Boston Officer Guilty Of Overtime Fraud Scheme Avoids Jail But Must Pay Back Thousands Boston Officer Guilty Of Overtime Fraud Scheme Avoids Jail But Must Pay Back Thousands
Boston Officer Guilty Of Overtime Fraud Scheme Avoids Jail But Must Pay Back Thousands The sixth Boston police officer convicted in a long-running overtime fraud scheme that swindled thousands of dollars from taxpayers must repay more than $16,000 but won't serve jail time, authorities announced.  Michael Murphy, 64, of Hyde Park, was sentenced to two years of probation and must pay a $5,000 fine and $16,014 in restitution after he pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said.  Murphy and dozens of other officers were accused of filing false overtime slips from September 2016 until February 2019 for wor…
6-Year-Old Hospitalized Following Carlisle Crash; Teen Cited 6-Year-Old Hospitalized Following Carlisle Crash; Teen Cited
6-Year-Old Hospitalized Following Carlisle Crash; Teen Cited Authorities said they have cited a 17-year-old boy with causing a crash in Carlisle that sent a 6-year-old to the hospital, where he remains more than a week later.  The two-car crash happened around 7:30 p.m. on July 15 at the North Road and Rutland Street intersection. Police said the 17-year-old was behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima that blew through a stop sign and crashed into a Nissan Rogue, police said.  The crash ejected the 6-year-old from the Rogue, causing the boy serious injuries.  Paramedics took the child to Boston Hospital. He remained in there as of Wednesd…
Man Guilty Of Framingham Rape, Knife-Point Robbery: DA Man Guilty Of Framingham Rape, Knife-Point Robbery: DA
Man Guilty Of Framingham Rape, Knife-Point Robbery: DA A 37-year-old man has been convicted of raping a woman and robbing her at knifepoint in Framingham, authorities said.  Lance McDonald, of Framingham, was convicted on Tuesday, July 24, with two counts of rape, one count of armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and wiretap violation, the Middlesex District Attorney said.  McDonald was accused of meeting up with a 42-year-old woman at a Red Roof Inn on April 25, 2022, after responding to an ad for sexual services, authorities said. The woman told police that he physically and sexually assaulted her before pulli…
Man Killed In Lowell Temple Shooting ID'd; Police Make Bust Man Killed In Lowell Temple Shooting ID'd; Police Make Bust
Man Killed In Lowell Temple Shooting ID'd; Police Make Bust A 38-year-old New Hampshire man is accused of killing a man and wounding another and a woman in a shooting in the parking lot of a Hindu temple in Lowell last week, authorities said.  Paul Garcia, of Dover, is charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery by discharge of a firearm, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm, the Middlesex District Attorney said. He is expected to be charged with murder at his arraignment on Wednesday, July 24.&nbs…
Victim Of Fatal Somerville Shooting ID'd Victim Of Fatal Somerville Shooting ID'd
Victim Of Fatal Somerville Shooting ID'd A 49-year-old man who was found shot on Monday night, July 22, in Somerville, has died, authorities said.  Paul Nolan, of Somerville, was shot just before 10:30 p.m., the Middlesex District Attorney said.  Police were called to Dartmouth Street to reports of a shooting. They found Noal suffering from gunshot wounds, and paramedics rushed him to Massachusetts General Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.  Somerville police ask anyone with information to contact investigators at 617-625-1600 ext. 7250.
Teen Accused Of Fatal Shooting At Lynn Grocery Store Caught In Dominican Republic: DA Teen Accused Of Fatal Shooting At Lynn Grocery Store Caught In Dominican Republic: DA
Teen Accused Of Fatal Shooting At Lynn Grocery Store Caught In Dominican Republic: DA A teenager accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old at a Market Basket parking lot in Lynn last month and fled the country has been caught and will be returned to Massachusetts to face charges, authorities announced.  Adrian Pena, 18, was arrested in the Dominican Republic on July 16 and has been extradited to Miami on a fugitive from justice warrant, the Essex County District Attorney's Office said on Tuesday, July 23.  Pena is accused of shooting Kai Burgos, 17, of Saugus, in the parking lot of a Market Basket at 40 Federal Street on June 15, the prosecutor said.  Lynn po…
No Bail For Teen Accused Of Fatal Stabbing During Chelsea Street Brawl: DA No Bail For Teen Accused Of Fatal Stabbing During Chelsea Street Brawl: DA
No Bail For Teen Accused Of Fatal Stabbing During Chelsea Street Brawl: DA An 18-year-old is being held without bail after authorities say he fatally stabbed someone in a fight over the weekend in Chelsea.  Joksin Briones-Blandon, of Malden, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of 44-year-old Santos Cartegena on Saturday, July 20, the Suffolk County District Attorney said. Police were called to the Highland and Grove Street intersection around 10 p.m. to reports of several men fighting.  Cartegena, who suffered multiple stab wounds in the brawl, took himself to the Whidden Hospital. He was later rushed to Beth Israel Hospital for surgery. …
Driver Was On Phone When He Hit, Killed Woman In Bedford: DA Driver Was On Phone When He Hit, Killed Woman In Bedford: DA
Driver Was On Phone When He Hit, Killed Woman In Bedford: DA A 34-year-old Billerica man is believed to have been on his phone when he crashed into a 53-year-old woman, killing her, authorities said.  The man, whose name was not released, hit the woman on Saturday, July 20, just after 3:30 p.m. as she walked her bicycle across Concord Street, the Middlesex District Attorney said.  Paramedics rushed the woman to Lahey Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, the prosecutor's office said. Her name has not been released as authorities contact her family.  The driver remained at the scene.  An initial investigation revealed he…
62-Year-Old Motorcyclist Killed In Holliston Crash With Car ID'd 62-Year-Old Motorcyclist Killed In Holliston Crash With Car ID'd
62-Year-Old Motorcyclist Killed In Holliston Crash With Car ID'd Doctors were unable to save a 62-year-old man after his motorcycle was involved in a crash with a car on Sunday evening, July 21, in Holliston, authorities announced.  Andrew Palumbo, of Ashland, was identified as the man killed in the crash at the intersection of  Prentice and Mill Streets just before 7:50 p.m., Holliston police said. Police and firefighters treated Palumbo at the scene until he could be taken to an area hospital.  Paramedics airlifted Palumbo to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he later died of his wounds.  The 72-year-old driver…
1 Dead, 2 Wounded In Shooting Near Lowell Temple 1 Dead, 2 Wounded In Shooting Near Lowell Temple
1 Dead, 2 Wounded In Shooting Near Lowell Temple Police say one person is dead and two more were injured in an early morning shooting in a Hindu temple's parking lot in Lowell.  Officers were called to the Middlesex Street parking lot just after 4:50 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, to find the three victims suffering from gunshot wounds, the Middlesex District Attorney said.  A 43-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 34-year-old man was taken to an area hospital for treatment. A 26-year-old woman who was also wounded in the attack drove herself to the hospital with a shooting injury, the prosecutor's office said.  A…
Drive-By Shooting: 6 Charged With Killing 2, Wounding 5 Others In Lynn Drive-By Shooting: 6 Charged With Killing 2, Wounding 5 Others In Lynn
Drive-By Shooting: 6 Charged With Killing 2, Wounding 5 Others In Lynn Police arrested six people in connection with a drive-by shooting in Lynn last year that killed two people and wounded five more, authorities said.  Abraham Diaz, 25, of Lynn, and Jandriel Heredia, 21, of Revere, were killed in a drive-by shooting on Sept. 2, 2023, in Lynn.  Investigators said that people were at the 189 Essex Street home celebrating a friend going to college when gunfire erupted around 2:30 a.m.  “The double homicide that occurred last year was incredibly tragic,” Lynn Mayor Jared C. Nicholson said. “While nothing will replace the loss of Abraham Diaz …
Mass. Man Caught Watching Child Porn On Plane, Arranging To Have Sex With 5-Year-Old: DA Mass. Man Caught Watching Child Porn On Plane, Arranging To Have Sex With 5-Year-Old: DA
Mass. Man Caught Watching Child Porn On Plane, Arranging To Have Sex With 5-Year-Old: DA A 74-year-old passenger aboard a JetBlue flight was caught by someone sitting near him exchanging child sexual abuse material of children as young as toddlers and having text conversations on how much it would cost to rape them, authorities said.  Jed Cohen, 74, of Dartmouth, is charged with possession of child pornography, disseminating photographs of sexual or intimate parts of a child, and paying for sexual conduct with a child under 18, the Suffolk County District Attorney said.  A judge ordered him held on a $10,000 bond. He must wear a GPS-monitoring device and remain i…
Stoughton Police Investigating Shooting Stoughton Police Investigating Shooting
Stoughton Police Investigating Shooting A 31-year-old man was shot in the leg late Wednesday night, and police are asking for the public's help identifying the shooter.  Police were called to 40 Stagecoach Road around 10 p.m. where they met a man sitting on the ground with a gunshot wound, Stoughton police said. The man was not a Stoughton resident.  Paramedics took him to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton with non-life-threatening injuries.  Police say there is no ongoing threat to the community.  Detectives ask anyone with information on the shooting to contact investigators at 781-344-2424.
Woman Set Fire At Maynard Home That Injured Firefighter: Police Woman Set Fire At Maynard Home That Injured Firefighter: Police
Woman Set Fire At Maynard Home That Injured Firefighter: Police A 26-year-old woman has been arrested after police say she intentionally started a house fire in Maynard last month.  Anabelle Dentino, of Maynard, is charged with arson of a dwelling and causing injury to a firefighter, Maynard police said. She is being held without bail.  Firefighters were called to 1 Little Road in Maynard to reports of a structure fire. While battling the blaze, a firefighter suffered minor injuries.  Arson investigators believe the fire was intentionally set, and Dentino was arrested without incident on Tuesday, July 16.  She'll return to court on…
Axe-Waving Robber Steals Juice, Bottled Water From Boston Whole Foods Axe-Waving Robber Steals Juice, Bottled Water From Boston Whole Foods
Axe-Waving Robber Steals Juice, Bottled Water From Boston Whole Foods An axe-wielding man who said he could take whatever he wanted from a Boston grocery store made good on his threats as he ran off with some juice and bottled water, authorities said.  Alan Badgett, 33, of Boston, was arrested and charged with armed robbery following the Wednesday afternoon, July 17, heist, Boston police said.  Police were called to the Whole Foods Market at 27 Austin Street in Charlestown just after noon to reports of an axe-wielding man threatening someone.  The store security said the man claimed he could take whatever he wanted from the store and left with…
Investigators ID Cause Of Fatal Revere Fire Investigators ID Cause Of Fatal Revere Fire
Investigators ID Cause Of Fatal Revere Fire The fire that killed an 80-year-old man in Revere on Monday, July 15, was likely sparked by a cigarette, investigators said.  Firefighters were called to the 104 Patriot Parkway home at about 5:45 a.m. to find heavy smoke pouring out of the house. Crews were told the elderly man had limited mobility and was trapped inside, the state Fire Marshal's Office said. Firefighters were able to get the man out of the house and to a hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.  An initial investigation of the blaze led the State Fire Marshal's Office to conclude the fire began with smoking…
No Jail Time For Ex-Mass. Officer Who Punched Handcuffed Man 13 Times: Feds No Jail Time For Ex-Mass. Officer Who Punched Handcuffed Man 13 Times: Feds
No Jail Time For Ex-Mass. Officer Who Punched Handcuffed Man 13 Times: Feds A former Weymouth police officer who was caught on video camera beating a handcuffed suspect will not serve any jail time, federal authorities said.  Justin Chappell, 43, was sentenced to two years of supervised release, with the first six months to be spent under house arrest, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said on Tuesday, July 16. He must also complete 40 hours of community service each year of his supervised release.  Chappell pleaded guilty in May to a single count of deprivation of rights under color of law, the prosecutor said.  The assault happened on July 2,…
60 Bullets: Cambridge, Medford, Somerville Suffering Through Summer Of Shootings 60 Bullets: Cambridge, Medford, Somerville Suffering Through Summer Of Shootings
60 Bullets: Cambridge, Medford, Somerville Suffering Through Summer Of Shootings Middlesex County authorities said they have seen six shootings over the past month, with as many as 60 shots being fired, damaging homes and cars and seriously injuring one person.  “Every time a gun is illegally fired in our neighborhoods, it creates the risk of death or serious injury for innocent people," said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. "In these cases, officers recovered 60 shell casings resulting from the 60 shots fired in congested areas, this type of chaos creating violence simply cannot go unaddressed. I have assigned multiple prosecutors to work with our police pa…
Battery Explosion Sparked North Andover Fire Battery Explosion Sparked North Andover Fire
Battery Explosion Sparked North Andover Fire Authorities say a fire that began on the second-story balcony of an apartment in North Andover started when a lithium-ion battery exploded  Firefighters were called to 99 Edgelawn Ave. just before 6:30 p.m. on July 7. A battery had been left in the sun for hours, causing it to overheat and explode.  The fire was extinguished quickly, but battery fires are extremely dangerous as they can reignite without warning hours after they are put out, the North Andover Fire Department said.  Everyone escaped the six-unit building without injury.  North Andover Fire Chief Joh…
Ex-Boston Prosecutor Gets 5-10 Years For 2021 Rape; Victim Says Her Life Full Of Fear, Paranoia Ex-Boston Prosecutor Gets 5-10 Years For 2021 Rape; Victim Says Her Life Full Of Fear, Paranoia
Ex-Boston Prosecutor Gets 5-10 Years For 2021 Rape; Victim Says Her Life Full Of Fear, Paranoia Gary Zerola, a well-known Boston defense attorney who served as a former prosecutor in Suffolk and Essex counties, was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of 2021 rape, authorities said.  Zerola, 52, of Salem, was found guilty last month after prosecutors said he broke into a 21-year-old woman's home in the middle of the night and sexually assaulted her.  He had been accused and acquitted of several rapes in 2008, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said.  Zerola's victim submitted a letter to the court explaining how her life has chang…
Police Investigating Triple Stabbing In Holbrook Police Investigating Triple Stabbing In Holbrook
Police Investigating Triple Stabbing In Holbrook Police in Holbrook are investigating a triple stabbing that happened early Saturday morning, July 13.  Officers received a 911 call around 3:30 a.m. about the attack near 166 Longmeadow Drive, Holbrook police said.  When they arrived, police found two men and one woman suffering from stab wounds. Paramedics rushed the victims to an area hospital for treatment.  Authorities did not provide information on the severity of their wounds or updates on their conditions.  Officers do not believe this was a random attack and say there is no ongoing threat to the community.…
Motorcyclist Killed In Groton Crash ID'd As 27-Year-Old Man Motorcyclist Killed In Groton Crash ID'd As 27-Year-Old Man
Motorcyclist Killed In Groton Crash ID'd As 27-Year-Old Man Police have identified the 27-year-old motorcyclist who was killed in a head-on crash earlier this week in Groton.  Cody Trudel, of Ayer, died after his bike was struck head-on along Boston Road just after 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office said.  Investigators believe the driver of an oncoming car in the westbound lane veered into his lane. The 20-year-old Townsend driver of that car remained at the scene.  Police are investigating the circumstances leading to the crash. No charges had been filed as of Friday afternoon. 
'Depraved' Lynn Man Who Admitting To Sexually Exploiting Kids He Taught Gets Prison: Feds 'Depraved' Lynn Man Who Admitting To Sexually Exploiting Kids He Taught Gets Prison: Feds
'Depraved' Lynn Man Who Admitting To Sexually Exploiting Kids He Taught Gets Prison: Feds A 56-year-old Lynn man who admitted to sexually exploiting minors in Laos, where he worked as an English teacher and ran a help organization, will spend more than a decade in federal prison, authorities said.  Michael Sebastian was sentenced on Wednesday, July 10,  to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release after that, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said. He pleaded guilty to three counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places in December.  He was arrested in July 2020.  “Mr. Sebastian took advantage of young, vulnerable children in h…
Elderly Man Killed In Hyannis Fire Started In Bedroom: Investigators Elderly Man Killed In Hyannis Fire Started In Bedroom: Investigators
Elderly Man Killed In Hyannis Fire Started In Bedroom: Investigators Firefighters say the blaze that killed a man in his 60s on Wednesday, July 10, began with a lit cigarette in the man's bedroom at his Hyannis home.  Neighbors called firefighters to the Oakland Road house just before 5:30 a.m. when they saw smoke billowing out of the one-story home. Crews arrived to find the home fully involved.  Two adults inside were able to escape the flames, but firefighters found one man dead inside, the state Fire Marshal's Office said. Crews were able to get the blaze under control in 15 minutes but spent hours putting out hot spots.  Fire investigato…
Mass. Sex Offender Guilty Of Indecent Assault On Child Last Year Charged Again With Child Porn Mass. Sex Offender Guilty Of Indecent Assault On Child Last Year Charged Again With Child Porn
Mass. Sex Offender Guilty Of Indecent Assault On Child Last Year Charged Again With Child Porn A 33-year-old Cape Cod level-three sex offender who was convicted last year on multiple charges including indecent assault on a minor and child porn now faces more charges, authorities said.  Anthony Argo, 33, of Orleans, is charged with possession of child sexual abuse material, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said.  Police identified Argo on a chat application expressing sexual interest in minors and sharing child sexual abuse material, the prosecutor said. When officers searched his home, they found an SD card containing more than 100 videos of child pornography.  …
Police Looking For Truck That Slammed Into Mansfield Fire Engine On I-495, Sped Away Police Looking For Truck That Slammed Into Mansfield Fire Engine On I-495, Sped Away
Police Looking For Truck That Slammed Into Mansfield Fire Engine On I-495, Sped Away State police are asking for the public's help to identify a tractor-trailer that crashed into a Mansfield fire truck on I-495 over the weekend and drove away.  The hit-and-run crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on the southbound lanes near Exit 27 in Norton. Fire Engine 33 was being used to block traffic as police cleaned and investigated a car crash that happened earlier that morning, troopers said.  A tractor-trailer truck crashed into the side of the fire engine, causing significant damage to the municipal vehicle. The truck driver sped away from the area. The tractor-trailer woul…
Trooper Who Led Karen Read Investigation Suspended Without Pay: State Police Trooper Who Led Karen Read Investigation Suspended Without Pay: State Police
Trooper Who Led Karen Read Investigation Suspended Without Pay: State Police State Trooper Michael Proctor has been suspended without pay for the duration of a duty hearing to determine if he mishandled the investigation into Karen Read, a Mansfield woman accused of killing her Boston police officer boyfriend, officials said.  Proctor, who led the state's investigation into Read, was removed from his position with the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office hours after her eight-week trial ended in a hung jury last week.  Proctor admitted on the witness stand that he sent "unprofessional" texts to his coworkers and friends, in which he called Read "retar…
Teen Shot Multiple Times Dies In Lawrence Teen Shot Multiple Times Dies In Lawrence
Teen Shot Multiple Times Dies In Lawrence A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed over the weekend in Lawrence, authorities said.  Police were called to the area of Brook Street just after 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, after people heard multiple gunshots, Lawrence police said.  They arrived to find the teenager bleeding from gunshot wounds. Paramedics rushed him to Lawrence General Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.  Authorities did not release the boy's name.  Lawrence police and Massachusetts State troopers are investigating the shooting. They ask anyone with information about the fatal s…
Comedians Team With Mass Police To Raise Money For Injured Officer Comedians Team With Mass Police To Raise Money For Injured Officer
Comedians Team With Mass Police To Raise Money For Injured Officer Springfield police are partnering with local comedians to host two comedy show fundraisers for their fellow officer, who was shot in the head during an attack. The two events — one on Sunday, July 21, and one on Friday, July 26 — will benefit Officer Nestor Santos, who was attacked in the 600 block of State Street last month. Earlier Report: Springfield Police Raising Funds For Officer Seriously Wounded In Shooting The first show, hosted by comedian Jess Miller, will be held at the Portuguese Club in Ludlow, located at 149 Exchange Street. In addition to the show, a raffle and a 50/50 …
Mass. Man Admits To Stealing Money Meant For Veteran Suicide Prevention: Feds Mass. Man Admits To Stealing Money Meant For Veteran Suicide Prevention: Feds
Mass. Man Admits To Stealing Money Meant For Veteran Suicide Prevention: Feds A Haverhill man pleaded guilty to siphoning nearly $50,000 from a nonprofit focusing on helping veterans considering suicide to use on OnlyFans models and a cruise, authorities announced.  David Duren, 48, admitted to wire fraud on Monday, July 1, the US Attorney for New Hampshire said. He faces up to 20 years in prison during his sentencing on Oct. 10.  Duren was a program manager at a healthcare provider in Nashua, New Hampshire, and oversaw a $750,000 program funded by a Staff Sergeant Fox Suicide Prevention Grant. The money was earmarked for treatments and services for ve…
3 Homemade Bombs Found In Worcester; Police Warn Of Unattended Items 3 Homemade Bombs Found In Worcester; Police Warn Of Unattended Items
3 Homemade Bombs Found In Worcester; Police Warn Of Unattended Items Worcester police say they have located three explosive devices throughout the city since they found the remnants of a small explosion last month.  Police learned of the explosion on Wednesday, June 19, at 185 Madison St. They found fireworks, a butane gas can, and projectile materials at the scene, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office said.  Officers found two other unexploded devices left inside coolers last month.  Related: Police Detonate Bomb, 'Energetic Material' At Haverhill Home Police are investigating who built those bombs.  Authorities ask residen…