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West Nile mosquitoes are detected again

September 1, 2010

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Boston public health officials say mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in north Dorchester and in Hyde Park. Infected mosquitoes had been found earlier this year in north Dorchester and West Roxbury. The number of positive mosquito tests suggests that West Nile is “likely to be present throughout the city,’’ the Boston Public Health Commission said. This year there has been one human case of West Nile virus in Boston: a 46-year-old Boston woman. Her case was confirmed Friday, and she has since recovered. Officials said that larvicide had been placed in catch basins to reduce the number of mosquitoes and that spraying had been done in parts of some neighborhoods, but there were no plans to extend spraying throughout the city.

Dorchester shooting suspect is arrested
Boston police arrested the man they allege shot a resident of Lyndhurst Street hours before. Kamal Oliver, 27, was ordered held on $200,000 cash bail yesterday in Dorchester Municipal Court, where he pleaded not guilty to armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office. The victim, identified by neighbors as Edward Toney, was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment of several gunshot wounds and was in stable condition yesterday. Police said the shooting was a dispute over a woman.

Man, 45, stabbed on T bus in Roxbury
A man was stabbed several times in the chest and shoulder on a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus last night, according to the MBTA. The 45-year-old man, whom the MBTA did not identify, was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening at about 6:30 p.m., said Lydia Rivera, spokeswoman for the MBTA. The bus was at the intersection of Ruggles and Tremont streets in Roxbury when the stabbing took place. MBTA Transit police are searching for the suspect.

Cahill opts for campaign spending cap
State Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, an independent candidate for governor, agreed to limit his general campaign spending to $1.5 million, giving him access to up to $750,000 in public matching funds, state campaign finance officials said yesterday. Cahill and his running mate, former state Representative Paul Loscocco, and Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein have all committed to the spending limit. Two other major campaigns in the race, that of Governor Deval Patrick and that of GOP challenger Charles D. Baker, rejected the caps earlier this year. About $1 million is available for the general election to candidates who agree to the ceilings, although final amounts for individual campaigns will not be known until after the Sept. 14 primary. (State House News Service)

College student dies of shooting injuries
Police say a 21-year-old college student shot in the neck while sitting in a car in Worcester last week has died. Michelle Diaz of Worcester died of her injuries at 2:15 p.m. Monday at a city hospital, police said. Lieutenant John Towns told The Telegram & Gazette there have been no arrests and police are not disclosing a motive for the Aug. 24 shooting. Authorities say Diaz was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car when she was shot through the open window. Diaz was a biology major at Worcester State College. (AP)

MSPCA believes dog thrown in trash bin
A starving, 12-year-old Chihuahua was found in a Dumpster and brought to an animal adoption center in Methuen earlier this month, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said yesterday. MSPCA officials said they believed someone threw the dog out as if he were trash at a construction site on Oxford Street in Lawrence. The dog, dubbed Gandhi by MSPCA staff, was found malnourished, dehydrated, and covered in fleas. Abandonment is considered animal cruelty, a crime that is subject to a fine of up to $2,500 and up to five years in prison, according to the statement.

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