New England news in brief


Mattapan teenager charged with homicide

A Mattapan teenager is due to be arraigned Thursday in Dorchester Municipal Court in connection with a fatal shooting of a 19-year-old over the weekend, police said. Daventy Walker, 18, was arrested shortly after 2:50 p.m. Wednesday for the murder of Boston resident Treshawn Boyd, the department said. Officers responded to a radio call reporting two people shot in the area of 51 Washington St. in Dorchester just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, police said. At the scene, police found two victims, one of whom was Boyd, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were taken to the hospital, where Boyd was pronounced dead. The other victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Boston homicide detectives at 617-343-4470.



City worker fatally shot while on the job

A public works employee was fatally shot Wednesday while performing road repair in the city, officials said. The worker, who was not identified, was repairing potholes around 2 p.m. when he was shot near the intersection of Andover and Clifton streets, officials said. He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses saw a person fleeing the scene, authorities said. In a statement, Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett and Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque described the investigation as “active and fluid.” “At this time, it is inappropriate to comment on suspects or possible motive,” they said.


City to launch virtual traffic hearings

The city plans this month to start offering “virtual hearings,” giving individuals looking to challenge outstanding parking tickets and code enforcement issues an opportunity to take care of business remotely. The option, which will be extended with the assistance of FaceTime and Skype, is scheduled to begin Jan. 21.”Any function that you have to come to City Hall to do, our goal is to make sure you can do it all online,” Mayor Carlo DeMaria said. It’s part of a push to integrate technology into city government to help people save time and potentially free up space at City Hall for public meetings, retail ventures, and free work areas, the mayor said. When the program is fully implemented, individuals will be able to go to the City Hall website and schedule a virtual hearing. On the site, they will submit their parking ticket and personal information for review by the hearing officer and pick a hearing date. On the day of the hearing, the city’s parking director will call the individual on an iPad via FaceTime or Skype to discuss the disputed ticket. Following the hearings, residents will receive an email or mail at their home informing them of the hearing officer’s decision. (SHNS)


Salem, N.H.

Police sergeant charged in 2012 car chase

Michael D. Verrocchi, a sergeant with the Salem Police Department, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a 2012 vehicle pursuit, the state attorney general’s office said. Verrocchi, 41, of Salem, was charged with felony reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of disobeying an officer. Verrocchi, who was off-duty at the time, was accused of failing to stop for a police officer on Route 28 in November 2012. Police said he fled and engaged in a pursuit over 2 miles, during which he ran a red light and avoided spike strips. His vehicle constituted a “deadly weapon” under the law. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 30 in Rockingham County Superior Court. Verrocchi has been part of an investigation by the attorney general’s office following the release of a police department audit last year. (AP)