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April 2011 Archives

Two 14-year-old Boys Charged After Car Accident In Cohasset

Many Boston residents may have heard about the police car chase that occurred near Nantasket Beach and resulted in a car accident. Authorities have accused two 14-year-old boys from Cohasset of taking a 2001 Toyota Highlander, owned by one of their parents, for a morning joy ride that led to the car chase and the destruction of the SUV.

Cohasset police said the driver operated the vehicle carelessly before he flipped the Highlander several times on Jerusalem Road. The Boston Globe reported Hull police were initially pursuing the SUV but later contacted neighboring police in Cohasset to inform them that they were ending the chase because the automobile was being driven recklessly.

Three Charged With Assault And Battery After Baby Shower Brawl

Most baby showers include things like baby naming games and punch and cookies. Not this one.

Lawrence Police Chief John Romero reported two individuals were stabbed during a shower held in a function hall on Broadway, according to The Boston Globe. The baby shower brawl supposedly began after Lawrence local Joselino Aiello, 21, struck fellow resident Jodi Caraballo, 37, in the head at the event.

Romero said Caraballo was found "bleeding profusely from the head" after the blow. Her husband, Raul Caraballo, then took out a 6-inch switchblade and stabbed Aiello, and a third man, 27-year-old Angel Concepcion, suffered injuries after he attempted to get the knife away from Raul. Police said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Hit And Run Critically Injures 6-year-old J-Veyon Humphries

A recent hit and run accident in Mattapan has left 6-year-old victim J-Veyon Humphries in critical condition at the Boston Medical Center, according to Randolph resident Virginia Humphries, the child's grandmother. The Boston Globe reported a car struck the young boy as he crossed Delhi Street near the Walker playground.

"That was pretty cruel to leave him like that. He's only a 6-year-old kid, and they leave him to die like that?" said Humphries, who has pleaded for the driver to come forward and surrender to police. She added that J-Veyon suffered severe head injuries from the car accident and has been kept sedated to avoid a potential seizure.

Expired Food: When Should You Throw Them Away?

A study conducted by Harris Interactive and ShelfLifeAdvice.com revealed that over one-third of consumers in the United States have the mistaken belief that certain foods are hazardous to eat when they are kept past their expiration date, according to The Boston Globe.

Common horror stories involving food-borne illnesses have made many people worried about expiration dates -- more than they probably need to be. The Centers for Disease Control found about one out of six Americans have been sick due to such illnesses, but did not have any data that showed how many of those incidents resulted from having eaten food past their "expired" date.

Dominic Wilson's Parents Sue Applebee's For Alcohol Mix-Up

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The parents of 15-month-old toddler Dominic Lacey Wilson from Michigan have filed a lawsuit in Oakland County against the parent company of the popular restaurant chain Applebee's after their son was accidentally served alcohol instead of apple juice with his meal.

While the error may be an alarming one of negligence for many Boston locals, Reuters reported that Taylor Dill-Reese and Dominic Wilson also contended in their suit that several of the restaurant's employees at the Applebee's in Madison Heights have made similar blunders with other young children.

"It's happened to them on multiple occasions," said William Stern, the couple's lawyer. "This is an occasion that came really close to being tragic if the child had ingested a little more alcohol."

Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Catholic Priests Rise in 2010

Many Boston locals may be surprised to hear that the U.S. Roman Catholic Church and its insurers paid $124 million to settle child sexual abuse claims in 2010 compared to the $104 million spent the year before, according a recent church-commissioned audit. The total amount paid to abuse settlements is currently approaching $3 billion.

The U.S. Conference of Bishops said 428 new cases alleging sexual abuse of a minor were filed last year, with seven claiming the abuse happened during the year, reported Reuters. Claims filed in 2010 were seven percent higher than those filed in 2009, but were also half of those filed in 2004, where 889 people made plausible allegations of abuse.

Lucy Jackson Crashes Into Preschool's Playground in Medfield

Some Boston residents may have heard about the car accident that occurred in Medfield, where an elderly woman crashed into the playground of the Beginning Years Child Development Center on North Street. According to Medfield Police Chief Robert Meaney Jr., officials identified 86-year-old Lucy Jackson as the suspected driver.

“License was revoked by the Registry of Motor Vehicles and she will be charged with operating recklessly,” stated Meaney.

Medfield Patch reported that Jackson was driving a 1998 Jaguar with her daughter, Kathy Walsh, in the passenger’s seat when she ran through the Post Office’s parking lot and landed in the preschool’s playground, with the vehicle turned over. Meaney added that police had gathered “some witness statements that say the car accelerated.”

Robert Oliva Faces $20 Million Lawsuit For Sexual Abuse

Renowned New York City high school basketball coach Robert "Shock" Oliva, 66, still faces a $20 million injury lawsuit after pleading guilty at a criminal hearing in a Massachusetts courtroom to sexually molesting James Carlino, who was 14-years-old at the time, while visiting Boston for the Red Sox-Yankees game in 1976.

The Boston Herald reported Oliva, who had coached Los Angeles Lakers' player Lamar Odom, admitted to the act after Carlino, now 49-years-old and also Oliva's godson, confronted him in court.

"I now realize I lost my childhood to Bob Oliva," said Carlino as he broke down in court. "You are a sick, disgusting person and a poor example of a human being who took advantage of your position and power in life."

Seth Davis Left With Head Injuries After Falling Out Of Tour Bus

Thirty-four year old Seth Davis, from Winchendon, suffered serious head injuries after falling out the bathroom window of a brewery tour bus, which was managed by Colonial Tours of Boston and returning to the Bay State from New Hampshire. According to the Boston Herald, Davis' family said he didn't even remember he had tumbled out of the bus and landed along Route 2.

"He doesn't remember anything until he arrived at the hospital," stated Davis' mother, Martha Pickard. She noted that all the passengers had come back from a 12-hour pub crawl in Portsmouth, which her son joined with his wife and friends.

Heavy Snow Expected In MA, Residents Cautioned To Drive Safely

A snowstorm suddenly occurred in parts of the Northeast Friday morning, on April Fool's Day, after Mother Nature had initially graced with area with some warmth.

According to Boston Herald, 10 inches of snow began to pile in eastern New York and in parts of New England, creating a very slippery commute for those in New Hampshire, Maine, and southern Vermont.

But Brian Montgomery, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the storm may be traveling farther east than some models originally predicted, which means that higher elevated areas in Vermont and western Massachusetts could receive the heaviest snow.