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Jose Maldonado died at Hartford Hospital

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — State Police say a 22-year-old suspect in custody for an alleged domestic dispute has died after police tried to subdue him with a stun gun.

Police say Jose Maldonado of Manchester was arrested early Sunday morning after East Hartford police responded to a complaint of a dispute. Police say he damaged a vehicle occupied by a family including two adults and three children. Police say one adult was injured by broken glass.

Police say Maldonado was combative and resisted arrest. He was taken to East Hartford Police Department for booking on charges of risk of injury to a minor, assault and resisting arrest.

Police say he again became combative and was subdued by a stun gun. Police say he seemed to suffer medical distress. He died at Hartford Hospital.

State Police are investigating.


Infant’s body found on County Street

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Investigators searching for the mother of a newborn whose body was discovered in New Bedford are releasing additional information about the baby, saying she was a white girl weighing about six pounds.

A resident discovered the baby’s body Friday evening. The Bristol County District Attorney’s office said on Saturday that the investigation remains active and ongoing.

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State police detectives and prosecutors are continuing to canvas the area around County Street, where the infant was found.

The state medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy this weekend.

Authorities say they are trying to find the child’s mother because she may need medical attention.

Gregg Miliote, spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, says anyone who knows the identity of the child or the mother or her location should contact New Bedford police.


Jacob Kipp, 25, pronounced dead at scene

HOOKSET, N.H. — New Hampshire State Police say a Pembroke man is dead after an early-morning crash on Interstate 293 in Hooksett.

Police say evidence at the scene indicates that the driver, 25-year-old Jacob Kipp, was unable to negotiate a curve on the 293 northbound ramp to Interstate 93 and struck a guardrail early Saturday morning. Police were called to the crash around 4:45 a.m.

Kipp was pronounced dead at the scene.


Utility crews were 150 feet in the air

David G. Curran/ SatelliteNewsService.com

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The utility workers, both men, were 150 feet in the air working on electricity lines off the Scenic Highway when the boom collapsed, according to officials. The men died on impact, police said.

The first 911 call reporting the incident at Cape Cod Aggregate Corp. near Scenic Highway came in in the afternoon, police say.

Utility NStar says Joseph L. Boyd III, of Fall River, and John Loughran, 34, of Quincy, had been contracted for an NStar project in Bourne, on Cape Cod.

“I lost my son today, and I love him,” John Loughran said. “He loved line work, he loved being a utility worker and he was doing exactly what he wanted to be doing. He couldn’t have been happier.”

Workers at the scene were shaken.

“Everyone’s in shock,” said Glenn Stone, the chaplain for the Bourne Fire Department. “No one woke up this morning expecting anything like this to happen.”

A representative from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was on the scene.

Police Chief Dennis Woodside said it was not particularly windy at the time of the accident and the ground under the truck appeared to be solid.


Police looking for damaged van

police car

WORCESTER, Mass. — An elderly man was struck and killed early Saturday morning in Worcester by a van that fled the scene, police say.

Worcester police say they responded at 2:48 a.m. to a McDonald’s at 995 Main St, where the 83-year-old Worcester resident was lying on the northbound curb. He was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

The victim was crossing Main Street from the direction of Marble Street when he was hit by a van that fled the scene without stopping, according to police. Authorities say the vehicle is described as a Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country, possible a 2002 to 2007 model. The van was a dark color and may have damage to the front hood and windshield, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to call Worcester police at 508-799-8651.


Massachusetts State Police investigating

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The remains of a newborn infant were found on a New Bedford street Friday evening, according to Police Chief David Provencher.

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New Bedford police said they received a call around 6:30 p.m. from a resident who discovered the remains of the infant outside a three-story home at 1065 County St.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene, and when they discovered the dead infant they contacted the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts States Police.

District Attorney Samuel Sutter said the investigation into the unattended death is in its early stages and a member of the state’s Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to take custody of the baby and will perform an autopsy over the weekend.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the mother of the infant or any other information about the incident is asked to call the New Bedford Police Department at 508-991-6300. An anonymous tip can also be made by calling 508-961-4584.


Henry Varian fell, landed on back, police say

NANTUCKET, Mass. — Police say a 72-year-old man has died after falling from scaffold at a Nantucket work site.

Lt. Jerry Adams tells the Cape Cod Times that Henry Varian was working as a private contractor on a job when he fell from the scaffolding and landed on his back just before 8 a.m. Thursday.

The Nantucket Fire Department responded and took him Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Adams says Varian was then flown to a Boston hospital where he died later in the day.

The death remains under investigation.


By Enterprise staff

Marc Vasconellos/The Enterprise

BROCKTON, Mass. — An unidentified man was found stabbed to death early Friday morning, April 11, on the porch of 56 Green St., Brockton, said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz in a press release.

The incident occurred shortly before 5 a.m., when a call came in to police that there was an unresponsive man on the porch of the residence, the Enterprise reported.

Emergency responders found the man covered in blood, according to the release.

He had been stabbed several times. The name of the victim is not being released pending identification and notification of his family.

There will be an autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information is urged to contact investigators at (508) 923-4000.


Zeituni Onyango fought deportation, granted asylum in 2010

BOSTON — Zeituni Onyango, the aunt of President Barack Obama who fought deportation, has died, the office her immigration lawyer Margaret Wong, said Tuesday.

Onyango died Tuesday at a rehabilitation hospital after being treated for cancer and respiratory ailments, according to Wong’s office.

Onyango was granted asylum in 2010 after her first asylum request in 2002 was rejected and she was ordered to be deported in 2004.

She did not leave the country and continued to live in public housing in Boston. Her status was revealed just days before Obama was elected in November 2008.

At the time, then-candidate Obama said he did not know his aunt was living there illegally and that he believes laws covering the situation should be followed.

Onyango’s funeral arrangements are pending.


Jennifer Bray, The Enterprise

Emily Reynolds

EASTON, Mass. — Brian Edlund had a broken pelvis and flames were closing in on him after his car had crashed into a tree on Summer Street.

That’s when Easton police officer Charles Hopkins joined other bystanders and pulled Edlund to safety, dislodging him from the fiery wreck and dragging him to safety. Two years later, Edlund remains thankful, theEnterprise reported.

“A lot of people say I am very blessed,” said Edlund, 53, on Monday.

On Saturday, the same officer who helped save Edlund died on duty, said Easton police Lt. Gary Sullivan. Sullivan would provide no other details, except to say Hopkins’ death left him “with a heavy heart.”

“Officer Hopkins was a dedicated veteran of the Easton Police Department for more than 13 years,” Sullivan said. “More importantly, Charlie was a devoted husband and father of three children.”

Police responded to Beaver Dam Road after receiving an emergency call reporting a sudden death at 12:27 p.m. Saturday.

State police detectives and the medical examiner responded to the scene to investigate.

Gregg Miliote, spokesman for the Bristol County district attorney’s office said there is no criminal investigation in the matter, which is classified as a sudden death.

Miliote said Hopkins died at home while on duty.

Easton Fire Chief Kevin Partridge remembered Hopkins as a very professional and quiet person.

“He was always there to help and it’s all very sad. We feel for our brother police officers,” Partridge said.

Easton Police Chief Allen Krajcik could not be reached for comment Monday.

In 2012, Krajcik said at the time that Hopkins along with others, risked his life to save Edlund.

“These gentlemen, without any regard for their own safety, went out and clearly saved that man’s life,” Krajcik said at the time.

Several public safety officers have died within the last year. Two Boston firefighters died on March 26 fighting a fire in the Back Bay. That fire claimed the lives of Boston fire Lt. Edward Walsh, 43, and Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33.

State police said that state trooper Gregory Jasinskas, 40, of West Bridgewater, committed suicide last July. And West Bridgewater police officer Sgt. Gregory Ames was found dead in his Bridgewater home in what the district attorney’s office called an unattended death in last June.

The sudden death of an emergency responder is felt by an entire department said Mitch Librett, a criminal justice professor at Bridgewater State University, who worked as a New York police officer for 23 years.

“When something like a sudden death happens, it has a tremendous impact on the well-being of any organization,” he said. “And in a small organization it is magnified exponentially. It’s a terrible thing.”

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