Archives For March 2014


Chase led police through several towns

After crashing a stolen Acura, a second carjacking was reported on Nashua Road.

Stan Forman/WCVB

NEWTON, Mass. — A suspect was taken into custody in Bedford on Monday after leading police on a wild chase through several towns.

The suspect was arrested on Springs Road after the vehicle struck a pole, according to Billerica police. The suspect suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital, sources said.

Images: Police chase

The incident started in Newton, where shots were fired during a carjacking in West Newton Square. The suspect vehicle fled to Billerica, where a second carjacking was reported on Nashua Road.

The suspect led police to Carlisle, where shots were fired. The suspect then crashed the second stolen vehicle, a Toyota Tundra, in Concord and carjacked a Ford Flex at gunpoint on Lowell Road.

“There were numerous cruisers on the side of the road. The gentleman just crashed the car, and we heard someone say he hijacked the car,” witness Jason Drinkwater said. “It’s crazy. In Concord, it’s crazy.”

The suspect then fled to Hanscom Air Force Base, where the car drove through the guard gate. The driver continued and was arrested on Springs Road in Bedford when the vehicle struck a pole, police said.

The suspect was not identified.


Michael Paquin allegedly assaulted victims between September and December 2013

Michael Paquin

NASHUA, N.H. —The man who police say allegedly sexually assaulted multiple victims between September and December 2013 has been identified and charged.

Michael Paquin, 61, reportedly sexually assaulted a boy under the age of 13 in Nashua last month.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Paquin was connected to the previous accounts of assault reported to police.

He has been charged with five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, one count of felonious sexual assault, as well as one count of simple assault.

Paquin will be arraigned Monday.


Woman says son deprived of human contact for 6,300 hours

Hospital Bed

BOSTON — A Brookline woman filed a lawsuit against the state prisons department Monday, saying her 31-year-old son has been restrained for long periods at a state psychiatric hospital in violation of state law.

Joanne Minich said in her complaint filed in Norfolk Superior Court that her son, Peter Minich, has been held in prolonged isolation at Bridgewater State Hospital and continuously deprived of almost all human contact and exercise for more than 6,300 hours since January 2013.

Peter Minich, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, has also been placed in mechanical restraints for more than 800 hours over 12 months, for as long as 50 consecutive hours, according to the lawsuit.

The suit seeks an injunction to prevent further restraint and Peter Minich’s transfer to another hospital.

The lawsuit names as defendants the state Department of Correction, the top administrator at Bridgewater State and the contractor that provides mental health services at the hospital.

Bridgewater State deferred comment to the state Department of Correction, which did not immediately return telephone messages left seeking comment. A telephone message was also left for the contractor.

Peter Minich was civilly committed to the state Department of Correction facility after he was accused of assaulting staff at another state mental health facility. He has not been convicted of a crime.

“My son has an illness, in the same sense as someone with cancer or dementia. The last place he belongs is in a seclusion room behind a solid steel door,” Joanne Minich said in a statement.

State law prohibits the use of seclusion and restraint except for emergencies including “extreme violence” or “attempted suicide,” according to Joanne Minich’s lawyer, Eric MacLeish.

Minich was secluded and restrained for reasons such as “yelling,” ”bothering another patient,” ”standing on his sink,” and having “auditory hallucinations,” he said.


Several communities respond to Danville fire

Danville house fire map

DANVILLE, N.H. — Firefighters from several communities were responding Monday to a house fire in Danville.

Officials said heavy flames were showing at a home on Pine Street when the first crews arrived.

There was no immediate word on any injuries or the cause of the fire.


The light of my life©

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The light of m life

is you

each time you smile

each time you laugh

when I hear you giggle

when you cry and you let me comfort you

when you hold my hand when you need comfort

when you snuggle beside me for warmth

when you blink those big brown eyes when you want something

when you need help because you don’t have answers

when you want to share news about your day

when you’re angry and don’t know what to say

when you want to sit and watch old movies

when you want to listen to music with me

when you want to play games

when you come to me because its just me you want to see

You are the light of my life … just because you love me

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The light of my life©

Was written by Felina Silver Robinson

on March 31, 2014


Heavy delays reported for northbound I-93

BOSTON — Four multi-car crashes are slowing the northbound drive on Interstate 93 near the entrance of the O’Neill Tunnel, according to state police.

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State police said one crash involved nine vehicles, two involved four cars each and the fourth crash involved two vehicles.

One person involved in the nine-vehicle crash was taken to the hospital as a precaution, state police said.

The left lane was closed, but the right and middle lanes were open. Several miles of backups were reported.


Incident under investigation

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Police are investigating human remains found near train tracks in Somerville, officials said Sunday night.

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The remains were found at about 12:45 p.m. off School Street, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement.

Somerville police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating, Ryan said. No other information was immediately available.

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