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Teens facing charges; Others sought

BOSTON — Three Boston teenagers are facing charges and the search is on for several more after some disturbing attacks.

Police say a group of 20 young people launched at least six unprovoked attacks on people near Boston Common on Wednesday night.

The victims told police they were assaulted without provocation.

There were no serious injuries.

Man stared at twin sisters, motioned for them to come outside at pizza shop

RAYMOND, N.H. — Investigators in Raymond are searching for a man who reportedly approached twin sisters at a pizza shop, police said.

Police released surveillance images and want to know if anyone else had a similar encounter with the man.

No crime was committed, but police said they are concerned about the man’s behavior. The man stared at the teenagers through a window and motioned for them to come outside, police said.

Around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, parents dropped their 14-year-old daughters at GMS Pizza on Main Street. The adults left to get gas while the twins went inside.

The man was leaving the restaurant when the girls walked in, but turned around and went back, police said.

“(He) said hi to one of the girls then kind of walked across the restaurant, leered at them a little bit, went back outside and when he went back outside, stood by the glass where they were sitting and kind of motioned for them to come out,” said Cpl. Kerry Pomeroy of the Raymond Police Department.

The girls called their parents, who immediately called police. When officers arrived, the man was already gone, police said.

The man is described as being in his 30s and scruffy. He may have been driving a small, black pickup truck.

“We’re interested in finding out who he was and what interest he would have in 14-year-olds,” Pomeroy said. “We’d like to know if anybody else has had similar encounters with this type of person.

Police said the girls did the smart thing by staying inside the restaurant, and their parents did the right thing by reporting the suspicious behavior right away.

Cause of student’s death still a mystery

PORTLAND, Maine — An autopsy on a senior at a Portland high school who died days after having routine oral surgery did not reveal the cause of his death, and additional tests are needed.

The unexpected death of 18-year-old Benjamin LaMontagne of Long Island last week shook Cheverus High School.

The state medical examiner’s examined the body on Monday, but a spokesman for the attorney general’s office says further tests are needed to determine why the teenager died. It could be week before those results are back.

Authorities have told the Portland Press Herald there does not appear to be anything suspicious about the death.

LaMontagne’s parents have said they believe their son died of complications from oral surgery he had Feb. 19 for impacted wisdom teeth.

Girl has brain injury, police say

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Two teenagers were arrested Friday and charged with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

Police in Portsmouth said one of the teens gave alcohol to the 14-year old girl and then sexually assaulted her. The other teen faces lesser charges, including reckless conduct.

Investigators said the girl, who has a brain injury, was attacked in August of last year. Police said she was given brandy before being sexually assaulted twice.

Derry resident Vincent Pittore, 18, was charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Police also issued an arrest warrant for 19-year old Zachary Patterson from Raymond, accusing him of several misdemeanors, including transporting alcohol and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Lt. Mark Newton of the Portsmouth police said the search for Patterson ended when he showed up at the police station.

“Mr. Patterson came to the police department and turned himself in on the warrant that we had for his arrest,” Newton said.

The two teens were driving together around Portsmouth when the girl was reportedly attacked, police said. Newport said they are not releasing many details of the alleged assault, or whether the suspects know the victim.

“It’s has been an ongoing investigation, we’d been looking for them, gone to the press and media to try to find their whereabouts,” said Newton.

The teenager accused of the sexual assault told the judge he did not commit a crime. Both suspects are behind bars and due back in court next week.

Wallack designed puzzles especially for Alzheimer’s patients 

BOSTON —A local teenager is on a mission to find treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and to improve the quality of lives for those afflicted.

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Max Wallack, 17, found one surprising way to help — puzzles.

At Compass on the Bay in South Boston, seniors with memory problems enjoy jigsaw puzzles.

But these aren’t just any puzzles. Wallack specifically designed them for people with Alzheimer’s disease. They have large pieces and are small in number.

“There was some research that said just doing cognitive activities and doing puzzles could provide them with a sense of accomplishment and achievement that they don’t usually get,” said Wallack.

Wallack’s passion comes from a personal place. His great grandmother had Alzheimer’s and was in and out of nursing homes the last year of her life.

“I saw her and other residents doing jigsaw puzzles, and they were calmer and less agitated,” said Wallack.

So when he was just 12, he founded Puzzles to Remember, and convinced a major puzzle-maker to manufacture them. Today, more than 24,000 puzzles have been distributed around the world.

“To see someone so young, and truly appreciate and understand that these are people who still have abilities, and that he tapped into those abilities and realized the need for having a sense of purpose in their day is quite remarkable,” said Tad Cleeland, of Senior Living Residences.

Wallack’s accomplishments don’t end there. He also wrote a children’s book about Alzheimer’s disease.

“It’s trying to teach children not be afraid of the person but still love them,” he said.

As for the future, Wallack, already a junior at Boston University, is doing research at the School of Medicine’s Psychiatry in Aging lab.

“Right now we are working on a hormone to both diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s. Anything I can do to help people from getting this disease, I want to do that,” said Wallack.

“Max Wallack is a unique, passionate, driven, brilliant kid who in his 17 years has already made unbelievable contributions to the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Bob Stern, of Boston University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

“I always believed if you have the ability to help others, you have the responsibility to do so,” said Wallack.

Wallack wants to be a geriatric psychiatrist and he’s already looking at medical schools.

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