Senate OKs parole for juvenile lifers

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts senators on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow juveniles convicted of first-degree murder to become eligible for parole after serving between 20 and 30 years in prison.

The measure passed, 37-2, after amendments that sought a higher minimum parole threshold were defeated, some by slim margins. It will have to be reconciled with a slightly different House version that sets parole eligibility at 20-25 years for most juvenile lifers, and 25-30 years in cases with extreme cruelty or atrocity.

Judge blocks painkiller restriction

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts must temporarily suspend one of its key restrictions on Zohydro, a powerful new prescription painkiller, pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging their constitutionality, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel ordered the state to stop requiring doctors and other prescribers to issue a so-called "letter of medical necessity" stating that "other pain management treatments have failed" before prescribing the hydrocodone-based drug.

But the judge allowed the state to continue to require that only pharmacists -- not pharmacy technicians or other staffers -- handle or dispense the drug, which comes in higher doses than Vicodin and other comparable drugs and can be easily abused, according to public health officials.

Police catch up with man after chase

NEWBURYPORT (AP) -- Authorities say a man has been accused of leading police on a chase through New Hampshire that ended on Interstate 95 in Massachusetts.

New Hampshire state police responded to calls about a reckless driver on Route 101 eastbound in Manchester on Tuesday morning.

WMUR-TV reports police said the driver passed other vehicles in the breakdown lane at a high speed. Police said the driver pulled into a state liquor store on I-95 south and tried to take other cars, but was unsuccessful.

Police said the man then continued southbound and crashed near exit 56 in Newburyport. He ran into the woods, but police caught up with him. He's been identified as 32-year-old Nicholas Cammann.

He faces charges in both states. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Woman's body found in Deerfield River

DEERFIELD (AP) -- Authorities say a woman's body has been discovered in the Deerfield River.

The Northwestern district attorney's office said the body was discovered in Deerfield by kayakers at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The state medical examiner will determine the woman's identity.

In light of Tuesday's discovery, authorities said the search for a woman who went missing while tubing on the Deerfield River in Conway on Sunday is not expected to continue.

The tuber who went missing was about 26 and from out of state, but her name was not made public.

Fire chief: Man pulled from Mansfield pool dies

MANSFIELD (AP) -- Fire officials in Mansfield say a young man pulled unconscious from a swimming pool in town last weekend has died.

Chief Neal Boldrighini tells The Sun Chronicle that the man, who was in his early 20s, was unconscious after bystanders pulled him from a pool shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.

Iraq veteran pleads guilty to stealing city money

SALEM (AP) -- A disabled Iraq War veteran has been sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $63,000 from the city of Beverly.

The Salem News reports that Ronald Ribeiro was also sentenced Monday to five years' probation and ordered to pay back the money.

Prosecutors say the 34-year-old Ribeiro took advantage of a goodwill gesture by the city. Beverly had given him a check to help him move to a subsidized apartment for veterans.

Ribeiro used the account and routing numbers on the check to make transfers to his own account, and to wire funds to himself. The scheme was discovered in January.

Ribeiro's lawyer says his client suffered a traumatic brain injury during a second tour of duty in Iraq, which led to "uncharacteristic behavior."

Ex-Truro police chief facing new OUI charges

BARNSTABLE (AP) -- A former Truro police chief who resigned in 2011 after crashing a brand new police cruiser while drunk is facing new charges for allegedly driving drunk with his 3-year-old son in his vehicle. 

John Lundborn pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, subsequent offense; child endangerment while operating under the influence; and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

Police say the 46-year-old Lundborn was spotted in the parking lot of a Hyannis McDonald's last Thursday apparently drunk. He refused field sobriety tests and a breath test.

The Cape Cod Times reports Lundborn was ordered Monday to stay drug- and alcohol-free and submit to random drug and alcohol screenings. He was also prohibited from driving.