<![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-usSun, 25 Feb 2018 18:28:18 -0500Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:28:18 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dreary Sunday to Make Way for Early Week Warmup]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:52:20 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/necn+wx+022518+3pm.jpg

It’s a dreary day from start to finish but there is milder weather on its way.

The region today grappled with a system that brought rain to southern New England, and a messy, wintry mix elsewhere - especially in higher elevations of central and western Massachusetts, southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Snowy weather will continue through Sunday along the leading edge of the system in north and central New Hampshire and interior Maine. Into the afternoon and evening hours Sunday, we will continue to see the rain-snow line wobble north, hopping over the Mass/New Hampshire state line and continuing to slide northward into central NH, and southern VT.

The rain in western Massachusetts and Connecticut will become more scattered by dinner time this evening, as the system releases its grip on the region.

The system pulls off the coastline by midnight with a few lingering showers in Maine, otherwise we’ll have a gradual clearing of the skies from west to east overnight.

In total, 6- to 9-inches of snowfall is expected for north central NH, and NW Maine while farther north areas will see 3- to 6-inches of snow. Farther south, along the Mass/NH border, we'll see sleet and freezing rain mixing in along the MA/NH border. Expect about 1- to 3-inches total in that area. Tonight, temperatures only slide into the low- to mid-30s.

Things look up starting Monday when a dome of high pressure approaches from the southwest and keeps the first half of the work week dry and mild with a southwesterly wind. High temperatures stretch into the 50s through Wednesday under partly to mostly sunny skies. Once we change the calendar from February to March, we also enter into an unsettled pattern. Thursday remains dry for most of the day before clouds take over and showers slide in overnight.

The wind picks up Friday as the system gains strength just off the coast of southern New England. Gusts out of the east could top at 50 to 60 MPH for the Cape, Islands and the immediate coastline could see flooding conditions as this timing pairs up with the astronomical high tides. Rain is expected for most of southern New England Friday, with rain/snow for the higher terrain in central and western MA, southern VT, and NH.

The blustery and wet conditions stick around Saturday, however, next weekend does not look like a total washout. Sunday will likely be drier under mostly cloudy skies. We’ll know more as we get closer.

In the meantime, always stay up to date with the very latest weather forecast by downloading the NECN / NBC10 Boston app today.



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Pull Body from Boston Harbor]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:57:44 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/bfdboat.jpg

Boston fire officials said they recovered a body from Boston Harbor Sunday morning.

Boston Police are investigating the incident and the identity of the victim has not been released.

A Boston Fire Department rescue team responded to the call near 23 2nd Ave. in Charlestown at 8:16 a.m. and activated the dive team for assistance. The death did not appear to be suspicious, according to police. 

No further information was available.



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<![CDATA[Brockton Officials Search for Arson Suspect]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:21:18 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/1518704039-Police-lights3-%28Metro-Video%29-%281%29.png

Brockton officials are asking anyone with information about a car fire on Harvard Street Thursday morning to contact authorities.

Brockton fire officials released video showing the car catch fire. The video, apparently from a security camera, was taken from a distance and provides few details.

The incident was reported at about 5 a.m., according to Brockton fire officials. The suspect lit the car on fire and may have suffered burns to the upper body when the fire erupted. Officials believe the suspect ran through a yard to Dover Street.

Anyone with information about the fire should call the Brockton Fire Department at 508-583-2323, Brockton Police at 508-941-0200, or the Arson Watch Hotline at 800-682-9229.



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<![CDATA[New Video Shows Chaotic Scene on I-93]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:44:21 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Several_Arrested_After_Police_Chase_and_Shooting_on_I-93.jpg

Bikers speeding around cars, weaving on highway median strips, and veering their ATVs in attempts to escape pursuing police on Interstate 93.

Those were just some of the dramatic video scenes captured showing dozens of bikers on ATVs and other off-road motorcycles trying to evade state police as they weaved in and out of traffic on that stretch of highway yesterday.

Police arrested several of the bikers and an unidentified Randolph man was shot by a police officer. The shooting is under investigation. The man who was shot reportedly sustained a non life-threatening injury.

In the video, about 25 to 35 ATVs are seen scattering as police try to get the situation under control. One cyclist tried to ride on the median to escape. The incident stalled traffic on the highway. Police received numerous 911 calls from motorists reportig disruption.

Five suspects were charged with various offenses as a result of the altercation. In addition, State Police seized approximately 20 motorcycles and ATVs from the scene.

Investigators said that the group was riding off-road bikes, motorcycles and ATVs recklessly through Boston during the day on Saturday.

Troopers observed the group at about 5 p.m. near exit 18 traveling in a dangerous manor along Interstate 93 southbound in Boston, police said.

According to police, troopers attempted to stop and arrest the group on the off ramp to the exit. During the confrontation, one trooper discharged his weapon, striking the 28-year-old suspect.

The suspect was tranpsorted to an area hospital for treatment.

Another rider who was not shot complained of pain and was also taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

A trooper who sustained a knee injury during the incident was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Police said that in addition to the five suspects arrested on the scene, the two suspects who were hospitalized are also expected to face charges.

The heavy police presence on I-93 South Saturday evening caused major delays as police responded to the scene near exit 18.

According to MassDOT, traffic was backed up to the Zakim Bridge at one point.

The incident remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Mass. State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Accident]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:01:35 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*160/1513864162-Police-lights3-%28Metro-Video%29.png

Massachusetts State Police said a Maine woman driving on Interstate 95 near the New Hampshire border early Sunday morning struck and killed a male pedestrian on the highway.

The preliminary investigation by Troopers Christopher Ryan and Randy Morales found the 66-year-old woman from Kittery Point, Maine, was traveling southbound in a 2016 Jeep Renegade when her vehicle struck the pedestrian in the second travel lane, according to a news release issued by the Newbury barracks.

"As a result of the collision, the adult male pedestrian was transported to Anna Jacques Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced deceased," police said.

The crash occurred at about 2:35 a.m. in the area of Exit 57 in Newburyport, located just a few miles from the New Hampshire border.

The cause of the crash, including the reason why the pedestrian was on the highway, is still under investigation. The State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section are assisting in the investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

State Police were assisted on scene by Newburyport Police, Fire and EMS, MassDOT, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.

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<![CDATA[Secret of Three Popular GOP Governors: Don’t Be Like Trump]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:42:24 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Hogan_Baker_Scott_Split.jpg

Republican Govs. Larry Hogan of Maryland, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Phil Scott of Vermont are three of the most popular governors in the U.S. They're proving that GOP governors are thriving under President Donald Trump — by basically doing the opposite of whatever Trump does, NBC News reported.

Where Trump likes to poke his finger in the eye of Democrats, these governors work across the aisle to get things done; where the president governs to his base, they embrace moderate and sometimes even liberal policies; and where Trump's instincts lead him to provoke and attack, they come across as reasonable and personally likable.

"They have tailored their policies to their state," said Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and ex-lieutenant governor of Maryland. "They've recognized what the true political landscape of their state is and have smartly decided to govern accordingly."

Unfortunately for the rest of the GOP, the very bespokeness that makes these governors so popular at home also makes it hard to apply their formulas anywhere else.



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<![CDATA[Witness Describes Winchester Library Double Stabbing Scene]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:19:31 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Winchester+Library+Stabbing+Jeffery+Yao.jpg

A witness described a double stabbing that left one woman dead in a public library in Winchester as a scene of "absolute bedlam."

The 22-year-old woman died from lethal injuries sustained in the attack that took place at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Winchester Public Library, police said. A second victim, identified only as a 77-year-old man, remains hospitalized. Police said the man's injuries are non life-threatening and that he was attempting to help the woman while another man attacked her. 

The man taken into custody has been identified as Jeffrey Yao, 23, of Winchester. According to police, Yao stabbed both victims with a 10-inch hunting blade. He was previously known to police.

NBC Boston spoke to a witness who was coming out of a bathroom when the incident occurred.

"It just sounded like chaos, it just sounded like absolute bedlam," he told NBC Boston. "It was overlapping shouts and screams."

Both victims were transported to an area hospital, said police. The 77-year-old victim was treated for a stab wound to his arm. The 22-year-old victim, identified by a family spokesperson as Deane Kenny Stryker, suffered numerous stab wounds to her head and upper torso, police said. 

Investigators said the female victim was sitting at a table when the suspect allegedly approached her unprovoked and stabbed her multiple times. According to the police, she tried to make her way to the front lobby to escape. A number of patrons came to her aid, at which point the 77-year-old victim was also stabbed, police said.

Police are investigating possible motives for the attack.

Neighbors of the suspect immediately identified Yao after seeing his picture, telling reporters that he previously attempted to break into homes and cause damage to property.

Nicole Luongo, one of Yao's neighbors, said that people in the neighborhood had previously gone to police with concerns.

"We fear for our neighborhood," she said.

Luongo says knowing Yao is locked up eases her fears, but she wishes Saturday's events could have been prevented.

"I was afraid that he would come," she told NBC10 Boston, "I would sleep with a bat under my bed."

Yao is charged with murder and assault with attempt to murder. He is being held without bail pending his arraignment on Monday. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Wintry Mix Expected Through Morning]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:52:50 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DW4r2W8V4AAaEsc.jpg

It will be a cloudy day with wintry precipitation inland and rain along the coast. West of 128 and along Route 2, we will see snow, sleet and freezing rain. Travel could be tricky through morning. Again, it will be mainly rain for the coast.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday look dry and mild. Temperatures climb into the 50s once again. The only day out of the stretch that might be slightly colder – Wednesday with highs in the upper 40s.

March looks to come in like a lion. It’s still too early to tell if it will be rain or snow, but strong, onshore winds will develop Thursday and continue into Saturday. Damaging wind gusts are possible. The bigger problem will the duration of the high winds coupled with astronomically high winds and building surf. Coastal flooding will be a significant threat by Friday and Saturday. It’s still a long ways away, but at this point, confidence is growing for high coastal impacts.


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<![CDATA[Boston Police Investigating After Woman Shot]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:28:57 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Crime+Scene+Tape+Generic+NBC4.jpg

A woman was shot Saturday night in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, police said.

According to police, the shooting happened just before 10 p.m. on the 2600 block of Washington Street.

The identity of the victim and the extent of her injuries is not known at this time.

Police said that the shooting could be random act.

A suspect has not been identified at this time.

No other details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Boston Police Investigating Break-in, Indecent Assault]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:26:20 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston+Indecent+Assault.jpg

Boston police are seeking the public's help identifying a person of interest wanted for questioning in connection with a breaking and entering and indecent assault incident in Boston's South End Saturday.

Officers responded to a report of a breaking and entering in an apartment near Hemenway Street and Westland Avenue shortly before 6 a.m.

The victim told police that an unknown male had entered her apartment and indecently assault her. According to the victim, she screamed and scared the suspect off.

A search of the area proved unsuccessful, according to police.

The suspect was described as having short hair and was last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt, light-colored pants and sneakers.

Anyone with information is advised to call the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at (617) 343-4400.

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<![CDATA[Police Seize Motorcycles, ATV's in Officer-Involved Shooting]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:04:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/93+south+arrests3+Boston+Herald.jpg

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<![CDATA[Curling Club Celebrates Historic Win]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:00:24 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Curling_Club_Celebrates_Historic_Win.jpg

Curling players in Massachusetts are inspired and hopeful after the United States took home the gold in Pyeongchang.

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<![CDATA[Trooper Discharges Weapon at Suspects on Motorcycles, ATVs]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:10:35 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Boston+Herald1.jpg

A Massachusetts State Police trooper discharged his weapon at a large group of suspects on Interstate 93 Saturday afternoon that been "erratically and recklessly" driving off-road motorcycles and ATVs around Boston through the day in an attempt to apprehend them, authorities confirmed.

One suspect, an unidentified 28-year-old man from Randolph, Massachusetts, sustained a non-life-threatening injury as a result of the shooting. Five others were arrested and charged with various offenses as a result of the altercation. In addition, State Police seized approximately 20 motorcycles and ATVs from the scene.

Investigators said that approximately 23 to 25 individuals were riding off-road bikes, motorcycles and ATVs recklessly through Boston during the day on Saturday. Numerous 911 calls were made reporting the riders, said police.

Troopers observed the group at about 5:00 p.m. near exit 18 traveling in a dangerous manor along Interstate 93 southbound in Boston, police said.

According to police, troopers attempted to stop and arrest the group on the off ramp to the exit. During the confrontation, one trooper discharged his weapon, striking the 28-year-old suspect.

The suspect was tranpsorted to an area hospital for treatment.

Another rider who was not shot complained of pain and was also taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

A trooper who sustained a knee injury during the incident was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Police said that in addition to the five suspects arrested on the scene, the two suspects who were hospitalized are also expected to face charges.

The heavy police presence on I-93 South Saturday evening caused major delays as police responded to the scene near exit 18.

The exit was still closed as of 7:30 p.m.; all southbound lanes were open.

According to MassDOT, traffic was backed up to the Zakim Bridge at one point.

The incident remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[3-Alarm Fire Destroys New Hampshire Auto Shop]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:40:54 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Greenland+Fire.jpg

An investigation is underway into what caused a massive three-alarm fire that destroyed an auto body shop in Greenland, New Hampshire on Saturday.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, which happened at Carter's European Auto on Portsmouth Avenue.

Police said that the damage to the building and the machinery inside was extensive and called the property "a total loss," as a result of the fire.

Police told NBC10 Boston that multiple vehicles were destroyed in the blaze.

Police are saying that some animals may have died in the building, but are not sure what kind or how many at this time.

Greenland police confirmed that they responded to the scene of the fire around 10 a.m.

First responders said that the blaze was through the roof when they arrived. Police reported multiple explosions of unknown origin at the auto shop; however, investigators said they believe the explosions were caused by propane or oxygen tanks within the facility.

By 5:30 p.m., crews were still trying to clean up fuel inside of the building and expect to be there through the evening covering hot spots.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time, and the incident remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Warm End to February Could Give Way to Stormy Start in March]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:26:49 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Weather0223.jpg

Our warm February rolls on. At Boston Logan Airport, the temperature is 5.4° above average for the month. We will likely see a top 3 warmest February on record.

There were only two days where temperatures stayed at or below freezing. On the 9th, the high temperature was 32°. The coldest day of the month was the 3rd with a high temperature of 28°.

February was much warmer than January. Temperatures during the month of January stayed below freezing for 12 days – nearly half the month!

After a sunny, warm start to the weekend. The clouds have returned and soon we will see a round of wintry precipitation and rain. West of 128 and along Route 2, we will see snow, sleet and freezing rain. Travel could be tricky in these areas overnight and into Sunday morning. It will be mainly rain for the coast.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday look dry and mild. Temperatures climb into the 50s once again. The only day out of the stretch that might be slightly colder – Wednesday with highs in the upper 40s.

March looks to come in like a lion. It’s still too early to tell if it will be rain or snow, but strong, onshore winds will develop Thursday and continue into Saturday.

Damaging wind gusts are possible. The bigger problem will be the duration of astronomically high winds coupled with a building surf. Coastal flooding will be a significant threat by Friday and Saturday.

It’s still a long ways away, but at this point, confidence is growing for high coastal impacts.

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<![CDATA[Fallen Rain Gutter Causes Delays on MBTA's Orange Line]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:15:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Steel+Beam+Orange+Line.jpg

MBTA officials said a rain gutter that fell on an MBTA Orange Line car Saturday afternoon caused some delays.

One rider sent NBC Boston a picture of an object that had fallen on the car at Back Bay Station in Boston.

Officials said the train was stopped at the time of the incident around 1 p.m. and no injuries were reported.

Shuttles buses replaced service between the station and Jackson Square for about an hour.

Work crews removed the fallen pipe and performed a station inspection before they resumed service.



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<![CDATA[22-Year-Old Killed in Winchester Library Stabbing]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:40:17 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Winchester+Library+Stabbing+Jeffery+Yao.jpg

One person was killed Saturday after a double stabbing in a public library in Winchester, Massachusetts, police said.

The victim, a 22-year-old woman, has not been identified by police, and a man is in custody in connection with the stabbing.

Fire officials said the stabbing happened at the Winchester Public Library on Main Street around 10:30 a.m.

The second victim, identified only as a 77-year-old man, remains hospitalized. Police are saying the man suffered non-life-threatening injuries while attempting to help the woman.

The man taken into custody has been identified as Jeffrey Yao, 23, of Winchester. According to police, Yao stabbed both victims with a 10-inch hunting blade. He was previously known to police.

Both victims were transported to an area hospital, said police. The 77-year-old victim was treated for a stab wound to his arm. The 22-year-old victim suffered numerous stab wounds to her head and upper torso, police said. She subsequently died from her injuries.

Investigators said the female victim had been sitting at a table when the suspect allegedly approached her unprovoked and stabbed her multiple times. According to the police, she tried to make her way to the front lobby to escape. A number of patrons came to her aid, at which point the 77-year-old victim was also stabbed, police said.

Police are investigating possible motives for the attack.

Neighbors of the suspect immediately identified Yao after seeing his picture, telling reporters that he previously attempted to break into homes and cause damage to property.

Nicole Luongo, one of Yao's neighbors, said that people in the neighborhood had previously gone to police with concerns.

"We fear for our neighborhood," she said.

Luongo says knowing Yao is locked up eases her fears, but she wishes Saturday's events could have been prevented.

"I was afraid that he would come," she told NBC10 Boston, "I would sleep with a bat under my bed."

Yao is charged with murder and assault with attempt to murder. He is being held without bail pending his arraignment on Monday. It’s unclear if he has an attorney. 

CORRECTION (Fab. 25, 9:41 a.m.): A previous headline stated the stabbing took place at "a Boston Public Library," which could be confused with the Boston Public Library system. The headline has been updated to reflect that the stabbing took place at a Boston-area library.

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<![CDATA[Wintry Mix Making Its Way to New England]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:48:56 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/NewSnowfallRange.jpg

Out of the two weekend days, today is the better of the two for outdoor plans. High temperatures today are expected to stretch into the mid-50s for southern New England, 40s north under partly cloudy skies.

We’ll have a few rain showers along the immediate coastline of southern New England, but that’s expected around dinner time. The showers are the leading edge of a system that will bring a messy mix of wintry precipitation to the region for Sunday morning as colder air slides in. Clouds thicken this evening and through the overnight ahead of the system that’s currently traversing Pennsylvania, the Ohio Valley, and St. Louis.

As the system slides into southwestern New England in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning, the rain/snow line sets up along the Connecticut/western Massachusetts border, before Connecticut changes over to just rain.

The Berkshires, higher elevations of western and central Massachusetts are expected to start off as snow, then change quickly to a wintry mix to freezing rain, which is why a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for west and central Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, and southern Vermont where ice accumulation will have the greatest impact.

By 9 a.m., the rain/snow line will be hovering over or slightly north of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Areas south will be under rain. Areas north, wet snowflakes continue to advance northward into northern New Hampshire, and the leading edge of snow showers slide into interior Maine.

By the late afternoon, early evening hours, the rain/snow line will continue to lift northward into southern Vermont, southern New Hampshire, and southern Maine, as rain showers become scattered for southwestern New England.

By midnight, most of the precipitation will be out of here besides lingering snow showers for interior Maine, and rain at the immediate coastline. Snowfall totals range from 1-3 inches for southern New Hampshire, southern Vermont, and coastal Maine.

Three-six inches is expected in the higher elevations of northern New England, and 6-9 inches of snow is expected in the higher elevations of northern New Hampshire and interior northwestern Maine. High temperatures for Sunday will be drastically different from today with highs expected in the upper 30s south, low 30s north.

The system heads out to sea and drags the cloud cover with it, making for a pleasant start to the work week and the return to mild, 50-degree weather. Monday through Wednesday brings highs near 50, with Thursday ushering in a cool down as we turn the calendar to a new month.

In the extended forecast, the first full weekend of March, Friday brings a system that stretches into Saturday, which could bring blustery conditions, along with accumulating snow north, and heavy rain south, but the track and duration could change as we get closer, so be sure to stay tuned for the very latest updates to the forecast over the course of the week.


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<![CDATA[Researchers Study Cape Cod Corals]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:14:15 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Cape+Cod+Coral.JPG

Diving into the waters off Woods Hole, Massachusetts reveals a surprise for some- coral.

“We got them right here, right in front of the MBL,” associate researcher Loretta Roberson says inside the Marine Biological Laboratory, showing off coral samples she herself collected.

“You have a tropical coral that’s able to live in freezing temperatures here,” she adds, saying she wants to know how the coral does it.

She wants to figure out how this species lives so far north, in waters with huge temperature swings, while other types survive only in specific conditions.

“We want to really know everything about the corals and we don’t know that much about this one.”

What she does know is that our New England coral survives under stress — what’s called a bleached state.

But scientists don’t fully know why.

By contrast, if more sensitive tropical corals stay bleached too long, they’ll die.

That’s happening now in some tropical areas as oceans warm.

“It’s the largest, massive global bleaching event that we’ve witnessed so far,” Roberson says while describing recent bleaching events.

That’s a huge problem, with reefs acting as a buffer for the coastline, and a lifeline for ocean species.

“Places like the Great Barrier Reef that hadn’t bleached in the past, now 50 percent of the reef is gone because of higher temperatures,” she says.

Roberson also studies what gives the reef its shape, the coral’s skeleton.

“The skeleton is what makes the reef, it’s the backbone of the reef,” she says.

Roberson is working to understand how the coral makes the skeleton, and how things like changes in ocean temperature or acidity impact the process.

All of this knowledge, hopefully enough to better protect this vital resource in a future changing world.

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<![CDATA[Police: Woman Hospitalized After Being Dragged by Jeep]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:39:58 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_3.jpg

A Massachusetts woman was hospitalized Friday night after being dragged by a vehicle following a crash in Somerville.

State police said the crash involving a Honda Civic and a Jeep Patriot happened at about 8 p.m. on Route 16 east, west of Boston Avenue.

After the crash, police said the 23-year-old driver of the Honda, a Cambridge woman, approached the driver of the Jeep, a 35-year-old Malden man, at his vehicle. During the encounter, the man took off with the woman attached to his vehicle.

Police said the woman was dragged approximately a quarter of a mile before she broke free in the area of the Whole Foods market on Route 16 in Medford.

The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment. Her exact condition is unclear.

Police said the driver of the Jeep went to the State Police Medford barracks and spoke with investigators.

The crash remains under investigation and so far, no charges have been filed.

No further information was available.

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<![CDATA[Mild and Breezy Saturday Ahead of Wintry Mix]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:42:08 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Snowfall+Range+Sunday.jpg

We will at least see some sunshine to start off our Saturday. The sky will go from sunny to cloudy with a high temperature in the 40s north to 50s south, as we get a breeze from the southwest 10-15 mph. Regardless of the cloud cover, it will be a mild, breezy start to the weekend. Changes arrive late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

A strong high pressure is building over southeastern Canada, sliding colder air in at night. At the same time, low pressure moves into the Midwest with moisture arriving in western and southern New England. That creates a clash of air masses on Sunday with low level wind from the northeast and near freezing temperatures, even though upper-level winds from the southwest with clouds warming enough for rain in parts of New England. This means rain could fall into a sub-freezing layer with possible freezing rain in much of central and northern New England Saturday night into early Sunday.

In most of the state of Maine we are cold enough for just snow, changing to sleet and freezing rain late at night. Sunday is expected to be a cold wet day in western and southern New England, but freezing rain only gradually changes to rain in central New England.

In most of Maine, the snow and sleet changes to freezing rain, with plain rain closest to the shoreline. Wind from the south may gust past 50 mph in the south to north oriented valleys of western New England.

At the same time wind may be light from the northeast in Maine. The high temperature spread for Sunday is quite large. We will be near freezing in Maine to near 50 in southwestern New England.

High pressure to our south brings warm and dry weather here for our Monday and Tuesday, with sunshine and a high in the 50s. A cold front on Wednesday comes with a rain or snow shower. Then, we’re already turning the calendar as March begins Thursday.

The extended period looks to contain some wintry weather, so March is likely holding true to the saying, “in like a lion”.

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<![CDATA['Black Panther' Boosts Sales of Traditional African Attire]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:44:58 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/_Black_Panther__Sparks_Clothes-Buying_Frenzy.jpg

There has been major boom in business for Elegance African Fashions in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

It's a store that Ebere Ihionu has run out of her basement for years. The major sales are due the new blockbuster hit "Black Panther," Marvel's first black superhero movie.

"That movie is a godsend. I encourage everyone to go watch it," she said.

Ihionu says she's been getting at least 15 to 20 orders a day, with people wanting to wear traditional African dress to the movie to show African pride.

"They just want to look African, super African, to the movie," said Ihionu.

She has all types of clothing, accessories and fabric, much of it handmade.

Andrew William drove from Malden, Massachusetts, to pick out a black and gold dashiki.

"Right here, I got a black and gold robe with some elephants on it," he said.

But it's more than clothing to him.

"Just representing where we come from as a whole," he said.

Ihionu says she takes all orders, and she also sews from scratch. No custom orders are too difficult.

"A guy came in and said, 'You know how I want to look?' And I said 'no.' He said, 'I want to look just like Eddie Murphy in 'Coming to America.'' I said, 'Sure, that's why we're here,'" she said, laughing.

Ihionu takes orders both over the phone and online, and with the movie doing so well, she predicts she'll be doing so for some time.



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Man Who Flashed Girls in Amesbury, Mass.]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:35:16 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Police_Seek_Suspected_Flasher_in_Amesbury.jpg

It was Wednesday afternoon on the Riverwalk in Amesbury, Massachusetts, when two sisters say a man dropped his shorts and exposed himself.

"It's absolutely disgusting," said Pam Maliszewski, who saw the girls moments after the encounter. "They were just kind of shaken up, like really weirded out by the whole thing."

Investigators say the man is believed to be in his late 20s, in good shape, with short hair. He was wearing grey gym shorts, a grey or blue shirt, sunglasses and a dark-colored baseball cap with a red emblem, possibly a Red Sox logo.

He had a small black and white dog with him.

"It's really scary," said Sharon Judd, who regularly uses the Riverwalk. "We moved here because we thought it was a nice, quiet peaceful area, and that's what we've found so far ... but it's disturbing that might be occurring."

Police conducted an extensive search when they got to the scene, but by then, the man was already gone.



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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle in South Boston]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:26:13 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/South+Boston+022318.jpg

A man sustained life-threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle Friday in South Boston, according to police.

Authorities confirm a pedestrian was hit at the intersection of East Broadway and H Street.

Police say the victim, an adult male, was taken to a hospital with life-threatning injuries. Just before 11 p.m., police noted that he is expected to survive.

Investigators were on the scene reconstructing the crash.



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<![CDATA[Former Mayor of Lynn Seeks New Career as Dispatcher]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:02:00 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Former_Mayor_of_Lynn_Seeks_New_Career_as_Dispatcher.jpg

Judith Kennedy, the former mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts, is once again seeking a career in public service, but not as a politician.

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<![CDATA[High School Students Spend Vacation Learning Technology]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:53:42 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/High_School_Students_Spend_Vacation_Learning_Technology.jpg

High school students in Massachusetts participating in the Red Hat program spent their vacations learning about science and technology.

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<![CDATA[Mass. Colleges Pledge Not to Rescind Admission Over Protests]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:53:30 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Student+Gun+Violence+Protests.png

Several Massachusetts schools have taken to social media to remind students that facing disciplinary action for peacefully protesting won't interfere with their acceptance.

MIT, Northeastern, UMass Amherst, Smith College, Boston University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute are a few of the Massachusetts schools that have informed students peaceful protest will not negatively impact their admissions decision.

In a Facebook post, MIT says applicants in the Class of 2022 have asked if protesting gun violence will affect their admission.

WPI Dean of Admissions Andrew Palumbo says students applying to the school should not worry about protesting stopping them from getting in.

"Peaceful protest is not going to rise to the level where we revoke someone's admission. It's certainly not going to be the reason that a student is denied admission into the university," he said. "We look at who they are as a person. Their academic credentials, who they are outside of the classroom and we are looking for a fit."

Some high schools have informed students that they will face disciplinary action for walking out of class to protest gun laws. A national walk-out is scheduled for March 14.

"If there was no penalty where I'm from ... I would absolutely walk out and protest," said high school student Emily Hagoot from Alabama. "I honestly think it's a violation and an infraction on our rights as students."

Hagoot's mother agrees that students should be allowed to exercise their First Amendment right.

"I don't think there should be a punitive measure but if the schools are choosing it and the colleges support student activism, than I'm 100 percent behind the colleges," said Toni Shayo.

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<![CDATA[New Hampshire High School Lends a Helping Hand to Parkland]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:03:26 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Spaulding+High+Parkland+Donations.png

Music students at Spaulding High School in Rochester, New Hampshire are collecting donations for Majory Stoneman Douglas High School students after the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida where a former student killed 17 people.

Jeremiah Richardson and Alexa Connelly and some of their peers walked from classroom to classroom with donation buckets collecting cash and coins.

"A lot of people don't think they can do anything but really they can," said 15-year-old Alexa Connelly.

"Everybody was so excited to think that we could do something like that for another community," said 18-year-old Jeremiah Richardson.

Spaulding's music director and another music teacher already had trip planned to Florida.

"Can we do something from our school, you know what should we, what do you think we should do," said Spaulding Music Director Joanne Houston. "I said let's go in and have a chat with the kids and see where they're at, because obviously it was very upsetting for all of them."

They're going to deliver money, an ROTC seal, handwritten letter and their leadership eagle because of Douglas High School's mascot, in person.

"We would just like to meet the adults and say this is from New Hampshire," said Houston.

"When something happens that just makes you think wow that could happen anywhere, that could have happened to us," said Connelly.

Spaulding High School said they want Douglas High School to know they stand with them.

"The change that they want is what a lot of people are wanting and we will fight until we get there," said Jeremiah Richardson.

The students have collected more than $3,000 so far.

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<![CDATA[2 MSP Officials Named in Conspiracy Complaint Retire]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:45:58 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Massachusetts+State+Police+Headquarters.JPG

Two high-ranking members of the Massachusetts State Police have retired after being accused of taking part in a conspiracy to alter an arrest report.

State police announced Friday that Lt. Col. Daniel Risteen and Major Susan Anderson had retired. Court documents allege that Col. Richard McKeon, the department's former head, conspired with Anderson, Risteen and state officials to amend the report on the arrest of a judge's daughter.

McKeon retired in November after troopers Ryan Sceviour and Ali Rei sued, alleging that the colonel ordered changes to their arrest reports for OUI charges against Alli Bibaud, the daughter of District Court Judge Tim Bibaud.

Sceviour's defense says he was told to delete Bibaud's alleged indication about "the possibility of sexual favors in return for leniency," as well as her alleged statement that her "dad is an [expletive] judge."

In Sceviour's opposition to McKeon's motion to dismiss a lawsuit against him, Anderson is named as a defendant.

"McKeon also ordered defendant Major Susan Anderson to destroy the official log containing the statements of Alli Bibaud and to order Trooper Ali Rei to alter her corresponding report," the court document read.

That same document claims that "according to Major Anderson, District Attorney Joseph Early, Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Risteen, and Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett, participated in the conspiracy," which Sceviour classifies as "'an agreement' to threaten, intimidate, and coerce him into amending his report."

Col. Kerry Gilpin, who replaced McKeon as superintendent, announced Friday that Robert Favuzza had been promoted to lieutanant colonel and assigned as commander of field services to replace Risteen. Thomas Zona was promoted to major and named commander of Troop C, replacing Anderson.



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<![CDATA[A Split Weekend: From Mild and Dry, to Cold and Wet]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:46:33 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/WeatherEvening0223.jpg

Our rapid-fire weather changes continue overnight, with early showers followed by partial clearing and less cold to start our Saturday. Temperatures are holding steady, or even rising a bit in the 30s to lower 40s for a mild and dry sunrise. Morning sunshine does not last very long as the upper-level winds are moving so fast the next weather system will be overhead by the afternoon.

The sky will go from sunny to cloudy with a high temperature in the 40s north to 50s south, as we get a breeze from the southwest 10-15 mph. Regardless of the cloud cover, it will still be considered a nice day.

A strong high pressure is building over southeastern Canada, sliding colder air in at night. At the same time, low pressure moves into the Midwest with moisture arriving in western and southern New England. That creates a clash of air masses on Sunday with low level wind from the northeast and near freezing temperatures, even though upper-level winds from the southwest with clouds warming enough for rain in parts of New England.

This means rain could fall into a sub-freezing layer with possible freezing rain in much of Central and northern New England Saturday night into early Sunday.

In most of the state of Maine we are cold enough for just snow, changing to sleet and freezing rain late at night.

Sunday is expected to be a cold wet day in western and southern New England, but freezing rain only gradually changes to rain in central New England, most of Maine. the snow and sleet changes to freezing rain, with plain rain closest to the shoreline.

Wind from the south may gust past 50 mph in the south to north oriented valleys of Western New England. At the same time wind may be light from the northeast in Maine.

The high temperature spread for Sunday is quite large. We will be near freezing in Maine to near 50 in southwestern New England.

High-pressure to our south brings warm and dry weather here for our Monday and Tuesday, with sunshine and a high in the 50s.

A cold front on Wednesday comes with a rain or snow shower. Then, we’re already turning the calendar as March begins Thursday. The extended period looks to contain some wintry weather, so March is likely holding onto the saying, “in like a lion”

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<![CDATA[Olympic Skier From Bermuda Credits Time in New England ]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:05:13 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tucker+Murphy+2018+Winter+Olympics.JPG

An athlete from a warm-weather nation is thanking New England for being a key part of his journey to the Winter Olympics.

Tucker Murphy represented Bermuda in Pyeongchang, but said he might not have gotten there if it weren’t for his time in New Hampshire and Vermont.

"It’s a great honor and privilege to represent your country [at the Olympics]," Murphy told necn & NBC 10 Boston via smartphone from South Korea, "You’re part of a much bigger, diverse, and fascinating world."

Murphy turned heads at the Olympic opening ceremonies, wearing Bermuda shorts in the chilly air. He was the one athlete representing Bermuda at the Winter Games.

"We thought we were fairly tough in the cold," Murphy recalled of wearing shorts along with his coach and father—both part of the Bermudian delegation, "but then the guy from Tonga came out and showed us what toughness in the winter is all about!"

Athlete Pita Taufatofua, also a cross-country skier, might have one-upped the Bermuda shorts by going shirtless, with an oiled chest, Murphy chuckled.

So how did an athlete from an island that doesn’t see snow end up as a cross-country skier?

Murphy’s journey started here in New England. He said he fell in love with skiing competing at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and later trained at Vermont’s Craftsbury Outdoor Center, under coach Pepa Miloucheva.

"It’s all about the spirit of the Olympics and participation," Miloucheva said of the significance of having a country like Bermuda, often known for its warm weather and beaches, represented at the Winter Games.

"If I had not spent a lot of time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont, I would not be a cross-country skier," Murphy told necn.

In addition to his time at Dartmouth College, Murphy also singled out Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer as making contributions to his journey to his third Winter Games.

The couple transformed the Craftsbury Outdoor Center into a non-profit that’s open to the public and is home to high-level athletes training for World Cup and Olympic competition, many under the banner of the Green Racing Project.

Murphy said the Craftsbury Outdoor Center provided him with critical opportunities to hone his athleticism.

"To have Tucker say that is very satisfying," said Dreissigacker, a 1972 Olympic rower who founded the Morrisville oar and fitness machine manufacturer Concept 2, "That’s our goal."

Dreissigacker said he encouraged Murphy and six Craftsbury-trained Olympians currently on Team USA to focus on gradual personal achievement.

"It’s very important to enjoy the process and get satisfaction out of that process of improving yourself and becoming very skilled at what you’re doing," Dreissigacker said.

Tucker Murphy finished 104th out of 116 finishers in the men’s 15km freestyle cross-country ski race, calling it a huge privilege just to have been part of a fascinating and diverse collection of nations.

It’s worth noting: Murphy did finish 10 places above Tongan Pita Taufatofua, who was wearing a shirt for his race.

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<![CDATA[Comcast Driver Faces Charges in Death of 4-Year-Old Girl]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:07:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/4-Year-Old_Girl_Killed_in_Holbrook.jpg

The driver of a Comcast truck is facing charges after his vehicle allegedly struck and killed a 4-year-old girl in Holbrook, Massachusetts in October 2017.

Robert Johnson, 55, of Scituate faces charged of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation in connection to the death of Savannah Curran, 4, of Holbrook on October 7.

Initial reports of the scene stated that the young girl ran into the street outside her home on Fargo Road around 1 p.m., when she was struck by a Comcast bucket truck. Curran was taken to South Shore Hospital where she died as a result of her injuries.

Police noted that Johnson stayed on the scene and was cooperative with police.

The girl's grandmother was also hospitalized after the accident after going into shock.

The charges filed against Johnson on Tuesday February 20 come after the state completed their investigation into the crash, said Holbrook police.

Johnson will be subject to a clerk magistrate's hearing at Quincy District Court at a later date.

It is unclear if he has an attorney.

Comcast is the parent company of NBC Universal.

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<![CDATA['The Walking Dead' Cast Host Eerie 'Death Dinners']]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:50:37 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/189*120/Capture177.PNG

"The Walking Dead" star Tom Payne has some fun facts about the hit show for fans to feast on.

See how hard it is to keep secrets about what is going to happen in the zombie-filled show, and the odd ritual that happens behind-the-scenes after a character's death.

To watch the full interviews, check out "Harry."



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<![CDATA[Boston Police Cruiser Involved in Crash]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:40:39 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston+police+cruiser1.JPG

A police cruiser was involved in a crash Friday, according to Boston police.

Police confirmed the crash just before 3:30 p.m.

The crash happened near 427 Metropolitan Ave. in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood, police said.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are unknown at this time.

It is unclear if anyone was injured in the crash.

Sky Ranger footage from the scene shows utility workers in the area.



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<![CDATA[Police: Situation Involving Barricaded Subject Resolved]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:52:26 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/portsmouth.png

A situation involving a barricaded subject in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Friday has been peacefully resolved, police said.

Police responded to the scene on Kearsarge Way around 2:30 p.m. Seacoast EMS and crisis negotiators also responded to the scene, according to Portsmouth police.

The situation ended about an hour later, police tweeted.

During the situation, Portsmouth police advised the public to avoid the area, which was described as a "major artery in and out of downtown Portsmouth area."

There is no information on the suspect at this time. Police have not released the circumstances leading up to the situation.

Police say the initial call came in around 2 p.m., though they have not specified the nature of that call.

At this time, there have been no reports of hostages or shots fired at the scene.



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<![CDATA[Dunkin' Donuts Unveils 3 Girl Scout Cookie Flavored Coffees]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:05:07 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/dunks.jpg

Can't get enough of Thin Mints? Well, you're in luck - Dunkin' Donuts unveiled three new Girl Scout Cookie flavored coffees on Friday.

The new flavors - Thin Mints, Coconut Caramel and Peanut Butter Cookie - will be available from Monday, Feb. 26 through May at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants.

All three flavors will be available in hot or iced, as well as in lattes, macchiatos, frozen coffee and frozen chocolate.

The new flavors were unveiled Friday on Facebook Live from Savannah, Georgia, birthplace of the Girls Scouts of USA.


The new flavors are being served under a licensing agreement with the Girl Scouts, and some Dunkin' stores are also inviting local Girl Scout troops to sell cookies at their restaurants on weekends in February and March.



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<![CDATA[Possible Commuter Delays After Freight Train Derails]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:11:17 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/MBTA+Train+Deraled+Fitchburg.jpg

MBTA commuter rail passengers could see delays Friday evening due to a train derailment that happened in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, earlier in the day.

Pictures posted on Twitter Friday afternoon by MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo show a PanAm freight train visibly derailed.

According to Pesturo, there was no immediate impact on the MBTA commuter service as of early Friday afternoon.

Pesaturo warned that delays could occur during the evening commute if the MBTA were not able to clear the railways.



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<![CDATA[44-Year-Old Woman Dead After Fatal Crash in Mass.]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:03:29 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/203*120/195+Fatal+Ax+Mattapoisett.jpg

One person was killed in a crash on Route 195 in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts on Friday morning.

The victim, a 44-year-old woman from New Bedford, was determined by emergency personnel to be dead at the scene. The victim's identity has not been released.

Massachusetts State Police said they responded to the scene of the accident in the eastbound lanes of Route 195 shortly before 8 a.m. and found that a 2006 Mazda had struck a tree on the side of the road.

Video from the scene obtained by NBC10 Boston showed the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into trees lining the highway.

The circumstances surrounding the crash have yet to be determined, police said. The incident remains under investigation.

The right lane of Route 195 was closed until approximately 10 a.m., according to police.



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<![CDATA[Mass. Tipster Warned Cruz Was 'School Shooter in the Making']]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:04:39 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cruz110.jpg

A caller from Massachusetts told authorities months before the Parkland, Florida school shooting that suspect Nikolas Cruz was a "school shooter in the making."

According to a document released by the Broward County Sheriff's Office, a caller from Massachusetts reached out to them in November of 2017.

"Caller advised subject Nikolas Cruz is collecting guns and knives. Cruz wants to join the Army. Concerned he will kill himself one day and believes he could be a school shooter in the making," the document reads. 

The deputy who responded contacted the caller via telephone.

"No report was initiated," the document reads.

In an interview after the shooting, the deputy said he referred the caller to the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office as the caller said he believed the Cruz was living in Lake Worth.

The document makes no reference to how the caller knew Cruz. The call and response remain under an internal affairs review.

Brookline Deputy Superintendent Michael Gropman said it is not surprising that a tip about Cruz came from out of state. He said in today's digital and social media age, it is common.

"All those warning signs were there," he said in reference to Cruz.

Gropman conceded that it can be difficult for departments to keep up with the "massive" amount of tips received, but information suggesting an imminent threat should be taken seriously.

While the Cruz case may make it seem like law enforcement failed to act on numerous tips, Gropman said sometimes the issue is that agencies aren't sharing critical information with each other.

He said privacy laws make it difficult for law enforcement to know about school or medical issues.

"Until the social service agencies, law-enforcement, education, mental health, and hospitals can all communicate readily about possible, perceived threats, we're not going to be able to significantly affect this," said Gropman.

Cruz, 19, a former student, is accused of fatally shooting 17 people with an assault-style rifle on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Authorities said he had displayed behavioral troubles for years.

The tip from Massachusetts was one of about two dozen calls received by local and federal law enforcement about Cruz's behavior over the two years leading up to last week's school shooting. Many of the incidents involved the threat of violence.

Two years ago, a deputy responded to a suspicious incident call in which someone reported that Cruz made a post on Instagram indicating he "planned to shoot up the school." However, the police document suggests the specific target was "unknown."

The deputy made contact with the caller who wished to remain anonymous. The deputy determined that Cruz had knives and a BB gun.

"Information forwarded to Stoneman Douglas School Resource Officer," the document's response description concludes.



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<![CDATA[Dogs Found Malnourished; Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:02:47 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Animal+Abuse.jpg

A Massachusetts man is facing multiple charges after two dogs were recently found malnourished and in deplorable conditions at a home in Rochester.

Police said the owner of the dogs, 33-year-old Tyrone Mendes, has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty and two counts of failing to license a dog.

Authorities said a utility worker notified police on Wednesday after seeing two malnourished dogs at a home on New Bedford Road.

When police and animal control officers arrived, officers detected an extreme odor of animal urine and feces from the driveway. They then discovered "Ace" and "Bentley" locked inside the home and in very unsanitary conditions. 

The home also appeared vacant and there was no food or water available for the dogs.

Ace and Bentley were taken to the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) for treatment.

"Two-year-old Bentley was severely dehydrated and emaciated, weighing just 20 pounds. Bentley’s body condition score was 1-2 out of 9, and he also has a number of scars on his face and ears," ARL officials said in a statement. "Nine-year-old Ace fared slightly better, while showing signs of malnourishment, his body condition is close to normal."

ARL veterinary staff said barring any unexpected complications, the dogs are expected to fully recover.

"Both animals are settling into their new surroundings and will be on a closely monitored feeding schedule to promote safe and steady weight gain. As they recuperate ARL staff and volunteers will work with the animals to ensure they are socialized and able to shed the fear and anxiety of such a taxing situation," said the ARL in a statement.

It's unclear when Mendes will appear in court to face charges or if he has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Report: Bernie Sanders' Son Considers Congressional Run]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:50:55 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/Bernie+and+Levi+Sanders.jpg

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' son is considering a political career himself.

Vice News reports Levi Sanders is actively considering a run for Congress in New Hampshire's highly competitive 1st District in 2018.

"Oh absolutely, I’m definitely considering it. I’m excited, motivated, and interested in the race," Sanders told Vice News on Thursday. "I’m just dotting my i’s and crossing my t’s."

Sanders worked as a senior policy strategist on his father's 2016 presidential campaign. He is currently an analyst for Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services.

An advocate for social security benefits, Sanders told Vice News that like his father, he would proposed Medicare for all and free college tuition as part of his platform.

Seven Democrats are already running and raising money in New Hampshire’s 1st District to succeed Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who’s retiring.



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<![CDATA[Obama to Speak at MIT Sports Analytics Conference]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:05:28 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Barack+Obama2.jpg

Former President Barack Obama will be in Boston on Friday to take part in the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

The 12th annual event takes part at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Organizers told the MIT Sloan School of Management Obama plans to talk about "his time in office and the next chapter in his life."

The Boston Herald reports the 2 p.m. event will be moderated by fellow Harvard graduate Jessica Gelman, CEO of Kraft Analytics Group, and Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets.

The goal of the student-run conference is to provide a forum for industry professionals and students so they can discuss the increasing role of analytics in the global sports industry.

Other speakers at this year's two-day event include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird, and former New England Patriot/ESPN Analyst Tedy Bruschi.



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<![CDATA[Cold Air to Bring Another Round of Snow to Some Areas]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:07:37 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/LKN_ACCUMS_NEWENG_ACTIVE_1+%282%291.png

There’s been an amazing difference in temperature laid out from north to south across the Eastern United States this week and we’ve seen and felt the results here at home.

After record-smashing 70s on Wednesday, accumulating snow fell Thursday and a chilly Friday precedes rain and a mix en route for this evening into the first part of the night.

For most of us, morning sun fading behind increasing clouds will set the stage for plain rain to arrive mid to late afternoon Friday, west to east — but near and north of Concord, New Hampshire, the air will remain cold enough for sleet or in the case of the mountains, a snow to sleet accumulation of 1-3 inches before ending Friday night for areas of fog and steady or slowly rising temperatures.

Saturday looks terrific with sunshine burning through morning fog and mixing with high-altitude clouds, temperatures will rise into the 50s south and 40s north. In a pattern of temperature extremes though — where record high temperatures continued to our south even as we snowed — neither warm nor cold air is ever that far away.

By Saturday night and Sunday morning, cold air oozing southward from Canada will likely be well established enough for our next system Saturday night through Sunday to fall as snow to sleet in northern New England, brief snow/sleet to rain in central New England and plain rain in southern New England, accompanied by a gusty onshore wind.

Rain departs Sunday evening and next week starts bright and mild... though cool air slowly battles back until a larger storm may bring rain or snow — and a chance of coastal flooding — by late next week in the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.

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<![CDATA[Suspect in Middlesex Hospital Crash Livestreamed It: Mayor]]> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:20:00 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Steven+Ellam+crash+into+Middlesex+Hospital.jpg

Authorities are searching for answers after a 27-year-old Middletown man rammed a car into the Middlesex Hospital emergency room, then set himself on fire, while those who know him struggle to understand what happened.

Yellow tape continued to block off the area of the hospital where the crash happened Thursday night.

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew told NBC Connecticut that the suspect, Steven Ellam, recorded the entire incident on Facebook live. Facebook has since removed the original post but the video is spreading across social media.

NBC Connecticut has seen the video. In it, Ellam referred to the Illuminati and President Trump and called himself Jesus Christ.

Those who know Ellam are shocked by what happened.

“I found out who it was and that was absolutely devastating,” Portland resident Jennifer Shafer said.

Shafer said Ellam came across as a kind, passionate aspiring musician when she met him.

“Nothing unusual or that he was just a young artist who wanted to get his music out there and was very polite and nice actually,” Shafer said.

Ellam was a guest on Shafer’s radio show “Voice of the City” on WESU last year.

She said every interaction with Ellam was positive. When she heard about the incident at Middlesex Hospital, it never occurred to her that Ellam could be the person responsible.

“I just thought, 'Wow what a tragedy. What happened?'” she said.

The owner of the local pizza shop where Ellam worked told NBC Connecticut that Ellam worked there for nine months and he was a good employee who worked hard but quit Wednesday with no explanation.

At a local coffee shop, the manager, Mike LaVoie, referred to Ellam as a regular.

“He'd come in several times a week, just get a coffee, usually a quiet person, in and out real quick,” LaVoie said.

As investigators continue to dive into Ellam’s past and his possible motivation, those who knew him are left wondering why.

“I just think it's really heartbreaking. My heart goes out to his family and to him and I hope he makes it,” Shafer said.

Authorities said Ellam has an extensive criminal history dating back to when he was a teenager and that there is no known connection between him and the hospital.

The hospital’s emergency department will remain closed until further notice.

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