<![CDATA[NECN - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.necn.com/news/top-stories http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.com en-usMon, 10 Dec 2018 13:47:47 -0500Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:47:47 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Respond to Plane Accident in Chester, Conn.]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:11:38 -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[NASA's Voyager 2 Becomes 2nd Man-Made Object to Reach Interstellar Space]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:55:51 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/voyager-2.jpg

NASA announced on Monday that the Voyager 2 probe has reached interstellar space, making it the second man-made object to do so, NBC News reported.

Voyager 2 launched a couple weeks before Voyager 1 but its trajectory took it on a longer route through the solar system. NASA said the probe crossed the outer edge of the heliosphere — called the heliopause — on Nov. 5 and was 11 billion miles from Earth.

"Working on Voyager makes me feel like an explorer, because everything we're seeing is new," said John Richardson, principal investigator for the probe's "Plasma Science Instrument."

Both Voyager probes are still considered to be in the solar system, which is demarcated as the outer edge of the Oort Cloud.

CORRECTION (Dec. 10, 2018, 11:31 a.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misstated the progress of the Voyager 2 probe. It has not left the solar system, though it has entered interstellar space.



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<![CDATA['Fearless Girl' Takes New Position Opposite the NYSE]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:13:37 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/fearless+girl+nyse.jpg

The "Fearless Girl" statue has a new home -- directly across from the New York Stock Exchange.

The "Fearless Girl" statue near Wall Street that became a global symbol of female can-do business spirit was moved Monday from her spot facing the "Charging Bull" to a location across from the NYSE.

The ponytailed girl in a windblown dress became a tourist magnet last spring when the artwork popped up confronting the famous bull that was a symbol of the American financial resilience in the wake of the 1987 stock market crash.

State Street Global Advisors, the firm that installed the "Fearless Girl" statue in March 2017, said the "Fearless Girl" was now in an even more important position.

"The "Fearless Girl" now has a new home on a bigger stage that gives her message even greater impact: successful businesses need women leaders," it said.

"Fearless Girl" was designed to call attention to a State Street initiative to increase the number of women on corporate boards.



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<![CDATA[Sandy Hook Promise PSA Shows World Through Eyes of a School Shooter]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:01:46 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Sandy+Hook+Promise+Point+of+View.JPG

An organization created by family members whose loved ones were killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has released a powerful new public service announcement designed to help identify warning signs of individuals planning mass shooting. 

Sandy Hook Promise unveiled the nearly two-minute PSA, "Point of View," Monday morning, four days ahead of the sixth anniversary of the massacre at the Newton elementary school that left 20 children and six staffers dead.

The video, directed by "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, according to Variety, follows a high-school student in the lead-up to a class election. The point of view is from the prospective of the shooter, who is ignored and bullied.

In the video, the student overhears his peers voice harsh words about their fellow classmates. A campaign poster with the words "Dead Man" scribbled over a  fellow student's face is seen being ripped down from a hallway wall. A school staffer then helps the student open his locker, which is covered in violent imagery, including a picture of an automatic assault rifle. In another scene, a girl walks by a student sitting in front of a library computer where a social media post warning "Tomorrow you'll all be sorry" is visible on the screen.

The student appears to sit alone during lunch and is persecuted by other students. In the end, he bursts into the school auditorium with an automatic weapon and yells "Look at me!"

A message at the end of the video reads: "Most people only notice a shooter once it's too late.  See the signs and stop a shooting before it happens."

“Sometimes you need to see things from a different point of view to understand the problem,” Sandy Hook Promise tweeted in a post sharing the  video.

The PSA is part of Sandy Hook Promise's "Know the Signs" campaign, which looks to educate students, teachers and parents about seeing the signs of a potential school shooter and intervening before it's too late. Since 2014, the organization has trained more than 5.5 million people in 50 states with its “Know the Signs” programs.

Sandy Hook Promise has also created the "Say Something Anonymous Reporting System," an app that lets students report concerns anonymously in 152 school districts across 25 states. Tips may also be submitted online at saysomething.net or by calling 1-844-5-SAYNOW (1-844-572-9669).



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<![CDATA[Young Boy Dressed as Firefighter Pays His Respects]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:00:10 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000020437134_1200x675_1393840195945.jpg

A young boy dressed up as a firefighter paid his respects to fallen Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy. Roy died in the line of duty Sunday.

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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.

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<![CDATA[IMAGES: Fallen Worcester Firefighter Honored With Procession]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:30:41 -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[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[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[Boston Woman Charged in Fatal Revere Pedestrian Crash]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:41:02 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/219*120/121018+fatal+revere+ax.JPG

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

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 say 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 tragic crash. According to state police, the victims include a 5-year-old girl who died at the scene, a 2-month-old girl 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 with minor injuries. Their names have not been released.

The surviving victims were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, according to Massachusetts State Police. Harris’ passenger, a 40-year-old Boston woman, was also taken to MGH with potential minor injuries.

Investigators will consider the results of Harris’ drug examination, which is still pending. She was charged with motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, state police said. The driver may face additional charges as officials continue their investigation.

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

Harris is being represented by attorney Jeff Miller.



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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[No Cease-Fire Until Hamas Tunnels Destroyed: Israel]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:10:09 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/452960422.jpg Israel will not consider any truce until it has finished downing the network of tunnels in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised statement Thursday, NBC News reported. One of the goals of Israel’s three-week offensive has been to dismantle the tunnels that are vital to Hamas and which Jerusalem says threatens Israeli civilians. Earlier, Israel’s military announced it was calling up another 16,000 reserves, allowing them to substantially widen their offensive that has led to the deaths of 1,360 Palestinians.
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<![CDATA[Skip Hop Recalls TUO High Chairs After Reports of Legs Detaching]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:22:46 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/skip+hop+high+chair.png

Tens of thousands of high chairs from a popular baby company have been recalled because the legs can detach from the seat, posing fall and injury hazards. 

Skip Hop, Inc., of New York announced the recall of its TUO Convertible High Chairs — with charcoal gray or silver/white with clouds fabric — late last week. They have a reversible seat pad, removable tray, 5-point harness, beechwood footrest and legs. The high chairs can be converted into a toddler chair.

The recalled products have following date codes: HH102016, HH11/2016, HH3/2017, HH4/2017, HH5/2017, HH6/2017, HH7/2017, HH8/2017, HH9/2017, HH092917, HH010518, HH030518, HH05182018, HH092717, HH05312018. This code is located on the back of the chair, above the "WARNING" section.

In total, about 32,300 high chairs sold between December 2016 and September 2018 at places like Babies "R" Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Amazon and other children specialty stores nationwide were called. Roughly a quarter of the recalled chairs were sold in Canada. 

Skip Hop has received 17 reports of the legs detaching, though no injuries have been reported. 

Anyone with questions can call Skip Hop at 888-282-4674. The company said customers should stop using the chairs immediately and fill out a form at skiphoprecall.com for a refund.



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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['Is This Candy?' Ecstasy Pill Found in Kid's Sonic Drive-In Burger]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:50:32 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/taylor-tx-sonic-arrests.jpg

Three Texas fast-food employees are facing charges after a family says their child found an ecstasy pill in a hamburger Thursday night.

Police in Taylor, located about 30 miles northeast of Austin, said the family went to the Sonic Drive-In to pick-up dinner Thursday night and that their 11-year-old daughter spotted the pill when she unwrapped her 4-year-old brother's hamburger.

The family took the pill to the Taylor Police Department who performed a field test and concluded it was ecstasy.

"[The girl] actually asked her parents, 'Is this candy?'" Taylor Police Chief Henry Fluck said. "Of course when they came to the police department they were very upset and we understand why."

Police went to the Sonic Drive-In and arrested three employees on a variety of charges, KXAN reported.

The manager, Tanisha Dancer, was arrested on an outstanding felony theft warrant from Guadalupe County and, police said, while being searched at the Williamson County Jail, was found to be in possession of three ecstasy pills.  

Dancer, whom KXAN reported has been fired, has since been charged with engangering a child, delivering a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance and is being held on $37,500 bond; her outstanding charge of theft has an additional $2,500 bond.

Jose Molina and Jonathan Roberson were also arrested -- Roberson on four outstanding warrants from Travis and Brown counties and Molina for marijuana possession. Roberson is being held on $29,000 bond after being accused of driving without a license, possessing marijuana, theft and failure to appear.

"The franchisee takes guest safety and food safety very seriously," a corporate spokesperson for Sonic said in a statement. "Local police are investigating this incident, and the franchisee is cooperating with police in their investigation."

Police said they do not believe there are any health or safety risks to Sonic customers.



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<![CDATA[Chance of Flurries Along the Coast, Temps Remain Chilly]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:23:30 -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.

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<![CDATA[Check Out Time's 2018 Person of the Year Shortlist]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:35:16 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/times_shortlist.jpg

President Donald Trump made the shortlist again for Time Magazine's Person of the Year, which includes two other world leaders, a university professor, families torn apart and American royalty.

Trump was named Time's Person of the Year in 2016 and a runner-up in 2017. Each year, Time picks the person, group or concept that has most influenced the news and the world "for better or worse.”

The 10 finalists announced Monday on the "Today" show are Trump, Duchess of Sussex, the former Meghan Markle, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, President Donald Trump, families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler, slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the "March for our Lives" activists and South Korean President Moon Jae-In.

The magazine will reveal its Person of the Year live Tuesday on NBC's “Today” show.



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<![CDATA['Oh My God!' Video Shows Cops Rip Baby From NYC Mom's Arms]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:38:06 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/mom+has+baby+taken.jpg

A disturbing video shows a group of police officers trying to pull a 1-year-old child from the arms of his mother, who is lying on the floor of a social services office in Brooklyn. 

The NYPD called the video "troubling" and said the encounter was under review. 

"No mother should have to experience the trauma and humiliation we all witnessed in this video,” Public Advocate and Attorney General-elect Letitia James said. 

The video shows 23-year-old Jazmine Headley laying on the floor of the Human Resources Administration office on Bergen Street on Friday with a group of police officers surrounding her.

She clutches her year-old son to her chest and shouts, "They're hurting my son! They're hurting my son!" 

At one point, an officer is seen forcibly ripping the child from the mother's arms, but Headley doesn't let go. Other people in the crowded office screamed, "Oh my God!" and "Look what they're doing to her!" 

At least one officer brandished a stun gun. 

The NYPD said they were called after HRA officers and staff were unsuccessful in removing her from the facility. They cited disorderly conduct and said she was blocking the hallway. 

Nyashia Ferguson, who shot the video, said on Facebook that Headley was asked to leave when she sat down on the floor because all of the chairs were full. 

“Being poor is not a crime," Letitia James said. "The actions of the NYPD in this video are appalling and contemptible."

She called for an investigation and a "transparent accounting of how this horrific situation occurred." 

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called the video "unacceptable, appalling and heart breaking [sic]."

Headley, of Brooklyn, was charged with resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, obstructing governmental administration and criminal trespass, the NYPD said. It's not clear whether she has an attorney. 

Police said there was also a warrant for her from Mercer County, New Jersey. The details of that case weren't immediately known.  

She refused medical treatment for both herself and her son, police said. A family member took custody of the child. 

No officers were harmed. 

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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.

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<![CDATA[Firefighter Perishes in Worcester Fire]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 22:16:25 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/collage25.jpg

A firefighter died after battling a five-alarm fire in Worcester Sunday morning, officials confirm.

Christopher Roy, 36, died following the fire that broke out on Lowell Street around 4 a.m., according to Worcester fire officials.

"Fire crews were heroic in their efforts to rescue their colleagues under extreme conditions," said Chief Michael Lavoie of the Worcester Fire Department. "Every person on the fire ground gave 110 percent to try and rescue the firefighters who were in danger."

Roy was assigned to the Webster Square Fire Station and served with the department for two and a half years, according to the department.

Roy, who lived in Shrewsbury, leaves behind a 9-year-old daughter, his parents and a brother, according to Worcester fire officials.

An eyewitness told NBC10 Boston that he remembered seeing two firefighters who appeared to be trapped inside. He said that they broke a window and got out of the building and were using oxygen masks.

"Conditions deteriorated rapidly, with heavy fire forcing several firefighters on the second floor to evacuate," Lavoie said. "With the assistance of other crews and the rapid intervention team, five firefighters escaped over ladders."

Roy and another firefighter were transported to a local hospital where Roy succumbed to his injuries. The other firefighter is in stable condition.

"Firefighter Roy paid the ultimate sacrifice last night doing what he always wanted to do, helping people and saving lives," said Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty.

Residents of the building told NBC10 Boston that there was a party in the residence last night, though the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The owner of the burned home, Richard Rawson, said there are six units in the building and about 20 residents. Many of the residents, he said, are now without a home.

"I'll take care of these people the best I can," Rawson said. "They're all very nice people. All my tenants are so nice."

December has proven to be an especially tragic time for Worcester firefighters.

Roy's death comes a day after the seven-year anniversary of the death of firefighter Jon Davies, who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 8, 2011.

On Dec. 3, 1999, six firefighters were killed battling the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire.

“This is a difficult day for the Worcester Fire Department and particularly painful as this is the week we remember and mourn the passing of Worcester firefighter Jon Davies and the six who perished in the Cold Storage Warehouse fire,” Lavoie said Sunday.

The Greg Will Foundation will hold an on air fundraiser for Roy on Monday. The foundation says it will match all donations up to $10,000.

Officials say Roy will be transported to the medical examiner's office on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Stone Associate Corsi Sues Mueller, CIA, FBI, NSA for $350M]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:48:23 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/jeromecorsiAP_1105250114729.jpg

The conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi filed a lawsuit on Sunday accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of blackmailing him to lie about President Donald Trump in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, NBC News reported

The suit, which seeks $350 million in actual and punitive damages in U.S. District Court in Washington, was filed six days after Corsi entered a formal complaint with the Justice Department alleging prosecutorial misconduct by Mueller.

Corsi, 72, the former Washington bureau chief of the conspiracy website InfoWars, accuses Mueller's office of having illegally leaked secret information from the grand jury investigating Russian election interference.

The lawsuit also names the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency as co-respondents. 



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<![CDATA[Worcester Community Reacts to Firefighter's Death]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:08:42 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Worcester_Community_Reacts_to_Firefighter_s_Death.jpg

The Worcester community is mourning the loss of a firefighter who died Sunday morning battling a house fire.

"This is a big loss to our area right now," Worcester resident Janice Kalmowitz said.

A memorial grew throughout the day as the community remembered Christopher Roy, 36, of Shrewsbury. He died fighting a five-alarm blaze at a house on Lowell Street early Sunday.

"I have family in firefighting, so it's close to home," Darlene Olson, a former Worcester resident, said.

Roy's neighbor Tim Harrold says he was saddened by the news of his death.

"You can't put words to it," he said. "He was such a nice guy."

When he wasn't at work, Harrold says Roy would be doing yard work and spending time with his 9-year-old daughter.

"He was a pretty hard worker. He was a great dad. His daughter was always running around here," Harrold said.

Many people knew Roy as a firefighter, but Harrold knew him as a friendly neighbor who lived on the other side of their Shrewsbury duplex.

"We shared a house together, so you'd see him all the time. He was always one to wave or always one to at least say, 'Hello,' or try to have a conversation with you," he said.

Throughout the day, people dropped off flowers at the Webster Square fire station where Roy worked as part of Ladder Four. Flags flew at half-staff and black buntings hung outside.

"It's tough with the holidays," Tom Gerolomo, a Worcester resident, said.

One little girl left a drawing showing firefighters fighting flames.

Kalmowitz never met Roy, but still feels a connection to the tragedy.

"This station is my neighborhood, and these firefighters have helped my family out quite a bit," she said.

She left flowers at the station, and couldn't hold back her tears thinking about Roy's family, especially his 9-year-old daughter.

"That's even more emotional, too, especially at this time of year," she said. "There's no words, there's just no words."

The Greg Hill Foundation will host a fundraiser for the Roy family tomorrow. The organization says it will match donations up to $10,000.

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