West of 495

By - 4/9/15 - 6:57 pm

The Worcester Police Department reports it has charged one of its officers with assault and battery for an incident Dec. 1 involving a man awaiting a court appearance:

The complainant and witness alleged that during the prisoner release process, the officer made a disparaging remark with respect to the complainant’s “black” skin.

The complainant further alleged that he was in the holding cell, handcuffed

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By - 1/20/15 - 10:28 am

MassLive reports a group of legislators from the western part of the state want MassDOT to study the idea of a high-speed rail link from Boston to Springfield.

Via Adam Castiglioni....Read more

By - 1/19/15 - 9:46 pm

Today, in addition to celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the states of Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi celebrate Robert E Lee Day. He is "best known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865.."

The Confederate States of America was a secessionist state existing from 1861–65. It was originally formed...Read more

By - 12/2/14 - 11:11 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a man cannot be charged with selling marijuana within 100 feet of a "public park or playground" because the playground in question was on privately owned land.

The ruling means that Christopher Gopaul will now only face 13 drug charges instead of 14 when he comes to trial for allegedly selling pot to an undercover cop at the the...Read more

By - 10/29/14 - 4:44 am

This is a breaking story. Updates will be posted in the comments.

Fattman is running for State Senate on two issues, 'stop illegal immigration' and 'cut taxes'.

His first point

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By - 10/29/14 - 4:44 am
By - 10/3/14 - 11:42 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned the OUI and motor-vehicle convictions of a Pittsfield man because the state trooper who testified that possible software problems with his car's steering system could not have made him swerve into the path of another car didn't have the expertise to make that determination.

Douglas Guinan was found with both alcohol and Vicodin in his system after the fatal...Read more

By - 9/24/14 - 8:13 am

Runner's World introduces us to a Bellingham High cross-country runner whose last name is Strong and whose first name is Boston. His father, a big Celtics fan, initially wanted to name him Larry Bird Strong, but his mother refused and suggested Boston instead.

Via Boston Reddit....Read more

By - 9/20/14 - 7:20 pm

We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.

The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Bill’s 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were...Read more

By - 9/2/14 - 7:48 pm
Fake license plate

State Police report a woman out west wasn't going to let his lack of a license plate stop her from hitting the road. Seems the state wouldn't give her one on account of his license and registration being revoked. Now she faces new charges.Read more

By - 9/2/14 - 4:29 pm

Playboy interviews the people pulling a Black Thursday outside LA's first Dunk's. No surprise: They all seem to be from the part of America that really does run on Dunkin:

Greg and Arielle even held Johnny’s place when he had to go to the bathroom. The trip was inevitable, considering Hoops had been in line for almost 24 hours. But where did he venture

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By - 8/3/14 - 12:51 pm

Raw Story:
Stephen Perrotti, a 26 year-old Lawrence, MA man with ‘mindset of genius’ threatens to kill President Obama ‘even if it takes a lifetime.’

CBS Boston:
Secret Service agents and police officers found an AR-15 assault rifle, three scopes and four high-capacity magazines and ammunition at his Lawrence home.

Perrotti is charged with five counts of Possession of Large...Read more

By - 7/8/14 - 11:16 am
Twisting clouds over Bolton, Mass.

Such as this twisting cloud that Rich Beaubien photographed over Bolton? Don't worry: The National Weather Service says:


But that could also mean more chances to see a rainbow, like the one Matt Conti photographed over Boston Harbor...Read more

By - 6/21/14 - 12:08 am

A federal appeals court yesterday upheld Worcester regulations to ban "aggressive" panhandling, saying the city was not trying to squelch anybody's free speech but rather protect the public from panhandlers getting up in the grills of motorists and pedestrians.

Boston has similar regulations against in-your-face solicitation.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit brought by two homeless Worcester residents and a Worcester School Committee member who...Read more

By - 4/7/14 - 4:59 pm
Ronald McDonald of Worcester

You may have seen the recent Taco Bell ad in which a bunch of guys named Ronald McDonald swear their undying allegiance to some new taco/egg/hash-brown wrap thing (we haven't paid that much attention since there may only be one Taco Bell left in the whole city of Boston and, well, we've got much better taco options down here in the Parkway region).

In any...Read more

By - 3/14/14 - 10:06 pm

Specifically, the Mendon Twin Drive-In:

They are interested in the preservation of the drive-in as well as expanding new horizons in keeping with a joyous outdoor family environment.

Via Marc Hurwitz....Read more

By - 12/1/13 - 9:33 am
Crash on 290 in Worcester

Just the tail end of the crash. Photo by Mass. State Police.

Take a look at this video of the aftermath of a multiple-vehicle crash on I-290 in Worcester around 7:00 a.m.

State Police shut the Lowell Connector entirely due to ice.

Wellesley Police are also reporting a number of crashes....Read more

By - 11/19/13 - 10:07 pm

The MetroWest Daily News reports on today's referendum. So that leaves, what, Everett and maybe Revere for eastern Mass.?Read more