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Flood warnings and advisories issued for Massachusetts

BOSTON — The National Weather Service issued a series of flood warnings and advisories Sunday morning as heavy rain pelted the area with additional downpours in the forecast.

In Waltham, a large sinkhole developed on Wyman Street washing out a portion of the road.  The left travel lanes on Route 128 in Westwood were closed for a time due to flooding Sunday morning, Massachusetts State Police said.

Hour-by-hour rain futurecast |  Latest Storm Team 5 forecast

Police also closed both directions of Route 6 in Westport due to flooding. In Chelmsford, Boston Road was closed near Brian Road because of flooding, according to police. The ramp from Route 18 southbound to Route 195 in Freetown was also closed for flooding, transportation officials said.

A flood warning was issued for the North Nashua River in Fitchburg where flooding of low-lying areas along the river trapped at least two cars near an underpass on Cleghorn Street. A tow truck pulled the cars out of the flood waters.

Photos:  Flooding washes out roads, traps cars

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Bristol County and Plymouth County where several inches of rain had fallen in just a few hours.

Video:  Flood waters trap cars in Fitchburg

“Between 2 and 5 inches of rain have fallen in just a few hours,” Storm Team 5 meteorologist Danielle Vollmar said.

A flood advisory was issued for eastern Massachusetts where “heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water on highways, streets and underpasses,” the weather service said.

High winds and rain overnight collapsed radio towers in Western Mass., knocking out cell phone and internet service for much of North Adams. Residents were told via a reverse 911 system to make emergency calls with their landline if necessary.

Incident remains under investigation
David Curran,

BOURNE, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police are investigating reports that an unknown projectile hit a vehicle in Bourne Tuesday evening.

MSP said the projectile hit the vehicle traveling west on Route 25 by the Bourne Bridge around 7 p.m.

The driver said she heard a loud crack when the projectile hit her vehicle and assumed it was a rock, MSP spokesman David Procopio said. Upon closer inspection, the driver said she realized it wasn’t a rock and notified state police about what happened on Wednesday.

Procopio said troopers are investigating areas off the highway where the driver said her vehicle was hit.

City’s first homicide in 15 months

FALL RIVER, Mass. —Police are investigating Fall River’s first homicide in more than 15 months after a fatal shooting last night on Canal Street, news partner The Herald News reports.

“It’s an active investigation,” said Mayor William Flanagan, who did not have any information about the victim or suspects.

Flanagan said Fall River Police Chief Daniel Racine notified him this morning of the murder.

Fall River Police, Massachusetts State Police detectives and prosecutors from the district attorney’s Homicide Unit are investigating.

According to a press release from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, police and rescue personnel received 911 calls around 12:55 a.m. Sunday regarding a man shot outside of the Ship’s Cove Apartment complex at 130 Canal St.

Upon arrival, emergency responders located the male victim near a loading dock outside the apartment building. The man was rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The victim has been identified as David Rodriguez, 26, of 130 Canal St., according to the press release from District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter.

The medical examiner has taken custody of the body and will perform an autopsy later today or tomorrow to determine the official cause and manner of death.

The investigation is being coordinated by Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn.

The last homicide in Fall River was the September 2012 murder of Aja Pascual, who was shot to death on Cherry Street in what prosecutors described as a drug deal gone bad.

In 2013 the city went the full calendar year without a homicide, the first time that happened since 2000, according to the Herald News archives.