The Massachusetts House Voted to Revoke Old Fashioned Laws in State

On Wednesday, Massachusetts House members put in a vote to revoke old-fashioned laws of Massachusetts. One of the laws that were reversed was the anti-abortion law that has been set since 1845.

 

The Massachusetts House had 139 votes that were approving to get the law removed and only 9 votes to keep the ban on abortion.

 

Massachusetts HouseDuring the vote meeting, Democratic state Representative Claire Cronin stated, “The changing dynamics of the Supreme Court is a real and legitimate concern.” Ever since President Donald Trump announced that he is determined to overturn Roe v. Wade, it has kept some House members concerned.

 

Though they did overrule to reverse the ban on abortion, lots of critics thought that there was no need to vote to reverse the law rendered in a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1981. The ruling basically grants access to people who wish to get an abortion.

 

Some of the other laws that also got reversed by the vote yesterday include access to contraception.

 

In Massachusetts, people who are not married cannot be granted access to contraception, as well as abortions. They cannot even be given any information on either one of the two.

 

However, now because of the votes, people will no longer be held back from contraception or abortions. They will do as they please and it will be legal.

 

Two of the biggest supporters of rights to abortion and contraception are Republican Governor Charlie Baker and Senate President Harriette Chandler.

 

Their main goal is to make sure the people are protected if ever Roe v. Wade gets overturned.

 

The Catholic Action League Executive Director stated, “A possible future U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing or modifying Roe v. Wade would have no effect in Massachusetts.”

An Explosion Occurred After a Man Experimenting with Chemicals: 1 Injured

An Explosion Occurred After a Man Experimenting with Chemicals: 1 Injured

BOSTON, Massachusetts — Police say a home explosion in Massachusetts that sent one person to the hospital was caused by a man experimenting with chemicals.

boston explosionBoston Police Commissioner William Evans says the 28-year-old man was tinkering with the chemicals in his East Boston apartment early Sunday when they “blew up in his face.”

The explosion blew out windows in the 2nd-floor apartment and forced an evacuation of the building.

Police say the man that has been hospitalized with 2nd-degree burns is in critical, but stable condition.

Several weapons and live ammunition were found in the man’s home, according to Evans, but police do not believe the explosion is linked to terrorism.

Evans says the police department is working with the FBI to determine which charges the man will face.

 

Passenger Dies on a Flight from Houston to Boston

BOSTON, Massachusetts — A passenger died on a flight from Houston to Boston overnight.

 

Boston flight passenger diedUnited Flight 1888 left Bush Intercontinental Airport Tuesday night heading for Logan Airport, but about two hours into the flight – just before midnight – it was diverted to Washington-Dulles because there was a medical emergency on board.

 

When the Boeing 737 landed, medics met the crew on the runway, but the passenger had died.

 

Jonathan Guerin, a United spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday, “We are saddened to learn that our customer passed away. We extend our sincerest condolences to their family.”

 

He said that some passengers helped the crew trying to save the man. His name has not been publically released yet.

 

Sharon Kaye of Texas, a passenger on the flight, told the local news he was a man in his early 40’s who had a heart attack.

 

“Another passenger told me she was close to where the man was and that there were no defibrillators on the plane. Everyone was shocked and saddened by the situation,” Kaye said. However, United disputed the defibrillator claim.

 

“Our crew used all the available equipment including an AED defibrillator,” Guerin told the local news.

 

Kaye and the rest of the passengers have changed their plane to Boston at 3:09 a.m.

 

There is no further information available at this moment. The investigation is still ongoing.

 

Taxi Dispatcher Helps Police Catch BoA Robber in Boston

BostonYesterday, a robbery was in process at a Bank of America around the afternoon in Boston, MA.

 

The suspect, Leo Willwerth, is a 31-year-old man who robbed the Bank of America on Andover Street yesterday.

 

Willwerth went into the bank and threatened the employees that he had a bomb on him. However, nobody saw any weapons on the suspect.

 

He asked for them to give him cash otherwise he would have bombed the bank.

 

After stealing the money, he ran and got into a taxi by the North Shore Mall with a woman.

 

Bob Flaherty, a dispatcher at Tri-City Taxi, did not know that one of their drivers was picking up Willwerth, the bank robber.

 

Soon enough, police contacted Tri-City Taxi and got in touch with Bob Flaherty.

 

Flaherty tried to contact the taxi driver and follow his GPS location while police remained on the line.

 

However, he suspected that the radio might have been turned off. They assume the suspect might have asked the driver to turn the radio off, thus making it harder for Flaherty to get in touch with the taxi driver.

 

Even with the radio off, he used the taxi’s back up GPS to locate it.

 

Boston State Police sent out a helicopter in the area which led to them locating the taxi.

 

After searching for almost an hour, police caught and stopped the taxi right on Melnea Cass Boulevard in Boston.

 

Willwerth was arrested and so was the woman that was with him in the taxi.

 

Police do not know if the woman was involved with the incident that occurred at the bank.

 

No injuries or deaths were reported.

 

Willwerth has a court hearing today at Peabody District Court.

 

Boston’s Celebrating National Doughnut Day with Free Doughnuts

Doughnut dayIf you have a sweet-tooth and love free pastries, you’re in luck! It’s National Doughnut Day today! Most doughnut shops in the Boston area are celebrating by giving customers free doughnuts!

In Framingham, Cumberland Farms is treating their customers to free doughnuts with every purchase of a Farmhouse blend or a drink from their “Chill Zone.” But here’s the downside, only the remodeled stores are participating in this deal. Find out more on their website.

Honey Dew Donuts, all over Massachusetts, are giving away their S’more doughnuts with every purchase of a medium drink! Hurry up before they’re all gone!

Need gluten-free doughnuts? We got your back! Head to Kane’s Donuts today to try any one of their 3 gluten-free doughnuts. They have 16 options in total and you can try their “super dozen” deal for today. The deal includes 15 doughnuts for only $12! With only two locations in the city, be sure to head there before they are sold out for the day!

Union Square Donuts will be celebrating this national pastry holiday with a DJ at their stores. Not only do they serve doughnuts in their own stores, but you can actually find their doughnuts at other businesses. Triangle Coffee, located at the Innovation Design Building serves Union Square Donuts on Fridays only. Open until 4 PM today. Longfellow is also serving Union Square Donuts until 3 PM today. Other locations that are serving these delicious doughnuts include Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, George Howell Coffee located at the Godfrey Hotel, Intrepid Café, Wired Puppy, and 1369 Coffee House.

Of course, Dunkin’ Donuts is also offering free classic doughnuts with the purchase of a free drink. To celebrate this sweet day, they’re renaming their classic doughnuts. Dunkin’ has also teamed up with Lyft to offer rides for free to any Dunkin’ Donuts store! Use code “DUNKINDONUTS18” to get a free ride for up to $10. What could be better than a free ride and a free doughnut?

Saving the best for last, Krispy Kreme is giving customers a free doughnut of their choice. You don’t even need to purchase anything.

So, if you’re one of many that celebrate National Doughnut Day, head over to any or all of these stores for free doughnuts today!

Tornado Watch Issued for Parts of Massachusetts Area

Tornado Watch Issued for Parts of Massachusetts Area

tornado boston massachusettsBOSTON, Massachusetts — A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Massachusetts Tuesday, including central Massachusetts. Strong storms start to move into the region. Most of the state is under a severe thunderstorm warning.

 

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Berkshire County, Hampden County, Franklin County, Hampshire County and Worcester County through 9 p.m. The watch extends into parts of Vermont, New York, and Connecticut.

 

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Essex County, Bristol County, Middlesex County, Plymouth County, Norfolk County, and Suffolk County. The watch is valid through 9 p.m.

 

A line of strong storms will move through between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Meteorologist Chris Lambert said. The storms will start to intensify around 5 p.m., according to Meteorologist Jeremy Reiner. The system will work from west to east, arriving in Boston around 6 p.m.

 

“Some of the storms could have some brief, heavy rain and frequent lightning,” Reiner said.

 

The greatest storm risks will be heavy rain and strong winds. Temperatures in the 80s and high humidity levels could produce severe weather conditions but the probability for hail or a tornado is low.

 

Temperatures will climb into the 80s across most of the state. Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod will be cooler.

 

The storms will leave behind cooler conditions. Temperatures are only expected be in the 60s on Wednesday.

A 17-Year-Old Driver Killed 1 and Injured 2: Charged with DUI

A 17-Year-Old Driver Killed 1 and Injured 2: Charged with DUI

massachusetts crashMEDFORD, Massachusetts — A 17-year-old boy accused of hitting three people with a car in Medford Sunday, killing 1 and leaving 2 hospitalized, was under the influence of a drug at the time of the crash, authorities said.

 

The boy, whose name has not been released, was driving in the area of Spring and Emerald streets about 4:49 p.m. when he struck and killed Judith Moses, 64, of Brookline, according to a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s Office.

 

A preliminary investigation indicates the boy kept driving down Spring Street and hit two more people and a dog before slamming into a Citizens Bank on Yeoman’s Avenue, officials said. Those two people — a 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman — were hospitalized with serious injuries. Their dog was killed.

 

A drug recognition expert who responded to the scene determined the driver was under the influence of a drug, police said.

 

He was driving with a learner’s permit and had not yet obtained a driver’s license.

 

The suspect is expected to be arraigned Monday in Cambridge Juvenile Court.

 

The incident is being investigated by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, also by the Medford police and members of the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

 

The Suspect Impersonated Him An Officer Led on a Chase through Lynn

The Suspect Impersonated Him An Officer Led on a Chase through Lynn

Massachusetts newsLYNN, Massachusetts — A man accused of impersonating an officer during a robbery led officers on a chase through Lynn early Saturday, police said.

Around 2:46 a.m. on Saturday, police received a report of a robbery on Iona Terrace where the victim said the suspect identified himself as a police officer and flashed a badge. The man grabbed the victim’s wallet and ran from the area, police said.

The victim was able to give police an information about the man and his vehicle, which police later spotted on Broad Street.

When officers tried to approach the vehicle, they said the driver took off.

The suspect, later identified as Christian Alvarez, 33, of Lynn, hit a parked car on Union St., where police said they tried to stop him.

“Alvarez backed into a marked police cruiser and then eventually fled the area,” police officials wrote. “Alvarez then crashed into a tree on Silsbee Street and fled the vehicle on foot.”

Officers chased Alvarez and caught him along Union Street, police said. He was injured in the crashes and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment.

While investigating the case, police said they received two additional reports of robberies with a similar suspect and vehicle description. In those cases, the victims reported being stopped by a vehicle with a flashing white light, similar to one police said they found in Alvarez’s car.

Detectives said that they are investigating whether he can be linked to similar cases in other communities or not.

“Police believe that Alvarez may have been targeting Hispanic victims, who may be less likely to report the incidents to police,” officials wrote. “Police are encouraging any victims to come forward and report similar incidents to police.”

Alvarez is scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court on Monday.

Thousands of Residents Left Without Power after Heavy Snow and Storm

Boston weatherBOSTON, Massachusetts — Governor Charlie Baker has ordered all non-essential state offices closed for the day as the second powerful nor’easter winds down in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported that more than 360,000 customers across the state were without power as of 9 a.m. The storm produced heavy, wet snow that brought down tree limbs and power lines.

MEMA reported numerous road closures due to fallen tree limbs. The speed limit on the Massachusetts Turnpike was reduced to 40 mph between the New York state border and Interstate 495.

There were no immediate reports of major coastal flooding from the latest storm.

Thursday morning’s high tide did not compromise any of the sea walls that were damaged in last week’s nor’easter, nor did it affect the improvised armoring of sections where it had breached, Duxbury Fire said.

The Republican is also asking residents to stay off the roads if possible. Hundreds of schools canceled classes for the day and most courts delayed opening until 10 a.m. Thursday.

In Two Brooklyn Homes Broke Fire Overnight

Brooklyn home fireBrooklyn, Massachusetts – Two townhomes ripped by a fire that broke out overnight in Brooklyn.

Officials say, firstly, the fire was in the walls of the home before it spread to the roof of the home, and responders battled the intense flames after arriving at the scene.

The fire was likely started by a heating unit in the basement. Everyone inside the building made it out safely, Deputy Fire Chief Colin O’Connell said.

“There was a ton of black smoke billowing out of their house, and I was out here, and it looked like it was just going to be smoke but then there were flames,” said homeowner Paul Stadfeld.

The owner of the home was said that it is not possible to live in his home for several months, the fire department told Stadfeld.

“I think I’m going to have to find a different place to live for the next 6-8 months,” Stadfeld said.

The damage to the homes is estimated to be about $1 million. The American Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the fire.

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.