Gunman kills officer at MIT, still on the loose

Posted by Justin McCallum on April 19, 2013 under Campus News, Cities | Comments are off for this article

According to reports by CNN and the Atlantic, shots were fired on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge by an unidentified shooter around 10:30 p.m. tonight. A police officer was fatally shot and later died at Mass. General Hospital, according to State Police.

MIT issued an emergency alert at 10:48 p.m. to its students that the shots were fired, and the the campus newspaper The Tech reported that the incident occurred near 32 Vassar St.

“The situation is considered active and extremely dangerous,” according to a statement by MIT. As of 12:37 a.m., the shooter is said to remain at large, and Cambridge students are cautioned to stay indoors while police sweep the area. For updates, visit the MIT Emergency Page, and check back on the Tufts Daily blog.

Police rescue chicken from snow bank in Somerville

Posted by Justin McCallum on February 20, 2013 under Cities | Comments are off for this article

Courtesy Somerville Police Department.

Courtesy Somerville Police Department.

With police chases, drug busts, and severe blizzards hitting Somerville in the past few months, its sometimes important to remember that the city half our campus is located is still a relatively safe place.

Last week, one police call definitely affirmed the zaniness of the Somerville Police Department’s lives when they received a tip about a “chicken stuck in a snow bank” on February 13th at around 7PM according to the Somerville Journal on Wicked Local.

The fowl friend was rescued from the Shaws employee parking lot by Officer Difava, who “bravely jumped into action and saved the chicken from certain peril,” according to the Somerville Police Department’s website. They later added “Why did the chicken cross the road? To be rescued by Officer Difava apparently.”