State confirms 1st 2013 death from EEE
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Health says a Norfolk County woman who recently died is the state’s first human case of Eastern equine encephalitis this year.
The health department identified the victim only as a woman in her 80s. She was hospitalized in mid-August and died a few days later. Health officials are trying to determine where she was most likely exposed to infected mosquitoes.
There were seven cases of EEE in Massachusetts last year, and at least two deaths. People are urged to take precautions against mosquitoes. The health department says symptoms of EEE include fever, stiff neck and headache, and usually appear three to 10 days after a mosquito bite. The most serious complication is inflammation and swelling of the brain.
Pittsfield Catholic Youth Center seeks new home
PITTSFIELD (AP) — A Catholic organization that provides hundreds of Pittsfield-area youths with opportunities to play sports is looking for a new home because its current building is falling apart.
The Catholic Youth Center’s board of directors voted to suspend programming at its Melville Street building, and announced is looking elsewhere in the city.
The Melville Street center hosted activities every night of the week during the school year, including basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and lacrosse, serving more than 900 youths last year.
The 100-plus-year-old building owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield needs millions of dollars in repairs, contains asbestos and is prone to flooding. Board Chairwoman Gail Molari tells The Berkshire Eagle there is no way to come up with that kind of money, but says center programing will continue.
Tree worker dies in Holliston electrical accident
HOLLISTON (AP) — Police say a landscaping worker trimming branches in Holliston has died after being severely burned when his chain saw came in contact with a power line.
Holliston Police Chief John Moore tells the MetroWest Daily News the 26-year-old man’s name is not being released until his family is notified. Police said the man was working in a bucket truck for a commercial tree cutting company Tuesday morning when he was shocked. Deputy Fire Chief Jim Moore said the said the man was in the burning bucket was when firefighters arrived. Another worker used a truck to push the bucket away from the electrified line so rescuers could free the man. He was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital with major burns.
US House hopefuls sign pledge on outside ads
BOSTON (AP) — Five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination to fill U.S. Sen. Edward Markey’s former House seat have signed a deal aimed at keeping outside advertising out of the race.
The agreement is modeled after the “people’s pledge” signed by Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Scott Brown in their 2012 Senate race.
The party announced Tuesday that the pact was signed by 5th congressional district candidates William Brownsberger, Katherine Clark, Peter Koutoujian, Carl Sciortino and Karen Spilka. If an outside group runs an ad, the candidate who was endorsed by that group will donate an amount equal to 50 percent of the cost of the ad to The One Fund, the charity that helps Boston Marathon bombing victims. Two other Democrats and three Republicans will be on the Oct. 15 primary ballot.
Middleton man pleads not guilty in shooting
BURLINGTON (AP) — A 24-year-old Middleton man has pleaded not guilty to assault and firearms charges related to a weekend shooting in which he also was injured.
The Essex District Attorney’s office said Michael MacMullen was arraigned Tuesday in his hospital bed at the Lahey Medical Center in Burlington. Prosecutors said MacMullen shot and wounded 28-year-old Kevin Wolff twice in the torso after an argument early Sunday. They said MacMullen was hit in the arm when Wolff shot back. Both were identified as Red Devil motorcycle club members. Police said the shooting happened outside MacMullen’s Middleton home, and he was arrested nearby.
Judge Robert Brennan set $10,000 bail and ordered MacMullen to stay at his parents’ home under GPS monitoring if he is released. He was ordered to avoid Wolff and any other motorcycle club members.