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NEW ENGLAND IN BRIEF

Man hit on Route 1 while walking dog

A 47-year-old man who was hit by a car while walking his dog across Route 1 in Danvers was recovering last night at Boston Medical Center, state police said. According to a Danvers police news release, the man, who was dressed in dark clothing, was struck at about 5 p.m. by an Audi traveling south near the Ferncroft rotary. He was only tentatively identified and police did not release the name. The car's driver was interviewed and no charges were filed. The dog was not severely injured and was taken to a local animal shelter, police said.

RUTLAND, Vt.

Settlement reached in 2d sex abuse case

Vermont's Catholic Church has settled a second lawsuit accusing its priests of child sexual abuse. The Diocese of Burlington will pay Ronald Ploof, 44, of Colchester, an undisclosed sum in return for his dropping a court case against it. Ploof says he was a preteen altar boy in Burlington when the Rev. Michael Madden sexually abused him at the priest's private camp in Warren in 1970. Madden was convicted of lewd conduct with another minor in 1989. A jury awarded that victim $162,500 in damages. Earlier this year, the diocese agreed to pay Massachusetts native Paul Babeu, 34, an unspecified sum to drop the church portion of a civil lawsuit involving the Rev. George Paulin. (AP)

STOW

Sudbury man thrown from vehicle dies

A 22-year-old Sudbury man died yesterday two days after being thrown from the all-terrain vehicle he was driving, authorities said. According to Stow police, Matthew Bardsley was not wearing a helmet when the all-terrain vehicle struck a log that had fallen across a path behind the Massachusetts Fire Academy just before midnight Friday. The property, part of a military annex that straddles Sudbury, Maynard, and Stow, was closed and posted against trespassing. Police are investigating.LONDON

Evans to start British police job today

Former Boston police commissioner Paul F. Evans begins his new job today as head of the British law enforcement unit assigned to carry out police reform. The government hired Evans in September to help departments in Britain improve their crime-fighting efforts. The Police Standards Unit he will head is responsible for carrying out the government's pledge to reform policing across England and Wales. (AP)

NEW BEDFORD

Survivor of fatal wreck in intensive care

The survivor of a rollover wreck in New Bedford that killed two men remained in intensive care yesterday at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, a hospital spokesman said. Brandon Demoranville, 17, was taken by helicopter to the hospital around noon Saturday after the Chevrolet Suburban he was riding in rolled over after hitting a guardrail. Demoranville's cousin, Jamie Demoranville, 25, of Freetown, and Peter Duncan, 26, of Taunton, were both killed. Brandon Demoranville underwent extensive surgery Saturday night. The cause of the wreck remains under investigation, authorities said. ONSET

Man dies after blaze engulfs trailer

A fire in a trailer park early yesterday killed an unidentified man, fire officials said. Fire personnel and rescue workers arrived at Lakeside Trailer Park shortly after 2 a.m. to find the man's trailer fully engulfed by flames. Two adjacent trailers and two vehicles also caught fire, but there were no other injuries. The state fire marshal's office and the Onset Fire Department are investigating.

COLUMBIA, S.C.

Plane registered to Mass. man crashes

A single-engine plane, registered to a Massachusetts man, apparently had run low on fuel and crashed in a neighborhood Saturday afternoon, injuring the pilot, authorities said. The unidentified man, who was the only person on board, was in good condition at a local hospital, Richland County emergency services spokesman George Rice said. Emergency crews responded to the plane crash about 5:25 p.m. in some trees near a home just blocks from the Columbia-Owens Downtown Airport, Rice said. The plane was registered to Frank J. Donovan of Granby, Mass., according to the FAA's website. (AP)

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