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    A 55-year-old Manchester Center woman died as she tried to save her grandson from drowning during a family outing in Lowell Lake State Park Friday. The boy is listed in critical condition at an area hospital.

    LONDONDERRY, Vt. -- A 55-year-old woman from Manchester Center, Vermont, was pronounced dead at a Londonderry swimming area after she tried to save her 5-year-old grandson from drowning.

    Vermont State Police said Julie Lawrence was with her two grandsons at the Lowell Lake State Park about 5 p.m. Friday when 5-year-old Jackson Lawrence fell off a flotation device and struggled in the water. Both Julie Lawrence and the boy's 9-year-old brother went into the water to try to save him. 

    After trying to rescue his brother, the 9-year-old swam to get help while Lawrence continued to search for the boy. She began to struggle and slipped underwater.

    Rescuers located both grandmother and grandson and attempted to resuscitate them. Lawrence was pronounced dead at the scene, while the boy was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he is listed in critical condition in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit. 

    Police said the 9-year-old is safe.


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    Los Angeles police descended a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake near downtown Los Angeles Saturday afternoon after a gunman opened fired outside the store at end of a police pursuit, sending shoppers diving for cover.

    LOS ANGELES -- A man who in a standoff with police inside a Los Angeles supermarket is suspected of shooting his grandmother and girlfriend earlier Saturday and led police on a pursuit through the city -- at times shooting at officers -- before he crashed outside the busy supermarket and ran inside, officials said.

    A large number of police and rescue personnel swarmed the Trader Joe's in the Silver Lake area Saturday afternoon and at least one person was injured but expected to survive. Police said it wasn't clear whether there were any employees or others still inside the store.

    Investigators believe the suspect, whose name hasn't been released, had shot his grandmother and girlfriend around 1:30 p.m. in South Los Angeles and then fled in a 2015 Toyota Camry, said Officer Mike Lopez, a Los Angeles police spokesman.

    Officers spotted the suspect's car near Hollywood and tried to pull him over, but the man refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit, Lopez said. During the chase, the suspect shot "multiple rounds" at officers, though no officers were struck by the gunfire, he said.

    At least one officer is believed to have returned fire during the pursuit, Lopez said.

    The suspect eventually crashed his car outside of the Trader Joe's supermarket and then ran into the store. An Associated Press employee who lives in the area reported seeing a car crashed into a utility pole outside the store.

    The woman who was injured was taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to David Ortiz, a fire department spokesman, though it was unclear how she was injured. Officials said they had 18 ambulances and 100 firefighters staged at the scene.

    Don Kohles, 91, was walking into the supermarket when he saw a car being chased police crash into a pole just outside. Police fired at the driver, shattering the store's glass doors and Kohles and others inside took cover and laid on the floor as the suspect ran into the store, he said.

    He could hear others around him sobbing as the man ran toward the back of the store and yell at people, but Kohles said he never heard any more gunshots. After about 30 minutes, police came inside and rushed some of the customers out, he said.

    Sgt. Barry Montgomery said the situation was still unfolding but officers were communicating with the suspect. It wasn't clear if employees or customers were still inside the store.

    Officers are "trying to get the suspect to surrender and bring this to a peaceful conclusion," he said.

    Photos posted on social media showed people trying to exit the supermarket through a window and video from television news helicopters showed others leaving through the front door with their hands up.

    President Donald Trump tweeted:

    --By Christopher Weber and Michael Balsalmo


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    The 25th annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival on Saturday drew several thousand people to Look Memorial Park for a day of all things Scottish - music, food, athletic games, vendors and more.

    FLORENCE - Bagpipes, clan battle cries, kilts, music, cabers and ... haggis.

    "Years ago, it was a tradition" said Laura Flechsig of Montgomery, a member of the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival Committee, "It was a way to use everything up."

    Originally, haggis was made with a sheep's heart, liver and lungs along with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and whatever else needed to be used up. Traditionally, it was encased in the animal's stomach and boiled." In other words, as Flechsig noted, it was made with "everything but the baa."

    "I don't eat the stuff," Flechsig said. "It tastes like liver, or a sausage-type thing. I don't like liver" 

    But on Saturday, as Flechsig was preparing to serve samples of a more modern version of haggis, there was a line waiting to taste it. "I'll have two." said the first customer.  

    The 25th annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival on Saturday drew several thousand people to Look Memorial Park for a day of all things Scottish - music, food, athletic games, vendors and more. The festival hosted Eastern United States Pipe Band Association-sanctioned pipe bands and solo competitions. The pipes and drummers were not easy to miss - or hear. John Bottomley, the director of bagpiping at West Point, was one of the judges. "It's fun," he said.

    Committee Chairman Peter Langmore has been involved in one way or another in every festival - 25 years. "I just enjoy bringing this Scottish culture ... to the region." Glasgow Lands is the only Scottish festival in Massachusetts and the second largest in New England. The Irish Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts is a sponsor of the festival.

    Since 1994, the festival has donated $229,515 to non-profit organizations, including the White Church Preservation Fund, Forum House, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, River Valley Counseling and pipe-dance scholarships.


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    Here are the winning numbers in Saturday's Powerball lottery drawing.

    Another big jackpot awaits someone holding a ticket with the right numbers for the latest Powerball drawing.

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    Here are Saturday's winning numbers:

    09-23-56-58-68, Powerball: 01, PowerPlay: 2X

    The estimated jackpot is $130 million. The lump sum payment before taxes would be about $79.3 million. If there is no jackpot winner, the amount grows larger for the next drawing.

    The last big payout occurred when a single winning ticket worth $150.4 million sold in Oregon won on June 21.

    Powerball is held in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

    A $2 ticket gives you a one in 292.2 million chance at joining the hall of Powerball champions.

    The drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Wednesdays and Saturdays. Deadline to purchase tickets is 9:45 p.m.

    Oregon's $150.4 million Powerball winner comes forward


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    Wayne E. Phaneuf, executive editor of The Republican and Sunday Republican, will be honored this fall with the Yankee Quill Award, the highest individual honor bestowed on journalists in New England.

    Wayne E. Phaneuf, executive editor of The Republican and Sunday Republican, will be honored this fall with the Yankee Quill Award, the highest individual honor bestowed on journalists in New England.

    Phaneuf, whose career spans 49 years with The Republican and its predecessor publications, is among five honorees who will be recognized in October at the fall conference of the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Established in the 1960s and presented by the New England Academy of Journalists, the Yankee Quill "recognizes the lifetime achievement of those who have had a broad influence for good, both inside and outside the newsroom."

    William Ketter, chairman of the academy which includes prior recipients and the presidents of several New England media associations, said selection for the award "is not based on any single achievement but rather on broad influence for good on New England journalism." "Among those achievements (by Phaneuf) are the high ethical and press freedom standards (he has) espoused during nearly a half-century with the Springfield newspapers, transformation of The Republican from print-only to also a digital journalism powerhouse in the region and noteworthy interaction with readers and the community, including public speaking appearances and authoring several books about the history of Springfield and Western Massachusetts," Ketter said.

    "Wayne Phaneuf has devoted a lifetime to providing Springfield readers with fair and objective news, without fear or favor," said George Arwady, publisher and CEO of The Republican. "This award recognizes thousands of small acts of great journalism."

    U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, who joined Arwady in nominating Phaneuf for the honor, said the award is also important in recognizing what Phaneuf's reporting and leadership at the newspaper have meant for the community at large. In particular, Neal credited Phaneuf for having had a major role in keeping the story of the revitalization of Springfield's Union Station in the public consciousness for the decades leading up to its grand reopening last year after a $95 million rehabilitation.

    "He kept the Union Station story alive. The stories, plus the editorials written along the way, were really very important to the success of this important project," Neal said.

    "Wayne is very much a Springfield guy. His affections for the city are well-known," the congressman added. "He covered a lot of controversial issues when he was a beat reporter. I thought he was a champion of the idea that there is a second opinion. He came from an age and time as a reporter when he wanted the real story."

    Phaneuf was named executive editor in 1998. That appointment followed a long career that began at the Springfield Daily News where he started working on his 20th birthday. He has been a reporter, columnist, suburban editor, assistant managing editor and was managing editor for a decade before becoming executive editor.

    "For those of us who have spent our working life in journalism the Yankee Quill Award is considered the pinnacle of achievement," said Phaneuf. "I am humbled and thankful to be able to join the distinguished ranks of New England newspaper men and women who have received this award. As I close in on my 50th year at The Republican I look back proudly on a career in which you can say that 'we made a difference.' There is no better calling."

    A Classical High School graduate, Phaneuf attended American International College and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A local historian, Phaneuf was a founder and first vice president of the Springfield Historical Society and received a historical preservation award from the Springfield Historical Commission. For more than 10 years, he wrote "Looking Backward," a column on local history.

    In 1999, he was the co-author of "Bringing Home the News," a 175-year history of the Springfield Newspapers and, since 2011, has been the lead author of The Republican's Heritage book series which now includes 14 volumes with three more in the process of being published.

    In the community, Phaneuf is a member of the board of trustees of the Springfield Museum Association, a founding member of the Springfield Central Cultural District and a member of the Springfield Armory Alliance. He is a former trustee and current honorary trustee of Old Sturbridge Village.

    Previous Yankee Quill honorees from Springfield have included the late Springfield Republican editor Waldo L. Cook in 1961, who was honored posthumously for his leadership of the newspaper beginning in the 1920s, the late associate publisher and Springfield Daily News editor Richard C. Garvey in 1981, the late editor of the Union-News and Sunday Republican Arnold S. Friedman in 1992, former publisher and president of The Republican Co. David Starr in 1994 and former publisher Larry A. McDermott in 2007.

    Said Starr, who was among those who submitted letters of nomination on Phaneuf's behalf for the Yankee Quill honor, "As a reporter and editor, as a community spokesman and community historian, Wayne has served our industry and our profession with distinction."

    Added Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, "From his home grown Springfield community attributes of knowing the grassroots of an issue and the people, to his exceptional knowledge of history, especially Civil War and civil rights history, Wayne is a testament to and a total professional in his profession."

    From 2011 through 2015, Phaneuf authored a 49-month series published in The Republican that chronicled the Civil War's impact on Western Massachusetts. The series, later turned into two books, also earned Phaneuf a first place award for history reporting from the New England Newspaper & Press Association.

    This year's Yankee Quill honors will also go to three other contemporary journalists, including Lou Ureneck, former editor of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram and current journalism professor at Boston University, Ken Squirer, veteran race car sportscaster and longtime owner of the Radio Vermont Group of "Live and Local" stations, and David Moats, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorialist and former longtime editorial page editor of the Rutland, Vermont, Herald.

     The academy is also posthumously honoring, with its historic contributions award, Henry Martyn Burt, the founder, publisher and editor of the 19th century daily newspaper, Among the Clouds, atop the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, serving tourists with news of the day that once caused the sheriff of Coos County to jail him for criminal libel for accusing the proprietor of a hotel with overcharging a family to remove from the mountain their young son killed in the collapse of a snow arch. The meritless suit, which Burt vigorously fought, was eventually dismissed. Burt also founded the Massachusetts-based New England Homestead, an important farm paper at the time, and the Northampton Free Press, a champion of the anti-slavery movement.


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    The shooting of a 64-year-old woman who was found injured inside her Topsfield home Saturday remains under investigation.

    The shooting of a 64-year-old woman who was found injured inside her Topsfield home Saturday remains under investigation. 

    Authorities were called to Juniper Lane around 4:25 p.m. for a report of a person shot. Paramedics found the woman with a gunshot wound to the chest. 

    The victim was conscious and alert, according to authorities. Paramedics took the woman to Beverly Hospital. She was then transferred to a Boston hospital. 

    Police officials told CBS Boston the victim is expected to survive. A relative was home during the shooting, but no arrest had been made as of Saturday night.

     

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    MGM Springfield and the city have announced roadway projects that will cause some traffic delays and route changes.

    SPRINGFIELD -- MGM Springfield and the city's Department of Public Works have offered the following advisories.

    MGM Springfield announced road activities for the weeks of July 23 and 30 in and around downtown Springfield and West Springfield, to improve certain roadways, intersections, sidewalks and traffic signals in advance of the August 24 resort opening. 

    Working in partnership, MGM Springfield is investing $5.5 million and the City of Springfield more than $1.4 million in improvements and enhancements known as "Main Street Refresh.

    West Springfield off-site roadwork planned for the week of July 23 is expected at the following streets and intersections:

    * Installation of solar lights will occur at the Roundabout at Route 5 and Memorial Bridge.

    Springfield off-site roadwork planned for the weeks of July 23 and 30 is expected at the following streets and intersections:

    * New line striping and installation of traffic signs continues at: Locust Street & Mill Street, Main Street & Liberty Street, Main Street & Taylor Street, Main Street & Worthington Street, Main Street & Bridge Street, Main Street & Boland Way, Main Street & Court Street, Main Street & Union Street, Main Street (between State Street & Union Street), State Street & Main Street, Boland Way (between East Columbus Avenue & West Columbus Avenue), State Street (between Main Street & East Columbus Avenue), State Street & MGM Way, Union Street & East Columbus Avenue, Union Street (between Main Street & East Columbus Avenue).

    MGM stated: Typical construction hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Changes to traffic patterns and traffic delays are expected. Local traffic and access will be managed with posted signs and police details. Lane shifts and/or alternating one-way traffic will be required and implemented based on the work and direction of the detail officers. Pedestrian access will be rerouted. Some noise, dust and vibration may result.

    The scheduled construction activities are weather dependent and subject to change.

    The city separately announced the following roadway projects for the week of July 23:

    • Eastern Avenue, from State Street to Hickory Street - Milling
    • King Street, from Eastern Avenue to Walnut Street - Milling


    MGM Mitigation

    Central Street, from Ashmun Street to Maple Street - Milling and Utility work


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    When officers responded to a noise complaint in one Massachusetts community last week, they found themselves in the middle of a dance-off. Watch video

    When officers responded to a noise complaint in one Massachusetts community last week, they found themselves in the middle of a dance-off. 

    Officers from the Barnstable Police Department responded to a noise complaint Thursday and learned the children were being taught dance moves. 

    Raphael Morales told Boston 25 News he was showing kids a dance routine for Drake's "In My Feelings" when someone called in a noise complaint. 

    Once the officers arrived for a second time, a dance-off challenge was thrown down. 

    A video posted on Facebook shows police dancing next to the cruiser after responding to Spring Street in Hyannis. 

     

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    The 57-year-old bicyclist is being treated at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

    GILL - A driver who struck and seriously injured a bicyclist has been cited for motor vehicle violations.

    A 57-year-old man was riding his bicycle southbound on Main Street when he was struck by a car at about 4 p.m., Saturday, at the intersection of Route 2, said Mary Carey, spokeswoman for Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan.

    The bicyclist, who was visiting the area, is being treated at Baystate Medical Center, in Springfield, for serious injuries.

    The driver, a 23-year-old Montague man, struck him when turning left onto Route 2 westbound. He has been cited for negligent operation, failure to yield and unlicensed operation, Carey said.

    Carey did not release the name of the driver or the bicyclist.

    The crash remains under investigation by the Gill Police, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney's Officer and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, she said.


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    A gunman who got into a deadly shootout with police, then took dozens of people hostage at a Los Angeles supermarket has been arrested on suspicion of murder, authorities said Sunday.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A gunman who got into a deadly shootout with police, then took dozens of people hostage at a Los Angeles supermarket has been arrested on suspicion of murder, authorities said Sunday.

    Gene Evin Atkins, 28, was being held Sunday morning on $2 million bail, according to Officer Drake Madison, a Los Angeles police spokesman. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney and a message left at a number listed for Atkins in public records wasn't immediately returned.

    A woman was shot and killed when Atkins ran into the Trader Joe's supermarket in Los Angeles' Silver Lake section on Saturday, but no hostages were seriously hurt before the man handcuffed himself and surrendered about three hours later, police said.

    Coroner's officials identified the woman Sunday as 27-year-old Melyda Corado. Her brother, Albert Corado, said on Twitter that she worked at Trader Joe's.

    "I'm sad to say she didn't make it. My baby sister. My world," he tweeted.

    Investigators have not confirmed if her death sparked Atkins' arrest on a murder charge.

    Atkins' grandmother was hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting and police had no update on her condition Sunday.

    Authorities said Atkins shot his grandmother seven times and wounded another woman, whom he forced into a car, at a South Los Angeles home around 1:30 p.m., police said. Officers tracked the car, gave chase and exchanged gunfire with the man, who crashed into a pole outside the supermarket and then ran inside, they said. The unidentified woman, who suffered a graze wound earlier, was taken out of the car by police.

    Frightened customers and workers dove for cover as police bullets fired at the man shattered the store's glass doors.

    Some people inside the supermarket climbed out windows, and others barricaded themselves in rooms as scores of police officers and firefighters and 18 ambulances converged on the scene and prepared for mass casualties.

    Heavily armed officers in riot gear stood along the side of the store and used mirrors to look inside as hostage negotiators tried to coax the man into freeing his 40 to 50 hostages and surrendering.

    At around 6:30 p.m., Atkins agreed to handcuff himself and walked out the front door, surrounded by four of the hostages. He was immediately taken into custody.

    Mayor Eric Garcetti congratulated police and firefighters for their work and mourned the loss of life at the Trader Joe's, where he and his wife regularly shopped when they lived in the neighborhood.

    "The heroism that was shown today was second to none, and the teams that were able to respond, secure the perimeter and engage in conversation with the suspect no doubt saved lives today," he said.

    Among those who survived the harrowing afternoon was 91-year-old Don Kohles, who lives in the neighborhood and was walking into the supermarket when he saw "two police cars coming like a bat out of hell" and the man crashed into the pole.

    The driver got out, and police started firing at him as he ran toward the supermarket. Kohles hurried inside, and he and others took cover as the man ran in.

    "Those bullets went right over the back of me as he was running right down the main aisle," Kohles said.

    Christian Dunlop, a real estate agent and actor who lives nearby and frequents Trader Joe's, was on a corner near the store when he saw four people run out. One person, an employee, was dragging an injured woman by the hands.

    "She appeared lifeless," Dunlop said.

    He then saw five employees hang out a second-floor window and drop to the ground and around 15 others run to safety from the back of the store. Among them was a police officer carrying a small child, he said.

    Police Chief Michel Moore said the gunman made a "series of demands" during the standoff but crisis negotiators believed they could persuade him to surrender peacefully.

    Officers had tracked the car using a stolen-vehicle tracking system and tried to stop the man in Hollywood, but he refused to pull over, Moore said. During the chase, the man fired at officers, shooting out the back window of his car.

    Outside the store, the man exchanged gunfire with police again and that's when Corado was shot and killed, Moore said. It was unclear if she died from police gunfire or was killed by the gunman.

    Fire officials said six people, ranging in age from 12 to 81, were taken to the hospital. None had been shot, and all were in fair condition.

    By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and MICHAEL BALSAMO. Terry Tang in Phoenix contributed to this report.


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    The Indian Motocycle was manufactured in Springfield between 1901 and 1953.

    SPRINGFIELD - Michael Baer's every-day vehicle was built in 1926, handles well and sounds a bit like a sewing machine.

    "Most people are startled I'm driving around on something that should be in a museum," Baer said.

    Sunday, Baer's 1926 two-seater Indian Motocycle was in fact at a museum, but just for the day. He was there with dozens of other enthusiasts to celebrate the 2018 Indian Motocycle Day at the Springfield Museums.

    The museum held the ninth event this year to celebrate the vehicle manufactured in Springfield from 1901 to 1953 by founders C. Oscar Hedstrom and George Hendee.

    This year's event paid tribute to Charles Manthos, who opened the Indian Motocycle Museum in 1974 and created an Indian prototype. After Manthos died, the museum closed and his wife Esta Manthos donated the collection, including a number of different Indian Motocycles, and other memorabilia to the Springfield Museums in 2007, said Karen Fisk, director of public relations and marketing for the museums.

    Polaris Industries Inc. revived the brand about five years ago and now makes Indian Motorcycles. The original brand did not have an R, in the name but Polaris decided to add it to avoid confusion.

    Anyone with an Indian Motocycle was invited to park it on the museum lawn and a variety of awards were handed out including the best Chief model, the best Scout model and best in show, she said.

    Most people who parked their Indians had restored them, some exact and some "souped them up" a little. Baer, of Easthampton, said he made some modifications to the engine so it can now go faster than the 50 mph it was designed to do to make it safer for highway travel.

    The Indian Motocycles are also unique because they have a hand shift and a foot clutch. Many of the bikes, including Baer's also had the throttle on the left, in theory, designed for a police officer who could pull his weapon with his right hand. But it could be dangerous and Baer said he switched the throttle to the right side.

    "They still are believed to be one of the best handling motorcycles," he said.

    Donald Skarp, of Palmer, who helped organize the event with Baer, brought his two motorcycles which date to 1930 and 1941. His 1941 was once used by the Chicago Police department. Baer said he later found a twin of his, which had the next serial number in succession, while at a gathering of four-cylinder Indian Motocycle owners.

    "They were considered one of the best motorcycles in the world and one of the first," Skarp said. "I ride these and when people see them they aren't sure what it is."

    The Indian brand is so historic, in part, because Hedstrom's design of the concentric carburetor. "Before that motorcycles would run for five to 10 minutes and then die," Skarp said.

    One of the rare motocycles at the show was Scott Hasting's 1946 Chief which he rebuilt. When he got the bike from a friend it had already been modified with high handle

    bars and no front fender and he didn't make any changes when he restored it.

    "It is very unusual. Most don't customize Indians," he said.

    Bob Eckardt, who runs Motorcycle Memorabilia out of New York, put on display a "barn find" Indian Motocycle he found a half-dozen years ago in Saratoga. He owns multiple vintage bikes of different types, including Indians and Harley Davidson's, so he decided to try and sell it to someone who may want to restore it.

    "I like all vintage bikes. The Indians look good, they run good and they are old," he said.

    Other awards given out Sunday are:

    • Best of Show: Dick Shappy of Warwick, RI, with his 1911 Single
    • Best Side Car: Warren Compton of Chicopee, MA, with his 1953 Chief and side car
    • Best Chief: George Gilbert of Portland, CT, with his bright yellow 1915 Roadmaster
    • Best Razzle Dazzle: Burch Baer of Monson, MA, with his 1940 841
    • The George Yarocki Award for Best Scout: Chris Lennox of Granby, MA, for his 741 Scout
    • Best Barn Find: Dick Shappy of Warwick, RI, with his 1909 Twin

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    Mondelez Global LLC issued a voluntary recall of select packages of Ritz cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bits after the snacks were possibly infected with salmonella.

    Have a box of Ritz crackers in your pantry? Better check it to make sure it's not part of a new recall.

    Mondelez Global LLC issued a voluntary recall of select packages of Ritz cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bits on Saturday. The whey powder in the crackers could potentially carry salmonella.

    No illnesses have been reported from eating these crackers at this time.

    The affected Ritz products carry best by dates between January 14, 2019, and April 13, 2019, and include the following:

    • Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag (3 oz.)
    • Ritz Bits Cheese (1 oz.)
    • Ritz Bits Cheese (12-pack carton)
    • Ritz Bits Cheese (30-pack carton)
    • Ritz Bits Cheese (1.5 oz)
    • Ritz Bits Cheese (3 oz 'go packs')
    • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches (10.80 oz)
    • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches (1.35 oz)
    • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese (10.80 oz)
    • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese (1.35 oz)
    • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Cheddar Cheese (10.80 oz)
    • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Wheddar Cheese (1.35 oz)
    • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese (10.80 oz)
    • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese (1.35 oz)
    • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety, 20-pack
    • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety, 40-pack

    Check here to see if the UPC code on your package of Ritz matches one of the ones being recalled. If you have one of the affected products, throw it away.

    Salmonella can causes serious infections in children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. The CDC says that salmonella causes more than 1.2 million illnesses in the United States every year. Most people show signs of illness between 12 to 72 hours after being infected. Those signs include fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

    This is the latest in a series of salmonella outbreaks that are sweeping the country:


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    The 27-year-old man killed after he was struck by a truck while skateboarding in Haverhill has been identified by authorities as Efrain Alejandro Gonzalez-Zamora.

    The 27-year-old man killed after he was struck by a truck while skateboarding in Haverhill has been identified by authorities as Efrain Alejandro Gonzalez-Zamora.

    The Haverhill resident was struck by a 2016 Freightliner truck on River Street around 3:40 a.m. Saturday. The truck driver is from Salisbury.

    Haverhill police and Massachusetts State Police continue to investigate the crash.

    No charges have been issued as of Sunday night.

     

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    The Rave Cinema on Boston Road was evacuated and police searched after a suspect shouted he had a gun during the showing of a movie Sunday evening. Springfield police officers and K9 units searched the building but did not find a weapon.

     

    SPRINGFIELD -- A Boston Road cinema was evacuated after a suspect opened the door to a theater and shouted that he had a gun.

    Springfield Police Capt. Robert Strzempek said the Rave Cinema management evacuated the facility as a precaution and allowed police to search the building for weapons after the 7:12 p.m. incident at 1655 Boston Road in the Eastfield Mall complex.

    Some patrons were panicked by what police are now

    calling a "prank." They fled the building, but most viewers were calmly evacuated by the management.

    Police officers backed by K9 units searched the building but found no weapons. 

    All the patrons were allowed back into the theaters and the movies restarted soon after. 


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    A 5-year-old Shrewsbury Vermont boy died Sunday afternoon following a Saturday drowning incident in a Vermont lake. Jackson Lawrence died in a local hospital. His grandmother drowned while trying to save him.

    A 5-year-old Shrewsbury, Vermont boy whose grandmother drowned while trying to save him, has died in a New Hampshire hospital.

    The Vermont State Police said Jackson Lawrence died Sunday afternoon after he rescued from the Lowell Lake State Park. He was pulled unresponsive from the lake by rescuers Saturday afternoon, then airlifted to the Dartmouth Hancock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.

    The boy's grandmother, 55-year-old Julie Lawrence drowned as she attempted to save the boy after he fell off a flotation device and went underwater. 

    Lawrence and the boy's 9-year-old brother both tried to find the boy. After making several attempts the brother swam to shore to get help, while Lawrence continued to search for the younger boy.  However, she too began to struggle in the water and slipped under the surface. She was pronounced dead at the scene.