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Police seek man who approached boy

August 21, 2008
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Police said they are looking for a man who allegedly tried to lure a child into his car yesterday by asking for help finding his dog. At about 5 p.m., an 8-year-old boy reported that he was approached by a man in a silver, four-door motor vehicle on Herman Street. The boy rode away on his bicycle and informed his parents, police said. The suspect is described as wearing a tan cowboy-type hat low over his eyes, with a light-colored, horizontal-striped, short-sleeved dress shirt, and light-colored pants. Anyone with information should call Winthrop police at 617-846-1212.

Trooper pleads not guilty to gun charge
A State Police lieutenant has been released on personal recognizance after appearing in court on a charge of improperly storing his service revolver in his Cape Cod home. Police said the 12-year-old son of Lieutenant Richard Bolduc removed the gun from an unlocked drawer in June and took it to a neighbor's house, where the boy allegedly pointed it at a 5-year-old girl and pulled the trigger. The weapon was unloaded, but police said there was a loaded clip in the same drawer where the gun was kept. Bolduc pleaded not guilty at his arraignment yesterday in Barnstable District Court. The trooper was placed on restricted duty and no longer has access to a gun. (AP)

Interim principal named for high school
Superintendent Christopher Farmer has chosen Gloucester High School vice principal William Goodwin as the school's interim principal. Goodwin, who has taught in Gloucester for 31 years and served as the high school's vice principal for nine years, succeeds Joseph Sullivan, who announced his retirement Aug. 12.

Officials say funding can cut dropout rate
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Attorney General Patrick Lynch of Rhode Island are calling for more education funding to prevent students from dropping out of school. The two officials were in Washington yesterday for the release of a report saying there is a link between violent crime and high school dropout rates. The report was prepared by the children's advocacy group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. The report estimates that 37 homicides could be prevented each year in Massachusetts if the state's graduation rate rises by 10 percent. (AP)

DA clears two officers in fatal shooting
The Bristol district attorney's office has found that the officers who shot and killed a man they said had threatened them with knives were justified in their actions. Gerard Tierney, 45, was killed May 14 after New Bedford police responded to a 911 call from a neighbor who said Tierney chased him with knives. Officers said Tierney refused to drop two kitchen knives. (AP)

Woman charged as accomplice is freed
A Lynn woman charged with helping her boyfriend flee police who sought him in a Lynn slaying has been freed by a judge on the condition that she check in daily with probation officers. Louna Eveillard pleaded not guilty Tuesday to helping her boyfriend, Rodlyn Petitbois, flee with their four young children from Boston to New York last month. Petitbois is accused of killing Greenland Etienne, with whom Eveillard had been living. Police at first thought that Petitbois had kidnapped Eveillard and the children, but later charged her with helping him to elude police. Eveillard's lawyer, Alison Bloomquist, said her client has endured years of abuse at the hands of Petitbois and lives in fear of him. (AP)

Man denies killing ex-lover's husband
A New Hampshire man has told a jury he had nothing to do with the killing of his former lover's husband and another man at a Wakefield concrete company in 2006. Sean Fitzpatrick testified yesterday at his murder trial in Middlesex Superior Court. Fitzpatrick admitted having an affair with Michelle Zammitti while they were neighbors in Freedom, N.H., but denied shooting her husband, Michael Zammitti, 39. (AP)


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