ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) – A lawyer says his client had no idea that alcohol he bought would end up in the hands of a teenage girl who was found dead after wandering off from a party.

Police say Sean Flynn of North Attleboro bought rum for an underage friend, who allegedly gave the alcohol to 17-year-old Taylor Meyer of Plainville the night of the Oct. 17 party at an abandoned airport in Norfolk.

Three days later, Meyer’s body was found in a swampy area nearby.

Attorney John McGlone tells The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro that his client would not have bought the alcohol if he had known that it would be given to Meyer.

A clerk magistrate is deciding if there’s probable cause to charge Flynn with procuring alcohol for a minor.

Man shot dead in Mattapan home

BOSTON (AP) – Boston police are investigating the early-morning shooting death of a 36-year-old man in the city’s Mattapan neighborhood.

Police said the man was found with multiple gunshot wounds early Christmas morning inside a home on Harvard Street, where witnesses said a large party had been taking place. The victim was later pronounced dead at a Boston hospital. Police say they will protect the identities of any party-goers who wish to come forward with information about the shooting.

Mom, 2 kids saved after icy plunge

ATHOL, Mass. (AP) – The fire chief in Athol is calling it a “Christmas miracle.”

A mother and her two young children were rescued by firefighters Wednesday after falling into Lake Ellis while ice fishing.

Lee Chauvette, a former Athol firefighter who lives on the lake, said he had just returned home to pick up something when he saw Sileng Lheureux and the two children go into the water.

Chauvette called authorities and stayed close until an ice rescue team arrived and pulled the trio to safety.

Fire Chief James Wright said the three were taken to a hospital but did not appear to be seriously injured.

Lheureux told WCVB-TV that if Chauvette hadn’t been there to help, she and the children would have died.

N.H. theater closes after 93 years

EXETER, N.H. (AP) – The Ioka Theater in Exeter, N.H., one of New England’s oldest independently owned, privately operated theaters, has closed its doors after 93 years.

The theater closed on Christmas Eve. In announcing the closing last month, co-owner and President Roger Detzler said the need for a sprinkler system, increased utility and insurance costs and a “hostile” business environment were to blame.


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