A Worcester man was arrested this week on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for a scheme in which he'd allegedly buy commuter-rail passes to resell them at a discount over their face value. Read more.
You can read the whole thing here, which hinges in large part on talks with CSX on whether passenger trains can or can't travel on its tracks west of Worcester, but bottom line: Don't be penciling in a relaxing, roughly three-hour ride to Pittsfield on your schedule anytime soon.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for a man convicted on OUI charges for a 2014 crash because state troopers handcuffed him and restrained him so a nurse could withdraw two blood samples that were then used against him at his trial. 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.
Franklin Matters posts a copy of an alert from Town Administrator Jamie Hellen that a town employee provided what should have been secure login information that enabled a hacker to drain $522,000 from town accounts. Read more.
Police in the I-495 town of Westborough report four cunning cattle from the Uhlmans ice-cream stand went on the moove this morning before finding a particularly tasty lawn on Wachusett View Drive. Police say that with the help of the town animal-control officer and Uhlmans, they were able to wrangle the bovines back to the ice-cream stand.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court had to consider laws and court decisions dating to the 1600s to determine which quarreling neighbors could park and drive on an unpaved path down to a lake in central Massachusetts, but sent the case down to Superior Court yesterday for a judge there to determine whether one of the neighbors could keep his two-slip floating dock in the water at the end of the path. Read more.
The University of Massachusetts announced the furloughs today, citing a $169-million hole in its current budget. Among the losses: $67.4 million in anticipated housing and dining revenue caused by the school's decision to hold classes remotely this semester and a $30.6-million loss in tuition revenue.
Furlough status means the workers are still eligible for benefits, including health insurance.
UMass Amherst alerted students and parents today that due to "the worsening conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic nationally," the school will only let students return who have no choice but to take classes in laboratories and studios or who need to be in face-to-face interactions with professors. Read more.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a woman's suit against the Archdiocese of Boston for the way she was fired as director of musical ministries at a Franklin church without even considering her claim that the new parish priest didn't like either her age or gender. Read more.
A federal judge today ordered Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Maxwell Taylor, held at the Norfolk County jail as they await extradition hearings on a request from Japan to have them shipped there to face trial on charges they helped smuggle Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn out of the country in a large black box so he could avoid his own trial for alleged financial crimes. Read more.