Deputy City Editor
Mike Bello has been deputy city editor at the Boston Globe for 12 years, covering crime, spot news and court arraignments.
■ 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.
■ GUN FOUND Wellesley police and school resource officers were stationed at Wellesley High School Thursday after a firearm and ammunition were found in the adjacent Hunnewell Field on Wednesday by a person walking a dog, Wellesley police said in a statement. “This will be done to reassure the community that the Wellesley Public Schools are a safe environment for education,’’ police said in the statement. “The preliminary investigation indicates that the firearm is not related in any way to the school community.” According to police, a resident was walking a dog along a path known as the Crosstown Trail around 3:55 p.m. Wednesday when the dog spotted a bag lying in a patch of grass. “The resident opened the bag and immediately noticed what appeared to be a firearm and ammunition inside,’’ police wrote. Authorities said the firearm was a semiautomatic pistol. Police searched the field and brought in a police dog trained to sniff out firearms, but no other weapons were found.
New Bedford officials are mourning the loss of a school teacher and her husband, who were killed in a motorcycle crash in New Hampshire on Monday.
■ BODY FOUND A body was found with severe injuries on the westbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Auburn on Wednesday night, according to State Police. Troopers were seeking to determine “the identity of the victim, and how the victim came to be at that location,” State Police spokesman David Procopio, wrote in a statement. There are no overpasses near where the body was found, Procopio said, and troopers did not find any “unattended vehicles in the area.” There were also no reports of pedestrians walking on the highway, Procopio said. Earlier reports from the Auburn Fire Rescue Department indicated there had been a crash in the area in which a person was ejected from the vehicle.