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Insurer must cover thefts from state

August 12, 2009

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BOSTON
The state Appeals Court has ruled that an insurance company must pay the government for its remaining losses from a $9.4 million theft from the Treasury in the late 1990s. The theft remains the largest loss of state money in Massachusetts history. Attorney General Martha Coakley said Hanover Insurance Co. must pay the state $415,000, plus interest that will be determined by the Supreme Judicial Court. (AP)

Victim hit in ear in Dorchester shooting
A man was shot in the head on Geneva Avenue in Dorchester yesterday, police spokesman Eddy Chrispin said. Officers responded to a call about gunshots at 4:46 p.m. Chrispin said the unidentified victim was taken to Boston Medical Center and treated for a bullet lodged in his right ear. He was in stable condition last night. The victim gave officers a description of the suspect, Chrispin said. The suspect was described as a black male, 5-foot-10, wearing a brown shirt.

Off-duty officer is stabbed; man charged
Tyrone Brooks, 23, of Roxbury surrendered in Roxbury District Court yesterday on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the stabbing of an off-duty Cambridge police officer, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney. Boston police responded to a report of a fight at Hereford and Boylston streets around 2 a.m. Friday, Wark said. When police arrived, Boston Emergency Medical Services workers were treating a man for a stab wound, he said. The Cambridge officer was not identified. Police obtained a warrant charging Brooks with the stabbing based on a description provided by the victim and witnesses, according to Wark.

LYNN
Pregnant woman hurt in porch collapse
A pregnant woman was pinned between a staircase railing and a support beam yesterday when a three-story apartment’s porch partially collapsed, she said. Catherine Bonilla, 36, of Lynn, was walking down the porch stairs when a support beam snapped and trapped her, leaving one foot dangling and the other touching the stairs. Bonilla, who is 6 1/2 months pregnant, was taken to Salem Hospital, but said in a telephone interview from her hospital bed: “I’m fine, just really sore. Everything’s OK so far with the baby.’’

FREETOWN
Encephalitis found in mosquitoes again
For the second time this summer, disease trackers have discovered mosquitoes carrying Eastern equine encephalitis in Southeastern Massachusetts, state health officials said yesterday. The insects were trapped in Freetown, near Fall River, the same location where mosquitoes carrying the virus were found in July. No human cases of the potentially lethal infection have been reported this year in the state.

WRENTHAM
Rollover crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured
A fiery car crash killed a Mendon man and left a driver with serious injuries yesterday in Wrentham, State Police said. The crash occurred on Interstate 495, south of Exit 16, shortly before 1:30 a.m. The driver of a 2007 Toyota Scion struck the median guardrail and rolled over into the median. The Scion erupted in flames, State Police said. The driver got out, but a 22-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene, State Police said. The driver was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. Their names have not yet been released.

FRANCONIA, N.H.
Two hikers are rescued from mountain
Rescue teams have helped two hikers get medical attention in separate incidents in New Hampshire. Fish and Game Lieutenant Todd Bogardus said Jill Franks, 52, of Clarksville, Tenn., was airlifted from the Galehead Hut in Franconia yesterday. He said she was taken to a Littleton hospital for treatment of a medical condition. Bogardus said about 20 rescuers went to the hut in case weather made it impossible for the helicopter to reach the site. While they were helping Franks, Bogardus said, they got a call to help Alexandra Land, 20, of Ojai, Calif., who had broken her leg on Old Bridlepath Trail. She was carried out and taken to a Plymouth hospital. (AP)