New England news in brief
Council eyes change on approving chain stores
A city proposal would make it more difficult for large retail chains to open shop in local business districts. City councilors are weighing a zoning change that would require chain stores — defined as a retailer with 11 or more stores worldwide — to seek a permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, allowing residents some say on businesses before they can open. The matter, co-sponsored by councilors Michelle Wu and Kim Janey, was introduced Wednesday and sent to a committee for a review. Currently, businesses do not need to pass any special zoning requirements, as long as they meet health and inspection codes relative to the nature of their business. The new proposal would require that franchises get a special condition permit from the appeals board, which would add a layer of neighborhood scrutiny. Several city councilors raised concerns with the proposal. While saying they welcomed the spirit of the proposal, they cautioned against tweaking an already complex zoning process.
Police make second arrest in July 4 killing
A second man was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Deondra Lee, 36, on the Fourth of July in Dorchester, Boston police said. Travis Phillips, 27, of Dorchester, was arrested in the area of 150 Worcester St. in the South End Thursday at about 11:15 a.m., Boston police said in a release. He was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court, said Officer Rachel McGuire, a department spokeswoman. Information about the outcome of the arraignment was not immediately available. Phillips was arrested two days after Michael Carleton, 32, of Mattapan, was arrested. Each man was wanted on outstanding warrants in connection with Lee’s death, police said.
3 charged for blowing pot smoke at goat
Three men have been charged with animal cruelty after they allegedly recorded video of themselves blowing what’s believed to be marijuana smoke into a goat’s face, according to Taunton police. Lorenzo Kelley, 20; Nuno Camara, Jr., 18; and Jared Jorge, 21 — all of Taunton — each face one count of animal cruelty, police said in a statement. On Tuesday, officers were alerted to a video that had been making the rounds on social media. According to police, in the video, “two of the men can be seen blowing marijuana smoke in the animal’s face,” as the third person recorded the encounter. All three suspects were issued summonses to appear in Taunton District Court. The goat is expected to be OK.
Swimmer dies after being pulled from sea
A man stricken while swimming with his two children was pulled from Pocasset Harbor Thursday evening and died at Falmouth Hospital, Bourne officials said. The man, who was about 50, was swimming off Circuit Avenue and Bassetts Island, said Bourne Deputy Fire Chief Joe Carrara. Two people, one of whom was in a boat, helped pull the man out of the water. The man was in cardiac arrest when first responders arrived, Carrara said.
Nine scratch tickets, $900,000 in winnings
Robert Lundstedt was feeling lucky Monday morning. So lucky that the Bridgewater carpenter bought nine Mass Cash tickets from four different locations for that day’s drawing, all using his usual combination of numbers: 1-7-11-26-30. And that feeling paid off. As he checked the lottery results, Lundstedt, 56, discovered that he had bought nine $100,000 winning tickets, his wife of 29 years said. Virginia Lundstedt, 52, said her husband has been playing the same number for 26 years.