State & Region Briefs

Published: 11/29/2019 10:56:15 PM
Boston-bound jet reports seeing green laser

BOSTON — The crew of a commercial airliner headed to Boston has reported being targeted by a green laser light.

The Federal Aviation Administration tells The Boston Globe that the Southwest flight was about 16 miles from Boston’s Logan International Airport and flying at 16,000 feet just before 9 p.m. Wednesday when the pilot spotted a green laser pointed at the right side of the plane.

The FAA says the plane landed safely.

The FAA has notified law enforcement and an investigation is underway.

Earlier this month, two commercial flights reported being targeted by lasers on approach to Logan.

Civilian police employee charged with larceny

WILBRAHAM — The former administrative assistant for a Massachusetts police department is facing larceny charges after an audit determined about $5,200 in cash payments for firearms licenses was missing. reported Friday that 57-year-old Lisa Bouchard, pleaded not guilty in connection with the money missing from the Wilbraham Police Department.

Her lawyer, Daniel Kelly, said his client has been wrongly accused and called the allegations “outrageous.”

Bouchard has resigned.

She was charged this summer after an audit determined that while the department has several officers trained to process gun license applications, Bouchard handled all the money.

The town charges $100 to process an application for a firearms identification card or for a license to carry.

The investigation also determined Bouchard did not pay $100 for her own license-to-carry renewal.

15 displaced by fire that started under floorboards

GLOUCESTER — Authorities say 15 residents of a Massachusetts apartment building have been displaced by a fire that was spotted by an early riser.

Gloucester Deputy Fire Chief Tom LoGrande tells The Gloucester Daily Times that a resident who goes to work early saw smoke coming from the attic of the four-unit building shortly after 3 a.m. Friday and called the fire department.

The first crews on the scene did not find any outward signs of smoke but pulled up the floorboards between the attic and a second-floor living room and found burning wires.

LoGrande said there was minimal damage to the building but residents had to stay out because utilities were shut off.

The Red Cross was assisting the residents with temporary housing. There were no reports of injuries.

Police: Driver accused of going 120 mph on I-95

GREENLAND, N.H. — New Hampshire state police say a driver has been accused of traveling at 120 miles an hour on Interstate 95.

A trooper stopped the car Thursday afternoon in Greenland in the southbound lane.

The trooper arrested 36-year-old Suniel Ross, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

Ross was released on personal recognizance bail and was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 16. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer and a phone number couldn’t be found for him.

Man pleads guilty to fentanyl trafficking charge

CONCORD, N.H. — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty in federal court in New Hampshire to a fentanyl trafficking charge.

Court documents say 28-year-old Yerfinson Gomez, of Lawrence, was identified in January as a member of a group distributing the drug. In March, Gomez met an undercover officer in Methuen, Massachusetts, and sold him 60 grams of fentanyl. A similar transaction happened about a week later.

Prosecutors said a week after that, Gomez provided a runner with at least 120 grams of fentanyl, some of which was sold to an undercover officer in Manchester, New Hampshire. The runner delivered the cash from the sale to Gomez in Methuen, and Gomez gave the runner some fentanyl as payment. Gomez was arrested shortly afterward.

From Associated Press

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