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'Horrific': Man Who Admitted To Raping Children In Western Mass Gets 25-30 Years In Prison 'Horrific': Man Who Admitted To Raping Children In Western Mass Gets 25-30 Years In Prison
'Horrific': Man Who Admitted To Raping Children In Western Mass Gets 25-30 Years In Prison A 51-year-old former Athol man who pleaded guilty to raping multiple children and forcing them to make child pornography will spend at least 25 years behind bars, authorities announced.  Jose A. Oquendo pleaded guilty to 27 charges — including rape and sexual assault — on Thursday, May 30, the Northwestern District Attorney said. He was accused of abusing three children for years.  Franklin Superior Court Judge David Hodge called the Oquendo's abuse "horrific" and commended the victims for standing up in court against their abuser.  He said the sentence of 25 to 30…
Stop & Shop To Close Underperforming Stores In Northeast Stop & Shop To Close Underperforming Stores In Northeast
Stop & Shop To Close Underperforming Stores In Northeast The future is grim for Stop & Shop's underperforming stores in the Northeast. The grocery giant — which operates 400 stores across Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts (where the company is headquartered) — announced plans to close a number of its underperformers in the interest of company longevity, officials confirmed with Daily Voice. Nearly half of the company's stores have been remodeled, and a Stop & Shop spokesperson said those stores continue to perform well. "We're committed to continuing to invest in our stores - as well in our prices - to deliver a great…
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
Man Accused Of South Shore Stabbing Spree Killed Man In CT Before Rampage: Police 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…
Suspect From Massachusetts Taken Into Custody After Person Found Dead In Connecticut Suspect From Massachusetts Taken Into Custody After Person Found Dead In Connecticut
Suspect From Massachusetts Taken Into Custody After Person Found Dead In Connecticut A suspect has been taken into custody after a person was found dead at a Connecticut residence. At about 3:35 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Connecticut State Police troopers in Middlesex County responded to a report of a disturbance at an address in the town of Deep River. A dead person was found at this location. The person's identity has not been confirmed and the investigation remains active and ongoing. The suspect is from Massachusetts. "This is all of the information available for release at this time," Connecticut State Police said. "As additional information becomes available, it …
Double-Fatal Crash: Western Mass Woman ID'd As One Of Victims After Tractor-Trailer Rolls Over Double-Fatal Crash: Western Mass Woman ID'd As One Of Victims After Tractor-Trailer Rolls Over
Double-Fatal Crash: Western Mass Woman ID'd As One Of Victims After Tractor-Trailer Rolls Over Two people were killed in a crash involving a rolled-over tractor-trailer on the New York State Thruway. The crash happened around 8 a.m. Thursday, May 23 in Albany. State Police say an investigation determined that the northbound tractor-trailer struck the concrete barrier separating northbound from southbound traffic.  The collision caused the tractor-trailer to overturn onto a northbound passenger vehicle.  The driver of the tractor-trailer and a passenger of the other vehicle were transported to Albany Medical Center.  A passenger in the tractor-trailer, Massachusetts …
First Trailer For 'Beetlejuice' Sequel Drops; Hyped Movie Filmed In Mass First Trailer For 'Beetlejuice' Sequel Drops; Hyped Movie Filmed In Mass
First Trailer For 'Beetlejuice' Sequel Drops; Hyped Movie Filmed In Mass "It's showtime" for the new Tim Burton-directed sequel to his 1988 classic "Beetlejuice." The first full-length trailer "Beetlejuice Beetlejuice," partially filmed in Massachusetts last year, was released on Thursday, May 23.  The new film returns viewers to the Deetz family after the death of patriarch Charles Deetz (Jeffrey Jones in the original movie). Jenna Ortega plays Astrid, who summons Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) despite the fears of her mother (Winona Ryder).  The trailer opens with Ryder's Lydia Deetz explaining, "Here's a preview. ... Be warned: it's intense." The off…
Pittsfield Man Who Swindled $300K In Unfinish Construction Projects Gets Up To 10 Years: DA Pittsfield Man Who Swindled $300K In Unfinish Construction Projects Gets Up To 10 Years: DA
Fred Senter Stole From 18 Homeowners, Small Businesses A Berkshire County man who was found guilty of swindling more than a dozen homeowners and at least one fire department out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for construction work he never completed will spend up to the next decade behind bars, authorities said.  Fred Senter, of Pittsfield, was found guilty of five counts of larceny Over $250 from a victim over 60 years of age, 19 counts of theft of over $1,200, stealing less than $1,200, the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office said.  A judge sentenced him to eight to 10 years in prison. The prosecutor had asked for an 18…
These Mass Cities Among Best Places To Live In US: New Report These Mass Cities Among Best Places To Live In US: New Report
These Mass Cities Among Best Places To Live In US: New Report Three cities across Massachusetts have been ranked by a new report as some of the best places to live in the country. They’re the best of the best. The 2024 Best Places to Live in the US, released by U.S. News & World Report, named three Massachusetts cities — Boston, Worcester, and Springfield — among the top 150 municipalities across the country. Using an analysis of public data and user opinions, cities were given scores in the following categories, which were then averaged to find a ranking spot: Quality of life index, which includes crime rates, quality and availability of he…
Mass Man Seriously Injured In Grizzly Bear Attack At National Park Mass Man Seriously Injured In Grizzly Bear Attack At National Park
Mass Man Seriously Injured In Grizzly Bear Attack At National Park A 35-year-old Massachusetts man was seriously injured after they were attacked by a grizzly bear at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Sunday, May 19, authorities said.  Park rangers believe the man had a "surprise encounter" with two grizzly bears that afternoon when one of them attacked, according to a press release from the National Park Service.  The man's name was not released.  Authorities airlifted the man to a waiting ambulance that rushed him to St. John's Hospital in Jackson, Wyoming, where he is in stable condition and expected to make a full recover…
Life After Lottery: Winners Discuss How Life Changed After Hitting Jackpots; Keeping It Secret Life After Lottery: Winners Discuss How Life Changed After Hitting Jackpots; Keeping It Secret
Life After Lottery: Winners Discuss How Life Changed After Hitting Jackpots; Keeping It Secret The only thing better than winning the lottery is doing it anonymously. There are countless stories of lottery winners who've gone bankrupt in part from empty-handed "friends" or scammers looking for a rich target.  In Massachusetts, winners must divulge their names and pose with novelty checks boasting their jackpot amount unless they create a trust to collect their cash. Attorney David Spillane, a partner at the Quincy-based law firm SKB Attorneys, who's done nearly 100 of these trusts, connected us with some of those winners who chose to keep their paydays a secret to see what life …
How Sweet: Mass Educator Named 'Teacher Of The Year' By Cookie Chain Crumbl How Sweet: Mass Educator Named 'Teacher Of The Year' By Cookie Chain Crumbl
How Sweet: Mass Educator Named 'Teacher Of The Year' By Cookie Chain Crumbl Forget the apple; this distinguished Massachusetts teacher is getting a cookie party. Just in time for National Teacher Appreciation Day, cookie chain Crumbl announced the winners of its “Teacher of the Year” awards, given to educators “for their extraordinary commitment to their classrooms.” In Massachusetts, the honor went to Worcester County teacher Eileen McNamara at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton.  Recipients were selected from a pool of over 6,000 nominations that included testimonials from parents, students, colleagues, and friends. The…
Teen Busted With 70 Lbs Of Pot At Logan Airport; Second Person Caught With More Than 70 Lbs Teen Busted With 70 Lbs Of Pot At Logan Airport; Second Person Caught With More Than 70 Lbs
Teen Busted With 70 Lbs Of Pot At Logan Airport; Second Person Caught With More Than 70 Lbs A London woman will not make her return flight to the United Kingdom after US Customs officials found 70 pounds of marijuana in her bags, authorities said. She is the second woman in two months caught with a large load of weed bound for England.  Fareedat Folunsho, 19, was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana between 50 and 100 pounds, the Suffolk County District Attorney said. She is being held on $1,500 bail.  Police were called to the Boston Logan Airport after agents found the drugs in her bags around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.  Related: Woman Busted With …
Red Lobster Abruptly Closes Dozens Of Restaurants Red Lobster Abruptly Closes Dozens Of Restaurants
Red Lobster Abruptly Closes Dozens Of Restaurants Fast-casual seafood restaurant Red Lobster has abruptly closed dozens of its restaurants. The company is also considering filing for bankruptcy protection, according to a CNN report. On its website, Red Lobster lists many of its restaurants as being "temporarily closed," including these New York locations: Kingston, Scarsdale, Nanuet, Poughkeepsie, Stony Brook No closures are currently listed for Connecticut or Massachusetts restaurants. Founded in 1968, Red Lobster has around 600 restaurants in the United States, Canada, and overseas. According to another CNN report, Red Lobster's prob…
New Jersey Murder Suspect Caught Hiding At Mom's Western Mass Home, Sources Say New Jersey Murder Suspect Caught Hiding At Mom's Western Mass Home, Sources Say
New Jersey Murder Suspect Caught Hiding At Mom's Western Mass Home, Sources Say Details in the arrest of a man wanted in the slaying of a popular athlete in Hoboken, NJ, have come to light. Albert Morales, 33, was found at his mom's house in Chicopoee, MA, on Tuesday, April 30, according to sources with direct knowledge of the arrest. Morales, of North Bergen, NJ had been wanted in the cold-blooded killing of Damon "NuNu" Murray, 21, on Sunday, April 28, as previously reported by Daily Voice. According to a Daily Voice source, Morales' vehicle was picked up by a license plate reader on Monday, April 29 along Interstate 391 in Massachusetts. Local detectives discovered…
Massachusetts Among Top 10 Best States, Brand-New Ranking Says: Here's Why Massachusetts Among Top 10 Best States, Brand-New Ranking Says: Here's Why
Massachusetts Among Top 10 Best States, Brand-New Ranking Says: Here's Why A new ranking lists Massachusetts as one of the top 10 best states in the country and places the commonwealth in the top three in categories like education and healthcare. The results are in. The 2024 Best States list by U.S. News & World Report, released on Tuesday, May 7, names Massachusetts as the 10th-best state in the country, a place higher than it scored in the 2023 report.  Massachusetts closely follows states like Utah (the best state, according to U.S. News & World Report), Nebraska (number three), Washington (number eight), and Florida (number nine). However, whe…
$1M Lottery Winner — Again: Mass Woman Wins Second $1M Jackpot In 10 Weeks $1M Lottery Winner — Again: Mass Woman Wins Second $1M Jackpot In 10 Weeks
$1M Lottery Winner — Again: Mass Woman Wins Second $1M Jackpot In 10 Weeks Christine Wilson may be the luckiest person in Massachusetts.  Winning one $1 million jackpot wasn't enough for the Attleboro woman who picked up her second seven-figure win last month, just 10 weeks after her first big win.  Wilson won her first jackpot playing the $50 scratch-off game “Lifetime Millions" on February 23. She won a second $1 million prize on a $10 "100X Cash" ticket.  Related: Dorchester Woman Wins $1M In New "Jaws"-Themed Game Wilson chose to take the lump sum payment of $650,000 rather than the annuity. She plans to put her latest winnings into a saving…
Popular Frozen Meat Pizza Product Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens Popular Frozen Meat Pizza Product Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens
Popular Frozen Meat Pizza Product Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens A popular frozen pizza product sold in the Northeast has been recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. 802 VT Frozen, a Newport, Vermont, establishment, said the recall involves approximately 8,220 pounds of its frozen meat pizza. The product contains soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Friday, April 26. The produced was made from April 25, 2023, through April 25, 2024.  The following product is subject to recall: 17.8-oz. cardboard box containi…
Pittsfield Man Drove Child Across State Lines For Sex: Feds Pittsfield Man Drove Child Across State Lines For Sex: Feds
Paul Newton-Irelan Accused Of Driving Minor For Sex: Feds A 50-year-old Berkshire County man is accused of driving a minor to have sex, authorities said.  Paul Newton-Irelan is charged with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said.  Newton-Irelan allegedly drove the minor to New York and Massachusetts on Nov. 26, 2023, as part of a scheme for sex, authorities said. He told police he thought the girl was 18, but she was 11 years old, reports said.  According to federal sentencing guidelines, he faces a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted followed …
Best High Schools: Massachusetts Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings Best High Schools: Massachusetts Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings
Best High Schools: Massachusetts Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings Massachusetts is well-represented on U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings of the nation's best high schools. The brand-new rankings were released Tuesday, April 23, and determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. The highest-ranked school in Massachusetts is Boston Latin School, which is rated 27th nationally. It drew high marks for students taking at least one AP exam, as well as proficiency in mathematics and reading, and for its high graduation rate. These other schools made the Top 10 in the Com…
4 $100K Lottery Tickets Sold At 1 Mass Convenience Store On Same Day 4 $100K Lottery Tickets Sold At 1 Mass Convenience Store On Same Day
4 $100K Lottery Tickets Sold At 1 Mass Convenience Store On Same Day While a $1 million ticket was sold in Massachusetts on Monday, April 22, there was nowhere more lucky than a convenience store in Attleboro.  Canaan Fuels at 947 Newport Ave. in Attleboro sold four $100,000 winning lottery tickets  Monday.  The winning tickets were for the nightly "Mass Cash" drawing. The winning numbers were 5, 11, 23, 25, and 26. Players must correctly guess all five numbers to claim the $100,000 grand prize. The names of the winners were not released. The store will receive four $1,000 bonuses for the sales.  The winners were among the 855 peop…
Trader Joe's Recalling Basil Sold In Mass Because Of Salmonella Outbreak Trader Joe's Recalling Basil Sold In Mass Because Of Salmonella Outbreak
Trader Joe's Recalling Basil Sold In Mass Because Of Salmonella Outbreak Trader Joe's is recalling Infinite Herbs-brand organic basil that was sold across the country in 2.5-ounce clamshell packaging due to concerns of Salmonella contamination. This week, the supermarket giant issued an alert cautioning shoppers in 29 states, as well as Washington, DC, not to consume the product as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigates a reported outbreak of Salmonella. Trader Joes is recalling Infinite Herbs Organic Basil FDA According to the FDA, "Trader Joe’s has already voluntarily removed all Infinite Herbs-brand organic basil packed in 2.5-oz clamshell pa…
Mass Man Promised 'Better Lifestyle' To Lure 17-Year-Old, Other Sex Trafficking Victims Mass Man Promised 'Better Lifestyle' To Lure 17-Year-Old, Other Sex Trafficking Victims
Mass Man Promised 'Better Lifestyle' To Lure 17-Year-Old, Other Sex Trafficking Victims He promised them a “better lifestyle,” but his victims got anything but. Massachusetts resident Jimall Brown, age 35, of Boston, pleaded guilty to multiple sex trafficking charges in Boston federal court on Monday, April 8. Prosecutors said Brown lured three female victims, including a 17-year-old girl, from out of state and forced them into prostitution between May 2016 and 2022. He admitted to meeting the teen victim on social media and convincing her to fly to Boston from out of state with the promise of a “better lifestyle.” Once she arrived, Brown posted ads of the teen online and arr…
Some Of The Bests Photos Of The Eclipse Taken Across Massachusetts Some Of The Bests Photos Of The Eclipse Taken Across Massachusetts
Some Of The Bests Photos Of The Eclipse Taken Across Massachusetts While Massachusetts was not in the "totality zone" for Monday afternoon's solar eclipse, it still was a monumental event. Many Bay Staters snapped and shared impressive photos of the rare celestial event.  The zone of totality, where 100 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon, was a little more than 100 miles wide and stretched from Mexico to Maine. That means most of Massachusetts got about 90-93 percent blockage, with the increase being in the western part of the state.  Courtesy of Ken Chaffin Some people traveled to other states to get the best view possible.  L…
$1M Powerball Ticket Sold In Mass $1M Powerball Ticket Sold In Mass
$1M Powerball Ticket Sold In Mass The $1 billion Powerball lottery was claimed this weekend in Oregon, but some luck made its way to one winner in Massachusetts as they collected a seven-figure check from the drawing.  Millions of Powerball tickets were sold for the drawing on Saturday, April 6, but only one person got all the numbers, Powerball, and multiplier correct. Seven others across the country, including someone in Methuen, correctly guessed the five numbers, landing them a $1 million jackpot.  The Bay Stater bought their ticket at Route 110 Convenience at 196 East St. The winner's name was …
Woman Busted With 74 Lbs Of Pot At Boston Airport Said She Didn't Know What Was In Luggage: DA Woman Busted With 74 Lbs Of Pot At Boston Airport Said She Didn't Know What Was In Luggage: DA
Woman Busted With 74 Lbs Of Pot At Boston Airport Said She Didn't Know What Was In Luggage: DA A 28-year-old woman who tried to smuggle nearly 75 pounds of marijuana from the United States into London was arrested in Boston on Saturday, March 30, while waiting on her connecting flight, authorities said.  Nalexus Palmer, of Clinton Township, Michigan, had flown from Detroit to Boston with the drugs in two large suitcases before US Customs and Border agents detected the vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, the Suffolk County District Attorney said.  A judge ordered her held on a $3,000 bail on Monday.  Palmer told police that she did not know the drugs along with two AirTag…
Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters All Mass Stores Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters All Mass Stores
Popular Discount Bakery Chain Shutters All Mass Stores It’s the end of an era for bakery bargain shoppers as longtime staple Freihofer’s Bakery Outlet has permanently closed. The discount bakery chain has shuttered dozens of stores across the Northeast, including all of its New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts locations. “After careful analysis and consideration, we made the difficult decision to permanently close 28 of our outlet stores…” a representative for Bimbo Bakeries, Freihofer's parent company, told Daily Voice. Any leftover products were expected to be donated to local food banks. “We appreciate all of our associates who worked …
Mass Victims Scammed Out Of $2.2M By NJ Couple In Bogus Lottery Scheme: Cops Mass Victims Scammed Out Of $2.2M By NJ Couple In Bogus Lottery Scheme: Cops
Mass Victims Scammed Out Of $2.2M By NJ Couple In Bogus Lottery Scheme: Cops A couple from Secaucus is facing a litany of charges after scamming residents in multiple states out of more nearly $2.2 million, police said. Akeem Lee and Majda Hodzic-Lee called victims in Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, Kansas, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Nebraska, saying they'd won the "Publishers Clearing House Lottery," Secaucus Police Chief Dennis Miller said. In exchange for the vehicles and large sums of money the victims were told they won, they were required by Lee and Hodzic-Lee to send cash, money orders and/or gift cards for taxes, fees and IRS …
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FDA Recalls Oysters After Norovirus Outbreak FDA Recalls Oysters After Norovirus Outbreak
FDA Recalls Oysters After Norovirus Outbreak The US Food and Drug Administration has recalled oysters grown and harvested in Connecticut following an outbreak of norovirus. In a notice on Thursday, March 14, the FDA said the outbreak was caused by oysters sold by Norwalk-based Norm Bloom and Son harvested in February. Although the FDA did not give many how many people were sickened, they did reveal the contaminated batch was associated with an outbreak in Minnesota. In the notice, the FDA warned consumers that the oysters were also sold to restaurants and retailers throughout Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryl…
Mass Teen With History Of Making Bomb Threats Facing Charges In New York Mass Teen With History Of Making Bomb Threats Facing Charges In New York
Mass Teen With History Of Making Bomb Threats Facing Charges In New York A Massachusetts teen with a history of making bomb threats at a school has been taken into custody for allegedly texting threatening messages to a girl in New York. The incident began in Columbia County on Tuesday, March 5 when the Hudson Police Department received a report from a concerned mother and her juvenile daughter regarding disturbing physical threats received on the daughter's cell phone.  The unknown sender made threats to harm the 17-year-old and her friends, referencing a recent altercation on the school bus, the Hudson Police Department said. The girl received text messa…
Taylor Swift's Relatives Include This Famous Western Massachusetts Resident, Ancestry Reveals Taylor Swift's Relatives Include This Famous Western Massachusetts Resident, Ancestry Reveals
Taylor Swift's Relatives Include This Famous Western Massachusetts Resident, Ancestry Reveals From one “tortured poet” to another: the uber-famous Taylor Swift is related to another famous wordsmith, who happens to be from Massachusetts. Taylor Swift, the internationally-loved pop star who recently announced her upcoming album “The Tortured Poets Department,” was discovered to be related to iconic poet Emily Dickinson, NBC’s TODAY Show announced on Monday, March 4. According to Ancestry, who revealed the star-studded lineage to TODAY, Swift and Dickinson are both descendants of a 17th-century English immigrant, who was an early settler in Connecticut, in the Hartford County t…