Man electrocuted on T's Orange Line
A man was electrocuted last night when he made contact with thethird rail after walking into the MBTA's Orange Line tunnel betweenNorth Station and Community College, said Joe Pesaturo, spokesman forthe Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. An MBTA crew spottedthe man inside the tunnel at about 10:30 p.m and brought anapproaching train to a halt, Pesaturo said. The man then crawledunder the train and was killed when he touched the electrified thirdrail, Pesaturo said. Service was temporarily halted betweenWellington and Haymarket stations.
Fla. man admits smuggling immigrants
A Florida man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Bostonto conspiring to smuggle illegal Brazilian immigrants from Mexico tovarious locations in the United States, including Massachusetts,Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. Edson Faustino, 47, of Pompano Beach,Fla., admitted that he served as a debt collector for the ring, whichcharged immigrants $10,000 to bring them to the United States.Faustino was arrested last year after collecting a fee through amiddle man from a Brazilian man who was transported by van toCambridge. Faustino is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 17. Another mancharged with serving as a debt collector for the ring, Jose MarcosSilva, of Medford, is scheduled to go to trial in federal court inOctober.
Officer shoots driver after stolen-car chase
An Attleboro police officer shot a man in the arm early yesterdaymorning after authorities said he led police on a 4-mile chase in astolen sport utility vehicle and rammed a cruiser. John J. Peters,44, was expected to be released from Rhode Island Hospital yesterdayor today and will face several charges, according to Captain GeorgeG. Bussiere of the Attleboro Police Department. Joyce Sumpter, 45, apassenger in the SUV, was also arrested and charged with possessionof a stolen vehicle, a Jeep Grand Wagoneer taken in Paris, Maine. At12:20 a.m. yesterday, police said, an officer on patrol saw Petersspeeding. After police chased him on several local roads, Petersturned onto East Street and hit a dead end. An officer used hiscruiser to block the dead end and got out of his car, Bussiere said.Peters drove at the officer, who jumped out of the way, Bussieresaid. The officer drew his gun and fired several shots, hittingPeters once in the arm, Bussiere said. Peters rammed the cruiser anddrove into a tree. Police did not release the name of the officer whofired his gun. Following department protocol, the officer was placedon administrative leave while the shooting is reviewed.
Girl, 10, tells police men approached her
A 10-year-old granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy toldpolice that she was frightened at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday when twomen offered her a ride in their van as she was walking from a privatetennis club about a half-mile from the Kennedy family's compound inHyannisport, police say. Barnstable police said they areinvestigating the report. The girl, whom police would not identify byname because she is a minor, described the two men as white and intheir 50s and said the van was white with no markings. She said sheran when they offered her a ride, police said. 'They didn't try tophysically take her,' said Barnstable Sergeant Ben Baxter, addingthat police had added more patrols in the area.
Town bans outdoor activities in evening
Team practices, the classic car shows in the Wal-Mart parking lot,and other organized outdoor activities must end by 6 p.m., sayHalifax health officials, who are concerned that people couldcontract a mosquito-borne illness. The ban will remain in effectuntil further notice. Health Agent Cathleen Drinan said Halifax is inone of three areas in Southeastern Massachusetts warned by the statethat they are at a high risk for human cases of West Nile virus orEastern equine encephalitis.
Couple donate $60m to Gordon College
Gordon College has received a $60 million endowment gift from aCalifornia couple with two grandchildren enrolled at the school, thelargest gift in the history of the Christian liberal arts college.The donation comes from a real estate developer and his wife andnearly triples the Wenham school's current endowment of $33 million.Gordon College will officially rename its campus the Dale E. andSarah Ann Fowler Campus, after the donors. The school, founded in1889, has about 1,700 undergraduate students and 100 graduatestudents. (AP)