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Rabies case confirmed in Athol

ATHOL — Board of Health Agent Deborah Vondal has confirmed that on Feb. 7, an adult domestic cat was tested positive for rabies. A letter written by Vondal was provided to Animal Control Officer Jennifer Arsenault who distributed it door-to-door to the Gage Road neighborhood where the cat lived.


Newly appointed lawmakers in Franklin County hold local listening session

SUNDERLAND, Mass. (WWLP) - State Senator Jo Comerford and Representatives Natalie Blais, Dan Carey, Mindy Domb, and Lindsay Sabadosa have launched a pilot project to hear from constituents in their communities.


I-TEAM: Dozens of nurses licenses suspended, revoked in western Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Abandoning patients, working while impaired and showing up to work reeking of alcohol, these are just some of the reasons why dozens of nurses in western Massachusetts have their licenses suspended, revoked or voluntarily surrendered over the past year.


Truck Driver ID'd for Ice Chunk That Injured Girl on Interstate 495 in Andover, Massachusetts

The truck company and driver responsible for injuring a 6-year-old girl when a large piece of ice flew off a tractor-trailer and hit the windshield of the vehicle she was riding in on Interstate 495 in Massachusetts was identified on Friday, according to state police.


Falling Ice From Truck Damages FedEx Van in Sunderland, Mass.

Police in Sunderland, Massachusetts are reminding drivers to clear snow off the roof of their cars after a FedEx van suffered damage due to falling ice. Officials received a call of a motor vehicle accident Thursday at about 10:50 a.m. on Route 116. There, they saw the delivery van with severe damag


Mailloux, Senators come back to beat Orioles

Micalyn Mailloux spent much of Wednesday night’s girls basketball game fighting through foul trouble. The Mahar Regional School sophomore guard had six points through three quarters against Belchertown High School and her Senators trailed 42-40 entering the fourth quarter. Her struggles came to an e


Tip leads to Valentine's Day arrest for cocaine in Winchendon

WINCHENDON – Acting on an anonymous tip, Police arrested an alleged cocaine dealer on Valentine's Day with a little help from K9 Clyde. On Thursday February 14 at approximately 10 p.m., Officers from the Winchendon Police Department arrested 54 year old Douglas Duteau of Fitzwilliam for an outstandi


Trump may have his first 2020 Republican challenger with former Massachusetts governor

Washington (CNN)Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld said he's launching a presidential exploratory committee to run in 2020 as a Republican. "I hope to see the Republican Party assume once again the mantle of being the party of Lincoln. It upsets me that our energies as a society are being sapped by


Three people taken to the hospital after crash on Route 9 in Keene

Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash on Route 9 near Sullivan Road in Keene this morning at about 8:30 a.m., according to Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid.


AG: Massachusetts Couple Charged With Sex Trafficking at Salem Brothel

A Massachusetts couple is facing charges for allegedly trafficking women for sex at a Salem brothel that served as a front for human trafficking and money laundering, according to the attorney general's office.


Where UFOs have been reported in western Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Massachusetts residents reported 65 UFO sightings to the National UFO Reporting Center in 2018. So far this year, about a dozen UFO sightings have already been reported.


$1 million lottery ticket sold at Stop & Shop in Greenfield

William Thompson of Gill has claimed the twenty-ninth $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery's “$2,000,000 50X Cashword” instant game. Thompson chose the cash option of the prize, and received a one-time payment of $650,000 (less tax withholdings).


Bates Crafters Gallery to hold grand re-opening in expanded space

ORANGE — A grand re-opening of the Bates Crafters Gallery, at 90 New Athol Rd., will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to introduce an expanded space and the works of area crafters.


Here are the best restaurants in Massachusetts, according to AAA

AAA has announced its 2019 list of best restaurants nationwide — and several of the top-rated establishments are located right here in Massachusetts. Here’s a look at the local restaurants that got Five Diamonds, which is the highest rating AAA awards.


No one injured in propane truck rollover in Greenfield on Tuesday

No one was injured after a propane truck rolled over in Greenfield on Tuesday evening. The truck, driven by Patrick Miller, 30, of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, was traveling south on Sawmill Road near American Steel Fabricators around 5 p.m. when it started to slide due to poor road conditions, Greenfi


Corrections officer accused of driving drunk, crashing into Leominster home

LEOMINSTER, Mass. - A local corrections officer is being charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and smashing his truck into a home in Leominster. Police say Christopher Bomengen, 27, of Leominster, was placed under arrest for OUI and operating to endanger after he slammed his truck in


Pepe's pizza opening second location in Massachusetts

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is spreading the pizza love by bringing its famed New Haven-style pizza to a second location outside of Connecticut. Pepe's is bringing it's famous New Haven-style pizza to a second location in Massachusetts.


Task Force arrests Massachusetts gangsters on warrants

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – Two Massachusetts gang members were arrested Wednesday in Fall River on numerous warrants for drug and firearm violations. James Mendes, 27, of Randolph and Tyre Wade, 27, of Fall River, were arrested after Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force members tracking a stol


Great Wolf Lodge Employee Charged With Raping Co-Worker At Fitchburg Resort

FITCHBURG (CBS) – A worker at the Great Wolf Lodge water park in Fitchburg is charged with raping a co-worker at the resort earlier this week. Darren Ngabe, 23, of Fitchburg, was released on $2,500 bail after his arraignment Wednesday in Fitchburg District Court. He was also ordered to stay away fro


New Salem crash survivor seeks good Samaritan

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- A car crash victim is looking for the good Samaritan who he said saved his life. The 19-year-old from Ludlow was released from the hospital on Thursday.