State & Region Briefs

Friday, February 16, 2018
Mass. sticking with Northern Pass for now

CONCORD, N.H. — Massachusetts officials have decided to stick with the Northern Pass project for now, though it will start negotiations with a second hydro project in a bid to deliver clean energy to their state by 2020.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources announced Friday that it would continue negotiations with Northern Pass until at least March 27. The project, set to deliver hydropower from Canada to customers in southern New England, was thrown into doubt after New Hampshire regulators rejected it this month. The company behind the project, Eversource, plans to request a rehearing.

In light of the developments, Massachusetts said it will start negotiations with the Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect. That project would provide hydro power from Canada through the company’s existing corridors and newly bought land in western Maine.

Norman Rockwell’s sons withdraw suit against museum

PITTSFIELD — Norman Rockwell’s three sons have withdrawn from a lawsuit against a Massachusetts museum that wants to sell one of their father’s paintings.

The Rockwell family said in a statement Thursday the intention of the lawsuit was to prevent the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield from auctioning “Shuffleton’s Barbershop,” likely removing it from public view.

The museum last week reached an agreement with the state attorney general that would allow a sale that would keep it on public display.

The family said because of that agreement, their “objective has now been achieved and therefore they do not wish to participate in further legal proceedings.”

Several other plaintiffs remain.

The museum announced the sale of 40 works to boost its endowment and fund a pivot away from art and toward science and natural history.

Judge suppresses evidence in human bone theft case

WORCESTER — A judge has granted a defense motion to suppress some evidence in the case of a Connecticut man charged with stealing human remains from a Massachusetts cemetery for what prosecutors allege was religious purposes.

A judge ruled that 34-year-old Amador Medina, of Hartford, should have been advised of his Miranda rights before talking to police after his arrest in December 2015. The judge also ruled that evidence found during a search of Medina’s home based on those statements should be dismissed.

Authorities say Medina stole human bones from two family mausoleums in Worcester’s Hope Cemetery. He pleaded not guilty.

Medina told police he was a priest in Palo Mayombe, an Afro-Caribbean religion.

A spokesman for the district attorney says the office is reviewing the ruling.

Firefighters battling brush fire discover badly burned body

CHELSEA — Firefighters called to the scene of a brush fire in Massachusetts have discovered a badly burned body.

Police say the fire was reported in the median between Revere Beach Parkway and Route 1 in Chelsea around 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters found the man’s body once the flames were extinguished. The condition of the body made it difficult for authorities to determine if there was any trauma.

Police say the body was found in an area frequented by homeless people.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is scheduled to perform an autopsy to determine the man’s identity and cause of death.

Crash sends 7 children to hospital, all ages 2 to 4

BOSTON — A school transport van trying to avoid hitting another car has crashed in Boston, sending several children to the hospital.

The crash happened around 4 p.m. Thursday in the city’s Hyde Park section. Video surveillance shows an SUV crossed the median and forced the school van onto the sidewalk, which caused it to roll over.

The SUV drove off after the crash.

All seven children in the van have been hospitalized with minor injuries. The van was transporting children ranging in age from 2 to 4 from a local day care.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Boston Police Department.

From Associated Press