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Closed Catholic school to be converted to senior apartments

Jan. 16, 2022 13:41 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A now-closed Catholic school in Massachusetts has been sold for $4.75 million to a nonprofit that plans to build a three-story senior living apartment complex on the site. Goddard Homestead closed on the nearly 24-acre (9.7-hectare) former St. Peter-Marian...

Teen girl fatally shot outside grocery store, police say

Jan. 15, 2022 14:26 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl was fatally shot in the parking lot of a Worcester grocery store early on Saturday, police said. Officers were called to the Big Y parking lot on Mayfield Street shortly before 3 a.m. on a report of a shooting. Police found a girl who had...

Massachusetts closes 3 unlicensed COVID-19 testing sites

Jan. 14, 2022 09:33 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts public health officials have ordered three COVID-19 testing sites in the state to close because they did not have a license to operate in the state and people tested at the sites have complained about slow test turnaround times. The state Department of...

Suspect in fatal beating of 74-year-old man pleads guilty

Jan. 14, 2022 08:47 AM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection to the beating death of a 74-year-old man in 2016. Albert L. Henderson III, 33, of Southbridge was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of Hector Luis Ramos,...

Judge allows critical DNA evidence in runner slaying case

Jan. 11, 2022 15:40 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A judge denied a motion Tuesday to suppress DNA evidence collected from a man suspected of killing a Google employee from New York who went missing in 2016 while out for a run in Massachusetts, meaning it can now be admitted at trial. Angelo Colon-Ortiz has...

Brrr! Some schools close as extreme cold grips US Northeast

Jan. 11, 2022 14:26 PM EST

A mass of arctic air swept into the Northeast on Tuesday, bringing bone-chilling sub-zero temperatures and closing schools across the region for the second time in less than a week. High temperatures were not expected to make it out of the teens and 20s in most spots, with single...

Fitchburg man pleads not guilty to child rape charges

Jan. 11, 2022 09:46 AM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Fitchburg man has pleaded not guilty to 14 charges, including multiple counts of child rape and assault and battery on a child under age 14, according to authorities. Stephen R. Goodsell, 32, was held on $5,000 bail at his arraignment Monday in Worcester...

Police: Man found shot in Worcester on Christmas Day dies

Jan. 10, 2022 15:09 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man found suffering from several gunshot wounds in a Worcester home on Christmas Day has died, police said Monday. The 29-year-old man found by officers responding to a report of a gunshot victim on the third-floor of the home at about 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 25...

Street renamed in honor of officer who drowned

Jan. 09, 2022 08:38 AM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The city of Worcester has renamed a street in honor of a city police officer who drowned last summer while trying to save a struggling teenager. What used to be called Skyline Drive is now known as Officer Manny Familia Way. The street sign is already in...

Gates leads Holy Cross over Lafayette 79-74

Jan. 07, 2022 21:40 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Gerrale Gates had 27 points plus 14 rebounds as Holy Cross broke its eight-game losing streak, edging past Lafayette 79-74 on Friday night. Bo Montgomery added 21 points and six rebounds for the Crusaders. Judson Martindale had 10 points for...