Ipswich Police report:
Marguerite Tomany, age 61, of North Grosvenor Dale, Conn., died as a result of injuries suffered in the lightning strike. The second victim, a 69-year-old woman from Concord, Mass. remains in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Both were in the water on Saturday when the first of three storms to hit Ipswich suddenly appeared, police say.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned Luis Gonazalez's conviction and 12-year sentence for armed carjacking and witness intimidation because the judge in his trial took no action after jurors asked what they should do about the fact that one of them had been asleep during testimony.
Does Beverly even have hills? Police in the North Shore town report:
Apparently Justin Beiber had a big party last night. A citizen called Beverly Police wishing to remain anonymous this morning at 04:45 to complain about Beiber having a party at his Oakhurst home on the rooftop that was out of control. #Beiberproblems
Via the Salem News.
It was a nice day for driving along Lynn Shore Drive with the window down - and stopping to take in the view.
At high tide, the waves crashed into the seawall, sending spray on anyone close enough to the wall.
To a layman, the case might sound simple: A guy climbs stairs to his apartment, but leans on the guardrail, which breaks and sends him plummeting to pavement below, resulting in serious injuries - and a lawsuit against his landlords.
But in a decision today, the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled his landlords are not liable for his injuries under a state law mandating compliance with the state building code - because the building is not a building as defined by that law.
The state yesterday announced all of Essex County goes under a tree and wood quarantine next week to try to keep destructive emerald ash borers from jumping from there to the rest of Eastern Massachusetts - such as the streets of Boston, where ash trees are common in street plantings.
The Saddest Parade on Earth is 11 a.m., this Sadurday in Beverly:
Participants are asked to wear dapper attire and help carry a sad banner or sign. Sadness is a helpful qualification, but not required.
The Lynn Daily Item reports Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy is having a little trouble believing a Suffolk Downs traffic study that claims the resort casino planned for Revere will only add 18 cars a day to Lynn roads.
Trains out of North Station this afternoon were either canceled or delayed due to a fire in the T's commuter-rail maintenance facility (the big blue building just outside North Station).
State officials say emerald ash borers were discovered last month in Essex County.
The invasive, destructive pests, native to China, had previously been detected only in remote Dalton in the western part of the state.
The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem reports the arrival of one fat gourd.
Busing between Montserrat and Prides Crossing on the Newburyport/Rockport Line due to the strike at near South Thissel Street around 9:50 a.m. The MBTA reports:
A railroad trespasser was struck by an inbound commuter rail train in Beverly. The incident did not occur at a station nor a crossing. The trespasser was on the tracks in a wooded area. Train #114 has about 90 passengers aboard it. They will be transferred to another train while Transit Police conduct an investigation.
Galen Moore of the Boston Business Journal uses state data and Google Fusion Tables to create a map of "every outdoor patio bar in the state of Massachusetts."
Lynn Police report a man who tried holding up a series of stores from Lynn to East Boston this past winter has apparently returned from an extended stay elsewhere and is now busy trying to rob stores at gunpoint again.
The 21st annual Bike to the Sea Day is coming up on Sunday, June 2nd. The ride, which runs from Everett to Nahant, raises funds for the construction and maintenance of the Northern Strand Community Trail.
The trail itself will run through the cities of Everett, Malden, Revere, Saugus, and Lynn along the MBTA owned Boston & Maine Saugus Branch Railroad. Sections in Everett, Malden, and Saugus have been completed in the past year, with the city of Malden pledging to pave their section of the trail.
This guy tells WBZ he was only expressing his displeasure at the way the driver was driving.
Transit Police report arresting a Saugus man after he started choking a bus driver for no good reason they could tell and another passenger had to pull him off.
Police say Franco Contino rode a 426 bus from Haymarket in Boston to Saugus without incident last Wednesday afternoon.
But when the bus stopped on Lincoln Avenue to let passengers off, Contino erupted in fury and began cursing out the driver, Transit Police say:
WBZ reports some girl up in Salem now faces a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a police officer for allegedly attacking a cop in the local police station with an eyeliner pencil. The officer was taken to the hospital with an unspecified injury from the attack but is expected to survive.