Archives For January 2014
Fire chief calls boy hero, says two could have been trapped
HUDSON, N.H. — A 7-year-old Hudson boy is being called a hero after saving his grandmother from a fire Friday morning.
Fire officials said the boy saw smoke in the house at 13 Mobile Drive and woke his grandmother up. The fire tore through the mobile home, which is considered a total loss.
“There were flames just shooting out everywhere. A lot of smoke,” said neighbor Carol Montminy. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ You can’t believe it. You’re in shock.”
The home caught fire just before 7 a.m. More than a dozen firefighters fought the blaze.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
“It was within minutes of being a fatal fire,” said Deputy Fire Chief John O’Brien.
O’Brien said the boy woke up his grandmother in just enough time to let them escape safely.
“He awoke, saw the trailer filling with smoke and saw the fire in the trailer and woke his grandmother, and they were just barely able to escape,” O’Brien said.
The family dog was unable to make it out and died in the fire. O’Brien said the boy and his grandmother were the only people inside the home at the time.
Investigators said there were no smoke detectors in the home.
“We can’t stress enough the importance of fire detectors,” O’Brien said.
The boy and his grandmother were checked out at a hospital as a precaution but were both OK.
By Lane Lambert, Patriot Ledger
QUINCY, Mass. — Police are looking for two suspects who robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts early Friday morning, after they struck and kicked two employees, and threatened them with a handgun. They also stole one of the employees’ car, our news partners at the Patriot Ledger reported.
Capt. John Dougan said the robbery occurred about 3:30 a.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 687 Hanock St. in the Wollaston neighborhood.
Dougan said the store’s assistant manager told police she’d just arrived for work and was sitting in her parked Ford Escort, waiting for another employee to let her in, when she saw someone waving at the side door.
When she stepped inside, “an unknown male” grabbed her from behind, threw her to the floor, brandished a handgun and demanded that she open the store safe. When she said she couldn’t open the safe, he struck her in the head.
The other employee, a male, told police that a second man assaulted him from behind the same way. The second man kicked him when he said he couldn’t open the safe.
Both employees told the assailants there was money in the register drawers. The two men dragged both to the store’s freezer area, took the cash and left.
The assistant manager said she waited five minutes before she called police, to be sure the robbers were gone. She then saw that they’d stolen her car.
Dougan said he didn’t know whether the employees were treated at the scene for their injuries or taken to the hospital. He said it’s not clear whether the suspects broke in, or surprised the second employee when he arrived for work.
Dougan said the suspects were both described as black males dressed in black and wearing ski masks. One was 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, and of stocky build. The other suspect is 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 160.
The stolen car is a 1999 white Escort, with the license plate 25BK85. Anyone with information about the robbery or the car is urged to contact detectives at 617-479-1212.
Classmates came to Kennebunk Middle School student’s aid
KENNEBUNK, Maine —A Maine student was injured Friday morning when the iPhone in her pants’ pocket caught fire.
Kennebunk Middle School Principal Jeff Rodman said the 13-year-old girl sat down in a classroom and heard a pop, and smoke began billowing from the back of her pants.
Rodman said three of her classmates came to her aid as her pants caught on fire.
One of the students went to get teachers who brought a blanket and an extinguisher to try to put out the fire, according to Rodman.
As they helped the girl get her pants off, the cellphone fell out of her pocket.
The school initiated a hold-in-place for about 20 minutes
Emergency crews arrived and took the girl to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, where she was treated for first- and second-degree burns.
Rodman sent a letter to parents of students informing them of the situation.
Super Bowl legend and former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath believes he has suffered some long-term effects from concussions he got while playing in the NFL, he tells Rita Braver in this preview of an interview to be broadcast on “Sunday Morning” February 2.
Driver injured in Barnstable crash
BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A section of Route 6 in Barnstable was closed Friday after a truck carrying home heating oil rolled over, according to state police.
The crash happened on Route 6 eastbound in Barnstable near Route 132, state police said. All eastbound lanes were closed as the scene was cleared.
The driver received minor injuries in the crash.
Some of the oil spilled from the truck onto the roadway, and officials were assessing the environmental impact.
Drivers in the area are advised to seek alternate routes.
Estate of Huguette M. Clark, courtesy of Christie’s
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Femme à l’ombrelle,” or “Woman with Umbrella,” from the collection of Huguette Clark is expected to fetch $3 million to $5 million at a sale in May in New York. The Clark collection is touring London, Asia and New York for public viewing. The woman with the parasol in the 1873 painting may be Camille Monet, the wife of the painter Claude Monet.
By Bill Dedman
Investigative Reporter, NBC News
Huguette Clark was 24 when she purchased this work from Claude Monet’s series of “Nymphéas,” or “Water Lilies,” in 1930 in New York. This 1907 painting remained out of the public eye until now. It is estimated by Christie’s to bring $25 million to $35 million at auction on May 6, after it is available for viewing in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York.
NEW YORK — Masterpieces from the art collection of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark, hidden away like their owner for nearly a century, begin a world tour on Friday, stopping in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York. Christie’s will auction the works in May and June.
First, on May 6, four Impressionist paintings will be sold at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, including a Monet from his “Water Lilies” series with an estimated value of $25 million to $35 million. This Monet has not been seen in public since the copper heiress bought it in 1930. Her three paintings by Renoir will also be sold: “Girls Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock,” “Chrysanthemums,” and “Woman with Umbrella.” Together the Renoir trio is estimated to be worth $16.5 million to $25.5 million.
Here are the tour dates for public viewing: London, Jan. 30 through Feb. 4; Hong Kong, April 4-9; Tokyo, April 10-12; and in New York selected items will be on view later in April (exact dates not set). All the Impressionist and Modern art work will be on view May 2-6. All other items will be on view from June 14-17. A catalogue of the collection will be printed this spring.
Renoir’s “Girls Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock” has a pre-sale estimated value of $10 million to $15 million. Huguette Clark paid $125,000 for it in the late 1950s. From about 1887, this large work is one of Renoir’s most prized, showing five women in a rural landscape.
Huguette Clark on a ship with her father, W.A. Clark, the copper miner and former senator, in the 1910s. The familiy held tickets on the return trip of the Titanic in 1912, though as Huguette explained some 80 years later, “We took another boat.”
Huguette (pronounced “oo-GET”) Marcelle Clark was the youngest child of former U.S. Sen. William Andrews Clark (1839-1925), one of the copper kings of Montana, a railroad builder, founder of Las Vegas, and one of the richest men of the Gilded Age. Huguette, born in Paris in 1906, was a painter and doll collector who spent her last 20 years living in simple hospital rooms. She attracted the attention of NBC News in 2009 because her fabulous homes in Connecticut, California and New York sat unoccupied but carefully maintained. (See all the stories in the NBC series.)
After Clark died in 2011 at age 104, nineteen relatives challenged her last will and testament, which had cut them out of her $300 million copper fortune. The relatives claimed that she was mentally ill and had been defrauded by her nurse, attorney and accountant. No one was charged with any crime after an investigation by the district attorney’s office, but enough questions were raised that the case was settled in September 2013 just after jury selection began. The relatives, who last saw her in 1957 and most of whom never met Clark, will receive $34.5 million. Lawsuits continue as the relatives hope to receive more money from Clark’s hospital and doctor. The proceeds from the scheduled sales at Christie’s will go back into the estate for distribution under that settlement. (Read asummary of the deal here.)
Though Clark kept much of her art collection under wraps, along with the rest of her life, she was a persistent supporter of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and lent works to it periodically, including two paintings by Sargent and one of the Renoirs. Most of the art collected by her father went to the Corcoran after his death in 1925, after the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York turned it down.
Not for sale are paintings made by Clark herself. Those will go to a new Bellosguardo Foundation for the arts, to be set up at her summer estate in Santa Barbara, Calif. The foundation received her oceanfront property by that name, worth at least $85 million. With only about $5 million in cash — an exact amount still to be determined — the foundation will have to choose a mission and figure out how to fund it. It could become a public museum, or the house could be sold to fund the foundation’s charitable efforts. The board members will be appointed, probably by this summer, by the New York attorney general; most will be nominated by the mayor of Santa Barbara.
Clark’s jewelry collection was sold at Christie’s in 2012, bringing $18 million to provide cash to keep her estate running during the dispute. Her three apartments on Fifth Avenue sold for a total of $54.8 million. Her Connecticut home, unoccupied since she bought it in 1951, remains on the marketat $15.9 million.
Bill Dedman is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.” The co-author is Paul Clark Newell Jr., Huguette Clark’s cousin, who was not involved in the legal contest for her estate.
Paintings made by the shy artist Huguette Clark will not be sold at auction, but will go to the new Bellosguardo Foundation for the arts, at her California home. This self-portrait is from the late 1920s.
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
BOSTON (CBS/AP) — State public health officials have selected 20 locations to award the first licenses formedical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts.
The list was posted Friday on the state Department of Public Health’s website. The DPH has been reviewing applications from groups seeking to operate the dispensaries.
Dispensaries were approved for Dennis, Taunton, Fairhaven, Salem, Haverhill, Holyoke, Northampton, Lowell, Ayer, Newton, Cambridge, Brookline, Quincy, Plymouth, and Brockton. Worcester and Boston were each approved for two dispensaries.
A law approved by voters in November 2012 allows marijuana to be used for certain medical conditions, cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
The law allows for up to 35 outlets around Massachusetts.
The law requires that each county in the state have at least one medical marijuana dispensary.
Currently, four counties: Berkshire, Franklin, Dukes, and Nantucket have no approved dispensaries.