<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/feature/massachusettshttp://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gifNECNhttps://www.necn.comen-usSat, 24 Mar 2018 19:13:51 -0400Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:13:51 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Protesters March to Keep Guns Off Boston Streets]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:34:19 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BN_NECN_Boston_Protesters_Affected_by_Gun_Violence.jpg

February 14th in Parkland, Florida was a reminder of what gun violence looks like and in Boston people say that it happens all the time and they’re hoping to get guns out of the hands of the wrong people.

From the chants heard—to the signs read, the Boston Common was full of people wanting to see gun laws changed.

"We don’t know who has them. Anyone out here can have them," Michael Chamblain said.

This has been a concern for Chamblain for the last 14 years, because as a teenager he lost one of his best friends to gun violence.

"It’s nothing new in the community of Boston. It’s just really in the forefront now with something so big happening in Florida," he said.

The February 14th tragedy broke hearts across the United States. But now millions participated in the March For Our Lives rallies around the nation.

There were many teenagers who have never had to live through a school shooting. But their signs tell a story of gun violence on the streets of Boston and Chelsea.

At just 17-years-old, Deja Freeman can count on one hand how many loved ones she’s lost to gun violence. Participating in the march stirs frustrations for her and her friends.

"Our faces are just targets," Freeman said. "They don’t see us as people. They don’t see our lives.There’s no need for us to do this march right now if people were there for us in the first place to stop this from happening."

The chants in Boston are loud, and people like Chamblain are hoping it’s loud enough for politicians to bring change to how guns get on our streets.

"If less people have them, that gives the chance of less situations happening, so with stricter laws, maybe people will think twice about selling them and maybe people will think twice about if they really need them."

<![CDATA[Framingham Police Seeking Missing Teen]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:48:21 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Missing+Teen+in+Framingham.jpg

Framingham police are looking for a teenager who went missing shortly after midnight on Saturday.

According to officials, Ricardo Perlera-Rubio, 13, was last seen when he left his residence on Charles Street at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. He was then observed in the area around 3 a.m. by a spotter but then ran off.

Police are asking for anyone with information to call Framingham Police, Detective Loureiro at 508-872-1212.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Framingham Police]]>
<![CDATA[DA: Man Dies From Injuries in Furnace Explosion]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:24:48 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AyerFire.jpg

A man has died from his injuries following a furnace explosion in Ayer, Massachusetts.

The furnace explosion at Advanced Vacuum Systems on Fitchburg Road Friday evening led to a 4-alarm industrial fire.

Two employees at Advance Vacuum Systems were taken to local hospitals as a result of the incident, where one, a man in his 50s, later died. His name has not been released. The other employee's condition is unclear at this time.

Two firefighters also suffered minor injuries in the fire.

A preliminary investigation indicates the explosion was caused by an apparent pressure vessel malfunction, according to the Middlesex district attorney's office.

The investigation into the furnace explosion is ongoing.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Signs and Sights From 'March for Our Lives' Rally in Boston]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:09:25 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/160*120/DZEK1dfWkAEBKHh.jpg

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Pats' Harmon Detained for Marijuana in Costa Rica]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:22:31 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/193*120/GettyImages-894922680+%281%29.jpg

New England Patriots player Duron Harmon is back in the U.S. after he was reportedly detained after attempting to enter Costa Rica with more than 50 grams of marijuana.

The Costa Rica Star reports the 27-year-old safety was temporarily detained Friday night after trying to enter the country with 58 grams of marijuana inside a can of Arizona ice tea, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, edibles and four glass containers with compressed marijuana weighing a total of 4.3 grams.

In a statement, a New England Patriots spokesperson said they were aware of the situation involving Harmon.

"He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information," the spokesperson said.

No other details were immediately available.

Harmon signed a four-year contract extension with the Patriots last year. He faces potential NFL disciplinary action, according to NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk.

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<![CDATA[Students' Message at Boston Anti-Gun Rally: 'Not One More']]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:00:27 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000013798744.JPG

A spirited throng of students and adults packed Boston Common on Saturday for a "March for Our Lives" rally to protest for changes to the nation's gun laws.

Organizers said the crowd numbered 100,000 and Boston police said it was a large and peaceful crowd with no arrests or citations.

An array of speakers addressed the Boston Common crowd, including sisters Leonor and Beca Munoz. Leonor is a senior at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and witnessed the Feb. 14 shooting, and Beca is a student at Northeastern University.

"I will always remember every single detail. My trauma is not going away," Leonor said.

The sisters spoke about gun violence and led the crowd in a chant of, "Not one more."

"We shouldn't have to fight for our lives, but we will and we are. And we will continue fighting until we're all safe," the sisters said in unison. "Never again."

They also tailored their message to Boston, citing the gun violence in Roxbury.

This was a protest with a purpose, sparked by the survivors of the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre that left 17 students and faculty members dead on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.

Boston's "March for Our Lives" rally began in the city's Roxbury neighborhood at Madison High School, where protesters gathered to listen to speakers before they walked down Columbus Avenue just before 11 a.m. for Boston Common. The larger rally on Boston Common started at 2 p.m.

Two 16-year-old students traveled to Boston from Vermont to join the demonstration and spoke along the march route on Columbus Ave.

"We came out here today because the gun laws need to be changed because a school shooting can happen to any school like it did in Florida, and we really care about students' lives," said one of the teenagers.

Laura-Luiza Cabral Gouvea, a 15-year-old student and local "March for Our Lives" organizer, told NBC10 Boston that she understands the concerns of those defending the Second Amendment, but that she was focused on public safety.

"It's not [about] eradicating the Second Amendment, it's making sure that the rights we were given to life and liberty are just seen before the right to guns," she said on Saturday before the march.

In addition to students at the rally, physicians from Brigham and Women's were in attendance to raise awareness about gun violence as a public health crisis, and Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley held a mass for peace at St. Anthony Shrine on Arch Street, which was followed by a march to the rally on Boston Common.

Saturday's rally is not the first demonstration by local students in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Hundreds of students gathered off of the Common and then marched to the Massachusetts Statehouse earlier this month to participate in a nationwide walkout.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[necn at Washington's March for Our Lives]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:56:48 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Mass._Residents_Travel_to_Washington_for_March.jpg

Tens of thousands rallied Saturday as part of the March for Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. 

There are more than 800 marches across the country, including a major one in Boston, and plenty of Massachusetts residents were on hand in Washington.

NBC10 Boston's Perry Russom reported live from the nation's capital to cover the scene.

"I think the legislators will pay attention to what happens here in Washington," said Dick Driscoll of Westford. "The others are going to be supportive, but the one that's going to send the message is the one from Washington."

About 100 Boston students boarded buses late Friday night to head down to the capital.

Earlier Friday, more buses and planes dropped off demonstrators who are hoping to make history, creating their own future by calling for an increase in school safety.

"I personally don't feel like there is any reason that people need assault rifles," said Linda Pixley, who flew in with her son from Des Moines, Iowa.

The march is part of the movement demanding changes to the nation's gun laws inspired by the survivors of the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre that left 17 students and faculty members dead in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.

<![CDATA[15-Year-Old Student Charged With Rape of Girl at High School]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:31:34 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/MA_Student_Charged_With_Sexually_Assaulting_Classmate.jpg

A 15-year-old boy is accused of raping a girl at their Massachusetts high school.

The incident allegedly happened on Tuesday at Plymouth North High School. It's unclear exactly where in the school it occurred, but school officials say it happened after hours.

The boy was arraigned on one count of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a female age 14 or over, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office.

Parents in town having are hard time hearing the news.

"It's terrible. It's terrible," said one.

"That's totally unacceptable. What do we do with something like that? I don't know what the answers are. A lot of people have issues in their life and it's very disheartening. It really is," said another.

Parents were notified Friday with a statement.

"It has come to our attention the media is reporting that a sexual assault happened at Plymouth North High School on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 after school hours," the school said in a statement to parents.

The statement goes on to say a report was immediately filed with the Plymouth Police Department, and that "appropriate protocol" was followed by administration at Plymouth North High School.

The teenage suspect was arraigned in Plymouth District Court.

He was released on personal recognizance and is to have no contact with the female victim.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Opioid Epidemic Brings Spike in Lowell HIV Cases]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:03:41 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Opioid_Crisis_Causing_Spike_in_HIV_Cases.jpg

At Tufts University School of Medicine, Professor Thomas Stopka says health professionals were startled when a spike in HIV cases turned up in Lowell, Massachusetts.

"Until 2017, we'd seen relatively stable numbers of cases among people who inject drugs," said Dr. Stopka. "In 2017 in Lowell, that changed."

Official numbers will be out this summer, but local community health workers in Lowell believe there may have been 24 new HIV cases associated with people who inject drugs in 2017.

There were just six cases in the prior three years.

Stopka, who studies how one epidemic can lead to another, says the presence of fentanyl in the Merrimack Valley could be a factor for the increase as addicts tend to use more because it's so powerful.

"If they're injecting more frequently, there's increased chance for syringe sharing," said Dr. Stopka.

Kerran Vigroux, the director of Lowell Health and Human Services, says a needle exchange twice a week at Life Connections Center, is one way the city is fighting the problem.

"People can bring in used needles and get clean needles," said Vigroux. "Some people worry that it's promoting drug use. It really isn't, it's about interrupting that disease transmission."

Education is another key element in the battle to keep people safer.

"Trying to get the message out about the risks and how to eliminate risks or reduce their risks," said Vigroux.

The needle exchange at Life Connections runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m.

<![CDATA[Growing Movement to Delete Facebook Accounts]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:19:35 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/N6P_VO_FACEBOOK_EXPANSI_KNBCKX7P_1200x675_1188611139975.jpg

As Facebook comes under fire for a data privacy scandal, some users in Massachusetts and elsewhere are declaring a small protest on the world's largest social network by logging off for good.

Sam Nasser, a student who lives in Boston, signed on to the campaign to delete Facebook this week. Nasser said the last straw was the report that Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm, improperly accessed tens of millions of users’ data without their knowledge.

"I am just done with Facebook," Nasser said. "It's not a social network, it's become an advertising network."

Nasser is not alone in his frustration. The hashtag #DeleteFacebook is trending on Twitter.

"I would consider it," Barbara Summers of Cambridge said. "A friend of mine just let me know she was deleting it, as well."

Others say it is not so easy to click quit in a society that has come to rely on social media to connect, whether it is staying in touch with family or using it for a job.

"I use Facebook every single day and I would never be able to give it up," Benjamin Lev of Cambridge said. "I'm OK with sharing my information. I have nothing to hide."

Facebook does not make it easy to quit, even telling you what friends will miss you before you go.

David Gerzof, CEO of BIGfish PR in Brookline and a communication studies professor at Emerson College, says there are ways to limit what you share by monitoring what applications you have authorized to have access to your information. By going into privacy settings, a user does have the ability to remove applications that are not wanted, but Gerzof says it is impossible to lockdown your profile entirely.

"You're always going to be giving up some bit of data," Gerzof said. "That's part of the deal with Facebook and part of the reason why it's free to use."

Facebook says it can take up to 90 days to remove your information from their servers once you delete your profile. If you log in within 14 days of doing so, your account is re-activated.

Photo Credit: File]]>
<![CDATA[Boston Prepares for March for Our Lives]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:22:45 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Boston_Expecting_Up_to_40K_for_March_for_Our_Lives.jpg

It's a protest with a purpose, not to mention a good deal of planning, as Boston prepares to host its own March for Our Lives Saturday.

"There's always troublemakers. I hope they stay home tomorrow because this is all about a positive message," said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.

The march steps off at 11 a.m. from Madison Park High School, makes its way down Columbus Avenue and concludes with a rally on the Boston Common.

"We coordinated with Boston Police a few weeks ago and told them the route we'll be marching on," said organizer Rebecca Munoz. "There will be a police presence."

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city has been working to make sure all the necessary security measures are in place.

"We're going to work with [organizers] to make sure they have a safe day tomorrow," Walsh said.

To keep people safe, Boston Police say officers will be in uniform and undercover. Streets and intersections will be closed as well.

Estimates of the crowd 20,000 to 70,000 people. Clarisa Brooks of Spellman College in Atlanta will be one of them.

"I think it's important that students have a voice," she remarked.

Boston Police are asking people to leave their backpacks at home as well as the sticks for their signs.

<![CDATA[9 Mass. State Police Troopers Suspended, 9 Retire in OT Case]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:01:23 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/9_Suspended_in_MSP_Overtime_Abuse_Scandal.jpg

Nine Massachusetts State Police troopers were suspended without pay Friday amid an investigation into an overtime pay scandal, the department confirmed. Nine others have retired since the start of hte investigation.

Col. Kerry Gilpin, the department's commander, announced Tuesday that 21 troopers were under investigation for allegedly being paid overtime for shifts they did not work. Nine of those troopers were suspended after their duty status hearings Friday.

In total, 19 troopers were scheduled for hearings after the investigation was announced. One trooper had already retired, and another was already suspended without pay on another matter. Nine of those remaining troopers have since retired, including six who retired Friday before their hearings.

While nine of the 10 troopers who stayed with the department for their hearings were suspended, one was kept on active duty.

Gilpin said Tuesday that the missing overtime shifts were as few as one and as high as 100 per trooper. She could not put a dollar amount on the overtime discrepancy.

An internal audit looked at 2016 payroll figures and included only members of Troop E, which is responsible for patrolling the Massachusetts Turnpike and tunnels. The investigation began after state police, as the result of an internal affairs investigation, determined the need to review payments to a handful of Troop E members for certain overtime traffic enforcement shifts - known as Accident Incidence Reduction Effort patrols - on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The results of the audit have been forwarded to Attorney General Maura Healey, who will review it and decide whether to file criminal charges.

"Integrity, honesty and accountability are core values of the Massachusetts State Police," Gilpin said. "For us to fulfill our mission as a police agency, we must have public trust."

<![CDATA[1 Airlifted From 4-Alarm Fire After Furnace Explosion]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:25:05 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AyerFire.jpg

Two civilians and two firefighters were injured Friday after a furnace explosion led to a 4-alarm industrial fire in Ayer, Massachusetts.

Fire crews from Ayer and other nearby communities responded to Fitchburg Road.

Two civilians sustained non-life-threatening injuries. A medical helicopter was called for one of the victims. Two firefighters also suffered from minor injuries.

Route 2A was closed between Groton School Road and Groton Shirley Road. Drivers are advised to seek an alternate route.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Man Charged in Burglary of Rob Gronkowski's House]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:32:06 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Gronk+in+home+.JPG

Police arrested a man Friday and charged him in a burglary at the home of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Anthony Almeida, 31, of Randolph, Massachusetts, was charged in the burglary Gronkowski discovered after returning to his Foxboro home after the Patriots lost Super Bowl LII.

Almeida faces charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime, malicious destruction of property and two counts of receiving stolen property.

Police are searching for two other suspects. Shayne Denn, 26, of Tewksbury, is wanted on charges of breaking and entering in the night time, larceny of a firearm, larceny of more than $250, malicious destruction of property and trespassing. Twenty-eight-year-old Eric Tyrrell of Foxboro is also wanted for receiving stolen property worth more than $250.

"This is Rob Gronkowski calling, and while I was gone my whole house got robbed, while on the Super Bowl trip. And I just got back," Gronkowski told a 911 dispatcher at the time.

Authorities would not say at the time of the robbery what was stolen, but a Broadcastify.com recording of a call between responding officers and dispatch, a dispatcher said that "multiple safes and possible guns" were taken.

No further information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Themes of 'Rise' Come to Life at Boston Arts Academy]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:43:06 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Behind_the_Scenes_at_Boston_Arts_Academy.jpg

NBC's new hit musical drama "Rise" highlights the power a theater program can have on a high school, and it is an impact the students at Boston Arts Academy say they experience every day.

Boston Arts Academy is the city's only public high school for the visual and performing arts. The school is academically blind, meaning students do not have to have certain grades to get in, but they do have to audition. It is a creative outlet for 465 students who may not otherwise have one.

"It's not like your typical high school," Malik Mitchell, a junior, said. "It really gives me a way of expressing myself and I feel like that's really important for a kid like me."

The see the importance of the arts daily and are thrilled to now see it featured in primetime. "Rise" tells the story of a drama teacher trying to save a struggling theater program by encouraging students to put their issues aside and put on a show. It is what the students at Boston Arts Academy say they do every time they walk into their theater class.

"It brings you into an environment where everybody's equal together and making a powerful piece that has a message to it," junior Janine Mendes said.

In "Rise," there is pushback when the drama teacher chooses a show that takes on tough topics. At Boston Arts Academy, they know those productions can be the most powerful.

Motivated by the #MeToo movement this year, all-female playwrights are putting on productions that cover everything from rape to race relations.

"We really try to choose material that's going to challenge them," Theater Department Chair Juanita Rodrigues said. "We cover themes they have to grapple with as young men and young women."

While there are still plenty of episodes to go for the students on the show, students at Boston Arts Academy say you do not have to go further than the hallways at their school to see the positive impact the arts can have.

"I just feel released from all my heavy burdens," junior Jaleel Sanders said. "I just feel like I'm free now."

<![CDATA[Police: Man Assaulted Child, Ran Massive Drug Operation]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:06:49 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/collage23.jpg

A Massachusetts man was arrested this week on charges that he indecently assaulted a child and ran a massive drug manufacturing and trafficking operation out of his South Shore home.

Michael Tibbetts, 23, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home on Country Way in Scituate. He faces two counts of indecent assault and battery, one count of marijuana trafficking, one count of drug manufacturing, three counts of drug distribution and two counts of drug possession.

Scituate police said the arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation into the sale of illegal drugs from Tibbetts' Country Way address. 

Police said they had received numerous complaints from neighbors and other anonymous sources who had reportedly seen people coming and going from the house on a regular basis and believed that someone was dealing drugs from the address.

While the drug investigation was going on, police were also investigating Tibbetts for allegations of indecent assault against a child under age 14. Those allegations were brought to the attention of the state Department of Children and Families in February of 2018, and charges were filed earlier this week.

After Tibbetts was taken into custody Wednesday, police seized large amounts of packaging materials, scales, marijuana, THC oil, THC vape cartridges and THC-infused drinks that they said were intended for sale. Several hundred plastic bottles, caps and labels were located in the attic, along with Pyrex cooking trays, Crock-Pots and large liquid containers. Police also seized three kinds of pills believed to be Ecstasy, Molly and Adderall, several thousand dollars in cash, two pellet guns, a crossbow and a bulletproof vest.

The drugs that were confiscated are believed to have a street value of over $30,000.

Police said they believe Tibbetts had been growing marijuana and conducting the THC oil extracting process inside the home using large amounts of butane fuel, a volatile process that can result an explosion or fire.

Tibbetts is currently being held on $10,000 bail. If he posts bail, he will be equipped with a GPS bracelet and required to stay away from the victim's residence and school.

<![CDATA[Police: Woman Threatens to Bite Ear Off MBTA Transit Officer]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:14:32 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/MBTA_EarEDIT_final.jpg

A Massachusetts woman is facing charges after authorities say she threatened a bus terminal employee and then threatened to bite the ear off of an MBTA transit police officer.

Sheila Lynch, 29, of Dorchester, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon at South Station Bus Terminal.

Transit Police said officers on patrol were approached at 5:40 p.m. by an employee of Peter Pan Bus Lines who said Lynch had demanded a refund on her bus ticket. When the employee tried to calm Lynch down, Lynch allegedly pulled out a knife and made threats against the employee.

Officers located Lynch in the terminal and recovered the knife.

Transit Police then discovered that Lynch had an arrest warrant issued for her out of Dorchester District Court for threats to commit a crime and assault with a dangerous weapon (knife).

As she was taken into custody, police said she also made a threat against the transit officer saying, "I'm going to bite your ear off... I can take you."

It's unclear exactly what charges Lynch is facing and when she will appear in court.

<![CDATA[Brookline Taxi Driver Accused of Dragging Another Driver]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:05:18 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_60502604-cuffs.jpg

A taxi driver is facing charges Friday morning after allegedly dragging another taxi driver with his car.

The two drivers reportedly got into a dispute on Webster Street in Brookline, Massachusetts. The suspect then dragged the victim 40 to 50 feet with his car.

No injuries were reported.

Police identified the suspect as 61-year-old Ossmane Offre of Brockton. He is facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Offre has yet to be arraigned. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.

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<![CDATA[Youth Hockey Coach Faces More Child Sex Abuse Charges]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:43:29 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Christopher+Prew+in+court.JPG

A Massachusetts youth hockey coach returned to court Friday morning to face 10 new counts of child sex abuse charges.

Thirty-one-year-old Christopher Prew pleaded not guilty to the new charges during his arraignment in Salem Superior Court after an Essex County grand jury returned 10 indictments on Thursday alleging the Winthrop resident sexually assaulted six boys under the age of 14 in Marblehead and Peabody.

He was charged with nine additional counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault during his Friday arraignment. The alleged conduct took place between Jan. 1, 2017 and Feb. 5, 2018.

According to prosecutors, Prew used his position of authority as a youth hockey coach to ingratiate himself with his players' families and coerce his victims.

His attorney told NBC10 Boston Prew looks forward to his trial, "where he expects he'll be exonerated and vindicated against these allegations made against him."

Prew has been charged on a total of 19 counts in Essex County and one in Middlesex County, according to authorities. The new charges are based on accusations from six victims, all young boys, with the alleged incidents happening in Marblehead or Peabody.

He has been accused of molesting 11 young boys in total, but has only been formally charged with sexually assaulting eight boys. Three cases remain under investigation.

Outside of court, Prew's family told NBC10 Boston it's a matter of time before the truth comes out.

"This kid is a great kid, he loves what he does," Prew's stepfather said while on the verge of tears. "He gave up his whole life to teach kids hockey."

Prew is currently being held without bail and will remain behind bars until his trial. He's due back in court on April 2.

Prew's mother, Louise Martino, has also been indicted on a charge of witness intimidation in connection with the case after she was accused of threatening the mother of one of Prew's alleged victims on social media. She has not been arraigned.

<![CDATA[DA: Body Found Burning in Field ID'd]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:57:54 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/hatfield+burning+body.jpg

A man whose body was found burning in a field in Hatfield, Massachusetts earlier this month has been identified.

A spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney's Office said the death of 44-year-old Daniel Cruz is being investigated as a homicide by state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office.

Cruz's body was found in a field off Bridge Lane on March 10.

No further details have been released.

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<![CDATA[Student Charged With Bringing Bullets to School]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:25:26 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Classroom+School+Generic+Connecticut.jpg

A Massachusetts student is facing charges after police say he brought bullets to his Hull school Thursday morning.

The 17-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of ammunition. The teen has not been identified because he is a juvenile.

Police said another student in Hull High School’s Satellite Program, which operates in an area of Jacobs Elementary School, told the principal that the teen showed him a picture of bullets.

The principal notified the school resource officer who located the teen and searched him. Police said the teen was in possession of three .32 caliber bullets.

Authorities then contacted police who conducted a search of his locker and home. No additional ammunition or firearms were found.

Police said they do not have reason to believe there is any danger to the public.

"We want parents and residents to rest assured that there is no danger to the community," said Acting Hull Police Chief Neil Reilly. "We always stress the importance of 'see something, say something' and the student did the right thing by doing exactly that."

"The safety and security of our students is a priority for the district and we commend the student for recognizing the seriousness of this situation and reporting it to the administration," added Hull Superintendent Michael Devine

The teen was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Hingham District Court at later date.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Police Dispatcher on Leave Over Social Media Posts]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:53:39 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Carla+Grant+Post.JPG

A Massachusetts State Police dispatcher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into alleged social media posts about previous state police investigations, authorities said.

State police said Carla Grant's alleged social media posts are in violation of department policy.

The Boston Globe reports the investigation centers around a February 2007 crash that claimed the life of 20-year-old Cory Wasilewski on Route 24 in Avon.

Wasilewski's father, Thomas, told NBC10 Boston he noticed people discussing the crash in a Facebook forum and that Grant, a civilian dispatcher, was among those to comment.

"I could not understand why she was saying such mean, hurtful things. She doesn’t know me. Doesn’t know my family," said Thomas Wasilewski. "It was shocking. It hurt."

He said that in one post, Grant blamed his son for his death and posted that dashcam video showed his son "driving like a lunatic."

"I was just shocked. I didn’t know anything about a dash cam. I know no one else was supposed to know anything about a dash cam either," he said.

A hearing is scheduled for next week when the department will decide if Grant should be able to return to work during the investigation.

"Now I want answers. I want her removed from her position," said Thomas Wasilewski.

<![CDATA[State Police Dispatcher on Leave Over Social Media Posts]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:45:40 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/222*120/massachusetts+state+police1.jpg

Massachusetts State Police say a dispatcher is on paid administrative leave while the department investigates alleged social media posts about previous state police investigations.

State Police say the alleged social media posts are in violation of department policy. 

At a hearing next week, the department will decide if Carla Grant should be able to return to work during the investigation or if she should be placed on administrative leave without pay.

No other information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Winthrop Man Found With Assault Rifle in His Car Arraigned]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:24:09 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/winthrop+guns.jpg

A man is facing a number of charges after Boston police say they found him armed with a handgun outside a KFC in Dorchester and an AR-15 style rifle in his car.

Stephen White, 70, of Winthrop, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Thursday in Dorchester Municipal Court to 10 counts of unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device and single counts of unlawful possession of an assault weapon and improper storage of a large-capacity weapon. 

White was held on $7,500 bail and ordered to surrender all of his firearms to the Winthrop Police Department.

Officials say on March 20 that neighborhood drug control units were conducting drug investigations in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Columbia Road where they observed a woman inside the KFC making what appeared to be a drug transaction.

Officers stopped the woman, later identified as 29-year-old Krista McCaffrey of Winthrop, as she got back into an Explorer driven by White.

When an officer approached her, police say the woman admitted she was in possession of heorin and White admitted he was armed.

During a search of White's vehicle, officers recovered a loaded Para Hi-Cap P12 .45 caliber firearm, a Windham Mecal 223 AR-15 style rifle with a folding stock and flash suppressor, ten loaded high capacity magazines, and a black tactical ballistic body armor vest.

“There is no need for any citizen in the city of Boston to be carrying high powered weapons of this kind, and there are just too many of these guns out there," said Police Commissioner William Evans. "My greatest concern is the safety of our residents and neighborhoods, and my officers and I will continue to do our part to keep high capacity firearms and assault rifles off the streets of Boston and out of the wrong hands."

Both White and McCaffrey were arrested.

McCaffrey was charged with possession of heroin and arrested also on outstanding default warrants for unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of Class E drugs out of South Boston District Court.

Police say White told them he had all of the guns, ammunition and vest with him because he has ties to the U.S. military and was concerned about "jihadists on the highway."

White told police he was conducting tests on how to address the situation.

Neighbors of White were too afraid to speak on camera, telling NBC10 Boston White is not a good guy.

White will be back in court on May 3.

Bail was not requested for McCaffrey, and she will be back in court on May 25.

It's unclear if either has an attorney.

<![CDATA[Police Seek Suspicious Man Who Exposed Himself to Teens]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:23:24 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/seekonk+suspicious+man.jpg

Police are looking for a man who reportedly exposed himself to three teenage girls in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

The incident happened Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Target store at 79 Commerce Way.

Seekonk police say the three teenagers came to the police department late Tuesday night and reported noticing a man at Target who appeared to be watching them from a distance around 8 p.m.

Police say the teens became wary of the man and went to a register to check out, at which time the man was still watching them.

As the girls were getting in their car, they saw the man in front of their vehicle, about 20 feet away, according to police.

The teenagers reported that the man exposed himself to them.

Police said the girls screamed, threatening to call police, at which point the man fled the scene.

The suspect is described as medium build, about 5'6" tall, possibly Hispanic, wearing a knit cap, dark-colored jacket and khaki pants.

Seekonk police are concerned this may not be an isolated incident and are asking the public to contact them with any information at 508-336-8123, or anonymously at the Tips Line at 508-336-7027, extension 9, or email tips@seekonkpd.com.

This incident remains under investigation.

Police remind everyone to remain aware of their surroundings and the activities of people around them, reporting any suspicious people or conditions to your local police department immediately.

<![CDATA[What to Know About Boston's 'March for Our Lives' Rally]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:46:13 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/205*120/DYQuvCoVoAAsfye.jpg

Thousands are expected to pack Boston Common this weekend to march and rally for stricter gun laws in the United States.

The event, known as "March for Our Lives," is part of a national effort led by students who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left seventeen students and staff members dead. The shooting has since spurred a national conversation on gun violence.

"I don’t want anybody to be able to feel what I felt that day," said Leslie Chiu, a student at Northeastern University.

A graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Chiu has helped organize the march in Boston with other students and teachers.

"It’s not just about Stoneman Douglas. It’s about every school, every movie theater, every park, every community," Chiu said. "It’s more than just Parkland."

Across the country, marches are planned in major cities on Saturday. While the main event will take place in Washington, Boston’s march is expected to be one of the largest. According to the group’s Facebook page, 18,000 have signed up to attend and another 50,000 have expressed interest.

"Even though we can’t vote our voices are really resonating," said Vikiana Petit-Homme, a junior at Boston Latin Academy.

In the last few weeks, Petit-Homme said they have already been able to capture the attention of lawmakers with school walk-outs around the country. She expects march to further their efforts.

"We want them to care about our lives more than they care about guns," Petite-Homme explained.

Attendees will also include friends and relatives of Boston-area native Christine Loeber, who was one of the three women shot and killed by former US soldier Albert Wong when he took them hostage in a California veterans' center two weeks ago.

Saturday’s march will begin at 11 a.m. from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury. Participants will then travel to Boston Common, where a rally is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Boston Police will have extra resources in place. They have asked the public to peacefully demonstrate.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Gel Made in Mass. Helping Patients Fight Prostate Cancer]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:20:34 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Gel_Made_in_MA_Helping_Patients_Fight_Prostate_Cancer.jpg

Treatment options for prostate cancer often come with some uncomfortable side effects, but a gel produced in Massachusetts may help patients avoid them.

<![CDATA[DA: Youth Hockey Coach Faces More Indictments]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:05:15 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Marblehead+Christopher+Prew+Court.png

A former Massachusetts youth hockey coach was indicted on 10 more counts of sexual assault on children on Thursday, according to authorities.

These charges have been added to five previous charges against 31-year-old Marblehead resident Christopher Prew, who is due back in court on Friday.

According to prosecutors, Prew used his position of authority as a youth hockey coach to ingratiate himself with his players' families and coerce his victims.

Prew has now been indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting seven boys in Essex County, according to the county's district attorney. He's due in Salem Superior Court on Friday to face the new indictments.

Earlier this month, 20 members of the Marblehead community rallied against him and sent letters to the judge involved with his case, asking her to refuse Prew bail. She agreed that Prew was still a present danger to children, and he was denied bail.

Prew, a former youth hockey coach, was initially accused of indecent assault and aggravated rape of a 9-year-old boy multiple times between September 2017 and January 2018. After his arrest in February, his attorney told NBC10 Boston Prew was intimately involved with the child's mother.

Prew's mother, Louise Martino, has also been indicted on a charge of witness intimidation in connection with the case after she was accused of threatening the mother of one of Prew's alleged victims on social media. She has not been arraigned.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Police Looking for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Hit Teen on Bike]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:31:36 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Cambridge+MA+PD+hit+and+run+Putnam+Ave+031518.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help finding a driver wanted in connection with the hit-and-run of a teen last week in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A 14-year-old boy suffered non-life threatening injuries after he was hit while riding his bike to school on March 15, according to police.

The suspect was driving a silver Toyota Prius, which witnesses believe was a 2004-2009 model. The suspect's vehicle hit the boy at 7:22 a.m., then fled the scene, police said, before returning to the scene around 7:25 a.m.

The incident happened on Putnam Avenue near Western Avenue right near the King Open School.

Becca Wolfson of the Boston Cyclists Union says this is an example where more protective infrastructure for cyclists is needed.

"When you have that physical barrier, either a parked car or a curb to separate people biking from traffic, it infinitely improves safety," said Wolfson.

Wolfson said many kids bike to school in Cambridge and they need to be safe.

"I believe there are 250 bike racks now that are filled every single day which is amazing, and we need to actually protect those kids that are trying to get to school."

Police say the 14-year-old has a broken wrist and concussion-like symptoms but is expected to be okay.

Officials are asking anyone with information on the vehicle or suspected driver to contact Officer Christopher Sullivan in the Cambridge Police Traffic Enforcement Unit by phone at (617) 349-3307 or by email at PDTrafficSupervisors@cambridgepolice.org.

Photo Credit: Cambridge Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Residents Warned After 4 Fatal Opioid ODs in 12-Hour Span ]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:31:33 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Lowell_Police_Issue_Warning_After_4_Fatal_Overdoses.jpg

Officials in Massachusetts are warning people after first responders reported four fatal overdose cases in Lowell within a span of 12 hours on Wednesday and Thursday.

Lowell fire officials said it is believed that a mix of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl caused the overdoses and that they're concerned about the batch's impact on the Greater Lowell area.

"It's very scary and just about everyone in our community has been touched, either a friend, or a loved one or relative," Fire Chief Jeff Winward said.

Lowell, like many cities and towns, has been struggling with opioids lately.

Winward says firefighters are responding to overdose calls almost on a daily basis, calling it a big problem in Lowell.

First responders are armed with narcan and special breathing equipment.

The Lowell House, a nearby addiction and treatment facility, has recovery and outreach coaches like Amanda Shaw who are on the front lines, treating those addicted to opioids.

Success at The Lowell House is measured one day at a time, Shaw says.

"When we save people, we are giving them one more day, and one more opportunity to access treatment, or to hear something that might change their mind, that might want to make them change their life."

While officials strongly urge people to not use opiates, they are now asking those suffering from addiction to be "extra vigilant" and to not use alone.

Those who have loved ones suffering from opioid addiction are urged to check in with them frequently.

Anyone who witnesses an overdose is asked to call 911.

For help with opiate addiction, Lowell fire officials suggested calling the Lowell CO-OP Team at (978) 631-7240 or The Lowell House at (978) 459-8656.

The warnings come amid an ongoing opioid addiction crisis across the United States, including New England. In Massachusetts alone, public health officials said there were 1,977 opioid-related overdoses in 2017, an 8.3 percent decrease from 2016; however, state officials said there is still work to do in managing the epidemic.

<![CDATA[Quincy Woman Arrested for Assault on Baby Who Later Died]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:10:54 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000013745365.JPG

A 27-year-old Quincy, Massachusetts, woman was arrested in connection to a February assault on a baby who later died, according to the Norfolk County District Attorney's office.

Shu Feng Hsu, 27, of 34 Sewall St., was arrested at her home Thursday. Police had obtained a warrant for the charge of assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury.

Officials were called to the same address on Feb. 15 for medical assistance for 11-month old Chloe Chen, who also lived there along with her parents and others. Chloe Chen was transported to Boston Medical Center and died on Feb. 17.

"This investigation is not yet complete, but working with Quincy Police we have developed sufficient evidence for this charge to be brought and arraigned today," District Attorney Michael Morrissey said. "The investigation continues."

Hsu is currently being booked at the Quincy Police Headquarters. She is expected to be arraigned in the Quincy District Court before the end of Thursday.

It was not immediately clear if Hsu had an attorney.

<![CDATA[Parents Worried After Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:35:04 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/brewster2.jpg

A Massachusetts elementary school teacher has been charged with sexual assaulting two 6-year-old boys.

Noah Campbell-Halley, 36, of Harwich, a technology teacher at the Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster, was arrested Thursday for sexual misconduct following an investigation that began earlier in the week. Bail was set at $25,000 cash at his arraignment Thursday in Orleans District Court.

School Superintendent Thomas Conrad said Campbell-Halley was placed on administrative leave Monday and parents were notified. He did not say if Campbell-Halley is being paid while out on leave.

Campbell-Halley teaches students in kindergarten through second grade and has worked at the school for five years.

"Due to the confidentiality rights of all parties involved, we are unable at this time to comment further on the specifics of the complaint, the criminal investigation or any related personnel actions," Conrad said. "We continue to cooperate fully with the police and remain committed to our efforts to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of all students."

Brewster police said they received information on Sunday from concerned parents about inappropriate sexual contact between their child and Campbell-Halley. The allegation pertained to an incident that occurred during school hours.

"You're looking at our most vulnerable population and a person in a position of trust. As a parent myself, it's a difficult case to get through but it's our role to have an impartial stance," Brewster Chief of Police Heath J. Eldredge said.

During the course of their investigation, police conducted interviews with the students and enough evidence was gathered to obtain a warrant for Campbell-Halley's arrest.

"If there are other victims out there we certainly want to hear from them. We'll be available to assist those families & to provide resources as necessary," Eldredge said.

School officials held a meeting Thursday night to update worried parents and answer questions.

“To be honest, my son had him for 1st grade,” said parent Pauline Henry. “And he was great. You meet him and you talk to him and he seemed so normal.”

“I’m horrified,” said Nicole Carvalho, whose daughter was a student of Mr. Campbell-Halley. “I’m shaken that she was in this situation, she was with this man. I don’t feel comfortable sending my child to school here.”

“I just walked out,” said Henry. “This is pointless, I’m getting angrier because they’re not answering anybody’s questions directly. It’s draining. You wonder did it happen to my kid. It’s a big mess.”

Some parents wondered why there can’t be more security cameras inside the school.

“If they have the money to spend it outside, what’s the problem going inside now,” said parent Carrie Adam. “Where’s the security, where’s the safety? Because it’s all out the window now.”

Police say the investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call Brewster police at 508-896-7011.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Police Seek Suspect in String of Dangerous Crimes]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:23:58 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Wilmington+SuspectImage.jpg

Police are searching for a suspect believed to have been involved in a string of dangerous crimes in several Massachusetts communities on Thursday morning.

Police said surveillance video captured the first incident at Jimmy's Garage on Main Street in Wilmington around 5 a.m.

A male suspect was seen driving a truck through the garage door and getting out, stealing about six cartons of cigarettes. He then got back into the truck and took off.

Police said the alarm was going off during the incident.

Garage owner Jimmy Dimopoulos told NBC10 Boston he didn't know what to make of the ordeal but was surprised at how much damage occurred.

"What can I think?" he said, laughing. "Somebody broke in. That's all, but of course, I didn’t expect that extent of damage."

A short time later, police said a suspect crashed a truck into a house on School Street in Andover. The homeowner told police they then watched the suspect run downhill toward Essex Street. 

The suspect was described as being a male in his 20s or 30s about 6 feet tall, and was wearing blue jeans and a grey sweatshirt. Officers searched the area but were unable to find him.

The vehicle involved was identified by police as the same vehicle that was involved in the burglary at Jimmy's Garage in Wilmington.

While investigating the scene in Andover, Andover and Wilmington officers were also notified that Tewksbury police were investigating a break-in at a service station in their town.

Police later received a stolen vehicle report about a truck that had been stolen from Richdale Market on Railroad Street in Andover.

The stolen truck had a black flatbed and "Boston Hill Fence" written on the doors, with a commercial plate number of R83326. There was a yellow Fisher plow mounted on the front of the truck.

That vehicle was last seen around 8:10 am. in Boston. Police attempted to stop it but the truck fled.

Police said they believe all of the incidents are related. Officers from Wilmington, Tewksbury, Andover, Woburn, Boston and the Massachusetts State Police are now working together to identify the suspect.

Anyone with information on the suspect or any of the incidents is asked to call Wilmington police at 978-658-5071 or Andover police at 978-475-0411, Ext. 0.

<![CDATA[Bunker Hill Community College Stabbing Suspect to Face Judge]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:06:02 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Bunker+Hill+032118.png

A Massachusetts man suspected of stabbing another man at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood will face a judge on Thursday.

Jerry Pierre-Louis, 18, of Mattapan will be arraigned in Charlestown District Court on a charge of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Police said officers were called to the campus' B-building at about 3:30 p.m. after a student was allegedly stabbed inside a hallway.

The victim was treated for minor injuries to his hand and later released, officials said.

Pierre-Louis fled the area but was arrested by Massachusetts State Police around 4:15 p.m.

Students on campus said they were shocked by the incident.

"It's kind of scary, considering everything that has been going on with all the school shootings," one student said. "I feel kind of nervous, I guess."

It's unclear what the motive was or if Pierre-Louis has an attorney.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[1 Dead After Fire at Multi-Family Home]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:56:01 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Palmer+fire1.JPG

Fire officials in the Three Rivers section of Palmer, Massachusetts say one person died early Thursday morning following a fire at a multi-family home.
Fire officials in the Three Rivers section of Palmer, Massachusetts say one person died early Thursday morning following a fire at a multi-family home.

The fire broke out at a brick home at 9-15 Springfield St. around 2 a.m. where heavy flames were shooting from a third-floor rear porch.

Fire Chief Scott Turner told WWLP-TV there were no additional reports of injuries.

The name of the person who died has not been released.

A total of 11 people live in the building.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the exact cause of the fire.

<![CDATA[Jury Deliberations Begin in 'Puppy Doe' Abuse Trial]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:18:04 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Puppy-Doe-Radoslaw-Czerkawski.jpg

Justice for the dog known as "Puppy Doe" has long been the cry of animal advocates from around the world after the young pit bull mix was found on a Massachusetts street, so badly beaten that she had to be put down.

But now it's up to a jury to decide whether "justice" means convicting or exonerating 36-year-old Radoslaw Czerkawski – the man charged with 12 counts of felony animal cruelty and one count of lying to police.

The dog, originally known as Kiya, was found starving and beaten in Quincy back in August 2013. Witnesses testified she had injuries that spanned a number of weeks, including broken and dislocated bones, cigarette burns, stab wounds and a split tongue.

"There's been no tears, there's been no emotion. He sits there emotionless," said Deanna Terminiello, an advocate with the group "Pawsitively Puppy Doe."

Czerkawski's defense attorney argued that's because his client wasn't the person who abused the dog.

"He had a dog, the dog ran away, and if it is the same dog in the street, the dog was injured by other people," defense attorney Larry Tipton said. "They want you to believe that this man brutally and savagely clipped the tongue of that dog, and they don't have one piece of evidence."

But prosecutors allege Czerkawski abandoned Kiya on the same day that the 95-year-old woman he was caring for on Whitwell Street passed away – allegedly so the animal abuse wouldn't be discovered.

"He is the last person ever seen with Kiya healthy, and he is the person that inflicted those injuries on Kiya," said Assistant District Attorney Gregory Connors.

Czerkawski is already serving time in prison for stealing more than $100,000 from the elderly woman for whom he was a caregiver. Since the jury did not reach a verdict Friday, they will return to court to continue deliberations at 9 a.m. Monday.

Photo Credit: necn]]>
<![CDATA[Police Looking for Missing Methuen Man]]>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:08:43 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/methuen+missing+man.jpg

Methuen Police are looking for a man who has been missing since Wednesday.

Police say Michael Meuse, 42, was last seen leaving his Birch Avenue residence in Methuen in a gray 2012 Ford Fusion, with Massachusetts license plate 2GZM80.

Meuse is described as having brown eyes, brown hair, light complexion, approximately 6'1" and 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue suit. 

If you have any information on Meuse's whereabouts, you're asked to contact the Methuen Police Department at 978-983-8698.

<![CDATA[Boston Restaurant Owner Charged With Tax Fraud]]>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:45:20 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Restaurant_Owner_Charged_With_Tax_Fraud.jpg

The owner of a popular East Boston diner is accused of charging her customers a meals tax that she never reported to the government.

Donna Marquardo, 58, has been charged with 39 counts of failing to pay taxes and filing false tax returns on more than $850,000 in sales between early 2012 to early 2015.

“We’ve been paying taxes for 50 years. This is just a misunderstanding,” said Daniel Marquardo, the owner’s son.

A few months ago, Marquardo said his family learned of a discrepancy in their taxes and have since been cooperating with the investigators looking into the issue. While his parents handle all the financial records, Marquardo contended they have done nothing wrong.

“We do everything by the book. My mother does everything by the book,” Marquardo explained, “Our customers know that. Our family knows that.”

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the failure to report sales resulted in approximately $60,000 in unpaid taxes.

While Marquardo appeared in court Wednesday, her hearing was cut short when the judge recused himself because he is related to her husband. Marquardo’s next hearing is scheduled for April.

“To pocket money from our customers for meals tax, it just makes no sense,” her son said, “It’s been done the right way for so many years.”

<![CDATA[Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Stopping Vision Loss]]>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:40:42 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Gene_Therapy_Shows_Promise_for_Stopping_Vision_Loss.jpg

A groundbreaking procedure in Boston helped a blind teenager see again.