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June 16, 2010

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BOSTON
A plane bound for Rome was forced to make an emergency landing at Logan International Airport yesterday after one of its engines caught fire shortly after takeoff, officials said. At around 6 p.m., the Airbus 330, operated by Alitalia Airlines, had just taken off with 250 people on board when someone on the ground reported flames coming out of an engine, said Phil Orlandella, spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan. He said the flight crew shut down the disabled engine, and the pilot circled back and landed. Crews from the Massport Fire Department extinguished the blaze, Orlandella said, and passengers were bused to the terminal.

Coyote may be responsible in killing of cat
A predator, possibly a coyote, was responsible for killing a cat in West Roxbury over the weekend, a local animal rescue organization said. “This is a clear case of predation; a human didn’t do this to the cat,’’ Alan Borgal, director of the Center for Animal Protection at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, said yesterday. Veterinary pathologists determined that two puncture wounds around the animal’s throat could have been caused by a larger animal. Though the type of predator has not been confirmed, the location in the city, in the vicinity of Garnet Road in West Roxbury, should not rule out the possibility of a coyote attack, officials said.

BROOKLINE
Former minister faces child porn charges
A former minister at the First Spiritual Temple in Brookline was indicted yesterday in federal court on child pornography charges, the office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said. Simeon P. Stefanidakis, 59, of Old Greenwich, Conn., was charged with four counts of transporting child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Authorities allege Stefanidakis transported the material in Massachusetts in October 2008 and possessed it in March 2009. It was not clear if he was still working at the temple at the time. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each transportation count and 10 years on the possession count if convicted.

WOBURN
Child on bike hit by SUV; injuries serious
A child riding a bike was struck by a sport utility vehicle and seriously injured in Woburn yesterday, police said. Police responded to the scene at the intersection of Flagg and Franklin streets at about 4 p.m., said Lieutenant David Murray, and the unidentified boy, 8, was transported by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital. The driver, an unidentified 74-year-old male, was not cited at the scene, although the investigation was ongoing last night, Murray said.

QUINCY
Officials won’t investigate accused priest
Law enforcement authorities say they will not investigate a Quincy priest accused of sexually abusing children about 50 years ago because the criminal statute of limitations has expired. A spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating told The Patriot Ledger that State Police investigators have determined that the time limit to prosecute the Rev. Dominic Menna was six years. The spokesman said the Boston Archdiocese notified prosecutors in a letter received May 10 that more than one person has asserted abuse by Menna. Menna has been placed on administrative leave and banned from performing the duties of a priest or from living at St. Mary’s Church, pending the archdiocese’s investigation. (AP)

FRAMINGHAM
Company fined for toxic water release
General Chemical Corp. in Framingham was fined $23,300 yesterday by the state Department of Environmental Protection for pumping toxic water from its basement onto its property. The fine is the second the department issued this month for violations at the hazardous waste facility on Leland Street. Residents and town officials have been critical of the company since flooding in March drew attention to ground-water pollution from the site. On June 3, the department fined General Chemical $6,000 for improperly storing toxic substances after a 2009 inspection. General Chemical and its corporate headquarters in Elizabeth, N.J., did not return calls seeking comment.

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