<![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-usTue, 21 Aug 2018 02:31:45 -0400Tue, 21 Aug 2018 02:31:45 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Suspect Killed in Police-Involved Shooting in NH]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:32:02 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Suspect_Killed_in_Rochester_Officer-Involved_Shooting.jpg

A suspect was killed Monday in a shootout with police in Rochester, New Hampshire, according to officials.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced Monday night that 38-year-old Douglas Heath was killed in an "exchange of gunfire" with police after crashing at the intersection of Oak Street and Route 125.

"Mr. Heath was struck by gunfire and died at the scene," MacDonald said in a press conference. "A gun was found near his body."

The violent scene happened right in front of Austin McKenzie, who noticed there was trouble when a driver went past him.

"A car flew past me going 50-60 miles an hour," he said. "A police SUV was coming up from behind with their lights on."

After the crash, MacDonald grabbed his phone and recorded the gunfight that ensued.

"The guy rolled out of the car wielding a handgun and started firing off a couple of shots," McKenzie said. "He was endangering the lives of police officers."

"It's definitely not something you want to see so close to home," another resident, who did not want to provide his name, told NBC10 Boston.

Two Rochester Police officers and two New Hampshire State Police troopers were involved in the incident. None were injured, and MacDonald said they will all be placed on administrative leave.

McKenzie says Heath fired first and police fired multiple times in response.

"He 100 percent had it coming," McKenzie said. "I don't know what happened beforehand or anything like that, but coming out of the car like that ... you can't do something like that and expect it to be a good outcome."

Heath had warrants for trafficking narcotics and fleeing from Maine State Police, according to MacDonald.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call 603-271-3636.

<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Mass. Father, Son Escape Montana Wildfire]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:46:56 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Father_and_Son_Narrowly_Escape_Montana_Forest_Fire.jpg

Charles and Justin Bilton, a father and son from Massachusetts, were just trying to escape as a rapidly growing forest fire started to surround them in Montana.

"That kind of came up on us real quick," Charles said Monday night in Rowley. "As it intensified, it really spread."

The Biltons were in Glacier National Park last week when an overnight storm caused several wildfires to spread.

"That's what surprised me the most, how fast that thing moved, because out there, it is so dry," Charles said.

In dramatic cellphone video, you can see, and hear, the father and son start driving their rental car towards the fire in a bid to escape.

"Oh Jesus, God help us," you can hear Justin say at one point.

"We are thinking we got to get out of here," Charles said Monday. "This is going to get pretty scary, pretty fast."

"You can see the flames, and we're driving right into the heart of it," he added. "We get to where it is real intense, fire on both sides, almost made a canopy over us, and it made a glow, and the thickness, and you couldn't really see well."

After coming up on a fallen, burning tree blocking the road, the two put their rental car in reverse and drove about half a mile until they were able to turn around and drive away.

"For some odd reason, I wasn't as frightened, I thought we would be OK, I thought we could get out of it," Charles said. "My wife says I'm thick as a brick, so you know, she figures, 'You're not smart enough to know you're in trouble.'"

The two parked their rental car and were able to get a ride from two people on a passing boat. The next day, they realized their rental car was burned beyond recognition.

"When you see the tape, and the fear, and the reality of what could have happened, it kind of hits home more now," Charles said. "Now I realize we were in a real mess."

<![CDATA[Facade of Liquor Store Collapses in Quincy]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:33:59 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Facade_of_Liquor_Store_Collapses_in_Quincy.jpg

No one was injured after the facade of Atlas Liquors collapsed in Quincy, Massachusetts.

<![CDATA[AG: Man Arrested In Connection to Deaths of Wife, Father]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:21:09 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Dover+Jeramie+Colella.jpg

A New Hampshire man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of his wife and father at a condominium complex in Dover.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office said Jeramie Colella, 44, was arrested Monday and charged with knowing second-degree murder for causing the death of his wife, 43-year-old Joanna Colella, and for causing the death of his father, 69-year-old Francis Colella.

Authorities said the bodies were discovered at 18 Tideview Dr. earlier in the day. The cause and manner of their deaths will be determined pending autopsies which are scheduled for Wednesday.

When neighbors at Tideview Estates woke up Monday morning, they saw crime tape and police cruisers at one of the multi-unit buildings.

“It’s very sad and very disappointing this can happen in a quiet neighborhood,” said longtime resident Sandra Melino.

“Unbelievable, I never would have expected it,” said another resident who didn’t want to be identified.

Neighbors had told NBC10 Boston a man and woman lived at the townhouse with their son.

“I’ve waved to them and I’ve seen them outside,’ said Debby Boyle. “He usually sits outside his garage with his Pitbull.”

Boyle was babysitting her grandson and says she was initially concerned for their safety until police calmed her fears.

“I stopped and asked the police officer,” Boyle said. “He told me it wasn’t a community issue, it’s a bad scene, not good, but that’s all they could tell me.”

Dover police confirmed there is no information in the ongoing investigation that suggests there is a threat to the public.

Jeramie Colella is scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charges in the Strafford County Superior Court on Tuesday. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston/New Hampshire Attorney General's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Death Threats Taint Vt. Governor's Race]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:07:01 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Vt._Gubernatorial_Candidate_Receives_Death_Threats.jpg

The Democrat who wants to be Vermont's next governor says her campaign has been the target of rude online trolling and worse threats of violence.

"We have gotten some death threats," Christine Hallquist acknowledged Monday in an interview with NBC10 Boston and necn.

Additionally, the Vermont Democratic Party said it has been receiving four or five harassing calls a day regarding Hallquist's candidacy.

The threats and meanness appear to have started, Hallquist indicated, after worldwide attention on the race spotlighted the electrical engineer and former utility executive's gender identity.

She's the nation's first transgender woman from a major party to run for governor.

Hallquist said she believes the threats came from outside of Vermont.

"I know there are many people across the country like me that want to pull us together," Hallquist said of politicians running for office in 2018 aiming to heal divisions. "And I certainly want to pull Vermont together."

Incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott saw disparaging comments about his opponent online and called for them to end.

"I won't tolerate it," Scott said of language or writing that may disparage a political candidate or anyone else. "I think it's important that we treat each other with respect and civility. It's something I've practiced throughout my life."

Both candidates said they want the run-up to November to focus on issues, not gender.

Scott's prioritizing job growth and making Vermont more affordable.

Hallquist wants to raise the minimize wage and expand broadband to rural parts of the state.

Political analyst Chris Graff said voters here don't tend to tolerate nastiness.

"Negative campaigns backfire in Vermont," Graff said. "I think the candidates, to succeed in Vermont, will have to be civil — they really have to."

LGBT rights activist Brenda Churchill, a Hallquist supporter who is working as part of the campaign on outreach, said she hopes in time, the kind of transphobia the campaign has encountered in its early days will fade.

"When people are introduced to folks who are transgender, and engage and talk, fear goes away and understanding and acceptance starts," Churchill told NBC10 Boston and necn. "It isn't always there — sometimes, it's basically tolerance. But you know, you've got to start somewhere."

As for those threatening and harassing phone calls, the Vermont Democratic Party said they've been reported to state and local police, who have given advice on new campaign security plans.

<![CDATA[Mexican City of Guadalajara to Allow Sex in Public]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:27:59 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/couplemexGettyImages-77418399.jpg

The authorities of the city of Guadalajara, considered to be one of the most conservative cities in Mexico, approved a law that allows sexual relations in public view, unless there's a public complaint. 

With the legal reforms, the police will no longer have the authority to sanction public sex acts, so long as there isn't a complaint from a third party. 

"Having sexual relations or committing acts of exhibitionism of a sexual nature in public places, vacant lots, inside vehicles or in private locations in public view will be considered administrative offenses, as long as a citizen requests police intervention," details the modification to article 14 of the Bylaws of Good Government. 

The changes were issued in the capital of the state of Jalisco under the argument that the police should focus on combatting crime and not bother those who might be lacking funds to pay for a hotel.

That change has caused indignation among many citizens who label it as a moral issue, and also warn that it makes it easier for rapists and pedophiles to abuse their victims.

Once these changes go into effect, the police will only be able to detain and fine those who have intimate encounters in public view if there is an expressed complaint from other citizens. 

This initiative has a history in the world, now that Vondelpark in Amsterdam, one of the most popular public parks in the capital of the Netherlands, has allowed sex in the open air spanning over a decade.

The only rules in Amsterdam are to keep the space clean, the activities should be conducted in areas away from dedicated child zones, and if there's too much noise, police can ask the lovers to leave. 

Photo Credit: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:23:24 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+COLORADO+MURDER+082018.00_00_04_20.Still007THUMB.jpg

Christopher Lee Watts was charged with five counts of murder Monday for the deaths of his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts had initially pleaded publicly that his wife and daughters had gone missing. Their bodies were discovered on the property of the oil and natural gas company Watts worked for. The D.A. said that it's "too early" to discuss whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

<![CDATA['Indescribable': Nichols Freshmen Recall Parkland Shooting]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:35:22 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Nichols_Freshmen_Recall_Surviving_Parkland_Shooting.jpg

On the Nichols College football field, each player is fighting for a starting spot. Two freshmen in that battle are also fighting the memories from six months ago.

"The whole feeling is indescribable," said Tyler Goodman, a freshman on the team. "It's all your emotions just going into a big clump and it just messes with your head."

Goodman and Nick Defroscia are both graduates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. What happened to their school is still difficult for them to talk about.

"Every single day, I just know that the next day is not guaranteed, and I just want to live my life for the ones that can't," said Defroscia.

On Feb. 14, the two were being recruited by Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts.

They were in an office with Nichols football coach St. Clair Ryan and Paul Brower, the school's assistant dean for enrollment, when the attack started.

A "code red" was issued and they were in lockdown for hours.

"We knew right away that it wasn't firecrackers," said Brower. "Shortly thereafter, it was in pretty rapid succession."

Nichols' head coach Dale Olmsted was following the developments from Massachusetts.

"I'm texting Paul saying, 'Are you OK? Stay in there. I think they might have him,' and Paul's like, 'No they don't, because we just saw the guy they described over the walkie talkie go right by us,'" said Olmsted.

The rapid succession of bullets killed 17 people, including one of Goodman's and Defroscia's football coaches, Aaron Feis.

"I wear [number] 17 for a reason," said Goodman. "I play for all of them. I always feel their energy is with me. Everywhere I go."

For Defroscia, Feb. 14 is a day he wants to forget.

"I just try to put it behind me and try to forget," said Defroscia. "I'm really good with just putting things behind me and forgetting about it."

After the shooting, Goodman received a red bracelet from his high school. He still wears it today. It reads "Stay strong."

<![CDATA[Police Seek Missing Haverhill Woman]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:35:46 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Danielle+Nichols+082018.jpg

Police in Haverhill, Massachusetts, are looking for a 33-year-old woman who went missing last week.

According to police, Danielle Nichols of Haverhill was last seen Thursday.

Nichols is described as being about 5'8 and 105 pounds. She is described as white with blonde hair and green eyes.

Police say Nichols has been known to frequent the areas of Beverly, Salem, Lynn and Saugus.

Anyone with information is asked to call 978-373-1212.

Photo Credit: Haverhill Police]]>
<![CDATA[Survivor of Clergy Sex Abuse Pushes for Transparency]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:50:20 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Abuse_Survivor_Asks_for_Transparency_After_Pope_Apology.jpg

A Boston clergy sex abuse survivor and her lawyer are reacting after reading the letter from Pope Francis condemning the abuse and cover-up in the Catholic church. The letter was released by the Vatican Monday following a grand jury report that found more than 1,000 clergy abuse victims in parishes across Pennsylvania.

Alexa MacPherson said she was sexually assaulted for six years as a child by a priest in Dorchester. She said the letter is not just too late, it is not enough.

"There wasn't anything concrete in that letter," MacPherson said. "It was just we need to move forward, this is the past, we don't want this to happen again. What are you doing?"

"With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them," the letter said in part.

The pope went on to say he is in favor of "implementing zero tolerance and ways of making all those who perpetrate or cover up these crimes accountable."

Catholics in Boston were reacting while leaving Masses on Monday.

"Forgiveness is what Christ asks us to do, we have to forgive," parishioner Barbara Akanda said.

"There are so many victims, it's just horrifying," parishioner Katie Harris added. "More needs to be done."

Many said they had never heard a pope being so blunt before, but they are words Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian found insufficient.

Garabedian represented dozens of clergy sex abuse victims and filed civil lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Boston, including one on behalf of MacPherson. He said more accountability and transparency is needed for prevention to be considered a church priority.

"It's just a bunch of words meant to pacify and sweep things under the road," Garabedian said. "We need truth. Show us what you knew and when. Admit that you knew that tens of thousands of children had been sexually abused around the world, but you did nothing about it. Admit it, Pope Francis."

The Archdiocese of Boston did not comment on the pope's letter, but Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley did release a message that was read aloud at Masses over the weekend. It criticized the "clerical sins and clerical failures" that led to the clergy abuse crisis.

<![CDATA[Couple Dies Following Rip Current Rescue]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:35:14 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Michael+Cote+and+Laura+Cote.jpg

A Massachusetts husband and wife have been identified as two swimmers who died following a struggle in strong rip currents in Seabrook, New Hampshire on Sunday.

Forty-seven-year-old Laura Cote, of Methuen, Massachusetts, died Monday after being hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Her husband, 49-year-old Michael Cote, died Sunday.

Father Sean Maher of Saint Francis Church in Dracut, Massachusetts, identified the victims as members of their community.

"We are deeply saddened to have learned last night and today that Michael and Laura Cote, both truly devoted followers of Christ, have passed away following the swimming incident at Seabrook, New Hampshire," read a statement from Maher on Facebook. "They did so much to come to know Jesus and His and our Father in this life that they are truly going to meet a Friend."

Father Maher told NBC10 Boston the couple was deeply involved in the church.

"They were involved in parish activities, feeding the homeless," said Maher.

The Cote's neighbor, Jerry August, told NBC10 Boston he saw them packing for their weekend getaway. He said the couple was generous and always available to help.

"You couldn’t ask for better people and better neighbors," August said.

Neighbor Jairo Naranjo said the Cote's did not have children of their own but would always have plenty of treats on Halloween for the neighborhood kids.

"We have three kids and we usually go trick or treating," Naranjo said. "They're going to be missed."

State police dispatch had received calls regarding multiple swimmers in distress in the waters off of Seabrook Beach at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Good Samaritan Matthew Tomaszewski is one of a few who helped the swimmers. Acting quickly, Tomaszewski raced into the waters with his paddle board and fought against the powerful waves.

"It looked like there were some people caught up in a really bad undertow and riptide," Tomaszewski told NBC10 Boston.

Tomaszewski managed to help two people grab his board. Emergency crews eventually responded with a boat and found Michael Cote in the water, who later was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Cote's wife, Laura, who was also found unconscious, was also taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She died on Monday.

"I'm glad I was able to help any way I could," Tomaszewski said Sunday evening. "My heart and prayers go out to those families affected."

Choppy waters caused by rip currents are believed to have caused the incident. Officials say the surf on Monday is expected to be calmer, but warn swimmers to always take precautions, including swimming near lifeguards.

Meanwhile, yellow flags are up at Hampton Beach, where lifeguards are warning the surf is still a bit rough.

"The presence of the lifeguard definitely makes things more comforting when you're here," Derry resident Paula Roddy said.

Cassandra Burns was also visiting Hampton Beach on Monday.

"I can't imagine how those people felt, it must have been terrifying," she said.

Rip currents usually form in low spots on a beach, near breaks in a sandbar or around piers and jetties. Click here to learn more about rip currents and what to do if someone is caught in one.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Father Maher said while the Cote's spent hours praying for others, he says the time is for the community to pray for them. "Their family obviously needs a lot of support," Maher said.

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<![CDATA[Fisherman Finds Body Along Mass. Shoreline]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:31:52 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Crane+Beach.JPG

Massachusetts authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered by a fisherman along the Crane Beach shoreline in Ipswich on Monday morning.

Police said they were notified at about 7:30 a.m. by a fisherman who found the body in the surf.

The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Sean Maney of Rowley.

Police said Maney was determined to have been alone in his boat Sunday night when he was last heard from.

Authorities said the dinghy from Maney's boat was located by a United States Coast Guard helicopter stuck in the mud on nearby marshland.

A preliminary investigation into Maney's death indicates an accidental drowning.

Ipswich Police, the Essex County District Attorney's Office, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are jointly investigating. Authorities said high winds did create rough and choppy waters in the area Sunday and Monday.

<![CDATA[Lawsuit Claims TJ Maxx's Comparison Pricing Is 'Fictional']]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:05:27 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-82187382.jpg

It's many retail shoppers favorite place to score a bargain, but a group of them is reportedly suing TJ Maxx for allegedly deceitful practices regarding its comparison prices on tags.

Business Insider reports that four plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit against TJX Companies, TJ Maxx's parent company, in July.

The lawsuit, which was in a Florida district court, reportedly claims the "Compare At" price listed on a TJ Maxx tag are "fictional" and an "unverified estimate."

"This practice also serves to falsely convey the impression to the consumer that the good in question is of such quality that it is worth that higher 'Compare At' price, when, in fact, the item's actual value is far less," the lawsuit reportedly claimed.

On TJ Maxx's website explaining "comparison pricing," the retailer said when there isn't an identical item available, "we compare to products of similar type, quality and style."

TJX Companies is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[READ: Details of Aaron Hernandez's Suicide Letters Revealed]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 11:58:06 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/205*120/ap-aaron-hernandez.jpg

A new book written by a high-profile criminal defense attorney reveals details of the suicide letters former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez reportedly wrote before hanging himself in prison last year.

"Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez," was written by Jose Baez, Hernandez's lawyer. According to NBC Sports Boston, the book includes the suicide letters Hernandez wrote to his daughter, fiancée. and lawyer.

The contents of all three letters are included below:

Hernandez's letter to his daughter, Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez:

Daddy will never leave you! I’m entering to the timeless realm in which I can enter into any form at any time because everything that could happen or not happened I see all at once! Life is eternal—believe!!!” Hernandez wrote. “Love, repent, and see me/yourself in everyone because that’s what the truth is! I’ll see you all in the heavens awaiting you all with the same love.

Never fear me, but love me with all of you! Fear is the only separation between you and I! We are each other—I/you—you/me—there’s no need to fear but what you do unto another will come back around!

Hernandez's letter to fiancée Shayanna Jenkins:


You have always been my soul-mate and I want you to love life and know I’m always with you. I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know [you] are an angel. We split into two to come change the world! Your characteristic is that of a true angel and the definition of God’s love! Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you. This was the supreme almightys plan, not mine! I love you! Let Avi know how much I love her! Look after Jano and Eddie for me —they are my boys (You’re Rich).




JOHN 3:16

I love you all equally! We are all each other! Don’t shed one tear for I am with all of you and never wasn’t! do not go back to living while worshipping false idols in which I warned you about!


The Real Live Forever

Hernandez's letter to Baez:

Well, I wrote this letter following my acquittal and wanted to voice how I felt and let some people whos[e] music helped me get through hard times, know that it did. Wrong or right — who knows — I just follow my natural instincts and how it guides me. Pros or cons, didn’t weigh them, but I’m sure you’ll let me know your view.

Besides that, I want you to know you have me forever like you never understood and time will reveal that I’m not perfect but my love and loyalty is like you’ve never seen! I appreciate all your work, time, effort, and never let that slip your mind! In time, you will see how appreciated you are, as well as all the others equally!

I would like to send you letters so you can send to their [the artists] information or whichever way you think best. I don’t want any media really getting into me, trying to just send my love to all the artists who got me through my tough times and sending my respect to a few of the real ones out there.

Baez's book is scheduled to be released Tuesday. The Boston Globe says the book mostly shows Hernandez in a positive light, saying rumors that he was in a gang were not true. 

The book also references Hernandez's reported request for a trade during a meeting with Patriots coach Bill Belichick in 2013. Belichick was reportedly "incensed" by the idea of a trade, even reminding Hernandez that the team had just made "a significant investment" in him.

Baez also blasts Patriots owner Robert Kraft for releasing Hernandez before he had been found guilty.

And the book says Hernandez told Baez he was close with quarterback Tom Brady.

"He would always tell me, 'Stop hanging with those guys, get your (expletive) together,' One of the things I regret is not listening to him more," Baez said Hernandez told him.

Hernandez was convicted in 2015 in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who had been dating Jenkins' sister at the time. The former tight end hanged himself in his cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in April 2017, five days after he was acquitted in a 2012 double homicide in Boston.

A judge wiped out Hernandez's 2015 conviction following his suicide because it was still in the process of being appealed at the time of his death.

Photo Credit: CSNPhilly.com]]>
<![CDATA[Dunkin' Bringing Back Girl Scout Cookie Coffee Flavors]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:38:20 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/dunks.jpg

After a successful run, Dunkin' Donuts has announced they will be bringing back their Girl Scout Cookie Inspired coffee flavors.

Dunkin' introduced the flavors for a limited time earlier this year in Thin Mints, Coconut Caramel and Peanut Butter Cookie.

The company says because customers loved them so much, they will be bringing them back in 2019 and be adding another flavor.

The new flavors are being served under a licensing agreement with the Girl Scout Cookie Program®. Some Dunkin' Donuts franchisees will also be inviting local Girl Scout troops to sell cookies at their restaurants on weekends in February and March.

The coffee new flavor will be unveiled in the coming months.

Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts]]>
<![CDATA[Worcester Family Grieves Death of 4-Year-Old Struck by Car]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:06:57 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/216*120/worcesterkid.jpg

A Worcester, Massachusetts family is grieving the death of their 4-year-old son, who was killed Sunday when he was struck by a car that was pulling out of a parking spot.

The crash was reported around 2:45 p.m. on Laurel Street, according to police.

The driver of the car who struck Jesiah Rivera rushed him and the boy’s father to a nearby hospital. Police also responded to the scene and then to the hospital, where they learned Jesiah had died.

"I miss my grandson," Marisol Almodovan said through tears Monday, "because always he come and see me. When they finish school he come to see me."

Officials said Jesiah was riding his bicycle in the parking lot behind his grandmother's apartment when he was hit. A Nissan Armada was exiting a parking space when it struck the boy.

"It was a family friend who did it and it was on accident and they didn't mean to do it and it sucks because I know he's destroyed too," said Reina Sanchez, Jesiah's mother.

"It's just hurtful to know that he's not going to be here anymore," added Julio Rivera, the boy's father. "It kills me inside and I try to stay strong for my wife and my other son, but it just hurts so much."

Jesiah's parents said his smile and happiness is what they will forever remember about their son as they live with the pain of going on without him.

"He was just so happy and always told us every single night, 'Good night, Mommy, good night, Daddy. I love you guys,' and that hurts the most because he can't tell us that no more, you know?" his mother said.

No criminal charges or citations had been filed as of Monday morning. The driver of the Nissan has not been publicly identified.

Jesiah's parents said they will hold a candlelight vigil for their son at 6 p.m. Monday.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Beached Whale Shuts Down Duxbury Beach]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:00:10 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/082018+beached+whale.jpg

Marine biologists responded to a beached whale Monday that washed ashore at Duxbury Beach in Massachusetts.

Duxbury police announced that the immediate area would be closed until further notice as officials tend to the animal.

The 52-foot male fin whale’s body washed ashore before 7:30 a.m. Marine biologists first spotted it Sunday night about 10 nautical miles off Scituate.

Biologists spent Monday afternoon performing a necropsy while a crowd gathered on the beach to watch.

"It is really important to get the information we can from this animal. We don't get many fin backs washed up, especially as fresh as this one is," said one biologist.

Scientists said the whale did show some sign of human interaction but aren't sure yet what role it may have played in its death.

"It's just unbelievable. We come out here all the time and go to the beach, it's so sad," said one beach goer.

Biologists performed a necropsy on a minke whale that was found along the coast in nearby Marshfield earlier this month.

Photo Credit: Duxbury Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[White-Bellied Stork Flies Away From Mass. Zoo]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:02:11 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Missing+white+bellied+stork+Stone+Zoo.jpg

Officials at a Massachusetts zoo are searching for one of their storks after it flew away on Friday.

Stone Zoo officials said "Las", a white-bellied stork, was training for the Masters of Flight: Birds of Prey show when it flew away from the Stoneham facility.

The 3-foot-tall bird was last seen Saturday morning at nearby Spot Pond.

Las has a white belly, dark iridescent purple wings, neck and back, and a featherless face and long legs. The bird has a wingspan of about 3 feet.

Zoo officials said the bird is not dangerous, but not to approach if it is seen, because it could fly away.

Las may be walking on the ground or perched in a tree.

Anyone who sees Las can call 314-600-4873.

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<![CDATA[Nun's First Pitch at White Sox Game Stuns Crowd, Team]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:34:47 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/gif+nun.gif

Loyola's Sister Jean got some friendly competition in the sporting world over the weekend.

Marian Catholic's Sister Mary Jo Sobiek threw out the first pitch at Saturday's White Sox game, and fans were quick to take notice.

Her curveball and entertaining on-field tricks had even White Sox Manager Rick Renteria asking if she could play for the team. 

"She was pretty good actually," he told reporters after the game. "We talked to her a little bit but before we were talking to her, she was talking to someone and she wanted to warm up. She had a mitt and a ball. She gave him the mitt. She stepped back at about 45 feet and threw a bullet."

Sobiek even "raised the roof" as she exited the field.

The team later tweeted, calling it "one of the most impressive first pitches of all time." 

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<![CDATA[These Are the Best Colleges In New England, According to the Princeton Review ]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:16:06 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/166*120/WPI2.PNG Take a look at the New England schools on the Princeton Review's annual list of the Best 384 colleges in the United States.

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<![CDATA[An Early Peek at the Winter of 2018-2019 in New England]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:49:20 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/199*120/GettyImages-1611327114.jpg

We’re not even at the end of summer, and already New Englanders are looking ahead to winter. While it’s much too early to discuss specifics, we can start to get a hint of what’s ahead.

One of many factors we look at when making long term forecasts is the temperature of the Pacific Ocean. Right now, the Pacific is warming. That trend is likely to continue into the winter.

That warmer than average set up around the equator in the Pacific is an El Nino pattern.

Historically, El Nino patterns leave New England warmer than average in the winter and a bit wetter than average.

With that in mind, the Climate Prediction Center expects November, December, and January to be warmer than average across New England.

Meanwhile, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, based in New Hampshire, also expects a mild winter across New England. The publication adds that while precipitation is expected to be above average overall, there will likely be less snow in Southern New England. Snow is expected to be close to average in Northern New England, it says.

While the Almanac claims 80 percent accuracy, independent studies of its forecasts show accuracy rates closer to 50 to 60 percent.

As we move into fall, the winter outlook will come into better view, but winter is always tricky.

As any New Englander knows, just a few miles mark the difference between rain or snow. And nailing down the exact placement of rain/snow lines is hard enough hours before a storm hits. Nailing down trends on how much snow will fall in an entire season is even more challenging, especially this far away.

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<![CDATA[2 Men Wanted for Questioning in Nashville Murders in Custody]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 22:06:30 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Dk0BDVWXoAEKcrW-Nashville-Police-Photo-Cobra-Suspect.jpg

Authorities said two people wanted for questioning in connection with three murders in Nashville, Tenn., last week were in taken into custody, NBC News reported.

Metro Nashville Police Department identified the men as Demontrey Lodgson, 20 and Lacory Lytle, 24.

Bartley Teal and Jaime Sarrantonio were fatally shot outside a bar and music venue around 3 a.m. Friday in what police said was a robbery. Two others in their group were not shot.

Police are investigating whether that shooting was related to the fatal shooting of Kendall Rice as he walked to a bus stop three days earlier, along with four attempted robberies, according to local newspaper The Tennessean.

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<![CDATA[Here's What You Need to Know About Rip Currents]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:53:49 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/rip+currents+nbc10+boston+explainer.jpg

The risk of rip currents was underscored this weekend, after two swimmers were swept away from a New Hampshire beach.

It’s critical to understand how to identify rip currents, and how to stay safe if you get caught in one.

Rip currents are fast moving currents of water that can pull even strong swimmers away from shore in just a few moments.

They form most often in low spots of a beach, near breaks in a sandbar, or around piers and jetties.

When you look out at the ocean there is sometimes a break in the pattern of waves offshore when a rip current is ongoing. The rip current can also sometimes be identified by noting a channel of churning or choppy water.

If you do get swept out by a rip current, try not to panic, and do not fight the current.

Instead, let it carry you out to sea. Eventually the intensity of the rip current will relax, allowing you to swim left or right, parallel to the coast and away from the current.

Once you have escaped the rip current, you can swim back to shore.

Remember, even the best swimmers can be overtaken by the power of rip currents. It’s always wise to swim near lifeguards as a result.

<![CDATA[Big Rig, Pickup Truck Crash in Holliston, Mass.]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:42:11 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/082018+holliston+crash.jpg

Two people were injured Monday morning in a crash involving a tractor-trailer truck in Holliston, Massachusetts.

Officers responded to the crash in the area of 220 Hopping Brook Rd. just before 11 a.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls.

When officers arrived, the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck was trapped outside of the vehicle suffering from multiple injuries.

The driver, a 53-year-old man, was treated at the scene and then taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston by medical helicopter.

The driver of the tractor-trailer truck, a 67-year-old man from Whitman, was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The crash prompted the closure of Hopping Brook Road until the scene was cleared but it has since been reopened.

The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation by Massachusetts State Police.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, More Hurt in US Military Helicopter Crash in Iraq]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:07:48 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/helicopterGettyImages-615578968.jpg

One service member died and several others were injured when a U.S. military helicopter crashed in Iraq, the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement Monday. 

The helicopter had been conducting a "partnered counterterrorism mission," according to the statement, which did not give the nationality of the sevice member who died. The incident is under investigation, but the organization said there are no indications the helicopter was brought down by hostile fire. 

"Our heartfelt condolence to the family of @CJTFOIR service member who died in a helicopter crash in #Iraq last night," Army Colonel Sean Ryan, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, wrote in a tweet Monday. "While the incident was not a result of enemy fire, it further demonstrates the sacrifices of #Coalition service members & and the danger they face everyday."

No other details were immediately available. 

Operation Inherent Resolve is a combined joint task force aimed at defeating the Islamic State.

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<![CDATA[Low Humidity, Crisp Air For Limited Time]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:12:28 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/08202018+early+am+necn+wx.jpg

Low humidity and cool air will remain in place for the next couple of days.

Another sign that fall is right around the corner is the pre-8 p.m. sunsets. Fast-forward one month, those sunset times are pre-7 p.m. and two months away the will be before 6 p.m.!

Clouds will hang tight along the coast the next couple of days. We’ll have an onshore flow that keeps clouds in place. A shower is possible as well just right along the coast. Tuesday will remain cool, but skies will be a bit brighter.

Wednesday, a warm front will lift through the region. Humidity levels will increase, temperatures will climb back into the 80s and showers and thunderstorms will be around.

Torrential rain isn't forecasted, but it appears a half of an inch to an inch of rain will be likely.

Thursday through Sunday look warm and humid, however, it doesn’t look like we’ll see many downpours like we’ve seen the last couple of weeks. By Monday the following week, temperatures may reach 90 and thunderstorms will return.

<![CDATA[Fox Hill Drawbridge Closed After Mechanical Malfunction]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:20:05 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/071312+detour+sign+generic.jpg

A mechanical malfunction on a drawbridge that crosses the Saugus River and connects Saugus and Lynn has prompted it to close Monday, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

At 5:40 p.m. Sunday, the bridge, which carries traffic on Route 107, was stuck in an open position after a problem occurred with one of the steel ropes used to operate the bridge. The bridge, known as the Fox Hill Drawbridge or the Belden G. Bly Bridge, will be closed to vehicular and marine traffic.

Commuters are advised to be aware of the detours in effect as a result of the bridge. Detour routes include Boston Street, Summer Street, Ballard Street and Lincoln Avenue. Several MBTA bus routes will also be using the detours Monday.

MassDOT announced that a new design for the bridge is nearly completed and the $80 million project should be advertised for construction bids in 2019.

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<![CDATA[Analysis: Team Trump Still Isn't Telling the Truth About That 2016 Trump Tower Meeting]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 11:36:14 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-831323744+edited+TT.jpg

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer made an even more startling statement on "Meet the Press" Sunday than "truth isn't truth." It had to do with Rudy Giuliani’s claim that the top Trump campaign officials who met with Russians in the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting didn’t know the particpants were representatives of the Russian government, according to NBC's First Read team.

"Well, all they knew is that a woman with a Russian name wanted to meet with them," Giuliani said.

That's a claim that doesn't pass the smell test. In fact, the June 3, 2016 email that publicist Rob Goldstone sent Donald Trump. Jr. about the meeting specifically said it was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

A follow up email four days later again referred to "the Russian government attorney."

Giuliani's comments are part of a pattern of not telling the whole truth about that meeting, First Read writes.

Click through to NBCNews.com for other examples.

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