State trooper convicted of rape faces sentencing
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A suspended Massachusetts State Police trooper convicted of raping his former girlfriend faces sentencing.
The Middlesex district attorney says Robert Sundberg is...
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A former probation officer in Massachusetts who was convicted of gun trafficking has been sentenced to a maximum of 3 ½ years in prison.
Man pleads guilty in fatal crash in Natick
NATICK, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who drove through a red light and crashed into another car, killing the driver, has pleaded guilty to negligent driving.
2 unclaimed $100,000 lottery prizes about to expire
BOSTON (AP) — Two people who bought lottery tickets in Massachusetts nearly a year ago may be sitting on $100,000 and not even know it.
A lottery spokesman says two unclaimed $100,000 Mass...
Lewis to deliver commencement speech at Massachusetts school
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Framingham State University in Massachusetts has announced that U.S. Rep. and civil rights leader John Lewis has agreed to deliver the school's commencement address this...
3rd child flu death reported in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) — Public health officials in Massachusetts have confirmed a third pediatric flu death in the state this season.
The state Public Health Department confirmed Tuesday that the...
Athletes bond after spinal injury
UPTON, Mass. (AP) — It has been almost four years since former Valley Tech softball star Bella Picard fractured her neck diving into second base in the first inning of a game at Fordham during her sophomore season at St. Joseph's University.
"I'm not sick of telling my story," Picard said during a recent interview at her family's home.
Ex-Uber driver denies sexually assaulting passenger
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A former Uber driver from Massachusetts charged with sexually assaulting a passenger has pleaded not guilty.
Jose Arevalos-Avalos, of Holliston, was allowed to remain free on $3,000 bail after entering his plea Monday to charges of indecent assault and battery and attempting to pay for sexual conduct.
Jury finds couple not guilty of abusing child family member
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts couple who had been charged with repeatedly tying up a child family member with an extension cord has been acquitted.
The Metrowest Daily News reports the Middlesex Superior Court jury found 76-year-old Joanne Tierney and 75-year-old Thomas Tierney not guilty of assault and reckless endangerment charges Thursday.
Massachusetts college investigates ‘racist scrawl’ in dorm
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts university is investigating what was described as a "racist scrawl" in a residence hall bathroom.
A Framingham State University spokesman says the message was discovered in the stall of the third-floor women's restroom in Horace Mann Hall and reported to university police at around 10 a.m. Friday.
Campus police believe the vandalism happened between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. that day based on surveillance video.
Police: Hundreds of pot samples found in laboratory trash
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor is asking the state Cannabis Control Commission to investigate after hundreds of vials containing marijuana residue were found in the trash outside a medical marijuana testing facility.
Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer wants to know how the vials containing what police described as a "brown, sticky liquid" were found Sunday in MCR Labs' trash. Spicer alleges the lab broke rules regarding disposal of cannabis waste.
Public records overhaul leads to new technological answers
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A candidate for Framingham state representative was seeking a list of all city voters who applied for absentee ballots. A reporter wanted information about Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer's expenses. Insurance companies are asking for police records of clients' car accidents.
The city of Framingham posts on its website a log of public records requests, along with the documents that were provided -- such as a list of absentee voters or building project files.
For sale: Restored home of Salem witch trials refugee
BOSTON (AP) — A once-run-down historic home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled after she was spared the noose is on the market after an extensive renovation project.
The home in Framingham, Massachusetts, known as the Peter and Sarah Clayes House, hit the market Thursday with an asking price of $975,000. An open house is planned Sunday.
Letters of support pour in for threatened Muslim girl, 10
BOSTON (AP) — A Muslim girl in Massachusetts has received hundreds of letters of support after receiving threatening notes at her elementary school.
The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that as of Thursday, it had received more than 500 notes from across the country for the 10-year-old.
The girl, whose name officials haven't released, is in fifth grade at Hemenway Elementary School in Framingham, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Boston.
New 911 system helps police departments respond quicker
UXBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Uxbridge police knew they needed a faster way to respond to emergency calls.
A little more than a year ago, a couple called 911 from their landline when their infant was choking.
Man gets up to 12 years in fatal drug robbery
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man involved in a pot robbery that resulted in a man being killed has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.
Bryan Pertarb, of Hudson, was sentenced Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court to six to 12 years in prison. Pertarb pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death 21-year-old Juan Lopez in 2013.
Muslim elementary school student receives threatening notes
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are investigating after a Muslim elementary school student reported receiving threatening notes.
Framingham schools Superintendent Robert Tremblay says the first note was found Friday and the second on Monday. Both were placed in the student's storage bin at Hemenway Elementary School.
One note said "You are a terrorist, and the other read "I will kill you."
Tremblay says the messages are "unacceptable and unwelcome in our community."
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Police: 3 men steal 8 Apple Watches from Massachusetts mall
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating the theft of eight Apple Watches on display at a Massachusetts shopping mall.
The MetroWest Daily News reports that the thefts happened last week at the Apple Store at Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough.
Police say three men walked into the store, took all eight watches on display and ran away.
Ameresco: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) _ Ameresco (AMRC) on Tuesday reported third-quarter profit of $10.7 million.
On a per-share basis, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said it had net income of 23 cents.
The energy services company posted revenue of $205.4 million in the period.
Man arrested for showing off exotic animals at convention
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police say they've seized an alligator, a python and tarantulas from a Rhode Island man who was charging people to take pictures with the creatures at a comic book convention in Massachusetts.
Framingham police confiscated the animals and arrested the 41-year-old Warwick, Rhode Island man on an unrelated warrant. Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect.
Estranged husband pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot
WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty paying a hit man $10,000 to kill his estranged wife's new boyfriend.
James Brescia, of Waltham, pleaded guilty Thursday in Middlesex Superior Court to second-degree murder in the 2006 killing of 39-year-old Edward Schiller, of Framingham.
Brescia pleaded guilty as a jury deliberated whether to convict him of first-degree murder.
Police: Student assaulted while walking on campus at night
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Campus police at Framingham State University say a student was assaulted while walking on campus Monday night.
According to police, the female student was on a pathway when two men grabbed her around 8:20 p.m. Authorities say the student struggled free and ran to her residence hall.
University spokesman Dan Magazu says the student couldn't provide a detailed description of the assailants.
State police union names new president amid year of scandal
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — The union that represents Massachusetts State Police troopers has named a new president amid a year that has seen allegations of overtime abuse against current and former troopers.
The union announced Monday that Sgt. Mark Lynch has been appointed president by the State Police Association of Massachusetts board. Lynch has served in the Massachusetts State Police for 37 years and was previously a union representative for Troop A.
Woman convicted of killing toddler daughter dies in prison
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts prison officials are investigating the death of a woman who was convicted of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2001.
A spokesman for the Department of Correction tells the Cape Cod Times that 43-year-old Erin Colleran was found unresponsive in her cell Wednesday at the state prison in Framingham. Cause of death was not immediately known.
Man sentenced to prison after pizza shop standoff
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Massachusetts man who shot at police and held a standoff with officers at a pizza shop to prison.
The MetroWest Daily News reports that 32-year-old Justin Breakspear was sentenced Tuesday to 16 to 20 years in prison.
Court receives faked death certificate for wanted man
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts court officials say someone sent them a fake death certificate in an attempt to get active arrest warrants recalled.
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Massachusetts man gets life in prison for fatal shooting
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Framingham man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting a man to death in 2013 during a drug deal.
Prosecutors say 23-year-old Jeremy Rodriguez pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of 21-year-old Juan Lopez. Rodriguez was sentenced to life in prison and will be eligible for parole after 15 years.
Hudson’s Juniper Farms ice cream trucks inspire devotion
HUDSON, Mass. (AP) — Before she could even drive, Cassia Landry worked inside a Juniper Farms Ice Cream Co. truck.
The 16-year-old met the truck at a local baseball field and was picked up at the end of her shift.
"I've had a million different jobs with customer service, retail, serving, and with this job everybody is happy to see you," she said.
Boston sets temperature record as schools adjust to heat
BOSTON (AP) — Nearly two dozen school districts across Massachusetts canceled classes or sent children home early Wednesday in response to the heat, which reached 98 degrees in Boston, breaking the Aug. 29 record of 96 set in 1953.
Man facing child rape charges arrested at airport
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A man facing child rape charges in Massachusetts has been arrested in Texas as he tried to board a plane heading to his native Guatemala.
Regulators approve testing labs, moving 1st pot sales closer
BOSTON (AP) — The first retail marijuana stores in the eastern United States moved a major step closer to opening on Thursday when Massachusetts regulators approved licenses for two independent testing labs.
TJX reports better-than-expected sales, profit in 2Q
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — The TJX Cos. (TJX) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $739.6 million.
On a per-share basis, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said it had profit of $1.17.
The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.05 per share.
Vote on labs could move Massachusetts closer to pot sales
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts marijuana regulators have scheduled a vote on the licensing of two independent testing labs, which if approved could move the state closer to its first recreational pot sales.
License applications from CDX Analytics, of Salem, and MCR Labs, of Framingham, are on the agenda for Thursday's meeting of the Cannabis Control Commission.
Ameresco: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) _ Ameresco (AMRC) on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $8.7 million.
On a per-share basis, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said it had profit of 19 cents. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring gains, were 18 cents per share.
The energy services company posted revenue of $197 million in the period.
Ameresco expects full-year earnings to be 65 cents to 75 cents per share, with revenue in the range of $780 million to $820 million.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested two Massachusetts men they say were caught trying to smuggle drugs to inmates at the state women's prison.
The MetroWest Daily News reports that 70-year-old Paul Roche, of Norfolk, and 44-year-old Taj Tatum, of Fall River, were both arrested Sunday at MCI-Framingham.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — The judge's daughter at the center of a report-altering scandal that led to the resignation of the two highest ranking officers with the Massachusetts State Police has been placed on probation.
Prosecutors say 31-year-old Alli Bibaud admitted Tuesday there were sufficient facts to prove a drugged driving charge. Her case was continued without a finding and she was placed on probation until Jan. 16.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts man held a knife to a young girl's face before repeatedly stabbing her mother.
Teodosio Rodriguez-Ortiz was arraigned on assault charges Wednesday at Framingham District Court. A prosecutor said the mother was in grave condition at UMass-Memorial Medical Center.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man fought four people, including a pregnant woman, as his dog, which was also pregnant, died in the back seat of a hot car.
The MetroWest Daily News reports that 29-year-old Alberto Carmenatty pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple assault and other charges.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man was held hostage and beaten for four days inside a Massachusetts apartment because he is gay.
Police have charged 19-year-old Jackson Sugrue with a hate crime in connection with the alleged assault in Framingham.
Prosecutor Dylan Krasinski says the 50-year-old man told police he was using drugs with Sugrue on Wednesday when the teen refused to let him leave the apartment.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts State Police said they intend to fire the former payroll director who stole over $23,000 from the agency.
Fifty-year-old Denise Ezekiel of Holbrook gave a guilty plea in Framingham District Court Monday to one count of larceny over $250 in connection to theft of $23,900 in payroll funds.
Ezekiel was suspended on Nov. 1, 2017, as state police began their investigation into the missing funds.
Bertucci’s has a new out of state owner
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A central Massachusetts-based pizza chain has a new owner.
Earl Enterprises is listed as the buyer of Northborough-based Bertucci's in court documents.
Metro West Daily News reports the Orlando-based company also owns Planet Hollywood and Earl of Sandwich restaurant chains.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say an argument over potato chips led to an assault at a shelter over the weekend.
The MetroWest Daily News reports 64-year-old Harold Dewar, of Framingham, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Dewar had a warrant for a previous assault when he was arrested.
Tests show substance in jail not fentanyl
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say tests on a substance they believed to have been a "fentanyl mix" came out negative.
The MetroWest Daily News reports police had to decontaminate a station cell after a prisoner supposedly smuggled the substance inside.
Framingham Police Lt. Patricia Grigas says tests revealed a "pharmaceutical-grade drug."
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts had to decontaminate a station cell after a prisoner apparently smuggled the powerful opioid fentanyl inside.
The MetroWest Daily News reports that Framingham police discovered the drug in a cell Monday following an arrest. Police tested the substance and determined it was fentanyl.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A blind Massachusetts man authorities say beat his blind girlfriend and then struggled with officers trying to arrest him has been held without bail over the objections of his lawyer.
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who served prison time for the rape and kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl he always maintained he did not commit has been awarded $1 million in damages in a wrongful conviction lawsuit.
A jury ruled in favor of Kevin O'Loughlin on Tuesday after he sued the state, the town of Framingham and several police officers involved in his conviction.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state Rep. Chris Walsh has died following a battle with cancer.
The Framingham Democrat was 66.
His wife, Cindy, said in a Facebook post on Thursday that Walsh died peacefully on Wednesday night. She said her husband had undergone several clinical trials over the past year, "and the cancer got the upper hand."
Framingham holds gun buyback program
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — The city of Framingham is holding a gun buyback.
Police say people with an unwanted gun of any kind can turn them in at the city's public works department between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and get a gift card donated by local businesses in return.
People who turn in an assault rifle will receive a $250 gift card. Revolvers, handgun, semi-automatic gun, shotgun or rifle will get you a $150 gift card, while BB or pellet guns will get a $25 gift card.