Deputy City Editor

Mike Bello

Mike Bello has been deputy city editor at the Boston Globe for 12 years, covering crime, spot news and court arraignments.

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 WOMAN ATTACKED Cambridge police are investigating an attempted assault and battery on a woman while she was walking near Harvard Square on Tuesday night. The woman was alone in the area of Putnam Avenue and Green Street around 10:15 p.m. when the suspect started following her, said Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick. “She felt the presence of someone behind her,” he said. “As she was turning around, a male suspect grabbed her shoulders and waist.” She managed to free herself and alerted police, Warnick said. “She was not injured, aside from being emotionally shaken up,” he said. Police are investigating the incident as an assault and battery, Warnick said. The woman said the suspect was a stranger to her. The suspect is described as a white man age 18 to 25 wearing a beanie with a thin build and a clean-shaven face, Warnick said. He is around 5 feet 10 inches tall and possibly has blond hair.

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 FATAL CRASH A 76-year-old Wayland man died after a car hit a deer and propelled the animal into his windshield on Wellesley Street in Weston on Wednesday, officials said. The accident occurred around 5:25 p.m. in the area of Newton Street, authorities said. Preliminary investigation suggested the adult male deer was initially hit by a sedan traveling southbound on Wellesley Street, according to officials. The impact threw the deer into the northbound lane, where it struck the windshield of a minivan traveling in the opposite direction, officials said. The sole occupant of the minivan, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital, where he died from his injuries. The passengers in the first vehicle were not injured.

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Roma Downey speaks of faith, friendship with Cardinal O’Malley at Seaport gala

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Actress-producer Roma Downey delivered an emotional speech Thursday before a crowd of 1,600 people.