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  • Driver Crashes Into 7-Eleven, Hits a Man Inside

    A man is being held on $50,000 cash bail after crashing into a store early Sunday morning.

    Police said the suspect, 31-year-old Juan Taveras Mora of Lawrence, drove a Toyota Highlander through a 7-Eleven on Lowell Street around 4:10 a.m.

    Mora hit a 64-year-old male who was inside of the store. According to police, the victim sustained leg injuries and was transported to the Lawrence General Hospital.

    Mora is charged with operating under the influence of liquor, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and reckless driving.

    It is not clear if Mora has an attorney.

  • Siblings Dealing With Rare Form of Muscular Dystrophy

    A Leominster, Massachusetts family is working to spread awareness of a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

    A person has a 1/50,000 chance of getting Friedreich's ataxia, but the Mullaney family has a son and a daughter who were born with the rare disease that makes normal tasks like walking, typing and moving extremely difficult.

    While the disease has set them back physically, the family says it has propelled them forward emotionally and they want to inspire people to cherish every single day.

    Joey is like most 23-year-old young men. He is studying hard as a graduate student at Emerson, playing NBA 2K with his twin brother, and getting a pump in at the gym. Except, Joey has Friedreich's ataxia and it has him bound to a scooter.

    “Getting used to people looking at me differently has been tough,” he says.

    Joey’s older sister Kaela was diagnosed first. She explains their disease as a “neurological degenerative disease that affects your nerves pancreas.”

    They say it’s both a blessing and a curse to go through it with your sibling

    “I can’t imagine what’s worse,” Kaela says, “being the first to go through it or him having to watch what’s going to happen to him next.”

    Joey says the disease that attacks your nerves and muscles cutting your life span short has given him a new outlook on the meaning of life.

    “Overall it’s made me a better person,” Joey says, “because I’m not gonna be on this earth forever but while I’m here I want to make it work, make it happen.”

    Joey is giving speeches to the community, writing a book and blogging to let people in on his darkest and lightest moments.

    Unlike her brother, Kaela prefers to stay behind the scenes.

    She has gone her whole life promoting a don’t-feel-bad-for-me attitude.

    “Pity is a really awful feeling,” she says. “It’s important to separate Friedreich's ataxia and me, so it’s always been important to do things on my own.”

    With the cards stacked against them though, Kaela is glad her brother is getting out to spread awareness.

    Joey says he is trying to find the meaning in life by using his struggle to help others.

    “Because the best thing in life is to not take yourself too seriously, always make room to laugh."

  • Are We Done With April Snow?

    Are we done with the snow? Chances are, yes! The 10-day forecast takes us out through April 18.

    Temperatures will likely climb into the 50s by Wednesday and stay there through the following Wednesday. Sixty-degree warmth is also possible during this stretch!

    Currently, the average temperature in Boston for the month of April is 3.3 degrees below normal.

    Is there an outside chance we could see snow AFTER April 18? There IS a chance, but it is pretty unlikely.

    For example, in 1938, snow was recorded in May! Boston picked up 0.9 inches of snow for the month. Official weather data collection started in the late 1800s in Boston. However, 1816 was the year without a summer. It has been reported that snow flurries were observed on June 7, 1816. It took a major volcanic eruption to cause snow in June!

    The next 10 days will remain fairly unsettled. Shower chances are possible most days.

    On Tuesday, a warm front will be lifting through the region. Showers are possible during the day. Wednesday will likely be dry, but showers are likely from Thursday all the way through Marathon Monday. The heaviest rain of the stretch may coincide with the marathon, but hopefully it will hold off until Monday afternoon or evening.

    The following Tuesday and Wednesday appear to be dry. We’re expecting mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s both days.

    It’s hard to imagine that parts of New England climbed into the 80s in February (even at the coast, we experienced back-to-back days in the 70s) – fast-forward to April, it’s been a challenge getting out of the 40s.

  • Boston's Commonwealth Avenue Mall Gets Spring Cleaning

    The Commonwealth Avenue Mall is ready for spring.

    On Sunday morning, more than 40 volunteers of the International WeLoveU Foundation joined Boston's Park and Recreation Department to clean up the green link between the Public Garden and Frederick Law Olmsted's park system.

    Volunteers collected trash and debris as the city transitions from winter to spring. The goal of the event was to maintain a safer and friendlier environment for the community.

    The cleanup was part of WeLoveU's Clean WORLD Movement, a global effort to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection in the face of climate change.

  • Pedestrian Seriously Injured When Struck in Raynham

    A 62-year-old New Bedford man was airlifted to Rhode Island Hospital after he was struck by a vehicle while walking at the Raynham Flea Market parking lot.

    Raynham police and rescue workers responded to the area of 1 Judson St. at 9:25 a.m. Sunday following a report of a pedestrian accident involving a pickup truck. Upon their arrive, police and firefighters found the victim lying down in the parking lot.

    Officials said the man had serious injuries.

    A Raynham Fire Department ambulance took the man to a landing zone near the flea market, and he was then airlifted by medical helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital.

    The driver, identified only as a 75-year-old Raynam man, remained at the scene and was cooperating with police, according to authorities.

    The incident remains under investigation Sunday afternoon.

  • Week Starts Cool, Ends Mild

    After a few early morning snow showers on Nantucket, a departing ocean storm will allow more sunshine to develop during the afternoon on Sunday. Highs will still be running cooler than average, only reaching the 40s in most towns.

    It turns cold again tonight under mostly clear skies, with lows in the teens and 20s for many.

    Monday will keep the below average trend going, with more 40s during the afternoon. Sunshine will be widespread, aside from a few clouds coming in late day.

    Those clouds run out ahead of a weak disturbance that comes into New England on Tuesday with light rain and snow showers.

    Behind that sun returns on Wednesday and highs finally get close to 50 degrees, which is average for this time of year.

    Yet another batch of rain showers arrives Thursday, but because the center of low pressure triggering those showers moves north of us, we can enter into the warm sector. Highs will surge into the 50s.

    We’ll stay in the 50s into next weekend as it looks now.

    There are growing signs that moderate to heavy rain will move through the area at some point on Sunday, or potentially on Monday. It’s too early to know for sure if it will impact the Boston Marathon, or if the rain will exit in time, so we’ll watch the forecast carefully in coming days.

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  • Dramatic Video Captures Raging Ashland Fire

    Fire officials in Ashland, Massachusetts say an early Sunday morning fire at a Front Street building displaced at least one family.

    The two-alarm blaze was reported around 1 a.m. at 134 Front St. Officials said the building was used for both commercial and residential purposes. The first floor was occupied by a family-owned lumber company office while the second floor housed three residential apartments.

    There were no reports of injuries. The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

    The Red Cross assisted at the scene.

    Photo Credit: Ashland Fire Dept.
  • State Trooper Injured While Stopping to Help Motorist

    A Massachusetts State Police trooper received minor injuries after another vehicle struck his cruiser early Sunday morning on Interstate 93 in Winchester.

    The unidentified trooper stopped to assist a disabled vehicle in the breakdown lane of the northbound side of the highway near Exit 36 in Stoneham.

    At 2:22 a.m., a 2005 Nissan Altima struck the cruiser, injuring the trooper in the process, according to state police. The trooper was inside the cruiser when it was struck.

    The driver, identified only as a 23-year-old woman from Woburn, was uninjured. The trooper was taken to Winchester Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

    Police said the cause of the crash is under investigation and no charges were filed as of this morning.

    Photo Credit: File photo
  • Police: Hyde Park Murder Victim Clearly Targeted

    Police say a man shot and killed in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood on Saturday appeared to be clearly targeted by the gunman.

    The death marks the city's 14th homicide this year - putting the city four ahead of last year's total at this time.

    Just after 5:30 p.m., police said they responded to a call for a person shot on Frazer Street. Upon arrival, officers located a man who appeared to be in his late twenties suffering from gunshot wounds.

    The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he later died. His name has not been released.

    “We're way ahead of last year, and obviously that's troubling,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said of the number of fatal shootings in the city already this year.

    Police said Sunday morning that the shooter ran up to the passenger side of the car and shot the victim point blank.

    No arrests have been made, and the shooting remains under investigation.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide unit at 617-343-4470. Community members can also provide anonymous tips by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

    Photo Credit: NBC Boston