Archives For March 2014

Chase led police through several towns

After crashing a stolen Acura, a second carjacking was reported on Nashua Road.

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NEWTON, Mass. — A suspect was taken into custody in Bedford on Monday after leading police on a wild chase through several towns.

The suspect was arrested on Springs Road after the vehicle struck a pole, according to Billerica police. The suspect suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital, sources said.

Images: Police chase

The incident started in Newton, where shots were fired during a carjacking in West Newton Square. The suspect vehicle fled to Billerica, where a second carjacking was reported on Nashua Road.

The suspect led police to Carlisle, where shots were fired. The suspect then crashed the second stolen vehicle, a Toyota Tundra, in Concord and carjacked a Ford Flex at gunpoint on Lowell Road.

“There were numerous cruisers on the side of the road. The gentleman just crashed the car, and we heard someone say he hijacked the car,” witness Jason Drinkwater said. “It’s crazy. In Concord, it’s crazy.”

The suspect then fled to Hanscom Air Force Base, where the car drove through the guard gate. The driver continued and was arrested on Springs Road in Bedford when the vehicle struck a pole, police said.

The suspect was not identified.

Michael Paquin allegedly assaulted victims between September and December 2013

Michael Paquin

NASHUA, N.H. —The man who police say allegedly sexually assaulted multiple victims between September and December 2013 has been identified and charged.

Michael Paquin, 61, reportedly sexually assaulted a boy under the age of 13 in Nashua last month.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Paquin was connected to the previous accounts of assault reported to police.

He has been charged with five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, one count of felonious sexual assault, as well as one count of simple assault.

Paquin will be arraigned Monday.

Woman says son deprived of human contact for 6,300 hours

Hospital Bed

BOSTON — A Brookline woman filed a lawsuit against the state prisons department Monday, saying her 31-year-old son has been restrained for long periods at a state psychiatric hospital in violation of state law.

Joanne Minich said in her complaint filed in Norfolk Superior Court that her son, Peter Minich, has been held in prolonged isolation at Bridgewater State Hospital and continuously deprived of almost all human contact and exercise for more than 6,300 hours since January 2013.

Peter Minich, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, has also been placed in mechanical restraints for more than 800 hours over 12 months, for as long as 50 consecutive hours, according to the lawsuit.

The suit seeks an injunction to prevent further restraint and Peter Minich’s transfer to another hospital.

The lawsuit names as defendants the state Department of Correction, the top administrator at Bridgewater State and the contractor that provides mental health services at the hospital.

Bridgewater State deferred comment to the state Department of Correction, which did not immediately return telephone messages left seeking comment. A telephone message was also left for the contractor.

Peter Minich was civilly committed to the state Department of Correction facility after he was accused of assaulting staff at another state mental health facility. He has not been convicted of a crime.

“My son has an illness, in the same sense as someone with cancer or dementia. The last place he belongs is in a seclusion room behind a solid steel door,” Joanne Minich said in a statement.

State law prohibits the use of seclusion and restraint except for emergencies including “extreme violence” or “attempted suicide,” according to Joanne Minich’s lawyer, Eric MacLeish.

Minich was secluded and restrained for reasons such as “yelling,” ”bothering another patient,” ”standing on his sink,” and having “auditory hallucinations,” he said.

Several communities respond to Danville fire

Danville house fire map

DANVILLE, N.H. — Firefighters from several communities were responding Monday to a house fire in Danville.

Officials said heavy flames were showing at a home on Pine Street when the first crews arrived.

There was no immediate word on any injuries or the cause of the fire.

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.

Man, woman dead in East Street blaze

FITCHBURG, Mass. — Two people were killed in an overnight fire in Fitchburg.

The fire broke out at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday at 53 East St.

According to Fitchburg fire, two people were killed. Another person was treated for smoke inhalation.

A neighbor said there were seven people in the house when the fire broke out.

“The little boys had their pajamas on, no shoes.  The mom didn’t have shoes on. It happened really fast. The fire just engulfed the house,” neighbor Tami Arguelles said.

Arguelles said the victims were a 22-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman.

The victim’s names have not been released.

The home was destroyed and is expected to be torn down Monday.

The fire spread to another home and caused about $30,000 in damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Injuries not life-threatening

Andrew Quinn/Norwood Fire Department

NORWOOD, Mass. — Two people were injured Sunday following a two-car crash in Norwood at about 8 a.m.

Norwood firefighters removed a 44-year-old woman and a juvenile female from a 2002 Ford Explorer that crashed through a guardrail on Route 95 southbound, Massachusetts State Police said. Both were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

A 22-year-old woman driving a 2013 Kia that was also involved in the incident was not injured, police said.

The crash is under investigation.

Teacher has been target of past slurs

AMHERST, Mass. — A black math teacher at Amherst Regional High School has again been the subject of racist graffiti.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that graffiti intended for Carolyn Gardner was on a wall in the boy’s bathroom at school.

Sonji Johnson-Anderson, who says she is Gardner’s sister, says they are hurt and bewildered. She says the community should pressure school administrators to end the graffiti.

An anonymous tip line has been set up on the high school’s website.

Racist graffiti was left in a bathroom in October and on Gardner’s classroom door.

On March 24, a racial slur intended for Gardner was left in a girls’ bathroom.

Principal Mark Jackson says an individual was found responsible for one of the incidents and punished.


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