Missing body was buried as someone else

Published May 5, 2007


A body that was misplaced by the state medical examiner's office was buried under the name of another man, and the individual originally believed to have been buried was still in the office, officials said Friday. When the body in the office was discovered, state police dug up the grave and found Thomas E. Brissette, whose body had been missing, the state Executive Office of Public Safety said. The medical examiner's office reported Thursday it could not find Brissette's body, and Massachusetts' chief medical examiner, Dr. Mark Flomenbaum, was placed on a paid leave of absence pending an investigation. Flomenbaum took over the office in 2005 after it was accused of sending the wrong set of eyes for tests to determine whether an infant died of shaken baby syndrome, and of misidentifying a fire victim's body.


137 killings in '07 enough for council

The City Council approved limits to gun purchases with the promise to sue state lawmakers to enforce it, saying the city could no longer wait for the Legislature as the murder rate skyrockets. Only state lawmakers can enact firearms laws in Pennsylvania. But with 137 homicides in Philadelphia so far this year, council member Darrell Clarke said the city had to do something. "It's utterly ridiculous where we are right now. It's an aberration when somebody doesn't get killed, " Clarke said. "We can't wait any longer." He said the City Council would file a lawsuit against the General Assembly to give the city the authority to pass its own gun laws.


Keene, N.H.: A Keene State College student shot and wounded his roommate early Friday in their off-campus apartment, then killed himself as police tried to enter his bedroom, authorities said.

Avery's Creek, N.C.: A single-engine Cessna 182 crashed Friday in rural western North Carolina, killing three people on board, officials said.

Shelby Township, Mich.: The owners of Waiting Angels Adoption Agency were charged with taking tens of thousands of dollars to arrange placements of Guatemalan children that never happened. Simone Boraggina, 40, and Joseph Beauvais, 44, are charged with racketeering and tax fraud. They could face up to 20 years in prison.

Milwaukee: A couple who met at Marquette University nearly 60 years ago donated $51-million to build a new home for the law school. The money from Raymond and Kathryn Eckstein is the largest single gift by individuals to a Wisconsin college or university, school officials said.