<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/feature/massachusettshttp://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gifNECNhttps://www.necn.comen-usTue, 23 Jan 2018 19:03:40 -0500Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:03:40 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Smoke Detectors Save Child's Life in Gloucester Fire ]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:58:36 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/217*120/Gloucester+Fire1.jpg

A child home sick from school Tuesday in Gloucester, Massachusetts is telling firefighters that he was was alerted to danger by his house's smoke detector and managed to escape to safety.

Firefighters responded to 33 Grove Street just before 9:20 a.m. to find a visibly heavy fire spraying from the second and third floors of the three-story, two-family dwelling. Flames had stretched out and reached the neighboring house at 31 Grove Street, according to the fire department.

Residents of neighboring homes were evacuated by the Gloucester Police Department. Neighbors told authorities that they had not seen anyone fleeing the dwelling.

After a few minutes of fighting the fire from the outside, firefighters entered the first floor and began to search for possible victims.

No one was found inside, but one firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries while containing the blaze.

The child, who was asleep when the fire broke out, told firefighters that he was woken up by the blaring of the smoke detector and managed to escape to a neighbor's house unharmed.

"Smoke detectors likely saved the child's life," said the Gloucester Fire Department in a statement.

The home was severely damaged as a result of the fire and is currently uninhabitable. The neighboring home at 31 Grove Street also sustained heat damage to its exterior, but residents were able to return to that home, said the Fire Department.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.



Photo Credit: Gloucester Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Man With $10,000 Sewn Into Pants Caught at Logan Airport]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:23:44 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Hot+Pockets.jpg

A man was intercepted at Logan airport with thousands of dollars sewn into the pockets of his pants.

The 51-year-old U.S. citizen was arriving to Boston from Israel at the time of the seizure on January 18. According to the Department of Customs and Border Protection, the man told officers he was carrying $14,000 on his person.

During a baggage examination, officers found another $4,000 in his luggage. An additional $10,000 was found sewn into the pockets of his pants, a discovery the department is referring to as 'hot pockets.'

In total, officers seized more than $29,000 in undeclared currency.

Customs and Border Protection advises that while there is no limit as to how much currency travelers can carry into and out of the United States, federal law requires that travelers must report any sum over $10,000 to authorities.

“This seizure exemplifies that violating currency reporting laws can have serious consequences,” said Boston Area Port Director Clint Lamm.

The identity of the man and his reason for concealing the cash is not known to the public at this time.



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<![CDATA[Police Search for 'Peeping Tom' Suspect in Mass. Community]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:34:48 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Needham+Peeping+Tom+Suspect.jpg

Police in Needham, Massachusetts are looking for a suspect after several reports of 'peeping tom-like' activity in the Central Avenue/MBTA Dover Line area.

Police have received multiple reports of a person sneaking up to houses through backyards. The incidents have occurred during the nighttime and at different locations, police say.

Needham police say the suspect is a male in his late teens or early 20's with a thin build. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the Needham Police Department at 781-455-7570.

Police are urging residents to call 911 if someone is believed to be trespassing on their property and to lock their doors as a standard security precaution.



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<![CDATA[Truck Gets 'Storrowed' Before Evening Commute]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:38:03 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Storrow+Drive+Jan+23.jpg

Another truck became the victim of Boston's Storrow Drive Tuesday afternoon.

Twitter user @SteveWrites said a truck got stuck at an overpass on the westbound side past Boston University. State police said officers are at the scene.

NBC10 Boston's traffic map showed significant delays in the area around 4:15 p.m. 

It's not clear how long it will take to move the truck or how it will further impact the evening commute.

No injuries were reported.

On Jan. 12, a truck hit a westbound-side overpass and rolled over.

Storrow Drive's low bridges typically claim several victims a year, especially on college move-in day when there are more people who are unfamiliar with the area driving around.



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<![CDATA[Businesses Evacuated Due to Manhole Fire; Traffic Diverted]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:46:51 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Quincy+MA+Fire+manhole.jpg

Some businesses have been evacuated in Quincy as police and utility workers respond to a possible manhole fire Tuesday afternoon.

Quincy police say Hancock Street from Hannon Parkway to Granite Street was closed as they responded to the fire.

National Grid workers are on the scene.

It's unclear how many businesses were evacuated as a precaution.

Traffic, including buses on their routes in the area, has been diverted. Drivers are being warned to avoid the area.

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<![CDATA[Police Warn Pats Fans About Counterfeit Super Bowl Tickets]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:19:01 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000012185019.JPG

Police are warning New England Patriots fans trying to get tickets to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis to be wary of counterfeit tickets.

With tickets going for thousands of dollars, Boston police said it will be likely that they'll be duplicated by online scammers.

"Whenever there's a high-priced ticket out there, there's always someone trying to make a buck," John Higgins at Higs Tickets said.

Authorities said each official ticket comes with a barcode, a hologram on the front and a heat-sensitive ink on the back that will rub off when you touch it, only to reappear seconds later.

Foxborough police said about 30 customers had fake tickets for the AFC title game on Sunday, which is why departments across the state are warning fans to be cautious and to avoid third-party sellers online.

"Stay away from Craigslist, Reddit," Officer Rachel McGuire, a spokesperson for Boston police, said. "We kind of go by the old adage, 'if the deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is.'"

Officials said that if you do go through Craigslist or some other third party route, they advise to pay with a credit card to provide some protection and possibility for reimbursement.

The Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles for the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, Feb. 4 at US Bank Stadium.



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<![CDATA[Hubway Offers Discount Program to Low-Income Individuals]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:07:21 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/260*120/Hubway.PNG

Low-income families and individuals in the Metro-Boston area can now access Hubway, the area’s bike share system, at a reduced cost, according to Hubway officials.

The "SNAP Card to Ride" program will provide both $5 monthly memberships and $50 annual memberships to anyone over the age of 16 with a household EBT card.

The program will allow members to have unlimited 60-minute sessions, rather than the usual 30-minute sessions, and won’t have additional usage fees.

Those who do not receive SNAP benefits, but are in other public assistance programs will be able to access the program soon, Hubway says.

Once a person is registered they can access any of the 194 stations across Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline.

Boston officials plan to expand the program to allow guests of shelters or transitional homes access to the discount. 

You can find details on how to register here.

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<![CDATA[Investigators Return to Scene of Grisly Double Murder]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:00:36 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Peabody+Double+Murder+Search.JPG

Investigators returned to the scene where two people were found brutally murdered inside a Peabody, Massachusetts, home last year, and while the search stems from information gleaned during the investigation, a source said it isn't specifically connected to the previous murder case.

"They could be looking for anything," the source told NBC10 Boston.

Anything found at the scene by law enforcement, which the Essex district attorney's office said involves the FBI, state and local police, will be collected as evidence for the case currently being investigated.

The owner of the home at 13 Farm Ave. consented to Tuesday's search, according to a DA spokesperson.

"During the investigation into the double homicide that took place at this location last February, information was obtained that necessitates a further search of the property," a spokesperson for the district attorney said.

The home was where 39-year-old Wes Doughty allegedly shot and killed 37-year-old Mark Greenlaw and stabbed 40-year-old Jennifer O'Connor to death after raping her on Feb. 18. Doughty is also accused of trying to burn the home down.

Forty-five-year-old Michael Hebb was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact and one count of attempted arson.

The crime scene was reportedly so bad that investigators did not know how many bodies were inside and had to use x-ray equipment to determine the number of victims.

The Essex district attorney's office said there is no danger to the public with Tuesday's search.



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<![CDATA[School Bus Slides, School Van Crashes on Icy Roads]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:34:45 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000012156052.JPG

A Massachusetts town saw two separate crashes involving a school bus and a school van amid icy road conditions on Tuesday, with the school bus crash caught in a dramatic video.

Although no one was injured when the full-sized Sutton school bus slid down Peachtree Drive Tuesday morning, two adults and a child were taken to a hospital after the school van they were inside crashed on Dodge Road later that afternoon.

The child, whose age was not released, was conscious and alert when first responders arrived, and was taken for evaluation. The conditions of the adults inside the school van are unclear at this time.

In the crash on Peachtree Drive, officials said the bus was on the road after picking up students, and due to a flash freeze and slippery conditions, the bus slid back down the street, taking out three mailboxes before bumping into a car.

The bus was filled with 29 middle and high school students at the time, according to police.

Video of the bus sliding down the road was caught by a resident who was watching from a nearby window.

"We just kind of spin, we take out like five mailboxes and a trash can in the process," said student Connor Ruth, who was on the bus.

Sutton Superintendent Ted Friend told NBC10 Boston he feels awful about what happened, and that he was under the impression from highway officials that roads had been taken care of before sending school buses to pick up students.

He said Sutton highway workers had treated main roads but had not gotten to side roads when the crash happened.

"Being out on the edge of town it seems like we’re one of the last places to get the roads sanded and salted and plowed in the winter," said neighbor Terry Maloney.

Marlene Cronin said she narrowly avoided being involved in the crash.

"The guy whose car went off the road is going like this to the bus," she said, waving her arms. "'Stop, don't come down the hill, don't come down the hill,' but the bus had just started up just enough that it couldn't stop."

Shane Katz, whose wife Cheryl caught the dramatic video of the bus taking out mailboxes and eventually hitting a car, watched as the scene with the school bus unfolded - while their seventh-grade son waited at the bus stop below.

"I heard a crash, and a second crash, and I heard my wife say, 'Oh my God, Oh my God!'" he recalled, "and I'm rushing out to the front here and I just see the school bus just come through, take out the mailbox and just collide into that car."

"Thankfully it hit the car because honestly, I was really scared that with the sheer momentum that the bus was picking up, going downhill, I really thought the bus was going to roll over," said Cheryl Katz.

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<![CDATA['Piano Man' Returns to Fenway for 5th Consecutive Year]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:12:19 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/billy+joel+GettyImages-477193736.png

For the fifth consecutive year, legendary musician Billy Joel will return to Fenway Park due to overwhelming demand.

According to the Boston Red Sox and Live Nation, Joel will play at the historic park on Friday, Aug. 10.

"We marvel at the fact that this will be the fifth consecutive year Billy Joel will be performing at Fenway Park, but we are not surprised," said Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy. "It is a testament to the enduring popularity of his great music and consummate showmanship, and we couldn’t be happier that the Piano Man is returning here to deliver more summer magic."

Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history, having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century and scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits.

He is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist.

According to Live Nation, the Library of Congress selected "Piano Man" in 2016 for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic, and artistic significance".

Citi® cardmembers can purchase tickets for the Fenway Park show before the general public beginning Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. through Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 via RedSox.com/BillyJoel.



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<![CDATA[Boston Mayor May Sue Drug Makers Over Opioid Crisis]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:44:26 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Walsh_May_Sue_Drug_Makers_Over_Opioid_Crisis.jpg

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh could take pharmaceutical companies to court for their alleged role in the opioid crisis.

The Mayor's office said Monday drug companies knowingly put customers at risk by flooding the market with powerful opiates.

Walsh is calling out to research firms in February for data that might support his case against pharmaceuticals.

"We've put out a request for info so we can get information on what a lawsuit would look like and what the mitigation would be for people, not necessarily loss of life, but loss of resources here in the city of Boston."

Boston's mayor has called drug makers reckless and says they have damaged entire cities with their drugs.

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<![CDATA[Attitash Mountain Resort Cancels 10 Upcoming Weddings]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:35:47 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/10_Weddings_Canceled_by_Attitash_Mountain_Resort.jpg

Ten couples are scrambling after Attitash Mountain Resort in New Hampshire canceled their upcoming weddings.

Samantha Lary grew up in New Hampshire, and when she got engaged she knew she wanted to be married near her hometown.

“It was kind of a no-brainer that I wanted to get married in the woods back home,” said Lary. “Especially during foliage season.”

The Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash Mountain seemed like the perfect place.

“We actually flew out from California to go to Attitash specifically for a tasting on the menu and to finalize plans,” said Lary. “Planning across the country is not really that easy.”

After the visit, she was sold.

A contract was signed for September, a wing of rooms was set aside, and the invitations were ready.

But just days ago, the dream wedding turning into a mess.

The hotel called to say the wedding was off.

“They were just like, 'we’re sorry we had to cancel,'” recalls Lary. “We hope you find something and that you have a backup, good luck.”

A spokesperson for Attitash tells us the mountain’s contract to operate the hotel has been canceled by the hotel’s homeowners association.

And nothing can be done.

Calling it an “unfortunate” situation and “out of our control”, Attitash says it will work with families on referrals for other venues.

Ten couples now need to make new plans.

“That’s the part that’s actually really upsetting,” said Lary. “They were like, 'sorry, have fun, good luck,' rather than, 'let us help you find something else.'”

Attitash tells us everyone will get their money back.

We did reach out to the homeowner’s association at the hotel for a comment, but so far there has been no response.

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<![CDATA[1 Killed, 2 Injured in Accident in Quincy]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:50:43 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/quincy+car+ax.JPG

Massachusetts State Police responded Monday night to the scene of a fatal accident in Quincy.

A call came in for a crash on Quincy Shore Drive around 9:15 p.m. Monday.

Police say the motorist who caused the crash fled from a trooper who had pulled him over moments earlier for motor vehicle violations.

Just before 9 p.m., a trooper had taken the suspect's information and was processing the motor vehicle stop when the suspect suddenly drove away at a high rate of speed. The trooper did not engage in a pursuit but did follow in the same direction.

Shortly after, the trooper came across the crash on Quincy Shore Drive in the area of Caddy Memorial Park.

A preliminary investigation reveals that the speeding suspect sideswiped one car and then crashed into another before impacting and rolling over the sea wall.

The suspect's vehicle is on the beach and will be removed by a rotator wrecker.

The suspect, identified Tuesday morning as 50-year-old Quincy resident Peter J. Boylan who fled the motor vehicle stop, was pronounced dead on scene.

A 27-year-old woman who was a passenger in Boylan's car was ejected from the car and was transported to Boston Medical Center.

A 36-yea-old man driving of one of the cars struck by the suspect was also taken to Boston Medical Center.

Both of the victims' injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

The operator of the car that was sideswiped was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. 

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<![CDATA[The Price of Superbowl LII]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:07:58 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Tickets.png

As soon as the New England Patriots pulled ahead in Sunday’s game, prices for the Super Bowl also began to move.

"Prices were close to $6,000," said John Higgins, who owns Higs Tickets in Boston.

Since then, seats to see the Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles have skyrocketed, ranging in price from $4,500 to $66,000.

"It’s two great cities, I’ll say, that loves their teams," Higgins said, "And that typically translates to an expensive Super Bowl."

But the game itself is not the only cost. Hotels within a couple miles of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis were offering rooms at a minimum of $800 per night, according to sites like Kayak.com. Airfare between Boston and Minneapolis was equally expensive, with direct flights on Delta priced at more than $1,000 round trip.

"There was one flight that went from Minnesota to Fort Lauderdale and back to Boston," said fan, Fred Zagami.

Rather than deal with the steep costs, Zagami and his friends booked flights to Chicago, where they will then rent a car and drive to Minnesota. The only affordable hotel they could find is located 30 minutes outside the city. However, they still haven’t found affordable tickets.

"I’ve been on my phone all morning," Zagami explained. "I don’t want to pay more than $4,000 a ticket if I had to."

According to Higgins, the prices would have been much higher had the Minnesota Vikings won a spot to play in their hometown. Given the current match up, he suspects prices to fluctuate somewhat in the coming days.

"It’s different every Super Bowl, and there’s a window of opportunity to get it at the lowest price," Higgins explained. "What that opportunity is and what that day is, I wish we knew in advance."

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<![CDATA['Disappointing': MA Immigrant Advocate Reacts to Democrats]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:07:08 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Senate_Reaches_Deal_to_End_Government_Shutdown.jpg

The Senate and House voted Monday to advance a temporary spending plan to reopen the government, despite the ongoing stalemate over protecting young immigrants from deportation.

There were conflicting emotions for Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy coalition (MIRA), the state's largest coalition of immigration organizations.

Millona says the Democrats compromise is “extremely disappointing. She was closely watching as Senate Democrats joined Republicans to pass a short term spending package that would keep the government open until Feb. 8.

Millona says, for Democrats, it’s a gamble.

“All along we have seen this and it’s been over 100 days that we’ve seen failures to protect dreamers.”

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats didn’t cave, they compromised with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell pledging an immigration debate with a level playing field and a fair amendment process.

But Millona says immigration advocates have reason to be concerned.

“We remain skeptical because we’ve heard promises all along. The president said, 'we will have a bill, we’ll get this done,' and we are not seeing that happening."

Boston University Professor Thomas Whalen says Democrats did blink but adds they do have the moral high ground on their side which could provide payback come November.

“If Mitch McConnell does not follow through with what was apparently a firm pledge on the immigration issue, the Democrats can say, 'we did all we could, you can’t trust the Republicans, vote Democrats in the fall.'”

Whalen says the X-factor in all this is President Trump who, Whalen says, has been all over the map on this debate and could drop a bomb on the deal at any time.

Millona says she doesn’t even think this has anything to do with Democrats versus Republicans.

She says, “it’s about right versus wrong.” 

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<![CDATA[Assault at Tewksbury Dunkin' Donuts Caught on Tape]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:11:37 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Dunkin+Donuts+Assault.png

Caught on camera – a confrontation involving two Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts employees, a customer and her 12-year-old daughter.

The customer, a woman named Sharon from Lawrence who did not want her last name used, said she had gone back to the Dunkin' store on Main Street Sunday morning after getting the wrong doughnut order.

They bought some other food and coffees, but when her daughter Hazel and Hazel’s therapy dog Benji were asked to leave because dogs aren’t allowed inside – Sharon felt she should leave too.

"They never made the muffin, so I said I no longer needed the muffin, that I would go ahead just like a refund for the muffin," Sharon said.

That’s when she said the employees started calling her expletives and accused her of trying to get free food.

“Would you like your doughnuts because you obviously got a refund for them, right?” one employee can be heard asking in the video.

"She throws the whole box of doughnuts at me," Sharon said. "One doughnut hits me in the head, the rest of the doughnuts fall on the floor.”

Sharon and her daughter admit they yelled derogatory things back at the Dunkin' employees but never expected them to get physical with them.

“You’re lucky you’re 12," said one employee to Sharon's daughter, "because I would have popped you in your... mouth!”

But as Sharon’s boyfriend stopped recording to call police, they allege that’s exactly what happened.

Sharon said, “She put her whole fist down my daughter’s mouth, my daughter had her lip all busted, blood was coming out of her mouth everywhere.”

"I was scared because my hair got pulled and I was bleeding from my mouth," Hazel added.

Both Hazel and Sharon ended up at the hospital with various cuts and bruises.

They said they hope the employees won’t be allowed to do this again.

Dunkin Donuts said in a statement, “the safety and well-being of our guests is a top priority, and we expect everyone who enters a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant will be treated with courtesy and respect... We have spoken with the restaurant’s franchise owner and understand he is currently conducting a thorough investigation of the incident.”

Tewksbury police said they are continuing to investigate the incident, pulling surveillance video and getting witness statements before they determine whether any charges will be filed.

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<![CDATA[Fire Captain Put on Leave Following Indecent Assault Charges]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:31:41 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Firefighter-generic-SDFD-locker-gear-122817.jpg

A fire captain in Wakefield, Massachusetts was placed on paid administrative leave Monday after more than 20 years on the job.

Captain Christopher Smith is facing two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14 years old, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.

The details of Smith's case are not known at this time.

Police have not identified a victim.

Wakefield fire department Chief Michael Sullivan, said in a statement released Monday, that Captain Smith was placed on paid administrative after the Wakefield fire department was notified by the Wakefield police department of an alleged incident that occurred when Captain Smith was not on duty.

Smith, a 22-year-veteran of the Wakefield Fire Department, will remain on leave as the department investigates the allegations.

Smith is scheduled to be arraigned in Malden District Court on Wednesday.

Attempts to contact Smith were unsuccessful.



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<![CDATA[Couple Arrested for Sexual Assault, Drugging Young Woman]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:18:40 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Plymouth+Drug+Suspects.jpg

Police have made two arrests Monday in connection with the drugging and rape of a woman found unconscious in a park in Plymouth, Massachusetts earlier this month.

Michael Botelho, 39, and Stephania Cyr, 30, are charged with aggravated rape, drugging a person for sexual intercourse, and selling liquor to a person under 18. 

According to police, the victim was discovered early in the morning of Monday Jan. 8 unconscious in her car, parked in Morton Park in Plymouth. She was transported to a Boston area hospital where, upon recovery, she reported being sexually assaulted while drugged.

According to the victim, she had met Botelho and Cyr online before agreeing to meet at Morton Park. She was then transported by the suspects to the Rosewood Motel in Wareham, where she said drinking and drug use affected her control of the situation and led to the alleged sexual assault by the suspects.

Plymouth Police believe the victim was transported back to the park while unconscious and placed in her vehicle, where she was left in frigid temperatures until she was discovered.

Cyr was arrested by Wareham police on Thursday. Botelho was arrested on Friday.

Both remain in custody after being arraigned in Wareham District Court.

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<![CDATA[Ongoing Police Incident in Montgomery, Mass.]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:35:24 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police+officer+dragged+sirens2.jpg

Police said they are at the scene of an ongoing incident at a private residence in Montgomery, Massachusetts on Monday afternoon.

Massachusetts State Police said they received a call Monday morning from a man who lives on Main Road who said he had committed a crime. They believe the man may be armed.

Police said they are attempting to make contact with anyone inside of the building. A hostage negotiator responded to the scene.

No further details about the incident were released by police.

The investigation is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Body Washes Ashore at Salisbury Beach]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:57:28 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/474088166-Police-lights.jpg

Police are investigating after a body washed ashore at Salisbury Beach on Monday morning.

According to police, a man's body was discovered by someone walking the beach around 7 a.m. Salisbury police responded to the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Brookline Street. The body was found just southeast of beach access number 12.

The victim was identified by his driver's license as Forest Griffin, 24, of Salisbury, Massachusetts. According to police, Griffin's body washed ashore wearing only socks and shoes. His clothes and personal belongings washed to shore near his body.

Foul play is not suspected, said police, who do not consider the circumstances surrounding Griffin's death suspicious.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said there is not believed to be any danger to the public.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Apparent Stabbing Death]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:59:40 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/New+Bedford+MA+homicide+investigation+scene+012217+WJAR.jpg

Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating an stabbing death in New Bedford.

WJAR reports state and local police responded to the scene on Ashley Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. Monday after calls of a woman screaming and bleeding outside came in

The victim, a 34-year-old Wareham woman identified as Chantel Bruno, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead around 2:30 a.m., according to WJAR.

It's unclear if a suspect is in custody in connection with the homicide.

No other details were immediately available.



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<![CDATA[PD: Substance Thrown Into Victim's Face at Cape Cod Store]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:55:23 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000012108704.JPG

Authorities on Cape Cod are investigating after a bleach-like substance was thrown into someone's face during an argument at a Cumberland Farms store.

Dennis police say an officer was flagged down by an employee of the Cumberland Farms on Route 134 who reported a customer had been assaulted by a male suspect.

An investigation showed the victim and the suspect started in the store's parking lot and eventually extended inside the store, culminating in the suspect throwing a substance that police said smelled like bleach into the victim's face.

The suspect left the store and fled in a dark-colored vehicle, heading southbound on Route 134.

Paramedics and firefighters responded to treat the victim, and police say the attack doesn't appear to be random.

The investigation is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Investigation Underway After Body Found in Chelsea River]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:21:29 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police+lights27.jpg

Boston police discovered a deceased body floating in the Chelsea River Sunday night.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fatal injury.

The victim, who was recovered from the water near Marginal Street, has not been identified.

No other details were immediately available.

Boston and state police are investigating.

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<![CDATA[Fatal Crash in Tyngsborough, Mass.]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:57:46 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police+lights26.jpg

Tyngsborough Police are invesitigating a two-car crash which resulted in the death of a 31-year-old female driver on Sunday.

The victim has been identified as Linsey Putzlocker, of Tynsgborough.

According to officials, the crash took place on Pawtucket Boulevard just before 1 p.m.

The two passengers who were in the other vehicle were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Putzlocker was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Serious Car Crash in Bridgewater]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:03:12 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/171*120/Bridgewater+Accident+012118.jpg

Massachusetts State Police are investigating a serious car crash in Bridgewater that resulted in two ejections and serious injuries Sunday afternoon.

At about 4:15 p.m., officials from the Middleboro Barracks responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 24 Southbound, south of Exit 15.

According to the preliminary investigation, a 36-year-old New Bedford man was traveling south on Route 24 in a 2000 Toyota Corolla, then the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a wood-lined area. As a result of the crash, the driver and a 46-year-old female passenger were both ejected from the vehicle.

The female passenger was flown by MedFlight helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston for treatment of serious injuries.

In the second vehicle that was involved, the driver and 10-year-old passenger were transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton for treatment.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Government Shutdown Affects Boston Landmarks]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 18:33:48 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GovShutdown012118.JPG

The JFK Library, Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center, and Bunker Hill Monument Visitor Center are all closed down due to the government shutdown. Some tourists were surprised that these landmarks were affected.

"I had heard about the government shutdown," Trinidad Daughtry, a tourist said. "I didn’t know that it would affect us just sightseeing."

When a tourist walks around the Bunker Hill Monument and other National Parks, they will only find a sign that states that they are not staffed and that one should enter at their own risk.

For Madison and Nick Hoffman, this is not the first time a government shutdown has stopped them from enjoying a national park.

"When we went on our honeymoon, it was [at] the last government-shutdown, actually," Maddison Hoffman said. "We were in Hawaii and we couldn’t go to Pearl Harbor so this is par for the course. Every time we go somewhere the government shuts down and we can’t go to the visitor centers."

The shutdown has been problem affecting thousands of employees across the country. Stopping funding for non-essential services and federal employees from getting paid.

Over at the JFK Presidential Library—the parking lot is blocked off and will remain a ghost town until congress can come to an agreement.

"That’s annoying. Seems like they should get their stuff together," Nick Hoffman said. "Get the people paid man. Get people back to work."

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<![CDATA[Man Dead After Being Hit by Train in Cambridge]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:02:22 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/mbta12.jpg

A man is dead after he was hit by a commuter rail train Sunday afternoon in Cambridge.

MBTA Transit Police say that they responded to the scene after reports of the man being hit at around 12:15 p.m. near Brighton Street. An early investigation showed that the man was likely trespassing on the tracks when he was hit by an inbound Fitchburg Line MBTA commuter train.

Officials say that the victim, who appears to be about 60, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Transit police detectives and the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office are investigating the matter, but foul play is not suspected.

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<![CDATA[Dog Rescued Out of Charles River]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:50:45 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/211*120/Dog+rescued+from+charles.PNG

The Cambridge Fire Department is being credited for a big save on Saturday after they rescued a dog that got stuck in the Charles River.

According to the Cambridge Fire Department's Facebook page, around 3:30pm Saturday two rescue teams got into the river to save the dog who had become trapped near the Eliot Bridge. Massachusetts State Police were also on scene at the rescue.

The dog was wet and cold, but was otherwise in good health and was reunited with its owner a short time after the rescue. 



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<![CDATA[Active Investigation in Brockton, West Bridgewater]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:30:13 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/West+Bridgewater+Chase.jpg

Police in West Bridgewater and Brockton are currently investigating a chase early that began early Sunday morning.

West Bridgewater Police say that the chase started in Brockton at sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. on Sunday. The chase ended on West Center Street.

It is unclear what initially started the chase or how many suspects were arrested or are being actively searched for at this time.

We will have more on this story as details become available.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Double Shooting Inside Home]]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:39:16 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Taunton.png

Two men were shot Saturday afternoon after an argument escalated into violence in a Taunton, Massachusetts home, police said.

Police said that they responded to a call for a shooting on Erin Road, in East Taunton, shortly before 3 p.m.

Both victims are believed to be residents of that address.

Police said that the two male residents began to argue with each other inside of the home, and that the argument escalated to the point where a knife and a gun became involved.

One victim was shot multiple times, while the other was believed to have been shot once in his arm.

Both men were taken to the Rhode Island Hospital. Their identities and conditions are not known at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Red Sox to Extend Protective Netting for 2018 Season]]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:37:55 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Fenway_Park_to_Extend_Protective_Netting.jpg

Change is coming to Fenway Park.

The Boston Red Sox announced plans Saturday to extend protective netting beyond the dugouts for the start of the 2018 season.

In the past few seasons, at least two people were seriously injured while attending a game at Fenway.

The new netting, an effort to protect fans from foul balls and broken bats, will extend from Field Box Section 79 to Field Box Section 9, covering more of the first and third base lines.

The expanded netting is expected to be as tall as the existing system, which is 12 feet, 8 inches above the playing field.

The netting will be "field green" color to minimize the impact to sight lines in affected areas.

"While expanded netting will offer additional protection, the club continues to encourage fans to be vigilant during games and to be on the lookout for balls and bats that may enter the stands in their seating area," the Red Sox said in a statement.

In addition to Fenway Park, the Red Sox announced they will also extend protective netting at JetBlue Park, the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Florida.

To offer optimal visibility for fans, the Red Sox worked with design and engineering teams, as well as netting vendor Promats Athletics.


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<![CDATA['Rise Up!': 5,000 Rally During Women's March]]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:28:20 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/160*120/DUAjvlpV4AAbZfg.jpg

About 5,000 protesters gathered and marched Saturday in Cambridge, Massachusetts under the same belief: women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights.

Last year, around 100,000 marched and rallied in Boston Common, but a different group organized this year's event, which took place on the Cambridge Common from 1 to 3 p.m.

This year, the rally was buoyed by the ongoing #MeToo and Time's Up movements, which were sparked last fall by the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations.

"Rise up!" protesters chanted on Saturday while waiving their signs.

State Attorney General Maura Healey and former Cambridge mayor Denise Simmons were among those who spoke at the event.

Zayda Ortiz, a spokesperson and organizer for Saturday's event, said they intended to make this year's rally more inclusive with a diverse group of speakers.

"We’re including issues like Islamaphobia and how it affects women and the intersectionality of the issues that this recent administration has brought to the forefront," she said.

One of the statements of value for the march is a resistance to the Trump Administration.

"Seeing the power of the people when people join together and uniformly say this is not OK. It can happen and that’s the wonderful thing about this country," Ortiz said.

Ortiz marched last year in Boston and hoped Saturday’s march will have an effect on others like last year's experience did for her.

"I hope that people are there to listen. People are there to be peaceful and people take away a message and get civically involved," Ortiz said.

Sen. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren were not able to attend due to the federal government shutdown, which started just after midnight.



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<![CDATA[Mass. Sends Bump Stock Letter With Looming Deadline]]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:03:10 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Massachusetts_Becomes_First_State_to_Ban_Bump_Stocks.jpg

Gun owners in Massachusetts are being warned if they own bump stocks, they have two weeks to get rid of them.

The Massachusetts legislature voted last year to ban them and Feb. 1 is the deadline to comply or face criminal charges.

"This is not a joke," said Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owners Action League. "A violation of this new law is up to life in prison."

Wallace says many bump stock owners may not be familiar with the new law, and a warning from Massachusetts state officials to gun owners — despite being dated Dec. 18 — only went out Friday, more than a month later.

"Oh, it should have been sent out a long time ago," said Wallace.

Bump stocks made international headlines when a gunman opened fire from a hotel room in Las Vegas back in October. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, used bump stocks to increase the rate of fire.

Lawmakers in Massachusetts then voted to ban them.

"Gun owners are facing a very important deadline coming up, and the state has not done their due diligence in notifying gun owners," said Wallace.

It's unclear why the letter just went out Friday. It's now being mailed to all gun owners to explain the consequences of not surrendering bump stocks.

There are no exceptions.

State Rep. David Linsky, who was behind the bump stock legislation, said

"The ban ... was extremely well publicized," said Massachusetts Rep. David Linsky, who was behind the legislation. "People who still own them are well aware of the changes in the law."

Bump stock owners are supposed to call their local police department or Massachusetts State Police to make arrangements to have them destroyed.

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<![CDATA[Women's March Planned in Cambridge]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:24:56 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Women_s_March_Planned_in_Cambridge.jpg

People across the country, including in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Saturday will march for the message that women's rights are human rights

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<![CDATA[Authorities Locate Missing 87-Year-Old Franklin Man]]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:13:10 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Andrew+Green+011918.JPG

An 87-year-old Franklin, Massachusetts man who went missing Friday morning has been located, according to police.

Authorities issued a Silver Alert for Andrew Green after they said hen left around 6 a.m. Friday for a doctor's appointment in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood but never arrived.

Green, who has a history of dementia and diabetes, according to police, has been disoriented in the past, and police say he has been found as far as Conway, New Hampshire.



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<![CDATA[Astronauts Teach McAuliffe's Lesson Plans in Her Honor]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:47:11 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Astronauts_Giving_New_Life_to_McAuliffe_s_Lessons.jpg

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are honoring a New England teacher who became a tragic hero.

Christa McAluiffe, a teacher at Concord High School in New Hampshire, was the first teacher selected to go into space. She died after the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff in 1986.

Astronauts are honoring her legacy by teaching her lesson plans from space.

"I can't think of a better time or a better place to make this announcement," said NASA Astronaut Joseph Acaba from the ISS while Skyping with Framingham State University Friday.

"Over the next several months, we'll be working with the Challenger Center to record several of Christa's original lesson plans," Acaba said.

"They were normal people, but incredible people who were heroes to us," Lance Bush, Presisent and CEO of the Challenger Center, said of the shuttle's crew.

Just 73 seconds after the Challenger launched on Jan 28, 1986, it exploded. McAuliffe was killed, along with the six other people on board.

"Today is a very fitting tribute to be able to fly Christa's lessons and do them finally after all these years," said Bush.

"It's really carrying on Christa's legacy," said Irene Porro, director of Framingham State's McAuliffe Center. "What she started 32 years ago hasn't gotten lost."

NASA astronauts Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold II will carry out McAuliffe's teachings.

"We look forward to helping to inspire the next generation of explorers and educators," Acaba said.

The lessons will be filmed and released at a later date.

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<![CDATA[Ferries Turn Off Cable News After Passengers Complain]]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:45:29 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/No_More_Cable_News_on_Steamship_Authority_Ferries.jpg

The channels are changing on board the Steamship Authority after the Massachusetts ferry line said passengers were complaining about the cable news programming the boats are usually airing.

The ferry line's board voted unanimously this week to change their television policy, saying politics are too contentious. Instead of showing cable networks such as CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, the ferry crews will stick to channels they think are less likely to cause a battle over the boat's remote.

"Unfortunately, boats are like little isolated islands, and there's no place for anger," Elizabeth Gladfelter, who represents Falmouth on the ferry line board, said. "But I think it is a sad commentary on our society when politics are more contentious than sports."

Examples of channels that will now be playing include the Weather Channel, the Discovery Channel and the Food Network. At the Woods Hole terminal Friday, not everyone was on board with their decision.

"It's just one more thing," passenger Betsy Kaden said. "They take away our rights and our freedom. Why?"

It is a decision the Steamship Authority's general manager said is not about censoring, but is ultimately about making the trip more relaxing after receiving complaints on both sides.

"In the past year or so, we've received a renewed sense of customer complaints about the choices of what we're showing," General Manager Bob Davis said.

The complaints have them steering away from some news programming, but they will still show sports and local news. However, some cannot help but wonder what they won't be able to see at sea next.

"I don't know what happens in the summer when there's a Red Sox-Yankees game," Gladfelter said.

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<![CDATA[In Opioid Battle, Mass. Recovery Coaches Go Unchecked]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:18:17 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Loose_Rules_for_Opioid__Recovery_Counselors_.jpg

In the midst of an addiction crisis that's happened all over the United States from painkillers to Fentanyl, a relatively new phenomenon is born: more and more recovery coaches.

Experts say a recovery coach is a crucial part of an addict's chances of beating the disease — but in Massachusetts, there's no regulation. Currently, anyone in the state can call themselves recovery coaches. In fact, there's not even one single definition of what a recovery coach does or is. So someone can be a coach without any addiction treatment, training or experience.

There are a handful of programs that are set up to train and certify coaches, but none of them are mandatory. Experts argue that a weeklong program isn't enough to train people on ethics or the responsibility they are about to take on, which in some cases could mean life or death for a recovering addict.

Richie Evans is know as "the wolf" around his recovery clients — not only because he's obsessed with wolves and he has a good collection in his office, but also because he says wolves are fierce protectors, and that's what he tries to do everyday: protect other addicts who were just like him.

Evans is a recovering addict himself. He's a recovery coach supervisor, which means he helps sign off on people's recovery coach hours, but he's not yet a certified coach, pending approval of his 500 working hours in the field.

"Even though people are certified, it doesn’t mean they are out there with us, on the front lines, shaking the trees," said Evans.

The certification he's waiting on doesn't mean much in Massachusetts right now. In fact, anyone call themselves a recovery coach with far less experience than he has.

"There are no rules in Massachusetts, currently," said Gov. Charlie Baker.

The governor has submitted the Care Act, though, which would set a standard and credentials for recovery coaches.

Right now, there's only a suggestion to get certified with 40 hours of state training programs and 500 supervised hours. This minimal training is problematic to Evans.

"If you don't know what your actual role is as a recovery coach, like, what are you doing? What are you saying? How are you saying it? You could say something detrimental to them," said Evans.

Experts have argued that recovery coaches are an essential part of battling the opioid crisis, along with doctors and medical professionals.

"Today, we will lose seven people across the state of Massachusetts ultimately to a disease that's treatable," said Sarah Wakeman, director of Massachusetts General Hospital's substance use disorder initiative.

Wakeman sees people fight for their lives after overdosing every day.

"With a recovery coach, they are less likely to be hospitalized and they are more likely to engage in primary care and outpatient behavioral care," said Wakeman.

Evans said even after the certification is in hand, that's when the hard work has just begun, and it isn't for everyone.

"Everyone thinks they can be a recovery coach, but then when it comes time for the rubber to meet the road, we see whose heart is really in it," said Evans.

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<![CDATA[Kitten Stolen From Adoption Center Found and Returned]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:14:56 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Stolen+cat+named+Caramel.jpg

A kitten stolen Thursday from a Massachusetts adoption center has been found and returned, the MSPCA confirmed Friday.

Caramel, a domestic, short-haired torbie born two and a half months ago, was stolen Thursday afternoon from the MSPCA-Nevins Farm adoption center in Methuen. Around 2 p.m. Friday, the blog Turtleboy Sports posted a possible identification for the suspect, and the MSPCA contacted police, who recovered the animal.

Surveillance footage from Thursday shows Caramel's head peeking out of the woman's hand bag.

Another surveillance image shows the man who was with the suspect.

Authorities have contacted the person the MSPCA says stole the kitten. It was not immediately clear whether charges will be filed.


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