A 47-year-old Utah man was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography yesterday after he allegedly viewed pornographic images of children on his laptop computer during a flight from Utah to Boston, according to State Police. Grant Smith, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, was arrested after troopers interviewed him when the flight landed at 4:12 p.m. at Logan International Airport. State Police had received a report that a man on a Delta Air Lines flight was viewing pornographic images of children. A passenger allegedly saw the images on Smith's computer screen and informed the flight crew. Smith was seated in first class. He was being held at the Logan Airport barracks and his bail was set at $15,000. Smith is set to be arraigned tomorrow in East Boston District Court. Police are investigating the incident, and will determine whether any further charges are warranted.
Two hospitalized after rollover on I-93
Two women were transported to the hospital after their vehicle rolled over on Interstate 93 southbound in Woburn yesterday. The accident happened at 8:20 a.m. at Exit 37C, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered potentially serious injuries after being ejected from the vehicle; the passenger was wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries. Both the driver and passenger were taken to Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Two lanes were closed until about 8:35 a.m. No other information was immediately available.
Man, 30, says intruder assaulted him
A 30-year old man told Wareham police that a masked intruder had entered his home on Friday night and assaulted him with a handgun. The man, who contacted police around 9 p.m., was sent to Tobey Hospital with minor injuries. He reported that the male suspect had also stolen cash and jewelry from the home on Juniper Street before leaving the scene in a vehicle. Two other adults who were in the house at the time were uninjured. Wareham police said the incident is under investigation.
State caused bridge delays, report says
A confidential state report said the Rhode Island Department of Transportation caused 30 months of delays in the project that replaced the Barrington Bridge by failing to address design problems. According to the Providence Journal, the report also said the department mismanaged the project's costs, construction, and design. Rhode Island paid a $5.3 million settlement to the bridge's contractor, Shire Corp., to cover costs resulting from the delays. The report said the state paid the settlement because its actions could have undermined its defense, if it had fought the dispute in court. The new bridge opened to traffic in 2009. (AP)
Hearing impaired get aid at planetarium
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord is making it easier for people with hearing loss to enjoy its planetarium shows. The center recently worked with the New Hampshire Academy of Audiology and a hearing aid manufacturer to install a magnetic loop between the planetarium theater's floor and carpeting. The low-frequency tape sends signals that are picked up by patrons wearing certain types of hearing aids, enabling them to hear the shows more clearly. (AP)
Protesters must obtain permit, or move
Occupy Augusta protesters have been told to get a permit or move their tents out of the state-owned Capitol Park. Capitol Police have allowed the protesters to stay in the park near the State House since Oct. 15. But Capitol Police Chief Russ Gauvin has now told demonstrators they need to apply for a permit by tomorrow. He told the Kennebec Journal that the campers have damaged the ground and other people are complaining they can't use the park. Jim Freeman, of Verona Island, said the group has no intention of applying for a permit or moving from the park. Occupy Augusta is part of the national movement to protest what demonstrators are calling corporate greed and political corruption. (AP)
Source: The Boston Globe