- - Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fire chief chided for allowing ride

REVERE, Mass. — The mayor of Revere verbally reprimanded the fire chief for allowing a firefighter to ride a department ladder truck nine miles to his wedding.

The Oct. 17 ride didn’t cost the city money. The truck was out of service because of budget cuts and was driven by two off-duty firefighters who volunteered their time. The groom paid $20 to cover fuel costs.

But Mayor Thomas Ambrosino told the Daily Item of Lynn that Chief Eugene Doherty “showed very poor judgment” in allowing firefighter Kevin O’Hara to ride the truck from Revere to his nuptials at the Nahant Country Club.

Chief Doherty says department vehicles are often used for parades and other events and he allowed the ride because Mr. O’Hara is a good firefighter. But he acknowledges the nine-mile ride might have been a “stretch.”

Suspected drunk driver drags man 200 feet

FARMINGTON, N.M. — New Mexico officials say a suspected drunk driver hit and dragged a 72-year-old man 200 feet under his pickup truck.

Police said Paul Hardy was taken Wednesday to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

Aztec police Sgt. Joseph Gonzales said the driver, 46-year-old Fannie Etcitty, had been drinking before the accident but he wouldn’t release her blood-alcohol level. Police said witnesses had to yell to get Ms. Etcitty’s attention before she stopped.

Mr. Gonzales said a man brought a forklift from nearby and lifted the front of the truck off Mr. Hardy before firefighters arrived. He said Mr. Hardy was conscious and speaking before paramedics took him away.

FBI: Ex-doctor admitted making pipe bombs

CLEVELAND — A former anesthesiologist has admitted to making pipe bombs that were part of an arsenal seized at his apartment, federal agents say.

An affidavit filed in federal court in Akron said Mark Campano told an FBI agent that he “did indeed” build the pipe bombs found this week at his Cuyahoga Falls apartment.

Neither Mr. Campano nor the FBI agent who talked to him described a motive or possible target in the affidavit, which was filed late Wednesday.

His defense attorney, Donald Hicks, said Friday he had no comment.

Authorities arrested Mr. Campano after an explosion rocked his apartment complex Monday night. Police said he was attempting to load shotgun shells when one blew up.

The 56-year-old Mr. Campano has a history of substance abuse dating to 1987, according to state medical board records. His Ohio medical license was revoked in 2006.

Mr. Campano was charged Wednesday with one count of unlawful possession of a pipe bomb. He agreed to waive a preliminary hearing and bond hearing.

18 puppies keep Wyoming family busy

POWELL, Wyo. — A Wyoming family’s Leonberger dog has given birth to a litter of 18 puppies.

Ariel, a large Leonberger dog owned by Mary Ann Ruggiero-Smith, of Powell, gave birth to the puppies on Oct. 27.

After the pups were born, Mrs. Ruggiero-Smith’s and Paul Smith’s relatives pitched in to help give the puppies puppy formula.

By the time the puppies were 1 1/2 weeks old, Ariel was producing enough milk to feed them with little or no help.

All the puppies were sold within a few days.

Lawsuit filed over family trust fund

HARTFORD, Conn. — Six children of the sister of the late conservative columnist William F. Buckley are accusing their father in a lawsuit of stealing money from a trust fund their mother set up for them with some of the Buckley family fortune.

The children of Aloise Buckley Heath, a West Hartford resident who died in 1967, filed the lawsuit against Benjamin Heath in June in Hartford Superior Court. They accuse him of transferring more than half the money out of the trust.

It’s unclear how much money is in the trust, which Aloise Buckley Heath established with her share of assets from her family’s oil, gas and mineral rights. Some public records indicate that millions of dollars may still be at stake.

A lawyer for Mr. Heath, who lives in California, hasn’t responded to requests for comment.

Man apparently tried to haul away ATM

BOULDER, Colo. — Authorities say a man in Colorado apparently tried to steal an ATM by hauling it away with a truck.

The plan didn’t work. The alleged attempted theft of the free-standing, outdoor ATM in Boulder set off an alarm early Wednesday morning. When police arrived, they found the ATM on its side about 15 feet from its foundation outside a Chase Bank. No money had been taken.

Surveillance photos show a man hooking the ATM’s chain to the back of a U-Haul truck. The truck, which had been reported as stolen, was discovered a short distance away later that day.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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