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Family speaks out following arrest in 1988 murder of girl

May. 14, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The family of a New Hampshire girl killed in Massachusetts in 1988 are thanking law enforcement officials for making an arrest more than three decades later. The surviving family of Melissa Ann Tremblay on Saturday said they appreciated that police never...

Suspect linked to 1988 killing of 6th grader through DNA

May. 13, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A 74-year-old Alabama man was linked to the 1988 killing of an 11-year-old girl in Massachusetts through DNA evidence, a prosecutor said at the suspect's arraignment on Friday. Marvin C. McClendon Jr. was held without bail after a not guilty plea to a murder...

Headcounts are down at public schools. Now budgets are too.

Apr. 30, 2022 07:18 AM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A school system in suburban Kansas City is eliminating over 100 jobs, including kindergarten aides and library clerks. Oakland, California, is closing seven schools. Other districts around the country are merging classrooms, selling buildings and leaving teaching positions...

Authorities make arrest in 1988 killing of 11-year-old girl

Apr. 27, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

An Alabama man has been arrested in connection with the 1988 killing of an 11-year-old girl found stabbed to death in a Massachusetts railyard, authorities said Wednesday. Marvin C. McClendon Jr., 74, faces a murder charge in the death of Melissa Ann Tremblay, of Salem, New...

Purported gang member sentenced for illegal gun sales

Apr. 27, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A purported member of a street gang who authorities say illegally sold weapons and drugs in Massachusetts has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison. Jose Omar Hernandez-Aragones, 24, of Lawrence, was also sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation. ...

Man whose rape case was dismissed is suing Kansas

Apr. 22, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old Wichita man who spent two years in prison before a rape case against him was dismissed is suing the state of Kansas for wrongful conviction and imprisonment. Albert Wilson filed the lawsuit this month in Douglas County District Court, the...

'Easter Miracle': Blaze displaced 73 but caused no injuries

Apr. 17, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A wind-fueled blaze that damaged several homes Friday night in Lawrence, Massachusetts, displaced more than 70 people but resulted in no injuries, with one local leader calling it an “Easter miracle.” In all, 73 people belonging to 17 different families...

Blaze damages 6 Massachusetts homes, displaces 16 families

Apr. 16, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A wind-fueled fire has damaged six homes and displaced 16 families in Massachusetts. The blaze began Friday night on the third-floor balcony of a home in Lawrence before spreading to five other nearby residences. Fire officials say high winds helped the fire...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 15, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

Bangor Daily News. April 14, 2022. Editorial: Rick Lawrence makes welcome history as 1st Black justice confirmed to Maine high court Supremely qualified people keep making history. This week, the Maine Senate confirmed Judge Rick Lawrence to the Maine Supreme Judicial...

Kansas researcher convicted of illegal secret China work

Apr. 07, 2022 21:18 PM EDT

A researcher was convicted on Thursday of illegally concealing work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas. But U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson continues to weigh a defense motion to dismiss the case against Feng “Franklin” Tao of Lawrence, Kansas....