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NEW ENGLAND IN BRIEF

Investigator joins search for woman

A private investigator is assisting in the search for a missing Massachusetts woman who was last seen three weeks ago following a minor car crash in northern New Hampshire. R. C. Stevens of PSII Inc., a Northampton, Mass., private investigation agency, is helping to look into the disappearance of 21-year-old Maura Murray, who was last seen the night of Feb. 9. It appears that Murray, a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, was planning a getaway. She lied to professors about a death in the family, said she would be gone from class for the week, then packed her belongings as if she were moving out. Her family and friends believe she was given a ride and want police to treat her disappearance as a criminal investigation. (AP)

BOSTON

MBTA officer on patrol hit by truck

An MBTA police officer suffered leg and lower back injuries when he was struck by a truck while on motorcycle patrol at Downtown Crossing early yesterday, T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said. The crash happened on Bromfield Street at 9 a.m. Carl Stapleton, 36, of Roxbury, an eight-year veteran of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority force, was listed in stable condition yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital, Pesaturo said. The driver of the red pickup truck, owned by the Mayo Group, was charged with failing to use care in starting, stopping, and turning, Pesaturo said. The driver's name was not available.

KEENE, N.H.

Man wanted in trooper case surrenders

A Rindge man accused of helping another man accused in the killing of a Vermont State Police trooper surrendered to Rindge police yesterday. Joshua Tatro, 27, failed to appear in Cheshire County Superior Court on Friday to answer felony charges that he drove Eric Daley of Lebanon, N.H., to Pennsylvania last June. A judge on Friday issued an order for Tatro's arrest. Tatro was taken to court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Two other New Hampshire men, Adrian Greene, 28, of Enfield and Kevin O'Neill, 27, of Lebanon, are being charged in Vermont with being accessories after the fact for assisting Daley. (AP)

NASHUA

NAACP set to open a third branch

The NAACP is opening a branch in Nashua. It will be the third in the state and the first to open in New England in more than 20 years. The branch needed to attract 100 new members for approval. An inaugural meeting will be held Friday in Nashua. Gloria Timmons, who launched the effort to open the branch a year ago, said the group will begin working immediately to campaign against discrimination. The NAACP promotes itself as the largest and oldest civil rights organization. (AP)

SPRINGFIELD

2d man details alleged abuse by bishop

The second of two men claiming to have been sexually abused by retired bishop Thomas Dupre detailed his allegations for officials from the Springfield Diocese and Boston Archdiocese during a telephone conference call. The alleged victim, who lives on the West Coast, on Saturday described the circumstances of his alleged abuse by Dupre, which he says began when he was 12 and Dupre was a parish priest. Another man who also claims he was abused by Dupre met in person Friday with church officials. Roderick MacLeish Jr., the lawyer for both men, said yesterday that church officials listened to their stories, but would not agree to issue a public statement on whether they believe the allegations are credible. (AP)

BANGOR

Man sues over brother's fatal shooting

A Massachusetts man is seeking more than $1 million in damages from Maine and Lincoln County officials in a lawsuit stemming from the shooting of his brother by police two years ago. Daniel Buchanan's wrongful death lawsuit, filed in US District Court, says the state failed to provide crisis intervention services Michael Buchanan needed at the time of his shooting by police on Feb. 25, 2002. The suit also says two Lincoln County sheriff's deputies "acted with reckless indifference" to Buchanan's constitutional rights by neglecting to summon a crisis intervention team when they were called to his home, where he had barricaded himself. Buchanan, 61, suffered from bipolar disorder with psychosis, according to the lawsuit filed by his brother, a resident of Hamilton, Mass. (AP)

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