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Jose Maldonado died at Hartford Hospital

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — State Police say a 22-year-old suspect in custody for an alleged domestic dispute has died after police tried to subdue him with a stun gun.

Police say Jose Maldonado of Manchester was arrested early Sunday morning after East Hartford police responded to a complaint of a dispute. Police say he damaged a vehicle occupied by a family including two adults and three children. Police say one adult was injured by broken glass.

Police say Maldonado was combative and resisted arrest. He was taken to East Hartford Police Department for booking on charges of risk of injury to a minor, assault and resisting arrest.

Police say he again became combative and was subdued by a stun gun. Police say he seemed to suffer medical distress. He died at Hartford Hospital.

State Police are investigating.


Infant’s body found on County Street

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Investigators searching for the mother of a newborn whose body was discovered in New Bedford are releasing additional information about the baby, saying she was a white girl weighing about six pounds.

A resident discovered the baby’s body Friday evening. The Bristol County District Attorney’s office said on Saturday that the investigation remains active and ongoing.

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State police detectives and prosecutors are continuing to canvas the area around County Street, where the infant was found.

The state medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy this weekend.

Authorities say they are trying to find the child’s mother because she may need medical attention.

Gregg Miliote, spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, says anyone who knows the identity of the child or the mother or her location should contact New Bedford police.


Driver lost control of Jeep, police say

David Curran/ SatelliteNewsService.com

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — State police say one person has died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 495 in Middleborough.

Preliminary reports indicate that a Jeep Wrangler was travelling north just after 6 p.m. Monday the 40-year-old driver from Mansfield lost control of his car and rolled over several times coming to rest in the right travel lane. The driver was taken to Morton Hospital in Taunton where he died.

The reason he lost control remains under investigation.

The victim’s name was not immediately made public.

The crash remains under investigation.


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.”


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.


By Eli Sherman/Wicked Local

Waltham Police Department

WALTHAM, Mass. — Police have captured one of the two suspects in last week’s fatal shooting of a Waltham teenager, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Wicked Local reported that police arrested Taylor Poulin, 21, of Newton on Wednesday night in Windham, Maine.

Poulin was wanted in connection with the killing of Waltham High School senior Tyler Zanco, 17, who was found shot in the Gardencrest Apartments parking lot Thursday, March 20.

He was pronounced dead at Newton-Wellesley Hospital that night.

Poulin is slated to be arraigned Friday at 1 p.m. in Portland District Court on fugitive from justice charges.

He faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlicensed possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws in connection with the Waltham homicide.

Police were able to track Poulin down in Maine based on information obtained by Waltham Police and state troopers.

If extradition is proven appropriate, he will be taken to Waltham District Court for a second arraignment on the charges he faces in Massachusetts.

The DA’s office wouldn’t speculate on when the Waltham arraignment would happen, but a spokeswoman was certain it wouldn’t be Friday.

Police continue to search for Domingo Mendes, 22, of Belmont, who is also wanted in connection with Zanco’s killing.

Mendes is wanted for murder, possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws. He is described as a black man, 5 feet 10 inches in height and about 165 pounds, according to the DA’s office.

Mendes is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees or encounters Mendes is advised to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Waltham Police at 781-314-3607 or Massachusetts State Police Detectives at 781-897-6600.


Fire reported on B Street

Seabrook fire

WMUR/Jennifer Crompton

SEABROOK, N.H. — Crews responded to a fatal fire at 50 B Street in Seabrook on Thursday.

The Medical Examiner’s Office arrived at the scene around noon.

Officials from the Attorney General’s Office said they have been made aware of the fire and are assessing the situation.

The state police major crimes unit arrived at the scene in the early afternoon.


QUINCY, Mass. — An MBTA bus driver suffered a seizure while driving through Quincy Point over the weekend, prompting at least one passenger to help him stop the bus, the Patriot Ledger reported.

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At about 5 p.m. Saturday, a caller to the fire department reported that the driver of an MBTA bus had experienced a full-body seizure while driving on Washington Street, down the street from the Fore River Bridge, Deputy Fire Chief Ed Fenby said.

When firefighters arrived, the bus was pulled over to the side of the road and a passenger was leaning over the driver’s seat and had his foot on the brake while the bus was still in gear, Fenby said Monday.

“My first thing was to put my foot on the brake and put it into neutral. I stood there and held the guy until the EMTs came,” passenger Richard Hiort said.

“Must have been horrible for him. It is like, this poor guy. And the look on his face. I don’t think I will forget it. He was so scared,” passenger Patricia Foster said.

The driver, 37, received medical treatment at the scene and was taken by ambulance to Quincy Medical Center, police said.

There were no reports of injured passengers or pedestrians, Fenby said.

The 911 call from a passenger went to State Police, who alerted Transit Police that a bus driver was in distress and that the bus was pulled over safely to the side of the road.


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