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31 cats now in need of home after Fitchburg owner passes away

The MSPCA-Angell is asking for help with 31 cats that were displaced after their homeowner in Fitchburg passed away. The cats, which were removed from the home Wednesday, are in need of people to adopt them. This follows a number of recent cat seizures by the MSPCA that has left the organization wit


Stabbing brings police and fire to blossom Street in Fitchburg

FITCHBURG - Police and fire personnel responded to a report of a stabbing late Thursday afternoon in the vicinity of a single-family home at 708 Blossom St., according to a fire official.


Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy struck while conducting traffic stop

WORCESTER CO., Md. – A Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputy was struck by a passing vehicle while conducting a traffic stop Wednesday night. According to police, the incident happened just before 10 p.m. on Route 90 near Route 589. While the deputy was out of the patrol vehicle, a passing vehicle hit t


Man suspected in Clinton murder found dead in prison hospital

CLINTON, Mass. - The man suspected in a February homicide was found dead Thursday, according to correctional staff. Dean Valchuis was found unresponsive with a ligature around his neck at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Correctional Unit, according to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.


Mueller Report: Trump’s efforts to influence Russia investigation ‘were mostly unsuccessful’

The report says President Donald Trump's efforts to influence the Russia investigation "were mostly unsuccessful," but that was because the people surrounding the president "declined to carry out orders to accede to his requests."


Here's when Popeyes is opening in Leominster (maybe)

LEOMINSTER -- There might have been plenty of people keeping up with the release of the Mueller Report on Thursday, but the burning question that folks in the Twin Cities want answered has nothing to do with politics.


Massachusetts Doctor Arrested for Paying 14-Year-Old for Sex

A Massachusetts doctor is facing charges for allegedly paying a 14-year-old boy for sex. Sujan Kayastha, 37, was arrested following a four-month investigation by the Attleboro Police Department. Authorities initiated the investigation after they received information that an Attleboro boy had been se


Joe Biden lends support to striking Stop and Shop workers outside Dorchester store

Former Vice President Joe Biden took the stage outside a Dorchester Stop and Shop on Thursday afternoon with words of encouragement for the supermarket employees who walked off the job a week ago after months of negotiations between the company and unions leaders failed to produce a new contract agr


Rapper failed to show for concert because he was arrested out of state, police say

BOSTON — Boston police are investigating after a brawl broke out outside the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street. Rapper Kodak Black was scheduled to perform two shows at the House of Blues, but he never appeared.


Mueller investigation: Redacted report released to the public

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday released a redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.


NH police asking public to check sheds, vehicles following 11-year-old boy’s disappearance

BERLIN, N.H. (WHDH) - Police in New Hampshire are asking the public to check their sheds, outside structures, and vehicles as they investigate the disappearance of an 11-year-old Berlin boy.


Red Sox swept after late Brett Gardner grand slam

NEW YORK — Brett Gardner smiled through the fog left from a gaudy celebration in the New York Yankees clubhouse, part of the new postgame routine that includes the razzle-dazzle of a smoke machine and strobe lights.


Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg says her parents, former Stop & Shop executives, stand with union workers

A lot has changed since the Deborah Goldberg’s family opened the first Economy General store in Somerville a century ago. The company, now called Stop & Shop, has more than 400 stores across the Northeast. It’s no longer run by the Rabinowitz/Rabb family in Massachusetts, but instead is owned by a E


Two 19-year-old Lawrence, Massachusetts men sent to prison for fentanyl trafficking

CONCORD — Two 19-year-old Lawrence, Massachusetts men have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for participating in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy. Steven Guerrero received a term of five years and nine months while Julio Saldana was sentenced to 11 ½ years behind bars. Guerrero and Saldana pl


East Boston woman fatally struck by MBTA bus in Chelsea

CHELSEA, MASS. (WHDH) - A 60-year-old East Boston woman was struck and killed by an MBTA bus at an on-ramp to the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea on Thursday. Officers responding to the Everett Avenue on-ramp around 5:40 a.m. pronounced Mary Ellen Pettiglio dead at the scene, according to state police.


Opioid crisis in Massachusetts: Where we've been and where we're going

The death totals may be down compared to previous years, but the opioid crisis continues to kill. "People show up for treatment on Friday, don’t come on Tuesday, and then we find out later they died over the weekend,” said Dr. Genie Bailey, a psychiatrist who heads both the research department and m


Health board smells a rat

LEOMINSTER -- While the city's Health Department director said a rat infestation on First Street was the worst he has seen in the many years he has led the department, he said the renters of the residence have taken proactive steps to get the infestation under control.


Harvard’s Adam Fox still mulling his options

Harvard defenseman Adam Fox is still weighing his options as he decides on his future. The Hobey Baker finalist could return for his senior season and get his degree. By doing so, he would enter next season as a Hobey Baker candidate and become a free agent in the summer of 2020.


Massachusetts Near Bottom When It Comes To ‘Tax Freedom,’ Think Tank Says

The symbolic date when Massachusetts residents are said to start working for themselves instead of merely paying their tax burden to government is coming up next week, according to an organization that tracks taxes.


When Kodak Black didn’t show up to a Boston show, police had to disperse an ‘unruly’ crowd

A reported sexual assault summoned Boston police to the House of Blues music venue Wednesday night, but then officers also had to help break up a crowd of about 1,000 people who became “unruly” when they found out rapper Kodak Black, slated to perform, was a no show, officials said.