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Tewksbury

Tribute set for woman woman killed in Vegas

A public memorial service has been scheduled for a 42-year-old Massachusetts woman who was among the 58 people killed in the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival. The service for Rhonda LeRocque, of Tewksbury, is planned for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium of Tewksbury Memorial High School. It will be preceded by a wake on Friday afternoon at the Nicholas Funeral Parlor in Wilmington. LeRocque’s mother, Priscilla Champagne, says her daughter was at the concert with her husband, Jason, their 6-year-old daughter, and her father-in law. (AP)

Boston

Legislators vote to ban bump stock device

House lawmakers on Wednesday moved rapidly, and some critics said rashly, to ban any device that could be used to increase the rate of discharge of a firearm.The House voted 151-3, with three Republicans – Representatives Peter Durant and Donald Berthiaume of Spencer and Nick Boldyga of Southwick – dissenting. The bill’s passage came 10 days after a shooter in Las Vegas is believed to have used a “bump stock” device to rain bullets on a concert crowd and maximize casualties. The ban on bump stocks and any other device that could be used to turn a legal gun into one capable of firing like an automatic weapon was attached to a budget bill moving through the Legislature this week and needed to close out spending on the fiscal year that ended July 1. The Senate plans to take up the full budget bill on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Senate president. (SHNS)

Danvers

DA continues to investigate child’s death

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Authorities turned to the state medical examiner Wednesday in hopes of discovering what caused the death of an 18-month-old child in Danvers, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said. The child’s death may have been the result of a medical issue, and an autopsy was expected to be conducted Wednesday, prosecutors said in a statement.Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokesperson for the Essex district attorney’s office said that the death appears to be “a terrible tragedy.” Kimball Monahan also reiterated that as with all unexplained child deaths, the investigation will continue with the medical examiner’s office in a process “that is complicated and time-consuming.” According to Blodgett’s office, the child’s father arrived at the babysitter’s home at 24 Fellows St. around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The child was rushed to Beverly Hospital, where the child was pronounced dead.

Linconville, Maine

Phish drummer raises lead paint awareness

The drummer for the band Phish is trying to raise lead poisoning awareness after an alarming experience with his young son.The Bangor Daily News reports Jon Fishman and his wife, Briar, were shocked to learn in 2014 that their toddler son had elevated levels of lead in his system. The couple says they had asked a contractor to remove lead from the 200-year-old Lincolnville farmhouse when they moved in 2006. Fishman has since used his platform to raise awareness for lead poisoning. The drummer also recently donated funds to help a documentary called MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic. (AP)

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