NEW ENGLAND IN BRIEF
Suspect in Colby slaying is transferred
A man awaiting trial in the September kidnap-murder of Colby College senior Dawn Rossignol was transferred to Maine State Prison after he allegedly tried to strangle a Kennebec County Jail cellmate and threatened to attack a guard last week. Edward J. Hackett, 47, was moved Tuesday to the maximum security prison in Warren following a hearing in Kennebec County Superior Court. Hackett has pleaded not guilty to murder and five other charges in Rossignol's slaying. At the time of the killing he was on parole for kidnapping and robbery in Utah and living with his parents in Vassalboro. (AP)
Child rapist to remain in custody
Convicted child rapist Joel Pentlarge has been ordered by a judge to remain in custody while the state determines whether he should be classified as sexually dangerous. Pentlarge, 53, a disbarred lawyer from Ware, pleaded guilty in 2000 to five counts of rape and abuse of a child. His sentence is scheduled to end next month. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup ruled Wednesday that he can be sent to the Treatment Center for the Sexually Dangerous at Bridgewater after his sentence, pending a hearing. If Pentlarge is ruled sexually dangerous, he can be confined to the treatment center for the rest of his life. (AP)
Man stabbed; son to be arraigned
A Dartmouth man is to be arraigned today in New Bedford District Court, accused of trying to kill his father early yesterday in their home. Daniel Nuss, 24, was held last night at the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth, after he allegedly stabbed his father, Jean-Pierre Nuss, 57, multiple times in the chest in the elder man's bedroom about 2 a.m., Dartmouth police said. The father tried to defend himself with a pedestal fan while his son followed him through the house and continued the assault, police said. At some point, police said, one knife broke, and the son picked up a kitchen knife. Police said that when they arrived, they found Daniel Nuss on the ground outside the Tucker Lane home, covered with blood. Jean-Pierre Nuss was listed in serious condition last night at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.
Accident kills millwright at lumber firm
A Christmas Eve accident at the Moose River Lumber company killed a father of three. Robert R. Robichaud, 34, of Cornville, a maintenance millwright, was working early Wednesday on a machine that strips bark from logs when he got tangled up with a conveyor belt, Somerset County Sheriff's Department Deputy Paul York told the Morning Sentinel of Waterville. Robichaud apparently asphyxiated and was pronounced dead at the scene. Jeff Desjardins, general manager at Moose River Lumber, said Robichaud had been employed at the mill for about 2 1/2 years. Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected the accident scene Wednesday. (AP)
Airport picked to test 2 security systems
T.F. Green Airport has been chosen to test the latest in government-sponsored security technology designed to prevent incursions in and around airports. Senators Lincoln Chafee and Jack Reed helped arrange the $2.4 million in grants from the federal Transportation Security Administration for two systems to be tested at the regional airport. One to be installed this spring is software that can detect and pinpoint intrusions in the airport's 3- to 4-mile perimeter and allow air traffic controllers to track planes, service trucks, and activity on runways, especially in poor weather. The other system is designed to detect "unusual activity" by anyone inside the airport. For example, it can track the movement of a person through the airport who has abandoned a piece of luggage. (AP)
Baldacci to seek federal aid for flooding
State emergency officials closely monitored ice jams on northern Maine rivers yesterday as Governor John Baldacci prepared to formally request federal disaster assistance to help cover damage to public property from flooding earlier this month. Baldacci visited Maine Emergency Management Agency headquarters at midday yesterday to receive a briefing on water buildup along the Allagash and Aroostook rivers. A flood watch remained in effect early yesterday in northern Maine, where more steady rain was expected. Recorded damage in Maine had exceeded the threshold required for a request for federal aid.
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