■ 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.
■ CLERK STABBED An 82-year-old store clerk was stabbed after fending off a man who tried to rob a general store in Dartmouth Wednesday evening, Dartmouth police said. The clerk was working at the Hixville General Store at 790 Old Fall River Road when a suspect, described as a white male about 6-feet-tall wearing a green camouflage hoodie and a bandana over his face, entered the store around 5:07 p.m., police said in a statement. When officers arrived, the clerk was suffering from non-life threatening stab wounds and the suspect had fled on foot. The suspect did not get any money from the store. The clerk was taken to a local hospital. The suspect has not been caught.
■ CREW RESCUED The crew of a 44-foot lobster boat that ran aground in Gloucester early Thursday were rescued by first responders — who walked through shallow water to guide the three men to safety, the Coast Guard said. The vessel ran aground around 4:30 a.m. near the Dog Bar breakwater about 150 yards east of the Eastern Point lighthouse in the North Shore city, Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Nicole Groll said. The ship’s owner and crew donned survival suits and made a mayday call given the water temperature of 53 degrees and air temperature of just 26 degrees, she said.
■ DRUG BUST More than 100 law enforcement officers swept into Brockton around 5 a.m. Thursday for a major drug bust that resulted in the arrests of 14 suspects, as well as the seizure of suspected heroin, fentanyl, cash, and a gun, authorities said. The raid was the culmination of “a lengthy investigation into a drug distribution operation in the city,” the Plymouth District Attorney’s office said in a statement. “The investigation is ongoing.”
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