police blotter

■  MAN INDICTED A federal grand jury has indicted a California man on charges that he threatened to shoot and kill Boston Globe journalists, calling them “the enemy of the people” in response to the newspaper’s editorial campaign denouncing President Trump’s political attacks against the press. Grand jurors in US District Court in Boston formally indicted Robert Darrell Chain, 68, on seven counts of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injure another person, prosecutors said Tuesday. Chain was arrested last month at his Encino, Calif., home and charged by criminal complaint. He’s free on $50,000 bond and slated to appear in federal court in Boston on Sept. 24. Chain’s wife, Betty Staszek Chain, an attorney representing her husband, has not returned repeated requests for comment. “The seven counts charged in the indictment relate to seven separate threatening phone calls that Chain allegedly made to the Globe newsroom,” prosecutors said in a statement. The alleged threats began Aug. 10, after the newspaper’s editorial page first called on news outlets nationwide to use their opinion pages to support the free press. Authorities determined that all of the threats, some of which were recorded, were made by the same caller. Authorities said they found 20 firearms in Chain’s home, including a semiautomatic rifle purchased in May. No charges have been filed in connection with the guns.

■  DROWNING A 48-year-old man drowned in the ocean off Brant Rock in Marshfield on Monday, officials said. The man was found facedown in the water around 4 p.m., about 30 yards from a jetty, according to Beth Stone, a spokeswoman for the Plymouth district attorney’s office. After attempts to revive him on the shore, the man was then taken to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Foul play is not suspected, Stone said.


■  FATAL CRASH A man was killed early Tuesday when he crashed his motorcycle into a stone wall on Main Street in Haverhill while operating at a high rate of speed, according to Haverhill police. Stephen Merritt, 28, of Haverhill, crashed in the area of 1038 Main St. — which is also Route 125 — shortly after 1 a.m., police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Haverhill police said no one from their department was pursuing the motorcyclist, but another law enforcement agency may have been doing so. State Police and Haverhill police are investigating.

■  SLAYING PLEA Prosecutors said the teen killed Friday in Brockton was shot by a man handling a firearm as he sat behind the youth in a car. Tony Semedo-Cardoso, 30, pleaded not guilty to murder Monday in connection with the death of 16-year-old Alberto Tavares, the Enterprise reported. Prosecutors said Semedo-Cardoso fired a single shot from the back of Alberto’s brother’s car in Brockton, and the bullet went through the seat and struck the teen. The teen was pronounced dead at the hospital. Prosecutors have not said whether the shooting was accidental or deliberate. The Plymouth district attorney says the investigation is ongoing. Semedo-Cardoso was held without bail. His court-appointed attorney reserved the right to seek bail.