A couple faces charges today that they helped orchestrate a ring that managed to remove more than $1.4 million from several unfortunate people's accounts at banks in Uphams Corner, Kendall Square and Peabody. Read more.
The challenges faced by the Boston housing market have been well documented in 2020. The pandemic has caused massive shifts in urban population distribution in metropolitan areas all across the country, and Boston is no exception. It effectively took one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets and caused it to come to a grinding halt as apartment vacancies soar all over the city.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that, aside from one very specific set of documents that almost nobody uses anymore, Massachusetts notaries can charge whatever the market can bear and that a man's legal demand for damages for what he feels were overcharges for getting documents notarized should fail because his claim relies on a law written in 1836 about those documents. Read more.
The Salem News reports a Peabody woman called 911 to report an intruder in her home because she was smelling BenGay. But a responding officer "reported there was no BenGay in the building and all appeared to be in order."
After a judge dismissed criminal charges against an Ipswich gun dealer whose recently released convict son walked out of the store with two guns kept in unlocked boxes out back, the dealer sued the town's police for malicious prosecution and defamation.
In a ruling today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court suggests he should have left well enough alone and been happy he had the charges dismissed. Read more.
Some 28 school districts announced today they are closing until March 27 because of the Covid-19 threat and despite Gov. Baker's plea to stay open unless they have confirmed cases in students, parents or staffers - including Everett, which had earlier announced a 30-day shutdown. Read more.
State Police report the driver of a car carrier somehow managed to clip the undersides of the Endicott Street and Rte. 114 overpasses on 128 south in Peabody this morning, destroying what used to be a 2020 Chevy Trax.
Wicked Local Marblehead reports that on Feb. 20, somebody called 911 to report a nun walking out of a store. Yeah, and? Well, "it wasn’t a correct uniform for this time" and the caller wanted to alert police "how out of place the nun appeared not wearing the typical garb."
Marblehead Police report somebody posted the fliers on the entrance to Temple Emanu-El on Atlantic Avenue sometime over the weekend, and that they are looking for any tips from people who might have seen something. Read more.
Liam MacLeod of Beverly plans to plead guilty later this month to charges of mailing threatening communications and conveying false information and hoaxes for a series of angry letters he will admit he sent to the corporate offices of OKCupid between September and December, 2017, according to filings in federal court. Read more.