<![CDATA[NECN - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.necn.com/news/top-stories http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.com en-usMon, 18 Feb 2019 00:09:14 -0500Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:09:14 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[One Dead, Two Injured in Shooting Outside Hartford Nightclub]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 18:07:20 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/vibez-shooting-hartford.jpg

Hartford police are investigating a fatal shooting early Sunday morning.

According to police, three people were shot outside of Vibz Uptown, 3155 Main St. around 1:45 a.m.

Police say 28-year-old Jakari Lewis, of Hartford, was shot and killed.

A 29-year-old male and a 29-year-old female were also shot.

The conditions of those victims are unknown at this time.

Investigators say that a shot spotter activation alerted them to eight rounds of gunfire around 1:45 a.m.

At that time, the nightclub had just closed. Police say that dozens of patrons were in the parking lot at the time of the shooting.

The Major Crimes Division is investigating.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Gravestones Toppled Over in West Roxbury Cemetery]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 23:13:23 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/West_Roxbury_Cemetery_Vandalized.jpg

Authorities are actively investigating after several tombstones were toppled over in a Massachusetts cemetery.

Boston police responded after receiving a complaint that more than a dozen grave stones were knocked over at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury.

Some neighbors believe this is an act of vandalism.

The cemetery is the final resting place for many well-known Bostonians, including gangster Whitey Bulger.

Ken Martin says the damage doesn’t look like a mob hit, though.

"I gotta think more than one person put their weight behind it," Martin said. "There doesn't seem to be any tire tracks or anything."

Martin says he saw the destruction Sunday morning and immediately called police before checking to make sure his parents’ gravestone was okay.

A lot of the headstones were knocked down on the outer edge of the cemetery.

"Whoever did it just kind of walked around doing it," Martin said.

It’s unclear how this all happened but Martin believes this is vandalism.

"People are calling me asking, is my mother or my grandma’s grave toppled over?" Martin said.

He has been checking and hopes police make arrests.

"Who could have done this?" Martin asked. "This is just, some things are just beyond comprehension, and this is certainly one of them."

Authorities say they have no suspect or suspects at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation.

<![CDATA[RI Authorities Investigating College Student's Death]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 21:20:13 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/URI+student+death.JPG

Authorities are investigating the death of a University of Rhode Island student.

WJAR reports that URI campus police responded to a medical emergency around 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 4 Fraternity Circle on the Kingston Campus.

Dominique Franco was transported to South County Hospital where she was pronounced dead, WJAR reports.

Franco was president of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, according to the chapter's website.

School officials confirmed the student's death in a statement on Facebook, saying, "The University of Rhode Island is saddened by the loss this weekend of one of our community members."

The university also released a list of resources available to students in the coming weeks, including in the Greek Life offices and Dean of Students Office.

The list specifically stated that staff would be available to meet with groups of students in the Greek community and College of Nursing by arrangement.

State Police tell WJAR that the death was not the result of foul play.

Campus police, state police, and the attorney general's office are investigating.

<![CDATA[Dozens of Starving Cattle Seized in Johnson County, Texas]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:44:40 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Johnson-County-starving-cows-021619.jpg

Sheriff's deputies seized dozens of head of cattle Friday after they were made aware of a potential animal cruelty case in Grandview, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says.

When deputies arrived at the location they were alerted to -- near Farm to Market Road 916 and County Road 204 -- and saw the cattle, they determined law enforcement action was necessary.

The sheriff's office said it obtained a search warrant, seized 47 cattle and is giving them medical care. Two of the cattle had to be euthanized, and one has given birth.

The cattle are being fed and housed at a new location, the sheriff's office said.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is still investigating.

Photo Credit: Johnson County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[NYPD Reviews Alleged Threat By Cop Against 50 Cent]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:29:02 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/50-cent-GettyImages.jpg

The NYPD said Sunday it was reviewing allegations by 50 Cent that a police officer told other cops to shoot the rapper and actor on sight. 

The Grammy-winner, whose given name is Curtis Jackson, tweeted that he took the threat seriously and was consulting his lawyer. Jackson called Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez a "dirty cop abusing his POWER."

"The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun," Jackson tweeted. 

The NYPD told NBC 4 New York that the incident was under internal review. 

The allegations stem from a report in The Daily News that Gonzalez told officers at a roll call last summer to "shoot him on sight," referring to Jackson's expected appearance at an NYPD boxing match. The report was based on an anonymous source. 

Gonzalez and Jackson apparently had an ongoing feud involving one of Jackson's favorite bars in Sunset Park, The Daily News reported. Jackson accused Gonzalez of shaking down the bar in a since-deleted Instagram post. Gonzalez filed an aggravated harassment complaint accusing Jackson of threatening him in a comment on that post.  No charges were filed.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Paramount Pictu
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<![CDATA[Massive Tanker Fire Causes Huge Mess on I-91 in Rocky Hill]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 15:51:01 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tanker-fire-state-police.jpg

A tanker truck caught fire on I-91 in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Sunday morning, causing a huge inferno and shutting down both sides of the highway for hours.

The fire started around 6:15 a.m. on the northbound side of I-91 between exits 23 and 24, according to police.

The truck was carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline, which fueled the fire for several hours.

Because of the size of the fire and the intensity of the flames, firefighters kept at a distance and let the fire burn until it started to diminish.

"We were able to get foam onto it after it had burned down to the point where it was controllable," said Frank Kelley, of the Rocky Hill Fire Department.

Nearby homes were evacuated due to the amount of smoke.  Those residents were able to go to Rocky Hill High School to stay warm, police said.

No one was injured in the fire.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded to the scene to monitor contamination to the soil and nearby waterways.

"We do have impact to a stream tributary to the Connecticut River.  We have booms in place there to try and contain that stream," Jeff Chandler, of DEEP, said.

The southbound side of the highway reopened around 8:30 a.m.  Some northbound lanes reopened around 1:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Snow Arrives Around Midnight, Most Falls Monday Morning]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 23:37:37 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Snow+Totals+Feb+17+2019.jpg

After a bright start to our Sunday, clouds slowly increased as our next system approached from the west.

This time around, it looks like Southern New England will see snow, with the exception of the South Coast, Cape and Islands where mixing is possible at times.

This is not a huge storm by any means, but since it arrives late Sunday night and continues into Monday afternoon, it will provide for some slick travel spots during the morning commute on Monday (for the few of us that have to work on President’s Day) and slippery sidewalks. Expect minor travel impacts due to the fact that it is a holiday and the snow intensity will be low.

Areas along and south of the Massachusetts Turnpike will see a long duration light snowfall, with accumulations up to 3 inches, while a few towns along Route 44, from Providence to Plymouth, could get closer to 5 inches due to heavier bands that set up because of the ocean influence and enhancement.

The farther north we go, the less snow we will see as we lose the energy from the center of low pressure. A widespread 1-3 inches is likely all the way into the Lakes Region, while in Maine, totals will be far less. Highs on Monday will be in the low 20s to near 30.

High pressure quickly takes control of the region Tuesday, leaving us with ample sunshine and highs near the freezing mark.

Storm number two arrives Wednesday night. In Southern New England, the storm will bring snow and then transition over to a wintry mix. Meanwhile, in Northern New England, snow is likely. This storm would coincide with the full moon, creating astronomical high tides and minor coastal flooding.

Friday stays quiet and cool for mid-February, with highs in the 30s.

Next weekend looks a bit unsettled though more wet than white as temperatures climb into the 40s.

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<![CDATA[30-Year-Old Man Killed in Lowell Shooting]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:13:55 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Jimmy+Iem+Lowell+Shooting+Victim+DONE.png

Police are investigating a fatal shooting after a man was shot and killed Saturday night in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Authorities say they responded to a report of a shooting on Spring Avenue in the area of Walker Street just after 6:15 p.m.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a 30-year-old Lowell man suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Lowell General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

“Right away I just went to the hospital,” said Tony Iem, the victim’s brother. “The doctor came out and announced that he was — that he didn’t make it.”

The victim's brother has identified the man as Jimmy Iem. According to Tony Iem, his brother leaves behind a girlfriend, a 3-year-old son and 5-year-old son.

“My mom’s still hoping he’s going to wake up, and I hope the same,” said Tony Iem. “It’s hard to accept it; I can’t believe it.”

The Iem family gathered at the scene of the shooting Sunday to create a memorial.

"When you think of a big brother who you can go to and feel safe around, he was that guy," Tony Iem said.

Jimmy Iem had just returned from a Valentine's Day weekend trip with his girlfriend when he stopped by a friend's house, his brother says.

"He came out to grab his phone from his car, and it happened," Tony Iem said.

Investigators are working to determine what exactly happened and why. Lowell police haven't announced any arrests in the case.

The victim's identity has not yet been released by authorities.

The Middlesex District Attorney's Office will only say that the shooting was not random.

The fatal incident remains under investigation.

<![CDATA[Community Mourns Loss of Librarian Killed in Bicycle Crash]]> Sat, 16 Feb 2019 23:29:07 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/190*120/paula+sharaga+coolidge+corner+library1.jpg

The Coolidge Corner Library in Brookline, Massachusetts, was closed Saturday in remembrance of a beloved children's librarian who was struck and killed while riding her bicycle.  

Paula Sharaga, 69, of Cambridge, died Friday afternoon after she was struck by a cement truck in Boston.

The Public Library of Brookline said in a statement Saturday that it is deeply saddened by Sharaga's death.

"Paula was a wonderful asset to the Coolidge Corner community, which she served for almost two decades. Paula was a fun, caring, thoughtful, and empathetic staff member, and a kind and good friend," the statement read. "An avid bicyclist, dedicated environmentalist, and vigorous political advocate, Paula was loved by all who knew her and will be missed terribly by the staff of the library, and by her friends in the community and around the world. Our hearts go out to Paula’s husband and the rest of her family at this terrible time."

As colleagues of Sharaga are mourning, they are also remembering the longtime children's librarian who they say was beloved by kids and their parents.

“She was a real firecracker,” Library Director Sara Slymon said. “Paula was an amazing person, incredible librarian.”

Brookline resident Todd Jennings says they used to go to Sharaga's music class all the time.

“Our son really liked it," Jennings said. "She was a really great librarian, a really great music teacher.”

Sharaga was not only a popular librarian, but the Cambridge resident was also a peace activist and heavily involved in protecting the environment.

And she was always on her bike.

“Excellent biker,” Slymon said. “Always safe, vest, helmet, lights, all the time.”

Sharaga was biking through a busy intersection between Fenway Park and the Longwood area when she was struck and killed Friday. Authorities say a preliminary investigation shows the cement truck, which had Boston Sand & Gravel Co. branding on it, was stopped at a traffic light on Brookline Avenue. When the light turned green, the truck started to move forward. Sharaga came into contact with the front end of the truck in the intersection.

The intersection where the crash took place has been a dangerous spot, according to neighborhood groups who have been pushing for change to make it safer.

“We would recommend an overhaul of the intersection to include protected bike lanes,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance. “Safer crossing for pedestrians which includes new and different signals.”

The library was closed Saturday so grief counselors could be brought in to meet with the staff, and the same thing will take place on Sunday. The library will reopen on Tuesday.

The crash remains under investigation, including the sequence of events leading up to the fatal collision.

No charges have been filed against the cement truck driver, a 67-year-old Salem man. Police say the investigation will determine whether charges are warranted.

<![CDATA[New Hampshire Woman's Death Ruled a Homicide]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 21:18:27 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/208*120/SuspNHDeath1.JPG

An autopsy completed Sunday revealed the 42-year-old New Hampshire woman found dead inside a Madison home died of multiple sharp injuries, athorities announced Sunday.

The chief medical examiner determined that the manner of Melissa Hatch's death was homicide. The cause was multiple sharp injuries, including deep incised wounds of the neck.

Police responded to a 911 call Friday night in Madison and discovered the body of Hatch, a resident of the town. A juvenile was arrested and charged with second-degree murder

Officials have not provided any information about the juvenile.

The investigation into the circumstances of Hatch's death remains active and ongoing.

<![CDATA[Fla. Inmate Uses Coat Hanger, 'Skill Set' to Save Baby Locked in Car]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:26:33 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/021719+Inmate+Saves+Baby+FL.jpg

A Florida inmate helped rescue a baby locked inside a vehicle on Valentine's Day by using a coat hanger and his "skill set."

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said deputies received the report of an infant locked inside an SUV at a New Port Richey courthouse on Thursday.

"Upon arrival, it was 56 degrees outside and the baby was in a car seat and appeared to be comfortable," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "Several minutes went by as the parents could not enter the SUV successfully."

The parents told officers they could not afford a locksmith. The father then told deputies he was going to break the window on the driver's side.

Before the window was smashed, however, a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office inmate supervisor and five low-risk offenders repairing a parking lot median nearby at the West Pasco Judicial Center offered to help.

The father and other inmates helped pry open the door just enough for the inmate to use the coat hanger to push the electronic unlock button on the door.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco praised the inmates who helped free the infant and save the family from a window repair bill.

"Our trustees are people who have made mistakes, we're trying to rehabilitate them to get back into society," Nocco told NBC 2 News. "A lot of them, like these individuals, they know they made bad mistakes, bad choices, but they want to do the right thing in life."

Nocco said the inmate's "skill set" came in handy, though he jokingly added that "only when a deputy is around and we give permission can you break into" a vehicle.

The infant's mother, Shadow Lantry, captured the incident on video.

"This is hilarious," an officer is heard saying in the video before apologizing for the situation.

The mother agreed.

"It's not funny about the baby but everything else is hilarious," Lantry says.

Photo Credit: Shadow Lantry]]>
<![CDATA[MBTA Tests New Way to Prevent Flooding]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 13:04:54 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/220*120/MBTA+flood+prevention+DONE.jpg

A year after Boston’s Aquarium Station flooded during a historic high tide in the city, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is testing a new way to prevent future floods.

Transit officials conducted a training session this weekend at the Blue Line station, inflating giant ‘Tiger Dams’ around the Long Wharf entrance.

According to the manufacturer, these ‘Tiger Dams’ can be filled with water, from a hose or a fire hydrant, in minutes. They are designed to replace sand bags, and can be stacked on top of each other.

In 2018, during the record breaking 15.16 foot high tide in Boston, the station was closed for a time as sea water cascaded into the subway.

The desire to find a way to prevent future flooding comes in the face of a warming world, and continually rising seas around Greater Boston.

<![CDATA[Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Medford]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:07:11 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/223*120/medford+car+crash+feb17+DONE.jpg

Police in Medford, Massachusetts, are investigating a car crash that killed one person Saturday night.

According to officials, State Troopers responded a single vehicle crash on Route 93 southbound in Medford around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The driver, later identified by authorities as Florence Bisson, 58, of Haverhill, was killed in the crash.

A preliminary investigation suggests that Bisson was travelling southbound between exits 33 and 32 in a 2005 GMC Envoy when, for reasons still under investigation, she lost control of her car and crashed.

According to police, Bisson was ejected from the car.

All lanes on Route 93 southbound in Medford were closed and traffic was diverted off exit 33 for a time while authorities investigated the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by State Police, Middlesex State Police Detectives Unit and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

<![CDATA[Man Allegedly Shot Someone Multiple Times Over $10 Debt]]> Sat, 16 Feb 2019 23:34:51 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Man_Charged_in_Woburn_Shooting.jpg

Police are investigating a shooting they say happened after an argument broke out over a $10 debt.

Asa Cooper, 28, of Dorchester, is accused of shooting a man just after midnight Saturday morning outside a home on Highland Street in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Cooper is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing injury, assault to murder with a firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of a firearm without a license, and illegal possession of ammunition.

Police say Cooper and the victim know each other and were fighting over a $10 debt when the argument quickly escalated.

Witnesses told police a group of people was standing outside of the home when they were approached by another group that included Cooper inside of a minivan.

The van had a logo with the business name “One Call” on the side and had a “school bus” sign on the roof.

The argument ensued over the $10 debt, and the victim was shot multiple times.

Police say upon arrival they found the victim, a 43-year-old Woburn man, suffering from two gunshot wounds to his legs. He was transported to a local hospital with injuries that are believed to be non-life-threatening.

The group in the minivan fled the scene after the shooting.

A short time later, Stoneham and Massachusetts State Police located the van on the on-ramp to Interstate 93 southbound in Woburn.

There were four people inside the van, including Cooper who was a passenger.

An investigation revealed Cooper was allegedly involved in the shooting and he was placed under arrest.

The other three people in the van were not arrested, but the van was seized as evidence and towed from the scene.

Authorities say no weapons have been recovered.

Cooper is being held pending his arraignment Tuesday in Woburn District Court. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Photo Credit: Woburn Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Killed in Massachusetts Highway Crash]]> Sat, 16 Feb 2019 23:14:09 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/212*120/medford+fatal+accident+two.JPG

One woman was killed Saturday night when her car crashed on a Massachusetts highway.

State police say the single-vehicle crash happened around 7:40 p.m. on Interstate 93 southbound at Exit 33 in Medford.

The victim has not been identified at this time.

State police patrols, collision reconstruction, crime scene technicians, and detectives are on scene.

One lane is currently open but the southbound side may temporarily be completely closed to accommodate the investigation.

No other information was immediately available.

The fatal crash is under investigation.

<![CDATA[Cruise Ship Denied Entry to Cuba on Maiden Voyage to Havana]]> Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:19:19 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/208*120/21619+grand+classica.jpg

A cruise ship that was headed for Havana, Cuba on Friday was denied entry to the country. Now, customers are upset and travel organizers are working to figure out why they couldn’t get into Cuba.

“We didn’t pay to sit in international waters, we paid to go to Cuba, to Havana!” said one passenger yelling inside a theater on the ship.

Bahamas Paradise’s cruise ship, the Grand Classica, departed the Port of Palm Beach Thursday for her maiden voyage to Cuba. The ship would have arrived in Havana on 7 a.m. Friday. Some people would have gotten off the ship to explore the island, and some Cuban nationals would have been allowed to temporarily board to reunite with family and friends.

“It’s very sad,” said Lily Wynter, who flew from Los Angeles to take the cruise with her mother. “It’s something we planned for a couple months. I have an uncle I haven’t seen in 17 years.”

Wynter’s mother left Cuba in 1972. This would have been her first time back.

A spokesperson for Bahamas Parade Cruises said that Viva Travels, a travel agency, chartered the Grand Classica. The spokesperson said that despite prior approval from the Cuban government, they were denied entry for unknown reasons.

The ship left Cuba and made its way to the Bahamas. The ship is set to return to West Palm Beach on Monday.

“There’s no activities, there’s no performances, there’s really nothing to do,” said Wynter.

A State Department spokesperson released a statement to NBC affiliate WPTV saying, “Every state has the sovereign right to regulate the entry, screening, and stay of foreign nationals in its territory, subject to its international obligations. For cases regarding into Cuba, we would refer you to Cuban immigration authorities.”

WPTV said that a call to the Cuban embassy in Washington DC was not returned.

<![CDATA[Snow Is Coming to New England Overnight]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:16:25 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/200*120/weather+217.JPG

Get ready for some snow – this time in central and southern New England.

Today will also be quiet. Temperatures will reach the low to mid-30s and we’ll see a good amount of sunshine.

Clouds increase tonight with snow developing after midnight.

This will not be a blockbuster storm, but areas along and south of the Mass Pike will see a long duration light snowfall. At this point, it appears 1-3” of snow will be likely. Travel impacts should be fairly limited thanks to the fact that it’s a holiday and the intensity of the snow will be light.

Behind the storm system will be some seasonably chilly air. Temperatures will stay in the low to mid-30s.

The next storms system will arrive Wednesday. At the onset, it should be cold enough for snow. Temperatures should climb into the mid and upper 30s. Once temperatures warm enough, central and southern New England will see a switch to wintry mix and rain. Northern New England should see primarily snow.

Next weekend looks a little unsettled, but milder. Temperatures will climb into the low 40s. Showers are possible both weekend days, but there is a better chance for wet weather on Sunday. Stay tuned!

<![CDATA[Waterbury Police Search for 3 Missing Siblings Believed to Be With Their Mother]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 10:51:13 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Silver+alerts+for+three+missing+waterbury+kids.jpg

Waterbury Police are searching for three siblings who were reported missing on Saturday and are believed to be with their biological mother. 

Police said Silver Alerts have been issued for 2-year-old Maryah Matthew, 5-year-old Dylan McGrath and 7-year-old Maddison McGrath.

Maryah is described as a girl with black hair and brown eyes. She weighs 30 pounds. 

Dylan is described as a boy who is 4'0" and 50 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

Maddison is described as a girl who is 4'0" and 40 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

According to police, the children are believed to be with their biological mother, 29-year-old Chrystal McGrath.

Officers said Chrystal is allowed supervised visits with her three children, but she violated the conditions of this supervised release on Saturday.

Police said Chrystal left a McDonald's restaurant on Reidville Drive in Waterbury with the children in a red or maroon four-door sedan with a sunroof. The vehicle is believed to be a Volvo or a Honda.

Chrystal's boyfriend, 38-year-old Lester Joy, is believed to be in the vehicle, authorities said.

Chrystal was last seen wearing a black shirt with black pants or tights.

If you have any information that could help police, you're urged to contact Waterbury Police at (203) 574-6911.

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police
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<![CDATA[Man Facing Multiple Charges After Striking Police Vehicle]]> Sat, 16 Feb 2019 18:28:38 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Jairo+Samuel+Andujar.JPG

A man living in Massachusetts was arrested and arraigned on several charges after he allegedly struck a Tewksbury police vehicle and nearly struck a detective.

Jairo Samuel Andujar, 26, a Dominican National living in Lawrence, was arrested on Feb. 13 for multiple charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of possession of a false/stolen RMV document, five counts of identity fraud, false identification information to law enforcement, misleading a police investigation, and numerous motor vehicle violations.

Police say they conducted a traffic stop after observing suspicious activity on Woburn Street. As detectives approached the suspect’s vehicle, Andujar allegedly put his car in reverse and struck an unmarked police vehicle, nearly striking a detective.

Andujar then pulled forward and went around another unmarked police vehicle, nearly striking it, as well, according to police.

A short police pursuit followed before Andujar was taken into custody on Interstate 495 north.

While Andujar was being booked at the Tewksbury Police Department, he identified himself as Angel Montes-Rodrigues. Officials discovered that Andujar had stolen and assumed the identity of a resident by that name from Puerto Rico.

Authorities say Andujar possessed an authentic Massachusetts driver’s license under the name Angel Luis Montes-Rodriguez with his picture affixed. He was also found to be in possession of a social security card, birth certificate, and Massachusetts learner’s permit all under the name Angel Luis Montes-Rodriguez.

Andujar later admitted that he came to the United States from the Dominican Republic last May and that once here he obtained a stolen identification package for $800 in New York, which was later used to fraudulently obtain the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle documents.

Andujar was arraigned at Lowell District Court on Feb. 14 and released on $500 cash bail.

<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Connection with Alleged Cambridge Kidnapping]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 12:18:20 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/216*120/cambridge+sex+offender.JPG

Police have arrested a man they say kidnapped two young girls as they were walking home last Wednesday in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Fifty-two-year-old Lionel Ivan Brathwaite Jr., who is homeless, was arrested Saturday morning near Central Square and is facing two counts of kidnapping. The arrest came three days after two sisters say Brathwaite smelled like alcohol when he stopped them on Feb. 13 around 5:15 p.m. to ask for directions in the area of Pleasant and Auburn streets.

"Any kind of predatory behavior is really scary," said Cambridge resident Zoe Sundra.

Police say Brathwaite grabbed one of the sisters by the arm and wandered around the neighborhood with them, eventually walking down William Street where a surveillance camera captured the three on video

"I would consider that a safe street," said Eva Harris, who lives in the neighborhood.

Harris says she usually feels safe, even when she walks around alone at night.

"Often I have my ear buds in," she said.

The girls seen in the surveillance video eventually ran away towards their home after police say Brathwaite tried to get them to go down an alley with him.

The surveillance video of this incident was released to the public one day after Cambridge officials warned the public about the suspicious incidents and urged everyone to be aware of their surroundings.

This case marked the second time that investigators say a stranger followed a girl in the area in February alone.

In an unrelated case from two weeks earlier, police say another stranger followed a 17-year-old girl home from Central Square on Feb. 3.

The girl's mother reported the incident to police on Feb. 13. 

The same man reportedly attempted to approach the woman’s daughter a year ago at her work and while she was walking home from school.

The man in this second incident is described as a white or light-skinned male with a noticeable scar on his head. He is also bald and drives a black motor vehicle.

Police say this case is separate from the arrest made on Saturday and they are continuing to investigate.

"Women in particular should be more careful, especially when they're alone," said Sonia Singh.

"We sort of have to have a different awareness around as at night than a guy would, but that is the reality," Harris added.

According to the Sex Offender Registry, Braithwaite is a level 3 sex offender. He was convicted on one count of aggravated rape on April 18, 2003.

It's unclear when Brathwaite will face a judge or if he has a lawyer.

<![CDATA[Baby Boy Born Aboard a JetBlue Plane Named 'Born to Be Blue']]> Sun, 17 Feb 2019 08:56:35 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/021619+Jetblue+Baby+Born.png

A baby was born aboard a JetBlue airplane named "Born to be Blue" in a flight to Fort Lauderdale.

In a statement, JetBlue said Friday's Flight 1954 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Fort Lauderdale was met by medical personnel "following the onboard delivery of our youngest customer to date."

"We’d like to thank the crew and medical professionals on board for their quick action under pressure, and wish the new mother and son all the best. Flight 1954 was operated on aircraft N523JB, coincidentally named, 'Born To Be Blue,'" JetBlue's corporate communications manager Jennifer Dang told NBC 6 in a statement on Saturday.

Video aboard the plane obtained by NBC 6 partly shows medical personnel treating the woman as lively chatting occurs inside the plane.

JetBlue on Twitter said it wants to rename "Born to Be Blue" after the child.

"Giving storks a day off. With mom’s okay, we’d like to rename “Born To Be Blue” after our newest baby blue and our youngest customer ever. More baby shower gifts to come! #AirBorn," JetBlue wrote.

<![CDATA[Aurora, Ill. Police Identify Victims of Friday's Fatal Shooting]]> Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:42:56 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/prattGettyImages-1130102302.jpg

Police in Aurora, Illinois have identified the five victims of Friday’s fatal shooting at the Henry Pratt Company building.

Authorities say that the victims were killed after the gunman, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, was fired by the company on Friday. After his employment was terminated, Martin pulled out a firearm, a .44 caliber pistol, and opened fire.

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said that three of the victims were killed in the room where the termination meeting took place. A fourth victim was killed near the room, and a fifth victim was killed on another floor, according to authorities.

The victims were identified as:

  • Clayton Parks of Elgin, Illinois. Parks was the Human Resources Manager at the company.
  • Trevor Wehner of DeKalb, Illinois. Wehner was an HR intern at the building, and was a student at Northern Illinois University.
  • Russell Beyer of Yorkville, Illinois. Beyer was a Mold Operator at the plant.
  • Vicente Juarez of Oswego, Illinois. Juarez was a Stock Room Attendant and a Fork Lift Operator at the plant.
  • Josh Pinkard of Oswego, Illinois. Pinkard was the Plant Manager of the building.

Police also say that a sixth victim, identified as a male employee in the plant, was treated at an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A GoFundMe account has been launched by the city to provide financial support to the families of the victims. 

Chief Ziman says that all five officers that were shot are expected to recover from their wounds. The officers were identified as:

  • 39-year-old man, with 13 years of service with the Aurora PD, was shot in the lower body, and is still in the hospital in stable condition.
  • 52-year-old man, with 25 years of service with the Aurora PD, was shot in the upper body, and he will be released on Saturday.
  • 52-year-old man, with 24 years of service with the Aurora PD, was shot in the lower body. He was released from the hospital on Friday evening.
  • 53-year-old man, with 30 years of service with the Aurora PD, was shot in the lower body. He was treated and released.
  • 24-year-old man, with four years of service with the Aurora PD, suffered shrapnel wounds to his upper body. He remains hospitalized.

A 23-year-old officer also suffered a minor knee injury while responding to the call, and was treated and released.

Police say that their preliminary investigation has indicated that Martin opened fire during the meeting in which he was terminated. He then retreated to another area of the building, a machine shop, and waited for police to arrive for an hour, according to a timeline provided by authorities.

Once officers spotted him, Martin opened fire and was killed in the ensuing gunfight.

Martin was issued a Firearm Owners Identification Card in Jan. 2014, according to police. He applied to buy the gun used in the attack in March of that year, and also applied for a concealed carry permit in the state of Illinois.

Martin’s application was rejected when his background check revealed a felony conviction for aggravated assault in Mississippi, and police say that the rejection would have caused him to lose his FOID card.

Representatives from the Henry Pratt Company held a news conference on Saturday, where they confirmed that Martin's employment had been terminated just prior to the shooting rampage. 

The company's CEO Scott Hall told reporters that a background check was conducted on Martin when they hired him, but that it did not turn up the felony conviction on his record. 

The company is one of North America’s largest manufacturers of valves for the potable water, wastewater, power generation and industrial markets, according to its website. 

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<![CDATA[Tractor-Trailer Driver Killed in Harwich Crash ]]> Sat, 16 Feb 2019 18:26:43 -0500 https://media.necn.com/images/206*120/Harwich+TT+Fatal1.JPG

The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed in a single vehicle crash in Harwich, Massachusetts, early Saturday morning. 

Authorities say David Marceline, 46, of Harwich, was driving a tractor-trailer cab on Route 6 when he lost control and hit the median strip.

According to police, Marceline tried to correct the vehicle but swerved off the road causing the tractor-trailer to roll over. Authorities say Marceline died at the scene. 

Emergency crews shut down the stretch of road between Exits 9 and 10 for about five hours as they cleared the scene. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

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