|Page (1) of 1 - 11/09/11||email article||print page|
Clerk magistrate vetoes criminal charges over mismanagement of Mass. pool where woman died
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) ' A Massachusetts clerk magistrate has ruled that two state recreation managers won't face criminal charges over conditions at a swimming pool where a woman drowned and her body went unnoticed for days.
Authorities say Marie Joseph of Newport, R.I., accidentally drowned June 26 in a cloudy Fall River pool, and her body went unnoticed for two days. Authorities say the pool shouldn't have opened with murky water.
The clerk magistrate ruled Wednesday that the facts don't support reckless endangerment charges that prosecutors had recommended for Department of Conservation and Recreation Regional Director Brian Shanahan and SouthCoast District Manager Jeff Carter.
Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter says he's disappointed and will consider other options for pursuing those charges.
Shanahan and several employees were forced to resign. Carter was placed on leave.