<![CDATA[NBC Boston - Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcboston.com/news/local http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC Boston http://www.nbcboston.comen-usMon, 16 Oct 2017 22:06:58 -0400Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:06:58 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Skydiver Back in the Air Following Heart Transplant]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:51:29 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009736678.JPG

A special meeting Monday in Vermont’s Addison County demonstrated the emotional power and life-saving potential of organ transplants. 

"As long as I’m breathing, as long as this heart’s ticking, I’m jumping," laughed Frank Hewitt, before he boarded a small plane to go skydiving. 

Not long ago, the 65-year old homebuilder, who lives in Woodstock, Vermont, wondered if he and his buddies would ever again share the kind of thrill they get from parachuting. 

Hewitt was dying—he was in end-stage heart failure. 

His team at Tufts Medical Center in Boston assured him a long and vibrant life was possible, including a return to skydiving. 

It would take a heart transplant surgery. 

"There aren’t enough organs for the number of people who are waiting," noted Dr. David DeNofrio, the director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Center at Boston’s Tufts Medical Center. "These are life-saving gifts that can get patients back to living a very full life, and I think Frank is a great example of that." 

Dr. DeNofrio told NBC Boston he has witnessed heart transplant patients run marathons, hike mountains, and achieve other impressive physical accomplishments following their surgeries, but said Hewitt is the first avid skydiver he has personally treated who was able to return to the passion he’s enjoyed for nearly 40 years. 

Hewitt’s call about a donor match came in January, and within roughly six months, he was back in the sky. 

"I’ve got great stamina," Hewitt said, chuckling. "I’m an old Vermonter. We’re hard to kill!" 

Monday, for lifetime dive number 5,292, David Velardi of Hamden, Connecticut, was on the ground watching. 

"It’s moving," Velardi said of the experience watching Hewitt skydive. "It’s heartwarming." 

It’s Velardi’s goddaughter’s heart that’s now in Hewitt’s chest. 

"I gave [Frank] a hug the moment I saw him, just because you get so overwhelmed by the gift of life and seeing it doing good," Velardi said. 

Velardi’s goddaughter, Danielle Elliott, died at 25, from a heroin overdose. 

Her godfather said the hairdresser loved her son, loved beach trips and family vacations, and is really missed by friends and relatives. 

"I truly believe out of any tragedy, something good has to come out of it,"Velardi said of the family’s decision to donate some of Elliott’s organs. 

Velardi said he and others have found comfort in seeing Danielle’s legacy make such a difference in lives like Hewitt’s. 

Following Monday’s skydive, Velardi placed his hand on Hewitt’s chest, to feel his new heart pounding with excitement from the jump. 

"I can feel it now," Velardi said, as he held his hand to his new friend’s chest and sensed his heartbeat. "It’s invigorating. It’s very powerful." 

As for the parachuter, he said he is now encouraging others to consider becoming organ and tissue donors. In New England, more information on organ donation is available here. 

Additionally, Hewitt promised to think of Danielle with each jump he takes. In that way, his future jumps will, in a sense, be tandem skydives. 

"God bless you buddy, I’m very happy for you," Velardi said, as he embraced Hewitt after his jump. 

The two said they would stay in touch following their first meeting Monday. 

"Without it, I wouldn’t be here," Hewitt said of his new heart. 

<![CDATA[Police Question Why Their Puerto Rico Mission Was Cut Short]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:27:42 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009736405.JPG

Less than 20-percent of the Puerto Rico has power following the devastation from Hurricane Irma, but the governor is hoping that reaches 30-percent by the end of the month and 95-percent in December. But there are questions after a group of Massachusetts officers were sent home early from their mission because of a side-trip to check on an officer’s family. The men say they had permission but still got sent home. Now they’re looking for answers.

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<![CDATA[Bill to Mandate Recess Picks Up Steam in Mass.]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:28:10 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009735024.JPG

A Massachusetts representative has introduced a bill that would mandate a 20-minute recess for Massachusetts schools, but some schools are already ahead of the game.

Eliot Elementary in Boston's North End implemented two 25-minute recesses for their students 11 years ago.

"Recess is important because it lets all the stuff out that you learned out of your brain, and then you can fit new things in your brain and think about it," said 6-year-old Maya Castro.

Principal Traci Walker-Griffith started at Eliot 11 years ago. When she came to the school, there was no recess. 

"Recess is one of the lost arts," said Griffith. 

Griffith said she's seen excellent results. The kids go outside, rain or shine, and she said they love the unstructured play time.

"It’s also building relationships and building respect and responsibility, but having fun — the bottom line is having fun," said Griffith.

The school teamed up with Playworks New England. They are currently helping 150 schools integrate play into their curriculum.

"It gives them a great opportunity to learn how to get along, learn how to problem solve, how to resolve their conflicts,” said Executive Director Jon Gay. "Learn how to cooperate, how to work together as a team. This is all social, emotional learning skills."

Rep. Marjorie Decker of Cambridge presented the bill in a hearing, and now they are waiting for a favorable recommendation so it can move through the process. 

"Everyone agrees that children need unstructured playtime. The pushback is from districts or teachers that want the control, and they say, 'we got this, we don't need regulation,'" said Decker. 

The Massachusetts Association of Superintendents said they don’t need a mandate, just flexibility to put unstructured time where they see fit and when. 

Parents at Eliot said recess has been their saving grace. 

"They would be bouncing off the walls when they get home at night," said parent Nolan Previte. "Recess gets all their energy out. I wouldn’t want to deal with them at night with no recess." 

<![CDATA['Brocktober' Fulfilling Halloween Wishes for Ill Child]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:25:45 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Young_Boy_Battling_Brain_Cancer_Gets_Halloween_Wish.jpg

People from around the world are helping a 7-year-old Maine boy battling brain cancer celebrate his favorite holiday.

Brock Chadwick of Biddeford has a simple wish: he is asking people to mail him Halloween cards.

"It's been 8 long months of continuous chemotherapy, extensive radiation and major surgeries," his family posted on Facebook about the request. "Little things like this can really uplift him."

The response has been overwhelming. Since the start of the month, Chadwick has received hundreds of packages and thousands of cards from people across the country and around the world.

"Tons of packages, toys, candy and cards -– he is loving every second of it," said Brittney Horton, the boy's mother.

Chadwick has an aggressive form of brain cancer that has spread to his spine. And even though he is exhausted from chemotherapy, his family says the kindness of strangers is helping him get into the holiday spirit.

"It motivates him, for sure," said Horton.

"He's been seeming a lot better than he was a few weeks ago," said William Chadwick, Brock's father.

They have nicknamed the month "Brocktober," and it has been a month full of surprises.

Last Saturday, a group of community members and the Biddeford Fire Department helped decorate Chadwick's front yard with donated Halloween decorations.

On Sunday, about 300 motorcyclists from across New England organized a ride for him. They dressed up in Halloween costumes and surprised him outside his Biddeford home.

"[The response] has been way bigger that I could have imagined," said Horton. She said Brock has received so many toys and donations that they plan on donating items to children's hospitals to spread the love to other children.

Chadwick said his favorite part of "Brocktober" has been receiving his favorite candy: Hershey Bars and Hershey kisses. He wants to dress up as either Captain America or the Incredible Hulk, but some say he doesn't need a costume to be a superhero.

Cards can be sent to:

Brock Chadwick
11 McKenny Drive
Biddeford, ME 04005

<![CDATA[Local 'Dreamer' Worries About DACA Repeal]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:10:59 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009734315.JPG

The potential end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has slipped off the headlines in recent weeks, but the 800,000 “Dreamers” still worry daily about deportation.

Congressman Joe Kennedy and other young House members want “Dreamers” to know they're listening and trying hard to help, so they met with several of them over lunch on Monday.

Dreams have come true for Daishi Miguel Tanaka, a junior at Harvard University. Just migrating to the U.S. was living the dream - though the circumstances were not happy ones.

“Being half Filipino, half Japanese, my mom and I faced a lot of racial persecution in Japan,” said Tanaka.

And though he is undocumented, he has never felt anything but American since his first day of school at age 6.

“I saw kids of all shapes and sizes and all colors putting their hands over their hearts under a flag and that's when I knew that this country was for me,” he said.

But since the Trump administration announced the end of DACA more than a month ago, the program that allows temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors, being a "Dreamer" has turned into a nightmare where deportation is a daily fear.

“I don't know what's going to happen in my future, I don't know if I can't focus on my studies,” Tanaka said.

Still, Tanaka is doing what many "Dreamers" are afraid to do - speak openly - which he does often as co-director of a student run organization that helps immigrants.

Over the lunch with politicians Monday, his message reached an even wider, more influential audience, including Kennedy, who said, “Our politics are cheapening their effort, making our country weaker than it needs to be.”

Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Florida, who escaped from communist Vietnam with her parents as a young child, said after the lunch, “You know that behind every single dreamer is a family and they have parents they love.”

She along with Kennedy and other members of Congress are traveling the country to share a meal with undocumented students and families to hear their stories and let them know what is being done to protect them.

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<![CDATA[Police: Suspect Brandishes Large Revolver in Store Robbery]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:38:52 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/217*120/Billerica+Armed+Robbery.JPG

Police in Billerica, Massachusetts have arrested a man they say brandished a large revolver during a robbery.

Authorities say 60-year-old Billerica resident Michael Girouard was arrested and charged with armed robbery around noon Monday.

He is accused of robbing Petrolex, a fuel service station on Chelmsford Road, on Sunday around 3:20 a.m.

He first asked the clerk for cigarettes before pulling out a large framed silver revolver and demanding money, finally fleeing on foot, according to police. 

Police are investigating if Girouard was involved in similar robberies that took place over the next day in the area.

Officers responded to the Variety Plus store on Nashua Road around 7 p.m. Sunday for a report of an armed robbery that also involved a man brandishing a large revolver.

Around 4:40 a.m. Monday, another robbery with a man who had a revolver occurred at the Mobil gas station on the Lowell line in Tewksbury.

No injuries were reported during any of the robberies.

It is not clear when Girouard will appear in court or if he has an attorney.

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<![CDATA['Ex-Hurricane Ophelia' Makes Direct Hit on Ireland]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:44:20 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Ophelia+From+Space.png

Meteorologists in Ireland are calling it 'Ex-Hurricane Ophelia' that slammed ashore on the southwest coast of the Island early today, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The National Hurricane center in Miami called it 'Post-Tropical Cyclone Ophelia' with sustained wind of 86 mph in it's last advisory on the storm late Sunday night.

No matter what we name it, Ireland took a direct hit from a monstrous Atlantic Storm. Hundred's of thousands lost electricity. Roofs were torn off buildings. Storm surge flooding of several feet inundated coastal communities, especially in Cork and Kerry counties in the southwest.

A famous lighthouse off the south coast, Fastnet Rock Lighthouse manged to keep it's twitter feed live throughout the storm, sending out regular weather updates as wind gusted past 100 mph. The greatest wind speed we saw came from this tweet at about 5 a.m. New England time early Monday. 

That is sustained wind of 78 knots (90 mph), with gusts to 103 knots (119 mph) from the south. Indicating that the center of the storm was making it's closet pass just west of the Lighthouse. 

The most recent notable hurricane to hit Ireland is Debbie in 1961.

Ophelia now moves into Scotland as a slowly diminishing post tropical storm. 

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<![CDATA[Hernandez Lawyers Sue NFL, Helmet Manufacturer]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:50:43 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/aaron-ap.jpg

Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez's family have re-filed their lawsuit against the NFL, but the New England Patriots are no longer named in the complaint.

The family's lawyers filed the complaint Monday in Norfolk County Superior Court. They said the Patriots have been removed as a defendant, but a separate action involving the team will be filed at a later date.

Named in the suit are the NFL and several of its subsidiaries, as well as Riddell, the company that manufactured the official NFL helmet from 1989 to 2013. Hernandez played in the NFL from 2010 to 2012.

The suit claims the defendants knew of CTE dating back to the 1960s but intentionally kept that information from Hernandez and other players. The suit accuses them of a "long-running conspiracy" aimed at insulating themselves from litigation and financial responsibility.

"(Aaron's) decisions with respect to football would have been different had there been no intentional concealment for football-exposure risk," the complaint reads. "Defendants' multi-decade-long efforts to justify ignoring these warnings created a time-bomb in Aaron. Defendants did so to perpetuate the industry of football."

Attorneys for the Hernandez family initially filed suit last month in federal court after a brain study showed he suffered from a "severe case" of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Experts said it was the most severe case of CTE they had ever seen in someone his age.

The suit claimed the team and the league deprived 4-year-old Avielle Hernandez of the companionship of her father.

That suit was dropped on Friday because the lawyers said the issues involved belonged in state and not federal court.

The NFL has said it will "vigorously" contest the lawsuit, saying it would face "significant legal issues from the start."

Hernandez had Stage 3 CTE, the second-most severe out of four stages. That level of degeneration is usually found in players with a median death age of 67. Boston University officials who examined his brain said he also had early brain atrophy and perforations in a central membrane. CTE can be caused by repeated head trauma and leads to symptoms like violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive difficulties.

The 27-year-old former star tight end killed himself on April 19 in the prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, where he was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. He hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell windows.

Hernandez blocked access to his cell from the inside by jamming cardboard into the door tracks, investigators said. They also said there were no signs of a struggle and Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging.

His Bible was found marked with blood at John 3:16, a verse that describes eternal life for those who believe in God. The verse name was also written in blood on the wall and in pen on his forehead.

His death came just hours before the Patriots visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory.

Soon after his suicide, Hernandez's family decided they wanted his brain to be studied by the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.

State officials originally refused to release the brain because it was part of the ongoing investigation into Hernandez's death, but later agreed to release it after his lawyer accused them of holding the brain illegally.

A star for the University of Florida when it won the 2008 title, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the NFL draft because of trouble in college that included a failed drug test and a bar fight. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.

In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in NFL history. In 2011, his second season, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract.

But the Patriots released him in 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that decision is itself being appealed.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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<![CDATA[Unlicensed Teen Charged in Hit-and-Run; Woman Still in Coma]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:13:20 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/rosa21.jpg

A Massachusetts teen who doesn't have a driver's license has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident that critically injured a woman who is now in a medically-induced coma, according to police.

The 17-year-old male, who is not in custody, will be issued a summons to juvenile court on charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The incident happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday near the intersection of Lawrence and Amesbury streets in Lawrence.

Janet Rosa, 45, of Lawrence, was initially transported to a local hospital and later airlifted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Her family told NBC Boston she is suffering from bleeding in her brain and has multiple broken bones.

However, her family says she is making some progress and is able to move her hands and feet a little.

A witness told police the driver was speeding at the time of the crash.

At the time of the accident, Rosa was crossing the street to buy scratch tickets, something her son Christian Sabater said she did routinely. 

"She's a very caring person," Sabater said. "Even when she's going through her own problems, she would go out of her way to take care of you." 

Rosa's family returned to her bedside Monday.

"It's not fair, not fair at all," said one family member.

Her family plans to hold a private vigil for her on Monday night.

It is not clear when the teen will appear in court.

<![CDATA[Celtics Searching For Team Identity at Season's Start]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:29:17 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-856826950.jpg

The Boston Celtics will begin their journey for banner 18 on Tuesday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. With only four returning players and the departure of notable starters Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder, the team doesn’t have a clear-cut identity to start the season.

Gone is the lockdown defense from Bradley, the versatility of Crowder, and the toughness of Thomas. Here now is the immediate scoring of Kyrie Irving and team-first mentality of Gordon Hayward. What the team is getting from individual players is set, but what they are as a cohesive unit is a question mark.

During the pre-season, the main players didn’t play much, but did showcase a willingness to share the ball when they were on the court, as the team averaged 22.8 assists per game through four games. Last season the team had the fourth best assist average in the league with 25.2 per game.

From the small sample size in preseason, it looks like Al Horford may have a bigger role in the offense this season as a playmaker. Last season he averaged a career-high five assists per game. This season that number could increase, as he’s showcased the ability to bring the ball up the court and create more opportunities for others. Last season he averaged 67.3 touches and 51 passes per game, according to NBA.com/stats.

The team was second just a season ago in passes made (325.3) and received (323.8) per game, per NBA.com/stats. This was along with making the extra pass, where they were second to the Golden State Warriors in secondary assists with 6.8 per game.

With Irving likely being the main ball-handler, his 79 touches per game are expected to increase. The only question is by how much? Thomas, for comparison sake, averaged 84.7 touches per game last season. Irving’s tally could be around that margin, as the primary handler, with Hayward and Horford being two and three in that category.

The trio of Irving, Hayward and Horford will be the main lineup for the Celtics this season. After that troika, it looks like Jaylen Brown will start at shooting guard after doing so for all of the pre-season games. Brown being at the two-guard position gives the team a bigger, more versatile and athletic presence over Bradley from last season. The only downfall with Brown starting is his three-point shot.

Brown went 2-for-11 (18.2%) from deep during the pre-season. In his rookie year he averaged 1.7 three-point attempts per game, in comparison to Bradley’s five per outing. Despite his current lack of a consistent shot, Brown’s relentlessness to the basket is a desire for possible playmaking and free-throw opportunities.

With the back-court being solidified with Irving and Brown to start the season, who joins Hayward and Horford in the front-court becomes an intriguing question. The team ended their pre-season with Jayson Tatum in the starting lineup, and head coach Brad Stevens recently suggested the rookie could possibly remain in that role to at least start the season. As the team announced on Sunday they’ll be without Marcus Morris for “at least a week or so” due to knee soreness.

Morris’ ability to space the floor has been a hallmark for his career, with last season with the Detroit Pistons being an anomaly for him as he posted the second worst shooting percentages of his career – 41.8% from the floor, and 33.1% from the three-point line.

A lineup including Morris seems imminent upon his return, and dependent on how Tatum produces through the season. The rookie starting or at least ending games at the four spot could become a possibility throughout the season. As Tatum being alongside Irving, Brown, Hayward and Horford brings added versatility, length, athleticism and scoring to that unit. Something that has become a trend in the league the past view seasons in wing heavy lineups.

The league itself currently has penchant for forwards that fit the pace and space mold. Tatum, during the preseason, has shown his ability to fit the description, along with scoring in a multitude of ways. Whether it be isolation, post-up or off a screen. One way or another, he’ll find a way to produce. His 6-foot-11 wingspan adds to the fascination of what he could become on not only the offensive side of the court, but also on the defensive end.

Another big question for the team will be their reliance on screens. Last season the team averaged 7.1 possessions off a screen, which was 6.6% of their plays, according to NBA.com/stats. The screens were mainly set for Thomas and Bradley, who combined for a 21.8% frequency off those type of plays. With both players being small guards, the screens played a role in helping them get the ball.

The only Celtic who might be screen heavy this season is Hayward, as he was more effective coming off a pick for his shot. In his final season in Utah, he had an 11.2% screen frequency which led to him scoring on 48.8% of those type of plays and shooting 48.2% from the floor when doing so.

Irving, who only came off screens 4.1% of the time last season, will likely have to adjust to a more set offense. Instead of his 5.1 isolation plays per night. In his limited playing time during the preseason, he showed an openness to coming off screens, which mainly involved Horford in pick-and-pop situations.

Boston’s offense has a lot of potential, and it’s just a matter of when they’ll be able to capitalize off of each other to become one of the more efficient teams in the league. If the team is able to gel accordingly, along with both Irving and Hayward making a seamless transition, then Brad Stevens receiving some attention as a Coach of the Year candidate shouldn’t come as a surprise. Especially if the team has another 50-win season.

Time will tell as to how the team will develop through the good and bad of another optimistic season in Boston.

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<![CDATA[Man Who Barricaded Himself Inside Burning Home Found Dead]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:38:45 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009727087.JPG

A man police say barricaded himself inside a burning home Monday in Leominster, Massachusetts, has been found dead.

Police went to 8 Eden Glen Rd. to serve the man with a civil commitment warrant, Massachusetts State Police said. He refused to surrender and barricaded himself in the house.

"When I got here, it was coming through the roof," said neighbor Maria Richardson.

Hours earlier, police were trying to serve a warrant to have a man committed for concern over alcohol or drug use.

"They realized right away, when the door got slammed in their face and the door was barricaded," said Leominster Police Chief Michael Goldman.

Goldman says he doesn't know if the suspect had a weapon or if shots were fired, but his officers were sprayed with glass.

"Something came out of the window and a door my officers were trying to get into," Goldman said. "We don't know what it was."

State police negotiators tried to talk to the man barricaded on the first floor.

Richardson says she knows the suspect and his mother well.

"He has a mental illness and she's been away, so he's just not right," she said. "I feel so bad for her because she's in the hospital and can do nothing."

Witnesses said as police closed in and the fire continued to rage, the situation became increasingly tense.

"They were shooting out the windows to vent out the house," witness Jeff Greco said. "The pressure in the house built up so bad they backed everybody off. They were afraid it was going to explode."

"Everybody was in danger of that house blowing up," said witness John Egan.

After nearly three hours, the special ops team went inside and found the suspect dead on the first floor, police confirmed around 2:40 p.m.

"Somebody cared enough to take a section 35 out and try and get him some help, and it didn't end well for him," Goldman said.

Leominster High School on Granite Street was temporarily in "shelter in place" mode due to the police activity in the area, but that has since been lifted.

The investigation has been turned over to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office. The deceased person has not yet been identified.

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<![CDATA[Cold Front Passes Through, Drags Some Sprinkles]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:09:55 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/MondayLKN_NEXT_WEEK_JET_ACTIVE.png

A cold front finishes its pass through New England today, dragging the last of sprinkles and light showers offshore with it and delivering cool fall air that will make the evening noticeably cooler than the morning was!

This fall air leads to pockets of interior frost in Southern New England tonight and a few patches of freeze for deeper northern valleys, where frost will be widespread.

Meanwhile, across the pond, former Hurricane Ophelia technically isn’t tropical anymore, but is packing a wallop as she races across Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Through our exclusive Weather Underground partnership at NBC Boston and necn, we were able to follow the storm — along with live cameras and weather data — as Ophelia has been moving into Europe today with wind gusts of 119 miles per hour at Fastnet Lighthouse off the southwest coast of Cork, causing lots of wind damage in Ireland.

Meanwhile, here in America, the jet stream is shifting to carry warm and dry weather out of wildfire ravaged California and bring an extended stretch of fair weather to the east.

A cool day of sunshine is expected tomorrow in New England before warmer temperatures — and an incredible stretch of sun — settle in through the upcoming weekend until the start of next week!

<![CDATA[Dog Dies After Being Left in Parked Vehicle on Hot Day]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:46:04 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black2.jpg

Two New York residents are facing cruelty to animal charges after a dog was found dead Sunday evening in a parked vehicle outside the commuter rail parking garage in Salem, Massachusetts.

MBTA Transit Police responded to the garage at 6:08 p.m. for a report of a possible injured dog inside a parked vehicle.

When police arrived, officers saw the body of a lifeless French Bulldog in the front passenger seat. There were also large amounts of vomit in the vehicle from the dog.

While officers were attempting to enter the vehicle with assistance from Salem Fire, the dog's owners, Brendan Bulfin, 38, and Courtney Casey, 28, both of New York, arrived on scene.

After gaining access to the vehicle, authorities confirmed that the 3-year-old dog named "Nigil" was dead.

Bulfin and Casey told authorities they left the dog unattended in the enclosed vehicle for over five hours on the 73 degree day.

The pair was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. They were scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Salem District Court.

<![CDATA[2 Arrested for Passing Fake Dough for Fried Dough]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:14:25 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/FFF_FriedCookieDough.jpg

A man and woman from New Hampshire are facing charges after Laconia police said they used a fake $100 bill to buy fried dough at the town's annual Pumpkin Fest over the weekend.

Christopher Greene, 24, and Holly Solans, 23, were taken into custody Saturday and charged with forgery and resisting arrest.

Authorities said after they allegedly used the fake bill with a red Chinese symbol, Greene took off on foot when officers approached them.

He was apprehended in a back yard off Lyford Street.

Both were scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Laconia District Court.

It wasn't immediately clear if either of them had attorneys.

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<![CDATA[Teacher Sick Calls Close 3 Schools]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:38:02 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/empty+classroom+schools.jpg

Three public elementary schools in Warwick, Rhode Island, were closed on Monday.

Secretary to the Superintendent of the Schools, Catherine Bonang told WJAR-TV that the number of faculty absences has risen to a level in which the staff cannot safely open the schools.

"This decision was based on staff requirements, student needs and programs in the buildings," Bonang said in a statement.

The schools that will be closed are Oakland Beach Elementary School, Park Elementary School, and E.G. Robertson School.

School officials told WJAR-TV that teacher sick calls closed Pilgrim High School Oct. 6 and Warwick Veterans Junior Hig Oct. 11.

The teachers' union says previous sick calls were due to flu season and stress, but superintendent Philip Thornton told WJAR-TV that the calls were a labor action.

Teachers have been working without a contract since 2015.

<![CDATA[Police Involved in Standoff With Armed Subjects in Easton]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:07:17 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/swat110.jpg

Photo Credit: The Enterprise]]>
<![CDATA[2 in Custody After Hours-Long Standoff at Easton Home]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:36:27 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/Easton+barricaded+subjects+2.JPG

Two people are in police custody following a nearly 8-hour standoff at a home in Easton, Massachusetts on Monday morning.

Authorities began searching for 25-year-old Anthony Tatarouns around 1:30 a.m. in connection with a domestic altercation in North Attleboro. He was believed to be traveling to Easton with friends.

When his vehicle was spotted outside of 25 Old Foundry St. around 2 a.m., police were called to the scene and surrounded the home. A SWAT team and officers from neighboring communities were also called to scene because police believed Tatarouns and his friends were armed. At one point, flash bombs were used by authorities.

"I said, 'Wow that's a bomb going off.'" neighbor John Franciosa said. "I said to my wife, 'It's not a shotgun.'"

The eight people inside eventually came out around 11 a.m., including Tatarouns. Police said he was not armed.

Tatarouns has been charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness.

One of the occupants of the house, Jordan Creech, 22, of Boston was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant out of Stoughton District Court on an unrelated charge.

Residents in the area had been asked to stay away, but police say there is no longer a public safety concern.

Police were still on scene on Monday afternoon continuing to search the house for weapons.

Photo Credit: Marc Vasconcellos‏/The Enterprise]]>
<![CDATA[Victim Thrown From Vehicle, Killed in 2-Car Crash]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:40:42 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Weymouth_deadly_crash.jpg

Massachustts State Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened Sunday evening in Weymouth.

The accident happened just after 5:40 p.m. on Route 3 southbound, prior to exit 16 in Weymouth.

A preliminary investigation indicates that a 65-year-old Marshfield woman, driving a 2003 Ford Explorer, lost control of her vehicle and then hit a Honda CRV, causing her vehicle to roll over. She was ejected from her vehicle and transported to South Shore Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

It's unclear why the woman, whose name is being withheld pending family notification, lost control of her vehicle.

The 66-year-old man driving the CRV was uninjured in the accident, as were his two passengers.

A trooper who was stationary on Route 3 northbound at the time of the accident witnessed the crash.

The southbound right travel lane was closed in the aftermath.

State Police were assisted by Weymouth Police, Fire, and EMS.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

<![CDATA[Car Break-Ins Caught on Camera]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:06:48 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Danville_Car_Break_Ins.jpg

Two men were caught on video going through cars in Danville, New Hampshire on Friday. These cars were not locked.

Police say several people in the Colby Pond Development reported break-ins.

Residents on G.H. Carter Drive captured video of two men wearing knit hats and dark colored sweatshirts, one which clearly shows a New England Patriots logo. Both men can be seen wearing blue latex gloves on their left hands. 

All reported thefts so far involve loose change.

Additionally, a similar report was received from a residence on Long Pond Road.

If you recognize these men, you're being asked to call the Danville Police Department at 603-382-9403 or the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department at 603-679-2225.

Police are reminding you to keep your vehicles locked at all times.

<![CDATA[Patriots In Sole Possession of First Place in AFC East]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:24:07 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009713827_1200x675_1073956931784.jpg

NBC Boston sports anchor Raul Martinez looks at the Patriots win over the Jets and what is ahead for New England.

<![CDATA[Man Shot by Officer Threatened to Kill Police]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:46:42 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Everett+Police+Shooting.JPG

A 48-year-old man injured in an officer-involved shooting late Sunday night in Everett, Massachusetts, had threatened to kill police, according to investigators.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said an Everett police officer was sitting in his cruiser just before midnight in the area of Broadway and Second Street when he was approached by some people who said there was a man walking up the street stating that he wanted to kill a police officer.

The officer stepped out of his cruiser and was approached by the man, and investigators said there was an encounter between the two.

The man, whose name has not been released, was shot by the officer as a result. He was transported to a Boston area hospital, but officials said his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The district attorney said two knives were recovered at the scene.

The police officer was not injured but was transported to an area hospital as a precaution.

So far, no charges have been filed in connection with the incident.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police and Everett police are investigating.

<![CDATA[Donate to Puerto Rico Relief Efforts at La Gran Feria]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:01:00 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/feria2.png

This Sunday, our sister station Telemundo Boston is holding La Gran Feria.

The annual event will include food, fun, and all kinds of free health and education resources for the community. There will be musical performances from event headliner and renowned Puerto Rican salsa artist Tito Nieves.

The Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts Inc. will also be collecting donations and non-perishable goods for Puerto Rican families affected by Hurricane Maria.

La Gran Feria runs from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury.

Admission and parking are both free.

<![CDATA[Lingering Showers Clear, Then a More Seasonable Monday Ahead]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:10:34 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Monday+3pm+NECN.png

A windy front passed through New England overnight with a few spots recording wind gusts close to 50 miles per hour. The front is just getting offshore early this morning, with a few showers lingering behind that front.

We are a bit damp in southeastern New England to start the day. The raindrops should end soon with sunshine for most by afternoon. The temperature is not going to move much with new air from Canada, high temperature in the 50s north and low 60s south.

Wind from the northwest is diminishing to 10-15 miles an hour this afternoon.

With a dry air, a clear sky and relatively light wind overnight, we will experience radiational cooling. That means scattered frost and freeze tomorrow morning, with low temperature in the 30s to low 40s south, and 20s to low 30s north. With sunshine tomorrow, the temperatures will recover to the 50s to near 60 degrees.

High pressure from Canada is going to set up over the East Coast all week long. That means day after day of sunshine with a gradual warming trend.

After a chilly start again Wednesday morning, we will be close to 70 degrees for a high temperature. And it looks like that weather will stick around right into this weekend. For the annual Head of the Charles Regatta, the weather looks ideal, at least from this stand point.

<![CDATA[Teens Competing in Head of Charles Regatta]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:32:58 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Teens_take_on_Head_of_Charles.jpg

The Head of the Charles regatta draws elite rowers from around the world. It's a New England tradition going on now for 53 years.

For the first time ever, a pair of 13 year olds are trying to be the youngest team to compete in this race.

Quinlan Daly and George Lathrop attend middle school in Connecticut and will be in the youth doubles division, usually reserved for high schoolers, at the Head of the Charles regatta. They're determined and plan on being competitive. They just need to cross the finish line to set a world record, but they're also doing this for a good cause.

While both have been training on their own for several years, they've been together only three months. It's a challenge that's motivating them even more.

As for life as middle schoolres, the teens say they spend most of their free time training because they're also trying to raise money for a charity called Children of Fallen Patriots, which is dedicated to giving scholarships to children of soldiers who died in the line of duty.

They both say next weekend's race is about more than just crossing the finish line.

This two-day event is free to the public and expected to draw nearly half a million spectators to the Banks of the Charles River in Boston.

<![CDATA[Framingham State University Promises Action on Racial Slurs]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:22:18 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Second_Racial_Slur_Found_at_Framingham_State.jpg

A second racial slur was discovered Sunday morning at Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts. This second slur was found in the same location as the first incident on Friday.

"The N-word was written on our door, right outside our room, and I don't feel safe."

Eunice Bwambok and Nicole Harvey are still working out their feelings and emotions after finding the phrase "N's live here" written on their door at Larned Hall Sunday morning.

"This is a problem and not something that can just be pushed off."

This comes after another racist incident on Friday. Someone wrote "N-word club" on a flyer for the Black Student Association. It happened nearby on the same floor.

"Police are already investigating that these two incidents were connected.

School Spokesperson Dan Magazu says authorities are looking into this as a possible hate crime, but they have no suspects or leads at this time.

School leaders called an impromptu listening session on campus Sunday night so students could share the hurt caused by these incidents and ask all kinds of questions.

Bwambok and Harvey are juniors and say they've never experienced racism on campus.

"They made me feel welcome, like I'm part of the community."

But after the past few days, "that has changed a little bit."

School leaders say the listening sessions are just the beginning. There will be a campus-wide get together Monday afternoon to heal and unite this community. 

President Cevallos released the following statement:

"This behavior is unacceptable and we are going to do everything within our power to determine who is responsible and hold them accountable. It is our highest priority for students to feel welcome, respected and safe on campus.

Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together as a community to condemn this behavior, address your questions and concerns, and show our support for one another. I have instructed that Monday’s All-University Meeting, which was originally scheduled to discuss our 5-Year Strategic Plan in the McCarthy Center, instead be moved to the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center and used as an open forum to discuss this issue. I strongly encourage everyone to attend the forum, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. As a community, we will work to prevent these incidents and the divisiveness they breed, so we can move forward and heal.

Framingham State University draws strength from its diversity. We are an institution where individuals of differing cultures, perspectives, and experiences are welcomed, respected, valued and supported. We must not allow those with hate in their hearts to divide us. The best way to stand up to this type of vile behavior is by uniting as a community against it.

To those students who feel targeted by these actions, we are here for you. I encourage you to take advantage of the many resources we have on campus if you need someone to speak with, including the Center for Inclusive Excellence, the Counseling Center, Campus Police, Human Resources, the Campus Clergy and the Dean of Students Office."

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact campus police at 508-626-4911, or you can send in an anonymous tip by texting 67283 with “FSUTIP” in the body of the message.

<![CDATA[Cold Front Approaches, Wipes Away Muggy Air]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:31:35 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/101517+wx+blog.jpg

A cold front approaches tonight, eventually wiping away the muggy air that's been in place this weekend. Ahead of that front winds will really pick up, gusting 20-40 MPH late today and tonight. Gusts may actually exceed 40 MPH for parts of the Maine coast and the Cape and Islands. A line of showers and downpours will also come through tonight as the front passes. A lingering shower may still be around first thing Monday morning south of Boston, but then sunshine will rush in with cooler and less humid air. Highs on Monday will only be in the 50s to near 60! Beyond that we have virtually nothing but sunshine in the forecast right into next week as high pressure dominates our weather. Early in the week highs will stay in the 50s and 60s, with 30s and 40s overnight resulting in some frosty spots. By mid and late week though, highs will be closer to 70. Those temperatures stretch into next weekend as we see it right now.

<![CDATA[Teen Arrested for Social Media Threat]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:49:49 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/nashua+high+school+north.jpg

A 15-year-old Nashua, New Hampshire high school student was arrested Saturday night for allegedly posting a threat on social media directed at Nashua High School North.

Police are not releasing the name of the student who was arrested.

Police say the threat was violent and not directed toward any particular students, teachers, or faculty at this time, but the investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, school is still on for Monday.

In an email to parents, Nate Burns, principal at Nashua High School North, went into further detail about what happened:

“One of our students saw the post and immediately notified one of his/her teachers. This teacher then notified the North administrative team and contacted the Nashua Police Department.”

Investigators say they received the call at noon on Saturday, and the teenager was arrested nearly eight hours later.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Nashua Police Department at 603-594-3500. 

This is the second student arrested for making social media threats in just the last three days.

On Friday, a student allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Lowell High School in Lowell, Massachusetts. 

Administrators contacted police before the threat ever had a chance to materialize.

Just like the case in Nashua, police are not releasing the name of the student who was arrested.

<![CDATA[Patriots Defeat Jets 24-17 After Sluggish Start]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:01:24 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-861668694.jpg

Bizarre as the first half may have been, the Patriots are leaving New Jersey in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

After falling behind 14-0 thanks to a defense looking as porous as ever, New England (4-2) tightened things up and came alive with a 24-0 run to leave MetLife Stadium with a 24-17 victory over the New York Jets.

“I wish we’d done better, but we won,” Tom Brady said after the game. “Probably a lot to learn from it, I wish we could have played a little better offensively, but we battled, got down early and fought back.”

Far from the best game of Brady’s career, he still finished 20 of 38 passing for 257 yards, the two touchdowns to Gronkowski and an interception to Buster Skrine. His 80.7 passer rating was his second-lowest of the season, ahead of only his 70.0 rating vs. Kansas City in the opener. Still, with his 187th career regular season win, he broke a tie with Peyton Manning and Brett Favre to become the all-time leader in regular season wins by a quarterback.

With momentum there for the taking, Brady’s most important portion of the game was managing the Patriots to their patented double score at the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third.

On the heels of a Malcolm Butler interception with just 39 seconds to go in the first half, Brady drove New England 63 yards in six plays – highlighted by a 42-yard completion to Brandin Cooks – culminating in the first of Rob Gronkowski’s two touchdown catches in the game.

Stephen Gostkowski’s extra point tied the game at 14-all heading into the break, and with the Patriots receiving the second half kickoff, Brady embarked on another lengthy scoring drive.

Eight plays and 75 yards later, New England had its first lead of the game. Facing third-and-13, Brady dialed up Gronkowski once more for a 33-yard touchdown pass and a 21-14 lead after Gostkowski’s PAT.

Momentum continued to swing in the Patriots’ favor on a controversial call along the goal line in the fourth quarter. Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins appeared to have caught a touchdown pass that would have brought New York within four, at 24-20. Seferian-Jenkins caught a pass from Josh McCown in the flats on second-and-goal from the 4 and looked to muscle his way through Duron Harmon and a bevy of other tacklers over the pylon. The play was ruled a touchdown on the field.

However, the ball came ever so loose around the 1. While Seferian-Jenkins looked to have regained control of the ball with his arm as he landed, replay officials in New York deemed otherwise and reversed the call on the field to a fumble.

To make matters worse for the Jets, the ruling was that Seferian-Jenkins had fumbled the ball out of the end zone, those giving the Patriots possession at their own 20-yard line.

New England went three and out in response, but the Jets could only muster a field goal on their ensuing series.

McCown had his ups and downs, throwing a pair of interceptions to Butler and Devin McCourty, respectively, but when all was said and done, he became the sixth quarterback in as many games to top 300 yards passing against the Patriots this season. The 38-year-old journeyman finished 31 for 47 for 354 yards and two touchdowns in addition to his interceptions.

New England was without two of its top three cornerbacks in Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) for the game.

Dont’a Hightower and Malcom Brown had a sack each for the Patriots, while Kyle Van Noy had a pair for New England.

Van Noy’s second sack came in a critical spot for the Patriots, as the Jets were grasping at their last straws down seven with 30 seconds left. On third-and-10, Van Noy blew through the Jets’ offensive line to drop McCown for a 6-yard loss, setting up fourth and even longer. Without timeouts, New York had little time to settle. McCown’s final throw fell harmlessly to the turf and the Patriots won their 11th straight game on the road.

“I thought we did a good job rebounding and realizing the game’s not over,” McCourty said of the final drive for the Jets, on which they converted a fourth-and-12 situation to stay alive. “They made a play, and we did a good job getting back and finishing the game. That was something I think we needed. We haven’t played particularly well in the fourth quarter. I thought this was big for us as a team, to win a game where we had to play well in the fourth quarter.”

In addition to his pair of sacks, Van Noy finished as the leading tackler for New England with seven and also a team-high three QB hits.

A new wrinkle defensive coordinator Matt Patricia unveiled involved some cornerback blitzes, each time featuring Malcolm Butler. While he didn’t get to McCown for a sack on any of the occasions, one of Butler’s rushes led to the McCourty interception.

Stephen Gostkowski missed his first field goal of the season, a 47-yard attempt with 1:11 to go in the first half. The 13-year pro is now 13 for 14 on the season.

All eyes turn to the rematch of Super Bowl LI, as the Atlanta Falcons are coming to town on Sunday night. After starting out 3-0, the Falcons have lost each of their last two games – including today’s contest to the Miami Dolphins, 20-17. It may not have been a 28-3 lead, but Atlanta did lead Miami 17-0 at one point.

Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. next Sunday in Foxboro and the game can be seen right here on NBC Boston.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[2 Hurt in Fight at Nightclub in Lawrence, Mass. ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:52:50 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/192*120/LawrenceClubShots.jpg

Two people were taken to the hospital after a fight broke out at a nightclub in Lawrence, Massachusetts early Sunday morning. 

Police responded to the Dubai Nightclub shortly before 1a.m. According to police, gunshots were fired outside the club, but no one was hit.

This is not the first time police have responded to gunfire at the nightclub. More than 40 shots were fired outside the club in June 2017.  

No arrests have been made in Sunday's incident.  

<![CDATA[Water Main Break Floods Street]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:45:53 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/RoslindaleWaterBreak.jpg

A water main break in Roslindale, Massachusetts caused a big mess Sunday morning as water flooded Cliftmont Street after an eight-inch pipe broke.

Authorities were called to the scene around 9 a.m. after an 8-inch water pipe burst at the intersection of Cliftmont and Canterbury Street in Hyde Park, causing heavy flooding, according to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.

Crews spent the day working to fix the pipe and were able to contain the break Sunday afternoon.

As of Sunday evening, all water service had been restored to the area.

Photo Credit: Kristie Helms ]]>
<![CDATA[Senator Warren Endorses Mayor Walsh for Re-Election]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:05:18 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Warren_Endorses_Walsh.jpg

This isn’t gonna be about the endorsements or about the powerful putting a stamp on it.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren attended a campaign event for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Sunday, officially endorsed him at Doyle's Pub in Jamaica Plain, where the line to get inside wrapped around the building.

Walsh is facing off against City Councilor Tito Jackson, who says it doesn't mean much if he has the backing of the people.

"Marty has made clear he fights to build a city for all of us," Sen. Warren said. "A city where immigrants are welcomed."

"I was proud to stand with her in her race for the United States Senate," Walsh said. "And I'm proud that she's fighting for us right now, particularly, this time in our country."

Senator Warren's support comes with three weeks to go until Election Day. The campaigns are heating up for both Walsh and Jackson.

Jackson and Walsh, both Democrats, will face off in next month's mayoral contest.

Warren made sure to say she supports Jackson's political future, just not in this election.

"Tito is going to have an important role in public service. He will do that but Marty has shown us for four years what it is that he can accomplish and what it is going forward that he’s determined to accomplish, so I’m here with Marty," Walsh said. 

"This isn’t gonna be about the endorsements or about the powerful putting a stamp on it," Jackson said.

He's not buying the big name political fanfare. Instead, Jackson is focusing on connecting with the Boston school teachers at King's bowling alley in the Back Buy, building a platform on affordable housing, and bringing more money into public schools.

"We’re right here with all these young people and we owe it to them and their future to fully fund public education," he said.

With backing from the crowd at Doyle's and Senator Warren, Mayor Walsh was still calling on voters to help keep his job.

As both candidates vie for your support, they want you to head out and vote on November 7.

<![CDATA[Wife of Patriots' Harvey Langi Tweets After Hospital Release]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:13:03 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Harvey+Langi+for+web.jpg

The wife of New England Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi took to Twitter to thank the public for its support as the pair recover from injuries sustained from a car crash Friday. 

Cassidy Langi sent out a tweet Sunday morning referencing the team's statement and identifying herself as the passenger. 

"Thanks to everyone for the love and support," she tweeted. "We are both focused on recovering from this." 

Langi was driving with his wife Cassidy Friday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts, when they were involved in a three-car crash.

Langi's car and a second car were both stopped at a stop light when they were rear ended by a third vehicle. Langi's car was sandwiched between the first car and the car that rear ended them.

It was a serious crash that required the Jaws of Life to remove one person from the wreckage. The accident happened at the intersection of Commercial Street and Fisher Street.

Both Langi and his wife were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries.

Three people from the first car were taken to Norwood Hospital.

Two people in the Jeep that struck the two vehicles refused treatment on scene.

The New England Patriots released the following statement:

"We are aware of the traffic accident involving Harvey Langi and a passenger last night in Foxborough," the statement read. "Our thoughts are with Harvey, the Langi family and those who sustained injuries in last night’s accident.”

Langi was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 5 after going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old out of Brigham Young University has played in one game this season.

The Patriots have ruled Langi out for Sunday's game against the New York Jets due to a back injury.

<![CDATA[Double-Amputee Veteran Running 31 Marathons in 31 Days ]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:36:18 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/205*120/Vet31Marathon.JPG

A retired Marine and double amputee is competing in a running challenge like no other. 

Combat engineer Rob Jones is determined to run 31 marathons in 31 different cities in 31 consecutive days to support disabled veterans.

Jones lost both of his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. 

A crowd of supporters gathered in Boston early Sunday morning to watch Jones run the fourth marathon of his series. 

This is not Jones' first incredible challenge he has undertaken. He also won the bronze medal in the Paralympic Games in 2012, and he is the first and only double amputee to bicycle more than 500 miles across the country. 

Jones hopes his actions will bring awareness to the challenges veterans face. 

"People come back and struggle with what they experience, and there's nothing wrong with that," Jones said. 

"I just want to make sure both sides of the coin are being seen," Jones said. "There are the people that are struggling and we will help them; but there's also this group over here that are doing fine, and both groups can contribute to society." 

His final marathon will end in Washington, DC, on Veteran's Day. 

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA['She Can't Hear Us': Hit-and-Run Victim Remains in Coma]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:06:21 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/rosa21.jpg

Janet Rosa is fighting to stay alive at Brigham and Women's Hospital where she is in a medically-induced coma.

Rosa, 45, is the victim of a hit-and-run in Lawrence, Massachusetts that happened on Lawrence Street shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Rosa hasn't woken up. Her body broken after being hit by a car in Lawrence. The impact threw her in the air, and the driver left her in the road.

"There was never a day where you can't be around Janet and you can't leave laughing and feeling good about life," Janet's sister, Brenda Rosa, said.

Rosa's family tells us she is battling a brain bleed in the intensive care unit. She has broken bones, including her jaw.

"Right now she is in critical condition. She can't hear us. We tried to talk to her," said Elizabeth Rosa, Janet's sister.

Rosa was crossing Amesbury Street Saturday night to buy scratch tickets. It's something she would do all the time.

Christian Sabater is her son.

"She's a very caring person. Even when she's going through her own problems, she would go out of her way to take care of you."

Police said Monday morning that they identified the driver but did not release further details.

To the driver who did this, "You hurt a lot of people."

They want you to look at their family, look at their pain.

"Put yourself in our shoes. Put yourself how we are feeling right now and if you have any heart, please, please come forward. Because you wouldn't want this to happen to someone you love."

A witness had told police that the driver was speeding at the time of the crash.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident and are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area.

Rosa's family plans to hold a vigil for her on Monday night. 

<![CDATA[Gusty Winds of Change Blow In Tonight ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:04:25 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/SunOctweather.JPG

Morning clouds will gradually break to sunshine over the course of Sunday, first inland and last near the coast.

Much of the day will be dull across the Cape and Islands, with the most sun north and west of Boston. In those areas, where the sun comes out first, highs will surge into the 70s and close to 80. It will be muggy for all of us.

A cold front approaches tonight. Ahead of that front winds will really pick up, gusting 20-40 MPH late today and tonight. Gusts may actually exceed 40 MPH for parts of the Maine coast and the Cape and Islands.

A line of showers and downpours will also come through tonight as the front passes. A lingering shower may still be around first thing Monday morning south of Boston, but then sunshine will rush in with cooler and less humid air.

Highs on Monday will only be in the 50s to near 60!

Beyond that we have virtually nothing but sunshine in the forecast right into next week as high pressure dominates our weather. Early in the week highs will stay in the 50s and 60s, with 30s and 40s overnight resulting in some frosty spots. By mid and late week though, highs will be closer to 70. Those temperatures stretch into next weekend as we see it right now.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Teenager Killed After Being Hit by Car ]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:40:19 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Teen_hit_and_killed_by_car_in_Avon.jpg

A teenage girl who suffered serious head trauma after being hit by a car Saturday afternoon on Stockwell Drive in Avon, Massachusetts has died from her injuries.

Police say 19-year-old Ariel Dineen, of Brockton, was working at Party City and was walking across the street to meet an acquaintance at Dunkin Donuts, attempting to cross three lanes of traffic, not in a crosswalk. 

Investigators say it was just before 2 p.m. at the border of Avon and Stoughton, and the teen had made it past two lanes when she tripped, fell to the ground and was struck by the oncoming vehicle.

The driver who hit Dineen did stop. Police were running some tests on his Jeep. Backing it up, speeding forward and hitting the brakes to see if anything was wrong. The man who hit the teenager had his hands in his face sobbing after talking to police at the scene.

The 19-year-old's clothes were left in a pile near the black Jeep that killed her.

The road was closed down for four hours as police pieced together the facts, clogging up the busy street off Route 24.

Avon and State Police are working with the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office. They will determine whether or not charges will be filed, but Avon Police Chief David Martineau says it appears it was just a terrible, unfortunate accident.

<![CDATA[Perfect Fall Week Ahead]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:39:16 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/WX+blog+101417.jpg

The first half of October has been warm and dry. High temperatures in Boston have been 7° above average. Logan Airport has only recorded 0.39” of rain, which is leading to a 1.26” deficit. If you look at the extended forecast, both above average temperatures and below average rainfall will continue.

Currently 90.13% of the Commonwealth is abnormally dry. The drought is the worst in Maine. Moderate drought conditions are being realized in 25% of the state. Currently the NBC Boston and NECN exclusive 10-day forecast is calling for Sunshine from Monday through Monday. Precipitation chances are under 25% each of those day.

Temperatures, for the most part will stay in the upper 60s to around 70. The exception to that will be Monday and Tuesday. Behind Sunday’s cold front, temperatures drop into the 50s and low 60s during the day. A frost is again possible Monday night.

Ahead of the cold front Sunday, it will be very warm. High temperatures will climb into the upper 70s and low 80s. Don’t expect much sunshine, but it won’t rain very much. Showers are possible along the cold front. It will also be a breezy day. Winds may gust to 40 MPH. We’ve seen those winds cause minor damage lately, this set-up won’t be an exception.

With not much going locally, let’s talk about a very rare hurricane in the east Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Ophelia is a major Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 MPH. It’s quickly moving to the Northeast at 25 MPH. Ireland is in the forecast path. Tropical storm force winds will reach is island by Sunday night. Currently the western shore of Ireland has a 90% chance of experiencing tropical storm forecast winds, a 70% chance of 58 MPH winds and a 30% chance of hurricane force winds. This is extremely rare. For the residents there, it will be very similar to Hurricane Debbie in 1961. The storm caused 78 fatalities and $50 million in damages. Conditions will improve by late Monday.

<![CDATA[Patriots Linebacker Involved in Crash]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:44:23 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/175*120/Langi.jpg

New England Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi has been released from Rhode Island Hospital's emergency department after being injured in a car crash Friday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Langi was driving with his wife when they were involved in a three-car crash. Langi's car and a second car were both stopped at a stop light when they were rear ended by a third vehicle. Langi's car was sandwiched between the first car and the car that rear ended them. It was a serious crash that required the Jaws of Life to remove one person from the wreckage. The accident happened at the intersection of Commercial Street and Fisher Street.

Both Langi and his wife were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries.

Three people from the first car were taken to Norwood Hospital.

Two people in the Jeep that struck the two vehicles refused treatment on scene.

The New England Patriots released the following statement:

"We are aware of the traffic accident involving Harvey Langi and a passenger last night in Foxborough. The two were stopped at a traffic light when they were rear ended by another vehicle. They were both transported to a local hospital with injuries and are receiving medical attention. Our thoughts are with Harvey, the Langi family and those who sustained injuries in last night’s accident.”

Rookie safety David Jones, who is on the Patriots practice squad, sent out a tweet Saturday praying for a quick recovery for Langi and his wife.

Langi was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 5 after going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old out of Brigham Young University has played in one game this season.

The Patriots have ruled Langi out for Sunday's game against the New York Jets due to a back injury.

<![CDATA[2 Killed in Separate Overnight Shootings]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:39:53 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Two_Deadly_Shootings_Under_Investigation.jpg

Two people were killed early Saturday morning in separate, fatal shootings in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts, according to the Middlesex District Attorney.

Ednilson Decosta, 28, of Dorchester, was shot in a motor vehicle on Windsor Street at Evereteze in Cambridge around 3:30 a.m.

Seven minutes later in Somerville, Kevin Raymond, 20, of Somerville, was shot in a parking lot at 3:37 a.m. 

Both victims were transported to area hospitals where they were pronounced deceased.

It is not known by police if these two incidents are connected. No suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the incidents.

The investigations are active and ongoing by state and local police.

<![CDATA[Flyer Containing Racial Slurs Found in Framingham Dorm]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:25:51 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tlmd_framingham_state_university_2.jpg

Framingham State University Police are asking for the public's help after a flyer containing racial slurs was found hung outside a room in a residence hall early Saturday morning.

According to university police, the flyer was found in Larned Hall. They believe the incident occurred sometime between 12:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 a.m. on Saturday.

The following letter was sent to the Framingham State University community:

"I am writing to inform you about an incident that occurred in a residence hall on Friday afternoon. A flyer posted on a student’s door referencing the Black Student Union was discovered with a racist slur written on it. This incident is currently being investigated as a hate crime by campus police.

Framingham State University has zero tolerance for racism in any form and I know our community joins me in condemning this behavior. Framingham State is, and will always be, a community committed to tolerance, diversity, inclusion, and respect toward everyone.

This incident is deeply disturbing and we are going to do everything we can to determine the party responsible. That person(s) will face serious student conduct charges, which could include expulsion from the University, as well as potential criminal charges.

It is important that we unite as a community in condemning this behavior. We will be meeting with members of the residential hall this evening. Details regarding a campus-wide community forum next week to address this issue are forthcoming."

Police do not have any suspects at this time, but warned in a Facebook post that "the intentional, malicious defacing or damaging of property coupled with the racial slurs classifies this offense as a Hate Crime/Vandalism."

University police are asking the public to contact them with any information regarding the incident or those responsible at (508) 626-4911.

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<![CDATA[3 Displaced After Nashua, NH House Fire]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:47:08 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Nashua+NH+fire+101417.jpg

Three people were displaced after a home on New Searles Road in Nashua, New Hampshire caught fire around 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

The Nashua Fire Department reported heavy smoke upon arrival at the scene. Initially, they were told by a resident that someone was trapped in a bedroom, however that person was found safe outside the home.

As they fought back the flames billowing from the house, firefighters also had to deal with live power lines burning off the home and dropping into the area where crews were working.

Firefighters declared the house uninhabitable due to heavy damage on the second floor and smoke damage throughout the rest of the home.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The incident is under investigation by the Nashua Fire Marshal's Office.

Photo Credit: Patrick Kerrigan]]>
<![CDATA[Brown Sues to Block Sale of JFK Jr.'s College Application]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:13:34 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/JFK+jr.jpg

Brown University has gone to court to try to block the sale of the college application for John F. Kennedy Jr., which the school says was stolen.

The lawsuit filed Friday in California asks the court to bar the website MomentsInTime.com from selling the documents, which include Kennedy's application and letters from his mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, discussing his time at Brown.

Website Operator Gary Zimet referred comments Saturday to his attorney, who didn't immediately respond to an email.

Zimet told The Providence Journal that a person hired to clean out a home in East Hampton, New York, found them, and Zimet got them through an intermediary about a week ago.

Kennedy graduated from Brown in 1983. He died in a plane crash in 1999.

Photo Credit: AP]]>