WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who has spent more than 35 years in prison for the gruesome 1979 killing of his great aunt has been freed while he fights his conviction.
Husband and wife die in Massachusetts crash
PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — An elderly couple has died following a two-vehicle crash in Plainville.
Police say it happened Monday afternoon when a man driving a car tried to turn around on...
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Taunton are worried about an arsonist who appears to be on the loose.
The southeastern Massachusetts city had five suspicious fires over a period of...
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who has spent decades in prison for the gruesome 1979 killing of his great aunt asked Friday for a new trial, claiming DNA evidence exonerates him.
DIGHTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say five dogs that attacked and killed a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy who regularly took care of them will be euthanized.
BOSTON (AP) — While a new survey found that Massachusetts commuters are fed up with traffic congestion and transit delays, a long-promised public transit project has been quietly chugging...
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A helicopter with two people aboard has crashed at a Massachusetts airport, but authorities say neither was injured.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Middlesex County District Attorney's Office says one of three workers injured at an MIT building construction site has died.
Man convicted of trafficking woman sentenced to prison
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man convicted of trafficking a woman into sexual servitude will serve seven to 10 years in prison.
The Latest: Aunt of teen who took his life: justice was done
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on a woman who was convicted involuntary manslaughter after she encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself (all times local):
An aunt of the teen who killed himself after his girlfriend encouraged him to says his family believes justice has been served.
Conrad Roy III's aunt spoke to reporters Monday after 22-year-old Michelle Carter was taken into custody to begin serving her 15-month jail sentence for an involuntary manslaughter conviction.
Woman begins jail sentence for texting suicide conviction
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who sent her suicidal boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself was jailed Monday on an involuntary manslaughter conviction nearly five years after he died in a truck filled with toxic gas.
The Massachusetts Senate is taking its show on the road
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is taking its show on the road.
The Senate has launched what it's calling its "Commonwealth Conversations 2019-2020 Tour."
The goal is to get the Senate out of the vaunted confines of Beacon Hill and into neighborhoods across the state to hear what people are concerned about.
Teacher pleads not guilty to assault and battery charges
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts middle school teacher has been charged with assault and battery on a minor.
The Taunton Daily Gazette reports that Brian Clemmey, a teacher at Parker Middle School in Taunton, pleaded not guilty Thursday and was released on the condition that he have no contact with the alleged victim.
2 arrested in connection with fatal Taunton stabbing
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have arrested two people in connection with what police say is the city of Taunton's first homicide since 2016.
The Bristol district attorney on Tuesday announced that 19-year-old Jerome Middleton, of Fall River, and 24-year-old Khaylon Cruz, of New Bedford, are both charged with murder in the weekend stabbing death of Justin Paulo.
The 31-year-old Taunton man was stabbed Saturday night and pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital on Sunday morning.
Police investigate Taunton’s first homicide since 2016
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating the city of Taunton's first homicide since 2016.
Officers responded to reports of an assault on Wilson Street at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday. The Bristol district attorney's office says when police arrived, the victim, 31-year-old Justin Paulo, of Taunton, had already been taken to Morton Hospital before being transferred to Rhode Island Hospital.
Suspected drunken driver in fatal crash held on $50,000 bail
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man police say was drunk when he caused a fatal crash in Providence on New Year's Day has been arraigned.
Richard Maldonado, of Taunton, Massachusetts, was held on $50,000 bail on Wednesday when he was arraigned in his hospital bed. He remains in fair condition.
Police say the 23-year-old Maldonado ran a stop sign and two red lights at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday before crashing into another vehicle driven by 63-year-old Evelyn Pagliaro, of Providence.
Police: Woman killed in crash involving drunken driver
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman is dead and a Massachusetts man faces drunken driving charges following a car crash in Providence early on New Year's Day.
Police say 23-year-old Richard Maldonado, of Taunton, Massachusetts, ran a stop sign and two red lights at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday before crashing into another vehicle driven by 63-year-old Evelyn Pagliaro, of Providence.
24-year-old struck, killed by driver in Raynham, police say
RAYNHAM, Mass. (AP) — Police say a 24-year-old man was struck and killed by a car in Raynham.
Police say Luke Cosgrove of Norton was walking in the travel lane on Route 44 on Saturday night when he was hit by an SUV.
Police say the driver, a 60-year-old Taunton woman, was not injured and remained on the scene.
Man gets 18 years in prison for shooting at cookout in 2015
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in Massachusetts say a Taunton man who shot another man at a cookout in 2015 has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison.
Lorenze DaVeiga pleaded guilty Monday in Fall River Superior Court to multiple charges including manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors say the 22-year-old DaVeiga killed Marques McCassie in a shootout at a cookout at McCassie's cousin's home in Taunton in June 2015.
Woman charged with drunken driving in weekend bus crash
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman police say was drunk when she was involved in a crash with a school bus full of adults and children returning from a Roman Catholic shrine's Christmas light display has been released on $2,500 bail.
Not guilty pleas to charges including drunken driving were entered on behalf of 27-year-old Christy Gilpatrick, of Warren, Rhode Island, at her arraignment in Taunton on Monday.
Taunton Christmas parade canceled due to rain
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Rain is putting a damper on Christmas cheer in Massachusetts.
The city of Taunton's annual Christmas parade scheduled for Sunday afternoon was canceled due to the weather.
Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr.'s office said Saturday that many bands and performers said they would be unable to perform in the rainy conditions.
1 killed, 6 injured in wrong-way interstate crash
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities said an elderly man driving the wrong way on a Massachusetts highway caused a fiery crash that killed him and injured six.
State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said the crash happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 495 in Taunton.
Man out on supervised release accused of robbery
BOSTON (AP) — Federal officials in Massachusetts say a convicted bank robber robbed another bank while he was out on supervised release.
A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling says the 52-year-old man was charged with bank robbery in federal court in Boston Monday. Court documents say the Taunton man stole about $4,600 from an Allston bank in April while on supervised release for a previous bank robbery conviction.
Police: 66-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash in Kingston
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts State Police say a motorcyclist was killed when he lost control, was thrown and hit by another vehicle.
State Police say troopers responded to the crash on Route 3 in Kingston early Saturday.
The motorcyclist, 66-year-old Richard Papp, of Taunton, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Several events scheduled for suicide prevention week
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention has announced that several events are scheduled around the state for National Suicide Prevention week.
The weeklong series of events begin Sunday and run through Sept. 15.
They range from a Light the Way Walk and Motorcycle Run in Taunton; to a World Suicide Prevention Day Twitter chat; and Ribbon Remembrances in Barnstable and Nantucket.
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.
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Campground in state park closed for a decade reopening
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A campground in a state park that's been closed for a decade is finally reopening to the public.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation says the campground in Massasoit State Park in Taunton will reopen Friday. The public is invited to gather around a community campfire and roast s'mores to celebrate the reopening.
Fugitive wanted for firearms, drugs is arrested
BOSTON (AP) — State police have arrested a fugitive wanted on firearms and drug charges after a pursuit by car and on foot.
Thomas Holland, of Taunton, was arrested Friday in Norton. The car's driver, Brittany Pasternak, of Somerset, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property.
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say three men seen on a social media video blowing marijuana smoke in a goat's face and laughing have been charged with animal cruelty.
Taunton police Chief Edward Walsh says his department was notified Tuesday about a video posted on social media that shows the men removing the goat from its outdoor pen and putting a chain around its neck. The video later shows two of the men blowing marijuana smoke in the goat's face and one man sitting on its back.
BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — State police are investigating an early-morning crash on Interstate 93 in Braintree that left a 29-year-old woman dead.
Investigators say the Taunton woman, whose name has not been released, got out of her 2003 Buick Rendezvous on Saturday after she lost control and struck a guardrail in the southbound lanes of the highway.
Police said a second car then slammed into the Buick, pushing it into the woman and killing her.
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sent to jail for six months for using a machete to attack a woman and her dog.
The Taunton Daily Gazette reports that 45-year-old Thomas Vargas was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to assault and animal cruelty.
Man arraigned on murder charge in drive-by shooting
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — The man authorities say fired the fatal shots in a drive-by shooting in Brockton has been arraigned on a murder charge.
Prosecutors say 22-year-old Christopher Nogueira, of Taunton, shot and killed 21-year-old Anthony Baker Jr. on Friday. They say Baker had been in a long-running feud with 21-year-old Andrew Tymek, who asked Nogueira to help him "end this all."
Investigators say the men sought out Baker, and Nogueira shot him from a vehicle driven by Tymek.
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a second man in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in Brockton last week that authorities say stemmed from an ongoing dispute between two groups.
The Plymouth district attorney's office announced that 22-year-old Christopher Nogueira, of Taunton, was arrested Monday in the shooting Friday of 21-year-old Anthony Baker Jr.
Nogueira is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on a murder charge.
Group raises money to treat injured dog tossed from van
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston veterinary hospital is raising money to treat an injured dog that was tossed from a van and abandoned in the middle of a road.
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says a good Samaritan picked the dog up last week in Taunton after seeing it tossed into the street.
Italian restaurant chain Bertucci’s files for bankruptcy
BOSTON (AP) — Italian casual dining chain Bertucci's has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed 15 restaurants.
The Northborough, Massachusetts-based chain said Monday it made the move "to position Bertucci's for future growth."
Fifty-nine locations in 10 states and Washington remain open.
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — State transportation officials are planning a public meeting to discuss ongoing efforts to develop a South Coast commuter rail line from Boston to New Bedford and Fall River.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Martin Middle School in Taunton.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation last month filed a draft supplemental environmental impact report for the project.
Rhode Island man sentenced for Massachusetts drug ring
BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for his role in a Massachusetts heroin and fentanyl trafficking ring.
Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Fernando Hernandez, of Providence, was arrested in February 2017 with 22 other people in connection with drug ring based in Boston and Taunton. They say Hernandez was the leader of the Taunton ring, which included five other people.
Police: Student threatens to kill officers, shoot up school
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts high school student has been arrested for threatening to kill school resource officers, then return with an AR-15 assault rifle and shoot up the school.
Authorities say the 18-year-old Taunton High School student has not attended school since the first day of the school year after having made threats and racially-charged statements.
Police: Man who crashed car into water charged with DUI
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts man who drove his pickup truck over a seawall and into the water in Rhode Island has been charged with driving under the influence.
Police say the truck crashed into the water late Friday near the Rhode Island Yacht Club. Police identified the driver as 42-year-old Tom Moitoso of Taunton.
Moitoso was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and his truck was towed from the scene.
Woman to pay restitution to elderly mother for $83K theft
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman accused of stealing more than $83,000 from her elderly mother has been ordered to pay back most of the money.
Hernandez’s fiancee sues to protect assets of home sale
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez's fiancee has sued the estates of three men the former New England Patriots player was charged with killing in an effort to ensure their daughter benefits from the sale of the ex-NFL star's home.
The families of Odin Lloyd, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado have filed wrongful-death lawsuits against Hernandez's estate. Should they win, money from the mansion's sale could be used to pay damages.
Temperature records across southern New England smashed
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Unseasonably warm weather smashed temperature records across southern New England on Wednesday, the National Weather Service.
The temperature in Hartford, Connecticut, climbed to 74 degrees. That broke the city's record for highest temperature recorded in the month of February. The previous all-time high was 73 degrees, recorded on Feb. 24, 1985.
Temperature records across southern New England smashed
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — The National Weather Service says temperature records across southern New England are being smashed by unseasonably warm weather.
The temperature in Boston climbed to 64 degrees late Wednesday morning, breaking the prior record for Feb. 21 of 63 set in 1906.
The temperature in Hartford, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island also hit 64, breaking the prior record for the day of 63, both set in 1930.
1 dead in Taunton house fire; 8 other escape unharmed
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say one person has died in a fire at a three-story Taunton home.
The fire was reported at about 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Fire Capt. Tim Bradshaw says firefighters kicked in the front door and evacuated eight people, including two children but an adult male was found inside and was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
Police investigating after 2 brothers wounded in shooting
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Police in Taunton are trying to figure out exactly what happened after they found two brothers shot and wounded in a local home.
Police say the brothers got into an argument involving a knife Saturday afternoon. Authorities say one brother then pulled out a gun and there was a struggle. Police say one of the men was shot four times and the brother with the gun suffered one gunshot wound.
Both men were taken to Rhode Island Hospital. Their conditions haven't been disclosed.
Former postal worker pleads guilty to $20,000 embezzlement
BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts postal worker has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $20,000 from the postal service.
Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Dennis Reis, of Taunton, entered his plea Monday to one count of embezzlement and one count of theft of public money.
Reis formerly worked as the lead sales and service associate at the East Taunton Post Office.
Ex-college employee pleads not guilty in accidental shooting
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A former employee at a Massachusetts college who is accused of injuring another school employee in an accidental shooting has pleaded not guilty.
Woman offers $5,000 reward for safe return of beloved dogs
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is offering a $5,000 reward for the safe return of her beloved dogs that went missing three weeks ago.
Bridgewater resident Janyce Woodward says she goes out at night looking for her two wheaten terriers, Marcie and Morrie.