<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcboston.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usThu, 15 Nov 2018 04:06:26 -0500Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:06:26 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[New England Prepares for Snowfall]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:18:18 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Snow+Preps+111418.JPG

The bitter cold Wednesday night is the perfect weather for snow to stick, as the first snowfall of the season prepares to hit New England.

A winter storm watch was already in effect for many areas Wednesday.

In Leominster, Massachusetts, the heavy equipment is ready to go at Quality Towing and Recovery, which plows commercially for supermarkets, apartment complexes and industrial buildings.

"All the companies are getting ready. The snow stakes are in the ground, and they're making sure everything is running — the sanders and trucks," said Nick Pirro III of Quality Towing and Recovery.

Snow also means spin-outs and accidents.

The company has 12 tow trucks ready. It tows for the major highways and three state police barracks.

They're expecting it to be "very busy the next couple days."

Some parking bans are also in effect.

Police departments around the state were reminding residents of the parking restrictions on social media.

Keolis, the company that operates the commuter rail, says they are also pre-positioning teams with salt, sand and snow and checking equipment, before the commute Friday morning.



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<![CDATA[Maine Man Dies on Cross-Country Recumbent Bike Trip]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:29:23 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/James+Dobson+GoFundMe.jpg

Authorities say a man making a cross-country trip on a recumbent bicycle to raise money for children with cancer was struck and killed on a Mississippi highway.

James Dobson of Lebanon, Maine, started in New Hampshire on Oct. 1 for the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. His goal was to ride 60 miles daily, to San Diego.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol said the 32-year-old Dobson was on Highway 98 west of Hattiesburg on Tuesday afternoon when he was struck from behind by a car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation.

Keith Loud, the hospital's physician in chief, said in a statement he was moved not only by Dobson's dedication, but the courage it took to ride across the country in an effort to give back.



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<![CDATA[Winter Storm Watches Issued for Parts of Mass., NH]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:38:34 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/petesnow2.jpg

Winter storm watches have been issued for parts of New England from Thursday evening through Friday morning ahead of the first projected snowstorm of the season.

Heavy snow is possible, with the potential for difficult travel conditions during the Friday morning commute.

Thursday is expected to start cold and sunny, with clouds increasing during the day.

A gathering storm will spread rain and snow into New England after dark, first in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southeastern Massachusetts toward the end of the evening commute.

The snow will continue to work northward at night, falling heavily at times inland. At the coast, expect a fairly quick transition to a wintry mix and then rain as winds blow in off the water.

By Friday morning, most spots in Southern New England will be over to plain rain, with any sleet or freezing rain limited to areas well North and West of Boston. We’ll dry out by the day’s end.

Northern New England, by contrast, will keep seeing snow right into the afternoon.

Snowfall will range from a dusting of one inch for most of the immediate coast, with 1-to-3-inches through much of Connecticut, Rhode Island, MetroWest, and New Hampshire's Seacoast.

More like 3-to-6-inches is likely from the hills of Connecticut and northwest Rhode Island into central Massachusetts and much of northern New England.

Top totals of 6-to-9-inches will be found in the highest terrain of western Massachusetts and the Greens, Whites, and mountains of Maine.

DETAILED STORM TIMELINE (Thursday Night into Friday Morning):

 

  • 6-9 p.m.: Snow arrives, quickly changes to rain for Cape and Islands.
  • 9 p.m. to midnight: Heavy burst of snow north and west of Boston, changing to rain for the rest of the coast.
  • Midnight to 3 a.m.: Snow changes to a wintry mix and rain in the Merrimack Valley and MetroWest. Still snowing around Worcester points north and west.
  • 3-6 a.m.: Mostly rain Boston to Worcester, wintry mix continues Route 2 into southern New Hampshire.
  • 6-9 a.m.: Last of wintry mix far north and west, rain elsewhere.
  • 9 a.m.-noon: Mostly rain, windy.
  • Noon into afternoon: Rain departs, snow continues in the mountains of northern New England.

 

The weekend will bring us back to sun and briefly milder temperatures. We’ll top out in the 40s.

Next week looks quiet overall, but some rain and snow showers will be likely Monday and again Wednesday. Right now, it doesn’t look like either of those systems will result in major travel issues across New England.


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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Sexual Assault Attempt in South End]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:51:10 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/South+End+111418.JPG

Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault in Boston's South End.

A victim told police a man approached her around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of East Canton Street and Albany Street and tried to assault her. She said she was able to fight off the suspect and get away.

Surveillance footage showed the suspect running to a nearby alley.

Police describe the man as being in his early 20s and between 5'6 and 5'8 with a medium build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a baseball cap, a blue jacket with lettering on the back, a shirt with "24" on the front, blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 617-343-4400.



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<![CDATA[Car Teeters Off Pier in Charlestown Neighborhood]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:37:15 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Car+hanging+off+pier+Charlestown.JPG

Police are investigating how a motorist drove off a pier in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

Sky Ranger showed the car teetering off the pier near Constellation Wharf.

Firefighters told NBC10 Boston the elderly couple inside the vehicle were not hurt.

"They were turning around and he hit the gas by accident and that caused the car to go over the edge of the pier," said Boston Fire spokesman Brian Alkins.

Stunned customers at the nearby Pier 6 restaurant watched in awe as neighbors took in the view from across the harbor.

Fire officials say the floating dock and the staff at Pier 6 helped keep the couple safe.

"People from the restaurant at Pier 6 helped them get out of the car," Alkins said.

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<![CDATA[Breaking Down the Timing, Impact of Thursday's 1st Snowstorm]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:41:21 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/petesnow3.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Mayor Discusses Winter Weather Plans for Explosion Victims]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:46:42 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/rivera41.jpg

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera held a press conference Wednesday to discuss winter weather preparations for the families impacted by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.

Rivera was joined by fire officials and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz to discuss how they will help residents combat the cold as temperatures continue to decline.

Although some families were cleared to return to their homes, many are still without gas and are unable to cook.

Rivera said as the work continues in Lawrence and surrounding areas to get residents gas, heat, and hot water, there are still many homes and businesses without.

"Given the hard work of the recovery operation, as of yesterday, the number of impacted customers that are relit with heat and hot water in Lawrence is about 2,030 meters. That's roughly about 2,900 families that are not lit," said Rivera.

He added that hundreds of families are still in temporary housing. City officials reached out to those residents ahead of the cold weather to make sure they are safe and warm.

"Since we knew the homes that were going to be dealt with last, separately from the outreach that was done with Columbia Gas, we did outreach to people who were going to be lit last, my office with the senior center made phone calls to the most vulnerable and the last to be lit," said Rivera. "We've made outreach door-to-door to people we couldn't get to make sure we got the message out of temporary housing and financial assistance way before it got cold."

The September disaster killed one man, injured more than 20 others, and prompted evacuations for thousands of residents and led Gov. Charlie Baker to declare a state of emergency.



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<![CDATA[Kirk Minihane Leaving WEEI to Launch National Show]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:36:28 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/minihane2.jpg

Kirk Minihane's time with WEEI has come to an end, he and the radio station announced Wednesday.

Minihane, the controversial co-host of "Kirk & Callahan," will launch his own show, podcast and column on Radio.com, WEEI said.

Minihane has been on indefinite leave from his WEEI show amid his battle with mental health issues. He will be on "Kirk & Callahan" Thursday to discuss his future.

"I'm extremely excited to return to the air and reach a national audience, with greater autonomy to focus on a variety of topics, and even more digital platforms to connect with my fans," Minihane said in a statement on WEEI's website. "It's been awesome to be part of WEEI and I know Gerry [Callahan] and Mut (Mike Mutansky) will continue to put on a great show."

WEEI said its morning show was "being re-envisioned as a more sports-centric show consistent with the station's brand and position as Boston's sports leader."

"I want to thank the listeners for their patience and loyalty over the past several weeks, and I can't wait to get started on RADIO.COM," Minihane said in his statement.



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<![CDATA[Official to Depart Office Amid Probe Into GI Bill Benefits]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:41:24 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/vetGettyImages-1059477610.jpg

A House committee will hear testimony Thursday from Department of Veterans Affairs officials over delayed GI Bill payments potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of veterans.

NBC News reported Sunday that IT glitches at VA have caused GI Bill benefit payments covering education and housing to be delayed for months or never be delivered, forcing some veterans to face debt or even homelessness.

NBC News learned on Wednesday that one of the key witnesses called to testify from VA was reassigned by the federal agency to a regional office in Houston.

Robert Worley, executive director of Education Service of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), based in Washington, D.C., has been appointed to serve as the executive director of the VBA’s Houston Regional Office, according to two sources close to the VA and an email reviewed by NBC News.

Higher-ups at VA decided to reassign Worley due to the delayed GI Bill payments, as well as other issues within his office, sources said.



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<![CDATA[US Could Lose War to Russia or China: Report]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:43:27 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/USMilitaryWarChinaRussia.jpg

The United States faces a "crisis of national security" because its historic military supremacy has eroded drastically, leaving it likely unable to fight more than a single war at a time, according to a congressionally chartered report released Wednesday.

"U.S. military superiority is no longer assured and the implications for American interests and American security are severe," said the report, which was issued by the National Defense Strategy Commission, an independent agency whose board is appointed by the House and Senate Armed Services committees.

The report concludes that the Defense Department isn't financially or strategically set up to wage two wars at once and could even lose a war against China or Russia individually, NBC News reported.

"The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict," it said.



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<![CDATA[Lawsuit Alleges Feds Targeted Vt. Immigration Activists]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:53:55 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Immigration_Rights_Rally_in_Vermont.jpg

Activists for immigrants' rights filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in Burlington, Vermont, against several defendants, including the U.S. Homeland Security secretary.

After a march through the streets of Burlington, activists from the group Migrant Justice and many allies from other organizations called for greater protections for immigrants, regardless of legal status.

When the march arrived at the federal courthouse, plaintiffs filed a lawsuit alleging Vermont's Department of Motor Vehicles gave personal information to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security about members of the state's undocumented farmworker community.

That community's labor is critical to Vermont's famous dairy industry.

Advocates with Migrant Justice, who are outspoken on a host of immigration issues, say they were retaliated against for their activism, claiming ICE used that DMV info to track down undocumented community leaders and make arrests.

"As we stand up and fight for our rights, we are hunted down and targeted by ICE," Migrant Justice activist Enrique Balcazar said through an interpreter at a rally outside the federal building.

Migrant Justice, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the ACLU of Vermont, and other plaintiffs claim the federal government is targeting activists nationwide.

Their suit calls on Vermont's DMV to stop sharing info with the Feds, and for ICE to stop detaining advocates for immigrants, arguing they have a Constitutional right to rally and speak up for the farmworker community without fear.

"ICE is a rogue agency who needs to be restrained, and eventually abolished," said Angelo Guisado, a staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Christina Nolan, the U.S. Attorney for Vermont, declined to comment Wednesday about the demonstration taking place outside the federal building.

However, the man who appointed Nolan before her unanimous U.S. Senate confirmation, President Donald Trump, has regularly spoken about his enthusiastic support for ICE.

"We will never surrender our nation," President Trump said in August at an event applauding the work of federal agents. "We will not stand for the vile smears, the hateful attacks, and the vicious assaults on the courageous men and women of ICE and Border Patrol and law enforcement."

A spokeswoman for Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, told necn the governor's office is still reviewing the lawsuit and its claims about the DMV.

Scott's office said the governor's expectation is that the state follow human rights standards and fair and impartial policing practices along with state and federal laws.

ICE told the Associated Press it could not comment on pending litigation.

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<![CDATA[Red Sox Extend Alex Cora's Contract]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:44:50 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/alex_cora_3543.jpg

The Red Sox have agreed to a contract extension with manager Alex Cora after a fantastic start to his tenure with the team.

Cora's contract, which was set to expire in 2020, was extended through 2021 with a team option for the 2022 season, the Red Sox said.

The Red Sox hired Cora, then a bench coach, away from the Houston Astros in October of 2017, after the Astros beat the New York Yankees in the ALCS and before they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. In his first year as manager, Cora led Boston past the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers to win the 2018 World Series.

The 108-54 record Cora's Red Sox achieved in the regular season is the best in team history. Only Ralph Houk, skipper of the 1961 Yankees, had a better record as a rookie manager. Houk's team won 109 games.

"Alex did a tremendous job for our club all year long and we wanted to reward him for his efforts after an amazing season," President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. "We are extremely happy that he will be with us and leading our club on the field."

"Since day one, John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Mike Gordon, Sam Kennedy, and Dave Dombrowski have been incredibly supportive of me and my family, and for that I am extremely grateful," Cora said in a statement. "For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field. We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title."

The ring was Cora's first as a manager, but he won one as an infielder on the 2017 Red Sox, as well.



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<![CDATA[Attorney Michael Avenatti Released From Police Custody]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:55:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/avenatti1.jpg

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Stormy Daniels in her legal battle with President Donald Trump, was arrested Wednesday in the Los Angeles area on suspicion of domestic violence. He was released on bail hours later. 

The police report was filed Tuesday night by an unidentified victim at a residence on the 10000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The LAPD tweeted that it was an "ongoing investigation." The department would not reveal the identity of the reporting party or the exact nature of the person's injuries. 

Avenatti was arrested and booked on felony domestic charges Wednesday afternoon, police said. He was released from custody around 5:30 p.m. and his bail was set at $50,000, according to jail records. 

"I wish to thank the hard working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me. I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated," he said in a statement released by his Newport Beach law firm. 

Although the LAPD would not release any details regarding the alleged victim's relationship to Avenatti, his estranged wife Lisa-Storie Avenatti and first wife Christine Avenatti-Carlin, both defended him. 

"My client states that there has never been domestic violence in her relationship with Michael and that she has never known Michael to be physically violent toward anyone," Storie Avenatti's lawyers said in a statement. 

Avenatti-Carlin, who was married to Avenatti for 13 years, said "he has never been abusive to me or anyone else." 

The case will be presented to the LA County District Attorney for prosecution. Avenatti is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 5.  

NBC News Investigations' Andrew Blankstein contributed to this report. 



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<![CDATA[Under Carson, More Families in Housing That Fails Inspection]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:09:50 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/carson-ben.jpg

An NBC News investigation has found that more than 1,000 out of HUD’s nearly 28,000 federally subsidized multifamily properties failed their most recent inspection — a failure rate that is more than 30 percent higher than in 2016, according to an analysis of HUD records.

From his earliest days in office, HUD Secretary Ben Carson has repeatedly said he joined the Trump administration to fix the “rats, roaches, bed bugs, mold, lead and violence” that he witnessed as a surgeon in low-income communities. Under the Trump administration, the number of HUD apartments cited for unsafe, unhealthy and physically deteriorating living conditions has been on the rise.

HUD notes that the vast majority of federally subsidized apartments — more than 96 percent — passed inspection. The department says the recent increase in failing properties is due to changes previously made to strengthen the inspection system. After lawmakers led by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., drew attention to poor conditions in other privately owned Section 8 properties, including some with passing scores, HUD tightened its standards for repairs and for certifying inspectors in 2016. The department is continuing to overhaul the process, according to HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan.



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<![CDATA[Authorities Warn NH Residents of Police Impersonator]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:35:10 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Barrington+NH+police+cruiser.JPG

Police in Barrington, New Hampshire are warning residents after they say a man dressed up as an officer tried to gain access to someone's house.

Both police and residents are calling the Tuesday incident unsettling. Resident Joanne Moore said she can't believe there's a person creeping around her quiet Sawyer Lane neighborhood with bad intentions.

"My family is here, kids are here, and we don't have things like that that happen in Barrington," Moore said.

Police Chief Bob Williams said the suspect was wearing a Barrington Police shirt and had a taser on his hip when he approached a home around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. He told the homeowner he was responding for a noise complaint.

"It was odd to the resident because he was the only one home and there was no noise," Williams said.

After a brief discussion with the homeowner, Williams said the man turned around and left. At that point, the homeowner, so confused by the visit, called police to get some answers. Turns out, there was never an actual police officer in the neighborhood at the time.

"What is their motive after that is anybody’s guess," Williams said.

He wants residents to know that his officers are usually in full uniform, will always have identification, and will most times be in marked police cruisers. In addition, the Barrington Police Department doesn't have any black Dodge Chargers like the one the suspect was driving.

"You know, it shakes everything you intend for your life and everything that you believe in," Moore said.

The suspect is described as a man in his late thirties with brown hair, about 5'8" tall and driving that black Dodge Charger with a spotlight. Anyone who sees him or his vehicle is urged to call police.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Brutal Hit That Led to Basketball Player's Suspension]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:31:58 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/208*120/image76.jpg

A Massachusetts university has suspended and barred a member of its men's basketball team from campus after a vicious elbow to the face of an opponent during a game on Tuesday night.

Fitchburg State University said in a statement Wednesday that junior guard Kewan Platt has been "indefinitely suspended" from the team and barred from campus effective immediately. According to his bio on the school website, Platt is from Jamaica Plain and is studying criminal justice.

The incident took place during a game between Fitchburg and Nichols College, both Division III schools from Massachusetts.

Video of the incident, which has been widely circulated on social media, shows Nichols College guard Nate Tenaglia shooting a three-pointer. As he follows through, Platt is seen jogging toward Tenaglia and delivering an elbow to Tenaglia's head. Tenaglia falls to the ground, clutching his face.

Platt was assessed his second technical of the game and ejected, according to Yahoo Sports. Tenaglia stayed in the game and hit the two free throws.

"He’s an extremely tough kid," Nichols coach Scott Faucher told Yahoo. "He took the shot, rallied his teammates together and went right to the free throw line.” 

Nichols went on to win the game 84-75. 

Fitchburg State said the case is being reviewed at the student conduct level for consideration of further sanctions.

"The Fitchburg State community is appalled by the conduct displayed during Tuesday night's home basketball game," the school said in its statement. "His behavior is antithetical to our community values and good sportsmanship. Fitchburg State does not tolerate behavior that violates those standards."

The Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference said it has also vacated Platt's player of the week award.

"His behavior goes against the MASCAC's mission, which includes good sportsmanship," Commissioner Angela Baumann said in a statement. "On behalf of the MASCAC and Fitchburg State, we apologize to the Nichols College student-athlete, the team and institution.

Nichols College Athletic Director Chris Colvin said in a statement that he was "troubled by the unfortunate incident" but relieved that Tenaglia was able to finish the game.

"We are proud of the way our student-athletes handled the incident and that they did not allow it to escalate," he said. "We are aware that the Fitchburg State administration is handling the matter."



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<![CDATA[Bay State's First Pot Shop Waits on Final Green Light]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:31:18 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Mass._Marijuana_Growers_Threaten_to_Sue_Commission.jpg

Massachusetts could be just days away from the first pot shop opening up in the Commonwealth.

Cultivate, a medical dispensary in Leicester, is waiting on one final green light to start selling to adults 21 and older.

Mike Lazar, a staff member at Cultivate, explained some of the basics of cannabis that are seemingly foreign and intimidating to many potential consumers.

Lazar said there are three main strains known as sativa, indica, and hybrid. And from those three strains, there are dozens of varieties with a host of names like Banana OG, Violeta, and Skywalk. Each variety offers different effects.

"Sativas are those energizing, buzzy, racy, motivating strains. Indicas are in the couch strain, the full body relaxation," explained Lazar. "And hybrids somewhere in between."

Consumers can buy flower to smoke or concentrate to vape.

"Once you smoke, it will take about 3 to 5 minutes to affect you," said Lazar.

He said there are also edibles, like brownies or cookies, that seem easiest to try. Lazar warns, however, that you won't feel anything for up to an hour and a half, leading many to consume more.

"What happens is THC will lower your blood pressure -- what happens at that point, your body thinks your blood sugar is lowered as well, so your palms will start to sweat, your heart will race, you'll start thinking something is wrong and nothing is wrong," he said. "It's just your body telling you, you took too much."

Lazar said consumers arrive at dispensaries with questions, cash, and a photo identification and know the rules so they can enjoy with caution.

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<![CDATA[State Trooper Hit, Injured by Wrong-Way OUI Driver]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:40:19 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/111418+cruiser+hit.jpg

A Massachusetts State Police trooper was hospitalized after their cruiser was struck by an alleged OUI driver in Springfield on Tuesday night.

Around 10 p.m., officials received a call of a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 91.

A trooper located the vehicle and positioned their cruiser in front of the suspect car in an attempt to halt it.

The driver, who was later identified as 31-year-old Yevgeniy Rudenko, allegedly struck the police cruiser and two other vehicles when he failed to stop. The crash caused Rudenko’s pickup truck to roll over.

The trooper and Rudenko suffered minor injuries. A passenger in one car and the driver of another that was struck suffered serious injuries.

Rudenko was charged with OUI liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, state highway wrong way violation, possession of an open container of alcohol while driving, a marked lanes violation and speeding.

Officials said Rudenko is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday. It is unclear if he has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Borderline Shooting: 12 Red Roses Express a Father's Grief]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:55:10 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/11-13-2018-jason-coffman-borderline-bar-shooting-1.jpg

Jason Coffman didn't plan out what he was going to say when he spoke Tuesday night at a vigil for his son Cody, who was killed last week when a shooter opened fire in the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks.

But the 12 red roses the mourning father clutched in his hand filled the spaces where words failed to express his grief and the compassion for those who shared his agony. After saying a few words between sobs to the more than 1,000 people who gathered on a chilly and windy night in Newbury Park, Coffman handed a rose to each family of the 12 victims in last Wednesday's mass shooting.

"I have 12 roses, and I would absolutely be honored to meet the families, right now, one by one," Coffman said.

Wearing his blue Dodgers hat and a hooded sweatshirt, Coffman then handed each family a rose and shared tearful embraces and memories of those they had lost.

The size of the crowd, many bundled in jackets, touched friends and family. The gathering was at a park where 22-year-old Cody Coffman umpired for little league baseball teams.

"When he was here, he didn't think he had an impact on anybody," said friend Brandon Garza. "He thought he was just an average guy. Look at what he did. He brought all these people together."

Like many of the shooting victims, Cody Coffman had been making plans for what he wanted to do with his life. He was talking with Army recruiters and preparing to fulfill his dream of serving his country, his father said. He loved his three brothers, ages 6 to 9, and was eager for the birth of a baby sister -- due Nov. 29.

Before his son left for the Borderline Bar last Wednesday night, Coffman told him not to drink and drive, and that he loved him. Hours later, he was at a family unification center waiting in depseration to hear whether his son had made it out of the Thousand Oaks bar.

He then shared the horrible news with those gathered outside the unification center that his son was among those killed.

A memorial service Wednesday at 7 p.m. for Cody Coffman will be open to the public at Perez Family Chapel in Camarillo.



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<![CDATA['Amazon Effect' on Real Estate Anticipated, Feared in Va.]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:44:48 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/111318+Chirilagua+arlington+alexandria.jpg

As news of Amazon's move to Northern Virginia sinks in, residents and real estate watchers are monitoring the impact the announcement will have on rent costs and sale prices.

Northern Virginia realtor Jen Walker said she's already seen what's being called "the Amazon effect." Overnight, some of her potential buyers changed their minds from passing on a home to buying it.

"They woke up this morning, saw the Amazon announcement and they decided they wanted to move forward with a contract," she said. "They said, 'We’re going to get priced out if we don’t do this now.'"

Getting priced out is what Alex Howe fears will happen to low-income families in Northern Virginia. Howe is a member of the D.C. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. The group runs the website NoVa Says No to Amazon.

“We’re going to see, I think, an explosion in rents and housing prices. And folks in these communities, like up the street in the Chirilagua neighborhood — developers have been eyeing that area for a really long time," Howe said. "They’ve been able to hold them off, but honestly I think the pressure's going to get higher."

Chirilagua is the predominantly Latino neighborhood on the Arlington-Alexandria line.

Amazon says the tech giant is moving to an area they're calling National Landing, which is comprised of parts of Crystal City and Pentagon City in Arlington, and Potomac Yard in Alexandria.

But Howe says the fight isn't over. He hopes that activists and residents still can shape how much Amazon gets in tax incentives.

"We’re still giving away taxpayer money to one of the largest corporations on the planet and run by one of the richest men on the planet," Howe said.

In remarks Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam promised Amazon's new headquarters would benefit all communities.

"To be able to invest in our education system, infrastructure and affordable housing, this is an exciting day in Virginia," he said.

Walker, who has sold homes in Northern Virginia for more than two decades, said Amazon's move will make a lot of local homeowners happy. She said she wonders how much higher the already-booming local housing market can go.

"We are at the top of the market, but I’ve said that for two years, and the top just keeps continuing to go up," she said.



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<![CDATA[Suspected Serial Killer Connected to at Least 90 Murders]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:42:18 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/killAP_317047472329.jpg

A serial killer convicted of murdering three women in California and recently charged with killing a woman in Texas could be connected to more than 90 murders committed across more than a dozen states and three decades, Texas authorities said Tuesday.

Samuel Little, 78, has provided investigators details on a "multitude" of murders he may have committed between 1970 and 2005 in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, California, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico, South Carolina, according to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

Little is incarcerated in Ector County, Texas.



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<![CDATA[First Night Boston 2019: How to Donate]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:17:32 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/first_night_boston_recap.jpg

First Night Boston, New England’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, has announced the addition of a philanthropic program for its 2019 event. In addition to hours of free entertainment, light shows, ice sculptures, and other family-friendly programming, 2019 eventgoers will be introduced to three non-profit organizations that are improving our communities and the lives of the people who live within them.

In its first year, and under the rallying cry of “Now’s the Time”, this Charity Partner Program will be comprised of charities which help and empower girls and women both locally and regionally.

The selected charities for this inaugural program include Boston-based Project Hope, which provides low-income women and children access to education, jobs, housing, and emergency services, the Center for Women and Enterprise, which is dedicated to helping New England women start and grow their businesses, and #HereForTheMusic, a campaign created by nonprofit organization Calling all Crows that works to prevent sexual violence in the live music industry through training, policy consulting, and education.

“First Night Boston is a celebration that unites residents and visitors of all ages. It’s an annual tradition that showcases the best of who we are as a city,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "This year, we’ll also unite around our shared priority of supporting and empowering the women and girls in our communities. We look forward to welcoming these organizations to First Night Boston, and making 2019 another great year for the City of Boston.”

The free and family-friendly event begins at Boston’s Copley Square at 12 p.m. on Dec. 31. In addition to the music, ice sculptures, and sponsor engagements, these organizations will be set in Copley Square to spread awareness about the good work that they do, and collect donations through the day. In partnership with NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston, these organizations will receive pre-event television coverage of their work.

The public is encouraged to visit www.firstnightboston.org/charity-partner-program to learn more about how to donate.

More than 200,000 guests are expected to visit Copley Square on New Year’s Eve, and the event’s full musical line-up and its headlining performance will be revealed in the near future.

The event showcases Boston’s beauty in a night of light, music, and ice, and is funded entirely by contributions from the surrounding community. Donations can be made to help support the event at the event website, www.firstnightboston.org.

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<![CDATA[Accused Parkland School Shooter Allegedly Attacks Deputy in Jail]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:01:38 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tiroteo-florida.jpg

Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is facing new charges after officials say he attacked a detention deputy inside the Broward County Jail, where he is awaiting trial for allegedly killing 17 people in February.

Officials with the Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed to NBC 6 that the 20-year-old Cruz attacked a detention deputy inside the facility Tuesday evening just before 6 p.m. The deputy refused medical treatment and Cruz was evaluated by medical staff but had minor injuries that didn't require medical treatment, officials said.

According to an arrest report, Cruz struck the deputy in the face following a verbal disagreement before grabbing hold of the deputy's stun gun — which went off during the fight.

The verbal disagreement started when the deputy told Cruz to stop dragging his sandals on the ground and Cruz gave him the middle finger, the report said.

Surveillance video showed Cruz striking the deputy several more times, according to the report, before the deputy grabbed the stun gun back and hit Cruz with it. Cruz eventually got off the deputy and was placed under arrest.

According to BSO jail records, Cruz faces three preliminary charges: aggravated assault on a correctional officer, battery on a law enforcement officer and use of a chemical or electrical weapon on an officer. All are felony charges. The charges are listed on the jail's website in addition to the 34 charges he faces for the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

BSO officials said the 41-year-old deputy involved in the incident has been with the department for 15 years.

Cruz's attorneys had no immediate comment. Cruz made a brief court appearance Wednesday afternoon, where his attorneys were granted authorization to take photos of any injuries he may have. Another hearing was scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Cruz has been held without bond since his arrest shortly after the shooting.

Andrew Pollack, father of Parkland victim Meadow Pollack, spoke about the latest Cruz incident Wednesday.

"They should've finished what he started, that's my opinion, if I was there working at the jail that's what would've happened," Pollack said.

The incident comes at the same time as the MSD commission is meeting in Sunrise, with Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie, Sheriff Scott Israel and Scot Peterson — the school resource officer who has been criticized for his response during the shooting — scheduled to speak.

On Feb. 14, Cruz allegedly entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas, where he was once a student, and opened fire, killing 14 students and three staff members before being arrested shortly after. He's pleaded not guilty in the shooting but his lawyers say he would plead guilty in exchange for a life prison sentence.



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<![CDATA[Teacher Accused of Recording Student in Faculty Bathroom]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:41:21 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bellingham2.jpg

A Bellingham, Massachusetts teacher has been placed on administrative leave after allegations surfaced that the teacher recorded a student in a faculty bathroom.

Bellingham School Superintendent Peter Marano said the teacher — whose name has not been released — was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 9 as soon as the school district received the complaint.

The report was forwarded to Bellingham police, who began an investigation.

"It appeared it was set up being disguised behind something," said Bellingham Police Lt. Kevin Ranieri of the alleged recording. "A lot of people are surprised when they heard of it. He's been there a long time and he's well-liked by many."

Authorities said a 14-year-old male student at Bellingham Memorial Middle School was in a faculty bathroom last Friday when that student noticed a cell phone on top of a locker that looked out of place. The bathroom is described as a coach's bathroom in a locker room area.

"Somehow he was able to see this and it didn't look right to him, it was behind like a box in there and he saw it and he couldn’t figure out why it was up there and sure enough it was a phone," Ranieri said.

After the student reported it to the school resource officer, the teacher's cell phone was confiscated.

The school district said it is conducting its own investigation.

"This individual was immediately removed from the classroom when the district learned of the alleged conduct and we immediately contacted the police. We continue to remain committed to our efforts to ensure a safe learning environment for all students. Student safety is our highest priority," Marano said in a statement.

The student was interviewed by police as well as the district attorney's office.

Police said the teacher has been cooperative and has no prior criminal record.

"If he did it, he's going to have to pay the consequences and if he didn't, then hopefully we can clear his name," Ranieri said.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Bellingham police.

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<![CDATA[Hospital Apologizes to Man Whose Wife Died Outside ER Door]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:05:00 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/levis121.jpg

A Massachusetts man whose wife collapsed outside a locked hospital emergency room door and later died has received a face-to-face apology from the chief executive of the hospital's parent company.

Patrick Wardell, CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance, told Peter DeMarco during a two-hour meeting at the headquarters of The Boston Globe on Tuesday that he was "very sorry" for what happened.

"I can understand the horrible pain that this has inflicted upon you," Wardell said.

DeMarco met with several hospital officials, including Chief Medical Officer Dr. Assaad Sayah, of Somerville Hospital.

"It's hard to continue saying we failed, but we did fail," Sayah said at the meeting.

DeMarco's heart-wrenching first-person account of the death of his wife, Laura Levis, appeared in The Boston Globe magazine.

Levis, having an asthma attack, walked to Somerville Hospital's emergency room in the early morning hours of Sept. 16, 2016.

She found the door locked. There were instructions posted on that door to use another entrance instead. Perhaps because she was panicking, she did not see or could not understand those instructions, or she just didn't make it in time. She sat down on a bench, called 911 and told the operator she was outside the hospital emergency room, couldn't get in and was dying.

At one point a nurse looked for her outside for 12 seconds but apparently didn't see her in the pre-dawn gloom.

She was eventually found unresponsive by a firefighter on the bench 29 feet from hospital's main entrance. It was too late. She died at another hospital days later.

DeMarco said that although he accepted Wardell's apology, he was not satisfied with all the hospital officials' answers.

"The mistakes that led to Laura's death were so unnecessary. For the hospital to own up to them couldn't have been more necessary," DeMarco said in an email to The Associated Press.

"I was certainly disappointed with some answers, and disappointed to learn that Somerville Hospital's leaders have never spoken with the emergency room nurse who left Laura to die on a bench steps from the hospital's doors," he said.

DeMarco said he was also pleased with Wardell's pledge to share the story of his wife's death with other hospitals to help them learn from Somerville Hospital's mistakes.

DeMarco has no plans to sue the hospital, which he said now keeps both emergency room doors unlocked.

Hospital officials learned from their investigation into Levis' case and made several changes, including improving lighting, signage, video surveillance, and training for employees, Sayah said.

Wardell shook DeMarco's hand at the end of Tuesday's meeting. Sayah and chief nursing officer Lynette Alberti both hugged DeMarco.



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<![CDATA[Homeowner Holds Off Armed Burglary Suspects With Machete]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:14:19 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/lynnhome2.jpg

A Lynn, Massachusetts homeowner held off a pair of armed burglars using a machete on Monday night.

Evan Luongo said he goes to bed early and was trying to sleep just before 8 p.m. Monday when he heard breaking glass. He got up to find a door in his home closed with a light on.

Knowing someone was inside, he grabbed his machete and prepared to open the door.

"I can be fairly intimidating looking, I guess... waving a machete," Luongo said. "He pulled a knife on me as I reached the door, but he was shaking so much that he didn't have a real good grip on it. The other one pulled out his little pellet gun. Then I just screamed at them to drop their weapons and kick their weapons at me."

He managed to hold the suspects and call Lynn police. They arrived to arrest 19-year-old Adelson Fedna and a 16-year-old juvenile.

Police said they were trying to steal cell phones.

Fedna was arraigned and is being held without bail. Court information on the juvenile suspect was not available.

Luongo said he's glad the incident ended the way it did, but he's concerned that his house may have been targeted. He said right now police have not given him a clear reason why the suspects chose his home.

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<![CDATA[Young Boy With Special Needs Left on Bus for 4 Hours]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:25:02 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/reverebus.jpg

A young boy with special needs was left on a school bus for about four hours on Tuesday in Revere, Massachusetts.

Revere School Superintendent Dianne Kelly said the boy was found still buckled into his booster seat when the driver went back for their afternoon route. The boy had fallen asleep and slide sideways, but was not harmed.

Police and the state Department of Children and Families are investigating the incident.

The bus is operated by VSP Transportation out of Saugus. The company released a statement saying they are "dedicated to the health, safety and welfare" of the children they drive.

"Our drivers are fully trained to ensure the safety of our children. The person involved did not follow policies that he was fully trained on and was immediately fired. We are fully cooperating with the City of Revere to understand how we can better serve our community," read a part of the statement.

There was also a monitor on the bus who works for Revere Public Schools, and school officials said that monitor has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Revere school officials said they met with all of their bus drivers Wednesday to remind them of proper protocol.

"Any person demonstrating an inability to safeguard children will not be employed by the Revere Public Schools or contracted to work with our kids. This morning, we reviewed safety protocols and transport expectations with all of our own transportation department employees and with all school principals. We have also been in touch with the transportation companies outside of the district that drive some of our students to school to make sure they have done similar trainings with their employees," Kelley said.

The superintendent said she is not releasing any information about the student or what school he attends.



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<![CDATA[Third Body Discovered in Fire Zone North of LA]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:14:09 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/11-14-2018-woolsey-fire-agoura-hills-body.JPG

The death toll in California's devastating November wildfires continued to grow with the discovery of a body in a burned house in Southern California's Woolsey Fire zone.

Law enforcement officers found the body Tuesday in a house in the 32000 block of Lobo Canyon Road in Agoura Hills, according to the county coroner's office. They responded to the area after family members of the resident requested  welfare check.

"They hadn't heard from the resident since Friday," said Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, adding that the resident appeared to live alone at the house.

Details about a cause of death were not immediately available, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the death appears to be related to the 97,600-acre Woolsey Fire.

The remains were located in debris on the property, located in the path of the fast-moving wildfire. Aerial video showed blackened hillsides, burned vehicles at at least two destroyed residences in the canyon area northwest of Los Angeles.

The fire started Thursday and, after jumping the 101 Freeway, moved quickly south toward the ocean, at times burning a 14-mile wide swath.

"It was surreal, when you look at the way it came over the mountain," McDonnell said. "Usually, fire comes down a canyon or maybe two canyons, and it may be a mile or two miles wide. When you look at just the scale, the intensity of the fire, the speed by which the fire moved... an exceptionally difficult fire to be able to fight no matter how many resources were out there." 

The deaths are part of a historic month of wildfires in California. At least 48 people have died in the Camp Fire that all but destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise, making it the deadliest fire in state history. 

On Friday, the remains of two people were found inside a burned vehicle in a long driveway in the 33000 block of Mulholland Highway. The Woolsey Fire burned through the area's mountains after it started Thursday in Ventura County. 

The Woolsey Fire was nearly 50-percent contained Wednesday morning. It has destroyed an estimated 435 structures and led to tens of thousands of evacuations.

Some evacuations were lifted Wednesday in Malibu, but firefighters are watching for hot spots that might be whipped up by Santa Ana winds. Gusts were expected to peak Wednesday morning before diminishing around midday.

Fall is historically one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires in California. Seven of the state's 10-most destructive wildfires occurred in October -- many fueled by monster winds, including Santa Ana gusts.

Through early November, Cal Fire has reported about 5,600 fires that burned more than 621,700 acres. During that same period last year, the agency reported 5,800 fire that burned 316,600 acres. Over the last five years, California has averaged 5,293 fires that burned 231,400 acres during that interval.



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<![CDATA[Sleet and Freezing Rain Developing Soon in New England]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 04:34:54 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/219*120/111418+necn+early+am+wx.jpg

We call it The Montreal Express - when the air rushes in from southeastern Canada -- and temperatures plummet in New England. That is what happened overnight.

Anywhere there was slush is now frozen Wednesday morning. Even in southern New England where we had more than an inch of rain, the ground is so saturated and wet, that some of the side roads and sidewalks are now icy to start off our Wednesday.

Temperatures start out the day in the 10s north and 20s to low 30s south. Wednesday's weather is bright and blustery.

Low pressure that generated the latest wintry mix, tracked along the Gulf of Maine Tuesday, and now is a powerhouse storm over southeastern Canada.

So powerful that the wind in New England gusts at more than 40 mph from the northwest Wednesday, holding our temperature in the 20s north and 30s south even with sunshine.

Strengthening high-pressure moves in Wednesday night. With a clear sky in later wind, the temperature in northern Maine will fall to 0 degrees for the first time this season. Southern New England bottoms out in the 10s and 20s.

Thursday starts off sunny. Another storm system approaching from the Gulf of Mexico will push clouds in during the afternoon. High temperatures once again only in the 20s and 30s. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain all will develop from south to north at night.

Wind will increase out of the northeast, and we are in for a serious winter storm here first thing Friday. Wind from the northeast may gust past 45 mph near the coast. With the water temperature in the lower 50s, coastal areas will see a change to plain rain.

But inland it’s a different story. It will be warmer up in the sky than down near the ground, so parts of southern New England may be raining with a temperature in the 20s to start Friday.

Any wintry mix may change back to snow before ending late Friday. And then it is icy Friday night and early Saturday.

A warm front to our north on Saturday means we may be able to get back to the 40s in southern New England. But that front will slip south again Sunday, with a mixture of rain and snow showers possible.

The forecast for next week is nearly impossible as that front will be stalled over us, but it looks like more cold than anything, and the possibility of some more snow or mix right into Thanksgiving.


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<![CDATA[Father Warned Police of Son Who Led Armed Standoff in NH]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 06:07:36 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Rochester+Mug.jpg

Court documents state the father of a New Hampshire man arrested this week during a tense day-long standoff with police had warned authorities that his son was "talking crazy about government tyranny."

Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Thomas waived his arraignment Tuesday on multiple felony charges. Thomas was arrested Monday following a 23-hour standoff against nearly 70 law enforcement officers in a wooded area of Rochester.

Police say Thomas used a rifle to shoot at a police helicopter and other officers during the standoff. No one was injured.

Thomas's father also told police he saw his son, who is homeless, had a number of guns at his campsite during a Sunday visit and contacted police. Police say Thomas had a number of outstanding warrants.



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