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Police say guns found as 3 men arrested

Police found three loaded weapons as they arrested three men in Mattapan early yesterday morning, officials said. As officers approached a group of men near Merola Park and West Selden Street at about 1 a.m., one began to run while clutching his right pants pocket and frantically knocked on a nearby door, police said. Another man ducked into a nearby car, they said. The first man, identified as 19-year-old Roland Frazier of Mattapan, was arrested with a loaded handgun in his pants pocket, police said. Police also arrested Dave Martin, 17, and Sean Galvez, 19, both of Dorchester, after finding a loaded rifle and what appeared to be marijuana on the back seat of the car and a loaded shotgun in the area near where they had been standing. Police said that close to two dozen such arrests in the area since April 20 have yielded 16 guns.

Man found shot outside gas station

An unidentified man was shot multiple times outside a gas station at 310 Blue Hill Ave. in Roxbury about 10:20 p.m. Friday, police said yesterday. Police found the man lying in the street and brought him to Boston Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition yesterday. Officer Michael McCarthy said police had not made any arrests in the case.

SALEM

Roller accident kills construction worker

A 23-year-old construction worker was killed in Salem on Friday morning when the pavement roller he was operating tipped over into an embankment and crushed him, officials said. Josue Villatoro was part of a team working on a new parking lot outside Hillcrest Chevrolet on Highland Avenue in Salem when the accident occurred. He was driving a 5-foot-tall, 3-ton roller when he fell down the 15-foot embankment. ''He got close to the edge, and the edge evidently gave way," said Chris Coviello, owner of Pavements Inc. of Middleton. ''It just gave way, and the roller flipped and it crushed him. It was a tragic accident." Police said Villatoro was pronounced dead on arrival at Salem Hospital at 9:32 a.m. The Methuen office of the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.

BROCKTON

Sex offender charged in failure to register

A 41-year-old Brockton man who for years has been umpiring Little League games and officiating at youth football games in Southeastern Massachusetts was arrested Friday and arraigned in Brockton District Court on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender, Brockton police said. David Quimby was convicted in 1984 for indecent assault and battery, the Enterprise of Brockton reported. Quimby had umpired games for 13- and 14-year-olds in Brockton and other towns, said Richard Wernick, president of Brockton North Little League. League officials had been unaware of his criminal background, Wernick said.

ANDOVER

Troopers injured after being hit by Jeep

A suspected drunk driver rammed his Jeep into the back of a parked State Police cruiser early yesterday, authorities said, sending two State Police troopers to the hospital with minor injuries. The troopers had pulled over to the shoulder on Interstate 93 north, just south of Dascomb Road, to check for speeding drivers when a 2002 Jeep Liberty struck the back of the fully marked vehicle shortly after 4 a.m. The driver, Todd Caron, 21, of Dracut, was placed under arrest and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, and failing to stay within marked lanes. Trooper Michael Spencer and Trooper Kathryn Downey were taken to Lawrence General Hospital for minor injuries. Caron was taken to Lawrence General Hospital for minor injuries.

CONCORD, N.H.

Passenger admits assaulting attendant

A Florida man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a flight attendant during a flight to Manchester last August. Roger Slaalien, 41, of Longwood, Fla., was charged with two counts of simple assault for grabbing the woman's behind and touching her leg in an offensive manner on a Southwest Airlines flight from Orlando to Manchester. He was arrested by federal agents when the plane landed. Slaalien, who pleaded guilty in US District Court on Friday, will be sentenced in September. He faces up to a year in prison. (AP)

PORTLAND, Maine

Sports spat between fathers is resolved

A spat between two fathers that began in 2001 at a youth hockey game in Falmouth and flared up last month on the lacrosse field has apparently been resolved. Michael Hale of Falmouth dropped his bid for a restraining order against Demetri Antoniou of Cumberland before the complaint was to be heard in District Court. After meeting separately with the two men, Antoniou's lawyer, Peter DeTroy, said they agreed to end their dispute and treat each other with respect. (AP)

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