State & Region Briefs

  • FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2015, file photo, Jay Leno participates in the "Jay Leno's Garage" panel at the The NBCUniversal Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Former "Tonight Show" host Leno and his wife have purchased an oceanfront estate in Newport, Rhode Island. The Boston Globe reports Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, Leno, who grew up in Andover, Mass., paid 13.5 million for the mansion called Seafair. It has eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms and comes with a pool, a tennis court and a private beach. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) Richard Shotwell

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Jay Leno buys $13.5M mansion in Newport, R.I.

NEWPORT, R.I. — Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno and his wife have purchased an oceanfront mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.

Leno paid $13.5 million for the 18,000-square-foot home, called Seafair. It has eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms and comes with a pool, a tennis court and a private beach.

Lucky for Leno, who collects cars, it also boasts a six-car garage.

The house sits on 9 acres and was built in 1936. It was previously owned by Denver mining heir Verner Zevola Reed Jr., who was an American banker and diplomat. Reed served as U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1981 to 1985.

Leno is a frequent visitor to the seaside resort town, where he has been known to stop in at the city’s Audrain Automobile Museum.

Man accused of illegally catching tuna, dumping it in woods

GLOUCESTER — A man has been accused of catching a tuna out of season and then dumping its headless 400-pound carcass in the woods.

The Gloucester Daily Times reports that 40-year-old Harold Wentworth on Monday pleaded not guilty to state charges including improper disposal of waste and expelling trash or litter from a motor vehicle.

Federal fisheries regulators say they have also served him with an enforcement action for allegedly illegally harvesting tuna out of season.

Authorities say they have video of Wentworth landing the bluefin tuna in Rockport on Oct. 20, 15 days after the close of the initial fall season. It was hauled out of the woods in Gloucester by a tow truck on Oct. 24.

Wentworth’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

Police: Divers locate object believed to be boat that sank

NANTUCKET — Massachusetts State Police say divers have located an object they believe to be the fishing boat that sank off Nantucket, leaving four people in distress.

The Coast Guard received a distress call from the 69-foot Misty Blue around 6 p.m. Monday. A nearby fishing boat rescued two of the four crew members — the captain and a crewman — and brought them to a Coast Guard vessel, but two remained missing Tuesday.

State police say divers located a large object believed to be the vessel on Tuesday. Weather and ocean conditions prevented them from investigating further. Divers plan to return on Thursday.

Atlantic Cape Fisheries, the ship owner, identified the two missing crew members as 44-year-old Michael Roberts and 32-year-old Jonathan Saraiva.

Authorities say the two rescued crew members were in good condition.

From Associated Press