<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcboston.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.comen-usTue, 22 May 2018 06:17:08 -0400Tue, 22 May 2018 06:17:08 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 Taunton Schools Closed Tuesday Due to Threatening Note]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 05:23:18 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/2_Schools_Closed_Tuesday_Due_to_Threatening_Note_Found.jpg

Two schools in Taunton, Massachusetts will be closed Tuesday after a threatening note was found.

There will be no school or after school activities on May 22 for students at Taunton High School and Parker Middle School because a Taunton High School faculty member found a threatening note at the end of the school day Monday.

"It was determined that the anonymous and threatening note warrants further investigation, prompting the cancellation of school tomorrow," Superintendent Julie Hackett said in an email to the Taunton school community. "As always, we are grateful for the swift response and the professionalism of the Taunton Police Department, as they work with us to keep our schools safe."

Hackett said in her email that high school administrators immediately notified the Taunton Police Department after the note was found, and they are investigating. Authorities have not shared what was said in the note, only that it was anonymous and threatening.

"Thank you for your patience and understanding. It is never easy to make the decision to cancel school. We know it is an inconvenience for our students, parents, caregivers, and staff," Hackett said. "Please know that the safety and security of our school community remains our top priority."

The discovery of this threatening note in Taunton comes just days after a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas killed 10 people. The recent incidents have parents and students in Taunton on edge.

"That’s kind of scary because my niece and little sister go there. I’m glad that nothing happened today. No one was harmed... but it’s still scary," said former Taunton High School student Jeannette Juba.

"It's a scary thing you know...but they seem to be staying on top of it," parent Joel Gibbons said. "They're proactive and that's a good thing you know." 

A press conference is being held 10 a.m. Tuesday morning outside of the high school. Superintendent Hackett and Taunton Police are expected to speak.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Taunton Police Department at 508-824-7522.

All other schools in the Taunton Public School district will be open Tuesday.

All Taunton High School and Parker Middle School students will be required to make up the school day. Superintendent Hackett said in her email that they will be sending further information to students and staff on how they plan to make up the day they are losing on Tuesday.

This incident remains under investigation.

No other information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Authorities Find Body They Believe May Be Missing NH Woman]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 21:43:12 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/frances+nash.jpg

Authorities have found a body they believe may be that of a missing New Hampshire woman, and they have announced they are seeking the public's assistance in finding the woman's son.

Officials announced Monday night that an adult female body was found in Canterbury early Monday afternoon, and they believe it may be Frances Nash.

The 51-year-old from Chichester was last heard from on May 17.

Frances Nash's car, a maroon 2011 Mercury Mariner SUV with NH license plates 4127573 that was also reported missing, was found earlier Monday morning in Canterbury.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Frances Nash's son, Phillip Nash, 21, of Canterbury, in connection with the theft of his mom's vehicle.

He is described as 5'9" tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Phillip Nash is believed to be driving a stolen maroon 2000 Ford F-350 truck with NH vanity plate GRANITE.

A search will be done of the area where the woman's body was found, and an autopsy will be performed to determine the identity, as well as the cause and manner of death.

Anyone who has information about Frances Nash, Phillip Nash or the two vehicles involved is asked to call the New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-3636.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

No other information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: New Hampshire State Police
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<![CDATA[Increasing Clouds With Showers]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 04:37:47 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tuesday+4+PM+NECN.png

A wave of low pressure along a warm front brings in clouds this morning, but we should be dry through lunchtime and most of New England. Showers are scattered around this afternoon with temperatures holding mostly in the 60s, with a light breeze in off the ocean.

The front moves off tomorrow with a mixture of sun and clouds, still a leftover shower in parts of Maine and eastern Massachusetts, high temperature in the 70s for nice mid-week weather.

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Thursday looks beautiful with sunshine and temperatures back in the 70s.

High pressure gets south of New England Friday allowing warmer weather and slightly increased humidity, mostly sunny with a high in the 80s.

Memorial Day weekend features warm weather to start off on Saturday, but a front comes in during the afternoon with a chance of a thunderstorm in northern New England. High temperature once again in the 80s.

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It looks warm and humid Saturday night with a few thunderstorms, and then we should dry out in northern New England during Sunday, with a chance of a thunderstorm in southern New England, with temperatures starting to cool off a bit.

The outlook for Memorial Day on Monday is for a mixture of sun and clouds and slightly cooler air.

The weekend forecast is medium to low confidence, but it sure does look like a warm summer pattern to begin with anyway.

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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Searching After Boston, Chatham Hear Mayday Call]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 05:30:56 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/US+Coast+Guard+Generic+Coast+Guard.jpg

The United States Coast Guard announced Monday night they were conducting a search in the waters off Boston and Chatham, Massachusetts, after hearing a mayday call earlier in the night.

The call pinged a tower and bounced to both Boston and Chatham, which is unusual.

Neither the Coast Guard in Boston nor the Coast Guard Southeast has received a report of anyone missing.

Both will continue their search Tuesday morning.

Anyone who knows of a missing boater is urged to call the Coast Guard.

If someone knows they made a mayday call by accident, you are asked to let the Coast Guard know so they can stop their search. Coast Guard Boston can be reached at 617-223-3201, and Coast Guard Southeast can be reached at 508-457-3211.

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<![CDATA[Trooper Accused of Being Drunk on the Job Has Long History]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 23:47:52 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Investigators__Cruising_for_Trouble.jpg

A Massachusetts State Police trooper relieved of duty after being accused of being drunk at work is back on the job, and the NBC10 Boston Investigators found dozens of internal affairs investigations in the 17-year veteran’s record.

Trooper Jonathan Brown has been re-assigned to a new barracks and put on desk duty since being relieved of duty on St. Patrick's Day pending an investigation into suspicions he was drunk.

That incident is still under investigation, but it is just the latest into a trooper with a history of substantiated complaints on the job.

Brown, reached by cell phone, declined to comment. The state police said they would not comment on personnel matters.

The NBC10 Boston Investigators found that since Brown joined the state police in 2001, he has had 36 complaints about or investigations into his conduct on the job. State police investigators found him responsible in 49 percent of the incidents.

“That’s certainly a lot of complaints,” said Al Donovan, a consultant to police departments on internal affairs investigations and a former Tewksbury police chief.

Donovan said the more active a trooper is, the more complaints he will have, but even unsustained complaints are cause for concern.

“Complaints from citizens are an early indicator that that person has to be looked at and there’s something going on in their life,” he said.

The sample of complaints and investigations that were considered “sustained” included a tense encounter with a citizen at a Dunkin' Donuts off the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham.

The person recorded the 2009 interaction after seeing the on-duty trooper park in the only handicap space.

In the video, Brown angrily rebuffs the citizen’s request for his name, though he finally did give it to him.

In two others, drivers say Brown screamed at them or intimidated them during traffic stops - angry, spitting and jumping up and down.

According to state police documents, he told one woman that “when you see a cruiser you show respect.”

He told another, “I’m going to teach you a (expletive) lesson.”

In documents from that investigation, a state police captain noted that Brown was the fourth “most frequently complained about trooper” out of more than 2,000 officers.

“Someone should be looking at and saying this is an issue, because that’s not something you want to be,” Donovan said.

In 2010, Brown worked eight hours of overtime on a construction detail, but also claimed he was testifying in court on a traffic violation at the same time. He charged the state another four hours of overtime for that same time.

He even wrote in his report that the driver didn't show up to court and therefore was found responsible for his ticket. But according to court documents, Brown was the no-show and the driver got off.

When the double dipping was discovered, Brown told investigators he got his days confused, but state police ruled it employee misconduct.

It is unclear how, or if, Brown was punished, because state police heavily redacted his report. Personnel information of state and municipal employees is exempt from the state’s public records law, and such information is routinely withheld from the public.

Brown’s internal affairs investigations, which are public records, did reference days without pay on some past incidents, along with repeated notes from supervisors saying that Brown’s growing file was a problem.

“These are all red flags and alerts that have been either missed or not addressed properly,” Donovan said.

Brown, a patrol trooper for part of his career, has been involved in seven on-duty crashes since 2014. He also was involved in five crashes on his personal driving history since joining the force in 2001.

He was found responsible for all five personal crashes and five of the on-duty crashes.

The seventh on-duty crash, which occurred last year near Logan Airport and sent a woman to the hospital, is still under investigation.

According to state police documents about that incident, Brown’s cruiser moved into the woman’s lane. Brown says he blacked out behind the wheel, and so he doesn't remember what happened.

In the accident report, the investigating officer at the scene wrote that “Trooper Brown was advised to submit…,” but we don’t know what he was being advised to submit to because the rest of the sentence was redacted by state police lawyers.

Donovan said the number of crashes, coupled with the allegations of being drunk on the job, should prompt state police to scrutinize Brown’s time on the road.

“Your first duty is to make sure he doesn’t get behind the wheel of a cruiser and endanger the public,” he said.

There are still unanswered questions about the March 17, 2018 incident. State police say Brown showed up to work at the Devens barracks drunk, but he wasn’t sent home until halfway through his shift.

It is unclear whether he drove his state vehicle to work, if he went on any calls in a cruiser or if he interacted with the public.

A state police spokesman said Brown would have to meet several conditions to return to full duty, and then they will decide if he is fit for duty. But state police refused to say what those conditions are.

<![CDATA[Vigil Held for Classmates Killed in Crash]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 00:14:53 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Vigil_Held_for_Stoughton_Students.jpg

Classmates, close friends and strangers joined together at St. James Roman Catholic Parish Monday night as the Stoughton community continues reeling from a devastating weekend car crash that killed four Massachusetts high school students.

“The first words that came to my mouth was four of them,” said Fr. James Mazzone, pastor at the church. “One is such a tragedy, four is almost unimaginable, it is so hard for us to wrap our heads around this.”

The hour-long service was an opportunity to talk about the loss and grieve the loss of the four boys.

“It was very sad inside,” said Anabela Cardoso who attended the service. “I wanted to be here to support the people, my son goes to school with the boys.”

Father Mazzone says the prayers Monday night will help the grieving families, and give classmates courage in the face of trauma.

His message: life is beautiful but fragile.

“Every moment is a gift,” said Fr. Mazzone. “Treat it like that, there are no promises, there are no guarantees.”

As for the driver involved in the crash, he is in the hospital with serious injuries.

There were prayers for him Monday night, too.

Students at Stoughton High School had returned to classes on Monday after the tragic crash that tragically killed four of their classmates.

Police said five teens were traveling along West Street in East Bridgewater at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when their vehicle struck a tree and rolled over.

The Plymouth County District Attorney's office said Christopher Desir, 17, of Brockton, Eric Sarblah, 17, of Stoughton, and Nick Joyce, 16, of Stoughton, were pronounced dead at the scene. David Bell, 17, of Stoughton was transported to Brockton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The 17-year-old driver was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton and then to Boston Medical Center, where he is recovering.

School officials provided grief counselors on Sunday and said they plan to provide them throughout the week as needed for students.

While school reopened as planned on Monday, Stoughton Superintendent Marguerite Rizz had said she expected it to be a difficult day.

"I do not anticipate we will have a normal day, but it is important for students to have their routines if they want and need them. To know that we are going to available to them insofar as they're going to be able to go through a regular day we are going to provide that. Insofar as they can't, we will provide other resources for them," Rizzi said Sunday.

Most students wore black to school on Monday as part of an organized effort, and school officials put up black-and-orange ribbons on trees around town. A memorial at the crash site in East Bridgewater continues to grow.

Family and friends said the teens were good friends and active in athletics.

Bell was a member of the school's football, basketball, and track team and had recently set his personal record in the high jump.

"He was my son. He was my heart," his mother Solange Bell said. "In school, what you saw in school is what you saw at home."

Joyce was a sophomore and played football with Bell. He is being remembered as a star athlete with a bright future in graphic design.

"He touched a lot of people in such a short amount of time. He's sorely, sorely going to be missed," said Joyce’s uncle, Mark Walker.

For the Joyce family, Saturday's crash is the second tragedy to strike in recent weeks. Joyce's cousin Christopher Joyce was murdered in Jamaica Plain just days before his college graduation at Salem State University.

Sarblah’s uncle, Columbus Okai, spoke about him, saying, "Eric was a very kind person, disciplined, and he will be missed."

Desir's mother said she is not ready to talk about her son.

While the crash remains under investigation, authorities are looking into whether excessive speed may have been a factor. Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said they are also considering weather conditions and the experience of the driver.

"This is a tragic, tragic situation," Cruz said. "And we hope that any and all young drivers that may be out there for any reasons at this time of the year, this festive time of the year that everybody is careful and goes slow and remember that their parents love them and when they tell them to please go slow, to do that."

<![CDATA[Boston Celtics Lose 111-102 to Cleveland Cavaliers Game 4]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 01:07:41 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-961180036.jpg

Though not nearly as disastrous as Saturday’s debacle, the Boston Celtics find themselves tied at two games apiece in the Eastern Conference Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers after a 111-102 loss on Monday night.

Cleveland broke away from Boston after trailing 10-9 earlier, growing a lead as large as 19 points and never sustaining any real threats thanks to 44 points from LeBron James.

It wasn’t clear from the tip that we were getting the fully-engaged version of James, whose 28 field goal attempts were 16 more than the next closest Cavalier. He deferred on the first three possessions of the game for Cleveland, not advancing inside the 3-point line with the ball at any point.

The Cavaliers closed the first quarter on a 25-8 run, however, with James chipping in 11 points and not missing any of his four shots from the field.

Trailing 34-18 at the end of one, the Celtics had more missed field goal attempts than points. They wouldn’t be within single digits of the Cavs until the third quarter and even after a spirited 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter, could get no closer than seven points.

Somehow, Boston couldn’t cash in on a night in which Kevin Love, Cleveland’s second-best offensive player by almost any measure, picked up his fifth foul in the third quarter and shot a ghastly 3 for 12 from the field.

Boston did itself no favors over the course of the game with five missed dunks, including three in the first quarter. Jaylen Brown, the culprit of two whiffs in the first, recovered nicely to lead the team with 25 points.

While all five members of the starting lineup finished in double figures in scoring for the Celtics, the team’s efficiency left much to be desired. Boston shot an unacceptable 35 for 85 (40.5 percent) from the field, including 9 for 28 (32.1 percent) from 3-point land.

The bench gave Boston almost nothing, either. Aron Baynes had a few timely dunks to finish with eight points, but Marcus Smart missed each of his first six shots from the floor and turned the ball over six times.

Kyle Korver aided James in helping the Cavaliers build up a lead which would up being insurmountable, making each of his first three shots from the floor – dating back to the start of Game 3, his first miss from the field in Cleveland didn’t come until late in the third quarter – finishing with 14 points, second most on the Cavs.

J.R. Smith had his share of ill-timed 3s that clanged off the back of the rim and even an air ball for good measure, but he still hit 3 of 6 from downtown.

Tristan Thompson had a double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers and George Hill continued to turn things around with a 13-point performance on 6 for 9 shooting.

Jayson Tatum had 17 points, Terry Rozier III had 16 points (on 3 of 9 3-point shooting) to go along with 11 assists and Al Horford had 15 for the Celtics after not making a shot from the field in the first quarter. Marcus Morris had 10 points for Boston.

The Celtics are now 1-6 on the road this postseason, compared to 9-0 at TD Garden. Fortunately for them, that’s where Game 5 is on Wednesday night. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[A Look Inside Abandoned Tunnels Below Boston City Hall Plaza]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 19:28:11 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/A_Trip_Through_Time_in_Boston_s_Train_Tunnels.jpg

Beneath the subterranean bowels of Boston's City Hall Plaza lie 200 feet of train tunnels that have been abandoned for nearly 60 years. Monday, visitors got to take a trip to another time.

In honor of Boston Preservation Month, the city gave tours for a single day.

The tunnel opened in 1898, providing space for two trains to pass through. It has been closed since 1960.

Monday's tour garnered enough interest that Boston is now considering the possibility of making the tunnel accessible for future tours.

<![CDATA[Maine Governor Campaigns for Mass. US Senate Candidate Diehl]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 00:21:38 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Maine_Governor_Campaigns_for_Mass._US_Senate_Candidate.jpg

Maine governor Paul LePage was the headliner at a fundraiser for Republican US Senate candidate Geoff Diehl as he tries to defeat Senator Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts. There was a handful of protesters outside Diehl's fundraiser at the Château restaurant in Waltham where LePage did not hold back on his outspoken, and what his critics would call offensive, rhetoric. Could his support backfire on Diehl? Alison King reports.

<![CDATA['Belligerent' Man Taunts Police About Slain Officer]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 12:36:27 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/wittenmeyer.jpg

A Massachusetts man is due in court Monday in connection with a dispute at a Hyannis pizza shop and taunting officers over the recent murder of a Yarmouth Police sergeant.

Barnstable Police were called to the Domino's Pizza on Falmouth Road at 10:40 p.m. Friday for a call regarding a belligerent customer.

The customer was later identified as Shaune Wittenmeyer, 42, of Hyannis.

Police said Wittenmeyer was irate with Domino's staff over his "pizza points".

When a responding office asked Wittenmeyer to wait outside while he spoke with store employees, the officer noticed Wittenmeyer smelled of alcohol.

Police said while outside, Wittenmeyer began knocking pizza boxes out of a Domino’s delivery person's hand.

While placed under arrest for disorderly conduct, police said Wittenmeyer began to taunt and mock officers who were trying to restrain him in handcuffs. Authorities said he made references to recently slain Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon, saying to one officer that he wished he was the "dead cop."

When Wittenmeyer saw that the officers were bothered, police said he taunted them further and laughed saying, "What are you going do about it? Freedom of speech, right?"

Wittenmeyer was eventually taken to his holding cell.

He was additionally charged with intimidating a witness due to his statements to the officers.

Wittenmeyer was later released on $500 cash bail. He is expected to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court.

<![CDATA[Federal Funds Approved for NH Needle Exchange Programs]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 19:01:48 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Federal_Funds_for_Clean_Needles.jpg

Federal funds are now being made available to support needle exchange programs in New Hampshire as the state continues to battle the growing opioid epidemic.

Wendy LeBlanc helped launch the Syringe Service Alliance of the Nashua Area in February. It allows drug users access “fit packs” complete with 10 sterile needles, a tourniquet, sanitizing wipes, a cooker, and even Narcan kits, no questions asked.

“They’re very grateful, they’re appreciative, they’re thankful,” LeBlanc said.

It’s funded through grants and run by volunteers, but now New Hampshire has gotten approval to use federal funds to support programs like this.

“I can’t tell you how excited and motivated I am again to go to work in the morning and know I am making a difference,” LeBlanc said.

The state petitioned the CDC by using some alarming statistics like a nearly 200-percent increase in overdose deaths from 2012 to 2016 and a spike in hepatitis C and HIV infections related to needle sharing.

“Of course, we all wish no one was injecting drugs, but the reality is they are, and this is a way to help them do so more safely,” LeBlanc said.

Heather Haines was addicted to heroin for five years. She’s convinced if she had access to one of these “fit packs” back then, she could’ve avoided the lifelong impacts of using contaminated needles.

“Quite a few of us just didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into,” Haines said.

She is now one of the volunteers who distributes the syringes to those in need.

“I’ve found my purpose,” Haines said. “I just love seeing that light come on in someone else’s face when I show that same love that was given to me.”

She says the program isn’t just about clean needles, and the federal funding is so much more than money.

“That’s what they’re showing, that they care about every human being, we care about every life,” Haines said.

Some people argue that syringe service programs encourage drug use, but health officials say there are no statistics to support that.

<![CDATA[Perfect Attendance for Blackstone Valley Senior]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 18:35:36 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Perfect_Attendance_for_Blackstone_Valley_Senior.jpg

Since his first day of school in Bellingham on, Riley Compton has never missed a day of school. He graduates next week from Blackstone Valley Tech.

<![CDATA[2 Arrested After Man Shot in Face in Dorchester]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 00:27:22 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/bpd22.jpg

Two people were arrested Monday after a man was shot in the face in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

The shooting happened around 4:25 p.m. in the area of 397 Centre Street. The adult male victim, thought by police to be in his early 20s, was found after running to the area of 74 Whitten Street.

The victim was taken to an area hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says it "looks like he's going to be OK." 

The suspects were on a white moped at the time. They crashed in the area of Gibson and Sturtevant streets, and fled on foot. Police say they attempted to carjack a vehicle in the area.

Both suspects were captured after a lengthy foot pursuit, and two firearms were recovered from the scene.

Kevin Woods, 19, of Boston, and a 17-year-old juvenile male from Boston, whose name is not being released, are both charged with assault with armed assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm with 500 feet of a dwelling and carjacking.

Commissioner Evans says a combination of community support and quick response by Boston police officers made all the difference in the arrest of the two suspects.

“I can’t say enough about the outstanding cooperation between community members and my officers that led to the swift arrests of the suspects wanted in connection to this incident. Within minutes of the original call, thanks to community members willing to share information, my officers knew who they were looking for and had a description of the two suspects responsible for the non-fatal shooting," Commissioner Evans said. "In policing, we always talk about the importance of community cooperation when solving crime and, today, there’s no doubt that community cooperation coupled with my officers’ quick response made all the difference in the apprehension of two individuals who through their brazen behavior showed a complete and utter disregard for the safety of all who happened to be in the area at the time of the shooting.”

Both suspects are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at Dorchester District Court.

Police believe the suspects and the victim knew each other, and that it was a targeted attack.

The shooting is under investigation.

<![CDATA[Boston Leaders Debate Proposed Airbnb Regulations at Hearing]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 16:43:20 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Hearing_on_Proposed_Airbnb_Regulations.jpg

The Boston City Council held a public hearing Monday, and it could be their last hearing before a crucial vote that would toughen regulations on short-term rentals.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is proposing to reign in the short-term rental industry with what would virtually ban anyone who does not live on the property from renting it out. Those on both sides of the debate packed the room to make their final pitch.

Supporters of the regulations say it would free up housing inventory and improve neighborhood quality, but opponents say it would eliminate their industry, which many consider their livelihood.

"They are just going to squash my business," Terrence Heinen said, who owns several investor units. "I have cleaners. I have plumbers. I have people who rely on me."

Others say the explosion of short-term rentals has led to an increase of complaints in their residential buildings. Richard Alferis, who lives on Beacon Hill, said his building has been taken over.

"They are drinking all night. They are running in the halls. It is really a safety and security issue. I'm very concerned," Alferis said.

"Our community has serious concerns with the current short-term rental ordinance. It prohibits renters from home sharing and creates bureaucratic hurdles for homeowners," Will Burns, public policy director for Airbnb Massachusetts, said in a statement. "We are pleased our hosts had a platform to show how this proposal will affect their ability to make a little extra income and support their families. Home sharing rules should be simple and fair for all Bostonians, and we look forward to continued work in that direction."

Members of the Boston City Council appeared divided on the topic at Monday's hearing, with many asking for more data before making a decision. The chairman of the committee, Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty, will now bring what was discussed at the hearing to the administration before bringing it to a vote.

"They want to be regulated and they don't mind being taxed. They get that part, but they just don't want to be eliminated," Flaherty said. "At the same time, we're trying to balance the residents, constituents and taxpayers as to what's in their best interest."

The soonest a decision could be made is at Wednesday's city council meeting. If it passes as is, the regulations would not take effect until January of 2019, but the council could still move that date.

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<![CDATA[Child Hospitalized After School Bus, Dump Truck Crash]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 12:34:51 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/207*120/bus213.jpg

One child was hospitalized after a school bus collided with a dump truck on Route 128 in Beverly, Massachusetts on Monday.

The accident occurred just before noon on Route 128 north, according to state police. There were multiple passengers on the bus at the time of the crash. The exact number was not released.

One child who was on the bus was taken to an area hospital to be checked for possible injuries, state police said. All other students and staff were transferred to another bus.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[High Pressure System Moves Into Area Bringing Showers]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 23:45:59 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/FRONTS_D1Monday.png

Today is about as close to New England perfection as the weather comes — dry air, abundant sunshine, and high temperatures in the 70s.

With the fantastic weather comes a high UV index (don’t forget the sunscreen) and the air can dry the body out a bit, so hydration is important.

In the North Country, a busy wind from the west-northwest increases brush fire danger with gusts over 30 mph, while the wind is lighter farther south, where an afternoon sea breeze may kick up right along the coast. As high pressure moves overhead, then east of New England, the door will open to moisture from the west, producing Monday showers in Chicago and set to bring increasing clouds to New England Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Tuesday afternoon showers will last through Tuesday night, holding temperatures down a bit as a result.

By Wednesday, sunshine returns and temperatures respond by rising back into the 70s. Although a quick shot of cool air is possible in eastern New England on a northeast wind Thursday, the general trend heading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend will be for warming — highs should reach the 80s Friday and Saturday! The only catch to this summery holiday forecast is the jet stream will be nearby. Keep in mind the jet stream is the fast river of air high in the sky that steers disturbances in the atmosphere — and this means an increased chance of showers and thunder.

Saturday evening may bring some scattered storms, particularly in northern and western New England. Sunday will likely bring showers and storms with humid air, and Memorial Day has a 45 percent chance of showers lingering, according to our exclusive forecast system, so there’s still a chance the showers ship out in time.

<![CDATA[Mass. Students Walk Out of Classes for Shooting Victims]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 17:24:51 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Cambridge+Rindge+and+Latin+gun+violence+walkout+05212018.jpg

Hundreds of students at a Massachusetts high school walked out of classes on Monday and held a moment of silence in honor of the 10 victims killed in Friday's shooting in Sante Fe, Texas.

The walkout at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School was held at 9:25 a.m. for 10 minutes — one minute for each victim killed in the massacre. Once outside, students got into a crouched position to remember the victims.

Eight students and two substitute teachers were killed on Friday when another student opened fire at Sante Fe High School. The 17-year-old suspect has been jailed on capital murder charges.

"When I saw what happened, I had a very neutral reaction because it’s just been happening so frequently, to the point where I’ve become desensitized," Cambridge Rindge and Latin junior Eloise Botka said.

Monday's walkout, organized by Students Against Gun Violence, is to push lawmakers for gun control.

"In America, this is a really important issue. It affects people everywhere," said junior Hernello Kebede.

Many adults are also having a hard time processing the violence.

"It's like an average of once a week now, and it's crazy," said Fox Bolton of Somerville. "I don't know how to have a positive impact on what's going on. It's just simply overwhelming."

"When you see photographs of people so devastated in the newspapers, it's hard to believe anybody could become desensitized to that," said Leita Luchetti of Cambridge.

But Dr. Martha Tompson, an associate professor of psychology at Boston University, says it's actually a normal response known as a "habituation process."

"When you are exposed to something repeatedly," she explained, "you become sort of accustomed to it."

Tompson added that people also experience something called "learned helplessness."

"It's like kids who grow up in war-torn countries, and they learn to expect bombings and they learn to expect death," she said.

Before classes Monday, the Cambridge students wrote the names of the Sante Fe victims as well as others who have lost their lives to gun violence in chalk outside the school.

Students Against Gun Violence protested twice in March, a couple weeks after a gunman killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The students weren’t alive when the shootings at Columbine occurred but have come to understand the problem better than most and say that's why they are advocating for gun reform laws.

"It been a pressing issue since before I was born, and unfortunately it’s taking two school shootings to raise awareness about it," said junior Jonathan Matsko.

In addition to the walkout, organizers have been holding voter registration drives in hopes of getting elected leaders to stand up and take notice on pressing issues like gun reform.

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<![CDATA[Report: Tom Brady Won't Be at Pats Voluntary Practice Monday]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 09:55:28 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18036125384036.jpg

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will reportedly not be at Monday's voluntary practices, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

Earlier in the day, Rapoport tweeted that sources had told him Brady would not be present for OTAs (organized team activities). Brady has typically attended these voluntary sessions in past years.

According to ESPN, Brady has skipped all of the team's offseason practices so far this season.

At the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles in April, Brady said he was committed to playing another season with the Patriots.

Rapoport said it's not clear yet if tight end Rob Gronkowski will be present for this week's optional practices. He remains locked in a contract dispute with the team but has said he intends to play this season.

Both Brady and Gronkowski are expected to be present for the team's mandatory minicamp next month.

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