Around the Region: Man Rescued from Paper Silo in Somerville, Malden Man Allegedly Arranged Pot Deal on Craigslist

Some of the top recent stories from just beyond Medford's bounds.

A man trapped and slowly suffocating in a Somerville paper silo Thursday night had his cell phone with him. It's a good thing he did. First, he called Somerville Police. Then he called a coworker. "We actually had contact with him on his cell phone," said Robert Lyons, a deputy chief with the Somerville Fire Department. Then, "all of a sudden, we were running out of time." Lyons, pointing to the two-story metal silo, described how bits of paper flow into it through various vents, and when something clogged up the system, the man—described as 47 years old by police and fire scanner transmissions—climbed up a ladder to unclog it. This was at about 9:30 p.m. -Chris Orchard

Cashier Ram Thapa had only been on the job for about a month when convinced him to quit this week. Thapa, a 24-year-old biotech student at Quincy College, offered to help at the family store soon after another part-time employee quit for unrelated reasons. His uncle, 69-year-old retiree Dharam Jain, said business at the  “has not been great," but that these recent robberies - coupled with “dozens and dozens” of incidents over the past decade - finally compelled him to close the store after 12 years in business. -Chris Caesar

A 23-year-old Arlington woman was arrested early Friday morning after she allegedly crashed her Jeep Commander into a parked car on Gray Street while driving drunk and then fled in the heavily-damaged SUV, according to police. Rachel White was charged with DUI, first offense, and leaving the scene of property damage, police said. -John Waller

Stone Hearth Pizza will be opening at 528 Main Street after the Board of Selectmen granted co-owner Jonathan Schwartz a Common Victualler License. Schwartz told the board after 12 weeks of construction starting in May, doors could open up by the end of the summer. Massachusetts law requires a Victualler License for all establishments capable of cooking, preparing and serving food. -Nate Homan

Officers arrested a Malden man recently after they used craigslist to arrange to buy marijuana from him behind the on Austin Street in Charlestown. According to a police report, officers first became aware of Andrew Maxwell of 22 Clayton Street in Malden through a craigslist post advertising the sale of “purple,” a particular kind of marijuana.


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