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Police blotter

■  LAWRENCE FIRE A fire that apparently started outside an auto repair garage in Lawrence spread rapidly to a duplex and to an additional garage, officials said. Six residents of 22 Milville Ave. evacuated before firefighters arrived at 9:30 a.m., but some went back inside to try and save pet birds and a cat. The birds were saved, the cat has yet to be found, said Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Lockland. He estimated the damage at more than $300,000.

■  FATAL CRASH A crash killed a Brockton motorcyclist and severely injured his passenger on Route 24 in West Bridgewater, police said. The 46-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital. The passenger on the 2016 Harley Davidson Road Glide, a 53-year-old woman from Norton, was flown to a hospital in Boston with serious injuries. State Police are investigating the cause but believe speed was a factor.


■  2003 SLAYING A Boston man charged with murder in connection with a 2003 shooting in Fitchburg is headed to trial. Prosecutors say testimony in the trial of 40-year-old Tyrone Strong’s trial is expected to begin Tuesday. Jury selection started last week. The Telegram & Gazette reports that Strong was one of four men charged in the September 2003 shooting of 23-year-old Christian Perez during what authorities allege was a drug robbery. One of the other co-defendants has been acquitted and charges against a second were dismissed. (AP)

■  OFFICER HURT A Medford police officer was injured Monday in a car crash, State Police said. The 51-year-old man, taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, is expected to survive, said Trooper Paul Sullivan. The police officer was injured when a 2009 Honda Accord collided with his cruiser near Main Street and South Street in Medford at about 3:50 p.m. A 32-year-old Haverhill woman driving the Honda was given a warning, Sullivan said.


■  BABY’S DEATH A Connecticut man who threw his baby son to his death off a 90-foot-high bridge is facing a possible life prison sentence on a murder conviction. Tony Moreno, 23, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Middletown Superior Court. A jury convicted him of murder and risk of injury to a child in February. Police said Moreno threw his 7-month-old son, Aaden, off the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown in July 2015. He then jumped off himself but survived. (AP)