By Jeff Fish, Globe Correspondent
A missing 73-year-old Newton man with Alzheimer’s disease was found in Cambridge late last night, according to the Newton Police Department.
The man is in good condition and his family is going to pick him up, said Newton Police Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker.
He went missing around 4 p.m. yesterday from Annapolis Road in Newton, which prompted an extensive search from the Newton Police Department and State Police involving ground patrols, canine units, and helicopters.
The man’s name has not been released.
NEWTON – A 79-year-old bedridden woman died in a three-alarm fire in her house in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Newton Centre early this morning.
According to Newton Deputy Fire Chief Michael Castro, the call came in shortly after 3 a.m. when a neighbor saw 10-foot flames billowing from the roof of the brick and red wood split-level house at the end of the Cottonwood Road cul-de-sac.
Firefighters found a woman said to be the sole occupant of the house and were unable to save her. Castro said that she was very badly burned.FULL ENTRY
One woman is in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital after she was rescued from a burning apartment in a Kennedy Circle housing complex in Newton this afternoon, said acting Newton Fire Chief Bruce Proia.FULL ENTRY
Nick McGrath said today he doesn’t really remember what he said when he kicked in the door of a Newton home last night. But he knows it needed to be done.
“The house was filling with smoke,’’ said McGrath. “They (the residents) had absolutely no idea the house was burning.’’
McGrath is a Newton firefighter who was returning home from the department’s Station 2 when he drove down Auburndale Road and saw smoke and flames coming from a three-family building.
He stopped his vehicle after seeing a panicked woman standing outside the home.
“There was a woman out front that was yelling’’ about the family on the second floor, he said. “So I just went in. No one answered the door. I kicked in the door. ... They were surprised.’’FULL ENTRY
NEWTON -- An off-duty Newton firefighter was hailed a hero today after he rushed into a burning house, with no protective gear, raced up to the second floor and rescued a family of three.
Firefighter Nick McGrath entered the multi-family house at 16 Auburndale Ave. and broke down the family's door after a woman running out of the first floor told him that people were still inside, Newton Fire Chief Bruce Proia said tonight.
“He busted through the front door [of the building], went up the stairs, and busted through the [family's] door,” Proia said.FULL ENTRY
A man who claimed to have a firearm robbed a Bank of America branch in the Waban section of Newton this morning, leading to the temporary lockdown of a nearby elementary school, local police said.
No one was hurt during the robbery, which took place shortly after 9:30 a.m., police said.FULL ENTRY
The moments after a man shot into a Newton jewelry store on Thursday were full of anxiety and uncertainty as a frantic caller reported that someone fired "bullets all over the place," according to a dramatic 911 recording released today by the Newton police.
A man believed to be wearing a dark, collared jacket and a hooded sweatshirt with jeans fired a gun into Cristofori Jewelers at 291 Watertown St. just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police have said. Three employees were inside the store at the time. At least eight shots were fired.
No one was seriously injured, police later learned, but that wasn't clear when the emergency call came in.
In the call, a man reports the shooting. "We just had bullets fired!" the man said, saying someone in the store may have suffered "a potential hit."
Newton police are searching tonight for an “armed and dangerous” suspect who fired multiple shots into the back door of a closed jewelry store today, Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker said.
The suspect, believed to be a man wearing a dark, collared jacket, and a hooded sweatshirt with jeans, fired at least eight shots with a silver handgun into a glass door at Cristofori Jewelers on Watertown Street just before 4:30 p.m., Apotheker said. Three employees were inside the store at the time, and the two visible to the gunman were not hurt, according to Apotheker.
State Police said in a statement that they were providing a helicopter, and marine and K-9 units to assist in the search for the suspect.
NEWTON -- It may seem an odd way to appeal to a crowd of Massachusetts voters: First, attack Mitt Romney, the last Republican to hold the governor's office. Then, go after President Kennedy, arguably the state's most revered Democrat.
But Rick Santorum, a former US Senator from Pennsylvania who is courting conservatives as he weighs a presidential run, came to Massachusetts and did just that today, blaming Kennedy for marginalizing religion in public life and Romney for signing the Massachusetts health care law.
Santorum's criticisms were striking not only because he targeted two of the state's political figures on their home turf --- even criticizing the first Catholic president in a speech to a Catholic group -- but also because he campaigned for Romney in 2008.
Back then, Santorum, known for his outspoken opposition to gay rights and abortion, traveled with Romney across the South, telling Republican primary voters, "if you want to make sure we have a conservative nominee, you vote for Mitt Romney."
Now that the 2012 election is approaching, though, Santorum said he is "kicking around a run for president" and there's a "different field and a different set of issues."
"The issues, unfortunately, don't line up particularly well for Governor Romney this time, particularly with health care being front and center on the stage," Santorum told reporters at the Hotel Indigo in Newton.
JERUSALEM Business men and women traveling with Governor Deval Patrick
said they came away with serious prospects and strong relationships, but no deals to announce, as the Israeli portion of the state's trade mission ended today.
Many of the leaders are flying back to Boston, some on commercial airlines, others on private jets. A smaller portion of the delegation is continuing with Patrick to London over the weekend.
Patrick had one more meeting in Israel, with Palestinian Prime Minister Salem Fayyad, before holding meetings in the United Kingdom until Thursday.
Judging the ultimate value of the trip, which will cost $300,000 in public money, will be difficult. Even if deals are reached, it will be hard in many cases to determine whether they were sparked specifically because of the meetings initiated on the trip.
Some delegates gained valuable access to the governor, while Patrick himself cautioned that in a modern economy, success is not necessarily defined by signed contracts, but by building relationships that lead to future deals.FULL ENTRY
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