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Lawyer acquitted in motor vehicle death

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December 2, 2007

An Andover lawyer was acquitted Friday in Lowell Superior Court of a charge of motor vehicle homicide in the death of a man who was killed while changing a flat tire on Interstate 93 in Tewksbury. Ki Yong O, 35, was under the influence of the prescription sleeping pill Ambien when he struck Anthony Raucci, 43, of Methuen in July 2006. "Anthony Raucci tragically lost his life when the car driven by the defendant crashed into him while he was changing his tire on the side of the road," Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said in a statement. Leone said prosecutors would have to accept the decision, but "our thoughts will always remain with the victim's family."

Missing man with Alzheimer's found dead
A Cape Cod man with Alzheimer's disease who went missing Friday afternoon was found dead yesterday in his submerged car in the water off Dennis. Edward Donovan, 78, was found in Sesuit Harbor, Dennis police said in a statement. Authorities had been looking for Donovan, who, despite being in the early stages of Alzheimer's, was still an active certified public accountant. He was on his way from his home in Dennis to meet a client in Brewster but never arrived for the appointment. Police said someone reported a car in the water at about 10:30 a.m. Fire Department divers found Donovan's body shortly thereafter.

Three-car accident sends eight to hospital
Eight people were hospitalized yesterday morning after a three-car accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike east in Framingham. Witnesses reported that a black BMW sedan was speeding and quickly changing lanes shortly before 8:30, said State Police Lieutenant Barry O'Brien. When a driver swerved to avoid the BMW, she set off a collision that involved her car and two others. All three drivers and their passengers, including three children, 11, 9 and 7, were taken to area hospitals, but police said none had life-threatening injuries. Police said the BMW has not been found.

Thieves steal metal from B-52 bomber
The high price of metal apparently has prompted thieves to pilfer the remains of a B-52 bomber that crashed and killed seven servicemen on Elephant Mountain 45 years ago. The soaring price of metal has left nothing sacred to thieves, said Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin. The crash site is listed on the Maine Historic Archaeological Sites inventory, and a memorial service is held there each January. There have been a lot of break-ins at camps and summer homes where copper tubing and other metals have been taken, but desecrating a grave site is another matter, Goggin said. "It takes a real lowlife to even contemplate doing something like that," he said. (AP)

Chase ends when car runs out of gas
A police chase through five New Hampshire towns ended when the suspect's car ran out of gas. Police said Stuart Parker, 23, of Tilton refused to stop while speeding in Sanbornton last week. They said he drove through Tilton, Northfield, Belmont, and Gilford before running out of gas. Police said Parker ran from his car and was stopped by a police dog. Parker had a suspended license and was being sought on theft charges and for possession of an altered inspection sticker, they said. He was charged with a number of traffic violations and resisting arrest. (AP)

Air Guard to secure, monitor Northeast
The Vermont Air National Guard will provide security and emergency response in the Northeast as a result of the Air Force's decision to ground all of its F-15 fighter jets. The F-15s will be inspected following an investigation into a Missouri Air National Guard plane crash Nov. 2 that found defects in the aircraft's fuselage. The Vermont Air Guard, which flies F-16s, will continue the mission after the inspections while the F-15s are moved from Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod to a base in Western Massachusetts. The transition could take longer than a year. The Air Guard's mission is expected to have little impact on Burlington International Airport, said Brian Searles, airport director. (AP)

$500 reward sought in abuse of kitten
An animal defense group is offering a $500 reward to help catch the person who stuffed a live kitten into a plastic bag and dumped it in a trash barrel. Carmine Cardamone, director of the Animal Defense Council, an organization based in Tucson, called it an unconscionable act of animal cruelty. Abandoning an animal is a misdemeanor in New Hampshire. The female feline, which is about 4 weeks old, appears to be healthy and is resting at the Manchester Animal Shelter, the city's animal control officer told the Union Leader. (AP)

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