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3 high school seniors chosen as US Presidential Scholars

Three Massachusetts high school seniors are among 161 US Presidential Scholars, a national award recognizing student accomplishment in academics, the arts and technical education, the US Department of Education announced Thursday. They are Saviel Ortiz of Lawrence, who attends Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover; Amelia Ao from Wayland High School; Jaiden David Edelman of West Tisbury, who attends Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in Oak Bluffs. Scholars are chosen annually by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars for their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, school evaluations and transcripts, community service, and leadership. The students are usually honored at the White House where they are presented a medallion, according to the program’s website. Award recipients will be honored during the summer as public health circumstances permit, the statement said.


Sex offender arrested on Red Line, police say

A sex offender allegedly assaulted a woman on a Red Line train on Tuesday, Transit Police said. Officers were called to the Charles/MGH station at about 7:45 a.m. to meet a woman who said she had been attacked while riding an inbound Red Line train, police said. Officials said Christopher Nettles, 46, of Dorchester, indecently assaulted the woman on the train. The woman provided a description of Nettles and officers temporarily halted train service. They found Nettles still on board the original train at the next stop. Nettles was arrested and charged with indecent assault and battery after the victim identified him as her alleged attacker, police said. During the booking process, officers learned Nettles had a warrant out for his arrest from Roxbury Municipal Court for failure to register as a sex offender, police said.


Bathroom light/fan fixture sparks 3-alarm house fire

A combined bathroom light and exhaust fan ignited a three-alarm fire that seriously damaged a home in Somerville Wednesday night, officials said. Crews were called to a two-family home at 2 Quincy St. around 10:00 p.m., the state fire marshal’s office said in a statement. The light/ exhaust fan inside a second floor bathroom had sparked a fire that filled the home’s attic with smoke, officials said. The smoke traveled down the attic stairs and set off a fire alarm in the second floor apartment. All five occupants inside the home safely escaped. Officials said four firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling the blaze. Investigators said the fire started inside the light and exhaust fan before spreading to other parts of the home, but they could not determine if a mechanical or electrical issue caused the device to malfunction. The home sustained an estimated $350,000 in damage, officials said.


Coast Guard rescues 3 from burning boat


Three people were rescued from a burning boat that later sunk in Narragansett Bay Thursday morning, according to Coast Guard officials. Around 11 a.m., crews received a report of a boat fire approximately 2.5c miles southeast of Point Judith, First Coast Guard District said in a tweet. Three people onboard the 40-foot fishing boat were brought safely to shore by the Narragansett firefighters and the Coast Guard, officials said. An EMS crew brought the three people to a local hospital. A photo posted on Twitter shows firefighters extinguishing the fire from their own boat, heavy smoke emanating from the fishing boat.Shortly after 1 p.m., the boat began to take on water before sinking about 105 feet, officials said. In a video posted on Twitter, the boat can be seen smoking as it sinks completely underwater.

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Man pleads guilty in meth case involving drug dog

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A man pleaded guilty in federal court in New Hampshire to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, the U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday. Michael Mowry, 43, of Acton, Maine, was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by a state trooper on Interstate 95 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 2018, according to court documents. The trooper developed suspicions about drug activity and called for a narcotics detection dog. The dog alerted to the odor of narcotics. Mowry then said that there was methamphetamine in a backpack in the rear seat, court papers said. The backpack had 755 grams of methamphetamine. Mowry is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 27.(AP)