<![CDATA[NECN - New England News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.necn.com/news/new-england http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.com en-usTue, 11 Dec 2018 09:46:25 -0500Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:46:25 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[necn to Air 'First Night Boston' New Year's Broadcast]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:35:47 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/firstnightboston.jpg

New England audiences can tune in to NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and necn this New Year’s Eve to watch live coverage of "First Night Boston."

Hosted by NBC10 Boston and necn anchors Phil Lipof, Shannon Mulaire, JC Monahan, Chris Emma, Kristy Lee and Nick Emmons, along with Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra anchors Grace Gomez, Pedro Castro and meteorologist Cecy del Carmen, viewers can once again watch six hours of family-friendly programming and coverage, including the parade, light shows, ice sculptures and fireworks.

NBC10 Boston coverage airs from 6 to 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Telemundo Boston will air the broadcast from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and necn will carry continuing programming from 6 p.m. through the Copley Countdown to 2019 and ending coverage at 12:30 a.m.

Chadwick Stokes, Boston resident and front man of Dispatch, State Radio, and The Pintos, will headline and ring in the New Year at the Dec. 31 concert in Copley Square with thousands of cheering fans. With the illuminated and historic Trinity Church as a backdrop, Stokes will take the Copley Square main stage at 11:20, helping lead the Copley Countdown into the New Year. Segments of the performance will be carried live throughout New England on event television partner NBC10 Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston.

In addition, First Night Boston has announced a philanthropic Charity Partner Program for its 2019 event. Eventgoers will be introduced to four nonprofit organizations that empower area girls and women.

The selected charities for this inaugural program include #HereForTheMusic, a campaign created by the nonprofit organization Calling all Crows that works to prevent sexual violence in the live music industry through training, policy consulting, and education; Boston-based Project Hope which serves low-income women and families with education, workforce training, job placement, housing assistance, and is an emergency family shelter; The Center for Women and Enterprise dedicated to helping New England women and veterans start and grow their businesses; and Girls at Work, Inc., believing through power tools and one woodworking project at a time they can empowers girls to build confidence to face current and future life challenges.

“First Night Boston represents new beginnings for all of us," said Mike St. Peter, president and general manager of NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and necn. “This year, in addition to the spectacular celebration coverage in the city, we are privileged to introduce viewers across all three stations and spectators throughout New England to these distinguished organizations who tirelessly fight for a new start for women every day.”

The selected organizations will be featured in Copley Square to spread awareness about the good work that they do, and collect donations throughout the day. NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston and necn viewers will be able to watch pre-event television coverage of their work with the option to donate at FirstNightBoston.org.

The entire broadcast from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. will be available for viewing through a livestream at NBC10Boston.com and necn.com. The Telemundo Boston livestream is available from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at telemundonuevainglaterra.com.

<![CDATA[Funeral Preparations Underway for Fallen Firefighter]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:11:51 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/204*120/Christopher+Roy+Procession+Worcester.jpg

Funeral arrangements are underway for fallen firefighter Christopher Roy, who died on Sunday morning in the line of duty.

The Worcester Fire Department firefighter perished after he responded just before dawn to a 5-alarm blaze at an apartment on Lowell Street. Roy, 36, was trapped on the second floor of the structure along with four other firefighters. He managed to escape via ladder and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Roy, a Shrewsbury resident, was honored with two processions on Monday, when his remains were taken from UMass Medical Center in Worcester to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Boston and then back to a funeral home in Worcester. First responders lined the streets to salute the firefighter while mourners laid flowers outside the Webster Square Fire Station as a token of their sympathy.

Calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church. Roy’s funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday also at St. John’s Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest immediately after at Notre Dame Cemetery.

Roy was a 2-year veteran with the department. He is survived by his 9-year-old daughter, Ava Roy, and other family members.

Worcester Firefighters IAFF Local 1009 has established a memorial fund in the name of Ava Roy. Those who wish to contribute can make a check payable to the AVA ROY FUND and send it to:

Worcester Fire Department Credit Union

34 Glennie St.

Worcester, MA 01605

Photo Credit: Worcester Fire Department/NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Search Underway for Person of Interest After Fatal Stabbing in Conn.]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:43:10 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Fatal+stabbing+at+Starlight+Inn+in+East+Lyme.jpg

A woman who was found with several stab wounds at the Starlight Inn on Flanders Road in East Lyme Monday night has died and police are looking for a person of interest.

Police responded to the inn around 10:30 p.m. Monday after a witness heard a commotion coming from a room at the motel.

A female victim had been stabbed several times and was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, where she died, according to police.

Investigators said there is no threat to the public and they are looking for a person of interest.

The State Police Major Crimes unit also responded and is assisting in the investigation.

Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Nearly 30 Cars, Building Destroyed in Fire at Conn. Recycling Facility]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:35:15 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/willimantic+fire+dept+photo+121018.PNG

A huge fire destroyed part of Northeast Recyclers of Windham in Willimantic on Monday afternoon.

There were intense flames, as well as a column of smoke people could see from across that area of the state.

We’re told the scrap yard has been here for decades and thankfully everyone is okay.

“I went outside. It looked like a bomb went off or something. It was huge,” said Eric Risley of Willimantic.

Neighbors Eric and Sarah Risley were stunned when the fire broke out around 3:30pm.

Car after car went up in flames, as did a building.

Nearby homes had to be evacuated briefly because of the billowing smoke.

People noticed the darkened sky from miles away.

“We saw the cloud when we came out of the mall. It was huge. You could see it, really big. You could see it from the mall. It was crazy. It was intense,” said Sarah Risley.


It was all hands on deck as firefighters from across the area raced here.

“It is quite a complicated operation when you have this many cars in a junk yard in this proximity,” said Fire Chief Marc Scrivener, Willimantic Fire.

Scrivener tells us the fire torched nearly 30 cars, as well as a building.

Right now it appears it started in that facility, a hut of sorts where cars were taken apart.

“The operation in the Quonset hut does involve removing fuel from junk vehicles and so it is a risky operation. So that will probably be the area where the investigators will start,” said Scrivener.

There is no word yet what started the fire.

The Department of Energy and Environment Protection had a crew out monitoring runoff from the fire and making sure it doesn’t reach a nearby river.

Photo Credit: Willimantic Fire Dept.
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<![CDATA[Coastline Could Get Flurries, Wet Weekend May Be Ahead]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:44:55 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/121118+necn+early+am+wx.png

Our dry stretch will stick around for a few more days and it will be cold for the next few days. With the cold air moving over the warm ocean water, snow showers will be possible along the coast.

The threat for snow showers is greatest along the New Hampshire Seacoast and Maine Coast Tuesday. By Wednesday, the wind direction will shift and parts of southeast Massachusetts could see some snow showers. Some of the most intense snow showers will possibly reach up to an inch.

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We’ll warm up by the end of the week. Temperatures will reach the mid-to-upper 40s by the end of the week. Our weather will remain quiet until Friday night.

The weekend looks wet. Winds may kick up as well, especially along the coast. An early call looks like up to an inch of rain is possible. Once we get into the following week the temperatures will drop off to the 30s and low 40s, which is close to average for this time of year.

<![CDATA[Dover, NH School Community Discusses Students' KKK Jingle]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:51:07 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/School_Board_Meets_Over_KKK_Jingle_in_Classroom.jpg

Students, parents and teachers spoke Monday at a school board meeting after video showed high schoolers singing a racist jingle in Dover, New Hampshire.

A teacher was suspended after video began circulating online showing students singing a song set to "Jingle Bells" with lyrics including, "KKK, KKK, let's kill all the blacks."

The assignment, in an 11th grade U.S. history class at Dover High School, was to change the lyrics to a Christmas jingle to tell a story about Reconstruction, the period after the Civil War. Two students in the class chose the KKK as their topic, singing lyrics such as "White masks on our heads, blood beneath our feet, laughing till they're dead -- ha, ha, ha."

History teacher and baseball coach John Carver gave the assignment. He was suspended amid the investigation.

"Being here now, it's just kind of nervous. Always nervous coming to school and, like, seeing what could happen," Kyanna Marrow, a biriacial student at Dover High School. "It was kind of hurtful."

Opinions differed among those in the auditorium for Monday's school board meeting as to whether Carver should keep his job.

Chloe Harris, a student in the class, said she recorded the incident because she wasn't sure anyone would believe what happened.

"Thought if I don't record this, this is going to be the only evidence that I have that this happened," said the 16-year-old, who spoke to NBC10 Boston last week with permission from her mother.

Harris, who is biracial, says she was stunned by what the two boys came up with for their project.

As the students recited the song, classmates can be heard laughing in the background.

"When everyone was laughing I got really frustrated," said Harris. "I was like, 'Why are you guys laughing at this?' So I had to walk out of class. I'm disgusted by this."

School Superintendent William Harbron sent a letter to the school community on Monday saying they are working with students and teachers to investigate the incident. His message was also shared on the district's Facebook page.

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The school district called the incident "harmful" and one of "extreme racial insensitivity."

"What we're trying to do is figure out what is in this video that's a viable lesson for our entire school community," Harbron told NBC10 Boston.

"We are deeply concerned that an event such as this could occur and understand the emotion and concern that this event will create for our students, families and staff," he said in his letter. "Administration from Dover High School and the District are working with students and the school community to respond immediately and effectively to this racial insensitivity."

Harbron's letter said families and school community members will be updated as they "create opportunities to come together and discuss, process, and plan as a community" to address both the immediate situation and long-term implications of racial insensitivity and bias.

Some commenters on the school district's Facebook page said the song was far worse than just "racial insensitivity."

"There was nothing 'implicit' about it," said one person. "This was an overt show of racism."

"I saw the video before it was taken down and why the teacher didn't stop it once they started singing it is beyond me," said another person.

Chloe and her family fault the teacher more than the students.

"I think it was not well thought out by the boys," said Chloe's mom, Robyn. "But I think they were doing the assignment given to them by their teacher."

The teacher has been suspended with pay while the entire incident is being investigated by the school district.

School officials will not say if the two students who sang the song will be disciplined.

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<![CDATA[Male Killed in Mattapan Shooting]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:23:56 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Generic+Boston+Police.jpg

A male victim was killed in a shooting Monday night in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood.

Police confirm the shooting took place around 10 p.m. on Savannah Avenue. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Boston Police homicide unit is investigating.

Police say this was the 54th homicide of the year in the city.

Anyone with information is asked to call 617-343-4470. Tips can also be left anonymously by calling 1-800-494-TIPS or texting "TIP" to 27463.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Found at NH Democratic Party Headquarters]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:24:27 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/160*120/NH+Democratic+HQ+121018.jpg

The New Hampshire Democratic Party says a suspicious package was found at its Concord headquarters Monday afternoon.

Chair Ray Buckley announced Monday night that a staff member had been treated as a precaution. Several were evacuated, he said.

"This afternoon, we alerted authorities immediately upon finding a suspicious package at the NHDP Headquarters," Buckley said in a statement. "We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are grateful for all they are doing to ensure our safety."

New Hampshire State Police say bomb technicians and Central New Hampshire HAZMAT are investigating.

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<![CDATA[Man Pleads Guilty to Deadly 2015 Shooting]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:16:30 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/119818994.jpg

A Massachusetts man could serve nearly two decades in prison after pleading guilty to his role in a deadly 2015 shooting.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office announced Monday that 22-year-old Lorenze DaVeiga of Taunton pleaded guilty to manslaughter, two counts of assault and battery with a firearm and illegal firearm possession in connection to a shootout on June 27, 2015 that left 24-year-old Marques McCassie dead.

DaVeiga was sentenced to up to 18-and-a-half years in prison.

The DA's office said DaVeiga went to a cookout at McCassie's cousin's house on Weir Street, firing a shot at McCassie and hitting him in the side. He then allegedly shot McCassie's cousin in the knee.

DaVeiga was wrestled to the ground, according to prosecutors, but he fired another shot at McCassie and hit him in the thigh.

Prosecutors say McCassie fired back and hit DaVeiga at least four times.

An injured DaVeiga allegedly fled to Somerset Avenue, where a bystander helped. DaVeiga was taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence and survived after surgery.

McCassie died from his wounds at Morton Hospital in Taunton.

"This was another senseless act of violence that continues to plague our communities," DA Thomas Quinn III said in a statement. "There is no rational basis for this behavior, which ruins many lives."

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<![CDATA[Worcester Mourns 8th December Firefighter Fatality in 2 Decades]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:06:18 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Worcester+6+Memorial.JPG

The Sunday morning fire that killed Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy quickly conjured memories of seven other firefighter deaths in the Massachusetts city, including six killed one evening nearly two decades ago.

The eight deaths, in three fires, all happened in December, just weeks before Christmas.

A fire broke out at the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Company on Dec. 3, 1999. Worcester Fire Lt. Thomas Spencer, Lt. James Lyons and firefighters Joseph McGuirk, James Lyons, Jeremiah Lucey, Timothy Jackson and Paul Brotherton were killed responding to the fire.

About 12 years later, on Dec. 8, 2011, another firefighter, Jon Davies, was killed fighting a fire on Arlington Street.

On Sunday, Roy's death came less than a week after the community remembered the deaths of the Worcester 6.

"It brought back a lot. It brought back a few tears," said James Alexander of Worcester. "It's just very sad and my heart goes out to that family."

For Ariana Guzman, Roy's death came as a shock — he was her former manager when the two worked at a restaurant about a decade ago.

"It's tough, and, of course, knowing him personally — it was definitely a little hard hit to know that somebody I actually knew had passed," Guzman said.

Guzman, who now works as a bartender at Wicked Wing Company in Worcester, is collecting donations at the restaurant for Roy's family through Friday.

She said her current boss, who also worked with Roy years ago, arranged a special tribute at the bar — a reserved barstool, a pint of Guinness and a shot of Jameson. They said they wanted to give Roy "one last drink."

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<![CDATA[Moulton Likely to Get Primary Challenge in 2020]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:23:07 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Rep._Seth_Moulton_Facing_Backlash.jpg

There were reportedly “advanced negotiations” Monday afternoon between Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic opposition - which would allow Pelosi to be elected speaker while still letting some vote against her.

It’s unclear how one of the leaders of the group, Congressman Seth Moulton, plays into all this, but some people who helped get him elected in November are now actively looking to replace him in 2020.

North Shore political activist Bambi Snodgrass and other 6th district progressives are not happy with Moulton’s unrelenting opposition to the House Speaker.

She thinks Moulton’s time “has come and gone,” adding, “Nancy Pelosi is the person most qualified to do the job, hit the ground running on Jan. 3, and start saving democracy immediately.”

Just this fall, Snodgrass was knocking on more than 1,000 doors for Moulton.

But after election day, Snodgrass watched Moulton try to unseat Pelosi without offering a replacement and decided Moulton had misread the moment.

“The lesson that the 2018 midterms should have taught these people is that we want women and we want people of color to lead us and we want the white men to step aside,” Snodgrass said.

Snodgrass said Moulton has now jeopardized his future, “because we are actively looking and talking to people who are potential candidates who are going to primary him in 2020.”

Outgoing state Sen. Barbara L’Italien, who ran unsuccessfully in this year’s third district race despite living in the fifth district, has similar concerns about Moulton and is already looking ahead to possibly challenging him in 2020.

“I am politically savvy enough to know that in order to get things for your district, you cannot be challenging the leadership to the extent that Seth Moulton has," L’Italien said.

Asked to respond, Moulton’s office sent a statement saying Moulton has been calling for new leadership for more than a year and was reelected overwhelmingly.

“Challenging the status quo and taking on the establishment is always met with resistance from those in power, but the American people - and Seth as one of their representatives - know it’s the right thing to do,” the statement read.

<![CDATA[Wreaths Across America Coming Through New England]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:30:22 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Wreaths_Across_America_Travels_Through_New_England.jpg

A moving tribute to America's veterans is traveling through New England this week, on its way to Arlington National Cemetery.

The 27th annual Wreaths Across America convoy is transporting thousands of made-in-Maine wreaths to decorate soldier's headstones.

"There's a lot of tears on this convoy," said Karen Worcester, the executive director of Wreaths Across America.

The nonprofit coordinates the trip to Arlington and stops in communities along the way.

On Monday, the convoy stopped in Kittery, Maine then went to Hampton, New Hampshire and Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

The group will place the wreaths on grave sites in Arlington on Saturday, Dec. 15.

"It's important for us to remember," said Worcester.

Wreaths Across America had humble beginnings 27 years ago. Morrill Worcester, head of the Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, had a surplus of Christmas wreaths and decided to take them to Arlington.

Every year, the organization appears to grow larger. This fall, Wreaths Across America expanded across the pond, delivering wreaths to an American cemetery in Normandy.

As the nonprofit's work expands, so does the scrutiny of its finances. Wreaths Across America uses donations to purchase the wreaths from the Worcester Wreath Company. The same family oversees both entities. Charity watch dogs have called them out for a conflict of interest. Karen Worcester says there's nothing to the suspicion of impropriety.

"If you're not getting criticized, you're not doing anything," she said. The relationship between the nonprofit Wreaths Across America and the for-profit Worcester Wreath Company is legal.

Worcester said they are considering expanding even farther, and requests have been made to have them travel to other parts of the world with their wreaths.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed in Crash on Highway Exit in Holyoke]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:33:57 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_17.jpg

A man was killed in a Sunday evening crash on a highway interchange in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

State police say 38-year-old Miguel Soto-Torres of Holyoke was driving on the exit from Interstate 90 to Interstate 91 northbound when his Toyota Scion went off the left side of the road.

Police say the driver rolled over and crashed into the treeline. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police say speed is believed to have been a factor.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Marty Walsh Discusses Expectations for Pot Shops in Boston]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:14:22 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/marty5.jpg

Mayor Marty Walsh said Monday that Boston expects its first recreational marijuana shops at some point in 2019, and that diversity is being prioritized in the city's application process.

In an opinion piece in the Boston Globe, Walsh said that the city was "taking seriously [its] responsibility to give communities a voice in this process and achieve much-needed equity in this new industry."

Walsh, who acknowledged his personal opposition to the 2016 ballot measure that legalized marijuana in Massachusetts, as well as his continued concerns, said the city would follow the will of the voters and has been approving preliminary applications for pot shops since April.

"I am committed to implementing the law in a manner that is timely, equitable, and respectful of the voters and the community," Walsh wrote.

The mayor said the first company picked for a host community agreement was led by a woman of color and would hire former inmates from the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department as staff. That store hopes to open near North Station next year.

But prohibitive startup costs and difficulty securing loans due to marijuana's federal illegality, Walsh said, have limited the number of viable minority applicants.

Walsh said the city would consider requiring one entrepreneur of color to be selected for every other applicant approved.

"This 'one-to-one' system of parity would result in a slower sequence of approvals," Walsh wrote. "But we believe it is worth exploring every avenue, because equity is a value worth working for."

On Nov. 20, New England Treatment Access in Northampton and Cultivate in Leicester became the first recreational pot shops in the eastern United States.

Three more final licenses, in Wareham, Salem and Easthampton, have also been approved by the Cannabis Control Commission.

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<![CDATA[Cold, Dry Over Next Few Days]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:33:22 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Temperatures_to_Drop_Quickly_Through_Evening.jpg

Our dry stretch will roll on. It has been nine days without measurable rain in Boston. There has been a trace of rain recorded at Boston Logan Airport twice during those nine days – the first on Dec. 3 and the second on Dec. 6. Our dry stretch will stick around for a few more days.

It will be cold for the next few days. With the cold air moving over the warm ocean water, snow showers will be possible along the coast. The threat for snow showers is greatest along the New Hampshire seacoast and Maine coast during the day on Tuesday.

By Wednesday, the wind direction will shift and parts of southeast Massachusetts could see some snow showers. In some of the most intense snow showers, up to an inch of snow is possible.

We’ll warm up by the end of the week. Temperatures will reach the mid to upper 40s by the end of the week. Our weather will remain quiet until Friday night.

The weekend looks wet. Winds may kick up as well, especially along the coast. An early call looks like up to an inch of rain is possible. Once we get into next week, the temperatures will drop off to the 30s and low 40s, which is close to average for this time of year.

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<![CDATA[First Night Boston Releases Full Performance Schedule]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:39:17 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1038266484.jpg

First Night Boston on Monday announced its full schedule of performances for New Year’s Eve, which will fill Copley Square and surrounding venues in the hours leading up to 2019.

Comedians, artists, and musicians from near and far will perform across six performance venues in Boston’s Back Bay, with the stage, lights, and ice in Copley Square serving as the event’s centerpiece.

Beginning at noon on Dec. 31, artistic and musical performances kick-off inside Boston Public Library and within the Copley Mall, and at 12:30, Boston-based Sweet Harmony turns heads from the main stage in Copley Square. Trinity Church hosts a performance by the Handel and Haydn Society at 1 p.m., and both the Old South Church and the Church of Christian Science host soul-warming organ concerts at 3 and 4 p.m., respectively.

Musicians entertain from the main stage in Copley Square through the afternoon, while comedy performances and a myriad of family-friendly activities fill the Boston Public Library until 4:30 p.m. Event sponsor AT&T complements its free hot chocolate bar with a trio of guitarists at 5 p.m. from its Boylston Street store.

Following remarks from Mayor Marty Walsh and the People’s Procession at 6 p.m., fireworks fill the sky above Boston Common, and music returns to the main stage in Copley Square, where the tempo increases amid sparkling ice sculptures and illuminated buildings.

Boston-based hip-hop duo STL GLD kicks their rhymes at 7:45 p.m., followed by the fearless quartet of female rockers Flight of Fire. With her powerful voice echoing around Copley Square, American Idol contender Sonika Vaid returns to her Boston roots at 9 p.m.

As the countdown clocks inch closer, spirits remain high as Ménage, a brother-sister punk/pop duo from Toronto plugs in at 9:30 p.m., before the United Kingdom’s pop quartet Single by Sunday drops a beat. Event headliner Chadwick Stokes and the Pintos take the stage around 11:20 and help New England ring in 2019, playing past midnight in Copley Square.

The performance by Stokes, who also has served as the front man for State Radio and Dispatch, will highlight more than twelve hours of entertainment, light shows, ice sculptures, and other family-friendly programming that is completely free for thousands of visitors.

More than 200,000 guests are expected to visit First Night Boston. Donations can be made to help support the event at the event website, www.firstnightboston.org.

Click here for the full First Night Boston performance schedule.

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<![CDATA[Telemundo Exclusive: 'El Chapo’s' Wife Speaks Out Amid Trial]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 02:40:09 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/tlmd-eeuu-emma-coronel.JPG

Emma Coronel Aispuro yearns for a calm life.

"(I want) to be calm, to be somewhere in the world where we can be at ease [...] I don’t dream of big things," said the 29-year-old former beauty queen. "Tranquility, happiness, nothing out of the ordinary".

But that is not the life she has had.

Coronel, the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, now lives a life closely followed in the public eye and the trial of her husband, currently in federal courts in New York has led to unprecedented public interest inside and outside the United States, not only because of the charges against him, but also because of the legend behind the famous kingpin who is said to be the leader of the most powerful cartel in Mexico.

However, she insists she would not change anything about her life and reveals her truth to Noticias Telemundo in an exclusive interview with journalists Marisset Vereni and Rebeka Smyth.

"I am (happy) with the life that I have, of the life that I was given, of the husband that I have, of the daughters that I have, of the family that I have... I am very satisfied. I have also had hard times, but I have always said that God does not put things in your path that he isn’t sure you will overcome”, she said with a solemn look during the two-on-one.

The daughter of a farmer, Coronel was born in Los Angeles and married Guzman as a teenager on her 18th birthday according to several reports. In the last decade, the couple welcomed twins, Maria Joaquina and Emely, also born in Los Angeles and who are said to speak fluent English.

But that warm welcome and “peaceful” life didn’t last. Now Coronel accompanies her husband on his third arrest, every single day in federal court, something she admits is "very hard." But she hasn’t given up.

"I think it’s what any wife would do in my place, be with her husband in difficult times," Coronel explained. "In one way or another so that he feels, and sees me present, and feels my support."

Guzman’s fate will not be known for at least three months and until then Coronel and their seven-year-old daughters pray for him. Although they don’t know what the future holds, she doesn’t like to think about the possibility of an unhappy ending, one separating the father of her kids from their family.

"I prefer to keep my mind concentrated on that everything will be fine for him and for us," said the mother.

"El Chapo" faces 17 counts for alleged links to drug trafficking in the US and Mexico and, although cameras have not been allowed in court since the start of his trial on November 5, his name resonates in global headlines. And he likes the attention, Coronel says. 

"You have to be honest, I think he did like it, he does like it a little," said Coronel with a soft smile referring to that public prominence. At the same time, she stressed the necessity of that coverage so that "media pressure is present and everything can be clearer and everyone can see what really happens" in that courtroom.

"El Chapo" was extradited to New York from Mexico in January 2017 and charged with several counts in multiple states. Coronel has not been able to spend time with her husband since his capture and a judge denied her request on November 8 to give him a hug. Even so, the faithful and loyal wife continues in her struggle to reunify her family, in a home that she says never had any suspicious activity within its walls, until then she’ll continue showing up to court. 

"It's something that for me [...] it's good for me, it makes me feel good to be able to see him, to be able to know what's going on and that he feels that I am here for him, supporting him," said Coronel.

The special will air tonight at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. PDT) on Telemundo. Click here to watch live in Spanish. An updated video with subtitles will be posted here after the story has aired.

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<![CDATA[Funeral Services Announced for Fallen Worcester Firefighter]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:41:19 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/215*120/ff42.jpg

Funeral services have been announced for Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy, who died after battling a blaze on Sunday morning.

Calling hours will be held at St. John's Catholic Church, 4 Temple St., in Worcester on Friday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m., also at St. John's Catholic Church, following a private family procession from Alfred Roy & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow, where Roy will be laid to rest at Notre Dame Cemetery, 162 Webster St., in Worcester.

A memorial fund has been established by Worcester Firefighters IAFF Local 1009 in the name of Roy's daughter, Ava Roy. Checks may be made payable to the AVA ROY FUND and mailed directly to the Worcester Fire Department Credit Union, 34 Glennie St., Worcester, MA 01605.

Information regarding traffic patterns, street closures and more to follow.

<![CDATA[Man Charged With Murdering Brother in Hammer Attack]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:31:08 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Paxton+120318.JPG

A Massachusetts man has been arraigned on a murder charge in connection with his brother's death last week.

Alexander Asia, 24, of Paxton was in an East Brookfield courtroom on Monday for a pre-scheduled dangerousness hearing on assault charges stemming from the Dec. 2 attack inside his family home when he was formally arraigned on the murder charge.

Twenty-three-year-old Innocent Asia was found dead his family home on Monticello Drive after Paxton police responded to a 911 call late that night. The men's mother, 53-year-old Leticia Asia, was also injured in the attack and was treated at a local hospital.

Police say she showed up with injuries at a neighbor's home.

According to MJ Byrnes, who lives two houses away, Leticia stumbled in the dark to her house where she kept hitting the doorbell.

Byrnes' sister brought Leticia inside and saw the gash in her head.

"My sister reported that the mother had stated that her son was trying to kill the family with a hammer," Byrnes said. "The mother was in and out of almost consciousness."

Another brother, Ogechi Asia, told police Alexander had also attacked him, according to the The Telegram & Gazette

The Telegram reports that two children live at the home, but that it was not clear if they were home at the time.

"The whole family has obviously been shattered and will be shattered for months and years to come," Byrnes said.

Judge Timothy Bibaud ordered Alexander Asia to be held without bail on the murder charge.

He's due back in court for a pre-trial conference for all charges on Jan. 30.

The case remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Woman Killed in Crash on Route 10 in Granby]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:49:31 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Fatal+crash+on+Route+10+Granby.jpg

A woman is dead after a crash on Route 10 in Granby Sunday, according to police.

Police said three cars were involved in a crash north of Floydville just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday. 

One of the drivers, 58-year-old Holly Norton, of Southwick, Massachusetts, was transported by to St. Francis Hospital, where she later died, according to police. She was the only person in her vehicle.

Everyone else who was involved in the crash declined medical attention at the scene. 

The North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team responded and is assisting in the investigation.

The investigation continues and no charges have been filed.

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<![CDATA[Police Make Arrest in Vermont Infant Homicide Case]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:48:17 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Pollender+Savery+mugshot+Ludlow+VT.jpg

A Vermont man is under arrest for his alleged involvement in the death of an infant, according to state police on Monday.

Tyler Pollender-Savery, 23, of Ludlow, allegedly killed 11-month-old Karsen Rickert in January, according to the police investigation.

The baby died after police found him unresponsive at the home of his mother, Abigail Wood, and her boyfriend, Pollender-Savery. Pollender-Savery is not the child's father.

In June, the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner's Office determined the child's death was caused by asphyxia due to strangulation and/or smothering.

Pollender-Savery was charged with second-degree murder and is scheduled to be arraigned at 4 p.m. Monday, according to police. It is unclear whether he has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Authorities Searching for Toys For Tots Donation Jar Thief]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:09:06 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/196*120/Manchester+PD+toys+for+tots+thief+collage.jpg

Authorities in New Hampshire are searching for a man who allegedly walked into Manchester business and stole a Toys For Tots donation jar with $20 inside.

Manchester police said a Signature Flight Support employee told officers that the man spoke with him about fuel for his vehicle around 1:30 a.m. on Friday.

When the employee went to grab a cup of coffee for the man, the suspect removed the jar and left the shop.

The suspect was only described as a man with a grey beard.

Manchester police encourages anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity to contact detectives at 603-792-5500 and reference MPD Case #18-17255. Individuals may also contact the anonymous crime tip line at 603-624-4040.

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<![CDATA[MBTA Seeks to Remedy Recent Rocky Service]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:12:28 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/MBTA+Commuter+Rail+Generic+031517.JPG

After a two-week period of rocky incidents for the MBTA, transportation officials are seeking a way to remedy the recent service.

The Green Line’s B branch derailed on Saturday morning, leaving the trolley disabled near Blanford Street until 9:30 p.m.

Just two weeks ago, an MBTA Commuter Rail train on the Fitchburg Line was involved in an upright derailment and another Commuter Rail train’s turbocharger engine experienced a mechanical problem that sparked a fire.

No injuries were reported in either incident, but the Boston Herald reports that they were enough to prompt Commuter Rail operator Keolis and MBTA officials to call for a meeting.

"The secretary has instructed the MBTA, as part of its review of the incidents in the last week, to evaluate whether there were steps that could have been taken to avoid 'cascading failures' impacting customers of the trains not disabled," MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo told the Herald.

Pesaturo said the MBTA is investing $8 million in its aging trains, which is expected to decrease the number of issues it faces.

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<![CDATA[Plane Rolls Down Hill at Conn. Airport, Ends Up in Parking Lot]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:27:14 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/chester-airport-plane-accident.jpg

A pilot taking a plane out of a hangar at Chester Airport lost control of the aircraft, which rolled down an embankment on Monday morning.

The plane went through a fence and ended up in the parking lot of Whelen Engineering, on Winthrop Road, according to an airport official.

The Federal Aviation Administration notified state police about the incident.

There were no injuries and the airport remained open.

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<![CDATA[Ayanna Pressley to Hold Session on Violence and Trauma]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:16:42 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/220*120/ayanna+pressley+thumb.jpg

During her final days as a Boston City Councilwoman, Ayanna Pressley is hosting a listening session Monday on violence and trauma.

The listening session was created to give those who are impacted by trauma and violence the opportunity for their voices to be heard by government officials and the community.

"Whoever participates, I hope they feel seen and heard," said Pressley in a Boston Herald report. "So many people feel disenchanted with the government especially with violence and trauma because they often get talked over or dismissed with a quick response. This is a way for them to be fully heard."

Pressley will be sworn into office next month once Congress convenes. One of the Congresswoman-elect’s goals is working to repeal the Dickey Amendment, a provision which prohibits funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research gun control.

Pressley said continued conversation is a way to bring awareness to violence and trauma. 

"It is important to keep the proximity of the hurt because that is how we remain uncomfortable so we don’t get complacent," Pressley told the Herald. "When you remain vigilant and engaged with those most impacted, that is where you find the solution."

The listening session on violence and trauma takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Iannella Chamber in Boston City Hall.

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<![CDATA['My Fault': Brady Takes Blame After Pats Loss]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:54:16 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1070668634.jpg

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is taking his share of the blame for Sunday's last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins.

In his weekly appearance on WEEI's "Mut & Callahan" show, Brady accepted responsibility for a series just before halftime where he took a sack, which prevented the team from attempting a field goal in a game they ultimately lost by just one point.

"It was just a bad play," Brady told WEEI's "Mut & Callahan" on Monday morning. "We called a timeout on first down, we ran a couple plays. It was third down and I thought, 'OK, let's not throw an interception.' I had a couple other things go through my mind. I just took it for granted."

"You can't give away three points like that," he added. "Just a very bad play by me. That should be the foremost thing that I'm thinking. Unfortunately, it wasn't. There's no excuse. Just the reality is I can't let those things happen. It's definitely my fault."

Brady also addressed the final play of the game, a desperation play that included multiple laterals and wound up with the Dolphins scoring an unlikely game-winning touchdown.

"They made a good play," he said of the Dolphins. "It was just great execution. Everyone has those plays in their offense. It's obviously a statistical anomaly when they work. It just happened to work. It's a tough way to lose, but we all contributed in one form or another."

But Brady said he doesn't think there will be a hangover effect from the game.

"We've had a lot of tough losses every year. We've lost pretty important games. What's the difference between losing by 14, losing by 50, or losing by one? They all count the same. Our whole season's ahead of us, so let's go make the most of it."

When asked about another play where he appeared to favor his injured knee, Brady said his knee brace just dug into his knee the wrong way. 

"There's no concern. I have it braced up. I've been dealing with a little injury. It must have twisted the wrong way. No concern." 

The Patriots travel to Pittsburgh next week to take on the Steelers in their final road game of the regular season. 

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<![CDATA[IMAGES: Fallen Worcester Firefighter Honored With Procession]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:13:00 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/899DD892-E24F-4357-9343-22630F5DE2A5.JPEG First responders and mourners gathered for a procession for Worcester, Massachusetts firefighter Christopher Roy on Monday a day after he was killed in the line of duty.

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<![CDATA[Boston Marathon Champs to Return to Defend Their Titles]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:29:43 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/259*120/2018MarathonChamps.jpg

Last year’s Boston Marathon champions Desiree Linden, Yuki Kawauchi, Tatyana McFadden and Marcel Hug will return to defend their titles for the 2019 Boston Marathon on April 15.

"At Boston this year, Desiree Linden, Yuki Kawauchi, Tatyana McFadden and Marcel Hug proved freezing rain and driving wind were no match for the opportunity to be crowned Boston Marathon champions," Barbara Goose, John Hancock's chief marketing officer, said in a statement for Monday's announcement. "Their perseverance and tenacity led the way for thousands of runners to realize their own dreams. We look forward to welcoming back our champions as well as all participants and spectators for another historic race on Patriots' Day."

Two-time U.S. Olympian Linden won the 2018 Boston Marathon despite rain and wind. Linden’s victory marked the first time in 33 years that an American woman earned the open division title.

At this year’s Marathon, Kawauchi became the first Japanese winner since 1987 – the same year he was born.

Hug, a Swiss athlete powered away from 10-time Boston champion Ernst van Dyk to capture this year’s Boston Marathon title.

McFadden returns after winning five of the last six women’s wheelchair crowns in Boston. McFadden had a 15 minute and 22 second victory this year and powered through difficult weather conditions to cross the finish line at 2:04:39.

<![CDATA[Chance of Flurries Along the Coast, Temps Remain Chilly]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:41:45 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/121018+necn+afternoon+wx.png

As the cold and dry weather rolls on for the Northeast, a new cold front is pressing south through New England Monday. This subtly reinforces the cold and dry air while pushing the wind to blow from the north.

A north wind of cold air over relatively warm ocean water creates some ocean-effect clouds on Cape Cod Monday with a few flurries by evening. Then, a light and variable wind Tuesday and Wednesday should allow some of the ocean clouds to dance along the coastline of New England farther to the north, too.

This means that although the chance of flurries expands along the coasts, no substantial snow is expected. A weak disturbance moves through the sky over New England later Thursday to Thursday night as warmer air begins arriving aloft. This combination may trigger at least a little light snow, particularly in Northern New England. However, we’ll be waiting for the next bigger storm system to arrive at the week’s end.

A deep southeast wind flow will develop through the atmosphere Friday into Saturday, meaning when precipitation arrives overnight Friday night, even if it starts as a wintry mix in the mountains, nearly all of us will find a change to rain. This will be especially so as the bulk of it falls Saturday.

There’s a chance some of the rain may linger into Sunday and perhaps enough cold air returns to end as snow showers in the mountains before a seasonable and dry start to next week in the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.

<![CDATA[5-Year-Old Girl Killed in Revere Crash Identified]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:42:55 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Woman_Charged_in_Crash_That_Killed_5-Year-Old_in_Revere.jpg

A 42-year-old Boston woman is facing multiple charges in connection with a fatal pedestrian crash in Revere that killed a 5-year-old girl and injured five others, including a 2-month-old baby.

Autumn Harris was arrested for the Sunday evening crash after she allegedly struck five pedestrians just before 5 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Shore Drive. State police said Harris was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox SUV on Route 145 when her vehicle veered off the roadway and into a median strip that divides the highway.

The pedestrians were walking along the grass median strip before the crash. According to state police, the victims included a 5-year-old Adrianna Mejia-Rivera, who died at the scene; her 2-month-old sister, who suffered life-threatening injuries; a 2-year-old child who sustained non-life threatening injuries; a 27-year-old woman who suffered non-life threatening injuries; and another woman who sustained minor injuries.

The surviving victims were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, according to Massachusetts State Police. Harris’ passenger, a 30-year-old Boston woman, was also hospitalized.

The 2-month-old girl was still in the hospital's intensive care unit on Monday, according to the Suffolk District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said in court Monday that Harris told police she had consumed one beer earlier in the afternoon, had taken the sleep aid melatonin and a muscle relaxant to help her sleep the night before and slept only two hours before working all day Sunday. They also said she admitted to vaping CBD oil in the vehicle and said she might have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Drug test results are still pending.

According to her driving record, Harris refused a chemical breath test after the accident and her right to drive was automatically suspended. She had twice previously refused to take chemical breath tests, and was charged with operating under the influence in 2011. 

Harris is currently charged with motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, state police said. She could face additional charges as officials continue their investigation.

Bail was set at $10,000 at her arraignment Monday in Chelsea District Court. She was ordered to remain drug and alcohol free if she posts bail and is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 10.

"There are no words to describe our sorrow for this innocent child and her family," Suffolk District Attorney John Pappas said in a statement. "We will follow the evidence wherever it leads and we will do our level best to speak on their behalf in the wake of this devastating tragedy."

Harris' mother, Maureen Harris, said outside court on Monday that her daughter doesn't know what happened.

"She didn't get to call me until very, very late," her mother said. "Of course she's crying and I couldn't make out much, but she said, 'I don't know. All of a sudden, it just happened.'"

She said her daughter was taking the muscle relaxant Flexeril, but she isn't sure if that contributed to the accident.

"I don't know. We'll find out," she said. "I feel so bad for those kids."

Harris is being represented by attorney Jeff Miller.

<![CDATA[Bundle of Cold Wards Off Major Storm in New England]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 04:37:20 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/121018+necn+early+am+wx.png

Typically cold wouldn’t fit in this category, but this time may be an exception. A small bundle of cold came through early Monday morning and warded off a major storm for New England.

Maybe you’ve heard of it: over 2 inches of snow in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Cities like Richmond, Virginia, Roanoke and Winston-Salem, North Carolina were at a standstill Sunday as the powerful storm hit. As of this typing, it’s heading out to sea far south of New England.

You’d think this task would be only possible with a mighty blast of arctic chill, but not this time. In fact, our temperatures are about the same as they were on Sunday. What’s important is the way the steering current have reshuffled. That’s ultimately what keeps the storm at bay.

It also prepares us for another dose of cold by midweek. It’s then that highs will struggle to hit freezing in many spots. After that, the pattern relaxes and the cold relents.

A wetter, warmer storm takes aim by the end of the week, and its arrival will mean a complete reverse in temperatures. It’s for that reason that we’re thinking this may be a green (or brown) Christmas for many in Southern New England.

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<![CDATA[1 Child Dead, 5 Others Injured in Revere Pedestrian Crash]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 04:58:48 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/216*120/REVERE+ACCIDENT+FATAL.JPG

One child has died and five other victims were injured in a pedestrian crash in Revere, officials say.

According to Massachusetts State Police, the victims include an adult female and a 2-year-old child who suffered non life-threatening injuries, a 27-year-old woman who sustained minor injuries, a 2-month-old girl who sustained life-threatening injuries and a 5-year-old girl who died at the scene. The 27-year-old and the 2-month-old were sent to Massachusetts General Hospital. The relationships between the victims have not yet been confirmed by officials.

A passenger in the vehicle, a 40-year-old female from East Boston, was also taken to Massachusetts General with non life-threatening injuries, police said.

State Police say the driver, a 42-year-old Boston woman, has been arrested. She was operating a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox SUV. They also confirm that they have a drug recognition expert coming to the State Police-Revere Barracks to assess the operator for potential impairment by narcotics.

Oscar Funez lives right down the street from where the crash happened.

"Oh wow. I see the car seat on the other side," he said, looking at the scene of the crash. "Wow, that's sad. Very sad."

According to State Police, the crash occurred in the 1700 block of North Shore Drive, just across the street from the Shops at Suffolk Downs, at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

A preliminary investigation suggests that the vehicle involved, for reasons still under investigation, veered off the roadway and onto the grass median strip where it struck the pedestrians who were walking together. 

Officials say all assets have been cleared from the crash scene and all lanes on both sides of Route 145 are now open.

The crash remains under investigation.