Massachusetts News

  • Beware of Efficient Rain Production, Humid Air

    The humid air in place across New England shows no signs of relenting considerably in the foreseeable future. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean temperatures will be hot, and Monday is proof.

    Clouds and a northeast wind are holding temperatures in the 70s even at the warmest time of the day.

    Of course, the humid air does make for efficient rain production in any showers and downpours that develop. A weak storm system will drift northeast over New England later Monday through Tuesday. This will mean scattered downpours developing from south to north, Monday midday through Tuesday evening.

    As showers develop from the south Monday, the far North Country will stay dry and sunny with highs in the 80s,

    Scattered, recurring showers and downpours with areas of fog will roll in Monday night into Tuesday morning, slowly expanding north. Tuesday afternoon will see more downpours in Northern and Western New England while the Boston-Providence corridor starts drying out.

    By Wednesday, a morning shower is possible but many communities dry out more appreciably. Increased sunshine boosts high temperatures near 90 with humid air bumping the heat index into the 90s.

    The chance of afternoon thunder will build again Friday and Saturday afternoons with temperatures holding in the 80s in the Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.

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  • Man Accused of Threatening Driver With Hammer in Road Rage

    A man who allegedly threatened another person with a hammer in a road rage incident was arrested Friday in Nashua, New Hampshire.

    On June 20, Nashua police responded to a call of a road rage incident at Alec’s Shoe Store that resulted in one of the involved parties being struck by the other's car.

    Investigators spoke with both parties involved and determined that William Kratman, 50, was the aggressor. Officials issued an arrest warrant for Kratman and charged him with criminal threatening with a deadly weapon.

    Kratman was bailed on $2,000 cash and was released. He faces up to seven years in prison for the charge. The suspect will be arraigned on Aug. 23 at the Hillsborough County Superior Court South in New Hampshire. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

    Anyone who witnessed the road rage or who has information on the incident is asked to contact the Nashua Police Department’s Crime Line at 603-589-1665.

    Photo Credit: Nashua Police Department
  • Video Shows Masked Suspect Prowling Martha's Vineyard Home

    Police on Martha's Vineyard are asking for the public's help finding an attempted home break-in suspect.

    Oak Bluffs police say a Pond View Drive resident confronted a masked suspect outside of the home just after midnight on Friday, and that the suspect ran away toward the road.

    The suspect apparently entered the property from Grovedale Road and was wearing a mask, believed to be a paintball mask, a hooded sweatshirt and had mini binoculars hanging around their neck.

    Anyone with information on the masked suspect is asked to call Oak Bluffs police detectives at 508-693-0750.

    Photo Credit: Oak Bluffs Police Department
  • 50-Year-Old Woman Dies in Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer

    State police responded to a fatal crash in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Monday morning.

    The fatal crash, which was reported at 7:20 a.m. on Route 49 at Putnam Road, involved a car and a tractor-trailer. 

    An investigation by state police states that a 50-year-old woman from Spencer was traveling westbound on Putnam Road when she attempted to go south on Route 49.

    The attempt occurred in front of the tractor-trailer, which was driven by a 54-year-old, Manchester, New Hampshire man.

    The woman died at the scene and the tractor-trailer driver was taken to Harrington Hospital to treat his non-life threatening injuries.

    The identities of the woman and the tractor trailer driver have not been released.

    The investigation is ongoing.

  • Lynn Prepares to Clean Up Flood's Mess

    Most roads are clear Monday after a strong storm flooded Lynn, Massachusetts over the weekend and the community begins cleaning up the mess left behind.

    More than eight inches of rainfall were recorded Sunday in just two hours, causing severe flooding and damage. Drivers were stranded in the downpour and some had to climb on top of their cars in order to be rescued.

    One person ditched their car and grabbed a kayak instead.

    "My basement is flooding," Lynn resident Vera Sayzew said. "I'm practically up to my knees in my basement."

    The owner of one automobile shop is facing an estimated $200,000 worth of damage.

    "Nissan Murano, BMW, Mercedes, they're all underwater," Mickey Bozic, owner of Performance Auto Broker, said. "We'll see what happens."

    Emergency crews responded to more than 100 storm-related calls Sunday. However, there were no reports of any major injuries.

    City officials are set to evaluate the town's damage on Monday.

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  • Police Investigate Shooting After Stray Bullets Hit Home

    Police are investigating a shooting that left a home in Salisbury, Massachusetts with bullet holes.

    Shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday, the Salisbury Police Department received a call that a home on High Street was struck with stray bullets. Upon arrival, officials found 15 shell casings believed to have been discharged from a 9 mm-style of gun, according to police.

    Officials determined the shots came from outside of the house. No one was injured.

    Salisbury police say the shooting was an isolated incident and ask anyone with information to contact them at 978-465-3121.

  • Sprinkle of Rain and Floods With Rumbles of Thunder

    With this soupy environment, additional downpours will be common in the coming days. That threat really won’t go away until late week.

    Right now, the driest days out of the next 10 look to be Thursday, Friday and possibly Sunday. This forecast will likely change in the coming days, but currently, those look to be the best beach days.

    Although it’s been cool over the last couple of days, it has been very humid. Another warm-up is forecast mid to late week with temperatures in the low to mid-80s accompanied by high levels of humidity.

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  • Police Cruiser Struck by Car; Officer Taken to Hospital

    A car collided with a Burlington police cruiser, sending both the driver and officer to local hospitals Sunday night.

    The crash happened around 8:15 p.m. in the area of 276 Cambridge Street (Route 3A). 

    Burlington police say a 31-year-old Boston woman was driving a 2017 Nissan Altima when she collided with a marked Burlington police SUV being driven by an officer who was on patrol in the area.

    The woman's car continued after the collision, went off the road and struck a commercial building.

    The woman and police officer were both taken by ambulance to local hospitals with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

    A preliminary investigation shows the police officer was traveling on the northbound side of Route 3A when the woman, who was traveling south, crossed over into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with the officer's cruiser.

    Route 3A is closed while the scene remains active, and drivers are being asked to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.

    Burlington police set up detours to divert traffic from the area.

    The building that the woman crashed into sustained damage, and the town building inspector was called to respond.

    The cause of the crash is under investigation.

  • Alewife Station Parking Garage to Reopen Monday Morning

    The garage at Alewife Station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will reopen Monday after being shut down over the weekend, the MBTA announced Sunday.

    The MBTA says all levels of the garage will reopen at 5 a.m. after work crews spent the weekend making concrete repairs.

    "The MBTA apologizes for the temporary displacement of parking spaces and appreciates customers' patient while the work took place," the transit agency said in a statement.

    The garage was proactively closed on Friday out of an abundance of caution after pieces of concrete fell on a customer's vehicle on the garage's second floor on Wednesday.

    During the weekend closure, crews addressed deteriorated concrete, inspected and covered expansion joints, and secured paths of travel for pedestrian and vehicle access to the garage.

    Following repairs, an engineering and safety assessment of the garage was completed by MBTA personnel and an independent engineering consultant. They jointly determined that the garage is safe for use.

    In addition to this weekend's work, the MBTA will be enhancing monitoring of the garage's condition to ensure the safety of its customers and employees.

    Starting Monday, Aug. 13, there will be no overnight parking at Alewife garage to allow for nightly inspections of ongoing repairs. Customers are asked to remove their vehicles by 1 a.m. each weeknight. The garage will reopen each morning at 5 a.m.

    Following a week of enhanced monitoring and inspections, the MBTA is planning to close the garage again next weekend, starting with the end of service on Friday, Aug. 17, for a thorough follow-up assessment. 

    The transit agency announced last week that a $5.7 million contract was awarded to begin long-term repair work in September that will include repairing beams, patching concrete decks, re-caulking deck joints, and cleaning and flushing the existing drainage system.