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Pair face murder charges in teen’s death

June 28, 2010

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Two people face murder charges in connection with the Friday night death of a 17-year-old Taunton youth, the Bristol district attorney’s office said yesterday. Etnid Lopez, 17, of Taunton, and Irving Cruz, 24, of Brockton, are scheduled to be charged today with the murder of Tigan Hollingsworth. Another suspect, Jean Lopez, 19, of Taunton, faces charges of witness intimidation. Police found Hollingsworth on Friday about 10:45 p.m. near Weir Street in Taunton. The teenager was pronounced dead at Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton. Police have not released details about how Hollingsworth died.

Judge to hear bid to pay DiMasi’s pension
A lawyer for former Massachusetts House speaker Salvatore DiMasi will ask a judge this week to reinstate DiMasi’s state pension while he faces federal corruption charges. DiMasi and three associates were charged last year in an alleged bid-rigging scheme for two state software contracts that prosecutors say netted DiMasi $57,000. He has denied any wrongdoing. The Massachusetts Retirement Board suspended DiMasi’s $5,000-per-month pension as of last Nov. 1. DiMasi’s lawyer says denial of his pension is causing a financial hardship and is a violation of his due process rights. A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court. (AP)

Yoon to take job in Washington, D.C.
Former Boston mayoral candidate Sam Yoon is moving to Washington, D.C. to become executive director of a community development organization, Jim Spencer, a consultant on Yoon’s mayoral campaign, said in an interview yesterday. Yoon will head the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, which advocates for affordable housing and neighborhood economic development, according to its website. Yoon, 40, ran for mayor in 2009, finishing third.

Shark sighting prompts a press briefing
Following the year’s first confirmed sighting of a great white shark in the area, on Stellwagen Bank off Gloucester on Saturdaystate environmental officials have scheduled a press conference today to discuss how sharks will impact may affect life on the shorelines this summer. Fisherman Bruce Sweet told WBZ that his crew put a tag on the 7-foot shark when it swam alongside their boat to eat bait.

Ex-teacher to face new sex abuse charge
A former teacher at the Maimonides School in Brookline was charged yesterday with indecent assault and battery on a child during the 1970s, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement. The grand jury indictment is the fifth charge for Stanley Z. Levitt, 64, of Philadelphia, a former Brighton resident. The victim in this case, and two others who came forward last fall, were 11-year-old students at the school while Levitt was employed there. Four charges were brought against Levitt last year. The third person came forward recently after reading media reports about that case. Levitt will be arraigned Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

Crash kills a motorcyclist; 3 in car hurt
One man was killed and three people were injured early yesterday when a motorcycle collided with a white sedan on Route 28 in Centerville, according to a spokesman for the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department. The unidentified male motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Two people in the car suffered serious injuries.

Pipe-soldering caused blaze in 3-decker
A five-alarm fire in a Lawrence three-decker that left 50 people homeless Saturday night was ignited while plumbers were soldering copper pipes in a kitchen on the third floor, according to Lawrence Deputy Fire Chief Dan Kennedy. The fire spread through the walls to the building’s roof, he said. No one was injured.

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