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Officials seek man, 47, who fled custody

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November 6, 2007

The Norfolk County Sheriff's Office and various South Shore police departments were searching last night for a fugitive who escaped custody about 5 p.m. after being charged in Quincy District Court with a third shoplifting offense, said David Weber, spokesman for the sheriff's office. A shackled Sean M. Ciulla, 47, slipped from police while being led from the courthouse to a transport van, after giving a police officer a false name. Ciulla is 5-foot-7, 118 pounds, with brown hair, and brown eyes.

BOSTON
Charge dropped against shooting victim
Prosecutors dropped a charge yesterday of accessory to murder against Darnell Ricks Jr., who was shot Friday on a neighborhood street. Ricks, 20, had been accused of helping William Badgett, 20, escape after Badgett allegedly shot and killed Louis DoSouto, 25, in Dorchester last year. The two were on trial together when Ricks was shot in the arm on Freeport Street. Ricks's mother was grazed by a bullet; both were expected to live, police said. Citing "the events of the past several days," evidence presented at trial, and the prior seven months Ricks had served in jail on the charge, Suffolk County prosecutors dropped the charge yesterday as testimony resumed.

FALMOUTH
Official might be charged in fatal crash
A clerk magistrate has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to charge Hopkinton's town manager with motor vehicle homicide stemming from a head-on collision on Cape Cod. Anthony Troiano of Sandwich was trying to pass another vehicle while driving on Sandwich Road in Bourne on May 15 when he collided with a car driven by Lilija Berents, 69, of Falmouth. Berents was thrown from the car and died at the scene. Troiano, 51, suffered serious injuries. Clerk Magistrate Edward Teague says there is enough evidence to charge him with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation. (AP)

LOWELL
$4m verdict awarded in malpractice case
A Superior Court jury ordered two doctors to pay $4.1 million yesterday to the family of a 31-year-old woman who died in 1999 at Lowell General Hospital following gynecological surgery that the family's attorney argued was unnecessary and dangerous. Bernice Edwards died 19 days after suffering severe breathing problems during surgery by Dr. Edward Lipman to remove a painful cyst on her ovary. Family attorney Suzanne McDonough argued that Edwards was in no condition for surgery that day, suffering from pneumonia. McDonough also argued that Lipman and gynecologist Akmal Khan were wrong to advocate surgery because the cyst appeared to be healing on its own.

CHELMSFORD
TB diagnosis prompts testing of students
Scores of Chelmsford High School students are to be tested for tuberculosis today after administrators learned Friday that a student at the school had contracted the disease, Superintendent Donald R. Yeoman said. The school notified the parents of all 1,754 students and sent a separate letter and release to the homes of 175 students who will be tested today because they may have been in close contact with the infected student, Yeoman said. He did not identify the infected student, but said the student is not in school. No other students have complained of symptoms.

REVERE
OSHA cites contractor for dig violations
The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has charged an Avon-based contractor with violating safety standards at a water line installation site in Revere. D'Alessandro Corp., which faces up to $52,000 in fines, was cited for having employees work in a 6-foot, 2-inch deep sandy trench on Revere Beach Boulevard in June without protection against a wall collapse.

PORTLAND, Maine
Canadian casino plans may affect vote
Newly unveiled plans for a racetrack-casino in New Brunswick are part of the debate as Mainers vote today on whether to allow such a facility in Washington County. Opponents say the Canadian facility would siphon customers who would have come to Maine, leaving the operation dependent on money from local communities. Supporters dispute that the project in Saint John would be a competitive threat. (AP)

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