Body found along highway in Sterling
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a body has been found off Interstate 190 in Sterling.
No additional information about the body found Friday was immediately made public.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. has scheduled a news conference later in the day to discuss the discovery of the body.
DUI-CHILD IN CAR
Man arrested for DUI with 7-year-old in vehicle
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Massachusetts man police say was driving over 90 miles an hour with an unrestrained 7-year-old in his vehicle has been charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving.
State police said Friday troopers responded to a three-vehicle crash on Interstate-195 westbound on Thursday. They say 42-year-old Luis Manuel Medeiros of Fall River was seen driving erratically and lost control and hit a tractor-trailer in Seekonk. He kept driving and later hit another vehicle in East Providence, causing it to crash into a third vehicle.
Authorities said Medeiros appeared intoxicated and was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. The boy was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The Massachusetts Department of Social Services took custody of him.
A phone number for Medeiros couldn't be found.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-MIT OFFICER
Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Family members and friends of the police officer authorities say was killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are honoring him a year later.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Sean Collier worked and died, held a remembrance ceremony Friday and unveiled plans for a permanent memorial.
He was recalled as a young officer quick with a helping hand.
Collier's sister says he adored the Boston Celtics, taught young people to box and helped out at a homeless shelter.
He was shot and killed in his cruiser days after the bombing. Investigators say the bombing suspects shot him while trying to take his gun. He was 26.
Team Collier Strong is a group of 25 friends and family members who will run the marathon to raise money for a scholarship fund named for Collier.
BOSTON MARATHON-LICENSE PLATE
Patrick signs law creating 'Boston Strong' plate
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts drivers will soon have an opportunity to purchase a "Boston Strong" license plate.
Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed into law a bill creating the specialty plate. Proceeds from sales of the $50 plate will help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The phrase "Boston Strong" became popular after the April 15, 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260.
Along with those words, the plate will include a design showing support for those most affected by the bombing.
Proceeds from the sales will go to the One Fund, which is providing financial assistance to injured survivors of the bombing and the families of those killed.
If the One Fund is later dissolved, proceeds would then go to another nonprofit organization that helps the victims.
Gov. Patrick signs transportation funding bill
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a $12.8 billion transportation bond bill that could help trigger construction on several high-profile transportation projects.
The bill lets the state borrow money for a range of ideas, many of which have been on the drawing board for years, including a $2.3 billion expansion of commuter rail service to the South Coast.
The bill also authorizes $325 million for improvements to Boston's South Station, and calls for the rail hub to be renamed The Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center in honor of the former governor.
The bill also includes up to $1.3 billion to extend the MBTA's Green Line to Medford, and $2.5 billion to purchase new Red Line and Orange Line trains.
The bill would also increase penalties for MBTA fare evaders.
Teacher in chair-throwing incident not punished
(Information in the following story is from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com )
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts teacher who was told she could lose her job for failing to report that a student threw a chair at her won't be punished.
New Bedford Superintendent Pia Durkin said after a hearing Thursday that the "incident should have been reported in a more timely manner" but "was handled reasonably under the circumstances."
An 18-year-old student threw a chair at high school teacher Joanne Maura last month after she confiscated his cellphone. The chair didn't strike her.
The administration told her she could be fired because she failed to report it. Maura says she reported it almost immediately.
The Standard-Times reports that Maura had no comment after the hearing, but a teacher's union representative said she was relieved.
The student was expelled and faces criminal charges.
Springfield police say heroin dealer arrested
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man police say was selling 1,000 bags of heroin per week in his neighborhood has been arrested.
Police say tipsters told investigators that Christopher Burgos would leave his home in the Liberty Heights neighborhood on foot at all hours of the day and night and make heroin deliveries to customers waiting on side streets.
Police staked out the home and followed the 29-year-old Burgos on Thursday morning. They allegedly witnessed him selling heroin.
He was arrested on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of Suboxone with intent to distribute, and resisting arrest.
Police say he was in possession of 100 bags of heroin and more than $4,000 in cash.
He's scheduled to be arraigned Friday. It was not known if he has a lawyer.
Lynn teen faces murder charge after friend shot
LYNN, Mass. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a Lynn teenager with murder, not because he allegedly killed someone, but because he was the purported accomplice of another teen fatally shot by the victim of an attempted robbery.
Seventeen-year-old Jahleel Sanders Williams was held without bail after pleading not guilty Thursday in Lynn District Court. Because of the charge, he was arraigned as an adult.
Prosecutors say Williams and 18-year-old Amoy Blake tried to rob a 20-year-old man Wednesday.
Blake held a gun to the victim's head. The victim shot and killed Blake.
The gun was legally owned and the victim wasn't charged because prosecutors determined he acted in self-defense.
Prosecutors say because Williams participated in the armed robbery, he is criminally liable for the death that occurred during the commission of that felony.
Williams' lawyer had no comment.
PYRAMID SCHEME CHARGE
Marlborough company allegedly ran Ponzi scheme
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Federal and state authorities have sued a Marlborough company they say reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme that targeted minority communities.
The Boston Globe reports court records indicate a top executive at TelexFree Inc. tried to flee with a laptop and $38 million worth of cashier's checks during a federal search of its offices.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said it has frozen the assets of the company and eight principals and associates, alleging the company ran an "illegal pyramid scheme" that recruited around the world, but targeted Brazilian and Dominican communities.
The SEC's complaint wants the company to stop soliciting investors, return ill-gotten gains, and pay penalties.
Secretary of State William Galvin sued Tuesday, alleging the company defrauded Massachusetts residents of $90 million.
Company lawyers have not commented.
Lawsuit against Bridgewater State settled
DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) - A Brookline mother who sued the state prisons department over what she called the illegal restraint of her son at a psychiatric facility has agreed to settle her lawsuit after the hospital said it would change how it treats her son.
Joanne Minich sued the state Correction Department, saying her son Peter's mental health was declining because administrators and clinicians at Bridgewater State Hospital had isolated him in a small cell, at times fastened to a bed, for an unreasonable amount of time. Her 31-year-old son has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Under the agreement approved by a Norfolk Superior Court judge Thursday, hospital officials promised to house Peter Minich in the infirmary and use seclusion and restraints only as "a last resort."
Joanne Minich tells The Boston Globe she is "relieved."
2nd arrest made in slaying of Waltham teen
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) - A second suspect in the slaying of a 17-year-old Waltham High School senior has turned himself in.
Authorities say 22-year-old Domingo Mendes, of Belmont, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on murder and other charges after surrendering to police on Thursday evening.
Authorities say Mendes shot Tyler Zanco, a captain on Waltham High's wrestling team, on March 20 in a parking lot at a city apartment complex.
An arrest warrant affidavit says Zanco was shot when he and two friends attempted to rob Taylor Poulin, believing he cheated Zanco's cousin in a marijuana deal. Mendes allegedly intervened in the fight and shot Zanco.
Poulin is already in custody and has pleaded not guilty to related charges.
It could not immediately be determined who Mendes' lawyer is.
SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD
Ware man pleads guilty to Social Security fraud
BOSTON (AP) - A Ware man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting more than $50,000 in Social Security disability payments while working an $80,000-per-year job.
Carl Lynch pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge of theft of public money.
Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Lynch began receiving disability payments under Social Security in 2003. Four years later, while still receiving disability payments, Lynch began working as a personal care attendant for an elderly man in Rehoboth. His income from that job made him ineligible for Social security payments.
Authorities say he used another man's identity to collect the money.
He is scheduled to be sentenced June 22.
Police ID victims of Massachusetts Turnpike crash
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - The victims of a fatal crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham this week have been identified as Connecticut residents.
Police say 20-year-old William Barnett and 19-year-old Alyssa Grenier, both of Stafford Springs, Conn., died when their minivan was struck by a tractor-trailer hauling lumber just after 5 a.m. Wednesday on the eastbound side of the highway.
Barnett, the driver, and Grenier, were pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was hospitalized with injuries not considered life threatening.
The crash remains under investigation, but the minivan spun out on a road made slick by a rain-sleet mix and police think weather was a factor.
The crash forced lane closures on both sides of the highway and rush-hour traffic backups of up to 18 miles.
MA-BOWHEAD WHALE SIGHTING
Rare sighting of bowhead whale in Cape Cod Bay
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) - Researchers have identified a bowhead whale in Cape Cod Bay - the second time in recorded history the animal has been seen so far south in the Atlantic Ocean.
Workers for the Provincetown, Mass.-based Center for Coastal Studies reported Friday the bowhead was identified during an aerial survey on April 11 as it fed alongside right whales.
Bowheads typically inhabit the Arctic Ocean and northern reaches of the Atlantic and Pacific. The center said the whale was about 1,000 miles outside of its normal range. Even sightings in the colder waters off Maine or New Hampshire are unusual.
The center said the animal was not in danger.
The first time a bowhead was spotted so far south in the Atlantic was in 2012 off Orleans, Mass.
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