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The parking lot outside Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City on April 13, 2014.  KCTV

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Shootings at Jewish-related locations in a Kansas City suburb left three people dead on Sunday and a suspect was in custody, CBS affiliate KCTV reported.

One shooting was reported about 1 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, according to an Overland Park Fire Department spokesman. This happened at the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre inside the center.

About 75 people were inside the theater, most of them children, KCTV said.

Teens were auditioning for KC Superstar and parents were frantically trying to get to their children. One of the dead was killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

A second shooting was reported at Village Shalom, an assisted living center on West 123rd Street in Overland Park.

A suspect was arrested at the Valley View Park Elementary School, a mile away from Village Shalom. KCTV reported the suspect appeared to yell “Heil Hitler” as he was being led away in handcuffs by Overland Park police.


A suspect was arrested at the Valley View Park Elementary School in Overland Park, Kan.

Police said one of the dead was killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center.

Authorities also confirmed that a one person was undergoing surgery at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. It wasn’t immediately clear whether that one person died in surgery and was one of the three dead or was a fourth person shot.

Worried relatives of residents toldKCTV that Village Shalomhas been placed on lockdown.Phyllis Cantor, who is undergoing rehabilitation at Village Shalom, said she heard the sound of sirens. She said many police officers are at the scene and their focus appeared to be on a white car in the parking lot.

Man held up People’s United Bank on Elm Street

Furnished by Manchester police

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Manchester police were searching for the man who robbed a bank on Elm Street on Wednesday morning.

Police were called to the People’s United Bank shortly after 9 a.m.

Officers said a man entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding cash.

He kept his hand in his pocket indicating that he might have a weapon, but no weapon was shown. No one was hurt.

The man was described as a white man, 35- to 45-years-old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds. He has black hair and was clean shaven.

The man was last seen wearing an olive jacket, dark running pants with stripes and dark shoes.

Michael Gagnon assaulted teen during ‘test drives’ of work cars, police say

BELFAST, Maine — A teacher at the Waldo County Technical Center who also coaches softball at an area high school has been charged with sexually assaulting a student.

Police allege that 46-year-old Michael Gagnon, of Winslow, an automotive technology instructor at the career training school, assaulted the 17-year-old Belfast High School student when he took her on “test drives” of vehicles other students were working on.

Police tell the Morning Sentinel that Gagnon also allegedly assaulted the girl at his home in Winslow and a motel in Bangor.

The technical center has suspended Gagnon, as has Mount View High School in Thorndike, where he coached softball.

Gagnon is being held on jail on $10,000 cash bail on a charge of gross sexual assault. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer

Jennifer Bray, The Enterprise

Emily Reynolds

EASTON, Mass. — Brian Edlund had a broken pelvis and flames were closing in on him after his car had crashed into a tree on Summer Street.

That’s when Easton police officer Charles Hopkins joined other bystanders and pulled Edlund to safety, dislodging him from the fiery wreck and dragging him to safety. Two years later, Edlund remains thankful, theEnterprise reported.

“A lot of people say I am very blessed,” said Edlund, 53, on Monday.

On Saturday, the same officer who helped save Edlund died on duty, said Easton police Lt. Gary Sullivan. Sullivan would provide no other details, except to say Hopkins’ death left him “with a heavy heart.”

“Officer Hopkins was a dedicated veteran of the Easton Police Department for more than 13 years,” Sullivan said. “More importantly, Charlie was a devoted husband and father of three children.”

Police responded to Beaver Dam Road after receiving an emergency call reporting a sudden death at 12:27 p.m. Saturday.

State police detectives and the medical examiner responded to the scene to investigate.

Gregg Miliote, spokesman for the Bristol County district attorney’s office said there is no criminal investigation in the matter, which is classified as a sudden death.

Miliote said Hopkins died at home while on duty.

Easton Fire Chief Kevin Partridge remembered Hopkins as a very professional and quiet person.

“He was always there to help and it’s all very sad. We feel for our brother police officers,” Partridge said.

Easton Police Chief Allen Krajcik could not be reached for comment Monday.

In 2012, Krajcik said at the time that Hopkins along with others, risked his life to save Edlund.

“These gentlemen, without any regard for their own safety, went out and clearly saved that man’s life,” Krajcik said at the time.

Several public safety officers have died within the last year. Two Boston firefighters died on March 26 fighting a fire in the Back Bay. That fire claimed the lives of Boston fire Lt. Edward Walsh, 43, and Boston firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33.

State police said that state trooper Gregory Jasinskas, 40, of West Bridgewater, committed suicide last July. And West Bridgewater police officer Sgt. Gregory Ames was found dead in his Bridgewater home in what the district attorney’s office called an unattended death in last June.

The sudden death of an emergency responder is felt by an entire department said Mitch Librett, a criminal justice professor at Bridgewater State University, who worked as a New York police officer for 23 years.

“When something like a sudden death happens, it has a tremendous impact on the well-being of any organization,” he said. “And in a small organization it is magnified exponentially. It’s a terrible thing.”

Sgt. Timothy Kelly arrested by Lowell police last week

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. — A Tewksbury police sergeant was put on leave after being arrested on drunken driving charges last week in Lowell.

Sgt. Timothy Kelly, 48, was charged by Lowell police with operating under the influence of alcohol, the Lowell Sun reported.

Police Chief Tim Sheehan told the paper Kelly was put on leave last Friday and an investigation is underway.

Kelly has been with the department since 1995, is a member of the motorcycle unit and has worked as the town’s K9 officer, according to the department’s website.

Kelly was scheduled to be in court Friday.

Concord department holds memorial for Charik

Wicked Local/John Walker

CONCORD, Mass. — He’s been her partner since he was just a puppy and has worked with her on countless cases, but now Concord Police Officer Sylvia Toumayan is saying goodbye to her German shepherd, Charik.

Suffering from canine degenerative myelopathy — a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs — Charik, 8 ½, had to be euthanized, and a memorial service is being held for the dog Friday.

Through his years with the department, Toumayan said Charik has built up an extensive resume. He has assisted Toumayan and the department with cases involving house and car break-ins, narcotics and finding missing people. He’s also responded to many calls from surrounding towns requesting mutual aid.

Most recently, Charik and Toumayan assisted Boston police after the Red Sox won the World Series in October, as members of the Concord Police Department are part of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.

They also assisted in Boston after the Marathon bombings last April and in Watertown when suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended.

Toumayan, who was been with the department for 17 years, spoke to Wicked Local about her partner’s health earlier this year.

“It’s just really hard,” she said. “The hard part about it is there is nothing I can do.”

Toumayan thanked all the veterinarians who have taken care of Charik since he was young, including Wignall Animal Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn and a retired veterinarian dentist, Dr. Laura LeVan, from Concord.

Man stared at twin sisters, motioned for them to come outside at pizza shop

RAYMOND, N.H. — Investigators in Raymond are searching for a man who reportedly approached twin sisters at a pizza shop, police said.

Police released surveillance images and want to know if anyone else had a similar encounter with the man.

No crime was committed, but police said they are concerned about the man’s behavior. The man stared at the teenagers through a window and motioned for them to come outside, police said.

Around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, parents dropped their 14-year-old daughters at GMS Pizza on Main Street. The adults left to get gas while the twins went inside.

The man was leaving the restaurant when the girls walked in, but turned around and went back, police said.

“(He) said hi to one of the girls then kind of walked across the restaurant, leered at them a little bit, went back outside and when he went back outside, stood by the glass where they were sitting and kind of motioned for them to come out,” said Cpl. Kerry Pomeroy of the Raymond Police Department.

The girls called their parents, who immediately called police. When officers arrived, the man was already gone, police said.

The man is described as being in his 30s and scruffy. He may have been driving a small, black pickup truck.

“We’re interested in finding out who he was and what interest he would have in 14-year-olds,” Pomeroy said. “We’d like to know if anybody else has had similar encounters with this type of person.

Police said the girls did the smart thing by staying inside the restaurant, and their parents did the right thing by reporting the suspicious behavior right away.

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.

Benjamin B. Brause charged with statutory rape

Leominster Police

LEOMINSTER, Mass. — A former Leominster and Lunenburg youth football coach has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a boy under 14, the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office said.

Benjamin B. Brause, 36, of Leominster, was arrested Friday night after an investigation.  He was charged with two counts of statutory rape, and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Brause coached youth football in Leominster from the 1990s to 2008 and, in Lunenburg in 2009 and 2010, the district attorney’s office said.

Brause is being held on $100,000 bail and scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Robert Martel, 30, accused of stealing couple’s car

BELMONT, N.H. — An elderly Belmont couple was breathing easier Friday night after a scary encounter earlier in the day.

Police said Ford Welch, 87, and his wife had been out grocery shopping when they arrived home to find a strange car in their driveway and the doors to the home open. Thinking it may have been a family member with a new car, they pulled up behind it and went inside.

When Welch entered the house he found an intruder, identified by police as Robert Martel, 30, carrying a pillow case full of the couple’s belongings. Welch yelled for his wife to call 911 as the intruder ran for the driveway, police said.

Welch struggled with Martel in the driveway, during which he sustained a hand injury. Martel then stole the homeowner’s car and fled the area.

“Oh yeah, we had a little wrestling place out there in the driveway,” Welch said. “We fought a while and we got down, and of course it’s slippery out there, and that helped.”

Belmont officers arrived within a minute and a half of the 911 call, giving aid to Welch. First responders radioed area departments and troopers to be on the lookout for the stolen car.

The stolen car was located and stopped on Route 3 in Tilton, and Martel was arrested. A search of the car revealed jewelry stolen from the couple’s home.

The couple was working with detectives Friday afternoon to make a list of everything that had been stolen from the home. Belmont police said Welch and his wife were shaken up by the event but were happy to hear that an arrest had been made.

Martel was charged with burglary and theft of a motor vehicle, and is being held until his arraignment Monday.


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