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Passerby finds man's body in Turtle Pond

December 15, 2008
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BOSTON
The body of a man was found floating in Turtle Pond in West Roxbury yesterday, according to the Suffolk district attorney's office. State Police detectives responded to a call from a passerby about 12:30 p.m. and found the man, who they believe was homeless, dead in the water near the Enneking Parkway, said Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney. The man was not carrying identification. The death does not appear suspicious, but an autopsy was scheduled for today, Wark said.

Turner seeks to limit talk on accusations
City Councilor Chuck Turner delivered a letter Friday to Governor Deval Patrick that called for legislation that would restrict distribution and discussion of criminal accusations before a court decision was rendered. Turner's letter urged Patrick to introduce legislation to enhance the presumption of innocence, create a state policy to "promote respect for the presumption of innocence among state officials, mass media representatives, and citizens," to limit government officials from making speeches or circulating materials that could violate the presumption of innocence, and to hold media organizations financially responsible for the violation of presumption of innocence. A spokesman for Patrick declined to comment.

SUV rollover on I-93 seriously injures 5
Five people were seriously injured and taken to area hospitals yesterday after the sport utility vehicle they were in spun out of control and rolled over on northbound Interstate 93, closing part of the Ted Williams Tunnel for about 90 minutes, State Police said. Three passengers, including two women and an infant, were ejected when the SUV rolled over about 3:05 p.m. Two women were brought to Boston Medical Center, and the three who were ejected were taked to Massachusetts General Hospital. The identities of all occupants are being withheld pending family notification. The crash cause was being investigated by State Police.

Group abandons call to avoid Pike travel
Representatives from the group Stop the Pike Hike have abandoned a call for motorists to avoid travel tomorrow on toll roads, including the Massachusetts Turnpike. The group announced plans to seek alternative methods for protesting the planned toll increases, after meeting yesterday with Boston Police Superintendent in Chief Robert Dunford and Commissioner Thomas Tinlin of the Boston Transportation Department. The meeting was held in response to a letter by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the city's public safety commissions, voicing concern about the negative impacts of the protest.

PROVIDENCE
Dorchester man, 24, shot to death at club
A Dorchester man was shot and killed and another wounded early Saturday as shots were fired while people were leaving the Passion Lounge in Providence. Police were working security detail at the nightclub on Portland Street when they heard shots fired at 2:37 a.m. They found two people shot on Haywood Street, near the club. Anthony Parrish, 24, was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital, police said. London Hardy, 36, was being treated at the hospital for gunshot wounds that were not considered life-threatening, police said. They said it was the 13th homicide in the city this year. (Providence Journal)

Student is moved to hospital in Helsinki
The mother of a US exchange student who was stabbed in Russia says her son has been transferred to a hospital in Finland. Eighteen-year-old Stanley Robinson of Providence was stabbed by unknown assailants in the southern Russian city of Volgograd on Dec. 5. Officials say the attack may have been racially motivated; Robinson is black. He was studying Russian on a program arranged by the American Field Service. The organization said Saturday it had arranged his transfer to Finland, and his mother, Tina Robinson, confirmed by phone yesterday that he was hospitalized in Helsinki. The head doctor of the Russian hospital where Robinson had been treated said Friday that his condition was grave but stable. (AP)

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