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Guardsman killed in ambush in Iraq

PORTLAND, MAINE

Guardsman killed in ambush in Iraq

A soldier from Maine was killed in Iraq, WCSH-TV reported yesterday. The soldier was from Westbrook and his wife was notified of his death, the station said. No details were available. The report was not immediately confirmed by the Pentagon, a Maine National Guard spokesman, or the offices of the state's two US senators. A funeral service will be held Saturday in Portland for Specialist Christopher Gelineau, an Army National Guard soldier who was fatally injured a week ago in an ambush in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. (AP)

PROVIDENCE

Money transmitter's license suspended

The state Department of Business Regulation has suspended the license of CashPoint Network Services, Inc., following the company's admission to regulators in New York that it owes some $75 million to banks and creditors. An emergency order, issued Friday, suspended CashPoint's Rhode Island money transmitter license. CashPoint has 54 locations in Rhode Island and provides customers with a way to pay phone, electric, gas, and other utility bills. (AP)

RUTLAND, VT.

County sheriff's deputy is fired

A Rutland County sheriff's deputy has been fired for providing beer to another deputy who was under the legal drinking age. Deputy Benjamin Herrick, 27, was referred to a Court Diversion program for first-time offenders. Sergeant William Skeens said he started to investigate Herrick after a city police officer told him he heard that Herrick may be purchasing alcohol for a fellow deputy, 20-year-old Kyle Kapitanski. Herrick admitted providing beer to Kapitanski in March, the affidavit stated. He was fired March 22, Sheriff R.J. Elrick said Monday. (AP)

LONGMEADOW

Police probing two vandalism incidents

Police are investigating two suspected incidents of vandalism yesterday. Around 8:30 a.m., a tractor was being driven along Interstate 91 northbound in Longmeadow when a projectile pierced the vehicle's rear and driver side windows, State Police said. Sometime later that morning, a similar incident was reported in Springfield. As of last evening, no arrests had been made, and police were asking that anyone with information about the incidents call the State Police Springfield Barracks at 413-736-8390 or the Longmeadow Police Department at 413-567-3311. BOSTON

Nursing home improvements backed

Members of the City Council's Health and Human Services Committee said they support higher wages and staffing levels at the city's 28 nursing homes after workers testified that they are underpaid and often must care for more than a dozen patients at a time. The council will vote in two weeks on a resolution calling for "safe staffing levels, adequate living wage, and health insurance" at nursing homes. If the resolution passes, the committee would send a letter to the Massachusetts Board of Nursing Home Administrators and the Legislature urging changes.

Jury in murder case still deliberating

After a judge urged them to continue deliberating, members of a jury that had announced themselves deadlocked Monday in the case of a man accused in the 2001 murder of popular Roxbury grocery store owner and radio talk show host Jorge Fidalgo announced yesterday that they had reached a verdict on two of three charges and they would continue working this morning on the third charge. After reaching a verdict Monday on the least serious charge, unlawful possession of a firearm, jurors had told Suffolk Superior Court Judge Kenneth J. Fishman that they were deadlocked on armed robbery and murder charges against Isaias Semedo, 37, of Connecticut.

CANTON

Boy's rights suit against father advances

A judge has reversed a ruling in the case of a 14-year-old boy fighting to end his father's parental rights, after the man killed his mother six years ago. In February, the judge ruled that Patrick Holland's case could not be heard because he had moved to New Hampshire and Massachusetts Child Services was no longer involved. But yesterday, a Norfolk Family Court judge announced a trial set for July 26, with the Department of Social Services handling the appeal. Holland's father, Daniel, is serving a life sentence for murdering Elizabeth Holland in 1998.

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