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  • In this Tuesday, May 14, 2019 still image from video, Dr. Michael Watkins, a vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, stands during arraignment in Boston on charges of driving drunk, striking three pedestrians in a crosswalk and then leaving the scene. (WBZ-TV via AP, Pool)

Published: 5/15/2019 10:31:03 PM
Baker, Boston Mayor Walsh heading to DC

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are planning to meet with a top Trump administration official during a two-day trip to Washington to call for investments in transportation, housing and the environment.

The two will begin Wednesday discussing ways to combat climate change at a Boston meeting of business, institutional, and civic leaders before heading to Washington.

They will meet with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Infrastructure Committee. They will also meet with the committee’s top Republican, Missouri Rep. Sam Graves.

On Thursday, the Republican governor and Democratic mayor will meet with members of the state’s congressional delegation and Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Town rejects spending money on a shark barrier

CHATHAM — Voters in Chatham have narrowly rejected a proposal to spend $100,000 on a shark barrier at a beach where children take swimming lessons.

The Cape Cod Times reports that Chatham town meeting voters on Tuesday rejected the article 113-112.

Selectman Jeffrey Dykens made the proposal. The money would have paid for a feasibility study, and if determined advisable, construction of the barrier at Oyster Pond.

Dykens said he wanted to ensure one beach in town was shark free.

Seth Taylor called the proposal “silly,” noting it would be difficult for a large shark to swim up the inlet to the tidal salt pond.

There have been increased great white shark sightings around Cape Cod in recent years. A 26-year-old man was killed by a shark in Wellfleet last September.

67-year-old man charged with murder in shooting death

HOLYOKE — Prosecutors say an “interaction” at a Massachusetts used car lot led to the shooting death of a 20-year-old man and the arrest of a 67-year-old man on a murder charge.

A spokesman for Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said in an emailed statement Wednesday that officers responded to reports of gunfire in Holyoke at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. Police found 20-year-old Aribertic Rodriguez suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sixty-seven-year-old Paul Paradzinski was also found at the scene and charged with murder.

Prosecutors said a “suspected interaction between the suspect and victim” at the car lot seems to have occurred before the shooting.

It could not be determined if the suspect has an attorney.

Pawtucket man pleads guilty to drug charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island man who fled a traffic stop as federal investigators were about to arrest him during a drug investigation has pleaded guilty to fentanyl and cocaine trafficking charges.

Authorities say 24-year-old Luis Leon faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday.

Police conducting surveillance at Leon’s Pawtucket home in early April saw someone entering carrying a large duffel bag. A short time later, Leon left the residence carrying the duffel bag, which he placed in the back of a pickup truck. When police tried to stop him, he sped off, crashed, and abandoned his truck.

The duffel bag was found in some bushes. Authorities retired the bag and found it full of fentanyl and cocaine. Leon was caught the following day in Fall River.

From Associated Press


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