<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Local News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usWed, 15 Aug 2018 06:55:45 -0400Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:55:45 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Accused Cop-Killer Scheduled for Probable Cause Hearing]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:46:24 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Lopes+at+arraignement.JPG

The 20-year-old man accused of shooting and killing Sgt. Michael Chesna and 77-year-old Vera Adams will appear in court Wednesday after he pleaded not guilty to the deaths in a hearing last month.

Emanuel Lopes denied opening fire on the victims on July 15 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. At the Quincy District Courthouse, he pleaded not guilty to charges that included two counts of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm without and FID card, malicious destruction of property, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage.

Chesna responded to a call of a crashed vehicle when he spotted Lopes allegedly vandalizing a nearby home near the intersection of Burton Terrace and Torrey Road. The suspect allegedly threw a large rock at the sergeant’s head before shooting him with his own gun and shooting Vera, who was standing near a window at her home.

Lopes was held at the Norfolk County House of Correction in Dedham without bail. He was ordered to return to court for a probable cause hearing at 9 a.m., according to the District Attorney’s office.

<![CDATA[Stubborn Showers Will Linger in New England]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:53:56 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/081518+early+am+wx+necn.jpg

Several New England communities received one to three inches of rain in a very short time again yesterday. We also had tremendous lightning and a few powerful wind gusts.

This weather is due partially to a weak front over New England and, more so, a powerful upper-level low-pressure system in New York.

Each of these features shifted east overnight, with showers mostly ending. Wednesday morning we begin the day with patchy dense fog, temperatures in the 60s lower 70s, another sticky humid start.

The sky should feature more sun than clouds this afternoon, allowing temperatures to reach 90 degrees in spots. We still have enough energy to support scattered showers and thunderstorms. Few and further between, but where it does rain it can be a downpour.

The wind is tending to come more from the west and northwest, at light speeds, allowing the beaches to also warm to the 80s.

But just as quickly as one upper-level low-pressure system moves away from New England Wednesday, we see a new one coming across the Midwest, arriving later tomorrow into Friday.

Thursday morning looks fairly bright, but clouds will increase with a good chance of showers and downpours, high temperature near 90 degrees.

Both an upper-level low, and a surface low will cross New England Friday into Saturday. With an attendant front resulting in heavy rain, perhaps more flooding both Friday afternoon and Saturday will be possible. Expect continued humidity with temperatures in the 80s.

Sunday should improve a bit, with the front moving offshore and increasing sunshine with slightly less humidity.

Perhaps we can even get a day without downpours Sunday. We may remain quiet into the beginning of next week.

But the big picture weather pattern remains rather similar into the foreseeable future.

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<![CDATA[2-Alarm Fire Causes $200,000 Worth of Damage to Boston Home]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:19:41 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/081518+boston+fire.jpg

A 2-alarm fire caused an estimated $200,000 worth of damages early Wednesday as it charred a 3-story home in Boston.

The fire broke out just before 2:30 a.m. on Melville Avenue and had already reached the home's attic by the time officials arrived at the scene, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Three people were in the structure watching the home for its owners since they were out of town. All three occupants were able to flee the blaze quickly and safely, Boston fire officials said.

Fire crews were able to douse the flames quickly. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo Credit: Boston Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Gloucester Police Donate $5K to 3-Year-Old Battling Cancer]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:05:03 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Gloucester_Police_Donate_to_Family_of_Child_With_Cancer.jpg

Looking at 3-year-old William Bren's smile, you would never guess he is battling kidney cancer. He was diagnosed with a stage 4 Wilms tumor earlier this year.

"They tell you, 'The goal is to cure your son.' It kind of gets you in a sobering moment right there," his father, Craig Bren, told NBC10 Boston. "Unfortunately, that's not the case for everybody, and we're extremely blessed and lucky that that's the case for him."

But, like every fight against cancer, medical bills are quickly mounting for the Bren family. That's where Gloucester Police come in.

Tuesday afternoon, officers escorted William to police headquarters to give him and his family a $5,000 donation from "Cops for Kids with Cancer."

"It's great that we had someone here locally that we can do this back for them," expressed Gloucester Police Detective Thomas Quinn.

Quinn lost his own son to cancer. He spearheaded the application process on behalf of the Bren family and police department.

"After the passing of my son, this has been my give-back," he said.

The Bren family said they couldn't be more grateful.

"It really just kind of takes you back, you know. From the police department to close friends of ours. It's really allowed us to put our focus on Will," Bren said. "You can't put a price tag, and you can't really put that into words, how much that means."

<![CDATA[Former Teacher of the Year wins CT-5 Primary]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:42:45 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/JAHANA-HAYES.jpg

Mary Glassman, the endorsed party candidate, conceded Tuesday night to former 'National Teacher of the Year' and political outsider Jahana Hayes in the Democratic race for the 5th Congressional District.

Hayes, a first-time candidate, is a former National Teacher of the Year from 2016 who rose to fame following her selection for the award. It led to an appearance on Ellen Degeneres’ talk show, and meetings with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.

Hayes was emotional during her speech Tuesday night.

"When we started this campaign 102 days ago, 102 days ago with no money, no network, no people, people told me I have no chance, and I had no business trying to do this, but tonight we proved them wrong. On November 6, we take back the House," Hayes said.

Glassman, the well-known and established former Simsbury First Selectwoman, acknowledged defeat in the race to replace Elizabeth Esty in the district that includes New Britain, Waterbury, Danbury and most of Western Connecticut.

Glassman said she'll fully support Hayes in her race to November, and offered her any help she can give.

"It's the mood of the people," she said of her loss. "People want something different and we heard that tonight and that's the Democratic process. And we need to focus on getting Democrats elected in November and that's what I'm going to do. I've always been a Democrat, served 25 years in public service and will never stop making a difference," Glassman said.

Hayes would become the first African-American from the Democratic Party to represent Connecticut in Congress if she wins in the general election.

See full primary election results here.

Photo Credit: NBC CT]]>
<![CDATA[Revere Mayor Investigates Missing Parking Meter Money]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:40:31 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Missing_Revere_Parking_Meter_Revenue_Investigated.jpg

An audit from the mayor's office in Revere, Massachusetts, has found a massive discrepancy in revenue from parking meters.

"This is theft," said Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo.

It isn't just pocket change. City leaders say more than $90,000 is missing in meter money.

After a heated debate with lots of finger pointing, the Revere City Council took a preliminary vote Monday night to beef up the investigation, and it is now one step closer to bringing in the FBI and the state auditor to assist local police.

"It's my job to fix these problems," said Arrigo.

The mayor took office in 2016 and says the audit's findings also revealed decades of mismanagement under previous administrations. He believes the city's coin-operated meters may have made it easier to steal over the years.

Councilor Dan Rizzo was mayor for one term before Arrigo came in. When asked if he knew about parking meter money being stolen, he said, "Number one, there's no proof of any parking meter money being stolen."

He has heavily criticized the current leadership's handling of this situation.

"It's this frustration we have when we are not getting clear answers," said Rizzo.

The mayor says electronic meter boxes will replace the ones that are coin-operated by the end of the year, and all the meter money coming in will now be available to see on the city's website.

"There will be assurances something like this will not happen again," said Arrigo.

Two parking department workers are now on unpaid administrative leave. They are not being identified because the mayor says this is all still under investigation.

<![CDATA[A Look at the State of the MBTA]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:52:56 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/A_Look_at_the_State_of_the_MBTA.jpg

Visitors to Boston's City Hall Plaza got a look at what riders of the MBTA's Red Line can look forward to next year — shiny new trains.

The update is long overdue, based on the comments of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack.

"The average Red Line car currently in the fleet has traveled 2.5 million miles," she said.

The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker is touting more good news about the MBTA — a balanced budget for the first time in a decade, which will allow for more reinvestment in the system.

"Our current Red Line cars, some of which date back to 1970, will be replaced with 252 new vehicles," said MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez.

But not everyone is impressed, including Somerville Sen. Pat Jehlen.

"It's great to have a balanced budget," he said. "It would be great if people could get to their work."

Jehlen is one of three lawmakers who gave the MBTA oversight board an earful at its public meeting Monday about what they say are dangerous and deteriorating conditions at Alewife, which was forced to shut down over the weekend when concrete crumbled from the ceiling onto some cars.

"The governor said he would fix the T. He's had 3.5 years. He says he doesn’t need more money. What's the problem?" Jehlen asked.

"For years, people didn't put the money they should have put into the Core System. And that includes the garages, that includes the tracks and the trains and the rails," Baker said.

Baker had long said the MBTA does not need more money and should be able to better manage what it is already getting: $8 billion over the next five years. But Jehlen does think more money is needed.

"I don't think we can manage our way out of this, really a crisis," Jehlen said.

The MBTA expects to close Alewife garage again this weekend for additional inspections.

<![CDATA[Cause of UMaine Football Player's Death Revealed]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:31:12 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Darius+Minor.jpg

Officials say a heart condition was the cause of an 18-year-old University of Maine football player's on-field death.

Darius Minor, an 18-year-old freshman political science major, collapsed on the field and died during a light workout last month at the Orono campus.

The Maine Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday that Minor's death was due to "acute aortic dissection with cardiac tamponade with hypertensive cardiovascular disease as a contributing factor," according to News Center Maine.

"Why Darius? Out of everybody, it just makes no sense to us right now," high school classmate Aizaya Evans said after his death. "I miss him already."

According to UMaine football coach Joe Harasymiak, freshman players were starting a light workout on the football field Tuesday afternoon. The players completed one drill, and were taking a water break on the hot and humid day. Harasymiak said Minor said he felt like he might pass out — and moments later, he did. He could not be resuscitated.

"There's no script for this," said Harasymiak in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. "I told the team this morning this is way bigger than football. This is the most adverse situation we will be in together."

Hours before his death, Minor tweeted about his excitement for the upcoming football season. "I'm coming for everything this year," the tweet said.

"Truly blessed," he tweeted after committing to play football at UMaine last February. "Can't wait to see what god has in store for me."

Friends describe Minor as hard-working, focused, and someone everyone looked up to and wanted to be around.

"He was like our local superstar," said Orange County High School football coach Jesse Lohr. "We loved him, and will always."

UMaine's football coach said he will be retiring Minor's #39 jersey for the next four years.

Photo Credit: Darius Minor/Twitter]]>
<![CDATA[First Responders Begin Training on Ultrasound Technology]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:30:39 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Foxborough+ultrasound+2.JPG

First responders in Foxborough, Massachusetts, will soon be first in the state to carry a new device that has the potential to save lives.

Firefighters filled a classroom Tuesday to train on new ultrasound technology. Unlike most ultrasounds in doctor’s offices, the new device is not bulky and the probe can be plugged into a phone or tablet.

“It’s like a flashlight,” said Foxborough Deputy Fire Chief Michael Kelleher, who spearheaded the effort to bring it to the community. “We can see into the human body and see what’s going on. It allows making an actual diagnosis as opposed to using our best judgment.”

Kelleher said it can help them diagnose everything from collapsed lungs to internal bleeding, which can be critical given the number of highway crashes officials respond to in Foxborough.

It can also be used to make important decisions such as where to bring a patient for treatment.

“Our trauma centers here are about 20 miles away, so with this we will be able to make a quick determination if a patient can go to a community hospital or if we’re going to have to go a little bit further,” said Foxborough Fire Lt. Andrew Puntini.

Peter Bonadonna, a paramedic instructor from Rochester, New York, came to teach the training course. He said the technology is not just cutting-edge, but also cost-effective.

“A heart monitor is $30,000 and you can get these things for $2,000 now,” Bonadonna said. “At an emergency scene, it can outperform a stethoscope and a chest X-ray.”

Foxborough is leasing their device for $200 a month and is already receiving inquiries from other departments who are considering getting one. They say it will not be hard to see the value as soon as they go out on a call and see what they wouldn’t have been able to see without it.

“Pretty much every shift we’ve been on, there’s been a call where we would have been able to use this technology,” Puntini said.

The Foxborough Fire Department hopes to deploy the device by Sept. 1.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Pats Roster Check: Locks, Bubbles, and Long Shots]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:17:44 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000017458334.JPG

Nineteen years into his career, Tom Brady knows the drill when it comes to reps in the preseason.

“Whether it’s a walkthrough, practice or game, it all matters,” Brady said after Tuesday’s practice – the final one of the summer open to fans. “If it was a waste of time, we wouldn’t do it. There’s a lot of urgency.”

That urgency exists for both players and the front office, as the initial 90-man unit is pared all the way down to 53 on Sept. 1, just eight days shy of New England’s season opener vs. the Houston Texans.

Some names who’ll still be standing come cutdown day are obvious, others not so much. Here’s a look at how the roster for the Patriots is taking shape today, broken down into players who are “locks” to make it, players who should be on the roster barring something drastic, players who are firmly “on the bubble” and lastly, the “long shots.”

*Name in bold denotes player currently projected to make the 53-man roster

**Julian Edelman is suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season and will not count against the initial 53-man roster


Lock: Tom Brady

Should be in: Brian Hoyer

Bubble: Danny Etling

Long shot: None

Since Tom Brady’s return from an ACL injury for the 2009 season, the Patriots have kept three quarterbacks on the roster only twice: 2011, after spending a third-round pick on Ryan Mallett in the draft, and in 2016, knowing Brady was suspended for the first four games of the regular season.

Seventh-round picks such as Etling are never locks to make a roster, even if Brady is 41 and Hoyer is 32. He didn’t see the field until midway through the fourth quarter in last week’s preseason opener, and with Brady figuring to get at least some snaps over the next two weeks, Etling may not get a ton more opportunities to flash in game action. The practice squad feels like the best bet for Etling, though there are never guarantees a player passes through waivers.

Running Backs

Locks: James White, Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel

Should be in: Brandon Bolden

Bubble: Jeremy Hill, Mike Gillislee

Long shot: Ralph Webb

Drawing conclusions off of one week of football – particularly preseason football – can be extremely dangerous. It’s hard not to give the nod to Hill over Gillislee at the moment, however, and that’s before factoring in the financial savings for the team; Gillislee is due to count roughly $2.2 million against the salary cap, but wouldn’t cost anything in dead money if he’s cut. Hill’s cap hit is roughly $1.3 million.

Hill has never done a ton of work catching the ball out of the backfield, with a career-best 27 receptions his rookie season in Cincinnati in 2014; however slight, it’s another advantage he has over Gillislee, who caught just one pass from Tom Brady in 2017.

Sony Michel’s injury status could prompt the Patriots to keep both Hill and Gillislee, though there’s been no indication yet that he’ll need to open the season on injured reserve.

Brandon Bolden is one of many core special teamers the Patriots covet and is used seldom as a running back these days. He didn’t make the team’s initial 53-man roster in 2017, though he was re-signed just days later and wound up appearing in all 16 regular season games. He even had a 20-yard touchdown run in the divisional round of the playoffs vs. Tennessee.


Lock: James Develin

Should be in: None

Bubble: None

Long shot: Henry Poggi

Develin signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract extension in June through the end of the 2020 season. That’s not a player who’s in any sort of roster trouble, however minimal the cap penalties may be.

Wide Receivers

Locks: Chris Hogan, Julian Edelman**, Cordarrelle Patterson, Matthew Slater

Should be in: Philip Dorsett

Bubble: Eric Decker, Kenny Britt, Riley McCarron, Braxton Berrios, Devin Lucien

Long shot: Paul Turner

Making sense of this group remains a mystery even following the releases of Jordan Matthews and Malcolm Mitchell. Patterson and Slater are locks for their special teams contributions and Edelman is suspended for the first four games of the regular season.

Almost by default, Dorsett feels like a safe bet to make the team at this point, given he’s the only one of the rest of the group who spent the entirety of the 2017 season on the active roster.

Beyond that? Good luck. If Britt can get healthy, he’ll certainly be given every chance to make the roster, given the Patriots signed him to a two-year deal last December. Decker is one of the more underrated receivers in the game this decade, but does he have anything left at 31? You’d have to figure New England will try to develop another young receiver at some point, especially after Mitchell’s career in Foxboro stalled. Among players to fit those criteria, Lucien flashed the brightest in the preseason opener.

Tight Ends

Lock: Rob Gronkowski

Should be in: Dwayne Allen

Bubble: Jacob Hollister

Long shots: Will Tye, Ryan Izzo

If the Patriots were going to move on from Allen, doesn’t it feel like they would have already done it by now? There’s no guaranteed money left on his deal, meaning New England can move on without taking on any dead money. Why wait?

He’s clearly not a pass-catching complement to Gronkowski, but he’s nails as a blocker. It’s a skillset none of the other tight ends after Gronk on the depth chart have had a chance to showcase yet, if they possess it at all. That alone should keep Allen on the 53.

Hollister surprised many in 2017 when he made the team over both Matthew Lengel, who had a full year in the Patriots’ system under his belt, and James O’Shaugnessy, an off-season acquisition with a special teams pedigree. Though he caught only four passes as a rookie, Hollister’s frame (6-foot-4, 245 pounds) makes him a perfect fit to flex out along the line of scrimmage in certain situations – something the Patriots may need him to do given the uncertainty at wide receiver.

Offensive Line

Locks: Trent Brown, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, Isaiah Wynn

Should be in: LaAdrian Waddle

Bubble: Ted Karras, Cole Croston, Matt Tobin

Long shots: Ulrick John, Jason King, James Ferentz, Luke Bowanko, Brian Schwenke

Trent Brown has slid into the left tackle spot vacated by Nate Solder seamlessly in training camp. The biggest question remaining, in terms of the starting lineup, pertains to Marcus Cannon’s health and the right tackle spot. First-round pick Isaiah Wynn and veteran LaAdrian Waddle have each taken reps there in practice; Waddle got the nod in last week’s preseason opener.

Backup jobs along the interior of the line are also up for grabs, but it would be a surprise to see either Karras or Croston not make the team at this juncture. Karras can play either guard spot or center, while Croston is versatile enough to play tackle as well.

Defensive Line

Locks: Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise Jr., Malcom Brown, Lawrence Guy, Derek Rivers, Adrian Clayborn, Danny Shelton

Should be in: None

Bubble: Adam Butler, Vincent Valentine, Eric Lee, Geneo Grissom

Long shots: None

Perhaps lacking a superstar, the defensive line of the Patriots is nevertheless among the deepest position groups on the roster. A good player isn’t going to survive the numbers crunch, but how much trade value would a player like Adam Butler, Vincent Valentine or Eric Lee possess?

It warrants mentioning that New England declined its fifth-year option on Malcom Brown’s rookie contract, meaning he’s a free agent at the end of the season. Could the team gauge trade value in the 2015 first-round pick to try and solve the dilemma that way?


Locks: Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy

Should be in: Marquis Flowers, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Brandon King

Bubble: Christian Sam, Elandon Roberts, Harvey Langi, Nicholas Grigsby

Long shots: None

If the defensive line is the deepest group on the roster, the linebacking corps is far and away the thinnest. Dont’a Hightower is among the best in the league at his position, but he hasn’t played more than 12 games in a season since 2013.

Ja’Whaun Bentley, a fifth-round pick of the Patriots in April, finished tied for the team lead in tackles in the preseason opener with six. He’s been seeing time with the starters in practice ever since and feels like a safe bet to make an impact this year.

At the same time, it was telling when Elandon Roberts remained on the field vs. Washington last Thursday with projected second and third-team players, perhaps an ominous sign for the 2016 sixth-round pick. Are there really any better internal options available, though? It’s part of the reason it was so stunning to see New England bypass taking a linebacker until Bentley at No. 143 overall in the draft.


Locks: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner

Should be in: None

Bubble: Eddie Pleasant, Jordan Richards

Long shots: Damarius Travis

McCourty, Chung and Harmon have spent a combined 23 years in New England’s system. That’s…a lot. Needless to say, no other safety group in the NFL comes even close to having that much experience playing together, and 2018 doesn’t look like the year a newcomer cracks the rotation.

The only intrigue here is if Jordan Richards, a second-round pick for the Patriots in 2015, has enough value on special teams to keep his spot on the roster over newcomer Eddie Pleasant. After picking up right where he left off in the Super Bowl vs. Washington last week, missing tackles, Richards is squarely on the bubble.


Locks: Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Duke Dawson

Should be in: Jonathan Jones

Bubble: Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Cyrus Jones, Ryan Lewis

Long shots: Jomal Wiltz, Keion Crossen, A.J. Moore

Jason McCourty could be starting opposite Stephon Gilmore in Week 1 vs. Houston…or he could find himself in search of employment elsewhere. He didn’t see the field against Washington last week, but has since spent some time in practice playing alongside the projected first-team defense.

Jason, of course, is Devin McCourty’s identical twin, and it would be a shame to see them not take the field together at some point – particularly after Jason has spent the first nine years of his career on the outside looking in of the playoffs.

And what’s up with Cyrus Jones? Is he officially a lost cause as a cover corner at this point, merely clinging to the bubble thanks to his return abilities? Thanks to DeflateGate, the Patriots didn’t have a first-round pick in 2016, meaning Jones was their top selection at No. 60 overall. After missing all of 2017 with a torn ACL, will New England attempt to take one last shot at salvaging the selection?


Locks: Kicker Stephen Gostkowski, long snapper Joe Cardona

Should be in: Punter Ryan Allen

Bubble: Punter Corey Bojorquez

For the first time since 2013, there’s a legitimate competition for one of the kicking jobs in New England. It’s at punter, where Corey Bojorquez is attempting to claim Ryan Allen’s job in the same manner Allen once claimed his: by signing with the team as an undrafted free agent and beating out the veteran incumbent.

If Thursday’s game vs. Washington is any indication, Allen doesn’t have anything to worry about; he attempted all six of New England’s punts. That differs from Week 1 of the 2013 preseason when Allen punted twice and the man he’d beat out, Zoltan Mesko, punted three times.

<![CDATA[30 Dead Seals Found on Beaches in Southern Maine]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:32:38 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Dead+seal+in+Maine.JPG

In three days, 30 dead seals have been found on beaches in southern Maine, alarming beachgoers and scientists who cannot explain why.

On Monday, 11 seals were found on beaches in Saco.

“It’s heartbreaking because everybody loves seals,” said Noah Fahy, 13, of Asheville, North Carolina.

It’s his first time visiting Kinney Shores beach in Saco, and he won’t soon forget the sight of several deceased seal pups.

“It makes me think there might be something, like a predator or bacteria in the water,” Fahy said.

Scientists at The Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) say the seals they have examined did not show any obvious signs of injury.

“These animals didn't all die at the same time,” said Executive Director Lynda Doughty. “There's different age classes, different decomposition levels, so right now I don't feel like there's a high concern for people not to be going in the water.”

Doughty said her group will be working with scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), performing necropsies, and testing seal samples for bacteria and biotoxins like red tide.

“[The seals] are eating the same things that we're eating, so they're really great bioindicators of something that may be going on,” she said.

Staff and financial resources at MMoME have already been stretched thin this summer. Doughty said they are responding to a much higher number of sick, stranded, and deceased seals this year compared to last.

“We have not slept or gotten any rest,” she said. “Our whole team is out responding to animals. We want to get to the result of why these animals aren’t making it.”

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<![CDATA[Former Exec Would Be Nation's First Transgender Governor]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:13:56 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/VT+Trans+Candidate+Christine+Hallquist+.JPG

One of the most closely-watched races in Tuesday’s Vermont Primary was between the Democrats who want their party’s nomination for governor in November, and one candidate, in particular, received considerable national attention for what her candidacy could mean for the LGBT movement.

“The pride is in the campaign team,” Christine Hallquist said of her campaign after casting a ballot for herself in Hyde Park Tuesday morning.

Hallquist is running for Vermont governor, and crisscrossed the state on Tuesday’s primary day, thanking voters and meeting with candidates in local races.

Hallquist is a Democrat, an engineer, the former head of an electric utility, and just happens to be a transgender woman.

“It’s part of us expanding our moral compass,” she said of her place in the race.

Hallquist’s opponents in the race for the party nomination reflected a range of experiences: a prominent environmental advocate in James Ehlers, an educator and single mom in Brenda Siegel, Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex & Orleans County, who is waging a write-in campaign, and even a 14-year-old student in Ethan Sonneborn.

The Hallquist run, in particular, has drawn a lot of media attention nationally, because she has a shot at becoming the country’s first-ever transgender governor.

“I may be the first, but it’s about the second, the third, and the fourth,” Hallquist told NBC 10 Boston Tuesday.

On the trail, the candidate tells voters she wants to combat climate change and grow Vermont’s rural economy, like through expanding broadband to un-served areas.

“[Gender] identity doesn’t come up,” Hallquist said. “It’s about, ‘What are you going to do for Vermont?’ They’re worried about their jobs and can their children live here and get jobs?”

Keith Goslant of the LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont said Hallquist’s presence in the race is a big milestone.

“She’s a candidate who has been treated as any other candidate,” the longtime civil rights advocate said. “I think any time someone from an underrepresented community steps forward, that’s increased visibility, that’s us moving forward with social change.”

Hallquist said she already conquered one mountain in showing the world her authentic self, adding that she is now ready for the next climb—in the political world.

The winner of the Vermont Democratic primary will face either incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott or GOP challenger Keith Stern.

Scott is seeking his second term, in a state that has been known to stick with incumbents.

<![CDATA[This Photographer Helps Adoptable Dogs With Beautiful Photos]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:27:25 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Spike+MSPCA.jpg

Kaylee Greer has found a way to do what she loves — and be successful.

The 33-year-old North Reading, Massachusetts native travels the world photographing dogs and is about to premiere her brand new reality show "Puparazzi" on the Nat Geo Wild channel.

However, her company Dog Breath Photography started simply by giving back at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Looking for her purpose, she started photographing dogs there, and even adopted her own dog Joshua, a fun loving pit bull who will also be featured in the reality show.

"With my photography, it’s all about telling the story of that dog in a single image, capturing their personalities, their spirits, and their souls," she says.

It’s a talent that has racked up a two-year waiting list for private clients!

For NBC10 Boston’s "Clear the Shelters" event, Kaylee happily agreed to return to Nevins Farm to photograph dogs there who need homes. She brought out the best in Arvin, Spike, and Bear. For more information on how to adopt these animals, click here. For more Dog Breath Photography, click here.

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<![CDATA[Pro-Eagles Billboard Pops Up Near Gillette Stadium]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:56:43 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Gillette+Stadium+pro+Eagles+billboard.jpg

Talk about some super trolling: a billboard in Foxborough, Massachusetts has popped up taunting New England Patriots fans ahead of the team's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gina Lewis, the self-proclaimed "biggest Eagles fan alive" living in Massachusetts, said she raised $5,000 to cover the billboard fee and is now raising $10,000 to donate to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz's charity.

The Boston Globe reports the ad is on an electronic billboard on Route 1 near Gillette Stadium, and that it all started with a tweet in June.

"My Coworker (Pats fan) says if I can get 4100 likes and 3300 RTs he'll pay to put this on a Billboard here in New England!!" Lewis wrote online two months ago. "He says the chances of getting that many are as good as us winning another SB!!! Eagles Nation, let's hand New England another L and make this happen!!"

As of Aug. 14, the tweet had more than 8,500 retweets and nearly 14,500 likes.

The Eagles defeated New England 41-33 in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis back in February.

The Patriots meet Philadelphia again on the field for a preseason game at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Federal Agencies Accused of Setting 'Trap' for Immigrants]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:54:14 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ice_3446616.JPEG

Two federal departments are accused of setting a "trap" to detain and deport undocumented immigrants who sought a path to citizenship via their spouses immediately after they concluded marriage interviews at government offices.

Emails between ICE agents and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees plotting the arrests were included in court records released Monday.

The exchanges showed that the interviews were allegedly scheduled at the convenience of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to make arrests immediately after the couples finished interviews to deem their marriages legitimate.

One email references an ICE agent’s desire to space out the arrests as opposed to making them all at once in an effort to refrain from triggering "negative media interests."

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a class action lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of the separated couples. The complaint was filed in April on behalf of five immigrants and their citizen spouses.

Government officials filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit as well as temporary relief for the immigrants involved in the case.

In January, Lilian Calderon was arrested outside of a Rhode Island USCIS office after she concluded an interview to confirm her marriage to her U.S. citizen husband.

The lawsuit states Calderon was taken to a detention center in Boston, where she was separated from her husband and two children for almost a month.

Also in January, Lucimar de Souza and her husband attended a marriage interview to seek legal status for de Souza. Although officials deemed their marriage legitimate, she was detained after the interview for three months, according to the ACLU.

Both women were released from the detention center following legal action by the ACLU of Massachusetts. The immigrants involved in the lawsuit have been given final orders of removal from the country, despite their marriage to U.S. citizens.

ICE has acknowledged that they detained a total of 17 people in New England at government offices, and ACLU lawyers say some immigrants have already been deported.

A hearing is scheduled to be held Aug. 20 in U.S. District Court in Boston on the government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

<![CDATA[Police: Reported Hostage Situation Turns Out to Be Hoax]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:19:43 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bridgewater+hoax+hostage+situation+enterprise+photo.jpg

Authorities responded to a reported hostage situation at a Massachusetts house that turned out to be a hoax early Tuesday morning.

A 13-year-old Bridgewater girl was talking with friends on the app "Houseparty" when a man she didn't know joined the conversation.

"He was basically threatening me and my friends," said Caoimhe Convery. "We all thought it was a joke and we didn't believe him."

Police say a dispatcher received a call at about 4 a.m. on the police department's business line from a man who said he had 10 to 15 hostages inside of a home on Aldrich Place. The caller said he was going to kill the hostages if he was not given cash.

Police said the man called the business line numerous times making various threats.

Officers immediately responded to the home. They slowly got everyone out of the house and determined the threat was a hoax.

While officers were on scene, Convery called 911 to report that the man she was speaking with on Houseparty had threatened her. Police believe he was the same man who called the Bridgewater business line and made the threats.

"It's crazy. I want her to shut that down. It's so hard because kids are back on them again and I have to make some serious rules about not having her on that app," said the teen's mother, Kerry Convery. "It's supposedly very dangerous."

When you're using Houseparty, any of your friends or their friends can join a video session. Users can lock the conversation to keep the chatroom closed.

"I didn't know that guy was actually capable of doing all that," Caoimhe Convery said. "Hacking me, and he said he was from a different country, too."

Police said the incident remains under investigation and at this time.

"I would like to commend all the officers involved for their professional response to the incident as reported," said Bridgewater Police Chief Christopher Delmonte.

A spokesperson from Houseparty released a statement regarding the incident:

"Houseparty is designed to be used among people who know one another in real life, and there are multiple safeguards in place to ensure that video chats can only be initiated by users who have mutually accepted one another's friendship. Additionally, locked rooms allow users to video chat without being joined by additional friends. Houseparty is committed to creating a safe community and we always encourage users to share their feedback and report any concerns."

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<![CDATA[L Street Night Beach Party! ]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:44:53 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/L+Street+Polar+Plunge.JPG

Soak up the last moments of summer on Wednesday night at the L Street Night Beach Party at the Curley Community Center. 

This family-friendly event includes music by the Linehan Brothers, a cookout, face painting, ice cream and more! 

Don’t forget your beach chair!  The fun begins at 6 pm and goes until 9 pm.  M Street entrance. 

See you there!

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<![CDATA[Pockets of Showers and Thunder Move In]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:45:47 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/182*120/DkAVn1xWwAAqhQO.jpg

Fog and clouds break for at least some sunshine Tuesday. But, with so much humidity in the air and another spoke of atmospheric energy moving overhead, expect pockets of showers, downpours and embedded thunder to develop Tuesday afternoon into early evening.

All of New England will be vulnerable to these downpours, though the Cape has a lower chance. Where the rain moves through, it’ll fall heavily in spurts, and may produce local areas of pooling water that should be avoided by drivers, as always.

Showers will wane Tuesday evening in Southern New England and overnight north, giving way to areas of fog, particularly where rain fell during the day.

Wednesday brings ample sun, boosting high temperatures near 90 with humidity driving the heat index over 90 degrees by afternoon. Showers and thunder will develop in Northern New England Wednesday afternoon but are less likely in Southern New England.

Noticeably less humid air arrives in Northern New England Thursday but is cut off at the pass by returning humidity. That same humidity will prompt new showers and storms Friday and Saturday afternoons.

The chance of storms diminishes Sunday and that’s because of an onshore wind that will probably keep clouds and cooler air around. It may leave a lingering onshore wind Tuesday before temperatures climb toward 90 again for the middle of next week in the Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.

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<![CDATA[Northeast Governors, Eastern Canada Premiers Meet in Vermont]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:03:16 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18225563192559-resized.jpg

Some governors from the northeast U.S. and premiers from eastern Canada on Monday called for the end of the trade war between the U.S. and Canada and a successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement as they gathered in Vermont for an annual meeting.

Despite the dispute between Washington and Ottawa, participants in the 42nd annual meeting of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers said the cooperative ties between those states and provinces remain strong.

The conference at the Stowe Mountain ski resort came as the U.S., Canada and Mexico are renegotiating NAFTA. The group heard from experts in energy storage, electric vehicle innovation and NAFTA and tariffs.

Three of the region's six governors attended. New Hampshire and Rhode Island sent other officials and Maine's governor didn't attend.

A major takeaway from the meeting was that "the Mexican-U.S.-Canadian trading block as a participant on the global stage ... is far more influential and powerful together than it is apart," said Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"And I would hope that people would recognize and understand that renewing the current agreement among these three players will make them all better among themselves but also make them a much more significant and important player in global trade discussions."

At the end of the day, the co-chairs of the conference, Republican Gov. Phil Scott and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant signed a resolution concerning NAFTA and the benefits of cross-border trade. In it, the governors and premiers acknowledged the economic interdependence across the region and contribution of cross-border trade to their states' and provinces' economic prosperity.

While the region has had a longstanding cooperative relationship and bonds among the leaders, concerns about the trade dispute hung over the meeting.

"We are now facing a situation where we're dealing with tariffs and counter tariffs. It's to nobody's advantage," said Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

Scott said he didn't believe trade wars worked. "I think it leads to isolation among our countries and especially the way it's being done right now, the retaliation on both sides, obviously leads to relationship damage and nothing you can fix in a matter of a couple of years," he said. "It takes a long time."

After a June meeting of the Group of Seven in Charlevoix, Quebec, Trump called Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak." Then White House trade adviser Peter Navarro asserted Trudeau "deserves a special place in hell" for attempting to "stab (Trump) in the back." Navarro later apologized.

The U.S.-imposed tariffs on Canadian steel are already being felt in the region, officials said.

Trump's rhetoric has made the relationship between the U.S. and Canada more fragile, said Couillard.

"We've been allies, we've been neighbors, we've fought wars together...We didn't expect that type of relationship from our friend, ally and neighbor," he said.

"We've always been friends and allies and neighbors. And we really want it to be that way again," Couillard said.

During the meeting about a half-dozen protesters demonstrated outside against hydropower dams in Canada and what they say is not enough action to address climate change.

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<![CDATA[Brady Expects to Play for Pats Next Year, Hopes for 2020 Too]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:52:04 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/bradyspeaks2.jpg

Tom Brady held a news conference at Patriots training camp on Tuesday afternoon and discussed his health and future with the team.

Brady said it's good to be on the practice field and he's looking forward to playing Thursday night in the preseason game against the Eagles

As for his future with the Patriots, Brady said he's starting to feel like he's repeating himself.

"I think you always have short-term goals and long-term goals and you know, this year is the one I'm focused on, and obviously I want to play for a long time. I've said that for a while. I feel like I'm a broken record," he said.

Earlier in the day, Brady said he expects to be playing for the New England Patriots next year and hopes to be playing for the team in 2020 as well.

"I certainly expect to be here next year and hopefully beyond," the quarterback said in his weekly interview on WEEI radio. Asked about 2020, he responded, "I hope so.

"I have goals to play for a long time," he added. "I still love doing it.

"I know it’s not easy," Brady continued. "Any one game could be the end. At the end of the day that is what you realize as a player... Sure, you have goals, but at the same time it is a physical sport and it’s a demolition derby. You never know when you are going to come out of it.

"But like I said, I take good care of myself. I am always trying to put myself in a position where I can execute my job, take the hits and perform well. I think I have a really great routine and I would like to continue to show I can do it."

Brady also talked about his injured back, saying it's feeling fine, and he "absolutely" plans on playing in Thursday night's preseason matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I'm doing well. You just always have little things you're working through."

He also explained why he punted the ball into the stands at Monday's practice, which he joked was "actually a pretty good punt for me." He said he punted the ball out of frustration because a drill didn't go as well as he wanted.

"I wish we were always in mid-season form," he said. 

Brady said there's always work to be done, as an 8-8 record isn't the expectation in New England.

"We try to perform at a very high level," he said.

Asked about his relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Brady said, "I think our priorities are the same as they've always been. That's why we get along so well."

He called Belichick "the best coach who's ever coached in the NFL" and said he's lucky to have been able to play for him for as long as he has.

On Jimmy Garropolo, his former backup, and reports that Belichick texted the 49ers quarterback after his wins last season, Brady said he's also exchanged "a lot of texts" with Belichick over the years. He said none of them have involved emojis.

Brady was also asked about wide receiver Julian Edelman, and if he was upset with his teammate for testing positive for performance enhancing substances, leading to a four game suspension.

"I love Jules," he said. "In many ways, he's like a brother for me. It's his own situation he's gotta deal with. We need to make things work without him."

Brady also confirmed Tuesday that there will be no second season of his popular "Tom vs Time" Facebook documentary series, noting that it took a lot of work the first time around.

<![CDATA[Overturned Tractor-Trailer Shuts Down Route 12 in Sterling]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:48:28 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/081418+sterling+overturned+tt.jpg

Drivers are advised to implement detours in their morning commute in Sterling, Massachusetts as Route 12 near Interstate 95 is closed following an overturned tractor-trailer.

The area is expected to close for "several hours," according to the Sterling Fire Department. Emergency responders extricated the trapped driver, who was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in unknown conditions.

The cause of the overturned tractor-trailer is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Artists Wanted for Public Art Piece for New Fire Station]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:19:21 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/081418+art+project+fire+station+42.jpg

Calling all artists!

The City of Boston is searching for creative individuals to create a public piece of art for Roxbury’s newest fire station.

Engine 42 Fire Station, located at 1870 Columbus Avenue, will be built near Egleston Square. The project, which is commissioned by the city, has a budget of $300,000. The commission comes as a part of the construction project.

"This is a monumental project for the City of Boston, and a great example of incorporating art into different sectors," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement. "I look forward to seeing the oldest fire department in the nation be transformed and revitalized through public art.”

The search for artists comes from Walsh’s Office of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Boston Art Commission. The art will be located outside of the building or on its grounds.

Officials are looking for a design that will enrich the connection between the Boston Fire Department and the surrounding Roxbury and Egleston communities.

The Call to Artists application is open to all mediums of artists. The deadline to submit questions about the art project will be Aug. 29. You can submit your questions here.

Applications for the project are due by Sept. 18. You can apply here.

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<![CDATA[SNEAK PEEK: Prototype for MBTA Red Line's New Cars]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:19:46 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/081418+red+line+mock+up+mbta.jpg

Want a sneak peek at what the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has in store for the Red Line? Consider your wish granted.

Jacquelyn Goddard, communications director for MassDOT, released a photograph of a "mock-up" car that might just replace the entire fleet. Engineers are evaluating the prototype as a possibility of the train’s new cars.

Officials voted in 2016 to buy 134 new Red Line cars in an effort to expand capacity. They estimate that the entire fleet will be in service by September 2023.

A public viewing of the "mock-up" will be available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Boston City Hall Plaza.


Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Goddard
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<![CDATA[Witnesses Wanted in Death of Attorney Who Died in Crash]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:49:32 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/John+Madaio.jpg

Police are searching for any witnesses who have information on the death of a well-known attorney who was killed when a crowbar came flying into the windshield of his car.

John Madaio, 63, of Paxton, Massachusetts, was killed Monday while traveling on Route 9 in Spencer. He was driving into a condominium parking lot soon after he left the East Brookfield Courthouse.

The crowbar struck Madaio in the head and caused his SUV to swerve off the road. The vehicle then hit a curb, a parked car and stopped after it hit an embankment. Madaio was taken to Harrington Hospital, where he died.

"We always hear about accidents on Route 49 but not right here in our own driveways," said Roy Bellair, who lives in the condo complex. "I mean, it's a shock.”

Longtime friend and fellow attorney, Peter Ettenberg, was in court with Madaio shortly before the fatal crash.

"I sat and talked to him for about 15 minutes," he said. "We were sitting next to each other. He left 10 minutes before me. This could have happened to me. It’s such a terrible, terrible tragedy."

Madaio is survived by his wife and two daughters.

His family issued a statement regarding the tragedy:

"We are deeply saddened to share that we lost our wonderful, loving husband and father this morning in a tragic accident. John was a beloved friend, colleague, family man and a devoted member of the Worcester County Bar. He will be deeply missed by so many."

Madaio is remembered for being a devoted father and well-respected member of the Worcester District Attorney’s office for more than 15 years.

"He was a dedicated family man, very hardworking lawyer, dedicated to his clients... just really a down to earth man," said Ettenberg.

Officials are continuing their investigation as they determine whether the crowbar was on the road already or if it went flying from another vehicle.

Police urge anyone who has information on the crash to contact the Spencer Police Department at 508-885-6333.

<![CDATA[Look Out for Flash Floods As Downpours Slowly Move In]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:30:00 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/rainy9.jpg

Wet weather will continue on and off for the next 24 hours.

The ground is saturated and any additional rain will have a difficult time being absorbed. Flash flooding is possible with any slow moving downpours. These downpours will be difficult to pinpoint where they will fall and how much rain will fall.

Temperatures will warm up once again. Highs will once again reach the 80s and coupled with the high humidity, it will feel more like the mid-90s. It appears we will stay warm and humid for the remainder of the 10-day forecast period.

The heaviest, steadiest rain will hit Northern New England by Wednesday. Thursday looks to be dry and a pretty nice beach day. Showers and thunderstorms are again possible by Friday and possibly into Saturday.

We’re a bit more optimistic for the weekend forecast. Unfortunately, heavy downpours are possible at some point this weekend, but there should be plenty of sunshine and dry time mixed in between.

Early next week, we might return to this pattern of downpours, thunderstorms, warmth and humidity.

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<![CDATA[Scituate Residents Demand Resolution to Brown Water Issues]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:54:56 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Scituate+Brown+Water+081318.png

Discolored water coming out of faucets has been a problem for years now for residents of Scituate, Massachusetts.

It's been five years since the town started a program to fix the problem, but residents say it has only gotten worse. That is why dozens gathered Monday night for a town hall focused on addressing the often brown and sometimes black water.

Amber Ahearn spoke out during the meeting. She moved to Scituate three years ago.

"We got really tired of it," she said. "We decided to call a plumber and bite the bullet and put our own filter in."

Two weeks later, there was a weird trickle coming from Ahearn's faucet. She knew something was wrong, so she called the plumber back.

"He took out the filters and he couldn't believe it. He said, 'The water is so filthy that you guys can't even make it two weeks,'" she recalled.

Andrew Goodrich said he has had the same problem. He brought his newest water filter to the meeting to show how filthy it became after using it for only a couple weeks.

"It was getting so bad, so we had to get one. Then after two weeks, it ended up looking like this. It's supposed to last six months," Goodrich said.

During the town hall meeting, Scituate's water department and consulting engineers gave an update on their progress in fixing the problem.

"We've replaced about 20 miles of pipes. And these are pre-1935 pipes that are unlined iron. Full of deposits and sludge and that gets in the water and it gets stirred up and that is what we think is the main issue," explained Town Administrator Jim Boudreau.

While the water meets federal and state standards, town leaders agree.

Boudreau says there are only two more miles of old pipes to fix. The plan is to get that done next summer. After that, he says it is going to be an aggressive maintenance and flushing process to get the pipes cleaned out.

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<![CDATA[Bear Walks Into Conn. Liquor Store]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:03:43 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/BEAR-AT-LIQUOR-STORE.jpg

A bear wandered into a Bristol, Connecticut liquor store Monday and the entire incident was captured on surveillance camera.

The bear can be seen wandering through the parking lot at Crazy Bruce's Discount Liquor on Farmington Avenue before making its way to the sidewalk. An employee said the automatic door, operated by motion sensors, opened for the bear, which walked into the vestibule.

The animal only made it to the doorway. Two quick-thinking employees hooked the latches at the top of the second set of doors from inside the store to prevent the bear from making it all the way in.

An unsuspecting customer actually walked right through the vestibule without noticing the bear as he was ushered inside by an employee. 

One of the employees, Daniel Thibodeau, told NBC Connecticut he acted quickly in a situation where there is no standard procedure.

“Instinct I guess, that’s what I’m thinking,” Thibodeau said.

The bear ran off and no one was hurt. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was notified.

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<![CDATA[Police: Man in Dress Groped Woman in Brookline]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:09:27 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Man_Wearing_Dress_Wanted_for_Groping_Woman.jpg

Police in Brookline, Massachusetts, are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who they believe groped a woman Sunday morning.

The alleged attack happened just before 6 a.m. as the woman, in her 20s, walked to work near the intersection of Washington Street and Beacon Street.

"It's obviously a very upsetting incident," said Michael Gropman, deputy superintendent of the Brookline Police Department.

The male, according to the police report, was wearing a black dress with a garter belt. As soon as he walked by the woman, she said he suddenly grabbed her from behind.

"Within several steps, the assault occurred," Gropman said. "She screamed and then she started to run."

The woman ran nearly a mile to her workplace, where she called police. Since then, authorities have been going through traffic camera footage and surveillance video from local businesses to try to identify the man.

"With the school being right here, I've never honestly heard of anything like this happening in this area," said resident, Alicia Ruth Jackson.

The woman did not sustain any serious injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Brookline Police.

<![CDATA[Lynn English High School Coach Says 'White Power' on Camera]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:43:44 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Stephanie+Cuevas+Snapchat.JPG

A Snapchat video shows a Massachusetts high school cheerleading coach smiling while raising her fist and saying "white power."

The 11-second clip of Stephanie Cuevas, the cheerleading coach at Lynn English High School, emerged over the weekend after being flagged by Jarod Dennis.

"I'm like, 'Is this serious right here?' Unfortunately, she did it on social media," Dennis said.

Dennis is a former coach on the Lynn Chargers youth football team, where Cuevas is a secretary and board member.

"There's interracial kids, there's Asian kids, there's black kids on the team," said Dennis.

The video was then uploaded on Facebook, where there has been a robust conversation. Some are calling what Cuevas did racist while others are now defending her character, saying she's married to a Hispanic man.

Cuevas eventually responded with her own post, apologizing and taking responsibility. But she tried to clarify by saying, in part, "I was making fun of myself in the video because that's my personality! And for the record, I'm white power, black power, Mexican power, and human race power period."

NBC10 Boston has tried to reach Cuevas multiple times for her side of the story, but she refused. Her attorney instead referred us to her statements already made on social media.

Since that statement, the Chargers football program and the high school have launched investigations. Both say the content of the video was inappropriate and they are deciding what to do next.

"What do we do when young people she works with decide to follow her lead and put up their fist and start saying 'white power' to one another?" asked Tanisha Sullivan, president of the Boston Branch of the NAACP.

Sullivan says this needs to become a teachable moment, with some type of accountability.

"Because we're not just talking about an average citizen who goes about her life," she said. "We're talking about a leader in our community."

Dennis says Cuevas should be forgiven, and he believes, deep down, she is not racist. But he is hoping his Lynn community understands certain words and actions have consequences, regardless of intent.

"It's just unacceptable," Dennis said. "You can't do that."

The Boston branch of the NAACP is recommending the school district and football program launch deep conversations about race, along with sensitivity training.

<![CDATA[1 Person Shot in Hyde Park]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:42:43 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Mattapan+shooting+08132018.JPG

Police are investigating after a person was shot Monday in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Massachusetts State Police say the victim was shot around 6:15 p.m. at the intersection of Truman Parkway and Fairmont Street.

Police say the man drove about two miles to River Street in Mattapan. His Nissan was left with bullets in the windshield.

The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Families near the scene of the shooting say the neighborhood is usually quiet, and the shooting is alarming.

"It's really scary," said Jocelyn Pacheco. "I feel like this typically is a safe neighborhood, so that is really unexpected behavior and it kind of makes me feel uneasy."

State troopers are with the victim at the hospital.

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<![CDATA[Battle Brews Over Boston's Northern Avenue Bridge]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:20:19 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Northern+Avenue+Bridge+Boston.JPG

It's an unused bridge in one of the most congested parts of the city, and while those who live and work in Boston’s Seaport District would like to see it re-opened immediately, there is a battle over who would be able to use the Northern Avenue Bridge.

The bridge on South Boston's waterfront was first built in 1908. It closed to traffic in 1997 and closed to pedestrians in 2014. Now, the city of Boston has plans to renovate and re-open it, but the debate over the design of it has left some divided.

Options on the table include a bridge that would be open to all traffic, one that would be pedestrian and cyclists only, and one that would allow public transit. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh created a task force to help come up with the most viable option.

Rick Dimino, president of A Better City, is the chairman of the task force. He said he understands the desire for a public space on the bridge similar to the Greenway, but said the problems the Seaport is facing when it comes to transportation cannot be overlooked.

“To prematurely discard what might be an opportunity to help manage a transportation challenge would be irresponsible,” Dimino said. “But I think there's ways to do it all. If we can connect pedestrians and bikes, serve as a destination and serve a traffic need, we need to look at ways to preserve that opportunity.”

Stacy Thompson, executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance is also part of the task force and advocating for a space that would cater to cyclists and pedestrians. She envisions a place for pop-ups and events and fears the full potential won’t be reached if the bridge is also used for general traffic.

“If you are sitting outside at a beautiful restaurant, you don't want to be sitting next to four lanes of traffic or a bus sitting in traffic, you want to sit in a beautiful green space,” Thompson said. “The community does have a lot of transportation challenges, but the bridge isn’t going to solve all of those challenges.”

The group said emergency vehicles would have access regardless of which design is picked.

Walsh, who has already committed $46 million to the project, said he is confident when it comes to the debate on easing congestion and creating a pedestrian-friendly destination, the city will be able to bridge the gap.

“I don't want just a bridge,” Walsh said. “I don't want a two-lane car bridge going into the waterfront. I think there's an opportunity here and I've talked to enough people to see about doing something special here."

The task force has a few more meetings before they hope to come up with something. There is no deadline, but with the bridge at risk of collapsing, they said the sooner, the better.

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<![CDATA[14-Year-Old Hooks a Fish... and Nearly a Shark]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:32:48 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tim33.jpg

A close encounter with a great white shark just south of Chatham, Massachusetts on Sunday left a Yarmouth family with the ultimate fish tale.

Fourteen-year-old Tim Boston was on his family’s fishing boat over Stone Horse Shoal around midday when he hooked a large striped bass.

But he had no idea just how big the fish he was about to reel in would be.

“Holy (expletive)!”

Just look at it up close - the great white shark jumped out of the water and took a giant bite of striper - just inches away from Tim and his stepdad, as his mom captured the terrifying close call on her cell phone.

“I screamed and went back in the cabin. I thought it was going to come in the boat," Tim said.

Shaking with fear, they said they knew instantly that it was a great white.

“As soon as I saw his eyes, when he came out, it just, it cuts right through you!" said Tim's mom, Tabatha Eldridge.

“Right when I just saw the huge jaws come up,” added Tim.

But the shark didn’t stop there.

“It came back again, and that’s when I got even more scared," Tim said.

The shark began circling their fishing boat, The Dozer, as they radioed nearby vessels.

“With my back turned, the shark came up and smacked the side of the boat and sent some spray up and I screamed like a girl,” Eldridge said.

The Dozer sped away, avoiding another encounter with the powerful creature and leaving the incoming freshman at Trinity Christian Academy with half a striper and quite a fish tale to tell his friends.

"They probably won’t believe it at first until I show them," Tim said.

Despite the scare, the experience isn’t keeping them from going back out on the water. They went out fishing again Monday, and hoped to have a little bit less eventful day.

<![CDATA[More Downpours and Humidity]]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:39 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DkgdpMRXgAAgLIF.jpg

As of Monday afternoon, another 36 to 48 hours of downpours were expected before a quick break.

The ground is saturated and any additional rain will have a difficult time being absorbed. Flash flooding is possible with any slow-moving downpours.

It is difficult to pinpoint where the downpours will take place and how much rain will fall.

Temperatures will warm up once again. Highs will once again reach the 80s, and coupled with the high humidity, it will feel more like the mid 90s. It appears we will stay warm and humid for the remainder of the 10-day forecast period.

The heaviest, steadiest rain will lift into northern New England by Wednesday. Thursday looks to be dry and a pretty nice beach day. Showers and thunderstorms are again possible by Friday and possibly into Saturday.

We're a bit more optimistic for the weekend forecast. Unfortunately, heavy downpours are possible at some point this weekend, but there should be plenty of sunshine and dry time mixed in.

Early next week, we might return to this pattern of downpours, thunderstorms, warmth and humidity.

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<![CDATA[Well-Known Lawyer Dies After Crowbar Goes Through Windshield]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:53:30 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/lawyer4.jpg

A Massachusetts man was killed Monday morning in a crash involving a crowbar in Spencer.

Police were called to the Crestview Condominiums on Main Street just before 10 a.m. where a Toyota Rav 4 had crashed.

Authorities said an investigation showed that the driver, John Madaio, 63, of Paxton, was driving along Route 9 when a crowbar was either kicked-up or fell from another vehicle.

The crowbar struck Madaio's windshield and hit him in the head, causing his SUV to leave the road. Madaio then struck a curb, a parked vehicle and continued over an embankment before coming to a stop.

First responders had to break a passenger window to get Madaio out of the SUV. He was transported to Harrington Hospital where he later died.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early issued a statement saying Madaio worked as a former assistant district attorney and that the office was saddened to hear of his tragic passing.

"John was a great father, great lawyer and extremely well-respected member of the DA’s office for more than 15 years," said Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. "More recently as a defense attorney, John was a dedicated advocate for his clients."

Madaio had just left the Western Worcester District Court in East Brookfield when the crash occurred. His longtime friend and fellow attorney, Peter Ettenberg, was in court speaking with him shortly before the crash.

"He was just glowing talking about his daughter's wedding shower over the past weekend," said Ettenberg. "He was looking forward so much to the wedding next month."

Madaio's family issued a statement following the tragic loss:

"We are deeply saddened to share that we lost our wonderful, loving husband and father this morning in a tragic accident. John was a beloved friend, colleague, family man and devoted member of the Worcester County Bar. He will be deeply missed by so many."

Early extended his condolences to Madaio's wife Sue, his daughter Laura, and his daughter Molly, who is an assistant district attorney.

"John touched many people in his life with his sharp wit, his compassion and his legal abilities. He will be missed by all who knew him. This is a big loss for our community," said Early.

The crash remains under investigation but authorities are urging anyone with information to contact the Spencer Police Department at 508-885-6333.

<![CDATA[Vt. Shelter Ensures Better Match for Pet Parents]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:10:31 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Vermont+shelter+dog.JPG

Ahead of the annual Clear the Shelters event this weekend, a participating non-profit in southern Vermont hopes prospective pet adopters will consider a series of questions as they prepare to visit their area shelters.

The Second Chance Animal Center in Shaftsbury encourages people to ask themselves the following questions:

  • Can we make the time to properly take care of an animal and help enrich its life, with plenty of time for exercise, grooming, training, and other needs?
  • Is our household high-energy or low-key, and what type of pet best fits that lifestyle?
  • Do we have disposable income sufficient to cover vet bills, boarding, food, and other costs that may arise down the road—including potential emergencies?

Andy and Donna Chambers asked themselves all those questions before adopting a hound mix named Maddie this summer.

Second Chance told the Chambers that Maddie’s previous owners neglected her by keeping her tied up outside, rarely—if ever—letting her indoors, and failing to feed her properly.

“It’s like she knows how she had it and she likes the change, and she appreciates it,” Donna Chambers said of Maddie. “We appreciate her. And it feels really good to do it.”

The Chambers are both retired, so have time to devote to Maddie, who had no real training at all—until now.

“I knew we were going to spend lots and lots of hours,” Andy Chambers said.

That’s where Second Chance offers dog parents a special bonus.

The shelter has a trainer who works with adopters on ways to correct certain behaviors. In Maddie’s case, jumping on the couch appears to be a problem to address.

That trainer even makes home visits, explained Cathi Comar, the executive director of the Second Chance Animal Center.

“All at our cost,” Comar noted. “So that our behaviorist can see if the training’s going well, what maybe needs to be changed, and just to ensure that the dog actually stays in the home. In the end, that’s our goal is for all of our animals to stay in their forever homes.”

Comar and her team will get a new place to work on that goal this fall.

The Second Chance Animal Center is moving into a more than 10,000 square-foot headquarters in Arlington, Vermont, to better serve its large coverage area: Vermont’s Bennington County and parts of nearby New York and western Massachusetts.

Comar said the new facility will allow for expanded surgical operations, create new opportunities for visits and classes for members of the community, and will allow for an even better quality of care for shelter animals.

The focus of the expansion, Comar indicated, is to help even more animals like Maddie to get a “Second Chance.”

Click here to visit the website of the Second Chance Animal Center.

<![CDATA[Angry Brady? QB Punts Ball Into Stands After Bad Practice]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 15:41:35 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/angrybrady.jpg

It sounds like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was less than pleased with the results of Monday's practice session.

Multiple Patriots reporters who were covering the practice said Brady was so upset with the team's execution during 11-on-11 drills that he asked for the ball back after an incomplete pass to running back James White and punted it into the stands.

Those who were there said Brady was fired up from the start of practice, but he got really angry after a number of bad drops and miscommunications with various receivers.

Angry Brady is nothing new. He's been seen yelling at teammates and coaches before, including last season, when he got involved in a sideline spat with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He had a similar exchange with former offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien in 2011.

The Patriots are scheduled to face off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday in a rematch of their Super Bowl LII loss.

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