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By Enterprise staff

Marc Vasconellos/The Enterprise

BROCKTON, Mass. — An unidentified man was found stabbed to death early Friday morning, April 11, on the porch of 56 Green St., Brockton, said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz in a press release.

The incident occurred shortly before 5 a.m., when a call came in to police that there was an unresponsive man on the porch of the residence, the Enterprise reported.

Emergency responders found the man covered in blood, according to the release.

He had been stabbed several times. The name of the victim is not being released pending identification and notification of his family.

There will be an autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information is urged to contact investigators at (508) 923-4000.



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MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a “blank expression” stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him.
At least five students were critically wounded, including a boy who was on a ventilator after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by only millimeters, doctors said.
The rampage — which came after decades in which U.S. schools geared much of their emergency planning toward mass shootings, not stabbings — set off a screaming stampede, left blood on the floor and walls, and brought teachers rushing to help the victims.
The motive was under investigation.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately released by police, was taken into custody and treated for a minor hand wound. Late in the afternoon, he was brought into court in shackles and a hospital gown to face charges.
The attack unfolded in the morning just minutes before the start of classes at 1,200-student Franklin Regional High School, in an upper-middle-class area 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. It was over in about five minutes, during which the boy ran wildly down about 200 feet of hallway, slashing away with knives about 8 to 10 inches long, police said.
Nate Moore, 15, said he saw the boy tackle and stab a freshman. He said he going to try to break it up when the boy got up and slashed his face, opening a wound that required 11 stitches.
“It was really fast. It felt like he hit me with a wet rag because I felt the blood splash on my face. It spurted up on my forehead,” he said.
The attacker “had the same expression on his face that he has every day, which was the freakiest part,” Moore said. “He wasn’t saying anything. He didn’t have any anger on his face. It was just a blank expression.”
Assistant Principal Sam King finally tackled the boy and disarmed him, and a Murrysville police officer who is regularly assigned to the school handcuffed him, police said.
Doctors said they expect all the victims to survive, despite large and deep abdominal puncture wounds in some cases.
King’s son told The Associated Press that his father was treated at a hospital, though authorities have said he did not suffer any knife wounds.
“He says he’s OK. He’s a tough cookie and sometimes hides things, but I believe he’s OK,” Zack King said. He added: “I’m proud of him.”
 As for what set off the attack, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said investigators were looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before. Seefeld didn’t specify whether the suspect received or made the call.
“There are a number of heroes in this day. Many of them are students,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a visit to the stricken town. “Students who stayed with their friends and didn’t leave their friends.”
He also commended cafeteria workers, teachers and teacher’s aides who put themselves at risk to help during the attack.
While several bloody stabbing rampages at schools in China have made headlines in the past few years, schools in the U.S. have concentrated their emergency preparations on shooting rampages.
Nevertheless, there have been at least two major stabbing attacks at U.S. schools over the past year, one at a community college in Texas last April that wounded at least 14 people, and another, also in Texas, that killed a 17-year-old student and injured three others at a high school in September.
 On Wednesday, Mia Meixner, 16, said the rampage touched off a “stampede of kids” yelling, “Run! Get out of here! Someone has a knife!”
The boy had a “blank look,” she said. “He was just kind of looking like he always does, not smiling, not scowling or frowning.”
Meixner and Moore called the attacker a shy boy who largely kept to himself, but they said he was not an outcast and they saw no indication he might be violent.
“He was never mean to anyone, and I never saw people be mean to him,” Meixner said. “I never saw him with a particular group of friends.”
Michael Float, 18, said he had just gotten to school when he saw “blood all over the floor” and smeared on the wall near the main entrance. Then he saw a wounded student.
“He had his shirt pulled up and he was screaming, `Help! Help!”‘ Float said. “He had a stab wound right at the top right of his stomach, blood pouring down.”
Float said he saw a teacher applying pressure to the wound of another student.
About five minutes elapsed between the time the campus police officer summoned help over the radio at 7:13 a.m. and the boy was disarmed, the police chief said.
Someone, possibly a student, pulled a fire alarm during the attack, Seefeld said. Although that created chaos, the police chief said, it emptied out the school more quickly, and “that was a good thing that that was done.”
Also, a girl with “an amazing amount of composure” applied pressure to a schoolmate’s wounds and probably kept the victim from bleeding to death, said Dr. Mark Rubino at Forbes Regional Medical Center.
Public safety and school officials said an emergency plan worked as well as could be expected. The district conducted an emergency exercise three months ago and a full-scale drill about a year ago.
“We haven’t lost a life, and I think that’s what we have to keep in mind,” said county public safety spokesman Dan Stevens.

Measure called most comprehensive in a generation

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BOSTON — An overhaul of the state’s domestic violence laws, including new bail guidelines and tougher penalties for abusers, unanimously cleared the Massachusetts House on Tuesday amid concerns from defense attorneys that the bill was hastily drafted and overly broad.

The measure, called the most comprehensive domestic violence legislation in a generation by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, was approved 142-0 and now goes to the Senate.

DeLeo said in introducing the bill with Attorney General Martha Coakley last week that it was spurred by the brutal stabbing death in Waltham of Jennifer Martel, allegedly at the hands of Jared Remy, the son of popular Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy.

Jared Remy, who has pleaded not guilty, was arrested one day after his release from custody on charges of assaulting Martel, and the case prompted questions about whether Remy’s violent history had been overlooked by the criminal justice system.

Among the many provisions in the bill is one that would require domestic assault suspects to be held for at least six hours after an arrest to allow time for a safety plan to be developed for the accuser. Bail commissioners would also be required to submit a written assessment of the safety risk a defendant might pose before release is granted.

“Victims often feel that they are neglected in the process, that they don’t have a say,” said state Rep. Christopher Markey, D-Dartmouth, during Tuesday’s debate. “I think this bill empowers victims to be able to do things they have never been able to do before.”

The measure also seeks to provide judges and prosecutors with the most complete information available about a defendant, including any prior domestic violence charges or restraining orders in one or several jurisdictions. DeLeo, a Winthrop Democrat, had suggested that if more had been known about Remy’s past record, the  course of events could have changed.

The House bypassed the normal process of referring the bill to a legislative committee process and holding a public hearing, instead taking it up as an amendment to an existing Senate bill.

“My overall concern is that (the bill) is being rushed through without looking at some of the more troublesome aspects of this,” said Liza Lunt, president of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

While the group supports several aspects of the proposal, including enhanced training for judges, court officials and prosecutors around domestic violence issues, Lunt said many other provisions go too far.

For example, the six-hour bail provision could be broadly interpreted to apply to family disputes or other cases that fall outside the typical definition of domestic violence, Lunt said.

The organization was also concerned with some of the stiffer penalties included in the bill and a broader definition of domestic violence that could include, as an example, an altercation between two roommates, Lunt said.

The House backed an amendment sought by the Gun Owners Action League that would allow women to purchase pepper spray as protection without first obtaining a firearms identification card.

The debate came two months after the House voted to expel one of its own, then state Rep. Carlos Henriquez of Boston, following his conviction in a domestic violence case. A proposed amendment to the bill calling for the automatic removal of any lawmaker convicted of domestic abuse was ruled unconstitutional by House leaders.

Assailant taken into custody after search

Methuen Police

METHUEN, Mass. — A Methuen High School student was stabbed Tuesday in the parking lot of the school.

Massachusetts State Police searched a wooded area near the school for the suspect, who is a former student. The person was taken into custody.

Methuen Police Department Chief Joseph Solomon said there is no danger to the public.

The victim was taken to Holy Family Hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

NewsCenter 5 and will have more information when it becomes available.

Two arrested after Liquor Store stabbing

BOSTON — An employee of a popular nightclub near the Boston Common was stabbed early Sunday morning.

The 28-year-old man who works at the Liquor Store nightclub at 25 Boylston Place was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, police said.

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He was listed in stable condition Sunday morning.

Police said they have arrested two male suspects and charged them with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon in connection with the stabbing.

The club was also issued a licensed premise violation by police.

Boston police crime scene technicians spent several hours gathering evidence.

Stabbing occurred outside campus apartments

6) UMASS-Dartmouth

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — UMass Dartmouth police are investigating a stabbing that occurred on campus early Sunday morning.

Police said they were “dispersing a disturbance” outside the Cedar Dell South apartments at about 3:30 a.m. when they discovered that a man had been stabbed.

The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and is expected to be released Sunday.

Police described the suspect as a light-skinned Hispanic or black man, about 6 feet tall, with a bushy pony tail and wearing a black hoodie. They said they believe it is an isolated incident and aren’t sure if the victim and suspect knew each other.

Anyone with information should contact police at 508-999-9191.

Family member to face charges, police say

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — A man will face charges Friday after he was accused of stabbing his 72-year-old mother in her Westborough home.

The incident happened in the home on Haskell Street on Thursday night, police said. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries.

Daniel F. Uhlman, the woman’s son, was taken into custody after a state highway worker told officials he saw a man covered in blood walking on East Main Street, police said.

He is charged with assault to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and mayhem.

Eileen Ferro found dead in home 30 years ago

The Telegram

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — An arrest has been made in the murder of a Shrewsbury woman whose husband found her stabbed to death in their home 30 years ago.

Eileen B. Ferro was 21 when she was killed in her home on Ladyslipper Drive on Feb. 22, 1974. Her husband, Anthony T. Ferro Jr., found her body.

Lonzo Guthrie was arrested Tuesday night and arraigned on a fugitive of justice charge in Georgia in connection with the case, the Worcester County District Attorney’s office confirmed.

Investigators said at the time that the slaying was especially brutal. Ferro, a dental hygienist who grew up in Worcester, had been slashed numerous times in the head and shoulders with a heavy, sharp object, possibly a hatchet or a butcher knife, police said.

In 1974, police quickly ruled out robbery as a motive for the slaying and said Ferro didn’t appear to have been sexually assaulted. Police initially theorized she knew her killer, based on the lack of any signs of forced entry or a struggle in the house.

Malia Gomez, 40, arrested Sunday

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Cambridge woman will be in court Monday in connection with the stabbing death of a man on Sunday.

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Malia Gomez, 40, is charged with armed assault with intent to murder and other charges following the stabbing death of Dana Robinson, 46, of Cambridge, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement.

Police responded at 6:23 a.m. to an apartment building at 396 Putnam Ave. for a report of an unconscious man and found Robinson on the porch suffering from a stab wound, Ryan said. Robinson was taken to Beth Israel Hospital where he died.

Neighbors told NewsCenter 5 that they heard screaming in the multi-family apartment building early Sunday morning.

“The incident does not appear to be random and the defendant and victim were known to each other,” Ryan said.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

When someone chooses to take the life of another they are committing a mortal sin “Thou Shalt Not Kill”. Sometimes we find that we have to protect ourselves and our families against those that mean us harm.  We are given the right to do this in most cases. In this case, Gary Lee Sampson intended to steal the car that both Jonathan Rizzo, 19, of Kingston, and Philip McCloskey, 69, of Taunton, were driving (Read more: While attempting to steal the car, Mr. Sampson opted to brutally stab the two men to death. Mr. Sampson was also convicted of another murder committed in the same week this incident occurred.  It’s obvious that Mr. Sampson cares not for the lives of others. In fact, he cares not for his own life, if he did he wouldn’t be committing acts that would most certainly cause him to meet his own end. With that being said, we now learn from Mr. Sampson’s attorney, William McDaniels that he only has no more than 10 years to live. The families of the murdered victims cannot see past their own grief and pain, and rightfully so; they just want Mr. Sampson to be put to death. Their loved ones had no choice in whether they lived or died.  Their death sentence was chosen for them by a criminal who had no cares in the world not even for himself. He left a trail of wounded hearts and souls behind him that yearn for all that could have been. Now the victims along with all of those who continue to follow this case have to hear from McDaniels that Sampson is suffering from chronic active Hepatitis C and advanced cirrhosis of e liver, which is the reason he is not expected to live past 10 years.

In everyone’s eyes they know that is 10 more years than the 3 lives that he took without remorse. So you ask yourself a moral question, is it right to take the life of a man whose time on this earth is limited because of his ailments? Forgetting his grievous crimes, we know in our hearts that this man, either way will not be permitted to live his life in the way that he had hoped. He will not step outside as a free man and make his own choices like the rest of us. So wrapping your head around this reality must make you think; maybe, just maybe, why would we spend money on a trial just to get the legal right to take the life of a man who is literally already dead inside. Whatever happens now, the three victims who lost their lives will not be brought back to life.  All the families and mourners will still mourn their losses for a life time. I’m not certain that a peace of mind could truly be found in knowing that any one person could have had a hand in deciding to kill someone who is already dying inside and quite painfully I might add. I’m not at all sympathetic to his pain by any stretch of the imagination, I just know that I could not knowingly pull a switch on someone who is going to die any way.  It’s the same as someone murdering someone who has terminal cancer because they couldn’t wait to receive their inheritance. It just seems morally wrong and cold-blooded.

Although it is difficult to find peace within your pain, we all must remember that each decision we make is one that we will have to live with in this life and the next.

My heart goes out to all the victims, their families and those having to serve on this case. Pain accompanies us for a lifetime but how we manage it is our choice. Good comes from all evil if you learn how to deal with it. Don’t hold in your pain, work together to release it. Let those you have lost look down on you with pride.

Felina S Robinson

January 22, 2014


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