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2. BFD: Gas leak caused house blast that sent 11 to hospital

3. 6-alarm fire breaks out at apartment complex

4. Framingham man charged with raping 5-year-old

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5. Girl finds pet puppy hanging from tree with noose around neck

Family looking for answers after puppy found hanged 

6. Men claiming to be police officers force way into home

7. Iranian Killer’s Execution halted at last minute by victims parents

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‘Evidence doesn’t support charges’ in Currier case, police say

BOSTON —The man wrongly arrested in connection with a North End sexual assault spoke at a news conference Wednesday afternoon and said someone needs to take responsibility for mistakes that were made.

Charges against Ross Currier, 26, in connection with the February assault were dropped Wednesday morning.

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Prosecutors said the continued investigation against him, “reveals that the evidence does not support the charges.”

“Our filing is a standard legal device that lays out the evidence and makes abundantly clear our belief that that Mr. Currier did not commit the acts for which police arrested him,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said in a statement.

Boston police arrested Currier on the evening of March 10 after the victim of a Feb. 15 assault reported seeing her attacker playing basketball. That man was later identified as Currier, who lives nearby.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Currier was hopeful that the victim would get justice and the real attacker will be found.

“I really want to address the victim and say I still don’t know who you are, or what you look like, or where you live,” he said. “But I’m sorry for what happened to you. They’ll get the guy that did this.”

Currier went on to say that even though the charges against him have been dropped someone needs to take responsibility for what went wrong during the investigation.

“It’s nice to hear that the charges have been dismissed, but the manner in which they were dismissed is simply unacceptable,” he said. “My record should reflect that. I certainly feel someone needs to step forward and take responsibility for what’s happened here. Simply brushing it under the rug and acting like it didn’t happen isn’t acceptable.”

Currier said that he is alarmed that the person or people responsible for the mistakes hasn’t come forward.

“Someone needs to take responsibility for the mistakes that were made through this entire process,” he said. “The lack of due diligence by police and everyone along the way, this could have been prevented. The fact no one has come forward to admit their mistakes to own up to them and to learn from them is alarming.”

The victim’s identification at the scene, made with 90 percent to 95 percent certainty, gave police probable cause to arrest Currier on charges of assault and battery and indecent assault and battery, investigators said.

Currier provided police with an alibi that was later independently corroborated, investigators said.

In the weeks that followed, investigators reviewed Currier’s alibi, performed forensic examinations of his phone and associated cell tower records.

The assailant in the Feb. 15 assault is believed to have used his phone to photograph the victim, and the forensic examination of Currier’s phone recovered no photographs — stored or deleted — consistent with the attack, investigators said.

The GPS device Currier was ordered to wear showed that he did not commit a similar North End assault on March 16, investigators said.

The investigation into the Feb. 15 and March 16 assaults is ongoing. Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400. Survivors of sexual assault are urged to call 911 in an emergency and may also contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour hotline at 800-841-8371.

MBTA will keep mosaic, build around it

BOSTON — When you start a construction project to renovate a major subway station that dates back to the previous century, you’re bound to come across some surprises.

A 100-year-old “Scollay Under” mosaic was uncovered by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority construction crews.

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The mosaic was discovered on a Blue Line platform, near the location of the existing escalator, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo said.

The goal is to keep the mosaic in place and build around it.

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Before Boston City Hall Plaza was built at its current location, completely replacing old Scollay Square, the underground station platforms were known as Scollay on what would become the Green Line, and Scollay Under on what would be called the Blue Line.

The other Scollay Under mosaic has been visible on the Green Line platform.

Government Center Station closed March 22 as reconstruction begins on the station. When the project is done, the station will include a new head house structure as the primary entrance, raised code compliant platforms to provide accessible boarding of the Green Line low-floor trains,  the introduction of new elevators from the street to the Green Line level, as well as from the Green Line level to the Blue Line level, new escalators and a new and expanded fare collection area.

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Bombing survivors and family members walk in from left field.

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By Joseph Dussault / Staff / April 3, 2014

Two people were shot in Downtown Crossing early this morning, Boston police said.

The Boston Globe reported:

Police said officers responded to 11 Avenue de Lafayette around 4:24 a.m. to investigate a shooting report.

Police found two people with gunshot wounds. One was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital while the other was taken to Tufts New England Medical Center, according to The Boston Globe.

The conditions of the victims are not currently available.

Dorchester incident under investigation

BOSTON — Two men have been shot in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood.

The incident happened at the intersection of Nelson and Norfolk streets.

The victims’ conditions were not known.

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17 people taken to local hospitals for treatment

BOSTON — At least 17 people, including several firefighters, were taken to local hospitals Wednesday after a nine-alarm fire broke out in a Boston brownstone on Beacon Street.

Witness describes large Boston fire

The fire broke out in the basement of 298 Beacon St. at about 2:45 p.m. and quickly grew to a nine-alarm blaze.  A firefighter in the basement made a mayday call.

“The fire rapidly advanced throughout the floors,” said Boston Fire’s Steve MacDonald.  “It is still raging from the inside.”

High winds were fanning the flames, hampering the crews’ efforts to knock it down. MacDonald said there were more than 150 firefighters at the scene.

“Right now, we are trying to keep it from spreading and make sure we have everyone,” MacDonald said.

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“All of sudden, the smoke got black and pushed out in the street and I heard a big explosion noise,” witness Kayla said.

Boston EMS said 17 people were taken to area hospitals.  WCVB’s John Atwater reported seeing a firefighter being taken from the rear of the building on a stretcher.  He said EMS crews were yelling for an ambulance and pumping his chest. EMS tweeted a few minutes later that one firefighter was in cardiac arrest.

One firefighter was alert when he was taken from the scene on a stretcher. Another firefighter was also hurt.

According to Boston EMS, two people were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, two were taken to Tufts Medical Center, seven went to Beth Israel and six were brought to Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Their conditions were not immediately known.

Witness Mark Bristol, who was walking past the building just as the fire broke out, said he saw residents escaping the brownstone using the fire escapes.

Officials said all the residents of the four-story building’s eight apartment units are accounted for.

Only one lane of Storrow Drive eastbound was open in the area of the fire as of 5:30 p.m.  Westbound lanes were open.

The building is located on Beacon Street between Fairfield and Exeter streets.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A ninth alarm is the highest alarm that can be struck in Boston.

NewsCenter 5 and will have more details as they are available.

Firefighters battle a 9-alarm fire on Beacon Street. (Photo from Boston Fire)

Firefighters battle a 9-alarm fire on Beacon Street. (Photo from Boston Fire)

BOSTON (CBS) — Firefighters are battling a multi-alarm fire on Beacon Street.

The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. at 298 Beacon Street.

Boston Fire says the building is a 4-story brownstone and the fire started in the basement and extended up through the building.

Several mayday calls have been made.

There’s no word on whether anyone has been injured or the cause of the fire.

Ricardo Dagraca, 27, missing since early March

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BOSTON — Boston police have asked the public for help finding a 27-year-old Dorchester man who has not been seen since March 4.

According to police, Ricardo Dagraca was last seen leaving his home around 5 a.m. on March 4.

Dagraca is described by police as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing around 155 pounds with a medium build, black hair and brown eyes.

Police said Dagraca may have some mental health issues. They say he has been known to frequent the Pawtucket and Central Falls areas of Rhode Island, as well as Weymouth, Mass.

Anyone with information regarding Dagraca’s location is advised to call 911 or Boston police at 617-343-4335

FBI debated release of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev photos at finish line

Suspect 2 is highlighted

BOSTON — FBI officials say they debated whether to release photos that led to the capture of a suspect in last year’s bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds of others.

Stephanie Douglas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Division, said in a “60 Minutes” interview aired Sunday that releasing images of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  was the right thing to do even though an MIT police officer was killed soon after.

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Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, killed officer Sean Collier while on the run.

Douglas says law enforcement “really had no choice” but to release the photos.

She says an argument against releasing the security camera images was that they could have provided an incentive for the still unidentified suspects to escape.

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