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Blaze empties Charlestown restaurant

Nicole Nazario was last seen May 19. Nicole Nazario was last seen May 19.
May 28, 2010

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Diners and wait staff at Olive’s restaurant in Charlestown were evacuated after a two-alarm fire broke out at the six-story building in City Square, according to fire officials. The blaze was caused by built-up grease burning in an exterior duct leading from the restaurant’s first-floor kitchen to the roof, said Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. Firefighters responded to the blaze at 7:19 p.m. and needed about a half-hour to put it out. The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damages, MacDonald said. The restaurant could remain closed for up to a few weeks.

State senate adopts inmate wage fees
Prison inmates would be assessed a fee of up to 10 percent of their wages while working in jail or on a work-release program, under a budget amendment adopted by the state Senate yesterday, setting the chamber up for negotiations with the House which last month passed a similar plan. Although both chambers have voted to support some sort of inmate fee, the Senate would require that such fees first be applied to any child support or restitution payments owed by the inmates and would guarantee that 25 percent of all collected fees go to mental health programs for prisoners. The House version would assess all inmates $5 a day from their canteen accounts. (State House News Service)

Search on for missing Hyde Park teenager
Boston police are searching for a Hyde Park teenager who went missing last week. Nicole Nazario, 16, was last seen near the Forest Hills MBTA station May 19, police said. Nazario’s mother told police that the teenager was heading to school at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science in Roxbury when she disappeared. Nazario is 5-foot-8 and Hispanic. She has a thin build, brown eyes, and black hair dyed red in the back, police said. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call police detectives at 617-343-5607.

State lists parks to be closed for summer
For the second year in a row, some state parks, forests, and ponds will not be staffed this summer, because of budget constraints, the Department of Conservation and Recreation said yesterday. But the department said Streeter Point recreation area in Sturbridge will reopen. The following areas will not be staffed: Ashland State Park, Chester Blandford State Forest, Lake Lorraine State Park, Windsor State Forest, Berry Pond in Harold Parker State Forest, Dean Pond in Brimfield State Forest , and Fearings Pond in Myles Standish State Forest.

Two planes return to Logan in fire scares
Two planes returned to Logan International Airport yesterday morning after reports of fire on one and smoke on the other. American Airlines Flight 1875, a Boeing 737 bound for Chicago with 160 people aboard, returned after reporting a fire on board. The plane landed at 6:30 a.m. and was checked out by Massport fire and rescue personnel, said airport spokesman Phil Orlandella. Delta Airlines Flight 1373, a McDonnell Douglas MD88 bound for New York’s LaGuardia with 79 people on board, returned after a report of a smell of smoke in the cockpit. The plane landed at 7:23 a.m. and was checked out by fire and rescue personnel. In both cases, nothing was found.

Police use stun gun on 77-year-old suspect
Police said an officer used a stun gun to subdue an elderly shoplifting suspect in a restroom at a BJ’s Wholesale store. Portsmouth police said that an officer responded to the store late yesterday morning and was directed to the men’s restroom by an employee. Authorities said the officer encountered a man opening an item with a pocket knife and used the stun gun when the man refused his orders to drop the knife. Police said Richard Maynard, 77, of Reading, Mass., was treated for minor injuries at Portsmouth Hospital. He was arrested and charged with theft and resisting arrest. Authorities said Maynard posted $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned June 22. (AP)

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