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Region Roundup: Fatal Car Crash, EEE in Easton, Homemade Explosives And More ...

A look at the top headlines in your town and the surrounding area for the week of July 8, 2012.


The three victims in on Route 24 northbound on the Stoughton/Avon line are from Norton, according to Trooper Todd Nolan, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police.

12-year-old Angel Pina was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash, which took place shortly before 5 p.m. on July 12. ... Sandra Ouellette, 36, was the operator of the vehicle, a 2004 Chevy Colorado, Nolan said. Ouellette is Pina's mother. ... The other passenger, Stephanie Rogers, 21, was transported to Boston Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. She is also related to Pina and Ouellette. ... WCVB Channel 5 reports that Rogers was 8 months pregnant and the crash caused her to go into labor. .

The car rolled over about a quarter mile south of exit 20 (Route 139). The three victims were found lying on the highway when emergency response crews arrived, the Boston Herald reported. ... The official cause of the crash has not been determined, Nolan said, although State Police believe it may be due to a rear tire blowout.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Wednesday in a statement that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year.

The mosquitoes that tested positive were found in Easton, raising the area's threat of mosquito-borne illness from “moderate” to “high.”

The DPH said two of the four positive mosquitoes were a "mammal-biting" kind of mosquito, which is cause for particular concern.

Easton Public Health Agent Kristin Kennedy said residents can visit the Board of Health's website for additional information, and the site will be updated as more information is released.

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An Easton man was arrested on two warrants in Foxborough Friday and charged additionally with eight counts possession of a destructive or incendiary device and possession of a Class B drug, after Foxborough Police found eight homemade explosives in his hotel room at on Washington Street, according to Foxborough Police Detective Tom Kirrane.

One of those explosives in particular, a M1000, according to Kirrane, would have killed everyone in the room and taken out a quarter of the hotel if it went off.

"[The Massachusetts State Police] said the large device, the M1000, would have killed all of us in the room had it gone off and taken probably a quarter of the hotel out," Kirrane said. "We were walking around and if that had gone off they said it would have killed everybody in the room and taken this quarter of the building right out."

Stephen A. Mudge Jr., 41, of 189 Prospect St. in Easton was arrested on two warrants – default and straight – for breaking and entering in Raynham and Easton after Foxborough Police set up surveillance at Americas Best Value Inn as part of a two-week investigation.

Kirrane said Foxborough Police will investigate why Mudge had possession of the eight explosives and what "criminal act was he going to do with them."

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An order banning the display of American flags in common areas of a Wrentham apartment complex was called a "mistake" by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

At approximately 8:12 p.m. on July 11, a photograph of a letter allegedly from the Wrentham Housing Authority appeared on Twitter that told residents of Garden Lane that any public displays of the American flag would not be allowed in common areas. According to the letter, the ban was due to the repeated complaints of a tenant during the Fourth of July holiday to the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Local politicians got involved, expressing their disappointment with the DHCD. US Sen. John Kerry and regarding the debacle and

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Another undetonated firework was found during a Wednesday afternoon sweep of the , Stoughton Fire Chief Mark Dolloff said.

This came a day after an when a landscaper went over it with a lawnmower when cutting the grass in left center field of the Anthony Novello baseball field. There were luckily no injuries in Tuesday's incident.

The undetonated firework found on July 11 was also in left field, in close proximity to the one which .

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A YouTube video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Ricki Noel Lander, an aspiring actress and "pal" of Kraft, went viral Wednesday morning.

The video was said to be an audition tape for an upcoming Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson film, and was first published on the blogging website Boston Barstool Sports’ Tuesday night before going viral by Wednesday morning.

Kraft addressed the video in a statement Wednesday.

“I tried to help Ricki [Noel Lander] prepare an audition tape for an upcoming Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy by reading Wilson’s lines,” Kraft said in the statement. “I never intended that it would be made public and I regret that it has. I think we can all agree that Owen Wilson has nothing to worry about. I am going to stick to my day job.”

The video showed Kraft reading lines that included profanity and a fake punch to another man in the room – all part of the script.

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The 2012 Mansfield Family Fun Night was bigger and better than ever this year, heralding the one night in the Mansfield downtown where the streets are closed to cars and foot traffic is the thing to negotiate. 

Thousands of people, from Mansfield, Norton, Foxborough and other surrounding areas funnelled into North Main Street to join in the festivities.

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A Sharon resident driving home reported seeing a small bear in front of the East Elementary School on Monday night, police Lt. John Ford said. However, police searched the area and found no signs of the bear after speaking with the gentleman, Ford said Monday night. The man called police at 8:21 p.m., Ford said.

James f lambert July 17, 2012 at 02:01 AM
No, wrentham and the state should not legalize fireworks. Signed Jim lambert, former longtime wrentham resident, now living in Alfred, Maine.

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