<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Local News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.comen-usThu, 24 May 2018 19:27:41 -0400Thu, 24 May 2018 19:27:41 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Timeline, Expectations for Memorial Day Weekend Weather]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 11:18:33 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/memorial+day+weekend+forecast+necn+2018+7.png Big plans for Memorial Day? The holiday weekend starts better weather-wise than it will end.]]> <![CDATA[NH Library Reopens After Bedbug Concerns]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 18:18:53 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Bed_Bug_Infestation_at_NH_Library.jpg

At a public library, the stories you get are usually the ones you check out, but at the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol, New Hampshire, the bigger story is about what one resident brought in.

"They were bedbugs, unfortunately," said Rosemary D'Arcy, the chairman of the library's board of trustees.

Bedbugs from someone's home hitched a ride on a stack of books and DVDs that were returned to the library last week.

"It did give me the creepy crawlies," said Bristol resident and library patron Patricia Albert. "You expect it in the big cities, not around here, so it was kind of a shock."

Library staff noticed the tiny insects and soon after closed the doors to the public.

"I babysit a little one and we come every Monday like clockwork, and she was devastated," Albert said.

An exterminator came in and determined there were no more bugs other than the ones in the returned books. After being closed for four days, the library reopened to residents on Tuesday.

"I can reassure them the building and all the books are perfectly safe," D'Arcy said.

Library trustees say there have been no reports of any secondary infestations, allowing residents to close the book on this chapter in the library’s history.

"The staff here goes above and beyond, so you know when they said it was cleaned, it was cleaned," Albert said. "I know there are no problems."

Town health officer Christina Goodwin tells NBC10 Boston she is working with the resident who brought in the infested books. She says that person has been ordered to stay away from the library until the situation at home is remediated.

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<![CDATA['I'm Going to Kill You': New Details in Waitress Stabbing]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 17:38:18 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/menjivar3.jpg

A man accused of stabbing a waitress in the neck earlier this month after he refused to pay his bill was ordered held on $100,000 bail on Thursday.

Gerardo Reyes Menjivar, 36, of Lynn, was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He was arrested in Prince George's County in Maryland earlier this month, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. He was brought back to Massachusetts on Tuesday after waiving rendition proceedings.

Reyes Menjivar allegedly left the Las Pupusas Del Chino restaurant in Chelsea on the night of May 7 without paying his bill, police have said. When a waitress caught up with him to confront him about the skipped bill, he allegedly stabbed her in the throat before fleeing the scene.

"He stated to her, 'If you want me to pay, I'll pay you,'" Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Robert Connelly said in court Thursday. "He grabbed her left arm, twisting and pulling her toward the car. Her hand got caught in the steering wheel as he pulled her and began driving."

Hanging onto the moving car, prosecutors said she turned the wheel, causing the car to go up onto the sidewalk. They said Reyes Menjivar stopped just before hitting a tree.

"At that point, the defendant said, 'OK, I'm going to pay and I'm also going to kill you,'" Connelly said. "He then let go of her and went for what she thought was his wallet. His hand came up and slashed her neck and then her hand."

The slashing left a 3 to 4 inch wound in the victim's neck and a 1 to 2 inch cut on her hand.

"She ran to a house and rang doorbells until a witness came to the door, gave her a shirt to control the bleeding and called 911," Connelly said.

The 34-year-old victim was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and is expected to survive her injuries.

Prosecutors said in court Thursday that one of the most notable items recovered from Reyes Menjivar's car was a Husky brand utility knife. They said the knife could be the same one he allegedly used to stab the waitress.

Reyes Menjivar is being represented by attorney John Hayes.

If he makes bail, he was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from the victim, witnesses and the location of the stabbing. He is scheduled to return to court on June 25.



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<![CDATA[Lawyer Files Petition to Stop Release of Serial Child Rapist]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 16:38:12 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Wayne+S+Chapman.jpg

A Boston attorney has filed a petition with the state's highest court seeking to stop the release of a convicted serial child rapist who has been in state custody for more than 40 years.

Wendy Murphy, who is representing an unknown number of Wayne Chapman's victims, said her clients were upset about being notified Monday that he could be released as early as the next day, instead of the mandatory minimum 14 day notification.

Her petition was filed in Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday.

Chapman's attorney, Eric Tennen, said Wednesday that he will be released as soon as the state is able to line up housing for his client.

In a statement, a Department of Correction spokesperson said the agency followed all requirements when notifying Chapman's victims.

"Wayne Chapman's release was determined as a result of two independent qualified examiners who are psychologists not employed by the DOC," spokesperson Christopher Fallon said.

Fallon added the department couldn't appeal the decision.

"The DOC believes it's time to re-evaluate the statute that currently allows a dangerous sex offender to be released back into the community with no available recourse," he said. "In the absence of legislative changes to the statute, juries will not be allowed to hear from all experts because the Commonwealth cannot even go to trial in cases where both qualified examiners say a person is no longer sexually dangerous."

Outrage has been growing over the impending release of Chapman, who was sent to prison in 1977 for raping two boys in Lawrence.

Chapman has spent years trying to be released, but court documents show he was found to be too dangerous each time and that he refused to take part in treatment while in prison.

Court documents show that Chapman had roughly 50 victims over a 10-year span, and he is believed to have molested many of them in wooded areas by luring them there to find a phony dog.

He is also the main suspect in the 1976 disappearance of Andy Puglisi, a 10-year-old boy who was never seen seen again after heading to a Lawrence pool.

When Chapman petitioned to be released this year, two experts testified that he was no longer sexually dangerous, meaning he was able to skip a hearing at Suffolk Superior Court, and now the Department of Corrections has to set him free.

Puglisi's aunt, Billie Scharn, told NBC10 Boston earlier this week that she has been trying to keep Chapman behind bars.

"I believe the man is evil," she said. "Their sentence is a life sentence for what they went through. You can’t take that away from them. That’s always going to be there for them, so why shouldn’t he have a life sentence, too?"

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<![CDATA[2 CUTE: Twin Baby Mountain Goats Born at Stone Zoo]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 14:02:35 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/MarkhorTwins.ZooNewEnglandBridgetCollinsLyman-4.jpg

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<![CDATA[Pomeranian Abandoned in a Backpack Is on the Mend]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 16:47:24 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/225*120/Jan+524.jpg

A Pomeranian that was found zipped in a backpack and dumped beside a sidewalk in a Boston neighborhood last week is on the mend thanks to a good Samaritan, according to the MSPCA.

West Roxbury resident Andrea DesJardins was walking and spotted a backpack underneath a bush near the intersection of Center and Willow Streets on May 18.

"It was so odd to find a backpack close to the sidewalk but seemingly intentionally hidden underneath a bush, so I felt compelled to investigate," DesJardins said. "As I got closer I could see that something was moving inside the bag. I immediately loosened the zipper and was shocked to find a startled, chocolate brown Pomeranian staring back at me."

DesJardins immediately drove the dog to the MSPCA-Angell adoption center in Jamaica Plain, where staffers said the dog registered a dangerously low temperature and her gums were pale, both possible indicators of serious health concerns. If DesJardins had not acted so quickly, the dog could have died from exposure or starvation.

"We warmed her using heated blankets and showered her with affection and that seemed to turn her around," said MSPCA shelter associate director Anna Rafferty-Fore. "She perked right up after about an hour outside the bag."

Jan, as the dog has since been named, is believed to be 9-years-old and partially or totally deaf, and has regained her health, according to the MSPCA. They add that Jan is, "adorable and friendly," and now that her mandatory seven-day stray hold expires, she’ll likely be adopted by a staffer without ever having to go onto the adoption floor.

The MSPCA's attention now turns to whoever may have abandoned her—which is a felony crime in Massachusetts punishable with fines up to $5,000 and up to seven years in state prison. Anyone with information is urged to call the MSPCA hotline at 800-628-5808.

"It’s really important for people to know that there are options available should they be unable to care for their animal," Rafferty-Fore said. "Our surrender process is judgment-free. We understand that sometimes due to circumstances beyond their control, people are no longer able to keep their animals and we urge anyone in this situation to reach out to us."



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<![CDATA[Trillium Beer Garden on the Greenway Opens Today]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 13:24:55 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/210*120/Trillium+1030.jpg

A popular beer garden reopens in downtown Boston today.

According to a Facebook post from Trillium Brewing Company, the "Trillium Garden" at the Rose Kennedy Greenway opens Thursday at 2 p.m..

The company has said it plans to remain open through October — weather permitting.

This is the second year for the Trillium Garden. It will be set up in the same High Street location as last year, across from Rowes Wharf.

The garden will be open 2 to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The company's main location is on Fort Point, with another location in Canton.

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<![CDATA[6 Injured in MBTA Bus Crash on I-93 in Boston]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 12:35:54 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/mbta16.jpg

Six people were injured when an MBTA bus collided with a BMW on Interstate 93 south in Boston on Thursday morning.

Massachusetts State Police said they responded to a 2-vehicle crash in the HOV lane on the lower deck of I-93 south in Charlestown around 9 a.m.

Police said a 2016 BMW X6 coupe operated by a 41-year-old Everett woman attempted to enter the HOV lane by crossing over rubber rumble strips. The bus, which was already traveling in the HOV lane, struck the driver's side of the BMW.

The driver of the bus, a 39-year-old male MBTA employee from Charlestown, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with minor injuries. Two bus passengers were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Three other passengers said they would seek medical treatment on their own.

A second MBTA bus responded to the crash scene and the 14 passengers who were not hospitalized were transferred onto it.

Police said the driver of the BMW will be issued a citation for traffic violations.

The names of the drivers and injured parties were not released by police.

During the response to the crash, all but one lane was closed to traffic, causing a significant backup on I-93 south. All regular travel lanes reopened shortly after 10 a.m.



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<![CDATA[PD: Teen Who Made Online Threat Had Weapons, Drugs, $15K]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 17:42:20 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Nathan+Steele+Clinton+MA+PD+mugshot+evidence+composite.jpg

A Massachusetts teen is facing numerous charges after alleged threats online led police to search his home and uncover weapons, drugs and $15,000 in cash.

Eighteen-year-old Nathan A. Steele was ordered to be held without bail during his arraignment on multiple charges, including possession of a firearm without a license, unlawful distribution of a class D substance, willfully communicating a threat and disturbing the peace.

Clinton police said they received a report Wednesday morning about a Clinton High School student, identified as Steele, mentioned a teacher and assistant principal in a derogatory way in a social media post, adding, "I'm going out witta bang."

When officers and school officials tried to speak with Steele, he allegedly became uncooperative and fled to another part of the school. He was found inside of a classroom and taken into police custody.

Officers did not find a firearm or any other weapon on Steele when they placed him into police custody at the school.

"Yesterday, obviously there were some concerning remarks brought to our attention, through a parent that had been informed by a student, who immediately alerted our administration at the high school," Dr. Steven Meyer, superintendent of Clinton Public Schools, said.

Investigators later found and seized a variety of weapons, including a .45 caliber Sig Sauer firearm, ammunition and a crossbow, from Steele's home on Chestnut Street. Prescription pills, marijuana and marijuana edibles, drug paraphernalia and packaging and $15,000 in cash hidden inside a sock were also allegedly found and seized, according to police.

After finding the weapons and drugs, police arrested Steele.

"You have to report it, that's the crucial link in preventing these types of incidents," Clinton Police Chief Marc Laverdure said.

Steele could face additional charges amid the ongoing investigation, according to police.

He's due back in court on May 29. It's unclear if he has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Docs Reveal Details of Teacher Accused of Indecent Exposure]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 12:55:34 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/Jared+Anzelone.JPG

Court documents have revealed disturbing details regarding a Massachusetts elementary school teacher who was arrested and charged in connection with an indecent exposure incident in a Walmart.

Jared Anzelone, 40, of Bellingham, was charged with open and gross lewdness, indecent exposure, accost/annoy another person and lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct at his arraignment Wednesday in Milford District Court. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

According to court documents, when a juvenile employee at the Walmart in Bellingham went into a bathroom stall Tuesday, Anzelone allegedly slide part of his lower body under the wall from the neighboring stall to show the juvenile he was masturbating.

The employee ran from the bathroom and Anzelone left the store quickly.

Anzelone, an elementary school teacher, was identified when Bellingham police posted surveillance pictures of him on the department’s Facebook page. Some people who identified him were fellow teachers.

Anzelone has been placed on paid administrative leave from Woodland Elementary School pending the result of the investigation, according to Milford Public Schools Superintendent Kevin McIntyre.

"A faculty member was arrested and charged with actions that are unbecoming of a teacher today in Bellingham, Massachusetts," McIntyre said. "These accusations and charges are very concerning. Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of the students in our care."

McIntrye said school officials are working collaboratively with both local law enforcement and the Department of Children and Families.

Anzelone denied all of the charges against him in court. He was released on personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from anyone under the age of 17. He's due back in court June 11.

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<![CDATA[Stop & Shop Issues Broccoli Recall Due to Listeria Concern]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 11:23:42 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/broccoli+vegetable+generic.jpg

Stop & Shop is recalling 16-ounce packages of Private Brands Frozen Broccoli Cuts due to the discovery of listeria in a sample of the product.

The Foods and Standards Division of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection detected Listeria Monocytogenes during routine testing of the broccoli from the Stop & Shop at 1739 Ellington Road in South Windsor.

Stop & Shop immediately issued a voluntary recall, according to the Department of Consumer Protection.

"We are incredibly proud that our staff was able to catch this during a routine sampling," said Consumer Protection commissioner Michelle Seagull.

The recalled packages include the code UPC 068826700926 and code BEST BY MAR 15 2020.

Customers may return the packages for a full refund.

More information can be found at the Stop & Shop website.



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<![CDATA[Cool Front Persists Into Memorial Day]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 16:49:03 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/4Dd39qcaV4AItKlh.jpg

A new, dry air has taken hold of most of New England Thursday, and with an onshore wind, temperatures at the coast remain coolest with highs in the 60s as opposed to 70s inland.

Partly cloudy skies overnight come as warmer air begins moving in with an increasing southwest breeze, but the warmth really becomes apparent Friday, when sunshine, mixed only with some afternoon wispy clouds, pushes temperatures to nearly 90 degrees.

Cooler air never seems to be far away in this weather pattern, and the edge of our New England warmth will start to erode in northern Maine Friday afternoon, sparking scattered strong thunderstorms in the Crown of Maine Friday.

By Saturday, the front edge of colder air — referred to as a cold front — will be sinking slowly south, meaning scattered showers and thunder will develop for more of New England, fuelled by an increasingly humid and continued warm summer-like air.

The approaching cold front swings through Saturday night, ushering in cooler air Sunday with a wind off the ocean that will mean plenty of clouds and some showers, particularly in the morning.

A continued onshore, cool wind flow will persist into Memorial Day, ensuring cool air holds on, but there’s the hope that enough dry air moves south from Canada to erode some of the showers, at least allowing them to be scattered and more infrequent Monday, providing some dry periods for Memorial Day observances.

The rest of next week looks mild in our exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day.


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<![CDATA[Caught in Dot: Memorial Day Weekend Picks]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 12:07:08 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BurgerChoctaw.jpg

Eat:
May is National Burger Month and there’s only one weekend left to celebrate! Head to DBar on Dot Ave for one of the best burgers around! Enjoy it with cheddar, bleu or swiss and a side of rosemary fries. There’s also a daily chef’s burger on the menu too!

Drink:
Cocktail o’clock! Whether it’s something light and refreshing or juicy and boozy, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite Spring cocktails that are sure to get you out of the house and out in the sunshine! These cocktails are fresh, floral and fruity and we can’t wait to share them with you. Check them out here! 

Remember:
Let us pray! Cedar Grove Cemetery welcomes the public to a Memorial Mass on Sunday, May 27th, 11 am on the cemetery grounds.

See:
Check out the three-decker monument! Located at 153 Cottage Street, stop by and check out this spot honoring the famous architecture of the neighborhood!

Do:
Learn how to create beautiful paper flowers with LeeLee Creations. They’ll be hosting a creative pop up workshop at the Blarney Stone on Sunday, May 27th from 12pm-4pm. All materials are provided. Light bites provided. Tickets are $50. You can purchase your tickets here! 

Ride:
It’s Free Ferry Day on Saturday, May 26th! Hop aboard the ferry at Long Wharf North, take in the sights of the sea, then explore historic Fort Warren on Georges Island or walk Spectacle island’s sandy beaches and winding trails. There's lots to do and see! Free tickets for the Boston Harbor Cruises ferry will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at the Ferry Center on Long Wharf-North.

Enjoy:
Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Zia Gianna will offering summer hours 4:00 – 9:00 PM, Friday-Sunday! And if that wasn’t great news enough, Zia Gianna will be offering gelato too! Gelato, coffee and pastries from 4-9PM, Friday-Sunday! Sweet!

Free:
Enjoy free admission on Monday, May 28th all day at the Museum of Fine Arts!

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<![CDATA[Caught in Southie: Memorial Day Weekend Picks]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 12:14:10 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Run+to+Remember+524.PNG

Eat:
Having a backyard cookout for Memorial Day weekend?  Foodie’s can help you with when it comes to the meat you’re grilling – they are the local experts. From hot dogs to hamburgers, to their delicious sides, Foodie’s has everything from fresh produce to desserts on hand to make your get together perfect!

Drink:
Rosé all day! This weekend’s forecast looks like perfect day drinking weather! We say stock up on the rosé at Social Wines– they are rosé experts and will help you select the perfect bottle for your cookout, trip to the beach or binge-watching TV on your couch alone – we don’t judge! FYI On Memorial Day liquor stores are closed so stock up before!  If you need another excuse to drink some wine, Friday is National Wine Day!

Explore:
Warmer temps and sunny skies make it the perfect time to explore the South Boston Waterfront aka the Seaport District! With museums, restaurants, shopping, fitness studios, a luxury movie theater, an outdoor concert pavilion, and a gorgeous harborwalk, we say take advantage of our own backyard and make a plan to have some fun by the sea! Make sure to check out our Guide to the Seaport District filled with helpful information.  We’ve got the inside scoop on where to eat and drinknew workouts to try, shoppingspecial events and showswhere to park and how to get here!  We’ve even included our picks on where to stay and our favorite spots for nightlife!

Honor:
On Sunday, May 27th, members of the Thomas J. Fitzgerald Post #561 (Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, respectfully invite the residents of South Boston to join them for their annual Memorial Day Services.  VFW members and friends of the post will assemble at the post at 9 am and march at 9:30 am to Medal of Honor Park (M Street) for the laying of the wreath at the South Boston Vietnam Memorial. Brunch will follow back at the post.

Run:
The Boston Police Department and Boston Police Runner’s Club invite you to the 14th running of Run To Remember Boston on Sunday, May 27th at 7 am. Run To Remember Boston is a half marathon or 5 mile run through historic downtown Boston. Number pick up and Sports and Fitness Expo is Saturday, May 26th. The race start and the Expo will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center.

See:
Kick it old school and enjoy award-winning crooner Rich DiMare and The Ron Poster Trio to the Supper Club stage on Sunday evenings for the ultimate dinner and a show experience. The Supper Club at Capo now features Sinatra Sundays to their weekly music lineup with dinner on one of the 10 stage-front tables during the show, or head to the Supper Club after dinner in the dining room for cocktails or dessert from Pastry Chef Kate Holowchik while enjoying the live music. The Supper Club Doors open at 5 pm every Sunday, with Sinatra Sundays live music from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dinner reservations for the stage-side tables are available on OpenTable, or by calling 617-993-8080.

Do:
The Castle Island Association (CIA) has been giving free guided tours of Fort Independence on Castle Island for over thirty years. Memorial Day Weekend is officially when the CIA springs into action, giving tours every Saturday, Sunday, and on national holidays through the summer from noon till 3:30 pm.

Ride:
It’s Free Ferry Day on Saturday, May 26th! Hop aboard the ferry at Long Wharf North, take in the sights of the sea, then explore historic Fort Warren on Georges Island or walk Spectacle island’s sandy beaches and winding trails. There’s lots to do and see! Free tickets for the Boston Harbor Cruises ferry will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at the Ferry Center on Long Wharf-North.

Bowl:
Kings Dining & Entertainment is getting in Memorial Day Weekend fun offering food and drink specials all weekend long. Also, did you know that troops bowl for free all year long? With a few rainy days forecasted for this weekend, make a plan to bowl!

Play:
Lawn on D will be celebrating Memorial Day all weekend long! Enjoy lawn games, food, drinks and live music! You can check out the schedule here!

Register:
Lace up your sneakers and take part in this family-friendly fitness event which includes a certified 5K race and walk, youth races and Reebok-led classes on the scenic South Boston Waterfront. Post race enjoy live entertainment with Dalton & the Sheriffs, an expo, beer garden, food, and fun for the whole family! This fun-filled day of fitness takes place on Sunday, June 17th at 9 am. Proceeds go to support the McCourt Foundation! For more information visit here!  To register, visit here! 

Free:
Enjoy free admission on Monday, May 28th all day at the Museum of Fine Arts!

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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend Travel Tips]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 16:40:08 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/memorial+day+travel+foto1.jpg

The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t be keeping drivers off the road this Memorial Day weekend. In fact, experts are predicting it will be the busiest for travelers in more than a decade.

Forty-two million drivers will hit the road this holiday weekend — 5 percent more than last year.

The spike in drivers comes amid rising gas prices. The national average for a gallon of gas is $2.96. However, paying for expensive gas isn't deterring drivers from a Memorial Day getaway.

MassDOT is encouraging drivers to plan ahead as travel delays may be three times longer than normal. You won’t be lonely on the road with a healthy mix of commuters and holiday travelers. Officials also singled out the Massachusetts Turnpike, advising commuters that traffic is especially heavy at the I-84 interchange at exit 9 in Sturbridge on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and at exit 11A on I-495, which handles cars headed south to Cape Cod and north to New Hampshire and Maine.

So the big question — when should you hit the road? It’s best to avoid the times below:

Worst times to leave town according to the experts:

AAA: Thursday (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) with travel delays up to two times longer than normal

Waze: Friday (2 to 4 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Worst times to return from your trip:

Waze: Sunday (Noon to 2 p.m.), Monday (Noon to 2 p.m.), Tuesday (3 to 5 p.m.)

It's important to note these travel predictions are based on traffic from last Memorial Day weekend when the weather was mostly dry.

This year, our meteorologists predict thunderstorms Saturday evening and rain on Sunday and Monday. With those conditions, make sure your tires are inflated and windshield wipers are in good working order to avoid any travel hiccups.

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<![CDATA[Boston-Bound JetBlue Flight Makes Emergency Landing]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 11:59:52 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Bird+strike+buffalo.jpg

A Boston-bound JetBlue flight had to make an emergency landing in Buffalo Thursday morning after a reported bird strike.

According to WGRZ-TV, JetBlue Flight 2216 left Buffalo Niagara International Airport for Boston at about 6 a.m. Officials said the reported bird strike happened about 10 minutes into the flight.

A passenger on board the plane, Jesse Murszewski, told NBC10 Boston she was headed to Boston Calling for the weekend and noticed the loud noise right away.

"I noticed right away there was like a loud noise coming from the engine and then we dropped power. And I could tell because we actually started losing altitude — like a constant drop in altitude," Murszewski said.

She said passengers were advised of the possibility of the bird strike over the loudspeaker. 

"They advised that there was a potential bird strike. We landed, and sure enough, they had an emergency ground crew and people waiting for us — firefighters," Murszewski recalled.

Despite the plane suffering a cracked engine blade, Murszewski said she wasn't scared during the incident.

"It wasn't scary, it wasn't bumpy, it wasn't terrifying at all, it was more or less 'Well, that kind of explains why we were hearing that really, really, really awful noise coming from the pilot side of the plane,'" she said.

The plane was able to land safely, but it's unclear if it suffered any major damage.

JetBlue issued a statement a few hours after the incident:

"On May 24, 2018, Flight #2216 from Buffalo to Boston experienced a bird strike shortly after takeoff. Out of an abundance of caution, the captain returned to Buffalo Airport where the plane landed safely. The aircraft will be inspected by maintenance. All customers will be accommodated on other flights."  



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<![CDATA[Globe Investigating Misconduct Allegations Against Editor]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 17:17:31 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/484930579.jpg

The Boston Globe's top editor is under investigation by management amid public allegations of misconduct against a former employee he once dated.

The Boston Globe reported Wednesday they are investigating "an inappropriate text exchange" between editor-in-chief Brian McGrory and former Boston.com editor Hilary Sargent. McGrory disclosed in a letter to staff members that he and Sargent "dated many years ago."

The investigation comes after Sargent tweeted about an exchange between her and McGrory on Monday.

In the text exchange, Sargent said she was asked, "What do you generally wear when you write?"

Sargent did not mention her relationship with McGrory when she first shared the text exchange. When she was asked Thursday on Twitter if they were dating at the time, she replied, "No. Absolutely not."

A memo from top Globe management states that officials began investigating the incident as soon as they became aware.

A Globe spokesperson told NBC10 Boston that Globe officials spoke with McGrory about the nature of the text messages and whether they happened during Sargent's employment. The Globe has also reached out to Sargent "to ascertain the timing and context of the text in question," the spokesperson said.

In his letter to staffers, McGrory said he didn't remember sending such a text to Sargent.

"I can't believe I have to write these words, but I have never harassed Hilary Sargent or any other women at the Globe or anywhere else — ever," McGrory wrote.

Sargent also spoke out about her allegations against McGrory on Thursday.

"With the @BostonGlobe threatening a lawsuit, I will only say this. This isn't about one text. This isn't about just him. And this isn't about just me. I'm horrified that the newspaper that purports to shine a 'Spotlight' is doing everything in their power to do just the opposite," she tweeted.

McGrory previously came under fire in December 2017 following the newspaper's initial decision to not name Jim O'Sullivan in an article about sexual misconduct allegations against the former reporter. The decision was then reversed in a letter from McGrory to Globe readers amid the ongoing #MeToo movement.

"We believed that we were adhering to our journalistic principles, standards on sourcing, and sense of basic fairness. We believed that the misconduct was not at the level of what we had been covering and uncovering in other organizations. We didn't believe we had definitive proof to name him in a news story," McGrory wrote. "Time and circumstances in this extraordinary national movement have given us, or at least me, a different perspective."



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<![CDATA[Police: Student Arrested for Posting Online School Threat]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 06:34:58 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_60502604-cuffs.jpg

A student in Warren, Massachusetts is facing charges in connection with an online threat.

Warren police said they were made aware of a threatening online video Wednesday after several parents contacted the police department with concerns.

Following a joint investigation with the Quaboag Regional School District, West Brookfield and Chicopee police departments, the student was arrested and charged.

Neither the name of the student nor the exact charges the student is facing have been released.

Police said there will be a police presence at the student's school as a measure of precaution. Authorities have not disclosed the name of the school.

"We have no reason to believe that it will be anything but business as usual tomorrow at the school," police said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Crisp Start to Thursday; Memorial Day Looks Warm]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 07:23:08 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Thrusday+4+PM+NECN.png

The up-and-down temperature pattern continues, but it's looking up to start Memorial Day weekend.

Of late, it seems like every day is 10 or 15 degrees cooler, or warmer, than the previous day. We keep the trend going today and tomorrow.

A secondary cold front of generated powerful thunderstorms in eastern Maine yesterday is easing across the waters of New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts early this morning.

Starting temperatures range from about 55 or 60 degrees, while northern Maine cools to 32 degrees with a frost advisory to start the day.

Any leftover clouds or sprinkles in southeastern New England evaporate quickly as high pressure from Canada takes control. But with sunshine even in the cool air mass, we can warm up to 70 degrees or better by afternoon, even as we're only in the 50s to low 60s at the shore, with an onshore breeze at 15 mph.

Mostly clear skies make for a pretty night with a waxing gibbous moon, temperatures overnight tonight dip to the 40s and 50s once again, but this time we have warmer air moving back in. With sunshine, many spots are 85 to 90 degrees by tomorrow afternoon.

The weekend sees another significant temperature change. A combination of a warm front of the Great Lakes states in the cold front over Ontario will merge for a chance of showers and thunderstorms in northern New England Saturday afternoon, but for most of us it becomes more humid with a mixture of sun and clouds and a high temperature close to 90 degrees again in central and southern New England.

Low pressure along the front brings in clouds and showers for most of New England Saturday night and off and on Sunday, with temperatures only in the 60s for most of us on Sunday.

The front may move offshore for some sunshine on Monday, if that happens we're back in the 70s, otherwise, if clouds with a few showers linger, we are still in the 60s.

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<![CDATA[High School Starting Pitcher Born Without One Arm]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 00:33:59 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/High_School_Starting_Pitcher_Born_With_One_Arm.jpg

Lebanon High School Junior Varsity Baseball Coach Chauncey Wood admits there’s something different about his starting pitcher.

“He works harder than most,” Wood said.

And apparently, his starting pitcher also throws harder than most.

“Definitely hurts my hands sometimes, I’m not going to lie,” said the team’s catcher Calvin Bates.

Other than that though, Mason Adams’ teammates see no difference.

“Mason’s able to keep up on his own, so there’s no reason to,” said player Cooper Bourne.

But if you look closely at Adams, you’ll notice something’s missing.

“The only thing different about me, is I am not using two hands, I am out there with one,” Adams said.

He was born without a left forearm and since his tee-ball days, he’s been perfecting his form.

The Lebanon High School sophomore now plays three different positions on the JV team and has earned the role of captain.

“I’ve always wanted people to look at me the exact same way as they’d look at themselves,” Adams said.

But he admits it’s not always that easy.

When asked whether anyone has doubted him, Adams replied, “Yeah, they have, and I say, ‘watch me then, if you don’t believe me, you’ll have to see it.’”

Having one hand, Adams says, isn’t an obstacle you overcome, it’s a challenge you learn to live with.

He says it’s made him a better person, and he hopes his message goes far beyond the baseball field.

“If you want something that bad you can go out there and get it one way or the other,” Adams said.

“Hopefully, somebody gets the encouragement to follow through with something they didn’t think they could do, because this kid has done everything he’s wanted to do,” said Coach Wood.

As soon as baseball season is over, Adams is on to the next sport. He starts summer hockey at the end of June.

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<![CDATA[3 Arrested in Merrimack, New Hampshire Shooting]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 12:10:45 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Merrimack+Shooting+suspects.jpg

Three people have been arrested in connection with a New Hampshire shooting on Wednesday.

Merrimack police say Jackson Crawford, 22, of Merrimack, shot another man near the Mill Street boat ramp around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Police were searching for Crawford, who was considered armed and dangerous.

Crawford was located walking with two other people who are believed to have been in the car at the time of the shooting. Crawford, along with Robert Brown, 18, of Nashua, and a 17-year-old juvenile, were taken into custody on Daniel Webster Highway.

Crawford was charged with attempted murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and first-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

It's unclear what charges the juvenile is facing.

Brown was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, falsifying physical evidence, and resisting arrest.

The victim, who was shot in the stomach, was taken to a Nashua hospital before being transferred to a Burlington, Massachusetts, hospital to treat his injuries. There was no update on his condition.

Police are trying to locate the vehicle that was involved in the shooting, described as an older model, possibly blue, Toyota Corolla. One window may be shattered, according to police.

No other information was immediately available.

The incident remains under investigation.

Crawford and Brown were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Hillsborough County Superior Court-South. The juvenile was scheudled to be arraigned in Juvenile Court. It's unclear if they have attorneys.

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<![CDATA[Parents Upset Catholic School is Closing in June]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 23:52:35 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/School_s_Sudden_Closing_Leaves_Students_Desperate.jpg

Parents of students at a Catholic elementary school in Rockland, Massachusetts learned this week that Holy Family will shut down at the end of the school year in June.

“Disappointed,” said a tearful Therese Bethoney, a school parent. “Our dream was for our child to finish school here and graduate in 8th grade.”

They gathered Wednesday evening for answers.

“I just feel at this late date it’s just left us all hopeless,” said parent Lisa Franco, who has two children at the school

In a letter to parents, the pastor called it a “sad announcement” and one that comes in the midst of a severe financial hardship.

“I heard that the school was closing and it kind of broke my heart a little bit because I really love this school,” said third-grade student Izabelly Souza.

Plummeting enrollment is the main factor in the decision.

There’s just not enough tuition money coming in.

The school is facing about a $350,000 deficit.

There were about 460 students at the school a decade ago.

This year there were just 148.

And projected enrollment for next year is only about 100, a roughly 33 percent tumble in just one school year.

“We’ve had the privilege of being a part of this great school and we’re going to miss it terribly,” said Bethoney.

Parents say they wish they had more notice as they are now left to find new schools when many deadlines have already passed.

“It’s going to be very challenging because everyone’s competing for spots,” said parent Chris Franco.

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<![CDATA[Celtics Beat Cavaliers 96-83 in Game 5, Lead Series 3-2]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 00:30:43 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-961894944.jpg

One more win is all that stands between the Boston Celtics and the NBA Finals.

A barrage of 3s, a nearly-perfect showing from the free throw line and a committed effort on the defensive side of the floor lifted the Celtics over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 96-83, in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals series to take a 3-2 series lead.

As a team, the Celtics somehow managed to shoot just 31 for 85 from the floor – 36.5 percent, or a lower total than either of their showings in Cleveland during the series.

But thanks in large part to rookie superstar Jayson Tatum, who led Boston with 24 points, it didn’t matter a lick. The 83 points given up by Boston were the fewest over the course of the postseason.

Tatum burst out of the gate with 9 points in the first quarter alone, also grabbing two rebounds, recording two steals and dishing out two assists in the first 12 minutes. His 3-pointer gave the Celtics the lead for good at 14-12, part of a 23-7 run to close the quarter out for Boston. The 32 points the team had in the first quarter were more than they had in seven of eight quarters during Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland.

Tatum was one of five Celtics to connect from beyond the arc in the first half alone – six over the course of the game – with Marcus Morris connecting on all three of his shots from deep in the first half.

Conversely, LeBron James had almost no help on offense. He and Kevin Love shot 11 for 19 from the floor together in the first half, while the rest of their Cleveland castmates shot 4 for 17.

But even as Boston grew an 11-point halftime advantage into a lead as large as 21 over the course, neither James nor Love were able to seriously keep the Cavaliers afloat. James finished with 26 points and Love finished with 14, but no other Cleveland player reached double figures.

Al Horford recovered from taking only four shots total in Game 4 to chip in 15 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Jaylen Brown overcame a slow start to finish with 17 points.

Morris, who was involved in a fracas with Cleveland’s Larry Nance in the first half that resulted in each player getting a technical foul – as well as Terry Rozier III – had 13 points off the bench. The Cavaliers had a 9-0 run after the scrap, caused when Morris blocked a pass intended for Nance that caused Nance to fall to the floor.

Morris snapped Cleveland’s run with a 3-pointer, a recurring theme throughout the night: whenever the Cavaliers got even a smidgen of hope, a different Celtic was there to snuff it out.

Marcus Smart also had 13 points off the bench for Boston – on an economical 5 for 9 shooting, including 3 for 6 from deep.

The Celtics are now 10-0 at home this postseason, including 3-0 in their series vs. the Cavaliers. Game 6 is on Friday night back in Cleveland, but should the trends of the series continue, Game 7 would be in Boston on Sunday night.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Alleged Rape on MIT Campus]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 23:23:17 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_17307656332017.jpg

Police are investigating an alleged rape that occurred at a fraternity party on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus.

The sexual assault reportedly happened early Saturday morning during a party at the Theta Delta Chi fraternity house at 372 Memorial Drive in Cambridge

MIT police say they were notified of the alleged rape Wednesday night.

MIT police say the victim and suspect were talking to each other at the party but did not previously know one another.

According to Sgt. Andrew Turco, they went back to the suspect’s room at the fraternity house where the victim made it clear she did not want to have sex.

MIT police say despite this, "the perpetrator had non-consensual sex with the victim.”

The victim then left immediately, according to police.

MIT students say they received an email alert about the alleged sexual assault Wednesday night. 

“Obviously it’s a terrible thing and I feel really bad for the girl that was affected,” an MIT junior said.

Many on campus didn’t want to talk, but one student says you can’t be careful enough.

“I’ve been there. It's definitely just a thing where people have to look out everywhere, on all college campuses, even in dorms, where so many people are around and you just don’t know everyone.”

No arrests have been made, and police have not provided a suspect description.

This incident remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Elementary Teacher Accused of Indecent Exposure at Walmart]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 07:27:27 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/Jared+Anzelone.JPG

A Massachusetts elementary school teacher has been arrested and charged in connection to an indecent exposure incident in a Walmart.

Police say Jared Anzelone exposed himself in the bathroom of the Bellingham Walmart on Monday.

Anzelone has been placed on paid administrative leave from Woodland Elementary School pending the result of the investigation, according to Milford schools Superintendent Kevin McIntyre.

"A faculty member was arrested and charged with actions that are unbecoming of a teacher today in Bellingham, Massachusetts," McIntyre said. "These accusations and charges are very concerning. Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of the students in our care." 

McIntrye said school officials are working collaboratively with both local law enforcement and the Department of Children and Families.

It's unclear exactly what charges Anzelone is facing.

This incident remains under investigation.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Cookie Company CEO Pushing for Change in Hiring Practices]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 20:37:49 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/Collettey%27s+Cookies.JPG

A Boston woman with down syndrome who started a cookie business to prove her doubters wrong is now trying to fulfill a promise she made that could change the way businesses hire.

Colletty's Cookies CEO and Founder, Collette Divitto, made a promise last year on MSNBC.

“The mission of my cookie company is to hire people with disabilities,” she said in her television interview.

Divitto says she started her business from scratch, in response to other companies refusing to give her a job, because of her disability.

Rosemary Alfredo, Divitto's mom, says her daughter probably does about two to three thousand orders a month.

While business has beeen booming at Colletty's with racks and racks of sweet success, Divitto is now focused on intentionally bringing on people like Bob Bowman and Patty Cose. Both have developmental disabilities and are her newest employees.

"They are so happy. I am so happy for them, too," she says.

Divitto has hired 13 employees, four of whom have developmental disabilities.

A recent study shows only about 40-percent of people with disabilities are working in Massachusetts, compared to 80-percent employment for people without disabilities.

While the reasons vary, Alfredo wants to make something clear.

"I think sometimes companies are scared, they don’t know what they are getting into," she says.

Divitto is now telling other companies reluctant to hire people like Bowman and Cose, no one at her company is doing it alone. Behind this crew, there are nonprofits like Community Work Services based in Boston’s North End. Coaches and case managers like Catherine Parker help train on the job, so Bowman and Cosey don’t end up in a sink or swim situation.

"To work towards independence in their tasks," Parker says.

Divitto says the chocolate chip cookies are bringing in customers from around the world, but the people at her company are the real ingredients for her success.

Her goal is to eventually form a partnership with ice cream company Ben & Jerry's to create her own flavor and also teach a course on entrepreneurship.

If you'd like to be a part of Divitto's success and help her change the world one cookie at a time, you can contribute at her GoFundMe page or visit her website where you can place an order.

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<![CDATA[Push Grows for Removal of Salem, Mass. Judge]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 00:39:29 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Protesters_Rally_Against_Salem_Judge.jpg

Tempers flared outside Salem Superior Court in Massachusetts Wednesday as several people who have lost loved ones in the heroin epidemic protested Judge Timothy Feeley's decision last week to give an admitted heroin dealer who faced deportation probation but no jail time.

"To me, it shows other drug dealers that it's OK and that they can keep going out and doing what they're doing and killing people," said Frank Lehman of Beverly, who lost a friend two days ago to a heroin overdose.

"There's just been dozens and dozens of people dying every year, and it's clearly a huge issue, so why wouldn't something so simple as putting someone away that clearly got caught be done?" asked Hilary Richard of Gloucester, who lost her best friend to heroin.

Attorney John DiPiano, who lost a brother to a methadone overdose, sent a scathing open letter to the judge calling for his "immediate retirement."

DiPiano said he believes Judge Feeley was trying to be compassionate, but ended up being negligent.

"We can't be persuaded so much by our heart that we lose our head," DiPiano said.

"My daughter Nicole was 20 years old and she was hanging out with the wrong crowd, obviously, and she stuck a needle in her arm and she was found dead," said Tracy Tanzella.

Tanzella hopes Judge Feeley thinks of her daughter when he reflects on his decision.

"They're going to keep on selling, our kids are going to keep on dying," she said.

Last week, Rep. James Lyons (R-Andover) introduced HD 4822, a bill requesting Gov. Charlie Baker to remove Feeley from the bench. A group of fellow Republican lawmakers cosponsored it.

A petition on change.org pushing for Feeley's impeachment is seeking 7,500 signatures. As of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, it had nearly 6,000 signatures.

Late Wednesday, the Committee for Public Counsel Services and the Massachusetts Bar Association said removing judges because some don't like their decisions undermines the judicial system.

A larger rally to demand the removal of Judge Feeley is scheduled at the courthouse for Thursday at 4:15 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Charges Dropped Against Woman in Deadly Tow Truck Crash]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 18:26:49 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/dionne.png

Charges have been dropped against a Massachusetts woman who had been accused of driving under the influence in connection with a crash that killed a tow truck driver on Interstate 495 in March.

Twenty-eight-year-old Shiina Dionne had been charged with operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence and negligent operation.

The March 14 crash in Andover claimed the life of 41-year-old North Andover resident Daniel Coady Jr.

The charges against the Lawrence resident were dropped Wednesday by Essex County prosecutors in Lawrence District Court after drug and alcohol tests came back negative.

Radio transmissions from Massachusetts State Police from that evening also indicated there was black ice on the road, and a state police crash reconstruction analysis "did not show any extreme driving conduct" by Dionne, according to the district attorney's office.

Investigators previously said Coady, who worked for Coady's Towing in Lawrence, was loading a vehicle onto his tow truck when Dionne's vehicle hit another unoccupied vehicle that was also in the breakdown lane. The impact of the crash resulted in Dionne's vehicle hitting the tow truck and Coady as he was standing beside his tow truck, police said.

Dionne, who was injured in the crash, was arraigned on the earlier charges from her hospital bed at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

State police said Wednesday that their investigation is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Growing Up Wired: A Connected Generation]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 19:11:11 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Growing+Up+Wired++Thumb.png

“Growing Up Wired: A Connected Generation” explores the increasing pressures facing young people and the impact of technology and social media on their everyday lives.

Click on the interactive media experience above to learn more about anxiety and technology, hear about the experience from children with different anxieties and how their parents manage the pressures their children face.

Generation Z (those born between 1995-2007) has been reported to be 17 percent more anxious than previous generations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In “Growing Up Wired,” doctors, experts, and educators from across New England weigh in on some of the factors that may be at play. Teenagers with a history of anxiety along with their parents share the challenges they’ve faced and the solutions they’ve found.

If you missed “Growing Up Wired: A Connected Generation” on NBC10 Boston, you can watch it on Thursday, May 24 at 8 p.m. on necn and on Sunday, June 3 at 6 p.m. on Telemundo Boston.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

The Facts Behind Youth Anxiety

More on Anxiety and Depression in Adolescence 

Learn more about Mountain Valley Treatment Center

Learn more about The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health


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<![CDATA[16-Year-Old Girl Arrested for Threat That Closed 2 Schools]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 17:15:52 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/2_Taunton_Schools_to_Reopen_Wednesday.jpg

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested following an investigation into a threatening note found in a bathroom at a high school in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Taunton police announced the arrest Wednesday afternoon, days after a Taunton High School employee found the threatening note and reported it to school administrators.

The note was directed at Taunton High School and mentioned Tuesday's date, which resulted in school being canceled for the day for students and faculty at Taunton High School and nearby Parker Middle School.

The schools reopened on Wednesday, the same day the teen suspect was arrested without incident, according to police.

"This was a great cooperative effort by our detectives, school resource officers, school administrators and faculty to identify this individual," Taunton Police Lt. Eric Nichols said.

The teen suspect's name was not released because she is a juvenile. She will be arraigned in Taunton Juvenile Court at a later date. It's unclear what charges she faces or if she has an attorney.

Parents told NBC10 Boston they were concerned about their children's safety after they learned about the anonymous note, and criticized the district's decision to note release details.

"If there was a date on it with children's names, those children and families should be notified ASAP," Carry Souza, a parent, said.

Although the schools reopened Wednesday, some parents, such as Elizabeth Vieira, decided they would not let their children attend, opting instead to take a wait-and-see approach.

"I would never forgive myself if something happened and I wasn't there," Vieira said.

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<![CDATA[YIKES! Gas Station's Fire Suppression System Discharges]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 19:46:12 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000015376505.JPG

Crews are cleaning up quite the mess after a Massachusetts gas station's fire suppression system accidentally discharged.

Waltham fire officials confirm it happened at a Gulf Station on Trapelo Road on Wednesday.

The initial call came in as an explosion, but it turned out that the station's fire suppression system had discharged, covering much of the property with white foam.

A clean-up procedure is underway, and the system will be put back into service after that's finished, according to officials.

Michael Reid, Pumping Gas

“It was just like you’re there pumping and it came straight down on you and just kept going for about a minute," Michael Reid said. "We’ve already been hosed down. This is already you know washed off so to speak. It was all caked on.”

“They were covered in white, tried to jump in cars as fast at they could, tried to jump in their cars, but really no time to do it, it happened so fast,” said another man who was pumping gas.

No one was injured in the incident.



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<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston Responds: Cushy Outcome]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 00:17:30 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Responds+IMG_2469.JPG

Rich Diez just spent $7,000 furnishing his condo at Bob's Discount Furniture.

"The bedrooms, the dining room, and living room — all the furniture I needed, and got it set up for delivery," said Diez.

After delivery, he realized something about the couch didn't sit well with him.

"I noticed when I sat in the sofa, the right arm rest felt a little funny. It was like stuffing was missing from the right armrest. I would push down, and there was like a void, and when you push down not only was there a void, it would hit the wooden frame, and it would make a 'clack' sound," said Diez

Rich called Bob's and they sent out a technician.

"When the technician came out, he took a look at the sofa, and tested it and saw what I was saying but, it was his opinion, that was normal," said Diez. "After he had left, I called customer service again as requested, and they looked up my account, and said , 'I'm sorry that the technician reported there is nothing wrong, there is nothing further we can do,'" explained Diez. "I said, 'Do I just have to live with it? I mean, can I send it back?' They said there are no refunds."

Rich's receipt clearly states that once you accept your furniture, it cannot be returned, unless it has an unserviceable factory defect. He continued to push for a repair for three months, even contacting the Better Business Bureau, but he hit a dead end. That's when he reached out to NBC10 Boston Responds for help.

"I'm just so disappointed in how they handled it, and their lack of customer service," said Diez. "I didn't want my money back. I just wanted that little issue to be corrected."

We contacted Bob's Discount Furniture. The company offered to refund Rich's sofa for a store credit, less a 15-percent usage fee, or send another tech out to look at the couch. Rich chose the latter, and the second technician finally fixed the problem, adding more stuffing to the arm.

Bob's tells us: "Customer satisfaction is job #1 at Bob's Discount Furniture. We are happy that the issue has been resolved. Our management team is currently reviewing the conflicting service reports."

"I'm happy it's resolved, and now when I have guests over, they are not going to feel that void and look at me funny," said Diez.

Be sure to give any new furniture you buy a thorough inspection, before you the sign the acceptance paperwork when it's delivered. If there is a no-return policy, this may be your only chance to flag a problem.



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<![CDATA[DA: Man Who Stabbed Waitress Heading Back to Mass.]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 21:47:48 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Gerardo+Reyes+Menjivar.jpg

A man accused of stabbing a waitress in the neck after he refused to pay his bill is heading back to Massachusetts, authorities announced.

Gerardo Reyes Menjivar, 36, of Lynn, was arrested in Prince George's County in Maryland earlier this month after the May 7 stabbing.

He's expected to be arraigned in Chelsea District Court on Thursday on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

Reyes Menjivar allegedly left the Las Pupusas Del Chino restaurant in Chelsea without paying his bill. When a waitress caught up with him on Blossom Street to confront him about the skipped bill, he allegedly stabbed her in the throat before fleeing the scene.

The victim was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and is expected to survive her injuries.

It wasn't immediately clear if Reyes Menjivar has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Fox That Attacked 2 People Will Be Tested for Rabies]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 05:41:26 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000015361909.JPG

A fox that allegedly attacked two people in Chelmsford, Massachusetts on Tuesday will be tested for rabies.

Police said officers first responded to a doctor's office on Meeting House Road at about 10 a.m. for a report that a nurse from the office had been attacked outside.

Officers were unable to locate the fox at that time.

At about 4 p.m., police responded to an area of Crosby Lane where a delivery person had been attacked.

When officers arrived, they spotted the fox and determined that the animal posed a threat.

Police said an officer then shot and killed the fox.

The animal has been taken to a state lab to be tested for rabies.

The two victims who were attacked are being treated and said to be doing OK.

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<![CDATA[Report: Pats QB Tom Brady Expected at Mandatory Minicamp]]> Wed, 23 May 2018 08:47:03 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18036125384036.jpg

After being a no-show at voluntary practices earlier in the week, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will reportedly attend the team's mandatory minicamp next month.

Team owner Robert Kraft told ESPN Wednesday that after speaking with Brady recently, he expects the star quarterback to attend the camp, which starts June 5.

Brady, 40, has skipped all of the team's offseason practices so far this season, but has said he is committed to playing another season with the Patriots.

Kraft also told ESPN that he expects tight end Rob Gronkowski to be in attendance as well.




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