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  • Woman Arrested for Assault, Property Damage and Robbery

    A Massachusetts woman is facing a number of charges after Brockton Police say she went on a crime spree on Monday.

    Anisha Johnson, 28, was for a number of incident after police say her spree started at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    Authorities say a light brown, 2005 Chevy Trailblazer was first blocking a woman in her driveway with her vehicle, who was attempting to leave from work.

    The suspect, Johnson, is then believed to have exited her vehicle before punching her first victim in the face and driving away.

    The victim had to visit an area hospital and her dentist. The description she gave to police matched another incident, in which the victim reported a similar car striking her own vehicle before fleeing the scene.

    Police said the second incident happened at 8:24 a.m. at the Speedway Gas Station on North Main Street in Brockton.

    At around 3:30 p.m., Brockton Police responded to Coburn Street for a reported robbery. As police arrived and prepared to arrest the suspect an officer walked up to her vehicle but the suspect took off in her vehicle missing an officer by inches.

    Police perused the suspect onto Route 24. The chase lasted for an hour, finally ending just before 4:30 p.m., when Johnson was apprehended at the exit 17A off-ramp.

    For the first incident, Johnson has been charged with assault and battery, disorderly conduct, and operating a vehicle to endanger.

    The second incident brought charges of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage; the third, unarmed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon for attempting to hit the victim, and operating to endanger.

    Johnson is currently being held at the Brockton Hospital for unspecified medical issues. She is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Brockton District Court.

  • Middle School Student Posts Dangerous Snapchat

    Police in Holliston, Massachusetts, say a middle school student posted a video on Snapchat on Saturday waving around a gun and pointing it at the camera.

    Police said the child at Robert Adams Middle School made no specific threats, but they take the matter very seriously and are investigating.

    Authorities are trying to figure out if the gun is real, who the gun belonged to, and how the child got his hands on the weapon.

    Police say they are working with Framingham and Boston Police to determine the source of the video.

  • Gold Star Father Speaks at Mass. ACLU Dinner

    Gold Star father Khizr Khan was in Boston on Monday to serve as the featured speaker at the annual Bill of Rights Dinner for the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union.

    Khan drew international attention for his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention when he criticized then Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump for attacking Muslims and targeting immigrants.

    Monday's ACLU speech is his 111th since the DNC and he dismisses any notion that the Trump administration doesn't discriminate in its travel ban.

    "When he spoke after becoming President to Rudy Giuliani, he said, 'I want to ban all Muslims.' So let's call it what it is. It's a Muslim ban," said Khan on Monday.

    Since the DNC, Khan says his life has changed for the better.

    "It has given me an opportunity to show my gratefulness for the dignities that this country, this nation bestowed upon me by allowing me to be a citizen of the United States," said Khan.

    The ACLU says thanks to advocates like Khan, it's membership has quadrupled since the election.

  • Patriots' Tom Brady Develops Food Subscription Service

    Tom Brady is making his diet easier to swallow for the average Joe.

    The New England Patriots quarterback has teamed up with the Needham based company “Purple Carrot” to develop “TB12 Performance Meals.” It’s a food subscription service, which sends out ingredients and recipes for three meals every week.

    NBC Boston's Jackie Bruno tested out the service with a Tom Brady super fan.

    “If Tom Brady told me to eat dirty gym socks, I would eat dirty gym socks,” said Gary, a busy father of three.

    Thankfully, no socks were included, but Gary did whip up a recipe for BBQ Jackfruit, a plant based meal which replicates the texture and taste of BBQ pulled pork.

    Watch the video to find out if Gary and his kids liked the meal!

  • Candlelight Vigil Held in Memory of Murder Victim

    A candlelight vigil was held Monday, in the memory of Nicole Gamache White who was murdered in her Lowell, Massachusetts, home on Thursday.

    The vigil was organized by the victim's cousin, Kelly Imbody. Friends, loved ones and well wishers gathered along the riverfront in Lowell, where White often visited to enjoy nature.

    Authorities called off a manhunt for White's killer when the body of her former boyfriend, 44-year-old Ross Elliot, was found dead from an apparent suicide in the trunk of a car.

    "We just want to remember her. And how happy she always was and she shared her happiness with the world," said Imbody.

    Friends have set up a GoFundMe page for people who want to offer financial support to White's three children whom she leaves behind.

  • Residents Tired of Airport Noise

    Residents in Medford, Massachusetts, say they are tired of the noise caused by airlines taking off and landing at nearby Logan Airport.

    "The noise is comparable to an alarm clock," said Medford resident John Elliott. "And you know what those do. They get into this rhythm of every few minutes."

    City leaders blame the relentless noise on the expansion of flights at Logan, and navigation systems put into place that concentrate planes over narrow corridors in the sky. One of those routes is right over Medford.

    "And then they’re taking off 2 in the morning, 4 in the morning, 5 in the morning," said Medford Mayor Stephanie Burke. "All those things together has just made it to a point, it’s a breaking point in the city."

    In a statement, Massport said, "Noise is a regional issue and a regional dialogue is necessary. Massport is working with the Massport Community Advisory Committee, a group of 35 communities including Medford, on a study in conjunction with the FAA and conducted by MIT to address concerns about airplane noise."

    Medford isn’t the only community seeing this problem. Several other towns are dealing with the issue, including Belmont and Arlington.

    "When we’re trying to get practices started and trying to delegate what we’re doing, it’s a lot harder to communicate with the kids just trying to get your voice heard over the sound of the airplanes going by. It’s incredibly difficult," said Chris Dellorusso, a local high school rowing coach.

    Burke hopes the MIT study will provide some possible solutions.

  • New Information Sheds Doubt on Cadden Murder Verdict

    Newly revealed court documents in the trial of Barry Cadden, which ended in March, are creating uncertainty about the resulting not-guilty verdict on 25 counts of second degree murder. 

    Cadden, who was accused of causing a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012, was the head of the now defunct New England Compounding Center. 

    A jury convicted Cadden on racketeering and fraud charges last year. 

    On the verdict form filled out by jurors, the more serious charges of second degree murder were checked not guilty. However, it now appears that the jurors wrote in their votes, showing that many of them had been divided on the charges. 

    Lawyers in federal court that day weren't able to see the form until afterward, but the judge did, and did not query jurors as to weather the necessary unanimous verdict had been reached for a full acquittal. 

    According to the court transcripts, the judge did make clear that the jury indicated a unanimous verdict, to which the foreperson replied 'that's correct'. 

    David Schumacher, a Massachusetts attorney, weighed in on the matter to reports from NBC Boston.

    "If I were a prosecutor on the case, knowing what I know now, if there were any confusion about the jurors verdict I certainly would have wanted the jury to be questioned about it," Schumacher said. 

    Whether the 12 person jury was divided or united remains in question. The court has yet to release the jury list, and the judge in the case declined to comment.

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  • Man Accused of Abusing Dog

    A man from Framingham, MA has been arrested, accused of abusing a dog.

  • Celtics Are Heading to the Eastern Conference Finals

    The Celtics are advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2012 after beating the Wizards in game 7 of their series, 115-105. 

    Kelly Olynyk played the game of his NBA life, scoring 26 points. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 29 points and 12 assists. 

    "The 12 to 2, assist to turnover, you know, is just as powerful as the 29 points," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "I thought he (Thomas) made a lot of great plays." 

    Thomas' performance was to be expected, but Olynyk was an unlikely hero, especially since the entire Celtics bench had just 5 points in all of game 6. 

    "It was unbelievable," Olynyk said. "Especially to do it in front of our fans, for the city of Boston. It was unbelievable to feel that energy, feel that enthusiasm, that passion that 20,000 people had."

    "Kelly gave gave us that enormous lift of scoring in the fourth quarter, but really in the first half, as well," Stevens said. " I thought Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart were really good. Marcus I thought, played as hard as he possibly could."

    The Celtics' Marcus Smart had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists, while rookie Jaylen Brown chipped in 9 points. 

    The Wizards Bradley Beal led all scorers with 38 points.

    Both teams came out a bit tight and tentative in the first few minutes.

    Avery Bradley spotted up for a 3-pointer in transition to put the Celtics on top 8-2 with 8:51 and Wizards head coach Scott Brooks called timeout to try and settle his team.

    The Wizards answered with a 10-0 run, punctuated by a John Wall fast-break dunk.

    Overall, the first quarter was marred by turnovers and missed open shots by both team, but Brown gave the Celtics a bit of a cushion with a 3-pointer and a couple of free throws to make it 24-17.

    The first quarter ended with the Celtics up 27-23.

    Thomas found Olynyk wide open under the basket for an easy score to make it 31-25 and Brooks called another timeout. Olynyk had 7 points and finished the half with 12 points.

    The Wizards hung tough, paced by Otto Porter Jr., and closed the gap to 46-45. Porter's short floater from the lane gave him 12 points in the half, a big improvement from his scoreless performance in game 6.

    Washington took their first lead of the game on John Wall's 20-foot jumper to make it 50-49.

    Wall had 13 points and Bradley Beal notched 14 points to put the Wizards on top at the half, 55-53.

    The Wizards came out attacking in the third quarter, and their confidence and lead grew when Beal nailed a short jumper to make it 64-59.

    Bolstered by their rejuvenated bench, the Celtics met their match. Brown scored on an acrobatic catch and bank shot from an odd angle to tie the game at 72.

    The Celtics closed the quarter with a 9-0 run on a trio of 3-pointers, two by Thomas and one from Marcus Smart.

    The Celtics held a 85-79 lead after three quarters.

    Thomas' 3-pointer brought the crowd to their feet and the Wizards to the sideline as Brooks called a timeout with the score 94-81 at the 10:00 mark.

    But the Wizards would not go quietly. Beal's 3-pointer closed the Celtics' lead to 101-96.

    Down the stretch, the Celtics pulled away behind Olynyk, who hit a 3-pointer making it 110-100. Olynyk was serenaded by the Garden crowd chanting, "Kelly, Kelly, Kelly." 

    The Celtics will open the the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. when they host the Cavaliers.

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