Students at Mount Ida College may have been caught by surprise when the school suddenly shut last year, but they shouldn't have been and officials at the Newton school did nothing legally wrong in closing the school and selling its campus to UMass Amherst, a federal judge ruled yesterday in dismissing a suit by three students who sought damages for the sudden change in their educational careers. Read more.
The Wall Street Journal reports that one out of every three students there has gotten a designation as having a learning disability, which, of course, some of their parents got so their kids can get lots of the sort of extra attention only a caring community like Newton could provide and not because it means they get extra time to take the SAT or ACT tests, which could prove an edge in getting into one of those top-tier colleges their well-off parents are really hoping they get accepted to. Read more.
Newton Police report they hope to zoom in on they guy they say walked into Rule Camera on Nevada Street, where film makers, videographers and other camera professionals rent expensive equipment and used a fake ID to abscond with some $100,000 of "media equipment" on April 19.
Peter Cheung reports he placed a string of the cups along Mass. Ave. southbound past Melnea Cass Boulevard, because it heads into Dorchester, which he says is way underserved when it comes to bike lanes: Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court, which oversees all other courts in the state, said today it's suspended Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph without pay while she deals with her federal indictment for obstruction of justice. Read more.
Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph and court officer Wesley MacGregor were both charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, obstruction of a federal proceeding and perjury for an incident on April 2, 2018 - in an indictment today by a federal grand jury that has been investigating them for nearly a year. Read more.
The Weston Fire Department reports firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to remove a truck driver from what was left of his vehicle near the Grove Street exit on 128 northbound in Newton early this morning.
Firefighters from Newton, Wellesley and Weston responded to the crash, which tied up traffic on the road.
Transit Police report arresting a Somerville man for assault with a dangerous weapon for an incident this morning that started at the Riverside Green Line station, then continued on an inbound trolley. Read more.
The Newton Fire Department reports a three-car crash on Rte. 9 eastbound made a mess, blocked that side of the road and brought a hazmat crew running to determine whether the transformer on the pole was leaking.
Ryan Lin, who admitted earlier this year to spending 18 months terrorizing a former roommate - in a campaign that included calling in more than 100 bomb threats under her name to various institutions in Newton, Waltham and Chelmsford- was sentenced today to 17 1/2 years in prison, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.