Authorities raid R.I. House speaker’s offices, home


A jogger and a bicyclist make their way around Lake Michigan in Chicago on Friday. After a bitter winter of record low temperatures, spring weather is slowly moving into Illinois and the Midwest. (Jim Young/Reuters)
March 21
RHODE ISLAND
Probe leads to raid on lawmaker’s offices

Law enforcement officials raided the office and home of state House Speaker Gordon Fox (D) on Friday as part of a criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, Internal Revenue Service and state police.

Officials would not say who or what was being investigated, but authorities worked for hours inside the speaker’s Statehouse office while state police stood outside. Fox’s spokesman, Larry Berman, said state police had asked everyone working in the office to leave.

At around 4 p.m., a dozen authorities left Fox’s office carrying boxes and other items. Several news outlets reported that Fox returned to his home on the East Side of Providence on Friday afternoon, after FBI agents removed boxes from his house. He did not comment.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Injured protester settles suit with city

An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest when he was hit by a beanbag round fired by police has reached a $4.5 million agreement to settle a federal lawsuit with the city of Oakland, his lawyers and city officials announced Friday.

Scott Olsen, 26, sued the city in 2012 for medical expenses and injuries that also included a fractured vertebrae and hemorrhaging of the brain. Olsen was among more than 1,000 demonstrators protesting the police clearing of an Occupy Oakland encampment when struck by a beanbag fired by an officer outside City Hall on Oct. 25, 2011.

Olsen, who served two tours of duty as a Marine in Iraq, suffered permanent brain injuries and has not been able to return to his career as a computer systems administrator, his attorney, Rachel Lederman, said Friday.

— Associated Press

NEW JERSEY
Fire at motel kills four, hurts eight

A fire early Friday destroyed a New Jersey shore motel that was housing people displaced by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, killing four people and injuring eight, authorities said.

The blaze erupted at the wooden Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn in the popular summer resort town of Point Pleasant Beach at around 5:30 a.m. At least one person leaped from a second-floor window to escape.

Three people were hurt critically. Other injuries included broken bones. Authorities said all remaining occupants had been accounted for after visiting hospitals, motels and other locations to track down other survivors.

— Associated Press

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