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Pizza delivery driver refuses to back down from attacker 

Published: Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 12:29 AM

Pizza delivery man.
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Pizza delivery man.(Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images)

An investigation has begun since a Massachusetts pizza delivery driver was attacked on the job by a would-be robber, but he refused to back down.

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Police sources said they are now investigating at least three robberies that have targeted delivery drivers in the area of Lynn in less than a week.

“I did a stupid thing to fight with a person, because it’s very dangerous,” said the victim, who is not being identified.

The delivery driver said he was able to fight off his attacker with his pizza bag after being threatened with a knife.

“I almost lost my life,” he said. “I almost lost my life because I was fighting for my life.”

The father of two teenagers said the struggle lasted nearly three minutes. He said the man with a knife came at him from behind after he made a delivery in Lynn on Sunday night.

“He tried to stab me and I fight with the back and forth,” he said. “This is the second time in one-and-a-half months. The other time they tried to rob me with a gun.”

On Monday, the next night, a different driver from the same pizza restaurant faced a similar robbery attempt.

Police sources said that a third delivery driver was also targeted this week.

“The city is out of control,” delivery driver Kevin Barry said. “It’s like the wild West out here. It’s not safe for nobody.”

Several delivery drivers now say delivering food is so dangerous that they’re arming themselves.

“I just won’t work this job without a gun in my pocket anymore,” Barry said. “It’s so dangerous.”

“Let’s put it this way,” Justin Kelleher said. “Delivery drivers have their own way of protecting themselves. Some have baseball bats and others carry knives. Others carry other means of protection.”

In the end, the delivery driver who fought off his attacker with his pizza bag was not injured, but he said that if it happens again he would just hand over his money.

Lynn police would not say if this string of robberies are connected.

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Man arrested in burglary of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's home

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:24 AM

Anthony Almeida.
Anthony Almeida.(

One man was arrested and two suspects are being sought in the burglary of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's house.

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While the Patriots were playing in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, police were called to Gronkowski's house in Foxborough, Massachusetts, for a burglary. 

According to a heavily redacted police report, the break-in at Gronkowski's home happened just five minutes after he scored his first of two touchdowns.

The report shows the burglary happened at 8:50 p.m., during the third quarter of the Patriots' game against the Eagles.

On Friday morning, police executed a search warrant at the home of Anthony Almeida in Randolph. As a result of the search, police arrested Almeida, 31, on charges of breaking and entering, two counts of receiving stolen property, and malicious destruction of property.

He was arraigned Friday afternoon. 

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Almeida pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $5,000 bail. He was ordered to stay away from the victims and is due back in court on April 20.

Police said 26-year-old Shayne Denn of Tewksbury and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell of Foxborough are still at large.

Police said an Apple watch, a Rolex watch and two rare coins from the 1800s have been recovered. A firearm has not yet been recovered.

According to the police report, the burglars were not able to get into Gronkowski's bedroom; it was found locked and secured.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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French officer who traded places with a hostage in supermarket attack dies

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 4:30 AM

Lt.-Col. Arnaud Beltrame
French Interior Ministry
Lt.-Col. Arnaud Beltrame(French Interior Ministry)

A police officer who offered to trade places with a hostage during a standoff at a supermarket in southern France died Saturday morning, CNN reported.

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Lt.-Col. Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was shot by 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim as he entered the Super U market in Trèbes on Friday.

Beltrame "fell as a hero" and showed "exceptional courage", French President Emmanuel Macron said.

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Ladkim killed two people and wounded 16 others, two seriously, when he entered the supermarket, the BBC reported. Before that, Ladkim killed another person while stealing a car

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced Beltrame’s death Saturday, which raises the number of people killed to four.

"France will never forget his heroism, his bravery, his sacrifice," Collomb tweeted.

When Beltrame went inside the supermarket, he left his phone on so police could hear his interactions with the gunman, Collomb told CNN.

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As soon as they heard gunfire, police went in and killed the gunman.

Lakdim allegedly demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, the most important surviving suspect in the November 2015 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people, the BBC reported.

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Florida woman attacks husband for forgetting anniversary, deputies say

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:03 AM

Carol Stone
Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Carol Stone(Pasco County Sheriff's Office)

A Florida woman was not very happy when her husband forgot their wedding anniversary, and her anger landed her in jail, deputies said.

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Carol Stone, 35, of Zephyrhills, was arrested by Pasco County deputies Wednesday on charges of domestic battery, a misdemeanor, WTVT reported. According to her husband, Stone became angry when he admitted he had forgotten their anniversary date. An argument ensued, during which Stone “smacked the victim multiple times” in the head and face, leaving red marks and scratches.

Stone’s husband recorded the incident with his cellphone and gave it to deputies, WTVT reported. During the argument, deputies said, Stone’s husband pushed her on the ground and then she "flipped," The Tampa Bay Times reported. Stone admitted she hit her husband because he forgot the anniversary, deputies said.

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3 dead in France supermarket hostage situation, one other killed in carjacking, police say

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 8:13 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 4:31 AM

French Supermarket Hostage Situation: At Least 1 Dead

Three people have been killed, including a police officer who traded places with a hostage, after a supermarket hostage-taking in the southern France town of Trebes, according to local media reports.

Another person was killed when the alleged gunman stole a car before the hostage situation.

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