WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The man charged with leading police on a 50-mile car chase from Massachusetts to New Hampshire that ended with officers punching him has been ordered held without bail.
Richard Simone Jr. was arraigned Wednesday on charges including larceny, failure to stop and assault.
A judge ordered the 50-year-old Simone held without bail on a parole violation and $50,000 cash bail on the new charges.
Authorities say he was wanted on multiple warrants, refused to stop May 11 for police in Holden, Massachusetts. He’s charged with leading a chase that reached speeds of up to 100 mph.
Helicopter video of his arrest in Nashua, New Hampshire, shows Simone appearing to surrender and officers then punching him. One state trooper from Massachusetts and another from New Hampshire were suspended.
Simone’s attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
BOSTON (AP) — Don’t look for Rob Gronkowski to spike his slippers in the end zone anytime soon.
The New England Patriots’ star tight end had a dance lesson with Nathalia Arja, a soloist from the Miami City Ballet — and his bulk and gridiron moves didn’t exactly make him a natural.
A video of the lesson from men’s magazine GQ is getting lots of clicks and laughs on social media.
It shows Gronkowski awkwardly attempting a plié, an arabesque and other classical ballet moves.
At the end of the lesson, he asks Arja how he did. Her diplomatic response: “Well, I think you did a lot better than how we started today.”
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas school district says no one will face punishment after video surfaced of high school students using a cat’s intestines as a jump rope during a lesson.
Officials with the North East Independent School District told KENS-TV (http://bit.ly/25aRmCS ) the incident happened earlier this month during an anatomy class at Winston Churchill High School.
The district said the teacher felt the lesson was “effective” for demonstrating how long and tough intestines are.
Spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor says the lesson was not meant to be disrespectful. She says neither the students nor teacher will be punished because there is no “ill will.” But she says the district will update the lesson plan.
Animals rights group PETA told the TV station the school should replace “cruel and crude” dissection methods with animal-free lessons.
Information from: KENS-TV, http://www.kens5.com
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A dash cam camera in an Anchorage police cruiser caught dramatic video of an officer and four citizens rescuing a man whose arm was trapped under a burning sport utility vehicle.
The video released Tuesday is agonizing to watch at times as the man screams: “Oh my God! Oh my God!”
The vehicle had rolled onto its right side Sunday. The unidentified driver, who hadn’t worn a seat belt, had his arm trapped under the passenger side of the vehicle.
Officer Mitchel Veenstra and four volunteers rocked the car just enough for the driver to free his arm, and the crying man scrambled away from the SUV
As he flops to the ground in front of the cruiser, the man tells Veenstra that he’s a firefighter with the state.
The man then says he’s OK, but adds: “I thought I was literally going to die.”
Veenstra says, “I’m glad to be talking to you right now.”
The man replied: “Me too.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Back at Citi Field for the first time as an opponent, Daniel Murphy walked into the visiting clubhouse and knew his way around.
He’d been inside that locker room once before when he played for the New York Mets — for a fantasy football draft run by David Wright.
“It was different coming in here,” Murphy said before the Washington Nationals took on his old team.
Even before facing Noah Syndergaard’s 100 mph heat, it had been a good day for Murphy.
Hours prior to the first pitch, Murphy received his 2015 NL championship ring from Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and two assistants during a private ceremony.
“It’s big,” Murphy said, “and it is really nice.”
Said Alderson: “None of us would be wearing that ring without his substantial contributions.”
Murphy later took the field for warmups. The Mets were taking batting practice and on his way over to greet them, he stopped for a handshake with a security guard he recognized.
Murphy got loose while the lineups and batting averages were posted on the scoreboard. Pretty impressive — the cleanup man is hitting a major league-best .400 for the NL East-leading Nationals.
A bit later, he drew a standing ovation when the Mets showed a one-minute pregame video montage of his highlights with them that ended with “Thank You Daniel.” Stretching along the third base line, he waved his cap as the crowd cheered. One fan held up a sign that said “Miss U Murph.”
“Dan Murphy should get a very, very warm reception,” Mets manager Terry Collins said earlier.
Murphy drew a few playful boos when he made a diving stop at second base to end the first inning. He got another standing O when stepped to the plate in the second, and he fouled out.
Murphy said he wasn’t sure what kind of reaction he’d get after becoming a free agent and signing a $37.5 million, three-year deal with the Nationals.
As for how the Mets fans would remember him, he said, “hopefully, they can say I played hard.” He added, “I didn’t always play well.”
Now 31, Murphy spent nearly 10 years in the Mets organization. His highlight came last October, when he set a record by homering in six straight postseason games, launching seven longballs in that span during the NL playoffs.
“I wish I’d cracked a couple of home runs in the World Series,” he said.
Murphy hit .150 without an RBI in the five-game loss to Kansas City and also committed a couple of errors.
Murphy has stayed in touch with several of his former teammates. Before this first of 19 matchups between the National and Mets, he texted New York lefty Steven Matz to say he was glad to hear the pitcher’s elbow trouble wasn’t too bad.
Matz also talked to pitcher Jacob deGrom to say he was happy the righty’s newborn son had gotten past some health concerns.
“Don’t know if that’s something I’ll ever wash off,” Murphy said, referring to his relationships with the Mets.
Murphy said it struck him in spring training, when he saw the orange-and-blue uniforms of the Mets across the diamond, that he’d moved on.
He’s fine with that, especially with the Nationals holding a 1 1/2-game lead over the Mets in the division.
“The red is growing more comfortable every day,” he said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kesha, who was readying a live performance at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards , is no longer performing at the show.
Dick clark productions said in a statement Tuesday that Kesha initially accepted its invitation to perform at the May 22 show and “received written approval from Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records.” But the label “rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11th,” the statement continued.
Dr. Luke and Kesha have been at war since she accused of him of drugging, sexually abusing and emotionally tormenting her. She is signed to his record label and they co-wrote many of her hits together, including “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R.” The New York Daily News reported that she planned to take swipes at Dr. Luke during her performance.
Representatives for Dr. Luke and Kesha did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Executive producer Mark Bracco said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that there’s a chance Kesha’s performance could happen Sunday.
“Honestly it would be really disappointing if she can’t be (there),” he said. “What was being planned would be a great moment and a great performance and a great song, and we hope that they can work it out because we’d really like for her to be on the show Sunday night and really show herself as the great musical artist that she is.”
Bracco added that Kesha was not planning on performing an original track at the show.
“We were working on her team on what would be the best song for her to do. What I can say is that it was not one of her own songs. It was someone’s song,” he said.
The Billboard Awards, to be hosted by Ludacris and Ciara, will air live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Madonna will honor Prince’s legacy at the show, and other performers include Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, the Go-Go’s, Celine Dion, Pink and Meghan Trainor.
Nominees for top artist include Bieber, Taylor Swift, Drake, the Weeknd and Adele, who won’t attend the show because of her tour but will debut a new music video at the event.