AROUND THE REGION: Two Nearby Bank Robberies Foiled By Do-Gooders
Also, a death on the Mass. Ave. Bridge. and a strange liquor license story out of Arlington.
A look at top local stories from communities near Somerville.
Bank Employees Chase Down Medford Robbery Suspect, Leading to Arrest
The suspect in a Medford bank robbery was arrested June 15 after bank employees chased her to a Cummings Street home, according to a police report. About 10:30 a.m. June 15, police responded to Eastern Bank for a reported robbery. When the woman fled the bank, its assistant manager and another employee chased her from the store to the rear of the parking lot, where there is an entrance to Cummings St., and watched her go inside 48 Cummings St., according to the report. — Jarret Bencks
Cooperative Bank Robbery Foiled by Good Samaritan
Authorities caught Tuesday's Charlestown bank robber with a little help from an alert (and brave) bystander. Jim Andrea told WHDH that he happened to be in the Cooperative Bank this morning to cash a check when he noticed the robber’s wig and the fear in the cashier’s eyes. When the robber left the bank, Andrea told 7 News, he tackled him in the parking lot and pinned him there until police arrived. — Matt Casey
Selectmen Grant Two New Liquor-Store Licenses
After more than three hours of presentations and deliberations Monday night, the Board of Selectmen handed out the town’s two new liquor-store licenses – but not before an unexpected twist. The board first granted The Meat House one of the two licenses in a unanimous vote but was then left with quite the predicament: a choice between Foodmaster Super Markets and the Mystic Wine Shoppe.
After a two-minute break, now at 11 p.m., the board requested to hear from both applicants once more. And after Mystic Wine Shoppe’s owner/president spoke, Foodmaster Super Markets President John DeJesus said something that stunned everyone in the room, including himself.
“I’d like to withdraw my application,” DeJesus said. “I’m a small business owner too, and I think they made a great presentation … I’m stuttering here, I can’t believe I’m doing this.” — John Waller
Mass Ave Motorcyle Victim Identified
The 20-year-old man who was killed in a motorcycle accident Monday was identified as Vail Cerullo of Chester Springs, Penn. He died shortly after being taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital with life threatening injuries. Preliminary reports say he was traveling from Boston towards Cambridge on the Mass Ave. Bridge when a pick-up truck driven by an 18-year-old man from Gloucester made an improper left turn in front of Cerullo's motorcycle, Massachusetts State Police said. "The motorcycle crashed into the pick up truck throwing Mr. Cerullo onto the ground where he was subsequently run over by a large SUV," according to the report. — Cate Lecuyer
Brookline High Grad Killed in NYC Cycling Crash
On Tuesday, June 12, a Brooklyn cycling crash took the life of a 24-year-old woman originally from Brookline, Emma Blumstein. Her obituary on the Levine Chapels website says she graduated from Brookline High School in 2006, and from Tufts in 2010 with a degree in English and a minor in film studies. — Grahame Turner