Top 5 Sept. Stories: Stoneham Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Melrose Hit-and-Run
Check out the top five stories in Melrose in September, according to page views.
According to page views, here are the top 5 September stories in Melrose:
1. Stoneham Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Melrose Hit-and-Run Case: A Stoneham man accused of running over a motorcyclist at a Melrose intersection Sunday morning pleaded not guilty to charges in a Malden court on Tuesday, according to officials.
Eugene Ledonne, 76, of Stoneham, pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of accident after causing personal injury and assault and battery dangerous weapon (motor vehicle) in Malden District Court, according to Stephanie Guyotte of Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone's Office. Judge Matthew Nestor released Ledonne on $300 bail with conditions of no driving and no contact with the victim, Guyotte added.
2. Man at Melrose Gas Station Taken to Hospital With Stab Wounds: A man was stabbed early Monday morning in Malden, according to police.
At 12:22 a.m., Melrose Police responded to the Shell gas station on Main Street.
"There was a male party there that needed some assistance because he had apparently suffered some wounds in another city, so we got him some medical attention," said Lt. Mark DeCroteau, adding that the city where the alleged stabbing took place was Malden.
Police declined to comment on the severity of the man's injuries. He was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.
According to a Melrose Police press release, at 1:22 p.m. hospital staff reported to police that they had received an anonymous call informing them of an explosive device located within a secure area of the hospital.
Both Melrose Police and Fire Departments responded and the hospital was advised to follow their protocol regarding evacuation of the building, according to the press release.
4. Melrose High School Doesn't Crack Top 50 Boston Magazine Schools: Boston Magazine recently compiled its list of 222 Boston-area public and charter high schools and also narrowed down the top 50 schools in the area based on a variety of statistics, and Melrose High School and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School found themselves in the middle of the pack in a variety of categories.
Melrose High didn't find its way onto the Top 50 list in the magazine. Weston High School took top honors followed by Lexington High, Dover-Sherborn Regional High, Concord-Carlisle High and Wellesley Senior High.
Schools in the Melrose region that made the list include Andover High School (No. 27), Reading Memorial High School (No. 38) and Burlington High School at No. 43.
Around noon, the Animal Rescue League received a call from a concerned citizen about a swan entangled in fishing line at Ell Pond, according to senior rescue technician Danielle Genter.
"When I first arrived, I could not find the injured swan but did see the other (three) members of its family," Genter said. "Diane Kurkjian, the canine control officer for Melrose, saw my vehicle and came over to assist. We found the young swan all alone on the banks of the pond near West Emerson Street."