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Massachusetts man associated with Mexican drug cartel admits to trafficking fentanyl across the state

BOSTON – A Massachusetts man associated with the CJNG (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion) drug cartel has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges involving fentanyl. According to the Massachusetts Department of Justice, 45-year-old Josue Rivera Rodriguez, a/k/a “Bori,” of Holyoke, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, two counts of distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl and one count of distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl. U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin scheduled sentencing for Feb. 6, 2023. Rodriguez was arrested and charged in April 2021.
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Two dead after car flips during alleged escape from police stop in Worcester

WORCESTER, Mass. — A fatal crash that killed two in Worcester early Saturday morning occurred after the driver of the vehicle sped away from a police stop, according to the Worcester Police Department. Two of the seven occupants of a Toyota Highlander involved in a pedestrian altercation were pronounced...

The Day Four Trains Collided in East Thompson

Thompson, Connecticut, was the site of one of the most horrific railway accidents in American history. The catastrophe claimed the lives of two railway workers, injured hundreds of passengers, and remains one of the only accidents in US history to involve four trains. Early on the morning of December 4,...

Repeat offender accused of trafficking fentanyl across southern Massachusetts facing decades in prison

BOSTON – A member of a Massachusetts drug crew pleaded guilty to fentanyl distribution and firearm charges in federal court in Boston. According to the Massachusetts Department of Justice, 36-year-old Placido Pereira, of Brockton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl; three counts of distribution of fentanyl; one count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; and one count of possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for April 5, 2023. Pereira was indicted along with three co-conspirators in November 2019.

Here's who won this year's Massachusetts high school football Super Bowls

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The high school football season has come to an end in Massachusetts, with eight teams taking home a state championship trophy from the home of the New England Patriots. Gillette Stadium played host to all eight Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association football state championship games, known in...

Fire truck goes up in flames in Dudley

DUDLEY, MASS. (WHDH) - Dudley firefighters helped load up surviving packages after a mail truck went up in flames Saturday. Fire crews responding to the vehicle fire found the USPS mail truck actively involved. After extinguishing the flames, fire officials shared an image of the firefighters assisting with loading up...

Red Bull can leads to Massachusetts man being charged with 14 Bank Robberies in New England

“TAYLOR DZICZEK, 30, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, was arrested today on federal criminal complaint charging him with robbing a Connecticut bank earlier this year. As alleged in the complaint, Dziczek is also a suspect is several additional bank robberies that have occurred in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire since September 2021.

Police say driver of fatal Worcester crash fled police after pointing airsoft gun at people

A rollover crash in Worcester Saturday occurred after the driver threatened a pedestrian with a gun and then fled police. At approximately 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Worcester police officers responded to Water Street after receiving a report of an assault with a firearm, according to a Facebook post from the department. They learned that two men had been walking on the street when a Toyota Highlander drove past them and almost hit them.

Union Station packed for 'StART at the Station' art festival Sunday

WORCESTER, Mass. — Union Station was packed Sunday, and while there were a few commuters mixed in, most people were looking to get their hands on some art. The transportation hub in Worcester was the host for “StART at the Station.” It’s an arts and crafts festival inside the main hall.

Millbury Chain of Lights brings holiday cheer, supports local businesses

MILLBURY, Mass. - The Millbury Chain of Lights returned for its 23rd year Sunday afternoon. People could make nearly 40 stops around town, which had experiences like holiday shopping, live music and performances, activities, raffles and food. If you wanted to get around town, you didn't have to worry about walking or driving, old-fashioned trolleys provided free transportation throughout the day.

Local vendors, business owners turn out for Oxford Place Craft and Bake Fair

Tavern on the Hill hoping to reopen this month after devasting August fire. This comes after a fire back in August caused significant damages to the restaurant and its deck, forcing the owners to close their doors for the last four months. Local children embrace the spirit of giving at...

Business Matters: Central Mass. by the Numbers

55 Unlike most food industry businessmen, Kyriakos Konstantakis and Krenar Jaupaj are not shy about revealing the secret ingredient to the 55-year-old recipe of Central Pizza in Southbridge. “A strong partnership,” said Konstantakis, 52. “That’s always been the base.” On Tuesday, he shook hands with Jaupaj, 42, as their pizzeria reopened its doors...

Massachusetts mental health care system in flux

When the head of the largest behavioral health provider in western Massachusetts woke up Thursday, there were 39 people continuing to wait in emergency departments around greater Springfield in need of psychiatric treatment beds. That figure is not unusual, according to Behavioral Health Network President and CEO Steven Winn. At...

Discover the Deepest Lake in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a northeastern state known as the “Bay State” due to the popular bays located along the Atlantic Coast. You may be familiar with the bays, capes and beaches along the coast like the Massachusetts Bay, Cape Cod and Ipswich Bays. But besides the stunning bays the state also has amazing lakes, both natural and man-made that are some of the cleanest lakes in the country. Often the biggest lakes are also the deepest lakes but that is not always the case. Cool deep lakes in Massachusetts offer excellent fishing opportunities and are a major source of drinking water. Let’s take a look at the deepest lake in Massachusetts!