CRIME

The Taser X26 Electronic Control Device (ECD) made by Taser International, Inc.
File photo / Masslive / masslive.com/photos

In a ruling Tuesday, the highest court in Massachusetts has opened the door for stun guns to become legal in the state.

Connecticut Juvenile Training School Closes

Apr 13, 2018

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Friday that he’s not expecting the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, the state’s only juvenile prison, to ever be used again as a youth detention facility.

“We can reasonably predict that we will have less need for prisons in the future,” Malloy said, “So whether this prison, as badly built and designed as it was, will ever be used for something? I am not sure whether those cells will be. They were cells that were built, for instance, without toilets. Which, you know, made not sense at all.”

The Springfield, Mass., Police Department headquarters.
Unidentified staff photo / Springfield Republican

A federal investigation has been opened to review police practices in the former narcotics unit in Springfield, Massachusetts.  

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that prosecutors did not have enough evidence to hold without bail a man accused of planning a mass shooting at a high school in February. The ruling may bolster renewed calls by the defense to dismiss the case.

Tom Latanowich.
Yarmouth Police Department via WBUR

The man described by authorities as a career criminal and charged with the shooting death of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, police officer Sean Gannon is being held without bail.

A 29-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record will face a murder charge this morning for fatally shooting a Yarmouth police officer on Thursday afternoon.

State police say 32-year-old Sean Gannon was shot Thursday afternoon in Barnstable on Cape Cod. He was in a group of fellow officers from Yarmouth, Bourne and state police serving a warrant in Marstons Mills.

Officials have not yet said what happened during the warrant serving, but it ended with Gannon being shot. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he later died.

Looking north on Main Street in Springfield, Mass., the MGM hotel was under construction in May 2017.
Don Treeger / The Republican

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday denied a request to waive state registration for cleaning jobs on the casino floor at MGM Springfield.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

We kick off with a decision from Massachusetts highest court this week in favor of the Berkshire Museum's sale of dozens of its art works, including at least one piece by Norman Rockwell. 

Sonja Farak, left, stands during her arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass., Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The state's highest court on Thursday ordered the dismissal of more than 11,000 convictions linked to disgraced former state drug lab chemist Sonja Farak.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Last week, Bryon Hefner -- Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg’s estranged husband -- was indicted by a state grand jury on felony charges connected with sexual assaults, criminal lewdness and the distribution of nude photos.

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