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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Methuen police officers arrested two residents Wednesday after they found cocaine, fentanyl, a gun, and a young child during the execution of a search warrant, police said.

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The Connecticut man who drowned off Truro over the weekend was swept out to sea by a powerful wave, according to the Cape and Islands DA.

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A crewman on board a Virginia-based fishing boat is dead and a fellow crew member is suspected of causing the violent death while they were on a trawler 60 miles off Nantucket, the Coast Guard said.

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 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.