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June 19, 2014

Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

JEERS to a knife-toting family from Vermont that police say went on a rampage at the entrance to Salem’s Canobie Lake Park.

When the Perry family from northern Vermont arrived at the amusement park Monday, security officers asked members of the group to remove the knives they had strapped to their belts before entering. It was a reasonable request. Private businesses such as Canobie Lake Park have the right to set whatever policies they deem fit regarding the possession of knives on their property.

But, according to police, the Perry family didn’t respond reasonably to the request at all.

One man screamed profanities at the security officers in front of other customers, including children, according to Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten. When an officer tried to arrest Joshua Perry, 23, of Sutton, Vt., he became combative. Other family members jumped on officers’ backs, threw punches and kicks and grabbed for the officers’ weapons, Patten told our reporter. Police had to radio for backup before the situation was brought under control. Two officers were hurt, one seriously.

Five members of the Perry family were placed under arrest and face charges including rioting, resisting arrest, assault, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

It’s a long drive from northern Vermont to Salem for a day of fun. The Perry family instead landed in trouble with the law due to their unreasonable reaction to a completely reasonable request.

CHEERS to volunteers helping to renovate a sick woman’s Haverhill home.

Laurie Bogrett suffers from a genetic kidney disease that requires her to undergo dialysis three times a week. The disease prevents her from working and the Salem Street home she shares with her two teenage daughters was falling into disrepair.

Thanks to a local group — Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill — and Phillips North America, the Andover-based health-care equipment maker, Bogrett is getting the home repairs she needs.

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