Boston police have issued an arrest warrant for a 44-year-0ld man for trafficking marijuana after a Roxbury fire exposed a house full of the plants, with an estimated street value of as much as $1 million.Dat Trong Nguyen, who lives in Roxbury, was identified by police Nov. 26, four days after firefighters responded to a house on Wyoming Street fully engulfed in flames. Police did not immediately say whether they had found Nguyen.
A Plympton man is facing his sixth drunken driving charge — and possible loss of his license for life — after he allegedly drove his gray pickup truck erratically in Carver, police said. Police received a report at about 6 p.m. Tuesday of a gray pickup truck swerving across marked lanes on Tremont Street. Police checked the area and did not locate the truck. Three hours later, more calls streamed in that a similar truck was being driven erratically on Plymouth Street and through the Shaw’s Supermarket parking lot on North Main Street, police said. Carver Police Chief Marc Duphily and three other officers found the truck, a 2003 Dodge Dakota, a short time later behind Shaw’s and arrested the operator, 49-year-old David Durling.
A high pressure system will enter New England today, bringing mostly sunny conditions and seasonable temperatures. Colder weather will move into the region Friday night, with rain showers and perhaps even some snowflakes, according to the National Weather Service. “Some light snow showers are possible late Friday night into Saturday morning,” said William Babcock, weather service meteorologist. “It could cause some slippery conditions.”
An assistant basketball and football coach at Fall River’s B.M.C. Durfee High School has been charged with raping a preteen girl over a two-year period. James F. Lee III was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty at his arraignment Monday on two counts of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Lee, 34, was arrested two weeks ago in Maryland, where prosecutors said he fled after the girl’s mother confronted him.
Business and community leaders gathered at the State House Tuesday with Governor Peter Shumlin for an event highlighting how to overcome barriers to Vermont women entering and advancing in the work force. The Task Force on Young Women and the Vermont Economy, which hosted the event, was formed in April in response to a report pointing to difficulties that young women in Vermont face in finding a place in the work force.
A Gloucester woman has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to being drunk and causing a fatal accident. Rebecca Jacques pleaded guilty Monday to a variety of charges stemming from the crash last December in Gloucester that took the life of Mary Lipman of Ipswich, a front-seat passenger in another vehicle. The Salem News reported that the driver and another passenger survived.
State regulators have voted to scrap the winter shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine. The decision Tuesday by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission came after a harvest last winter that was the smallest since the last shrimp shutdown in 1978. Over the summer, a shrimp survey index indicated that stocks were at their lowest since the survey began in 1984. Spencer Fuller of Cozy Harbor Seafood in Portland said the damage is already done. He said the reduced catches have caused markets to dry up in parts of Europe.
New Haven police said the three-day delay in releasing information about the death of a Yale professor while in detention was an oversight. Police announced Nov. 27 that Samuel See had been found unresponsive in his cell at the detention facility the previous Sunday. Assistant Chief Archie Generoso told the New Haven Register that the announcement would probably have been made Nov. 25, the day after See’s death. But police and other authorities were preoccupied that day with an anonymous report of a gunman at Yale University.
Police are investigating a string of burglaries in the Mission Hill area over the long holiday weekend. Six homes were apparently broken into, and, in several cases, the residents reported missing items ranging from loose change to laptops, cellphones, and tablets, Boston police said. In most cases, the victims were away for the holiday and discovered the break-ins when they returned, police said in a community alert posted on the department’s blog, bpdnews.com.
A man authorities had long suspected of a 1989 Dorchester homicide admitted to the killing in court Tuesday, exactly one year after his murder trial for the crime ended in a hung jury. Eugene Sutton, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of Richard Gleason, 38, of Cambridge, prosecutors said. Sutton was sentenced to 19 to 20 years in prison, the maximum for the offense. Jury selection for Sutton’s retrial on the murder charge was scheduled to begin Wednesday before the prosecution and defense agreed on a plea deal.
A New Bedford man charged with killing a 69-year-old retired Fairhaven school teacher in her home and stealing her jewelry has pleaded not guilty. Joshua Silva was ordered held without bail at his Superior Court arraignment Monday on charges including murder and armed robbery. Prosecutors said Silva, 36, entered the home of Joyce Howland Oct. 14 or 15 and stole her jewelry and slashed her throat.
A suspect was taken into custody Tuesday and weapons were recovered following a report of a man with what appeared to be a rifle near the University of New Haven, the school said. After the report, the university urged students and staff to remain inside, and several police officers responded to the school in West Haven. The university said that police were still searching buildings Tuesday afternoon and that the main campus was still under lockdown, while restrictions were lifted for its north and south campuses.
Brookline police have charged an employee in the town’s engineering division with larceny by embezzlement for allegedly misappropriating public funds. Joshua Layne, an administrative assistant in the engineering division of Brookline’s Department of Public Works, will be arraigned Wednesday in Brookline District Court, according to a statement released by police. Layne was arrested Monday on a charge of larceny by embezzlement.
A Rhode Island man charged with being under the influence of drugs and alcohol and causing a fatal crash in Western Massachusetts has been ordered held without bail. The North Adams Transcript reported that William Lowe of Pawtucket pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence and speeding. Police said Lowe, 34, had an open beer and was speeding in his sport utility vehicle at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Williamstown, when he crossed the center line and struck a car driven by Lawrence George, 64, of Pownal, Vt.
A man authorities long suspected of a 1989 Dorchester homicide admitted to the killing in court Tuesday, exactly one year after a jury failed to convict him of murder for the crime.Eugene Sutton, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of 38-year-old Richard Gleason, of Cambridge, prosecutors said. He was sentenced to 19 to 20 years in prison, the maximum for the offense.Sutton’s murder trial for Gleason’s death ended in a hung jury on Dec. 3, 2012, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement.“Richard Gleason’s family has been waiting for this day for more than 24 years,” Conley said. “They never forgot or gave up hope that justice would be done in his name.”
Former US senator Scott Brown will headline the New Hampshire GOP holiday dinner this month, furthering speculation that he is considering a run for the Senate in that state. The GOP event, along with frequent visits to the Granite State, have fueled questions about Brown’s plans. On Tuesday, Brown also penned an opinion piece on FoxNews.com calling the implementation of the Affordable Care Act a tale of “hypocrisy and double standards.”
There were zero Christmas tree fires in Massachusetts during the holiday season last year, and the state Department of Fire Services is offering some tips to ensure the trend continues.“The best way to prevent a Christmas tree fire is to water it well every day, use electric lights safely, and dispose of it soon after the holiday,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan in a statement.
Fourteen employees of the Massachusetts Information Technology Center became ill while working this morning and many more self-evacuated from the Chelsea offices, after fumigation in their building overnight, officials said.“What happened is they were doing some fumigation over the night and when employees came in this morning they started to feel nauseous and dizzy,” said Chelsea Deputy Fire Chief John Quatieri.
A developing ocean storm should track well southeast of New England today, with rain staying offshore. A high pressure system will bring dry and seasonable weather tonight into Wednesday before a warm front brings some rain late in the week, according to the National Weather Service.“We will see seasonable temperatures through most of the week,” said William Babcock, weather service meteorologist. “On Thursday it could warm up into the lower 50s, but for Friday and Saturday we start cooling off again.”
Boston College Law School plans to open a new center next fall focused on giving students more opportunities to work with actual clients who need legal help. The Center for Experiential Learning will be a “law firm within a law school” focused on giving students hands-on, real-world experience “lawyering” before they graduate, campus officials said in a statement.
Rhode Island health officials are vowing to work to eliminate new AIDS infections in the state by 2018. Health director Michael Fine announced the new awareness and prevention campaign Monday, the day the state observed World AIDS Day. Called “Getting to Zero,” the campaign involves stepped-up efforts to encourage routine HIV testing and the use of condoms. As part of the campaign, the state plans to provide free condoms at nightclubs, community health centers, and other locations.
Firefighters battled a fire Monday at a building in West Stewartstown, N.H., that was the home of an 11-year-old girl who vanished and was found dead in 2011. WMUR-TV reported the Washington Street building was where Celina Cass was living when she disappeared. Her family no longer lives in the building. The state fire marshal’s office was called to investigate the fire. Celina was reported missing after she was last seen at the family’s computer at about 9 p.m. on July 25, 2011.
A man accused of killing and dismembering his mother in Narragansett has pleaded not guilty. WPRI-TV reported that Robert Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday in Washington County Superior Court to charges of murder, mutilation of a corpse, larceny, and vandalism. Taylor, 46, is accused of killing his mother, Alison, in May, then cutting up her body and disposing of her remains in a trash bin.
Rhode Island State Police said they arrested 15 people for allegedly driving under the influence during the long holiday weekend, including one who allegedly struck a State Police cruiser. State Police said the 15 were arrested between Wednesday and early Sunday morning. The cruiser was struck from behind early Sunday during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 South in Warwick. State Police said they received several 911 calls in Providence and Warwick, starting at around 2:20 a.m., that a black Ford pickup was driving erratically.
A 57-year-old Wilbraham woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking across a Springfield street, police said. The woman was leaving Family Care Medical Center at about 2 p.m. Sunday when she was struck. Police said she was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle and suffered extensive injuries. She was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Her name was not made public pending notification of family.
A tractor-trailer rolled over into the breakdown lane of Interstate 93 in Methuen early Monday morning, rupturing one of the truck’s gas tanks and leaving the driver with minor injuries, State Police said. The truck overturned at 5:42 a.m. on the southbound lane of the Interstate 93, a short distance south of the New Hampshire border.
Springfield police are investigating the city’s 18th homicide of the year. Officers responding to reports of a fight in a rear parking lot of a Worthington Street apartment building about 5 a.m. Sunday found two stabbing victims. Both were taken to Baystate Medical Center. One victim, described only as a 50-year-old man who is from outside the city, died. The other man, a 39-year-old Springfield resident, is expected to survive.
A Maine state trooper is recovering from injuries after his cruiser was struck by another vehicle on the Maine Turnpike over the weekend. Trooper William Baker was treated and released Sunday from the hospital in York. He has a number of bumps and bruises. Police said Baker was sitting in his parked cruiser at the site of another crash in York when a car driven by a University of New England student began skidding on the icy roadway.
A Sutton man is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Wednesday in the beating death of his girlfriend. Thomas O. Starefos, 49, was charged with manslaughter and assault and battery, domestic, during an appearance at Uxbridge District Court Monday. Starefos was arrested shortly after he called 911 at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Police and fire responders found Colleen Butler, 60, lying in a puddle of blood on the kitchen floor. A paramedic pronounced the victim dead around 11 p.m., according to court documents.
Democratic pragmatists are unhappy with Democratic idealists, believing that the latter group’s passion for raising the minimum wage could cost the party next November. At issue is a progressive push to raise the state’s minimum wage. The state Senate last month voted to boost the floor rate to $11 by 2016 and index future increases to inflation. House Speaker Robert DeLeo, under pressure from unions and progressive activists, has said his chamber will address the measure after the new year. And, lurking in the wings, is a petition headed for the Nov. 2014 ballot that would bolster the minimum wage by 50 cents less, still tied to inflation.
A 21-year-old Boxborough man was killed Sunday in a single-car accident on Interstate 88 in Cobleskill, N.Y., after he swerved to avoid a deer and lost control, New York State Police said.Michael Clark was driving a 2002 Santa Fe with three passengers in the car in the westbound lane at about 9:50 p.m. Sunday when a deer entered the roadway from the center median. Attempting to avoid the deer, he swerved the car into the median, where it rolled over several times. The car came to a stop on the eastbound slope of Interstate 88.
An ocean storm may brush the Massachusetts coast with some rain showers late tonight, but the rest of the region should remain dry. Relatively mild weather will push into the region mid-week before a cold front enters the state Friday, brining a chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service.“It’s most likely that late night showers tonight will just impact the Cape and islands,” said William Babcock, weather service meteorologist. “Wednesday should be pretty sunny, and that will be the transitional day between the next system, which will bring precipitation.”