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Woman, Daughter ‘Brutally Attacked’ for Speaking Spanish in East Boston: Lawyers

A woman is calling on police to investigate after she and her daughter were allegedly attacked in East Boston this month for speaking Spanish. According to advocacy group Lawyers for Civil Rights, the...

  • Norton Meth Lab Feb 23

    Authorities ID Man Who Died After Explosion at Apartment Meth Lab

    Authorities have released the name of the man who died early Saturday morning after an apparent meth lab explosion inside his Norton apartment. According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, 38-year-old Edward Rooney died hours after fleeing from his apartment on Faith Way following the explosion. Norton police and fire responded...
  • hands-free phone law Feb 23

    Hands-Free Driving Law Now in Effect in Massachusetts

    Drivers in Massachusetts will now face warnings — and eventually fines — if caught using their hand-held cellphones behind the wheel. Texting while driving had already been outlawed, but a new law prohibiting drivers from writing, reading or viewing text messages, even when stopped at a stoplight, went into effect Sunday. Drivers are also prohibite...
  • daring rescue Feb 23

    ‘We Kicked Down the Door’: Neighbors Rescue Mom, Baby Girl From Burning Home in Ayer

    A mom and her baby were rescued Saturday from a burning home in Ayer, Massachusetts, thanks to their neighbors. The Ayer Fire Department responded to a call at 5:19 p.m. for a reported fire at 22 Bligh Street. But it was two friends who saw their neighbor’s home burning and dashed over to make a daring rescue. “We were sitting…
  • hands-free phone law Feb 23

    Law Barring Cellphone Use While Driving Takes Effect Sunday in Massachusetts

    A law that bars drivers in Massachusetts from using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel takes effect Sunday. While it’s never easy to kick old habits, drivers in the Bay State will have no choice but to put down their phones while they’re behind the wheel. “It’s going to take time for people to get used to it,” said ...
  • Plainville Feb 23

    Laundromat Employee Injured After Car Crashes Into Building

    A laundromat employee was injured Saturday morning when she was struck by a car that smashed through the store’s front window in Plainville, Massachusetts. Police say an 85-year-old woman was driving when she lost control of her car, crashing into the front window of the Bubble King, a car wash, laundromat, and dry cleaner. The elderly woman ...
  • Massachusetts Primary Feb 22

    For First Time, Early Voting Available This Week in Mass. Primary

    Massachusetts voters can start casting early ballots in the presidential primaries on Monday. Massachusetts is one of more than a dozen states that hold their presidential primaries on March 3 — so-called Super Tuesday. For the first time however, state residents can start voting early in a presidential primary on Feb. 24 and continue early voting ...
  • garage fire Feb 22

    Fire at Ashland Motorcycle Shop Damages Garage, Nearby Vehicles

    A fire broke out in a motorcycle repair shop and spread to a nearby home in Ashland on Saturday morning. Flames also reached a car and a motorcycle near the garage, which houses the business, police said. Ashland police said that no one was injured from the fire. The rear of the home suffered damage as firefighters from Ashland, Hopkinton…...
  • biotech fraud Feb 22

    Boston-Based Biotech Employee Sentenced in Securities Scheme

    An employee of a Boston-based biotech company became the second person to be sentenced in a scheme officials say was designed to manipulate the company’s stock prices and defraud investors. M. Jay Herod, 52, of Cambridge was sentenced Thursday to serve six months in prison for the scheme involving PixarBio, MassLive.com reported. Herod, who w...
  • Norton Meth Lab Feb 22

    Man Dies After Apparent Explosion at Apartment Meth Lab: Norton Police

    A man allegedly involved in a meth lab operation inside a Norton apartment has died in the hours after a reported explosion early Saturday morning. Norton police and fire responded to a reported explosion at 3 Faith Way around 12:53 a.m. They found an apartment empty and damaged from what appeared to be an explosion associated with a meth lab&#8230...
  • bank robbery Feb 22

    Parka-Wearing Suspect Robs Shrewsbury Bank: Police

    An alleged bank robber dressed in a hooded parka and ski mask took an unknown amount of cash from a bank in Shrewsbury late Friday afternoon. Without showing a weapon or note, the suspect forcefully demanded money from bank tellers and then escaped, authorities said. Police responded to a call of a bank robbery at the Avidia Bank at 23…...
  • boston homicide Feb 22

    Victim Identified in Fatal Dorchester Shooting on Woodrow Ave.

    Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed in Dorchester late Thursday evening. The victim was Marcos Blanco of Dorchester. He was 42 years old. Officers received a call for a person shot near 89 Woodrow Avenue around 11:11 p.m. Thursday night. They found the victim in that area with an apparent gunshot wound. Blanco was brought to&#...
  • gas leak Feb 22

    Walpole Road Closed as Crews Repair Gas Leak

    A gas leak closed a road in Walpole overnight Friday as crews dug in to make repairs, according to authorities. Washington Street was closed early Saturday between High Plain St. and Pilgrim Way as Columbia Gas of Massachusetts works to fix leak, Walpole police said. Residents in the area may get to their homes from the Polley Lane side while&#8230...
  • fire department concerns Feb 22

    Abington Firefighters Worried For Their Safety at Their Fire Station

    Firefighters in Abington, Massachusetts, are worried about their safety, not on the job, but at their station, they told NBC10 Boston in an exclusive interview. “Our job is stressful and dangerous when we are out there or when we are here living,” said Abington Fire’s Derek Haimaidi. Built in 1973, the town’s two fire statio...
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