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Young man stabbed on Roxbury street

August 27, 2009

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BOSTON
A man was stabbed several times on a residential street in Roxbury last night, police said. Police spokesman David Estrada said the attack appeared to be a result of a fight that occurred at around 8:55 p.m. on Fenno Street. The unidentified victim, described as a young man in his late teens to early 20s, was taken to Boston Medical Center with injuries believed to be life-threatening. Estrada said police have suspects in custody.

WORCESTER
DNA confirms ID of kidnapped infant
DNA tests have confirmed that the baby found in a New Hampshire family shelter July 29 is the infant who was snatched from a slain Worcester woman’s womb several days earlier, authorities said yesterday. Investigators found the female baby in Plymouth, N.H., with Julie A. Corey, 35, of Worcester, a friend of the slaying victim, Darlene Haynes, 23. But Corey insisted that the baby was hers, authorities said. The tests confirmed that Haynes’s boyfriend, Roberto Rodriguez, is the father, but the baby remains with the state Department of Children and Families. Corey has been charged with kidnapping and will face an extradition hearing in New Hampshire tomorrow.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine
Governor inspects drowning scene by air
Governor John Baldacci has flown over Acadia National Park with its superintendent to learn more about Sunday’s tragedy in which a wave washed a group of people off the rocks and into the ocean, killing a 7-year-old girl. Baldacci said after yesterday’s flyover that with another hurricane potentially posing similar conditions, signs will be posted and warnings issued to spectators. But he said that people need to use common sense when they go to see the waves. (AP)

AUGUSTA, Maine
Police investigating death of baby
Maine State Police say the death of a 4-month-old baby boy from Augusta is under investigation. Connor Soucy died Tuesday afternoon at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. An autopsy was scheduled yesterday to determine the cause of death. Augusta police are also investigating. The baby was rushed by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta Monday evening. The child’s father, Shane Soucy, 33, of Augusta, called an ambulance and said the baby was unresponsive after a bath. The baby was then flown by helicopter to the Bangor hospital. The baby lived with its mother, Jennifer Bisson-Watson, 27, who has been living in Farmingdale. The baby was dropped off at Soucy’s house earlier in the day. (AP)

Maine marriage campaign under fire
A gay rights group based in California has filed a complaint with Maine’s campaign oversight agency against groups pushing for a people’s veto vote in November on Maine’s new gay marriage law. Californians Against Hate founder Fred Karger filed a complaint with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices asking for an investigation into what he says is the failure of the Stand for Marriage campaign to report the names of donors. The Ethics Commission is likely to decide whether to order an investigation during its October meeting, said its executive director, Jonathan Wayne. Stand for Marriage cochairman Bob Emrich said yesterday that the groups have been very careful to follow the reporting law. (AP)

CONCORD, N.H.
Elderly coupled died of carbon monoxide
Investigators say a car left running in a closed garage generated the carbon monoxide that killed a Wolfeboro, N.H., couple last week. The bodies of John Clarke, 86, and Ethel Clarke, 87, were found in their home Aug. 19. The medical examiner determined they died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and investigators said no foul play was involved. WMUR reported that fire investigators said they determined that a vehicle was left running in the garage under the house. A central air unit helped circulate the poisonous gas in the house. State Fire Marshal William Degnan said all homes should have carbon monoxide detectors to help prevent accidental deaths. (AP)