a working fire alarm helped all of the residents escape the home unharmed. A relative of the owner of the building tells The Sun Chronicle five or six of his 15 tractors were destroyed.

Authorities are currently investigating what sparked the fire.

Coast Guard probes sunken fishing boats

NEW BEDFORD — The Coast Guard is investigating two sunken fishing boats in New Bedford harbor.

The Coast Guard says the New Bedford Fire Department found the vessels tied together with a sheen around them early Monday. Firefighters placed a containment boom to mitigate pollution.

The 65-foot Dinah Jane and 67-foot Nemesis are from New Bedford. The Standard-Times reports Carlos Rafael, a magnate known as “The Codfather,” owns them.

Rafael pleaded guilty to smuggling money to Portugal and evading fishing quotas. In September, he was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

An activated emergency beacon aboard one of the vessels alerted the Coast Guard at about 1 a.m. Monday.

The boats reportedly can carry about 9,500 gallons of fuel combined.

The Coast Guard is coordinating the cleanup and investigating the cause.

1 person found dead in house
fire in Walpole

WALPOLE, N.H. — New Hampshire fire officials say one person has been found dead in a house fire in the town of Walpole.

State Fire Marshal William Degnan says the fire happened at about 3:15 a.m. Monday. An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday.

A second person at the home has been taken to a hospital for minor injuries.

Fire officials haven’t said what may have caused the fire. They are still investigating.