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Woman indicted in slaying of daughter

December 8, 2009

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QUINCY
A Quincy woman was indicted by a Norfolk County grand jury yesterday on a charge of murder in the killing of her 9-year-old daughter and of manslaughter in the death of her unborn child, Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating announced. Fang Chi-Xue, 38, was eight months pregnant when she was found unresponsive and bleeding from slashed wrists in her Quincy apartment in April. Her daughter, whom she is accused of strangling, was found dead lying next to her with slashed wrists, Keating said. Fang will be charged with manslaughter because medical opinion says the male fetus was viable and the mother’s allegedly self-inflicted wounds caused his death, Keating said.

BOSTON
Suspect in triple homicide identified
A suspect in a triple homicide who may have fled the country was identified by Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley yesterday. An arrest warrant has been released charging Keron Pierre, 24, formerly of Mattapan, with three counts of murder in a March 29 shooting on Mt. Ida Road in Dorchester. Pierre is believed to be living in Trinidad. According to s statement by Davis and Conley, two of the victims were found dead in a white Nissan and the third was taken to Boston Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries. Investigators believe the three had gotten into an argument with Pierre at a party nearby.

Stranded sea turtles rescued on Cape
Fifteen sea turtles suffering from a myriad of problems, including hypothermia and malnutrition, have been rescued from Cape Cod beaches over the past two days, New England Aquarium officials said yesterday. However two of the turtles that were found on beaches from Dennis to Wellfleet had died by the time they arrived at the aquarium in Boston for treatment and rehabilitation. Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse said the turtles, which included 14 endangered Kemp’s Ridley turtles, are often stranded on Cape beaches during their migration south.

House advances ban on novelty lighters
Massachusetts lawmakers are backing a proposed ban on the sale of novelty cigarette lighters that could appeal to children. The House gave initial approval yesterday to the bill, which would bar novelty lighters from being manufactured, sold, or given away in Massachusetts. The bill defines novelty lighters as lighters with audio or visual elements that could appeal to children 10 years old or younger, including cartoon characters, musical instruments, toy animals, or sporting equipment. A handful of fires in recent years have been blamed on children playing with lighters, including a 2008 blaze in Holyoke that killed two young children. The bill carries penalties of up to a $1,000 fine or a year in jail, or both. (AP)

NEWTON
New school ahead of schedule, less costly
The Newton North High School project will be finished four to six weeks ahead of schedule and will cost $6.5 million less than budgeted, Mayor David B. Cohen said yesterday. But, at $191 million, it will still be the most expensive public school in state history. Turner Construction, the project manager, notified the city last week that the construction was ahead of schedule. The new school will open in June. “In difficult fiscal times like these, this money will be especially helpful to the city,’’ Cohen said.

LYNN
Man fires AK-47 in restaurant, police say
A man who police say opened fire with an AK-47 inside a Lynn restaurant after workers refused to serve him alcohol, because they thought he was drunk, has been ordered held without bail. No one was hurt during the shooting early Saturday at the China Lion restaurant. A spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office said Anthony Gobbi, 30, of East Wakefield, N.H., is being held until a dangerousness hearing Dec. 15. He pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges including 15 counts of assault with intent to murder. Police told the Daily Item of Lynn customers and employees tackled Gobbi and wrestled the weapon from him. (AP)