The State Police Association of Massachusetts reports supervisors have told six troopers and six sergeants they are now on the verge of losing their jobs for refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19:
Shane Spierdowis, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud yesterday in connection with more than $190,000 in loans he got last year to help retain the employees he claimed he had for a company that turned out not to exist, over a period of time in which he was locked up for violating parole on an earlier securities-fraud conviction. Read more.
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.
CourtWatchMA posts a copy of a memo from leaders of the state corrections officers union that says the group plans to appeal a judge's rejection of their request to block Charlie Baker's Oct. 17 vaccination mandate.
The memo says some three dozen guards at state prisons are now facing disciplinary action for refusing to get a shot - and that another 500 or so could be next because they haven't gotten a shot either, as they claim medical or religious exemptions.
A former Boston resident now living in Taunton was arrested today on charges he collected more than $67,000 in fake pandemic unemployment claims even as he was working at a full-time job where he got a promotion and at least two raises. Read more.
A group of employees at Mass General Brigham, the state's largest hospital concern, today asked a federal judge to block a requirement that they get vaccinated against Covid-19, saying it violates not just their religious freedom but their rights under federal disabilities law. Read more.
Jacob Oppenheim reports the small knot of anti-vaxxers who blared their message outside Boston Medical Center on Columbus Day returned this afternoon to fail to convince any hospital workers to quit their jobs.
A federal judge today continues to ponder a request by state corrections officers to order Charlie Baker to let them continue working without getting a Covid-19 shot even after his Oct. 17 deadline for state workers to show proof of vaccination. Read more.
A 69-year-old Melrose man who received his first financial-fraud conviction when he was just 19 was sentenced yesterday to seven years and three months in federal prison for a scheme in which he received some $350,000 in Massachusetts unemployment payments, many in the names of people actually not eligible for unemployment because they were in prison. Read more.
Hush Crew is a group of local, mostly Asian-Americans who like to dance in public to K-pop. The other day, they were at Summer and Washington street, dancing. Between sets, they wore masks. And that really set some random guy off, to the point where he started calling them communists and tried to pull the mask off one of them. Read more.
The scene, such as it was, on Harrison Avenue. Photo by Justin de Benedictis-Kessner.
A tiny group of protesters mad about vaccine mandates paraded on Harrison Avenue outside Boston Medical Center this afternoon, yelling repurposed slogans such as "My body, my choice!" and vainly trying to convince BMC workers to refuse to get a shot. Read more.
The union representing Massachusetts corrections officers today sued the state to try to block an Oct. 17 deadline for state workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or risk punishment and possible job loss. Read more.
BC students scattered like mice when state alcohol inspectors walked into their party at Servia on State Street one April night, but inspectors were able to interview enough of them for a hearing that means the Middle Eastern restaurant will have to go without a liquor license for a week next month. Read more.
A Salisbury man faces charges he listed investors - one a 95-year-old Dedham man - in two companies he owns as employees so he could get federal pandemic loans last year that he then used to pay personal expenses rather than to support the employees he did not actually employ. Read more.
WBZ reports that SPAM, which represents state troopers, says "dozens" are self-defunding and quitting rather than get a Covid-19 shot. Last week, a judge upheld a state requirement that troopers and other state employees be vaccinated by Oct. 17.