State & Region Briefs

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
After a white Christmas, N.E. braces for bitter cold

BOSTON — The storm that gave New England a white Christmas has moved out and is being replaced by dangerous cold.

The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories for parts of northern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine on Tuesday.

Temperatures were expected to dip below zero in northeastern Vermont, with dangerous wind chills of 15 to 25 below zero Tuesday night. The wind chill could reach 40 below zero in some areas Wednesday night.

The weather service says the temperature in Maine will remain below freezing for more than 10 days.

Temperatures in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are not expected to rise out of the 20s all week and could dip into the single digits.

Man charged with backing Islamic State faces trial in June

SPRINGFIELD — The son of a Boston police captain charged with plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group heads to trial next year.

A federal judge last week scheduled 25-year-old Alexander Ciccolo’s trial to start June 18.

Ciccolo, of Adams, was arrested in July 2015 after receiving guns from a federal informant. Prosecutors say he planned to detonate homemade bombs similar to the pressure cooker bombs used in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack.

He pleaded not guilty to charges including attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Ciccolo’s attorney has said in court filings the government’s plan to hide the identities of witnesses has hampered his ability to build a defense.

Ciccolo’s mother has said her son “would not hurt a fly.”

Woman charged with Christmas pedestrian death

WORCESTER — A woman charged with dragging a man to his death with her SUV early Christmas morning during a drug deal has been held on $35,000 bail.

Susan Dixon pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday to charges including motor vehicle homicide in connection with the Monday death of 33-year-old Felix Bonilla at a Worcester gas station parking lot.

Police say 58-year-old Dixon and the victim were engaged in a drug deal when he reached into her vehicle to give her something and she suddenly drove away with Bonilla half inside. Her severely damaged vehicle was found abandoned a short distance away. She was arrested at home.

Bonilla suffered neck, chest and abdomen injuries and died at a hospital.

Dixon told police she was not the driver of the SUV.

From Associated Press