State & Region Briefs

Thursday, December 28, 2017
State shelters reach out to homeless during cold

BOSTON — With temperatures across Massachusetts not expected to rise above freezing for days, politicians and advocates for the homeless are particularly concerned about getting as many people as possible into shelters.

Boston’s Pine Street Inn sends a van with outreach workers around to persuade people to spend the night inside, but some prefer the streets.

A shelter spokeswoman says if people don’t want to come to a shelter, they’re given blankets, warm clothing and a hot beverage, and informed of the dangers of extreme cold.

Segundo Rivera and Sean Stuart tell the Boston Herald they’re not comfortable spending the night in a shelter. Rivera says “We’ve lived out here so long it’s like honestly, this is comfortable for us.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urged residents to check on neighbors who live alone.

4 youths charged with using BB gun in Worcester carjacking

WORCESTER — Police have arrested two 14-year-old boys and two 16-year-old boys in connection with an armed carjacking in Worcester.

Police say one of the 14-year-old youths pointed a BB gun that looked like a real handgun at a 51-year-old man in his car on Wednesday afternoon and stole the vehicle.

A short time later, a youth with a gun in his hand and fitting the description of the carjacking suspect approached a 63-year-old woman in her car and ordered her out of the vehicle. She screamed and the youth ran away.

The suspect and four others were spotted nearby in a third vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier Wednesday. Four were arrested and one ran away and remained at large as of Thursday.

No names were released.

Guns stolen, victims tied up in armed home invasion

NORTH BROOKFIELD — Police say two men wielding guns and wearing ski masks broke into a home and tied up the occupants before stealing five guns and cash.

North Brookfield police say the home invasion occurred at about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say three people were tied up as the suspects stole five handguns, money and other items.

One victim freed himself and called 911.

Police believe the home invasion was targeted and there is no threat to the public.

An investigation is ongoing.

Tanker truck rolls on top of car in interstate crash

LITTLETON — A motorist on a Massachusetts interstate was seriously injured when a tanker truck carrying home heating oil overturned on top of his car.

Police say the driver of the car was changing lanes on Interstate 495 in Littleton on Wednesday when he collided with the truck. Investigators say the truck driver tried to avoid the crash, but ended up rolling on top of the car.

Police say the driver of the car, a 41-year-old Salisbury man, was trapped in the wreckage for more than an hour. After being rescued, he was flown to a hospital for treatment.

The truck driver, a 52-year-old Gardner man, was also hospitalized.

Hazmat teams were called in to clean up oil that spilled from the tanker.

Bitter cold cited in shark deaths along Cape Cod shore

WELLFLEET — A shark conservation group says two thresher sharks that washed up on the Cape Cod shore likely fell victim to the bitter cold.

A statement from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy says the sharks were discovered Wednesday in Orleans and Wellfleet. Officials believe they succumbed to cold shock.

The conservancy’s program director, Michelle Wcisel, tells the Boston Globe that both sharks were about 14 feet long.

State and federal officials also responded to help collect organ and tissues samples.

From Associated Press