Joseph Yerardi, 62, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison today for his role in running a gambling and extortion ring in the Boston area, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a man's conviction for illegal gun possession in a 2013 Newton road-rage incident because a gun is a gun no matter when it's made and, in any case, he failed to prove his gun was actually an antique exempt from normal state gun-licensing requirements. Read more.
Jerry David reports this tree behind his Newton home cracked in half and fell - somehow coming down in the narrow space between two garages.
John Pelletier shows us his backyard in Newton this morning.
Erika Holmberg shows us the rainbow over the turnpike in Newton this afternoon.
She wasn't the only one to look up as the rain ended: Read more.
Sean Roche reports.
UPDATE: All clear.
A Newton doctor who says he uses a drone to photograph what he says is illegal city snow dumping in a local park is asking a federal judge to block a Newton ordinance that makes it illegal to fly the small aircraft over property without a property owner's consent. Read more.
A Quincy man was charged with indecent assault and battery for an incident Wednesday evening involving a Green Line worker on a trolley heading to Riverside, Transit Police report. Read more.
Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
Joseph Yerardi, 62, of Newton, Anthony Corso, 51, of Cambridge, and Michael Burke, 45, of Winthrop, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to charges that they ran an illegal gambling and extortion ring for a year, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Read more.
Streetcar service thanks to a fallen tree.**
Just got this alert from the T:
Green Line D branch experiencing severe delays due to a fallen tree on the overhead wire at Newton Centre.
**with apologies to Joyce Kilmer
Jennie shows us the tree near Newton Centre responsible for the dreaded "severe" delays on the Riverside Line.
Village 14 reports on how a new group, which claims it has nothing to do with old Newton-school hater Charles Jacobs, is trying to enlist Newton North students for an "essay contest" on Israeli/Palestinian relations in which they have to cite their sources, in a supposed attempt to see just what materials the school is using to teach about the Middle East.
The Herald reports Setti Warren, who announced this week he won't be running for reelection as Newton mayor, might be considering running for governor in 2018 instead.
Village 14 has a copy of the e-mail Newton North High School's principal sent to parents yesterday after some of Newton's best and brightest decided it would be a good idea to drive around the school waving a Confederate flag out the window. "We are taking appropriate action," the not at all amused principal writes.
Transit Police report a teen was hit by an inbound Worcester Line train around 8:45 p.m. in Newtonville.
Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney's office are investigating the death, but foul play is not suspected, police say.
WCVB reports on his indictment several months after the Sweet Tomatoes crash.
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