<![CDATA[NECN - New England News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/news/new-england http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.comen-usSat, 23 Jun 2018 07:45:40 -0400Sat, 23 Jun 2018 07:45:40 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[100 Can't-Miss New England Summer 2018 Events]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:33:22 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/160*127/shutterstock_214871359.jpg Check out some of these fun activities to help keep you busy this summer. Have an event you’d like to see listed in our calendar? Email the information, including the date, a description, and website, to web@necn.com.]]> <![CDATA[Watch necn Anytime, at Home Or on the Go!]]> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 08:41:49 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/1200x675-necn_gradient_logo1.jpg

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<![CDATA[Gov. Baker's Son Accused of Sexual Assault During Flight]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 07:45:29 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Follow_on_Baker_Arrest.jpg

A son of Massachusetts' governor has been accused of improper conduct aboard a jetliner, and an aide says he will cooperate.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's spokeswoman, Lizzy Guyton, is calling it "a personal matter for the Baker family'' and says Andrew Baker "will cooperate with any request from authorities.''

No charges have been filed against Baker's son, who goes by the nickname A.J.

JetBlue says its crew on a flight from Washington to Boston was notified of an incident between customers shortly before landing, when it was met by authorities Wednesday night.

Roberto Braceras, a lawyer for Andrew Baker, said Friday the son is fully cooperating and looks forward to resolving the situation.The alleged assault happened aboard a JetBlue flight from Washington, D.C. to Boston on June 20.

Sources say the incident happened 20 minutes before the plane landed Wednesday night at Logan Airport.

The passenger says Andrew Baker, who was sitting next to her, was groping her sexually and she asked him repeatedly to stop.

The flight crew then moved the alleged victim away from Baker.

Massachusetts State Police came on board the flight and escorted Baker off the plane once it landed.

JetBlue said in a statement Friday night, "On June 20, the crew of flight 1354 were notified of an incident between customers shortly before landing in Boston. The aircraft landed at approximately 11 p.m. local time where it was met by local authorities."

JetBlue would not confirm the customers' identities.

Andrew Baker is being represented by Roberto Braceras at Goodwin Procter, according to the governor's communications director.

State police said the matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office and directed all questions to that office.

State police said they have not filed any charges and they do not have an open investigation into the matter as it is not within the department's jurisdiction.

The U.S. Attorney's Office would not confirm or deny a current investigation.

The FBI said in a statement Friday night, "In keeping with DOJ policy, the FBI cannot confirm or deny the existence of an investigation."

Associated Press wire reports contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Rainy Saturday Won't Be A Complete Washout]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 07:10:50 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/06232018-am-weather-graphic.png

Temperatures are starting out in the 40s and 50s north to near 60 degrees south for our Saturday.

Rain advances from southwest to northeast during the day, with possible heavy downpours in a few locations especially late morning through early afternoon and southern and central New England.

Where it is raining, temperatures are hard pressed to get much above 60 degrees, while farther north where we have some sunshine near the Canadian border, high temperature will be in the 70s.

Rain will let up later today, with fog and drizzle forming especially along the coast as a warm front comes up to southern New England by Sunday morning. That front should lift into central New England with a little wave of low pressure riding eastward across Central New England. That means tomorrow is changing from gray and cool early to a mixture of sun and clouds. Expect warm to hot and humid conditions by mid Sunday for central and southern New England.

Where the sun comes out we may hit 85 degrees with a chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon.

In far northern New England we will stay on the cooler side of the front with gray skies fog and drizzle, with showers and a high temperature in the 60s.

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<![CDATA[One Dead, Two Injured in Lynn Triple Shooting]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 06:43:27 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/lynnshooting06232018a.jpg

Homicide detectives are investigating a deadly triple shooting early Saturday morning that left one victim dead and two others injured.

The violence erupted at about 2 a.m. on Lawton Avenue near High Rock in Lynn. Police said the two injured people were taken to a local hospital for treatment. There conditions were not available this morning.

About a dozen officers remained at the scene this morning collecting evidence. Nearly two dozen pieces of evidence were marked on the street, including a pair of shoes and some jeans. 

The Essex County District Attorney's Office will oversee the investigation. There was no word on a motive for the shooting.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Ex Sox Player Hanley Ramirez 'Eyed in Investigation']]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 23:31:58 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/195*120/GettyImages-962227934.jpg

Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on May 25, but his name is back in the news.

A report late Friday afternoon indicated the former Sox infielder is “being eyed" in connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora spoke following the Sox game Friday night saying the organization didn't know about the matter.

"You know the organization didn't know about this, and I didn't know about this you know. Our decision was made basically on baseball, you know baseball related. And you know I hope it's not true," he said following the team's 14-10 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg also told NBC Sports Boston Red Sox reporter Evan Drellich that they were unaware of any investigation until asked about it on Friday, and that Ramirez was released from the team for baseball performance reasons.

Ramirez’s agent, Adam Katz, told the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that Ramirez is not aware of any investigation and has no knowledge of the allegations contained in the media report.

Since being released by the Sox, Ramirez has not signed with another team.

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<![CDATA[NH Police Searching for Armed Man Accused of Killing Wife]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:43:01 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Denis+Bisson+NH+murder+suspect.jpg

New Hampshire State Police are searching for a possibly armed fugitive accused of shooting and killing his wife.

Denis Bisson, 52, of Berlin, is wanted for the second-degree murder of 43-year-old Angie Bisson, who was found dead Friday morning with an apparent gunshot wound.

Denis Bisson is at-large and is considered armed and dangerous, the attorney general’s office said Friday night. Police belive he may be in the Rumford-Mexico, Maine area.

Maine State Police are asking the public for help in locating Denis Bisson or his truck. He is believed to be driving a silver 2015 Toyota Tundra pickup truck with New Hampshire vanity plate "ALL-GD."

Denis Bisson is described as 5'6" and about 170 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

If Denis Bisson's truck is spotted, police say he should not be approached. Anyone with information about Denis Bisson's whereabouts or the described vehicle is asked to call Sergeant Michael Cote of the New Hampshire State Police at 603-223-4381 or Maine State Police in Augusta at 207-624-7076.

Maine State Police have been coordinating their search for Denis Bisson with New Hampshire authorities.

They have set up a command post at Rumford High School, and more than three dozen Maine police officers have been involved in the search efforts to locate Denis Bisson.

An autopsy will be done to verify the cause and manner of Angie Bisson's death.

<![CDATA[Sources: Gov. Baker's Son Andrew Accused of Sexual Assault]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 23:23:41 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/211*120/Andrew+Baker1.JPG

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's son Andrew has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman, sources tell the NBC10 Boston Investigators.

The alleged assault happened aboard a JetBlue flight from Washington, D.C. to Boston on June 20.

Sources say the incident happened 20 minutes before the plane landed Wednesday night at Logan Airport.

The passenger says Andrew Baker, who was sitting next to her, was groping her sexually and she asked him repeatedly to stop.

The flight crew then moved the alleged victim away from Baker.

Massachusetts State Police came on board the flight and escorted Baker off the plane once it landed.

In a statement Friday night, the governor's communications director said, “This is a personal matter for the Baker Family and A.J. will cooperate with any request from authorities." 

JetBlue said in a statement Friday night, "On June 20, the crew of flight 1354 were notified of an incident between customers shortly before landing in Boston. The aircraft landed at approximately 11 p.m. local time where it was met by local authorities."

JetBlue would not confirm the customers' identities.

Andrew Baker is being represented by Roberto Braceras at Goodwin Procter, according to the governor's communications director.

In a statement Friday night, Braceras said, "A.J. is fully cooperating and looks forward to a resolution of this matter."

State police said the matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office and directed all questions to that office.

State police said they have not filed any charges and they do not have an open investigation into the matter as it is not within the department's jurisdiction.

The U.S. Attorney's Office would not confirm or deny a current investigation.

The FBI said in a statement Friday night, "In keeping with DOJ policy, the FBI cannot confirm or deny the existence of an investigation."

Andrew Baker has not been arrested and no charges have been filed.

The NBC10 Boston Investigators will stay on top of this developing story.

<![CDATA[NH 11-Year-Old Took Her Own Life After School Bullying]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:54:57 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Eleven_Year_Old_Own_Life_After_School_Bullying.jpg

An 11-year-old elementary school student from Highland-Goffes Falls School in Manchester, New Hampshire took her own life Wednesday after being bullied for months. She’d graduated from the 5th grade just two weeks ago.

Skylar Desmarais's family, including her stepmother Hope Shafer, said the bullying was consistent in and out of school.

“She was told on the bus that if they looked like her that they would kill themselves,” Shafer said. “Text messages. An app called musically. And it just wouldn’t stop. She would ask them to leave her alone and to just stop and they wouldn’t.”

Family says she was found by a family member in her father's Pittsfield home.

“I’ll never see her singing again or dancing around my house. Curled up on the couch with my son watching movies,” said Shafer.

The fifth grader recently came out as gay, causing the bullying to intensify. It landed her in the hospital twice. The school wanted to investigate but didn’t upon Skylar's request.

“Sky told them no because she didn’t want anyone to get in trouble,” Shafer said.

Skylar was scheduled to go to church camp this Sunday. The family has a message for anyone unaware of the lasting impacts of bullying.

“The words that you say, that are good or bad, they leave an impression," Shafer said. "They make a mark. And when you’re continuously mean to somebody it changes their view on themselves."

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

<![CDATA[Police Searching for Suspect Who Killed Woman's Goat]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 23:47:36 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/163*120/Baby+Goat+Killed.JPG

Police are investigating after a small goat was found dead in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

Pat Stewart, who says her goats are like her puppies, is reeling after the baby goat she raised was found killed Friday morning.

"I'm sad," Stewart said. "I had her in the house for two months."

Police say the goat had been missing before it was discovered approximately 100 yards from its pen. They believe the suspect cut a whole in the goat's fence, lured the goat out into the woods and attacked it.

Sgt. Wade Wright says the goat had a couple of puncture wounds and its throat was cut.

Stewart said the goat thought she was a person and would have walked right up to anyone who approached the fence.

Investigators are warning those who live in the areas around Ashby Road and Lake Winnekeag to be alert.

"Things were discovered on scene that we are sending to the State Police crime lab and they will be processed," Sgt. Wright said.

"I had heard that there was some other goat deaths in the area within the last couple of months, but we have never had anything like that in Ashburnham, and we've been doing this for 20 years," Stewart said.

As police continue to investigate, people who live in the community are wondering who is capable of committing such a crime.

"It was somebody who is not completely alright in the head," Stewart said. "Nobody else would have done it."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Ashburnham police.

Photo Credit: Ashburnham Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Boston Reverend Travels to Texas to Pray for Separated Kids]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:59:14 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Old_South_Church_Priest_Visits_Facility_at_Border.jpg

While there are still many questions about how more than 2,000 children will be reunited with their parents after being separated at the border, there is a growing circle of prayer going on in the heart of Houston, Texas.

A Boston reverend attended a 24-hour vigil was held for the children caught in the middle of the country's immigration debate.

“It’s wrong to detain children, it’s wrong to treat people in this way,” Reverend John Edgerton said.

Rev. Edgerton, based in Boston at the Old South Church in Copley Square, arrived in Houston early Friday morning to answer the call to pray outside a facility that could become the fourth tender age shelter.

“This is the proposed fourth so-called tender age facility, there are three other ones and this would be the fourth expanded one,” Rev. Edgerton said.

Rev. Edgerton says the facility has previously been used as an emergency storm shelter.

“This place that has been used for helping families in need instead is going to be a place to detain and jail children, which is not acceptable,” the reverend said.

Back home in Boston, Senior Minister Nancy Taylor says the church community is supporting Rev. Edgerton with prayers and blessings to keep him safe and successful in his mission.

“It’s to bear witness, to put eyes on it, to say we see this and to have other people know we’re looking, the nation’s looking, the church is looking, we care,” Taylor said.

Rev. Edgerton says he sees this mission as much bigger than just the one building where he’s holding vigil in Houston.

“Because I don’t want to see a detention center like this in Boston and so I won’t accept it in Houston either,” he said.

Rev. Edgerton says he will stay in Texas as long as he is needed there.

<![CDATA[Medical Experts Voice Concern as Lawmakers Head to Border]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:30:01 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/children-tents-texas-small.jpg

As disturbing sights and sounds from separated families continue to capture the nation’s attention, medical experts are starting to voice their concerns about long-term health repercussions that can result from this kind of childhood trauma, and more lawmakers are heading to the border to see all of this first hand.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark is one of the lawmakers headed south. She says she wants to hear stories from incarcerated parents and detained children and to ask questions of officials.

“Where are these children? Where are the girls? Where are the babies and toddlers? What kind of healthcare are they receiving and what is the plan to get these families back together?”

Congressman Michael Capuano is also headed to the border to see what he describes as an embarrassment for the country. And he has a message for the President’s political appointees who say they are “just following orders.”

“When it’s an immoral order, they have an obligation, as far as I’m concerned, either to disobey it or to resign,” Capuano said.

Meanwhile, Senator Ed Markey was at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center where he responded to President Trump’s executive order.

“Donald Trump has simply traded the cage he is putting the children into,” said Sen. Markey, who also called on medical experts.

One such expert is Boston Medical Center Child Psychiatrist Lisa Fortuna, who says the road to recovery could be a treacherous one.

"Traumatic experiences like this, especially in childhood, can result in irreparable or very difficult-to-heal damage to the brain structures,” Fortuna said.

Asked if she thinks the Trump policy amounts to child abuse, Fortuna said, “If I were to encounter this type of treatment of children in any other setting, I feel that I would have to call child protection services.”

Dr. Henry Dorkin, pediatrician and past President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, said, “Even as we move to reverse this situation, many of these children will continue to have terrifying nightmares and and residuals for years to come. Some will be scarred for life.”

Medical experts say job one is to reunite parents and children as quickly as possible since they say every minute of separation contributes to the potential long-term harm.

Photo Credit: Aaron Montes]]>
<![CDATA[Boston Public Schools Superintendent Stepping Down]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 23:56:23 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/superindentet.JPG

Tommy Chang will soon be officially out as superintendent of Boston Public Schools, saying in a brief statement Friday, “I am in active negotiations with the Boston School Committee for a mutual parting of ways.”

“He hasn’t been here very long so that is going to be disruptive once again to the district,” said Gretchen Lahey, a parent at the Hernandez School.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he has had "several conversations" with Chang about the future, and that they agreed there was a need for "a change in leadership" within the school district.

"In order to successfully implement our education agenda, we need a long-term education leader with a proven record in management who can gain the confidence of the community on the strategic vision for the district and execute on the many initiatives that have been identified as priorities for our students and schools," Walsh said in a statement.

Chang’s three-year tenure was marked by several controversies, including racial tension at Boston Latin, an IRS audit into financial issues, and an attempt at changing school and bus times that left many parents angry.

“The school start and stop times and the bus routes both seemed like pretty big fails,” said Liz McMahon, a parent at Conley Elementary.

More recently, attorneys with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice filed a lawsuit Thursday against Chang and the school system, after school officials allegedly sent information about a student to ICE. That student ended up being deported.

“To us this was outrageous,” said attorney Matt Cregor.

The lawsuit is seeking records involving how much information the school system may be sharing with federal immigration authorities.

Cregor does not know if the lawsuit was the final straw for Chang.

“I think if a city is solving a records request by firing a superintendent or forcing his resignation we’ve got more problems on our hands,” said Cregor.

Boston Teachers Union described their relationship with Chang as "collaborative" over the years.

"He showed a clear commitment to elevating important conversations about race and equity, and it was clear he cared deeply about the students we serve," the union said in a statement.

Chang sent out a farewell letter to staff and families on Friday night, highlighting the progress that has happened during his three-year tenure as superintendent.

"It has been my great honor to serve the youth of Boston and I am proud of the work we’ve done together over the last three years," Chang said in part. "On the Nation’s Report Card, in numerous areas, Boston has been one of only a handful of districts that have made progress."

Chang said he is grateful to the people of Boston and that he is inspired daily by the city's youth. He also thanked Mayor Walsh for having faith in him to lead the school district and serve the city's students and their families.

Walsh will name an interim superintendent within the next week, two city government sources told The Boston Globe.

<![CDATA[Viral Baby Moose Is Now in Maine Wildlife Park]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:30:08 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Viral_Baby_Moose_to_Rehabilitation_Center.jpg

At the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, the biggest star is a little moose.

A 22-day-old, 27 pound calf named Maggie the moose can be viewed three times a day at the wildlife park where she is getting rehabilitated after being rescued in northern Maine.

"We definitely see a change in our attendance," said Park Superintendent Curt Johnson. "Maggie is going to serve as an ambassador for her species. Just by being here, she will educate a lot of people."

Before she was drawing big crowds, Maggie was getting a lot of clicks online.

Earlier this month, Shannon Lugdon heard Maggie crying and saw her wandering on her property in Wallagrass, Maine.

"We've been taught from a young age that you don't interfere with babies, but mama moose never came back." said Lugdon.

Worried about the abandoned newborn, they called wildlife biologists, who responded within minutes. They tried to move Maggie close to a brook, hoping her mother would eventually come for her.

Lugdon said her family noticed Maggie walking close to traffic and had to direct her back to the brook. Soon after that, the family dog noticed her.

"Leo wanted to investigate, sniff at her, and lick her bug bites," said Lugdon. "She responded really well to him."

Ludgon took photos and videos of Maggie and Leo bonding, and they went viral. While the moose fit right in with the family, they knew she would be better off under the care of professionals.

She was taken to the wildlife park, where she is growing fast and strong.

While the Lugdon's live nearly 300 miles north of Gray, they have already visited Maggie once and plan to visit her a few times this summer.

"She's part of our family," Lugdon said.

Biologists say the little moose could grow up to 800 pounds. Depending on her progress, she may live at the Maine Wildlife Park permanently.

The public can watch Maggie bottle feed and play in her pen three times a day: at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. when the Wildlife Park is open.

<![CDATA[Terrapin Glassblowing Studio]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:01:40 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Vacation_Week_Terrapin_Glassblowing_Studio.jpg

A mother-daughter duo in New Hampshire is bringing the art of glass blowing to the public – and the good news is you don’t need to be an artist to create magnificent works of art.

Inside the Hot Shop at Terrapin Studio in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, things get really, really hot.

"This runs at 2,300 or 2,400 degrees," explained co-owner Dominique Caissie pointing to the furnace.

For Caisse and her mom, it’s a 24-hour operation.

"I fill the furnace every night really slowly, all night long, so we can work the next day," she said.

Caissie says the long hours are worth it when you’re living your dream.

"Yeah, life’s really good when you wake up and you are totally excited to go to work every day," Caissie told necn.

She and her mom opened the studio seven years ago to bring the art of glass blowing to the public.

On the opposite side of the studio is the flame shop where artists focus on the smaller pieces like glass straws, pipes, and pendants.

Jocelyn Brown who works at Terrapin considers glass blowing a type of meditation.

"It’s one of the reasons I love it," Brown said. "You’re not thinking about your grocery list or whatever you have to do, you have to focus on what’s going on in front of you."

It’s an escape of sorts that makes a trip to Terrapin Studio totally worth the trip.

"When you come into the studio, you forget about the outside world," said Dominique’s mom Anne Marie.

"We hope that people leave with a better understanding the art of glass blowing and more of a respect for it," Dominique said.

Since your artwork will have to cool overnight, Terrapin offers shipping. Another option is staying in Jaffrey overnight. If you take a class at Terrapin you can get some great deals at the local inns.

To find out more, head to TerrapinGlass.com.

<![CDATA[Vehicle Catches Fire in Parking Garage Under Boston Common]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:27:05 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/160*120/boston+common.jpg

A vehicle fire broke out on the fourth floor of an underground parking garage on the Boston Common on Friday.

The Boston Fire Department responded to 12 Commonwealth Ave. around 11:45 a.m.

Sprinklers were activated and contained the fire.

There were no reported injuries.

<![CDATA[Police Investigating Shooting Incident in Billerica Neighborhood]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:52:46 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Police_For_Man_Who_Fired_Shots_in_Billerica.jpg

Authorities in Billerica, Massachusetts are investigating a shooting incident that occurred Thursday afternoon.

Police say they received a call on Thursday after a man got out of his vehicle and shot his gun several times at a townhouse complex on Boston Road.

The incident caught residents in the area off guard.

Steven Beachy has lived in the complex for seven years and does not remember any other incidents like this happening in the neighborhood.

Beachy is a licensed gun owner and can't believe anyone would fire into the open.

"It's a little bit disconcerting when someone is willing to get out and shoot in a main fairway," he said.

Beachy says he is surprised but not alarmed.

"I hope it's one random act and it doesn't happen again," he said. "But all we can do is be vigilant."

According to authorities, the suspect is described as a bald male. When he left the scene, he drove north on Boston Road toward Lowell in either a grey Toyota Camry or a Honda Accord.

Police have been patrolling the area since Thursday.

The incident is currently under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Billerica Police at 978-671-0900.

<![CDATA[Autopsy Finds Nothing Suspicious in Death of Infant]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:00:00 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Autopsy_Results_in_Dover_Infant_Daycare_Death.jpg

An autopsy completed on Friday afternoon found nothing suspicious in the death of an infant who died while at a day care center in Dover, New Hampshire.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said although it did not find anything suspicious in the autopsy, it is still working to determine the cause and manner of death.

Police say there is no evidence that any other child at the day care facility was in any danger, or exposed to any danger, when the incident occurred on Thursday. 

The tragedy happened Thursday at Honey Hill Child Care Center.

First responders went to the day care just before 2 p.m. and found the child, a three-month-old boy from Dover, unconscious and not breathing. The child was taken to Wentworth-Douglas Hospital, where the child was pronounced deceased.

Honey Hill released a statement on Friday.

"Our collective hearts break for the family. There are no words that can express our sorrow other than to say that we extend our deepest condolences to them. We are working cooperatively with authorities to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragedy."

Dover community members were shocked at the infant’s death and said the day care appeared to be well-maintained.

"It's not anything you want to hear about or see, and being so close to home, it's tough," neighbor Tripp Cox said.

Other neighbors said they were keeping the child's parents in their thoughts.

The New Hampshire attorney general's office says they are not involved in the investigation at this point.

The investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Boston Cruise Vessel Cleared to Resume Operations]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:53:29 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/ship51.jpg

A Boston cruise vessel that struck six moored sailboats in Boston Harbor on Thursday morning has been cleared to resume operations.

After inspecting a repair to the ship's propulsion system and given it a test trial on the sea, the U.S. Coast Guard cleared the Odyssey Friday morning.

On Thursday, the Odyssey was carrying 326 passengers, including a group of eighth grade students on a class trip from the Day Middle School in Newton, when it briefly lost power and struck the six sailboats.

No one was injured, but the incident cause Vernon Fritch to scramble for safety.

"It was kind of an out of life experience or something," Fritch recalled.

Passengers were let off the ship after about an hour. Students told NBC10 Boston they were upset that their school trip on the water was over before it even started, but they’re thankful no one was hurt.

"We were going straight and all of a sudden we turned left and into a crowd of boats and we just... kept going," said Indi Cha. "We all were just in awe... didn’t know what to do until someone told us to go inside."

Odyssey Boston says a faulty part caused the engine failure. They released a statement that says in part, "The company has an exemplary record serving millions of guests in over 30 years cruising Boston Harbor."

According to its website, Odyssey offers cruises departing from Rowes Wharf along Boston Harbor from Castle Island to George's Island, east to the Boston Light on Little Brewster Island and back to the Charlestown Naval Yard before returning to the wharf. It also offers group events for school field trips.

The Coast Guard said the investigation into the cause of the failure is pending. Alcohol testing of the operator was completed on site.

The company is planning to hold a dinner cruise on the vessel at 7 p.m. Friday.

Photo Credit: Don Symington]]>
<![CDATA[CCSU Releases Report on Investigation Into University Police Department]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:22:33 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/CCSU+Police.jpg

Central Connecticut State University has released a report on the investigation into how the university police department handled allegations of the sexual assault of one of its own officers as well as other personnel and climate matters within the department. Among the findings were that the police department had a "fraternity-like environment."

The university president has also placed the Chief Administrative Officer, who was responsible for management of the police department, on leave and hired an assistant to the president for safety to identify and “correct defective procedures, policies, and training, evaluate staffing levels and budgetary issues.” 

Central Connecticut State University President Zulma R. Toro had ordered the investigation into the CCSU Police Department. 

The university said a reported sexual assault of a female CCSU police officer by a male CCSU police officer and an investigation the University’s Office of Diversity and Equity conducted on it compelled Toro to hire the Hartford law firm Shipman & Goodwin LLP to conduct an independent investigation. 

“I am deeply disturbed and saddened by the investigation findings,” Toro stated in a news release issued Friday morning. “There is significant evidence that the sexual assault complaint by one of the department’s own officers was inappropriately handled when the incident was first reported in 2016. I am particularly troubled as to how the department’s chain of command did not, in a timely manner, conduct an investigation when the sexual assault was first reported.” 

CCSU outlined what the investigators found, including:

  • Several police officers were hired by the CCSU Police Department even though background checks found evidence of significant discipline or other disqualifying performance issues in their past. 
  • An informal environment exists within the department, including relaxed professional standards and a fraternity-like environment, including inappropriate behavior, banter, or horseplay. 
  • Required sexual harassment prevention and other trainings are not taken seriously and serve as additional evidence that diversity and equity principles are not respected and that there is a pervasive use of inappropriate gender labels for women and perception that the work of females is subjected to harsher criticism. 

The four-month investigation began in January 2018 and included a review of records and dozens of interviews with the department’s police officers and employees and several University administrators and staff, according to CCSU. 

CCSU has hired Bernard R. Sullivan, the retired Commissioner of Public Safety and former Hartford Police Chief, to serve as CCSU’s Assistant to the President for Safety. 

He will oversee the police department and will also be responsible for identifying and correcting defective procedures, policies, and training, evaluating staffing levels and budgetary issues. 

Based on the report’s findings, Chief Administrative Officer Richard Bachoo has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, according to CCSU. His responsibilities included management of the police department. 

Toro also has also changed how background checks of police department candidates are managed and the Office of Human Resources, rather than the police department, will supervise and evaluate the collection of background information. 

Mark Ojakian, president, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, released a statement after CCSU released the report. 

“Today, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) released a report that is the result of an internal investigation ordered by President Toro into the CCSU Campus Police Department. I, along with the Board of Regents for Higher Education, am deeply disturbed about the report’s findings and the alleged conduct by certain CCSU police officers and CCSU administrators. 

“Let me say plainly, we will not tolerate any staff engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior or failing to take swift and appropriate action when incidents are reported. 

“The initial investigation, which began late last year, the hiring of an outside law firm, and the decision to the put CCSU Police Department under special supervision were all initiated by President Toro who has responded quickly and decisively. 

“I also support bringing in Bernie Sullivan, former State Police Commissioner and former Hartford Police Chief to oversee the CCSU Police Department. I have known Bernie for years and fully trust his ability to restore professionalism to the Department and take any disciplinary action that may be appropriate,” Ojakian said in a statement.  

See the full report here.

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Outdoor Watering Banned in Foxborough; Fines Possible]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:39:15 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Foxboro+Outdoor+Water+Ban.JPG

Dry weather persists in Foxborough, Massachusetts, prompting local officials to implement an outdoor water ban.

The ban, announced late Thursday, will remain in effect until further notice.

In the first few hours of implementation, nearly 50 violations were logged, according to Town Engineer Christopher Gallagher.

First time violators receive a warning, but fines will be issued for repeat offenders.

Every year water restrictions go into effect in May, this year being no different. Water supplies in town continued to decline even with those restrictions, officials say, leaving them concerned that water pressure may suffer. That’s particularly a concern for the fire department.

The hope is that water levels will stabilize with the help of the ban implemented this week.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Senate Candidate Arrested Outside Migrant Detention Center]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:47:37 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/216*120/Zak+Ringelstein+Maine+US+Candidate+McAllen+TX+Arrest.jpg

A candidate in Maine's U.S. Senate race was arrested along the U.S.-Mexico border while attempting to bring supplies to a migrant children detention center in McAllen, Texas, Friday morning.

A spokesperson said Zak Ringelstein, a Democrat running against independent incumbent Sen. Angus King, was arrested around 9:30 a.m. after allegedly trying to bring food, blankets, toys and books to migrant children separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

A Facebook Live video from the scene showed the 31-year-old Yarmouth native sitting in the bed of a pickup truck loaded with supplies and speaking with law enforcement officers in the lead up to his arrest.

"As a public school teacher, as a dad and now as the Democratic nominee for Senate, I refuse ... to stand by as you imprison children," Ringelstein said to a border patrol agent.

He also demanded to deliver the materials he brought, visit the facility where children were being held and wanted to know how they would be reunited with their families.

It's unclear what charges he faces or if he has an attorney.

Photo Credit: Zak Ringelstein for Senate]]>
<![CDATA[No Bail for Man Accused of Stabbing Mother to Death]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:37:59 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/New_Hampshire_Man_in_Connection_to_His_Mother_s_Death.jpg

A New Hampshire man is behind bars accused of stabbing his mother to death last month.

In an orange jumpsuit and shackles, 21-year-old Phillip Nash exited Merrimack County Superior Court Friday afternoon, headed to jail without bail.

He's charged with second-degree murder, accused of killing his own mom.

Nash had nothing to say, and neither did his attorney.

"No, I’m not going to make any comment at this time," said public defender Emma Sisti.

Authorities say Nash’s mother, Frances Nash, disappeared on May 17. Four days later, her body was found in a swamp off Hackleboro Road in Canterbury.

According to court documents, investigators said Phillip Nash stabbed his mother multiple times. Investigators also said he stole her car and his boss’s car and took off until police caught up with him in Virginia.

"Nash was being held in Virginia on pending felony theft charges," explained Senior Assistant New Hampshire Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin. "In the meantime, state police were investigating and eventually we decided it was appropriate to bring that murder charge."

Frances Nash was a librarian at the Maxfield Public Library in Loudon, and taught yoga there as well. She’s being remembered as a kind-hearted soul and quick with a smile. She told her friends at the library that her son, Phillip, was struggling with mental illness.

In court Friday, family members sat in the first row, but didn’t want to comment on camera.

"Every murder case is difficult for families involved, whoever they are, but obviously it’s extremely difficult when it’s a family member on another family member," Strelzin said.

Phillip Nash is being held without bail and is due back in court on July 19.

<![CDATA[Cambridge Police Halt International Scam, Recover $95,000]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:54:55 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NBC10_Responds_Delaware_Phone_Scam_Targets_Senior_Citizens.jpg

Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts successfully halted an effort to scam a resident out of $95,000 in an international fraud.

Police recovered the victim’s finances within six days after she wired the funds to China, officials said. The victim was contacted by the scammer in early June and claimed to represent the Chinese government.

The scammer convinced the victim that an international arrest warrant for her was in effect. Threatened to either pay the $95,000 to a bank in Hong Kong or face arrest, the woman complied. She contacted the Cambridge Police Department after she wired the funds and grew suspicious.

An off-duty detective contacted an IRS agent assigned to Hong Kong in an effort to freeze the fraudulent account used to receive the transfer, Cambridge police said. The victim also contacted officials in Hong Kong, but was told reports outside of their jurisdiction were unacceptable.

"As a result of standout work by our detectives, particularly Detectives Kenneth Mui and Michael Logan, and tremendous collaboration with several domestic and international agencies, the Cambridge Police were instrumental in helping a resident recover a substantial sum of money," Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. said in a statement.

Scammers tend to target seniors, international students attending school in the U.S., Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, according to the Cambridge Police Department.

Cambridge police warn everyone to take caution if someone who claims they are the in the FBI or IRS makes a threat via phone call. Officials also warn to be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls. They advise people to not give personal information or money to someone they did not initiate contact with.

Victims of digital or phone scams are encouraged to file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center or to contact their local police department.

<![CDATA[Cool and Damp Saturday With Some Heavy Rain]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 23:35:10 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/062218+wx.jpg

A cold front pushes offshore today, ushering drier and more seasonable conditions as high pressure builds overhead. Mostly sunny skies are expected with high temperatures reaching into the mid to upper 70s inland and upper 60s to low 70s at the coast.

An area of high pressure out of Canada will crest overhead and move east, resulting in a wind shift from the southeast.

Moisture and cloud cover will increase throughout the evening. Overnight lows will dip into the low to mid-50s. An area of low pressure and associated warm front approaches from the Ohio River Valley on Saturday.

Showers and light rain move in with temperatures about 10 degrees below the seasonal norm for this time of year in the 60s and low 70s.

On Sunday, a cold front will lead to a wetter day with numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms across the region. Highs will reach into the upper 70s to near 80 degrees south to around 70 degrees across the North Country.

Looking ahead to next week, Monday will feature showers in the morning before a drier and cooler air mass moves into New England behind the departing cold front. Expect decreasing clouds with increasing sun as the day progresses. Highs reach into the low to mid 70s south, near 70 degrees north.

High pressure moves in for Tuesday with abundant sunshine and pleasant weather through the middle of the week. The threat of showers and thunderstorms returns by the end of the week in the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-Day Forecast.

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<![CDATA[Police: Woman Arrested Twice in 4 Hours for Stealing]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:43:37 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_60502604-cuffs.jpg

A Massachusetts woman was arrested, not once, but twice on Thursday, in connection to two separate incidents in Boston, according to police.

Angelina Damelio, 33, of Malden, is scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Friday on charges of attempted larceny.

Police said officers were walking out of roll call at the Boston Police District A-1 Station on New Sudbury Street at about 4:30 p.m., when Damelio was seen reaching her hand through a safety glass and grabbing the purse belonging to the front desk clerk.

Damelio attempted to pull the purse towards her and through the hole in the partition before she was confronted by officers. At that point, police said she caused a disturbance in the lobby while attempting to leave.

Damelio was then placed under arrest.

Police said about three hours earlier, Damelio had been arrested and charged with shoplifting in Boston Municipal Court after allegedly stealing multiple items from a CVS on Hanover Street in the city's North End.

When a CVS employee confronted her, Damelio allegedly began hitting him with her purse. She then took more items and fled the store.

After reviewing surveillance video, police patrolling the area found Damelio nearby and arrested her.

It's unclear if she has an attorney.

<![CDATA[AG: Homicide Under Investigation in Berlin, NH]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:33:48 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Crime-Scene-Tape-Police-041516.jpg

Authorities in New Hampshire announced Friday morning they are actively investigating a homicide in Berlin.

According to New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, additional information will be released as soon as possible.

Check back for updates.

<![CDATA[Man Dies After Being Pulled From Lake in Watertown, Conn.]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:54:29 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SYLVAN-LAKE-WATERTOWN.jpg

A 23-year-old swimmer drowned at Sylvan Lake in Watertown Thursday.

Crews were called to the area around 3:35 p.m. for a missing swimmer. Fire officials said rescuers pulled the victim from the water after approximately 20 minutes of searching.

Authorities said the man may have been under the water for approximately an hour.

The man, identified as Isaiah Anderson, was taken to Waterbury Hospital for treatment, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to police, the incident happened in a posted no swimming area. Police said the park has a designated swimming area, but it was not yet open for the season.

More information was not immediately available.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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<![CDATA[Drive-By Shooting in Fall River Leaves 2 Injured]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:06:16 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Police-GettyImages-187062332.jpg

Two people were shot early Friday during a drive-by shooting in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Officials received a call of a shooting at 2:10 a.m. on Pine and Durfree Streets, according to the Fall River Police Department.

The victims – one man and one woman – endured non-life threatening injuries and refused medical attention.

A description of the gunman was not immediately available. The shooting remains an ongoing investigation.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Natasha Verma Hosts Event for National Cancer Survivors Day]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:25:26 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Natasha+Verma+at+National+Cancer+Survivor+Day+in+Plymouth.JPG

National Cancer Survivors Day was celebrated at an event Thursday in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

NBC10 Boston’s Natasha Verma was a guest speaker at the event, hosted by Beth Israel Plymouth.

Hundreds of cancer survivors, caregivers, family members and healthcare professional united to show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.

This year’s Cancer Survivors Day celebration of life was held at Beth Israel Plymouth. She joined Joe Andruzzi, former New England Patriots offensive guard and cancer survivor.

Verma, who was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last year, has been very vocal about her cancer journey and treatment at Beth Israel.

Towards the end of her chemotherapy treatment, she launched non-profit program “Put A Cap On Cancer” which gives free cap wigs to cancer patients.

Beth Israel patients who received cap wigs from the foundation were also at the event and shared their emotional cancer experiences.

To find out more about Natasha's journey to remission and how you can help, you can visit her website.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[MBTA's New Payment System for Green Line Train, Buses]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:46:23 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Green+line+generic.jpg

Commuters are on a path to easier payments for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority with its new system named AFC 2.0.

One commuter is looking forward to an improved system.

“It’s a little bit difficult when there’s no pay stations or options to buy tickets,” said a commuter.

“Anything that shortens stops would be great And makes it easier for the T to collect fares would be a step in the right direction,” said another commuter.

Others are a bit skeptical of the new system.

“I would say it’s just not that simple," said Stacy Thompson, a member of the Livable Streets Alliance. "We are talking about hundreds of thousands of people that utilize the system and it’s all different types of users and we haven’t really started engaging the community yet.”

The newly-developed payment system will allow passengers to tap and board buses and Green Line trains at any door with a fare card, contactless credit card or a smartphone. In addition to the boarding convenience, commuters can reload their cards using credit cards or cash at vending machines at every station and even some stops. Users will also be able to manage their accounts online at any time.

Designed prior to the advent of smartphones, the T says the current system for collecting fares is outdated. The new method is expected to eliminate lines of passengers paying cash and cut travel times for people who ride busses by 10 percent.

City Counsilors in Boston heard from representatives of the T Friday afternoon about its new automated fare system.

“The best fare collection system is one that gets out of peoples way," said the T's chief technology officer David Block-Shachter. "And that’s what this really does." 

Officials first began working on the program in 2017. Installations are expected to begin early 2019 and MBTA officials hope to transition to the new system and retire the current one by May 2021.

“The move to a cashless system has the potential to result in a heavier burden to our most vulnerable residents, including and especially lower income communities and elderly populations,” said Ayanna Pressley, at-large city councilor.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Fresh Air From Canada Sets Up a Beautiful Friday]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:57:55 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/206*120/062218+necn+wx.jpg

Most of us start off sunny and cool Friday morning.

The exception is along the south coast from Connecticut to Cape Cod, where a front has stalled and the air remains rather muggy with temperatures near 60.

On the opposite side of the spectrum in far northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, we cooled to the 30s.

Most of us start out around 50 to 55 degrees.

High pressure crests over New England Friday with light wind, and plenty of sunshine, high temperature in the 70s to 80, cooler at the beach with an onshore breeze.

High pressure moves east of New England tonight, with low clouds and fog moving in to start off our Saturday. Temperatures will hold in the 50s to lower 60s overnight into Saturday morning.

A warm front moving to Long Island will push rain showers across most of New England during the day.

High temperature mostly in the 60s. Fog and drizzle may form along the shore in southern New England. A wave of low pressure will be moving along the front, bringing warmer and more humid air tomorrow night and Sunday.

That low pressure system also brings a chance for showers and a thunderstorm on Sunday, along with a few sunny breaks. It is a lot warmer the second half of the weekend, with a high temperature in the 80s for much of New England, cooler at the coast where fog may be slow to burn off.

Another high-pressure system from Canada brings in cooler air Sunday night and Monday with slow clearing, highs Monday back in the 70s.

A warming trend returns for the middle and second half of next week with temperatures pushing 90, and some showers and thunderstorms by mid and late week.

<![CDATA[Revere Taking Steps to Combat City's Large Rat Problem]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:13:13 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Getting_Rid_of_Rats_in_Revere.jpg

Residents in Revere, Massachusetts are fed up with what they call a huge rat problem. Now, the city is trying to do something about it.

“Oh it’s really bad. It’s like don’t leave your doors open because they're going to get in there,” Revere resident Christina Svendblad said about the rodents.

Mayor Brian Arrigo has set aside $150,000 to try to combat the problem that many blame on construction.  City officials have thrown around a number of ideas to try to get rid of the pests, including baiting, dry ice and even bringing in owls.

“I know it’s a little bizarre but it’s become popular over the years," City Councilor Steve Morabito said of the owl idea. "But the issue with that is how do you keep the owls in a location.”

“It’s cute and it would be environmentally friendly and all that good stuff but it’s not realistic,” City Councilor Anthony Zambuto added. 

Many blame unsecured garbage as the problem because it acts as the rats food source. The city has already ordered new securely covered trash barrels to keep the rodents out of the garbage.

Residents don’t care how it gets done but they want them gone.

“To my constituents out there, you’re going to see improvements," Zambuto said. "None of us want to see rats.”

No decision has been made on how else Revere will fight the problem, but the new trash barrels should be given out in the coming weeks.

<![CDATA[Popular TV Show 'SMILF' to Film Most of Season 2 in Mass.]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:26:14 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/_SMILF__Representatives_Address_Upcoming_Filming.jpg

The popular SHOWTIME program SMILF is back for season two, and this time most of the show will be shot on location here in Massachusetts.

The cast and crew have been here before for scenes for the pilot and season one.

“They try to make it as easy as possible for everyone,” said Maggie Dow, who lives in the neighborhood where filming takes place. “We didn’t have a problem last year. Parking’s always an issue.”

Representatives from the show met with a small group of residents Thursday night to speak with them about the upcoming set-up and the parking restrictions that will be in place.

Most people in the neighborhood say the excitement is worth any hassle.

“It’s cool because we watched the show and recognized a lot of spots they filmed at,” said neighborhood resident Fatih Goumas.

The show is about a struggling single mom in Southie.

And it generated controversy earlier this year when Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn, who represents the area, posted on Facebook: “...many of my constituents have relayed to me their disgust with Showtime’s TV Show SMILF and its depiction of the people of South Boston. The proud mothers I know from Southie, who work so hard for their families and our community, have told me they find it unwatchable as it is a degrading, crude and inaccurate portrayal of their life in the neighborhood…”

“It was like a very gritty dirty laundry fully out kind of view of single parenthood,” said Nicky Anderson who watched some of the episodes and lives in South Boston. “I could see where it might be a little offensive depending on who you are.”

Added Dow: “Everybody’s going to have their different opinions but the show’s funny. I don’t think it’s meant to be taken so seriously.”

The show begins shooting on Monday in other areas, and in South Boston on July 5.

<![CDATA[More Self Driving Cars Coming to Mass. Streets]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:18:46 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/More_Self_Driving_Cars_Coming_to_Mass._Streets.jpg

Autonomous car testing will soon expand in Massachusetts, after fifteen cities and towns signed an agreement to standardize the testing process.

Thursday’s announcement came just one day after Boston announced self-driving cars from Cambridge-based nuTonomy will be allowed to test its vehicles citywide.

Governor Charlie Baker joined Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack in Boston for the signing of the agreement, saying it helps bring the next generation of innovation and transportation to the Bay State.

Both arrived to the South Boston ceremonial signing in autonomous cars.

Secretary Pollack joked that Massachusetts is the best place to test these vehicles of the future because the state boasts “bad roads, bad weather, and worse drivers.”

On a more serious note she said there had been no safety issues with the tests so far in Massachusetts. In fact, officials hope road safety will improve if autonomous vehicles become more widespread since the vast majority of traffic crashes involve some element of human error. 

The fifteen cities and towns where testing will expand include: Arlington, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Revere, Somerville, Weymouth, Winthrop, and Worcester.

<![CDATA[Woman Separated From Her Son at Border Shares Their Story]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:23:45 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Mother_Separated_From_Her_Son_at_Border_Shares_Story.jpg

One day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to stop the separation of parents and children at the southern border, questions remain as to how exactly separated migrant families are going to be reunited.

The Department of Health and Human Services has not elaborated on any plan to reunite kids with parents who are already in federal custody for illegal entry.

It’s been about three weeks since Lidia Souza has seen her 8-year-old son after the two were separated at the border under the zero tolerance policy. She tells NBC Boston there is no set plan in place for them to reunite and the process thus far has been tedious and emotional.

“He cries a lot. My son told me that he got sick there. They separated him from other kids nine days ago. It sounds like he is isolated and can’t talk or play with other kids. He is by himself in a room,” Souza said.

The two flew from Brazil to Mexico in an effort to flee enemies in their homeland. Once in Mexico, they entered into the United States illegally, seeking asylum. The two were initially detained together then split apart after Souza's lawyer says she was charged and prosecuted in federal court.

Souza says she bounced between federal prison and immigration before being released to Massachusetts where she has family. All the while, her son remains in a border detention facility.

“He told me that food there is really bad. I asked him if he had requested any other food at least some bread and milk. He told me that he did but everything is about rules. Everything is at a certain time. Sometimes he’s hungry but has to wait and follow the rules,” Souza said. “He told me, 'mom, just because I went to the hall to talk to someone that was walking by, they put bars in my room. I can’t talk or see anyone.' He is very sad and cries a lot.”

Souza's attorney, Jesse Bless, says although Souza passed a credible fear interview, absolving her from deportation until her asylum case is heard, there is no structured method to reunite the mother with her son.

“They have nothing in place and we’ve been told this by the many people in Texas who’ve told us to submit document after document so that the mother and child can reunify and yet there’s nothing being done,” Bless said.

Bless says they make calls to the Texas border facility constantly. They don't know what it will take to reunite the mother and son, but they say they will stay on top of the job until it's done.

<![CDATA[Christopher Lloyd Appearing in Vt. Theater Production]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:09:42 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Christopher_Lloyd_appearing_in_VT_theater_production.jpg

A Hollywood actor, well-known for his roles in movies like “Back to the Future” and TV shows including “Taxi,” is in Vermont performing at a landmark theater in Windsor County.

Christopher Lloyd first walked onto the stage of the Weston Playhouse more than a half-century ago. His late brother, Sam, was a mainstay there, and became a lifelong supporter of the playhouse.

“I love it here,” Lloyd said of Weston. “It’s so beautiful.”

Lloyd is playing a starring role in the classic work “Our Town,” which opens this week at the Weston Playhouse.

“Thornton Wilder wanted a very minimalist set,” Lloyd said of the author of “Our Town.” “So you just focus on the human element.”

Lloyd’s also reflecting on his family’s many ties to the playhouse, saying it provided him with critical experience during an early chapter in his career, which has now spanned six decades.

Necn asked if without his experience in Vermont as a young actor, would the world have known Doc Brown as it did? Lloyd chuckled, “Maybe—Who can say?”

The actor said he marvels at how popular the “Back to the Future” films still are, and how they continue attracting fans. He said the subject matter pertaining to family relationships is likely a key reason why.

“Everybody has a moment when they think, ‘Gee, I wish I could go back to this moment,’ or, ‘I wish I could go to the future.’ Everybody has that wish,” Lloyd observed about another perennial appeal of his best-known movie. “And the film somehow made that fantasy come alive.”

At 79, Christopher Lloyd still has a lot of jobs in his future. The Emmy winner said he has several movies and other projects in the works.

“I love it,” Lloyd said of the life of a working actor. “I can say I don’t need to work, but it’s what I do. I have no interest in retiring.”

Christopher Lloyd is in “Our Town” at the Weston Playhouse through July 7.

Click here for more information on the show and other performances this season at the playhouse.

<![CDATA[PD: Infant Dies After Being Found Not Responsive at Day Care]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:20:07 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/210*120/honey+hill+child+care+center.JPG

Police in Dover, New Hampshire, are investigating the death of an infant who was found unconscious and not breathing at a child day care center.

First responders went to Honey Hill Child Care Center at 57 Central Ave. just before 2 p.m. Thursday for a report of an infant child unconscious and not breathing, according to Dover police.

The unidentified child was rushed to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and subsequently pronounced dead.

Neighbors say the day care appeared to be well maintained and has been there for years.

“I saw a lot of mothers standing outside crying. The street was peppered with cars,” said one neighbor named Ryan.

“I was like 'wow'. Didn’t hear anything, didn’t see anything,” said another neighbor Bill Morgan.

Police will only say they are investigating the circumstances and that they should have more information on Friday after an autopsy.

The New Hampshire attorney general's office says they are not involved in the investigation at this point.

It's unclear if the day care will be open Friday.

<![CDATA[Augusta Police Searching for Vandal of Fallen Officer's Grave]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:31:16 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Grave_of_Fallen_Officer_in_Augusta.jpg

Police in Augusta, Maine are looking for the person who stole a marker from a fallen officer's grave.

The theft feels personal to the police.

"It's part of our history and our heritage."

About a week ago an officer patrolling the cemetery noticed a grave marker and a Maine state flag, which had been placed in the cemetery to honor Officer Rufus Lishness, the first officer killed in the line of duty in the city's history, was missing.

After an extensive search, police say they believe it was stolen.

"It seems as though they took ours for a reason."

Although the stolen property is not too valuable, it does have priceless sentimental and historical value.

"We're pretty entrenched in the history here."

In 1884, he was responding to a disturbance call at the Old Fort Western when he opened a window and was shot in the head.

"His dying words were recorded at the time as 'I did my duty, didn't I?'"

Now his department's duty is to keep his memory alive, even though more than a century has passed. They are committed to maintaining his grave and finding the person who disrespected it.

"It's like a kick in the pants because that is part of us... That's part of the department. That's like coming to my house and stealing something... that's how personal it is to us."

<![CDATA[School Science Project Aims to Help Students in Africa]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:45:14 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SCIENCE+PROJECT.JPG

Students at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts aren't just doing homework to earn an "A." They're hoping a unique science project can change lives half a world away.

Students are using Microbial fuel cell, or, in other words, the bacteria in mud, as fuel for electricity.

“This is mud you can get anywhere," said senior Kenneth MacKenzie. "You can go outside at a pond. The smellier the better."

The fact that the mud can be found almost anywhere peaked their interest.

“The teachers in Africa said you can’t give them [students in Africa] too much homework because they can’t study," said Kathy Crosson, chair of the science department at Bishop Stang. "Most of them come from villages that don’t have electricity."

So the students at Bishop Stang turned their research project into a mission to help students in Tanzania. They're hoping to make batteries out of mud so the students in Africa can study and do homework after the sun goes down.

The students were given a grant by The Carney Family Charitable Foundation to do these experiments.

The Bishop Stang students are currently sharing their data and equipment with St. Mary’s secondary school in Dar Es Salaam.

“Our hope is that they will be able to use the batteries in their villages so when we go this summer we will be able to connect with them and share the data,” Crosson said.

This experiment has made the Bishop Stang students realize that there is more to school than getting good grades.

“It is really cool to know that this could help someone in another country that’s not as fortunate as us,” Mackenzie said.

<![CDATA[These Boston-Area Patios Are the Perfect Summer Refuge]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:42:11 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/AtwoodsTavernPatio.jpg Here are some of the best restaurant patios around the Boston area.

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