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By adamg - 3/22/24 - 11:55 am

A federal judge ruled today that a Beverly man can go to trial in his lawsuit against Stop & Shop for selling flushable wipes that may not actually be flushable. Read more.

By adamg - 1/2/24 - 9:43 am

Dianna Ploss, already suing Winthrop Police for allegedly failing to protect her from people who took exception to her rantings during a Trump rally in 2020, last week sued State Police for allegedly failing to protect her from people who took exception to her rantings during a Trump rally outside Charlie Baker's Swampscott home three months later. Read more.

By David Samuel Johnson - 12/30/23 - 10:19 am
Male fiddler crabs are small, with one oversized claw

Male fiddler crabs are small, with one oversized claw. Photo by David Samuel Johnson.

Nine years ago, I stood on the muddy banks of the Great Marsh, a salt marsh an hour north of Boston, and pulled a thumb-sized crab with an absurdly large claw out of a burrow. I was looking at a fiddler crab – a species that wasn't supposed to be north of Cape Cod, let alone north of Boston.

As it turned out, the marsh I was standing in would never be the same. I was witnessing climate change in action. Read more.

By adamg - 11/25/23 - 10:56 am

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports the US Attorney's office in Boston has dropped charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and unlawful monetary transactions against a Marblehead man who runs a Greek Orthodox shrine and his longtime attorney. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/23 - 1:28 pm

A Beverly pizza-shop owner who got $680,000 in federal Covid-19 relief funds based on applications with inflated employee counts, then used the money to jump from pizza making to alpaca farming, was sentenced to two years in federal prison this week for his wooly fabrications, the US Attorney's office announced. Read more.

By adamg - 6/5/23 - 5:32 pm
Boston as seen from Swampscott under ominous clouds

Brenda looked towards Boston from Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott about 5:20 p.m.

By Oliver Blake - 5/1/23 - 12:53 pm
Flushable and melonberry

Melonberry scented and flushable? Well, one of the two, suit alleges.

A Beverly man who bought some Stop & Shop "flushable" wipes in February says he was aghast when he read the fine print on the bottom that he claims contradicts the claim that the wipes are flushable and so is suing the supermarket chain. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/23 - 11:18 am

The former owner of a Beverly pizza place admitted last week he obtained federal Covid-19 payroll-support funds based on employees he didn't have so he could retire to the life of a gentleman alpaca farm and cryptocurrency radio host in Vermont, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 2/22/23 - 2:59 pm

A Worcester man faces federal charges for allegedly robbing a letter carrier at gunpoint in January - not for his money, but for the key that can open postal boxes on his route, according to the US Attorney's office in Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 11/16/22 - 9:27 am
Baker testimonial for company

Oh, and Charlie likes the company, too

In case you somehow missed it, yes, the man who fomented a deadly riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 is running for president again. His two officials campaign filings with the Federal Elections Commission (here and here) list Bradley T. Crate of Red Curve Solutions as his treasurer - in fact, lists [email protected] as the campaign's official e-mail address. Read more.

By adamg - 10/13/22 - 2:51 pm

Update: Charges dropped.

A man the feds call "a purported Orthodox Christian monk" and his live-in lawyer were arrested today on charges they defrauded the government out of $3.6 million in Covid relief funds by filing bogus applications filled with lies about how many employees they had to obtain money that they then used to upgrade the properties they already owned and to buy a new one, rather than using the money to keep employing workers they did not, in fact, have. Read more.

By adamg - 10/5/22 - 10:30 pm

Shoebert the Seal, named for Shoe Pond in Beverly, where he wound up before flopping his way to the Beverly police station one night, from which he was transported to the ocean in Rhode Island, has made his way back to Beverly.

By adamg - 9/9/22 - 10:47 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the license suspension and fine a state board levied against a Peabody contractor who deposited money meant for an attic refurbishing project into his separate house-flipping business, stopped paying contractors, abandoned the job, filed for bankruptcy and then sued the couple after a judge declared his debt to them "nondischargeable." Read more.

By adamg - 8/7/22 - 9:47 pm
Storm lets loose over Nahant

Joan was at Nahant Beach this afternon when the storm showed up and just burst right over her head. She managed to get a couple of good shots "just before we grabbed our stuff and made a mad dash for the car."

Chelsea Scanner watched the storm advance from Chelsea, and watched the lightning streak down in the direction of Everett and Somerville: Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/22 - 9:56 am

Matt Noyes at NECN confirms what North Shore and Cape Ann ocean swimmers already know: Brrr. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/22 - 11:40 am
Fatz, mother and Yo Pesci

Caruso, the other Caruso and Yo Pesci, who is awaiting sentencing.

A federal judge yesterday sentenced Vincent "Fatz" Caruso, 27, of Lynn to nearly 21 years in prison for running a violent ring that bought a special pill-making machine to churn out hundreds of thousands of fentanyl pills that he and his runners sold as Percocets across the North Shore.

Caruso's sentencing came one day after another federal judge sentenced his mother, Laurie, 52, to 9 years in federal prison for her role in her son's organization. Read more.

By adamg - 5/9/22 - 2:12 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for a woman whose child a judge took away after a Zoom-based trial that started with the woman getting cut off and being unable to log in via video to make her pro-se case or even to hear some witnesses. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/22 - 10:59 am

State Police report a woman driving north on Rte. 1 in Peabody escaped injury last night when somebody who'd been tailgating her pulled alongside her and shot at her, but missed. Read more.

By adamg - 12/20/21 - 9:33 pm
Dinghy tree off Marblehead

Rick Macomber watched the sunrise over Little Harbor in Marblehead - and the First Harbor Company's Christmas-tree dinghy.

By adamg - 10/21/21 - 8:02 pm

An Ipswich man pleaded guilty today to 33 fraud-related counts, admitting he screwed everybody from small businesses to the IRS - and that even after he was indicted last fall, he put in for $70,000 worth of bogus claims for coronavirus payroll relief. Read more.

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