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By adamg - 10/8/20 - 10:03 pm

Veronica Zea, who went online to order live insects for delivery to the Natick home of a pair of online journalists eBay set out to destroy, and an eBay manager pleaded guilty today to their roles in a conspiracy that ultimately led to the indictments of several eBay employees and the firing of eBay's CEO, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more

By adamg - 7/9/20 - 12:22 pm

A manager at the Natick Soldier Systems Center and his girlfriend/underling have been indicted on charges they defrauded the government in a scheme to pay her salary and for the hotel rooms she never actually stayed in while allegedly on official business with him, often in Orlando, FL. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 3:45 pm

The US Attorney's office in Boston reports a former California police captain is now charged as yet another goon in eBay's attempt to terrorize a Natick couple who wrote things that annoyed the company CEO, by sending them live bugs and threatening Twitter messages and who were caught in part because of their alleged Keystone Kops attempt to place a tracking device on the pair's car. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/20 - 2:54 pm

Alleged texts between Baugh and unnamed higher up at eBay.

Update: One of the unnamed executives was eBay's CEO at the time, which is why he is now eBay's ex-CEO. Also, another eBay manager was charged.

Most people upset by criticism on a news Web site might send an angry e-mail to the editor. A federal complaint alleges that eBay's top security executive and several of his minions, dissatisfied with a Natick-based Web site's eBay coverage, instead unleashed an online and in-person reign of terror that included sending the couple who run the site a bloody pig's mask, live cockroaches and a funeral wreath, traveling to Natick to conduct surveillance of the couple and, when local police started inquiring, lying to them and then even to eBay's lawyers about the stream of expletive-filled threatening Twitter messages they were sending the couple, according to a federal complaint unsealed today. Read more.

By adamg - 3/3/20 - 11:50 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Kelly's, the Revere Beach roast-beef roadhouse, is once again looking to open an outlet in Natick (oldtimers might recall when you could buy a roast-beef sandwich before feeling all the fabric at Jordan's) and in Quincy, which they maybe shouldn't do because the North Shore has roast beef and the South Shore has bar pizza and those are two culinary streams you don't want to cross.

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By adamg - 1/30/20 - 9:05 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a man's conviction for discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building - more specifically in his case, for accidentally shooting a pal in the bedroom of his father's house by pulling the trigger on what he thought was an empty gun as he was putting it away. Read more.

By adamg - 11/4/19 - 8:56 am

Around 7:35, the 586 Worcester Line train pulled into Natick Center - and then just kept going, gliding 100 yards or so down the tracks before it finally stopped, Zach Rose reports.

Blame the dreaded slippery rail - basically wet leaves - Keolis says: Read more.

By adamg - 7/24/19 - 12:00 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a state commission's ruling to suspend a liquor chain's license for several days at two stores because it sold alcohol at costs lower than the invoice price it paid, in violation of state regulations. Read more.

By adamg - 5/31/19 - 9:53 am

Natick Police say people shouldn't be alarmed by a heavy police and fire presence at the Natick Mall between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday: It'll only be a large training exercise. Read more.

By adamg - 1/16/19 - 10:53 pm
By adamg - 10/15/18 - 11:16 am

Store makes the latest shrinking-Sears list. Oldtimers will recall when the Natick Mall was anchored by Sears and Filenes.

H/t UHub roving Sears-closing correspondent Ron Newman.

By adamg - 10/16/17 - 9:36 am

The Golden Triangle Planning Study is looking at improvements to the mall capital of Massachusetts, bordered by routes 9 and 30 and Speen Street. Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/17 - 10:26 am

When the heat gets too hot, Worcester and Needham Line trains have to go extra slow because, of course, the tracks weren't designed to handle regular-speed trains in the heat. Or as Goodband-C puts it when talking about what is normally 33-minute ride on the Needham Line:

Crawling into South Station a quick 80 minute trip from Hersey.

By adamg - 2/23/17 - 4:50 pm

The US Attorney's office today announced the arrest of the owner of the former Alpha Omega Jewelers, ten years after he fled the country after banks began questioning the loans they had given him for inventory in his Boston, Cambridge, Natick and Burlington stores that officials say didn't exist. Read more.

By szapata617 - 12/29/16 - 1:03 pm

Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.

By adamg - 11/17/16 - 11:49 am

The MetroWest Daily News reports on the rally in Natick Center last night, in response to last week's post-election death threat to a local resident.

Amid the toll of church bells and the honking of car horns, people held signs proclaiming "Spread Love," "Honk for Love," and "Hate has No Home in Natick."

By adamg - 11/13/16 - 10:43 pm
Threat letter in Natick

A white man with a black tenant in Natick has gotten three notes in recent days warning them to flee the town immediately, or else. Two were stuffed in his mailbox, the third was sent via US mail (so, hey, federal offense now). Yes, he's gone to the police and, yes, they're investigating.

Read more.

By Ron Newman - 10/17/16 - 12:10 pm

The Swellesley Report tells us that Boloco will close its Wellesley and Natick locations this Wednesday, October 19, turning the locations over to b.good. Boloco CEO John Pepper wrote a long letter to his MetroWest customers.

Boloco is also closing its Northeastern University location on Huntington Avenue, as well as its stores in Burlington, VT and Concord, NH. These also will become b.good.

(hat tip to Boston Reddit for bringing all of this information together)

By adamg - 10/5/16 - 8:02 pm

Natick Patch reports the principal has banned clown costumes and masks.

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