'Hate Has No Home' Here: Bomb Threat Didn't Stop Drag Queen Story Hour In Newton 'Hate Has No Home' Here: Bomb Threat Didn't Stop Drag Queen Story Hour In Newton
'Hate Has No Home' Here: Bomb Threat Didn't Stop Drag Queen Story Hour In Newton The New Art Center said it would not be bullied into changing its mission after receiving a bomb threat shortly before its planned Drag Queen Story Hour over the weekend.  The call came in just after 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, claiming that bombs placed on the roof of the 61 Washington Park building would "go boom" at 11 a.m., said New Art Executive Director Emily O’Neil in a news release.  The caller did not mention the event by name, but the Drag Queen Story Hour was set to begin at 11 a.m. And events like it have also been the target of protests and threats in the past.  …
Medford IT Director Stole From Law School To Fund His Band Sloth Machine: DA Medford IT Director Stole From Law School To Fund His Band Sloth Machine: DA
Medford IT Director Stole From Law School To Fund His Band Sloth Machine: DA A 52-year-old Medford man was arraigned on Wednesday, June 12, after police said he stole more than $65,000 worth of Amazon purchased, many of which were used for his band Sloth Machine.  Gareth Flanagan, of Medford, is charged with three counts of larceny over $1,200, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said.  Flanagan worked as the IT Director for the New England School of Law, where he had access to purchase things on the school's Amazon account below $5,000 without prior approval. The NESL hired an outside auditing firm to investigate some of the purchases made on t…
Animal Hoarding: 60 Boxer Dogs Seized From Mass Home Taxing Help Networks Animal Hoarding: 60 Boxer Dogs Seized From Mass Home Taxing Help Networks
Animal Hoarding: 60 Boxer Dogs Seized From Mass Home Taxing Help Networks The MSPCA is asking for help after the group took in 60 boxers from a home in Essex County earlier this week, making it one of the largest seizures in the group's history.  Police said officers removed the dogs from a home on Locust Grove Road in Merrimac on Tuesday, June 11, after receiving reports of animal hoarding and overcrowding. The owner voluntarily forfeited the dogs to authorities.  Police did not release the owner's name as no charges have been filed, but a multi-agency investigation involving Haverhill, Windham (New Hampshire), and Merrimac police is ongoing. …
Drunk Wakefield Man Threatens To Blow Up Store During Fight With Security: DA Drunk Wakefield Man Threatens To Blow Up Store During Fight With Security: DA
Drunk Wakefield Man Threatens To Blow Up Store During Fight With Security: DA A drunk Wakefield man is facing multiple charges after he got into a physical fight with Primark security, tried to steal something from the store, and then threatened to blow up the building when he lost, authorities said.  Williams Rodriguez-Juarez, 24, is charged with unarmed robbery, making a bomb or hijack threat, assault and battery on a police officer, strangulation or suffocation, trespassing, resisting arrest,  and three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (shod foot), the Suffolk County District Attorney said. A judge set his bail at $500, and he must stay away from…
Postal Employee Who Embezzled $90K Gets 18 Months In Prison, Must Pay Restitution: Feds Postal Employee Who Embezzled $90K Gets 18 Months In Prison, Must Pay Restitution: Feds
Jamesa Rankins Created 126 Fake Money Orders Worth $90,000 A former US Postal Service employee who was convicted of stealing $90,000 will spend the next 18 months behind bars, authorities announced on Tuesday, June 11.  Jamesa Rankins, 27, of Brockton, was found guilty in November of one count of theft of government money and three counts of wire fraud, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said. She was ordered to spend 18 months in federal prison and repay the $104,698 she embezzled from the Postal Service.  Rankins worked as a Sales & Service Distribution Associate at the Montello Post office in Brockton for approximately four and a ha…
$5,000 Bounty To Find Arsonist Who Torched ATV In Newton $5,000 Bounty To Find Arsonist Who Torched ATV In Newton
$5,000 Bounty To Find Arsonist Who Torched ATV In Newton Police and fire investigators are asking for the public's help to determine who set an ATV on fire earlier this month, and they're offering a reward for any information leading to an arrest.  Newton firefighters received multiple 911 calls for a fire at 85 Dudley Road around 5:30 p.m. on June 1. When they arrived, flames had consumed a Polaris 900 ATV, which retail for about $3,000.   Arson investigators spoke with witnesses and examined the evidence and have determined the fire was more likely intentionally set. They're asking anyone in the area at the time of the blaze to c…
Springfield Police Raising Funds For Officer Seriously Wounded In Shooting Springfield Police Raising Funds For Officer Seriously Wounded In Shooting
Springfield Police Raising Funds For Officer Seriously Wounded In Shooting Springfield police are asking the public to donate to help one of their own after he was shot in the head last week, which could leave him blind in one eye.  Officer Nestor Santos was seriously injured after he was attacked on Thursday, June 6, while sitting in his unmarked police car in the 600 block of State Street while on his way to work around 10:30 p.m., Springfield police authorities said.  His squad supervisor and another police officer rushed him to Baystate Medical Center, and he was later airlifted to a Boston hospital for emergency surgery. Police said a bullet st…
Mass Man Guilty Of Trying To Pay 14-Year-Old Girl For Sex: Feds Mass Man Guilty Of Trying To Pay 14-Year-Old Girl For Sex: Feds
Mass Man Guilty Of Trying To Pay 14-Year-Old Girl For Sex: Feds A 29-year-old man was found guilty on Monday, June 10, of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old in a sting operation, authorities said.  Dimitri Shawn McKenzie, of Boston, was found guilty of attempted sex trafficking of a child following a three-day trial, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to life behind bars.  McKenzie responded to an online ad that advertised that two girls — ages 12 and 14 — would perform sex acts for cash in the Boston area, the prosecutor said. The post was made by law enforcement.&nbs…
Weston Man Faces Charges After 'Reckless' UTV Crash In New Hampshire Requiring Rescue Weston Man Faces Charges After 'Reckless' UTV Crash In New Hampshire Requiring Rescue
Weston Man Faces Charges After 'Reckless' UTV Crash In New Hampshire Requiring Rescue A 27-year-old Weston man will face charges after New Hampshire authorities say he was "reckless" in a UTV crash that caused serious injuries to his arm, requiring rescue.  Eduardo Castillo-Lares crashed the rented vehicle around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, on the Windmill Trail in Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, New Hampshire, wildlife officials said.  An investigation found that Castillo-Lares was riding with several other vehicles when he sped up and "swerved on purpose," causing the UTV to flip onto its roof. People riding with him called for help.  Re…
'Incredibly Dangerous' Registered Chelsea Sex Offender Gets 10 Years For Child Porn 'Incredibly Dangerous' Registered Chelsea Sex Offender Gets 10 Years For Child Porn
'Incredibly Dangerous' Registered Chelsea Sex Offender Gets 10 Years For Child Porn A registered sex offender with a history of sexual abuse will spend a decade in prison after he admitted to having hundreds of images and videos of child sexual abuse material, federal authorities said. Lasall Johnson, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in March and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Thursday, June 6, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said. He will serve five years of probation after he is released.  Investigators arrested Johnson after agents traced his IP address from a peer-to-peer file-sharing site where large amounts of …
Springfield Officer Shot In Head May Lose Vision In 1 Eye: Police Springfield Officer Shot In Head May Lose Vision In 1 Eye: Police
Springfield Officer Shot In Head May Lose Vision In 1 Eye: Police An off-duty Springfield officer who was shot in the head and leg as he drove to work Wednesday night, June 6, may lose vision in an eye as a result of the attack.  Officer Nestor Santos was identified as the person who was seriously injured as he was attacked while sitting in his unmarked police car in the 600 block of State Street, Springfield police authorities said.  Related: 7 Arrested After Police Say They Fired At Officers, Sending 1 To ER His squad supervisor and another police officer rushed him to Baystate Medical Center, and he was later airlifted to a Boston hospital f…
$1M Fraud: North Attleboro Man Stole Jewels From Employer, Sold Them For Cash $1M Fraud: North Attleboro Man Stole Jewels From Employer, Sold Them For Cash
Benjamin Preacher Pleaded Guilty To Multiple Felonies The supervisor for a luxury jewelry company has admitted to stealing gold, platinum, and silver from his employer to resell illegally for more than three years, earning him more than $1 million, federal authorities said.  Benjamin Preacher, 54, of North Attleboro, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen goods and one count of engaging in unlawful monetary transactions on Thursday, June 6, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said. He will be sentenced on Sept. 18.  Preacher started working as a manufacturing supervisor for a Rhode Island jeweler that sells …
Bedford Woman Fatally Shot Parents In Their Car: DA Bedford Woman Fatally Shot Parents In Their Car: DA
Bedford Woman Fatally Shot Parents In Their Car: DA A Bedford woman was arrested and charged with killing her parents on Thursday, June 6, after she told someone she had killed them, authorities said.  Jessica Cavallaro, 24, has been charged with murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injuries, and illegal possession of a firearm, the Middlesex District Attorney said.   Bedford police received a 911 call around 9 a.m. Thursday that said Cavallaro had told them that she had shot and killed her parents, the prosecutor said.  When police arrived at their parents' home, they …
Western Mass Officer Shot In Head, Other Detectives Shot At In Separate Incidents; 7 Arrested Western Mass Officer Shot In Head, Other Detectives Shot At In Separate Incidents; 7 Arrested
Western Mass Officer Shot In Head, Other Detectives Shot At In Separate Incidents; 7 Arrested A Springfield officer is recovering from a serious but not life-threatening wound he was shot in the temple while driving to work Wednesday night, June 5. Multiple other officers were also shot at in other incidents around the city.   Seven people were arrested Wednesday following the shootings after multiple officers reported being fired on just after 10:30 p.m.  Update: Police ID Officer Shot In Head; He May Lose Eyesight Someone in a Honda Civic took a shot at members of the Springfield firearms investigation unit on College Street. A short time later, a person in a …
Former Celtics Player Arrested After Being Revived With Narcan Following Chase In Virginia Former Celtics Player Arrested After Being Revived With Narcan Following Chase In Virginia
Former Celtics Player Arrested After Being Revived With Narcan Following Chase In Virginia Former NBA player Delonte West has been arrested again. The 40-year-old retired point guard who lives in Maryland was found unresponsive after a foot pursuit with Fairfax County police officers at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday, June 6, the FCPD tells Daily Voice.  Officers administered Narcan, which at first did not work, authorities said. He was taken to the hospital where Narcan was administered again, and he was revived, police said. Keith Allison Wikipedia West was released from the hospital and transported to the jail. He was served a warrant for violation of conditions of rele…
Boston College High Teacher, Priest Accused Of Raping Student: DA Boston College High Teacher, Priest Accused Of Raping Student: DA
Boston College High Teacher, Priest Accused Of Raping Student: DA A former student of Boston College High School said a 62-year-old Jesuit priest and former teacher at the Catholic preparatory school raped him for a year more than a decade ago, authorities said on Wednesday, June 5.  Kevin White, 62, of Weston, was arrested and charged with rape and abuse of a child, the Suffolk County District Attorney said.  The unnamed former student told investigators that White, who was a theology teacher at the high school, sexually abused him from 2008 through 2009, the prosecutor said.  White moved away from Massachusetts from 2010 until 2021. It's…
Attleboro Man ID'd As Body Pulled From Mass Reservoir Attleboro Man ID'd As Body Pulled From Mass Reservoir
Ronald Carty Had Gone Boating With 2 Men On Monday, June 3 A 42-year-old Attleboro man has been identified as the person that police found drowned at a water reservoir in Bristol County on Monday, June 3, authorities said.  Ronald Carty was reported missing around 7:30 p.m. at the Norton Reservoir after he dove into the water and did not resurface, the Bristol County District Attorney's Office said.  He'd been boating with two other men for about an hour when he jumped into the water. They attempted to rescue him but couldn't, the DA's office said.  First responders pulled him from the water around 11 p.m., officials said. …
Mass General Medical Assistant Groped Patient During Unnecessary Physical Exam: DA Mass General Medical Assistant Groped Patient During Unnecessary Physical Exam: DA
Mass General Medical Assistant Groped Patient During Unnecessary Physical Exam: DA A 29-year-old medical assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital is accused of groping a patient during an exam that her doctor had not requested or approved, authorities said.  Leonardo Hernandez, of Jamaica Plain, is charged with indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said. A judge ordered him to stay away from the hospital and the alleged victim as part of his release on personal recognizance.  The patient called Boston police on April 12 to report the alleged incident that she said happened several weeks earlier.  …
Black Bear Spotted In Haverhill, Police Issue Warning Black Bear Spotted In Haverhill, Police Issue Warning
Black Bear Spotted In Haverhill, Police Issue Warning Police have asked residents in Haverhill to be on alert after multiple people spotted a black bear in the Windsor Street, Mill Street, and Lake Saltonstall area. Haverhill police issued the warning in a Facebook post on Monday, June 3.  Black bears are usually afraid of people, and will likely run away if confronted. However, there is still a risk, and residents should take steps to prevent a close encounter with the animal, Haverhill police said. Those included:  Remove bird feeders from their yards Secure all trash, pet food, or livestock food if left outside Do not…
Teen Killed By Stepfather In Murder-Suicide Following Kidnapping: DA Teen Killed By Stepfather In Murder-Suicide Following Kidnapping: DA
Teen Killed By Stepfather In Murder-Suicide Following Kidnapping: DA A 16-year-old girl was killed on Thursday, May 30, after she was kidnapped by her stepfather and executed in a murder-suicide outside of her home in Acton, authorities said.  Juliano Santana, 49, reportedly snatched the girl as she walked near her home on Great Road in Acton before driving her back to her house and killing her and then himself in his car, the Middlesex District Attorney said.  Santana was out on bail after he was accused of sexually assaulting the girl multiple times, authorities said. He was charged with six counts of aggravated rape of a child on Sept. 7, 2…
No Bail For Man Accused Of Robbing Unconscious Victim In Brazen Boston Attack No Bail For Man Accused Of Robbing Unconscious Victim In Brazen Boston Attack
No Bail For Man Accused Of Robbing Unconscious Victim In Brazen Boston Attack A Dorchester man with a long criminal history was ordered held without bail after he allegedly attacked an older man and robbed him as he lay on the ground unresponsive, authorities said.  Damond Brown, 52, is charged with unarmed robbery of a person over 60 and will return to court on June 17, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office announced on Thursday, May 30.  The 65-year-old victim told police that he was walking in the Harrison and Massachusetts Avenue area just before 5 a.m. on April 20 when a man he didn't know punched him in the head. He "blacked out" and…
E-Scooter Battery Explosion Blamed For Fire That Injured 5 In Chelsea E-Scooter Battery Explosion Blamed For Fire That Injured 5 In Chelsea
E-Scooter Battery Explosion Blamed For Fire That Injured 5 In Chelsea Fire investigators believe a fire that hurt five people over the weekend in Chelsea was caused when an electric scooter's lithium-ion battery exploded while it was charging.  Firefighters were called to 32 Carmel Street just after 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, to reports of a fire on the first floor of a three-story building. Crews moved into the four-unit apartment and quickly put out the blaze before it could spread to other units.  Five people were hurt in the fire. Four of them were taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, the state Fire Marshal's Office …
Ex-Quincy Teacher Facing Child Porn Charges; Chat Logs Show Online Relationship With Teen: Feds Ex-Quincy Teacher Facing Child Porn Charges; Chat Logs Show Online Relationship With Teen: Feds
Carter Peaseley Was A Teacher At 2 Boston Schools A 40-year-old Quincy man who was a teacher at multiple Boston schools is accused of maintaining an online relationship with a teenager with whom he shared explicit photos, federal authorities said.  Carter Peaseley is charged with possessing and receiving child sexual abuse material, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said. He faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.  Peaseley was arrested on Thursday, May 23, after investigators said he had kept the relationship going with the 15-year-old for a year. He groomed the child, saying he wanted to teach them how to kiss — am…
Quincy's 'Bad Breath Rapist' Captured After 16 Years On Run Quincy's 'Bad Breath Rapist' Captured After 16 Years On Run
Tuen Lee Was Found Guilty Of Rape At Knifepoint In 2007 A man accused of raping a co-worker at her home in 2005 was arrested in California after nearly two decades on the run. He was living a new life under an assumed name when police cuffed him in front of his girlfriend on Tuesday, May 28, authorities said.  Tuen Lee was accused of raping a woman who worked at Kagawa, his family-owned restaurant in Quincy, Massachusetts State Police said. She said the man broke into her home on Feb. 2, 2005, zip-tied her to the bed, and raped her at knifepoint.  She identified Lee by his bad breath, and DNA backed up her claims. Investigato…
Woburn Fire That Sent 2 Kids To Hospital, Displaced 3 Families Likely Started With Cigarette Woburn Fire That Sent 2 Kids To Hospital, Displaced 3 Families Likely Started With Cigarette
Woburn Fire That Sent 2 Kids To Hospital, Displaced 3 Families Likely Started With Cigarette A Woburn three-alarm fire over the weekend that left multiple families without a home and sent two children to the hospital likely began after someone failed to put out a cigarette on their porch, authorities said.  Firefighters were called to the 1 Richmond Park apartments around 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 26. One child had climbed to safety from a window and fire crews rescued another from the roof. They were taken to rushed to Boston for non-life-threatening injuries.  No one was seriously injured.  When firefighters arrived the fire had crept up the back of the b…
Lowell Man Guilty Of Fatal Shooting Gets 20 Years In Prison: DA Lowell Man Guilty Of Fatal Shooting Gets 20 Years In Prison: DA
Lowell Man Guilty Of Fatal Shooting Gets 20 Years In Prison: DA A 21-year-old Lowell found guilty of the fatal shooting of a man over online comments was sentenced to 20 years behind bars on Tuesday, May 28, authorities said.  Timmy Chan, 21, of Lowell, was convicted of second-degree murder, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a permit, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling in connection, the Middlesex District Attorney said.  Chan was accused of shooting and killing Nathaniel Fabian on Oct. 13, 2021, near Loring and Westford streets, the pro…
Man Accused Of South Shore Stabbing Spree Killed Man In CT Before Rampage: Police Man Accused Of South Shore Stabbing Spree Killed Man In CT Before Rampage: Police
Jared Ravizza Accused Of Stabbing 6 In Massachusetts A 26-year-old Massachusetts man who is charged with stabbing six people, including four young girls at an AMC theater in Braintree over the weekend, is now accused of killing a man in Connecticut before the attacks began in the Bay State, authorities said.  Jared Ravizza, of Chilmark, is charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to murder and two counts of assault and battery after allegedly attacking two McDonald's workers on Saturday, May 25, the Plymouth County District Attorney said. More charges are expected.  Connecticut S…
Mass Man Slipped Girlfriend Abortion Pill Disguised As Vitamins: DA Mass Man Slipped Girlfriend Abortion Pill Disguised As Vitamins: DA
Mass Man Slipped Girlfriend Abortion Pill Disguised As Vitamins: DA A 43-year-old Brookline man is accused of giving his then-pregnant girlfriend an abortion pill but telling her it was a vitamin, causing her to have a miscarriage. authorities said Robert Kawada is charged with poisoning, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a pregnant person, and assault and battery on a household or family member, the Middlesex District Attorney said.  Watertown police believe Kawada gave the woman Misoprostol, a drug commonly used to end pregnancies. Planned Parenthood said the medication is 85 to 95 percent effective up to 11 weeks from conception. …
Man Charged With Antisemitic Vandalism At Mass Jewish Center Man Charged With Antisemitic Vandalism At Mass Jewish Center
Man Charged With Antisemitic Vandalism At Mass Jewish Center A 49-year-old Boston man has been charged with civil rights violations after authorities said he vandalized the Jewish Community Center in Newton this week and intimidated members there earlier this year.  Alexei Rodriguez was arraigned on Friday, May 24, and charged with defacing property, larceny under $1,200, damaging property to intimidate, two counts of assaulting to intimidate, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of a civil rights violation in connection with separate incidents, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office said.  Newton police were call…
Man's Body Found In Wastewater Treatment Plant In Brockton Man's Body Found In Wastewater Treatment Plant In Brockton
Man's Body Found In Wastewater Treatment Plant In Brockton Workers at a Brockton wastewater treatment facility found the body of a man floating in the water Friday morning, May 24, authorities said.  The workers called 911 around 8:15 a.m. when they found the man at the 303 Oak Hill Way plant, the Plymouth District Attorney's Office said. The man's name was not released.  Police responded and investigated the scene, and preliminary findings do not suggest foul play, the prosecutor's office said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter.  Male Body Found At Brockton Wastewater Treatment Plant, No Foul Play Suspected pic.twitter.com/w…
Fire That Killed 1, Displaced 25 In Braintree Under Investigation Fire That Killed 1, Displaced 25 In Braintree Under Investigation
Fire That Killed 1, Displaced 25 In Braintree Under Investigation Authorities are investigating what sparked an apartment fire Thursday night, May 23, that killed one person and displaced 25 others in Braintree.  Firefighters were called to 26 McCusker Drive just before 10:30 p.m. to find smoke pouring out of a first-floor apartment, the state Fire Marshal's Office said. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to that one unit.  The person inside was found dead. Their name was not released as authorities are contacting their next of kin.   Investigators are looking into what started the fire and if the person died as a result of…