Weymouth police are on the hunt for three men accused of storming into a gas station and assaulting the clerk with a handgun early Thursday morning.
Officers responding to the Mobil Gas Station, located at 512 Main St., around 3:30 a.m. learned the suspects had robbed the clerk of an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes, police said.
Survellience video showed one of the suspects striking the clerk’s head repeatedly with a handgun, leaving blood streaming down his head.
During this brief struggle, two other men allegedly grabbed the money and cigarettes before the three suspects ran north on Main Street.
Police say the suspects are believed to be Hispanic men.
One man was seen wearing a red jacket with a blue backpack, the second had on a black jacket, gray sweatpants, a baseball hat and white shoes, while the third wore a black, puffy jacket, sandals with socks and a black baseball hat with a red, white and blue brim.
Abe Nassif, the owner of the gas station, told 7News that the clerk is doing fine but things could have been a lot worse.
“That’s scary of course,” he said. “Thank God nothing happened but if he kept fighting, he might shoot him.”
Anyone with information about the armed robbery is asked to call Weymouth police.
Normally, by this late in January, there would have already been a few snowstorms but it’s been a quiet winter so far.
At Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Randolph, business has been equally slow the last few months but they know things are about to pick up.
“Today was quiet. We think it’s going to be more tomorrow and Saturday,” James Rowell of Rocky’s Ace Hardware said Thursday. “Sometimes you wonder if anyone owns a shovel. We sell 90 of our shovels the first storm of the year.”
People are grabbing the snow season staples, including rock salt, ice scrapers and shovels.
“I need to make sure I have shovels and everything and we’re all set,” Carrie Wright said.
Snow plow crews are also getting ready for the storm and are prepared to use the big salt piles across the state to keep the roads from getting slick.
Due to the snow falling overnight Saturday and most of Sunday, commuting has not been a worry to many people.
“Iâm pretty much free all day, so Iâm gonna be staying inside and going out when I have to,” one woman said.
Some parts of Massachusetts could get up to two feet of snow.
BOSTON (AP) â Chris Wagner scored the go-ahead goal 5:27 into the third period, Tuukka Rask tied a Boston record with his 252nd career win and the Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Thursday night.
Rask made 28 saves and matched the franchise mark set by Cecil “Tiny” Thompson, who was 252-153 with 63 ties. Rask, the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie, is 252-145-56 in 474 games with Boston.
Torey Krug, David Backes, Brad Marchand and Sean Kuraly also scored for the Bruins, who had lost three of four (1-2-1) after a season-high five-game winning streak.
Ryan O’Reilly and Carl Gunnarsson had the goals for St. Louis. Jake Allen made 22 saves.
Blues left wing David Perron extended his NHL-leading and career-best point streak to 13 games (six goals, 10 assists) with a secondary assist on O’Reilly’s goal.
St. Louis had won four of six (4-1-1) coming in and earned at least one point in each of its previous five road games.
Wagner’s tiebreaking goal came after Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson’s pass from the opposite blue line put him a step in front of Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo. Wagner tucked the puck under Allen’s glove after his deke put the goalie off balance.
Marchand ripped in a rebound after Charlie McAvoy’s wraparound attempt bounced off Allen’s pads to make it 4-2 with 6:48 remaining.
Kuraly tacked on an empty-net goal with 51.5 seconds left.
Krug’s uncontested wrister in the slot gave Boston a 1-0 lead 3:31 into the second period.
St. Louis tied it 53 seconds later when O’Reilly tucked in his own rebound from the right of the crease after Rask got a glove on his first attempt.
Gunnarsson gave the Blues a 2-1 lead when he capped a give-and-go with Jaden Schwartz with a one-timer from the left circle with 6:24 to play in the second.
Backes, a former Blues captain, got a piece of Zdeno Chara’s slap shot to tie it again with four minutes left in the period. Backes’ goal came with four seconds left on a Bruins power play following Robert Bortuzzo’s cross-checking penalty.
NOTES: Gunnarsson missed the previous three games with an illness. … St. Louis LW Zach Sanford (concussion protocol) did not play after being slammed into the boards during Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders. … Boston C Ryan Donato received several stitches to close a cut under his nose after taking a hit from Philadelphia center Jordan Lehtera on Wednesday. … Bruins C Joakim Nordstrom (fractured fibula) had a maintenance day after skating Wednesday and could return after the bye week. … Backes, who returned after sitting out Wednesday as a healthy scratch, spent his first 10 NHL seasons (2006-16) with St. Louis. The 34-year-old Backes ranks sixth on the Blues’ career goals list (206) and seventh in points (460). … The Bruins held “Hockey Is For Everyone Night,” celebrating diversity throughout the sport.
Blues: Host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Bruins: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
As the first potentially significant winter storm of the season approaches, people are starting to prepare for Sunday’s snow.
Normally, by this late in January, there would have already been a few snow storms, but it’s been quiet this winter.
At Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Randolph, business has been equally slow the last few months, but they know things are about to pick up.
“Today was quiet. We think it’s going to be more tomorrow and Saturday. Sometimes you wonder if anyone owns a shovel. We sell 90 of our shovels the first storm of the year,” said James Rowell of Rocky’s Ace Hardware.
People are grabbing the snow season staples: rock salt, ice scrapers, and shovels.
“I need to make sure I have shovels and everything and we’re all set,” said Carrie Wright.
The big salt piles meant for the side roads and main streets will be put to use, too.
People who braced for a big winter plan on riding out the storm and enjoying the view from inside their homes.
“Iâm pretty much free all day, so Iâm gonna be staying inside and going out when I have to,” Wright said.
A 12-year-old Canton boy is being hailed a hero for his quick thinking when his grandfather suffered a medical emergency while driving.
Benjamin Bubis took over the wheel when his grandfather had a stroke on a busy highway.
“I knew that if I started to panic things could be way worse,” Bubis said. “It was like a life and death situation so I just knew that I had to stay and like focus.”
Bubis’s 71-year-old grandfather suffered the stroke as he was driving the young Canton soccer player to practice Tuesday afternoon.
He knew something was wrong when his grandfather stopped talking.
“Then suddenly the car started to slow down and it went slower, so I kept yelling, and then I called my mom,” Bubis said.
Yelena Bubis told her son to call 911.
“I could never imagine this happening to him,” she said. “I just know that heâs a very smart kid.”
“I told them whatâs happening, that thereâs a medical emergency, and at the same time I was steering the wheel with one hand, avoiding crashes,” Benjamin said.
He said it took several minutes to stop the car as others flew by him.
“I pulled it over to this alley on the right side of the road,” Benjamin said. “I pressed park. I pressed (the) start and stop button. I pressed all them, and eventually, it stopped. I donât know how.”
Paramedics found them and took the grandfather to UMass Memorial Medical Center.
“Heâs making a very, very good recovery,” said one of the grandfather’s doctors.
Yelena Bubis said she’s proud of her son for taking control of a scary situation.
“He saved the life of his grandfather,” she said. “It was on the highway. I mean I canât even imagine what he went through.”
BOSTON (AP) â Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would legalize and tax betting on professional sports online and at casinos in Massachusetts.
Baker, a Republican, announced that he would file legislation allowing the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to license the state’s three casino operators to offer both on-site and online betting.
The proposal would also allow other online entities, such as daily fantasy sports operators, to be licensed for sports wagering.
“Our legislation puts forth a series of commonsense proposals to ensure potential licensees are thoroughly vetted and safeguards are in place to protect against problem gambling and illegal activity,” Baker said in a statement.
A 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturned federal law prohibiting states from legalizing sports betting.
Baker’s proposal would put a 10 percent tax on sports wagering inside casinos, while online bets would be taxed at 12.5 percent. The gaming commission, which regulates casino gambling, would oversee sports betting. The governor says the proposal would direct revenue raised by the taxes toward local aid for cities and towns.
Daily fantasy sports contests, already legal but untaxed in Massachusetts, would also be subject to the 12.5 percent tax to “level the playing field” under Baker’s plan.
The governor’s proposal would not allow betting on college sports or other amateur sports.
James Chisholm, director of global public affairs for Boston-based daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings, called Baker’s plan “thoughtful,” and said that the company looked forward to working with the governor and lawmakers to approve a bill in the coming months.
“Legal, regulated mobile sports betting provides the best mechanism to not only protect consumers but to eliminate illegal offshore gambling, ensure game integrity, generate new revenue for the Commonwealth and fuel the growth of Massachusetts’ sports-tech sector,” Chisholm said in a statement.
Massachusetts lawmakers have so far taken a cautious approach to sports betting. House Speaker Robert DeLeo asked a committee chaired by Rep. Joseph Wagner, a Chicopee Democrat who was one of the chief architects of the 2011 Massachusetts law that legalized casino gambling, to study the potential ramifications of legalizing gambling on sports.
Bills to do so, however, have been filed by lawmakers in both the House and Senate.
Several states including Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia legalized sports betting last year after the high court decision. The legislation is being considered in several other states.
Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island became the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports in November.
Massachusetts’ first resort casino, MGM Springfield, opened last summer. The state’s only slots parlor, in Plainville, has been operating since 2015.
WASHINGTON (AP) â She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her a plane to visit troops abroad.
The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinkmanship, with both flexing their political powers from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled.
In dramatic fashion, Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on Thursday, just before she and other lawmakers were set to depart on the previously undisclosed trip to Afghanistan and Brussels. Trump belittled the trip as a “public relations event” â even though he had just made a similar warzone stop â and said it would be best if Pelosi remained in Washington to negotiate to reopen the government.
“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” wrote Trump, who had been smarting since Pelosi, the day before, called on him to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union address due to the shutdown.
Denying military aircraft to a senior lawmaker â let alone the speaker, who is second in line to the White House, traveling to a combat region â is very rare. Lawmakers were caught off guard. A bus to ferry the legislators to their departure idled outside the Capitol on Thursday afternoon.
The political tit-for-tat between Trump and Pelosi laid bare how the government-wide crisis has devolved into an intensely pointed clash between two leaders both determined to prevail. It took place as hundreds of thousands of federal workers go without pay and Washington’s routine protocols â a president’s speech to Congress, a lawmaker’s official trip â became collateral damage.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said the speaker planned to travel to Afghanistan and Brussels to thank service members and obtain briefings on national security and intelligence “from those on the front lines.” He noted Trump had traveled to Iraq during the shutdown and said a Republican-led congressional trip also had taken place.
Trump’s move was the latest example of his extraordinary willingness to tether U.S. government resources to his political needs. He has publicly urged the Justice Department to investigate political opponents and threatened to cut disaster aid to Puerto Rico amid a spat with the island territory’s leaders.
Some Republicans expressed frustration. Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted, “One sophomoric response does not deserve another.” He called Pelosi’s State of the Union move “very irresponsible and blatantly political” but said Trump’s reaction was “also inappropriate.”
While there were few signs of progress Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence and senior adviser Jared Kushner dashed to the Capitol late in the day for a meeting with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. And the State Department instructed all U.S. diplomats in Washington and elsewhere to return to work next week with pay, saying it had found money for their salaries at least temporarily.
For security reasons, Pelosi would normally make such a trip on a military aircraft supplied by the Pentagon. According to a defense official, Pelosi did request Defense Department support for overseas travel and it was initially approved. The official wasn’t authorized to speak by name about the matter, so spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official said the president does have the authority to cancel the use of military aircraft.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California slammed Trump for revealing the closely held travel plans. “I think the president’s decision to disclose a trip the speaker’s making to a war zone was completely and utterly irresponsible in every way,” Schiff said.
Trump’s trip to Iraq after Christmas was not disclosed in advance for security reasons.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump wanted Pelosi to stay in Washington before Tuesday, a deadline to prepare the next round of paychecks for federal workers.
“We want to keep her in Washington,” Sanders said. “The president wants her here to negotiate.”
The White House also canceled plans for a presidential delegation to travel to an economic forum in Switzerland next week, citing the shutdown. And they said future congressional trips would be postponed until the shutdown is resolved, though it was not immediately clear if any such travel â which often is not disclosed in advance â was coming up.
Trump was taken by surprise by Pelosi’s move to postpone his address and told one adviser it was the sort of disruptive move he would make himself, according to a Republican who is in frequent contact with the White House and was not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.
While he maintained a public silence, Trump grew weary of how Pelosi’s move was being received on cable TV and reiterated fears that he was being outmaneuvered in the public eye. Trump was delighted at the idea of canceling Pelosi’s trip, believing the focus on the resources needed would highlight her hypocrisy for cancelling his speech, according to the Republican.
Trump has still not said how he will handle Pelosi’s attempt to have him postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened so workers can be paid for providing security for the grand Washington tradition.
Pelosi told reporters earlier Thursday: “Let’s get a date when government is open. Let’s pay the employees. Maybe he thinks it’s OK not to pay people who do work. I don’t.”
Trump declined to address the stalemate over the speech during a visit Thursday to the Pentagon, simply promising that the nation will have “powerful, strong border security.”
Pelosi reiterated she is willing to negotiate money for border security once the government is reopened, but she said Democrats remain opposed to Trump’s long-promised wall. “I’m not for a wall,” Pelosi said twice, mouthing the statement a third time for effect.
In a notice to staff, the State Department said it can pay most of its employees beginning Sunday or Monday for their next pay period. They will not be paid for time worked since the shutdown began in December until the situation is resolved, said the notice.
The new White House travel ban did not extend to the first family.
About two hours after Trump grounded Pelosi and her delegation, an Air Force-modified Boeing 757 took off from Joint Base Andrews outside Washington with the call sign “Executive One Foxtrot,” reserved for the first family when the president is not traveling with them. It landed just before 7 p.m. at Palm Beach International Airport, less than two miles from the president’s private club.
A White House spokesperson did not answer questions about the flight.
PHOENIX (AP) â An Arizona man facing a terrorism charge for brandishing a knife in an encounter with a sheriff’s sergeant was carrying out a “lone wolf” attack, authorities said Thursday.
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said at a news conference that 18-year-old Ismail Hamed of Fountain Hills told a dispatcher before the Jan. 7 attack that he had an affiliation with a terror group.
Hamed was previously charged with aggravated assault for allegedly throwing rocks at the sergeant and brandishing a knife outside a sheriff’s substation in Fountain Hills, a Phoenix suburb.
Investigators said the sergeant shot Hamed after he ignored repeated warnings to drop the weapon.
A terrorism charge accusing Hamed of assisting the Islamic State was filed Tuesday.
County court records state that Hamed allegedly provided “advice, assistance, direction or management to the Islamic State of Iraq” and ISIS on or about Jan. 7.
A woman at the office of Hamed’s attorney, Faisal Ullah, said the law firm had no comment on the case Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) â Lucero Guadalupe SÃ¡nchez LÃ³pez was already trapped in an impossible extramarital relationship with Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman when she found herself in an even crazier bind â fleeing with Guzman and others from authorities through an underground tunnel, her outlaw love interest in the buff.
Guzman “was naked,” Sanchez said Thursday. “He took off running. He left us behind.”
The account of the mad dash in 2014 and Sanchez’s tortured romance with Guzman while he was on the run came at a U.S. drug trafficking trial that’s detailed his rise and fall as a near-mythical cartel boss. His lawyers say the allegations have been fabricated by cooperators seeking leniency in their own cases.
Sanchez, 29, a former local politician from Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa, took the witness stand in jail smocks after pleading guilty earlier this year to drug charges following her arrest last year. She told her tale with Guzman’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, sitting expressionless in the gallery.
The petite and soft-spoken witness said she met Guzman in 2010 and by 2011 was visiting him at his hideouts in Cabo San Lucas and elsewhere, and texting with him on cell phones protected by encryption he gave her. Over time, they began mixing business with pleasure that caused her distress, she said.
“Until this day, I’m confused because I thought we were in a romantic relationship,” she said toward the start of her testimony before she began sobbing and needed a break to compose herself. Later, she said of Guzman, “Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn’t.”
The trouble began when Guzman drafted Sanchez to purchase marijuana for him, with instructions to ready 400 kilograms (882 pounds) for each plane used to transport it from the countryside. Prosecutors showed the jury intercepted texts where the pair called each “love” as they plotted how best to move drugs, though some of Guzman’s messages sounded more menacing.
Sanchez said she would sometimes sweet talk Guzman “so he didn’t think I would rat him out. . I thought he could hurt me.”
The romance began to sour toward the end of 2012 but “seemed like it would never end,” Sanchez said, and when he invited her to one of the safe houses in the Sinaloa city of Culiacan in 2014, she automatically accepted.
At the time, a team of Mexican marines were hunting for Guzman, forcing him to leave the safehouse and move to another, she said. She went along and was spending the night with him when there was a commotion outside as one of his assistants blurted, “They’re on us.”
She testified that Guzman lead her into a bathroom, where the bathtub was lifted with hydraulics to expose a fortified trap door leading to a dark, damp sewage tunnel. It led to a more remote part of the city, where they made their escape, she said.
She was asked how long she was in the tunnel. “Long enough to be traumatized,” she said, before her testimony ended for the day.
Shortly after the two apparently parted ways, Guzman was captured at a hotel in the resort town of Mazatlan where he had met up with his wife and young twin daughters. Earlier Thursday, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who was there testified how the marines were in disbelief that they had bagged Mexico’s most wanted, who would still end up escaping a Mexican jail in 2016 before being recaptured for good.
“Is it him? Is it him?” DEA agent Victor Vazquez said the soldiers kept asking him. He testified he then looked at Guzman with wonder and said, “It’s you.”