Latest Worcester News

Lawyers for man accused in runner slaying withdraw from case

Jan. 18, 2019 12:28 AM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man charged with killing a Google employee from New York who went missing while out for a run in Massachusetts is getting a new lawyer. A judge approved a motion from the court-appointed defense team for Angelo Colon-Ortiz to withdraw from the case Thursday. Lawyer Louis Aloise...

Woman charged with murder in babies' deaths faces June trial

Jan. 16, 2019 4:08 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman facing murder charges after the bodies of three infants she had given birth to were found in her squalid home in 2014 has been scheduled to go on trial in June. A judge on Wednesday scheduled Erika Murray's trial to start June 4 in Worcester Superior Court. The...

Suspect in killing of 88-year-old man ruled competent

Jan. 16, 2019 8:27 AM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with killing his 88-year-old stepfather in 2012, but who has never stood trial because he was ruled mentally incompetent, may soon face a jury. The Telegram & Gazette reports that a lawyer for 44-year-old Jason Masiello told a judge Tuesday that his...

Resident alleges discrimination at retirement home

Jan. 14, 2019 1:52 PM EST

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A 73-year-old man is suing the owners of a Massachusetts retirement home, saying they illegally pressured him to leave his home. Joseph Crowley's lawsuit against Whitinsville Retirement Home in Northbridge is being brought under the federal Fair Housing Act, state...

Holy Cross downs Lafayette 77-70 behind Floyd's 25 points

Jan. 12, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Jehyve Floyd scored a career-high 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and dished six assists, and Holy Cross never trailed in its 77-70 win over Lafayette on Saturday to end a two-game skid. Jacob Grandison added 18 points with eight rebounds and Caleb Green scored...

Autopsy inconclusive on woman found dead near donation bins

Jan. 9, 2019 12:43 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police say an autopsy on a woman found dead near Salvation Army donation bins in Massachusetts was inconclusive. Worcester Police Lt. Sean Murtha said Tuesday evening that preliminary autopsy results did not determine the woman's cause of death and more testing is needed. The...

Convicted rapist to get another shot at medical parole

Jan. 9, 2019 12:10 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A convicted rapist who was diagnosed with liver cancer is getting another shot at medical parole. Worcester Superior Court Judge J. Gavin Reardon Jr. says in a ruling issued Monday that Benjamin LaGuer's petition for medical parole must be reconsidered "in light of his recently...

Body found near Salvation Army donation bin

Jan. 8, 2019 12:35 AM EST
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A body has been found near a Salvation Army donation bin in Massachusetts. Police say officers were called to the scene in Worcester around 9:45 a.m. Monday. Police have yet to determine if the death was from natural causes or foul play. No further information has been released.

School districts struggle to find substitute teachers

Jan. 6, 2019 12:04 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Low pay and a strong local economy are creating a shortage of substitute teachers in many Massachusetts school districts. The Telegram of Worcester reports that substitutes — even those with college degrees and teacher certifications — receive less than $100 per day to...

Man found with child-like sex doll sentenced on porn charges

Jan. 4, 2019 12:15 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man police say owned a child-like sex doll has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on child pornography charges. Prosecutors say James Stoddard was sentenced Thursday, and was also ordered to pay restitution and serve 10 years of supervised release. Police say they...