• Southfield man pleads not guilty in fatal crash

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    GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man charged with driving drunk and striking and killing a motorcyclist has been ordered by a judge to wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device.

    Kristopher Laine, of Southfield, pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular homicide and drunken driving in connection with the May 22 crash that killed 70-year-old John Howard of Bethlehem, Connecticut.

    Police told The Berkshire Eagle that the 39-year-old Laine, a former Marine who served three tours in Iraq, had been drinking beer before his truck struck Howard's motorcycle head-on in Sheffield.

    The victim, who had served in the Army National Guard, was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

    Judge William Rota released Laine on $1,000 bail.

    Laine's lawyer, Lori Levinson says her client is "committed to his sobriety."

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    Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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