<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/feature/massachusettshttp://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gifNECNhttps://www.necn.comen-usThu, 15 Nov 2018 21:22:47 -0500Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:22:47 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Brookline Police Officer Injured in Crash]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:45:13 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-04-07-21h45m08s125.png

A police officer was injured in a crash Thursday evening in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Police say the officer was responding to another crash when he was involved in a collision at the intersection of Hammond Street and Woodland Road.

The injured officer and two people from the other vehicle were taken to area hospitals.

No further information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Leaf Pickup Continues as Crews Brace for Snow]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:18:04 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Car+Snow+111518.JPG

Snow melt is flying off hardware store shelves ahead of the season's first significant snowfall — but so are leaf bags and rakes, as fall and winter collide in this pre-Thanksgiving snow storm, leaving people scrambling to scoop up piles of leaves.

"It's supposed to snow tomorrow, so I've got to get it done quick," said Kenneth Oppong of Worcester, Massachusetts.

"They're a little bit frantic trying to do two things, get ready for fall leaf pickup, but also buy shovels and ice melters, so it's a little bit weird timing, I think, for people," said Grafton Square True Value Hardware manager Eric Spencer.

It's tricky timing for the Worcester Department of Public Works, too, with leaves piled next to city street curbs that could soon be covered in snow, slush and ice.

"The leaves are still in areas where we haven't picked them up, so our hope is that this snow will go by and it will melt, and in a couple days, we can get back to finishing picking up leaves," said Worcester Public Works Commissioner Paul Moosey.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said Thursday evening that it had 994 pieces of equipment out treating and plowing roads.

For some, this snow is more than just a minor inconvenience.

"I'm in a pretty special circumstance with my crutches, so I think the main thing is going to be figuring out how I'm going to go up and down the hill," said Harsh Rana.

"It's our first year with snow and a baby, so we'll see," Yanet Ramirez of Worcester added.

But for others, this is just part of living in New England.

"Every winter, we go through this," a woman named Nancy from Worcester said. "I don't understand why people panic, it's nothing. It's snow!"

Worcester Public Schools will have a 2 hour delay Friday and will decide by 5:30 a.m. whether to cancel school. A parking ban is in effect in the city, as well.



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<![CDATA[City Hiring Syringe Collector to Battle Opioid Crisis]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:16:26 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Lowell+syringe+collection.JPG

The city of Lowell, Massachusetts is taking an unprecedented step as it continues to battle the effects of the opioid crisis.

After discarded syringes have been found everywhere from parks to public mailboxes, officials are creating a city position to coordinate the clean-up.

The job of syringe collection program coordinator will be a full-time position with a salary between $43,000 and $47,000 a year. It will be part of the health and human services department.

The Lowell City Council voted unanimously to approve the job that will not only focus on searching for syringes but also educating the public about mobile pick-up and needle exchange programs.

Lowell Fire Chief Jeff Winward applauded the new position saying his department gets a lot of reports of discarded needles, but they are too busy responding to overdoses. Earlier this year, they had 20 overdoses in three days.

“We worry if there’s a needle nearby and someone gets stuck, they could be exposed to communicable diseases like HIV and hepatitis,” Winward said.

The risk is serious after reports of a recent HIV spike among addicts in Lowell. It is why needle collection has become an important part of what a group does through the Life Connection Center. They picked up roughly 2,000 syringes around the city in less than two hours last week.

“It’s very, very sad when you see it in so much volume,” Jaime Dillon, the executive director of the Life Connection Center said. “It’s something you just can’t get away from. There is an urgency and I applaud the city for figuring this out.”

Advocates who help recovering addicts are also praising the decision. Bill Garr, CEO of the Lowell House, said they could always use money for more beds and treatment, but the investment in this position is just as important.

“Getting someone to coordinate the effort, getting everyone working together will save lives,” Garr said.

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<![CDATA[Mother, Child Seriously Injured After Being Hit by Vehicle]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:19:00 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/peabody3.png

A mother and her 4-year-old child were seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle in Peabody, Massachusetts on Thursday.

The accident occurred at Washington Street and Allens Lane around 6 p.m.

A medical helicopter was called to the scene.

Initial reports from state police had said that two children were hit, but Peabody fire said it was a child and an adult. Both are being taken to Boston hospitals with serious injuries.

Neighbors told NBC10 Boston that the child was crossing the road with their mother, coming from daycare, when they were hit. All of their belongings are still in the road.

The driver's car was being towed to the police station.

State police said they have reconstruction and crime scene units at the scene to assist local police with the accident investigation.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Police: Worker Killed in Construction Accident in Becket]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:15:17 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/POLICE+LIGHTS+DAY.jpg

Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fatal construction accident in Becket.

Authorities said a worker suffered a fatal injury at road construction site.

Due to the incident, all lanes westbound of Interstate 90 were initially closed while authorities investigate. The breakdown lane remained open for motorists.

No other information was available.



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<![CDATA[Holy Cross to Cancel Classes for Summit After Alleged Attack]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 18:40:38 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Holy+Cross.jpg

Nearly three weeks after the alleged assault of an LGBT student, classes will be canceled Friday afternoon at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts for a campus-wide discussion.

College officials have not released much about the alleged attack on Oct. 27 saying the investigation is still active and authorities are trying to protect the privacy of the person who made the report.

Officials with the college's Department of Public Safety said since the alleged incident, hundreds of students and faculty have called for a break from classes to focus on building a community of inclusion.

Student Government Association co-presidents Meredith Coolidge and Adrian Cacho teamed up to help organize the "Engage Summit which will begin at 1 p.m. Friday.

"I was horrified by the idea that this happened," said Coolidge of the alleged attack. "Our community belongs to all of us and everybody should feel included."

"We all feel the same kind of frustration and anger," Cacho added. "This is one step in the right direction. It isn't the solution."

School officials said over the past few weeks, investigators have interviewed several people and watched hours of video. They won't give details about the incident but said the term "assault" covers a wide range of attacks.

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<![CDATA[Boloco: No Plans to Vacate Back Bay Space Chick-fil-A Wants]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:19:01 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/chick-fil-a-lagenerics.PNG

Days after Chick-fil-A said it planned to pursue opening the company's first Boston location, the current tenant of the proposed space says they don't plan to move out.

Boston-based Boloco tweeted on Thursday there was no agreement for them to vacate the location at 569 Boylston St., the space Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A told the Boston Globe they plan to pursue.

"We have a lease thru 2020 and a decade of options after. We are working with landlord to find a solution based on what we’ve read," read a tweet from Boloco.

Chick-fil-A already has 11 locations in Massachusetts, including Attleboro, Chicopee, Burlington, Dedham, Framingham, Hyannis, Marlborough, Peabody, Seekonk, Westborough and Worcester.

Another location is slated to open later this month in Methuen.

Chick-fil-A tried expanding in Boston several years ago, but due to CEO Dan Cathy's 2012 comments in opposition to gay marriage, the late Mayor Tom Menino wrote an open letter saying he would block the franchise.



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<![CDATA[Undeclared Cash Found Sewn Into Underwear at Logan Airport]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:49:21 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/111518+currency+in+undies1.jpg

Officials at Logan International Airport discovered $4,900 in undeclared cash sewn inside a pair of underwear, according to police.

On Nov. 8, a 63-year-old woman and her 63-year-old husband were on a flight from Doha, Qatar when they were asked to declare any currency they had during a secondary examination.

The couple claimed they had $12,000, but officials found the $4,900 after a patdown and search of posessions. During the search, officials also discovered approximately $2,000 in Canadian currency and more than $20,000 in U.S. currency.

Customs and Border Protection seized nearly $27,000 in undeclared currency from the couple, officials said.

Travelers in and out of the U.S. can carry as much currency as they'd like, but must report it if the sum exceeds $10,000.

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<![CDATA[School Placed on Lockdown Following App Threat]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:36:56 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/216*120/eastbridgewater.jpg

A school in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts was placed on lockdown Thursday morning following a threat made on a smartphone app.

At approximately 7:15 a.m., police responded to East Bridgewater Junior/Senior High School after they were informed that a threat referencing the 1999 Columbine High School shooting was made toward the school.

The threat was made on StopIt, an anonymous tip messaging application.

School officials notified police and placed the campus under lockdown. Nearby schools also had students shelter-in-place out of caution. 

Police searched the school and determined that the threat was not credible.

"We went through the entire school—not only all the lockers, buildings, hallways, classrooms—but we went through each of the classrooms with students, searched bags for the sole purpose to ensure the building was safe," said East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen.

Officials cleared the scene at 10:15 a.m. and said there was no threat to the campus. The school day resumed shortly thereafter.

School officials and police are continuing to investigate.

"The district takes all threats seriously and will take all precautionary and necessary measures to contain the possibility of a threat and to keep all students, staff, and personnel safe," School Superintendent Elizabeth Legault said.

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<![CDATA[Boston Red Sox Increase Ticket Prices for 2019 Season]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:35:30 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1055745458.jpg

If you want to see the World Series champions, you’re going to need to spend a bit more next year.

Tickets for Boston Red Sox games will increase by an average of 2.5 percent for the 2019 season, the team announced Thursday. The team is also introducing a new tier called Diamond, which will cost 10 percent more than the average game.

The new increase will affect the home opener game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 9 and their games against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 12 and July 13. Both are considered Diamond games

Those who are looking forward to the Red Sox facing their chief rivals will also have to pay extra. The Boston-based team will play the New York Yankees on July 26, July 27 and Sept. 7. These games are also in the Diamond tier.

Special reduced pricing will continue to be offered for students, clergy, veterans and active duty members of the military. High school and college students can take advantage of $9 tickets.



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<![CDATA[Crews Battle 3-Alarm Fire at Mansion in Southborough]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:01:09 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/219*120/111518+3+alarm+fire+southboro.JPG

Fire officials are trying to determine what caused a 3-alarm blaze at a mansion in Southborough, Massachusetts.

The blaze was reported shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday near the area of 7 Wyndemere Drive. Fire officials said the flames started in a second-story bedroom and spread.

Authorities said it was the size of the house that posed a challenge for firefighters.

"The challenge is that it's a very large house and we have a limited number of staffing on duty so the crews did a great job initially coming in and knocking the fire down," said Southborough Fire Chief Joseph Mauro. "It's got an attic with a lot of insulation in there so that was the big concern—making sure the fire was knocked down before any damage spread to the rest of the house."

Authorities said the homeowners, who just moved in a few weeks ago, made it out safely and were not hurt.

Despite some damage, the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Boston Police Investigate Shooting in Roxbury]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:37:04 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police+line+generic+with+sirens.jpg

Boston police are investigating a shooting Thursday morning that took place in Roxbury.

Officials received the call just before 6 a.m. and responded to the area of 94 Magnolia Street, according to police. Authorities did not detail the extent of the victim's injuries.

This is a developing story. Please refresh for updates.



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<![CDATA[2-Alarm Fire Damages Worcester, Mass. Laundromat]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:06:09 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/219*120/111518+worcester+2+alarm.JPG

Firefighters battled a blaze early Thursday in freezing temperatures at a laundromat in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The 2-alarm fire was reported at 12:10 a.m. and crews responded to a strip mall on Park Avenue. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to one building and the four nearby businesses were unaffected by the flames.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, but the laundromat owner told the Telegram that an electrical issue may have sparked the blaze.

No injuries were immediately reported.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Sexual Assault Attempt in South End]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:51:10 -0500https://media.necn.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[New England Prepares for Snowfall]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:44:46 -0500https://media.necn.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[Kirk Minihane Leaving WEEI to Launch National Show]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:36:28 -0500https://media.necn.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[Red Carpet Premiere for 'Instant Family']]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:34:04 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Red_Carpet_Premiere_for__Instant_Family_.jpg

"Instant Family," starring Mark Wahlberg, is putting the spotlight on foster care adoption.

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<![CDATA[Car Teeters Off Pier in Charlestown Neighborhood]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:37:15 -0500https://media.necn.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[Bay State's First Pot Shop Waits on Final Green Light]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:23:47 -0500https://media.necn.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 should 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[First Night Boston 2019: How to Donate]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:17:32 -0500https://media.necn.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[WATCH: Brutal Hit That Led to Basketball Player's Suspension]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:02:06 -0500https://media.necn.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[Teacher Accused of Recording Student in Faculty Bathroom]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:41:21 -0500https://media.necn.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 -0500https://media.necn.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 -0500https://media.necn.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[State Trooper Hit, Injured by Wrong-Way OUI Driver]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:40:19 -0500https://media.necn.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[Young Boy With Special Needs Left on Bus for 4 Hours]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:25:02 -0500https://media.necn.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[Mayor Discusses Winter Weather Plans for Explosion Victims]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:46:42 -0500https://media.necn.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[Significant Traffic in Raynham, Mass. After Car Crash]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:34:30 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/170*120/111418+raynham+crash+ground+scene.jpg

Authorities are investigating a crash Wednesday that caused significant traffic in Raynham, Massachusetts.

The crash was reported at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Route 138 near Robinson Street. NBC10 Boston's Sky Ranger helicopter was over the scene and caught footage of a red vehicle on a tow truck.

Officials did not immediately report any injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.



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<![CDATA['Shot in Broad Daylight': Teenager Injured in Jamaica Plain]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:39:46 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000019749910.JPG

A teenager is expected to survive after she was shot in the upper body Tuesday in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

Police Commissioner William Gross said a female believed to be in her late teens was shot around 3:11 p.m. near the Jackson Square MBTA stop. She was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition and is currently recovering.

"Enough is enough, folks," Gross said. "You have a young woman shot in broad daylight. Us as a society should say that is enough."

A driver who allegedly attempted to flee the scene was taken into custody for questioning after they crashed into another vehicle, according to police. It is unclear if the driver was trying to escape the gunshots or if they were involved in the shooting.

Authorities are searching for the gunman responsible for the shooting. They did not release the victim’s name.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting is urged to contact the Boston Police Department at 617-343-4470.

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<![CDATA[Marlboro Police Announce 'Do Not Knock' List]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 04:53:01 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Marlboro_Police_Announce__Do_Not_Knock__List.jpg

You may have heard of a "Do Not Call" list, but now Marlborough, Massachusetts residents can add their names to a "Do Not Knock" list.

"I think it's a long time coming," said Sgt. Dan Campbell of Marlborough Police. "We get calls sometimes in dozens of neighborhoods with people asking them to not knock on their door."

The list, announced Tuesday, stops solicitors from knocking on doors, or else they face a fine.

Residents can sign up by visiting the police department's website, where they fill out a form with their name, address, telephone number, and email.

The address is then given to the companies and people who are permitted by police to solicit.

The list doesn't stop everyone from coming to your door, however.

If they're part of a political campaign or asking for a charitable donation, they can still come by.

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts get the "OK," too.

Other towns have similar laws, including Haverhill.

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<![CDATA[Merrimack Valley Struggles Continue as Some Return to Homes]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:25 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Struggles_Continue_as_Some_Families_Return_Home.jpg

For hundreds of people who’ve been displaced following the gas line fires and explosions in the Merrimack Valley, RVs issued by Columbia gas have served as their temporary homes.

Now, some residents are returning home, under Columbia Gas's instruction, after the company allegedly told them their homes are gas ready. But that hasn’t been the case for everyone.

Nicole Abreu has heat and hot water but still no stove or gas to cook.

“They said they were all set. I was excited, I was like I’m going home. I packed up. When I got home, it was sad. I’m so used to cooking a meal every single night for my family and I can’t.”

For Abreu’s family of five, not being able to cook is a major inconvenience, at the wrong time of the year.

“I’m afraid that I can’t cook for my family on Thanksgiving. And then my son's birthday is Christmas so I might not be able to cook for him on Christmas either,” Abreu said.

After Columbia Gas removed Abreu's stove, she says they vowed to replace it. But with no stove yet, the Abreu family is forced to eat out, which gets expensive. Abreu says this is about much more than finances, though. 

She says she hasn't been given a timeline by Columbia Gas as to when her stove will be replaced.

In terms of the bigger picture, the Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings next month on issues stemming from the September natural gas explosions and fires in three communities.

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<![CDATA[5th Grader Receives Hateful Messages at Elementary School]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:49:13 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Hateful_Messages_Found_at_Elementary_School.jpg

A Massachusetts student received threatening notes at her elementary school, and her family believes it's because she's Muslim.

One of the notes was received last Friday, and a second note was found Monday.

Both were placed inside the student’s cubby.

One note said "You're a terrorist," and the second note said "I will kill you."

In a letter to the Framingham community, Superintendent Robert Tremblay said “any form of hate or bias is unacceptable and unwelcome in our community.”

The 10-year-old student is in the fifth grade at Hemenway Elementary in Framingham.

The student and her family are distraught.

The girl's uncle tells NBC10 Boston that his niece was crying after receiving the threatening messages.

“It is not lost on me the harm these letters have caused the family and the greater Muslim community,” Superintendent Tremblay said in his statement. “I want to reassure you that the Framingham Public Schools stands with you. We will not accept hate. We will stand united against it.”

Both the school district and local police are investigating, but so far there are no leads in identifying the individual responsible for the letters.

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<![CDATA[Mass. Family Fights to Help Parents After Calif. Wildfires]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:00:32 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Family_Fights_to_Rescue_Ailing_Father.jpg

As the death toll rises in the California wildfires, one family in Mansfield, Massachusetts is racing to rescue their loved ones who have likely lost everything.

Kim Reed’s parents, Ed and Sandy, both 77, retired to Magalia, California nearly 20 years ago. Their home is in one of the areas that has been scorched by the Camp Fire, now the deadliest fire in the state’s history.

She said her parents did not even get the chance to pack up their personal belongings before being told their home was in the evacuation zone. Since then, her dad, who is in renal failure and suffers from several medical issues, has been receiving treatment outside the fire zone. When her mom is not able to find a hotel, she sleeps in her car.

“It is horrifying.” Reed said. “Just the fact that she is curled up in her Corolla and trying to stay warm.”

Reed and her family have spent the last few days trying to figure out how to help them from 3,000 miles away. She said originally roadblocks kept them from getting there, while her dad’s health made it difficult for them to travel.

“He said he didn’t know if he was going to be able to make the trip and I said, 'here’s the thing dad, you can call this your last greatest adventure or stay there and die in this horrible circumstance. I say go for it,'” Reed said.

Thanks to doctors and donations from the community that came in on GoFundMe, they now have plans to fly out and help them get on a plane back to Massachusetts.

Reed’s daughters fought back tears talking about how grateful they are for the community’s support. They are now looking for help to make their home more handicap accessible before their loved ones are scheduled to arrive on Sunday.

“Family for me is everything,” Reed said. “And we just can’t get there fast enough.”

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<![CDATA[A DACAmented Journey]]>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:50:25 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/A_DACAmented_Journey.jpg

"WET: A DACAmented Journey," a new one-man show in Boston, hopes to open people's hearts and minds, showing them what life is like as an undocumented migrant.

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