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Pedestrian killed on hospital’s grounds

An 80-year-old Brighton man died after he was struck by a truck at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton Monday afternoon, police said. The pedestrian was hit and killed on the grounds of the hospital, at the corner of Nevins and Warren streets, at around 1:30 p.m., police said. Officer Neva Coakley, a Boston police spokeswoman, said the driver has not been charged. She did not know whether the driver stayed at the scene. Police would not release the victim’s name until the family could be notified, she said.

Cocaine allegedly found in wheelchair

A man attempting to enter the country at Logan International Airport Friday was arrested after authorities found nearly four kilograms of cocaine in the tires and frame of the wheelchair he was using, Suffolk County prosecutors said. Emmanuelli Rojas-Moraza, 33, of Puerto Rico, was arraigned Monday in East Boston District Court on one count of drug trafficking. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons set Rojas-Moraza’s bail at $45,000 cash. Prosecutors said Rojas-Moraza was using the wheelchair for “no apparent medical purpose.” An anomaly was allegedly found when Customs officials at Terminal E, X-rayed the wheelchair. After drilling a hole in one of the chair’s tires, authorities found a white substance that field tests indicated was cocaine. Homeland Security Investigations and US Customs and Border Patrol agents requested State Police assistance. After the wheelchair was dismantled, 3.74 kilograms of cocaine was found in blue pellets in its tires and frame, prosecutors said.

North Attleborough

Teen charged with school threats

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A North Attleborough High School student accused of threatening to “shoot up the school” was arraigned Monday in Attleboro District Court, according to the Bristol district attorney’s office. Patrick Skrabec, 17, was arrested Friday at the North Attleborough police station, said Gregg Miliote, spokesman for Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter. Skrabec entered a plea of not guilty, officials said. Skrabec was charged with making a bomb or hijack threat and is being held pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Thursday, he said. The judge will then decide whether to hold Skrabec for up to 90 days while his case is processed, or will set bail, Miliote said.


No arrest reported in teen’s shooting

Police continued Monday to investigate the weekend shooting of a 15-year-old boy. Police say the teen was shot in the hand early Saturday morning by someone driving past. Police learned about the shooting when they responded to St. Vincent Hospital. The teen said he had been at a house party earlier, then left with two others and was shot as he walked home. A family member drove him to the hospital. Police have stepped up patrols in the neighborhood. (AP)

Vernon, Vt.

Moose hit by 3 cars on highway

Three cars were damaged but no one was seriously injured when a moose caused a series of crashes on Interstate 91. State Police said the moose was running onto the passing lane around 7 p.m. in Vernon when it was struck and killed by a vehicle. The dead moose was then struck by two more cars. One driver had minor cuts to her hand but otherwise no one was hurt, police said. (AP)

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