The men suspected in the killing of 78-year-old Pat O’Hagan, who was originally from Chelmsford, are imprisoned on other charges.
The men suspected in the killing of 78-year-old Pat O’Hagan, who was originally from Chelmsford, are imprisoned on other charges.
Starts & Stops
The grand structure was christened such because the poet wrote about the previous bridge in that spot.
Erin Willinger wasn’t going to be held back by her illness, not by anything. With much to fear, she was fearless. And then she was gone.
Lawmakers planned to unveil a bill to increase the number of charters last fall, but haven’t produced any legislation.
Ms. Milmore offered advice so valued by her Tufts students that some called from dressing rooms to discuss which outfit to buy for a job interview.
Filmmaker Ken Burns will attend the premiere of his documentary about students at a Vermont school learning to memorize the Gettysburg Address. The film, called ‘‘The Address,’’ follows the 50 boys with learning disabilities at the Greenwood School in Putney as they work to learn and recite the words uttered by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The film will be shown on April 2 at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro. Burns will answer questions afterward. Tickets are $8, and proceeds will benefit the Greenwood School. Burns and PBS, which is airing the film this spring, are challenging others around the country to learn the Gettysburg Address and create a video of themselves reading or reciting it to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the speech. (AP)
New Portland, Maine
A Gloucester man was killed Friday night in New Portland, Maine, when he was struck by a pickup truck, police said. Robert Peavey, 57, was traveling west on a snowmobile trail when he took a crossing over Route 27 and was hit by a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling southbound on the highway, said Chief Deputy Sheriff Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. Officers received the call at 6:16 p.m., and Peavey was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, Leroy Hiscock, 69, of Livermore Falls, suffered minor injuries, and a 7-year-old boy in the truck was uninjured. The accident killed one of the two dogs with Hiscock. No charges have been filed, Lancaster said.
Norwich University says it will eliminate an unknown number of jobs by June 1 as it continues to try to hold down costs. The Times Argus newspaper reported that Daphne Larkin, assistant director of communications at the college, confirmed the looming job cuts, but declined to say how many people would be laid off. She said the layoffs come as the school changes business practices to look for ways to keep tuition down. It costs about $45,000 a year for tuition and room and board at the college, which serves civilian students and a Corps of Cadets interested in military service. (AP)
A single-engine experimental plane crashed while landing on an ice runway on Lake Winnipesaukee. WMUR-TV reported that the small craft clipped a snow bank while attempting to land on the runway in Alton Bay. The pilot was the only person aboard and was uninjured. Photos showed the bright yellow plane nose-down on the ice, its right landing gear apparently crumpled below it. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The runway is open and safe for planes to land, authorities said.
Hundreds of people jumped into New Hampshire’s largest lake on Saturday to raise $66,000 for the state’s Special Olympics programs. In what is dubbed the Winni Dip, adults plunged into frigid Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday; high school students will splash in the icy waters Sunday. Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier, one of organizers, said more than 100 people registered for the Saturday event and at least 60 are signed up for Sunday. Dippers must raise at least $250 to participate Saturday and $175 to participate Sunday. Cormier said registration is double what it was last year — reflecting the relatively balmy 40-degree temperatures in the forecast. ‘‘It will feel like a heat wave,’’ Cormier said before the plunge. Water temperature remains a brisk 32 degrees.
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year.
Bird sightings from the Massachusetts Audubon Society
Sunday news show guests.
Unsanctioned “Blarney Blowout” lawn drinking parties have been targeted by area police in recent years.
Temperatures hit 55 in Boston on Saturday, but were expected to dip back into the 30s on Sunday.
The federal grand jury wants to see whether Lantigua, voted out of office as mayor last fall, ordered streets repaved to boost his reelection chances.
Crews working on the bridge restoration are removing hundreds of heavy blocks on the landmark “salt and pepper” towers for cleaning.
The challenge on the bombings’ anniversary will be dealing with the psychological after-effects.
Hadi Kasab of Saida, Lebanon, was a second-year graduate student in MIT’s program in computation for design and optimization, the school said Friday.
The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., the losing bidder for the state’s $2.68 billion commuter rail contract, is scheduled to make its case against the T in Suffolk Superior Court Friday, as part of its efforts to retain control of commuter rail service. Attorneys for the company and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are scheduled to appear before Suffolk Superior Judge Mitchell H. Kaplan to make arguments over whether the T should be able to continue transferring control of the commuter rail system to Keolis, the company that won the bid.
Providence officials are considering an ordinance that would allow city workers to remove the makeshift memorials that often pop up at the sites of fatal accidents, killings, and other tragedies. The memorials — usually consisting of candles, stuffed toys, flowers, liquor bottles, and photographs —can linger for years, becoming a safety issue, as well as an eyesore. An ordinance revision approved by the City Council Thursday empowers the city director of public works and the police to remove them.
Suffolk University Law School will launch a master of laws (LLM) program in taxation that will allow students to receive both an LLM and a juris doctor (JD) concurrently. The new program, which will launch in May 2015, includes an intensive summer 12-credit, 10-week summer session that would allow students to graduate in the same three-year day program or four-year evening-program period required for obtaining a single law degree.
Brown University is kicking off a 15-month-long celebration for its 250th anniversary. The school was chartered in 1764 and opened its doors as the College of Rhode Island in Warren in 1765. The college was renamed in 1804 following a $5,000 gift from Providence businessman Nicholas Brown. Brown’s celebration started Friday with events including a giant cake in the shape of the school’s first building, University Hall.
Fall River school officials are investigating after two kindergarten students wandered away from a city elementary school in the middle of the day without proper winter attire. The girls were found wandering the neighborhood less than an hour after they were noticed missing Wednesday from the Mary Fonseca Elementary School. They were unharmed. The sister of one of the girls noticed they were missing. Principal Teri White said in a note to parents that the children ‘‘decided to leave school’’ following lunch and even told classmates.
A woman who received a letter about the potential use of eminent domain to make way for a natural gas pipeline says she and others met with state officials to express concerns about the plan by Vermont Gas. Maren Vasatka is one of nine Vermonters who received a notice about eminent domain. According to a press release, state Senator Chris Bray, a Democrat from New Haven, and Public Safety Commissioner Chris Recchia attended Thursday evening’s meeting in Monkton.
Police in Plymouth are investigating the death of a pony after its dismembered remains were found in trash bags on the side of a road. Authorities said the remains were discovered Wednesday by prison inmates who were cleaning up the area along Route 262 as part of a work-release program. Police said they do not know how the animal died and have asked for the public’s help in identifying the pony.
A Maine official said prisons are safer than they were three years ago, despite last week’s slaying of an inmate at the Maine State Prison. WMTW-TV reported that Maine Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte said little could be done to prevent the killing of Micah Boland, who died after he was stabbed 87 times by another inmate Feb. 28.
A small earthquake was recorded Friday afternoon near Woonsocket, R.I., the US Geological Survey said. The 1.7-magnitude temblor shook the ground one mile north-northeast of Woonsocket at 1:38 p.m., the agency said.
An oil tanker struck a pier at the Memorial Bridge that connects the state to Maine, but there was no apparent damage to the bridge itself, the New Hampshire Transportation Department said. Bill Boynton of the Transportation Department said the 600-foot-long oil tanker Seapride was outbound on the Piscataqua River when it struck a pier of the lift bridge at about 5:15 a.m. Friday. The US Coast Guard said the ship had offloaded ultralow-sulfur diesel and was headed back out when the accident happened. No injuries or pollution were reported.
Judge William Young is replacing Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV in the federal corruption trial of John O’Brien and his co-defendants.
The two women suffered head injuries after protective netting fell after Thursday’s Bruins game, officials said.
A section of the TD Garden’s protective netting fell onto the crowd at the end of Thursday’s game.
Tanya Singleton faces charges for allegedly helping a Hernandez friend flee and in allegedly refusing to testify.
The father of a Conn. teen at the center of a Mass. medical abuse case renewed his family’s call to have her returned home.
An outside investigator found Patricia Campatelli to be “not truthful” in recounting her conduct.
It was a relentless, full court press by defense attorneys to get Judge Dennis Saylor to recuse himself from the Jack O’Brien corruption case.
Mr. Brenner worked with such artists as U2, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Celine Dion, Prince, and Elton John.
A century-old film offers what may be the first public glimpse of the courtship antics of the extinct bird.
The town has a monthlong campaign to persuade local families to spend more time face-to-face with each other.
PORTLAND, Maine — A scholarship program aimed at giving every Maine newborn a $500 college savings down payment will begin automatically enrolling babies, ensuring the money is available to all of the 12,000 or so children born each year in the state, officials said Thursday.Automatic enrollment means parents will no longer be required to set up a NextGen College Investing Fund by a baby’s first birthday to receive the money, said the foundation, which was started by the late Dexter Shoe Co. founder Harold Alfond.Parents will receive quarterly updates on the growth of the investment, which will become available when a child turns 18. The money can be used for any accredited program.
A pedestrian was fatally struck by a car on Route 1 in Saugus Thursday night, State Police said. The incident took place near the Ferns Deluxe Motel shortly before 9 p.m., said Trooper Thomas Murphy. It was a possible hit-and-run accident, he said. Responders took an unidentified male victim to the North Shore Medical Center-Union Hospital in Lynn, and he was later pronounced dead, State Police said.
A 22-year-old man indicted in January on charges he hit a woman with his car and dragged her several miles to her death was issued 11 additional indictments Thursday, authorities said. Moses Acloque of Norwood will be arraigned Friday in Norfolk Superior Court on indictments that include leaving the scene of an accident causing death, the Norfolk district attorney’s office said.
Police have identified the victim of a fatal house fire in Coventry as a 91-year-old man. Authorities said Thomas Castellucci died in the fire at his residence on Knotty Oak Road Sunday evening. Police are trying to locate his next of kin. Police arrived at the house about 7:20 p.m. and found it fully in flames. Officers tried to approach the house to see if anyone was inside. but could not because of the flames. Firefighters put out the flames and were later able to enter the house through a rear door.
A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to two life terms plus 35 years after being convicted of the 2011 killing of a 17-year-old girl. Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel imposed the sentence Thursday on Leron Porter, 33. A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office said Porter will not be eligible for parole until he is in his 80s. He was convicted of second-degree murder in December in the death of Tiphany Tallo in Providence. Prosecutors said Porter and several relatives confronted Tallo’s sister in May 2011 after she had an argument with Porter’s sister.
The New Hampshire Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would require courts to terminate the parental rights of rapists when petitions are filed by women who bear children after being sexually assaulted. The bill must still be approved by the House. The proposal would apply to those who have been convicted of sexual assault or if a fact-finding hearing determines that the child was conceived as a result of sexual assault. Under current law, termination of parental rights is an option, but is not mandatory.
A 17-year-old father has charged with manslaughter in the death last year of his infant daughter in Connecticut. The teenager was returned to Connecticut Wednesday following his arrest in Columbia, S.C., where he had moved with family members after his daughter’s death in Clinton. His name was not released because of his age. The 8-week-old girl died last March after police responded to a report that she was not breathing. She died a few days later at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
State Police are investigating a crash on the Southeast Expressway in Boston that killed a 27-year-old Braintree woman early Thursday, officials said. Alycia Rice, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, swerved to the left and crashed into a concrete barrier at 3:09 a.m, State Police said. She was extricated from her 2013 Hyundai Accent by Boston firefighters and taken to Boston Medical Center.
Maine lawmakers have given new life to bills that would greatly expand gambling in the state. The House gave early approval to bills Thursday that would allow the Passamaquoddy Tribe to operate a casino in Washington County and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians to start one in Aroostook County, subject to countywide referendum. A third measure would let other tribes start high-stakes electronic beano games. The bills head to the Senate for more votes. Supporters say the tribes need casinos to bring jobs and economic development to their communities.
A clerk magistrate will decide whether to allow charges to go forward against the former Patriot for his alleged role in the altercation.
The charge is related to a recent jail altercation involving the former Patriot and another inmate.
Nearly 95 percent of the approximately 36,000 children under state supervision were visited in person by an agency employee in December.
Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. lost its bid earlier this year to continue running Boston’s commuter rail network.
An art exhibit at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse aims to remove the shame from sexual assault and encourage others to come forward.
The push has confronted stiff opposition from those who say the state should not issue licenses to people in the United States illegally.
That’s just one part of a sweeping redesign of the test aimed at making it more relevant to what students study in college.
Police are preparing for record crowds along the route, but some spectators are debating whether they’ll show up this year.
Maine’s Legislature has rejected a bill that would have banned BB guns and nonfiring replica firearms in schools. The House accepted the majority recommendation of the Education Committee Wednesday that the bill not pass. The Senate took the same action earlier this week. Supporters say officers could easily mistake the realistic-looking guns for the real thing, which could lead to a tragedy.
A Dorchester man was arrested Wednesday in a fatal shooting on Christmas Day last year, police said. Members of the Boston police Youth Violence Strike Force located and arrested Ian Holness, 27, in the slaying of Rashaan O’Neil, 34, of Mattapan, police said. At about 4 a.m. Dec. 25, police responded to a report of a person shot outside a party at 92 Wales St. in Dorchester, said police spokeswoman Nicole Grant. O’Neil died at the scene, and an unidentified woman was taken to a local hospital after being injured by glass debris, police said.
Parents raised questions about whether the messages and images on the wrappers are appropriate for teenagers.
A 64-year-old Brockton man suffered a fatal heart attack Tuesday night during a Milton Board of Selectmen’s meeting, where he was waiting give a presentation. Vincent Tempesta was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, where he was pronounced dead, said Milton Deputy Police Chief John King. Tempesta was the manager of Milton Cab, where he had worked for 35 years. He had come to the meeting to deliver a proposal by the business to increase taxi fares.
The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire that killed one person and displaced several others at an apartment complex in Gardner Tuesday night, fire officials said. The unidentified victim was taken to the city’s Heywood Hospital with fatal injuries, said Fire Lieutenant Gregory Lagoy, a department spokesman. Firefighters were called at 9:07 p.m. to the three-alarm blaze on Lake Street. The fire was confined to an apartment on the third floor.
A 21-year-old Newton resident is facing charges that he pointed a laser at the windows of several moving cars near Newton Centre, police said. The man, who was charged by Newton police with disorderly conduct and assault and battery, is scheduled for a probable cause hearing at Newton District Court March 25. His name will not be released prior to the hearing, said Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker, a Newton police spokesman. Police received reports of a laser being pointed into cars shortly after 6 p.m. Feb. 25.
Mr. Belyakov led the development of a family of MiG fighters, including MiG-23, MiG-25 and MiG-29.
A Rhode Island boy will receive an exciting birthday surprise early tomorrow morning when hundreds of police, firefighters, and EMS workers arrive at his door step to hand deliver cards.Tyler Seddon, who is turning 7 on Thursday, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia about four years ago, when he was just three years old. He beat the disease once, but in November 2013 he relapsed and landed back in the hospital. The Pascoag, R.I. native loves his sisters, Batman, the color orange, and all things law enforcement, according to his mother. That’s why for his birthday this year, he wished for cards from emergency responders.
A person who goes by the name Manny Whelan on Facebook is offering male athletes money to lure them to compete in an “underground wrestling club.”
The items that were left after the bombings in the heart of Copley Square reappear in an exhibit at the Boston Public Library in April.
The high school coaches were suspended after police found empty beer cans in the team’s locker room, police said.
Dr. Valerie Roberson has had a busy first six months at the helm of the school, long one of Boston’s most tragically wasted resources.
The school is taking steps to crack down on rowdy behavior at an annual pre-Saint Patrick’s Day bash planned for this weekend.
A judge found that a man charged with killing his sister, mother, and mother’s boyfriend in their home in 2011 is not competent to stand trial.
A car crashed into a guardrail on northbound Interstate 93 in Andover Tuesday after a short chase involving state troopers, said Lieutenant Daniel Richard, a State Police spokesman. State Police received calls just before 4 p.m. reporting an erratic driver on the highway, Richard said. A trooper tried to make a traffic stop, which the driver, identified only as a 67-year-old male from Malden, allegedly ignored. The trooper ended a brief pursuit for safety reasons, State Police said. Further along I-93, the trooper saw the same car, which had crashed into a guardrail near Dascomb Road.
The chairwoman of the state Board of Education has apologized after accusing the Providence school superintendent of “grandstanding” following her testimony in opposition to a new high school graduation requirement. The Providence Journal reported that Eva-Marie Mancuso apologized at Monday’s meeting for her comments about Superintendent Susan Lusi. Several of Mancuso’s fellow board members criticized her for the remarks. One said that when superintendents speak up, the board should listen.
Police reported that they found more than a dozen dead deer at Santa’s Land in southern Vermont, and the park’s owner and a caretaker have been accused of animal cruelty. Officers with the Windham County Sheriff’s Department said Monday that 24-year-old caretaker Brian Deistler and 55-year-old owner Lillian Billewicz have been cited to appear in court. Sheriff Keith Clark said 16 deer carcasses, as well as a dead pot-bellied pig and a pheasant, were found at the park over the weekend.
Police who want to use aerial drones to keep tabs on a Rhode Islander would have to follow strict rules under legislation being considered by state lawmakers. The bill by Representative Teresa Tanzi, a Democrat, would require law enforcement agencies to hold public hearings before acquiring a drone aircraft. The agency would need the approval of local leaders, or, in the case of a state agency, the governor. Finally, the agency would have to consult with the state attorney general and get court approval before using the drone in specific investigations.
A Peabody man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for leading an identity fraud ring that cost retailers nearly $400,000. Prosecutors said William Dodge, 46, was also ordered to pay $375,000 in restitution to some of the nation’s largest retail chains. Authorities said Dodge obtained the personal information of 49 employees, including Social Security numbers, from a Florida company where his girlfriend worked.
The Rhode Island State Police are launching a drive to find recruits for next year’s training academy. The department said it is accepting applications through May 31 for the academy, which is tentatively scheduled for September 2015. Captain Ernest Quarry said they are looking for about 40 candidates. State Police received more than 1,600 applications for the 2013 class. Quarry said those who apply will have to complete a written exam and physical fitness test, among other requirements.
The Foxborough School Committee has approved naming a new athletic field at the high school in honor of the former student who died of a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process. The committee voted Monday to name the field in honor of Sam Berns, according to The Sun Chronicle. Berns died Jan. 10 after a fight with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. He was 17. At Foxborough High School, he achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the band. Berns’s battle drew national attention, inspired professional athletes, and spurred medical research.
A review that is expected to produce new US rules for recognizing American Indian tribes as early as this summer is stirring heat in Connecticut, where the governor is leading efforts to block changes that could open the door to more tribal casinos. Governor Dannel P. Malloy argued in a letter he delivered last week to President Obama that proposals under consideration could hurt the state by boosting tribal claims to vast areas of developed land.
A former official at an agency for special needs children has admitted violating the Massachusetts conflict-of-interest law and has paid a $2,000 fine. James McCormick, former North Middlesex Regional School District superintendent, was accused of voting to transfer $5.5 million from the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative to the nonprofit Merrimack Education Center while he was director of the collaborative. At the time ,McCormick, who was trying to get a job with the education center, did not disclose to the collaborative that he was also a member of the center’s board.
Kenneth Kimmell is stepping down to become president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science-based advocacy organization.