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No charges in deadly fire hose accident

February 24, 2010

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No criminal charges will be filed in the death of an elderly Somerville woman who was struck by a fire hose dangling from a passing Cambridge fire engine last month, Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.’s office said yesterday. Gertrude "Trudy" King, 82, was standing in the median at Western and Massachusetts avenues in Central Square on Jan. 26 when she was hit by an errant hose from Engine No. 2, which was responding to a call. She underwent emergency surgery but later died at Massachusetts General Hospital. King’s family has declined to comment on any potential civil action.

Voting rights monitoring of city ends
The US Department of Justice is ending four years of monitoring city elections on behalf of Latino voters. In 2006, the Justice Department accused the city of discriminating against Spanish-speaking voters by failing to provide enough assistance at polling stations. Since then, the city has hired bilingual poll workers and changed its nine-seat at-large City Council to a mixture of wards and at-large seats. In November, voters elected a number of Latino and black candidates to City Council and School Committee. (AP)

Woman sought in abduction arrested
A 38-year-old woman wanted in the abduction of a year-old child from a gas station parking lot in Swansea last week has been arrested in Pennsylvania, State Police said yesterday. Kimberly D. Johnson was arrested at a women’s shelter in Altoona, where she had checked in using an alias, State Police said. Johnson is accused of kidnapping Jaylin Boudria Thursday at a gas station in Swansea. Authorities issued an Amber alert, seeking the public’s help in finding the pair. The toddler was found wandering in an insurance company parking lot several hours later. A Swansea police dispatcher said last week that Johnson was Boudria’s aunt.

Bank robbery suspect had child in car
Police said a Yarmouth man charged with robbing a Chatham bank while his 10-month-old daughter sat in the getaway car is being investigated in connection with other Cape Cod bank heists, police said. Joshua Law was held on $20,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday in Orleans District Court to unarmed bank robbery and reckless endangerment. Police said that when Law, 29, was pulled over Sunday about 10 minutes after the TD Bank branch in Chatham was robbed, his daughter was in the car. The child is in the custody of her grandmother. (AP)

Teen sentenced for party tied to a suicide
An Andover teenager charged with providing alcohol to minors last year at a party connected to the suicide of a 16-year-old Wellesley girl has been sentenced to probation, according to the Essex district attorney’s office. Zachary Zimmerman, 19, pleaded guilty was sentenced Monday to 18 months’ probation by Judge Anthony Sullivan in Lawrence District Court, said Steve O’Connell, a spokesman for the DA’s office. Elizabeth Mun, a 16-year-old from Wellesley, was a student with Zimmerman at Concord Academy. She committed suicide after a party at Zimmerman’s home last year.

Girl, 9, thanked for alerting bank to fire
A sharp-eyed 9-year-old from Framingham is being credited with helping to avert a major fire by noticing the beginnings of the blaze and pointing it out to her parents. Kaitlyn Alves was driving past the Framingham Co-operative Bank on Concord Street with her parents on Jan. 24 when she spotted flames inside the building. Kaitlyn alerted her father, John Alves, who dialed 911. In a ceremony earlier this month, bank employees thanked the family in person, and bank president Mark R. Haranas presented Kaitlyn with a check for an undisclosed amount. A local insurance agency matched the bank’s check, and it gave Kaitlyn tickets to a “Beauty and the Beast’’ performance at Worcester’s Hanover Theater.