By SCOTT JACKSON
A Quincy resident has been charged with attacking an attorney with a hatchet and wasp-killing spray Tuesday afternoon in the Ross Garage.
The Quincy Police Department arrested Michael A. Kelly of 29 Miller Stile Road around 1:30 p.m. Thursday near his residence, according to Lt. John Steele. The 53-year-old was charged with one count of armed assault with intent to murder and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60 years old. Kelly pleaded not guilty Friday at Quincy District Court. He was ordered held without bail pending a March 4 dangerousness hearing.
Police allege Kelly attacked the victim, an attorney in his 60s, around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the third floor of the Ross Garage. According to Steele, Kelly began striking the victim in the head with the hatchet while the attorney was putting items into his car. The victim was able to wrest the hatchet away from Kelly and the scuffle continued until witnesses ran to break up the fight. The attorney was also sprayed in the face with wasp-killing spray during the attack.
The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center. Steele said the man was released from the hospital Thursday after receiving 20 staples in his scalp.
A witness saw the suspect leaving the scene and was able to discretely take a picture of his vehicle, according to Steele. Police and prosecutors were able to enhance the photo and read the license plate.
The victim told investigators he was representing one of Kelly’s family members in probate court.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Gas service to 127 homes in Houghs Neck was restored Wednesday evening after being shut down all day.
National Grid shut off gas service to 127 residences on Mears Avenue, Nut Island Avenue, Island Avenue and Sea Avenue in Houghs Neck Wednesday morning because of low pressure readings that began around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The utility company was able to begin the restoring service around 5 p.m. Wednesday after the problem was remedied.
As part of the process of restoring service, National Grid was required to enter each home in the neighborhood that had lost service. If residents weren’t home, a locksmith escorted by Quincy Police Department officers was used to enter the property.
The Houghs Neck Maritime Center on Bayview Avenue had been opened as a shelter/warming center for neighborhood residents while service was shut off. The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office mobile command post was on scene all day Wednesday on scene as well.
For a second year, MassDOT is enlisting the public’s help this winter season in reporting pothole locations on state roads, allowing repairs to be made as quickly as possible.
To report a pothole, drivers are encouraged to call MassDOT’s Pothole Hotline at 857-DOT-INFO (857-368-4636).
Potholes are formed by the freeze-thaw cycle, where water seeps into cracks, freezes and expands, and increases the size of the crack, until they become potholes. While the incidence of potholes tends to increase in the spring, the recent fluctuation in temperatures has led to the formation of more potholes around the state.
“While the winter is not yet over, we want to make a proactive effort to reach out to drivers and ask them for their help,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. “While we have crews out routinely patching potholes, we were able to expedite the scheduling of repairs with the public’s assistance.”
Crews make two types of repairs depending on temperature and road conditions. A temporary “cold patch” is used at lower temperatures during winter; hot mix asphalt is applied at higher temperatures as a long-term fix.
MassDOT works closely with public safety officials and city and town officials to monitor potholes and also appreciates reports from drivers.
When reporting a pothole, it is helpful to be as precise as possible in providing the location along the state highway. In addition to calling 857-DOT-INFO, pot holes can also be reported by calling Toll Free at 877-MA-DOT-GOV (877-623-6846), or visit our online contact information web page to send us an e-mail.