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High school students return from Malawi mission trip

May. 21, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — You don't need to be Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates to make a difference. That's a message Dr. Brian A. Lisse, an emergency medicine physician at Nashoba Valley Medical Center and associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Dr. Donald Hangen, an...

Trial date set for woman charged in boyfriend's stabbing

May. 20, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A trial date has been scheduled for a Leominster woman charged with stabbing her live-in boyfriend 21 times. The Sentinel & Enterprise reports that a judge recently ruled that 28-year-old Stephanie Cruz's first-degree murder trial will start Sept. 6 in Worcester Superior Court....

Mom of toddler whose body washed ashore violates probation

May. 17, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old girl whose body washed up on a Boston beach in 2015 has violated her probation. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports Rachelle Bond admitted to a Worcester Superior Court judge Thursday that she used cocaine, failed a court-ordered drug test and...

Man charged in multistate crime rampage sent to prison

May. 16, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man accused of going on a coast-to-coast crime rampage that started when he was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to up to 12 years in prison. Gregory Lewis, 30, of Southbridge, was sentenced after pleading guilty to more than a dozen...

OSHA investigating death at Boston construction site

May. 16, 2018 1:08 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal workplace safety investigators are looking into the death of a construction worker who fell at a job site in Boston last week. WFXT-TV reports that a carpenters union identified the deceased as 48-year-old Jose Rodriguez, of Worcester. The union says he fell about four stories while...

Man gets 14 years for running restaurants with drug money

May. 15, 2018 11:15 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who sold drugs to finance two Worcester restaurants has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. The Telegram & Gazette reports that 44-year-old Kevin Perry Jr. was sentenced Monday in federal court after pleading guilty in October to multiple offenses including...

Man says police misconduct led to wrongful conviction

May. 10, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who spent 16 years in prison for a crime he says he didn't commit has filed a federal lawsuit accusing police of withholding evidence and using unfair tactics to falsely implicate him. Natale "Nat" Cosenza filed the lawsuit Thursday against the city of Worcester...

State trooper uses jerky to rescue pup from highway

May. 9, 2018 12:48 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts state trooper has rescued a dog running loose in the middle of an interstate with the bribe of a homemade snack. Trooper Nick D'Angelo responded to a report of a pup running loose along Interstate 190 in Worcester on Wednesday morning. State police say the dog, named...

City officials support delay in historic church demolition

May. 9, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The Worcester City Council is supporting one last effort to save a historic church from demolition. The Telegram & Gazette reports that the council agreed Tuesday to back a three-month delay of demolition at the former Notre Dame des Canadiens church. Property owner CitySquare...

Toddler recovers from liver transplant, fights for life

May. 7, 2018 9:30 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Her T-shirt read "Strong Girls Make a Strong World." And as 2-year-old Rebecca Pagan-Williams chased bubbles around the living room last week, there was little indication that she was anything but a strong girl. But only a year ago, "Baby Rebecca" was in a very different situation....