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Newsworthy Wrap-Up: Monday 1/9/12

MASSACHUSETTS – Here’s today’s wrap-up of the newsworthy stories across the NoBo region.

1. Accused murderer of slain Everett woman charged, held without bail

The parents of a slain Everett woman faced her accused murdered in court today, just hours following the burial of their 20-year old daughter. Jessica Cormier was found stabbed twice in the hallway of her home, allegedly by a Chelsea man with whom she had an “ongoing relationship” according to Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Keeley.

The victim and the defendant, 59-year old Clarence Early Berry of Chelsea, exchanged “numerous” cellphone calls the day Cormier was killed. Cormier told her mother she was going to visit a friend, went to leave her Pearl Street home, and was found by her mother moments later after Jessica could be heard screaming and being thrown.

Berry, who has one prior drug arrest, was ordered held without bail by Judge Dominic J. Paratore.

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2. 30 violent crimes across Lynn since October; Chief blames gangs, drugs, and lack of manpower

According to an article in the Daily Item, there have been at least 30 violent crimes in Lynn since the beginning of October, including a murder, multiple shootings, two stabbings and numerous armed robberies, and police have made just four arrests in connection with the crimes. Police Chief Kevin Coppinger acknowledged the low number of arrests, blaming a failure of cooperation from victims as well as a lack of force on the street. Coppinger blamed gangs and drugs for making it particularly difficult to make arrests.

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3. Gas prices up 8 cents this week, largest one-week increase since last April

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are up eight cents this week, marking the largest one-week increase since last April according to a release from AAA Southern New England.

“With a 24-cent difference locally between the highest and lowest prices, it’s important that motorists shop around for the best prices in their area,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Southern New England Director of Public and Legislative Affairs.

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4. Lt. Governor speaks out in letter to supporters

According to a letter obtained by the Boston Globe, Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray has written to his supporters telling them that he has been subjected to “false rumors and wild speculation’’ since his November crash while driving in excess of 100 miles per hour. Murray repeats his new claim made last week: he made a mistake blaming the crash on black ice, and now believes he fell asleep at the wheel.

“I understand that when a public figure is in any kind of accident people want to know how it happened,’’ Murray wrote. “Unfortunately, false rumors and wild speculation can result even when the details of the matter have been released to the public.’’

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5. Sen. Scott Brown amasses $13 million campaign war chest

According to an email sent to supporters earlier today, US Senator Scott Brown raised $3.2 million in the last three months of 2o11, amassing a campaign war chest of nearly $13 million, the most any candidate in the race has raised to this point. $8.2 million of the funds was raised in 2011 alone. An itemized list of the contributors will be made public later this month.

Brown is being challenged by Elizabeth Warren who has yet to disclose her figures at this point. Sen. Brown will officially kick off his reelection campaign on January 19 in Worcester.

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