A Medford man who allegedly attempted to break into a Boston ATM last year and led investigators on a brief chase through a building has been indicted on a bank robbery charge, according to court documents.
Terry K. Leigh, 44, was arrested at 465 Columbus Ave. on Aug. 11, 2012 after a surveillance team from the FBI Violent Crimes Task force watched him pry open the door to a Bank of America ATM machine there, then saw sparks emanating from underneath the ATM's access door. Leigh was wearing a fake beard, track pants, a long-sleeve shirt, a messenger bag and gloves when he entered the ATM at about 9:45 p.m., according to court documents.
Investigators said when they approached the ATM, Leigh fled up a stairwell at 465 Columbus Ave., and he was eventually found hiding on top of a ventilation shaft on the roof, where they also found a disassembled cellphone.
The messenger bag was found stuffed behind the heat shield of a radiator on the sixth floor. Saw blades, a grinder, other tools and the fake beard were found inside the bag, according to investigators. Rubber gloves and a hat were found in the building's basement incinerator, which is connected to the ventilation shaft on the roof where Leigh was found.
An inspection of the ATM found grind marks on the hinges of the door that protected the money trays, and debris from the ATM and grinder on the ground.
A complaint was filed against Leigh in US District Court in Boston in April. He was indicted by a grand jury June 18.
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A Tewksbury man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from tricking teenage girls into sending him nude images, and in some cases using them to blackmail the victims into having sex with him, according to prosecutors.Thomas Hutchinson, 21, was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to over 50 charges, including rape of a child by force, two charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, extortion, and 17 counts of possession of child pornography, according to an announcement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.
Hutchinson was arrested in July 2011 after a 15-year-old Medford girl turned to authorities for help. The girl had met Hutchinson through MyYearbook.com, since changed to www.meetme.com, where he used multiple aliases to lead her to believe he was in the modeling industry and eventually convinced her to send him nude photos, prosecutors said.
In an e-mail exchange, Hutchinson told the girl the photos would be published online and she would be raped if she didn't agree to have sex with his "friend," prosecutors said.
He used another e-mail account and arranged to pick her up at her home in Medford, and forced her to perform a sex act on him in his car, according to prosecutors.
A search of Hutchinson's home computer uncovered illicit photos and videos of dozens of girls who appeared to be under 18, which led prosecutors to additional victims. There were several other instances where Hutchinson used the images to force the victims into having sex with him, according to prosecutors.
"This defendant, hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet, gained access to and exploited unwitting young people," Ryan said in a statement. "Not satisfied with only deceiving and manipulating these victims online, he then tried to extort some of them with threats of disclosing their activities online and assaulted others when he forced them to meet with him in person. This case is a stark reminder of the potential dangers of predators who manipulate the relative freedom of the internet for their own ends."
In addition to the prison sentence, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Edward Leibensperger ordered Hutchinson to 15 years of subsequent probation; to have no contact with any of the victims; no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18; comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registry; undergo sex offender treatment; refrain from use of the Internet or any computers or smart phones; and be subjected to GPS monitoring.
In all, Hutchinson pleaded guilty to the following charges: Rape of a child by force; rape; assault with intent to rape a child; two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14; four counts of attempted extortion; child enticement; 17 counts of possession of child pornography; 10 counts of posing a child in a state of sexual conduct; 10 counts of posing a child in a state of nudity; three counts of dissemination of visual matter of a child in sexual conduct; dissemination of visual matter of a child in a state of nudity; two counts of dissemination of matter harmful to a minor; and carrying a dangerous weapon.
The US ambassador to Spain and Andorra has been named the new dean of Tisch College at Tufts University, according to an announcement from the school.
Solomont, a Lowell native who received a bachelor's degree in political science and urban studies from Tufts in 1970, has served as ambassador to Spain and Andorra since 2010 and previously chaired the Corporation for National Community Service. He served as the finance chair for the Democratic National Party in 1997 and 1998.
"For me, returning to Tufts as the dean of Tisch College is coming home to an institution I love and that has meant so much to me and my family," Solomont said in a statement. "I am excited to lead one of Tufts' signature initiatives and to apply my passion for active citizenship and civic engagement to build on Tisch's solid foundation and to propel it to new heights."
Solomont succeeds Nancy Wilson, who has served as interim dean since Rob Hollister stepped down in June 2011.
Forecasters issued severe thunderstorm warnings Monday for various areas of Massachusetts as powerful storms swept east across the state.
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The City of Medford is applying for a $400,000 grant to overhaul McNally Park on Webster Street.
Mayor Michael McGlynn has submitted a request to the City Council to submit an application for a Massachusetts Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grant to fund the project, according to city records. The council will consider the request in a meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.
The park was donated to the city in 1936 and is named after Patrick McNally, who was on the city's Parks Commission at the time.
A walk and fund-raiser will be held for a memorial scholarship fund in the name of Boston Marathon bombings victim Krystle Campbell Sunday in Medford.