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State & Region Briefs


Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Expecting dad stages his own pregnancy photo shoot

PEABODY — An expecting father has shown off his paternal glow with a pregnancy photo shoot.

Peabody resident Nick Roberts surprised his pregnant girlfriend with the photos at their gender reveal party in June before their son Logan was born. Some of the photos show Roberts posing at a beach in the town of Nahant, cradling his visible belly.

The couple’s son has since been born.

Roberts says he and his friend, who is a photographer, grabbed some fast food before the shoot to “try to look a little pregnant.”

Roberts’ girlfriend, Brianna Magee, said she flipped through the pictures and “just started laughing harder and harder.”

Roberts says the photo shoot was “extremely difficult because we just kept laughing.”

Lionsgate giving global run to Boston Marathon documentary

BOSTON — The first feature-length documentary about the Boston Marathon is getting a global run.

Lionsgate said Tuesday it has released “Boston” in 96 countries. It says the Jon Dunham film is also now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and other platforms.

Matt Damon narrates the movie, which explores the colorful 122-year history of America’s most celebrated footrace. It premiered last April in Boston.

The film describes the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) race’s humble beginnings in 1897, when just 15 athletes ran, to its current place atop the sport’s pantheon.

It touches on the 2013 bombings near the finish line that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others, but the attack isn’t the focus.

Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal wrote the score for the movie.

Couple pleads guilty to $1 million illegal gambling scheme

MIDDLETON — A husband and wife have pleaded guilty to running an illegal gambling company and laundering more than $1 million in proceeds.

William and Bonnie Morley, of Middleton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to gambling, money laundering and conspiracy charges. Sixty-two-year-old William Morley has been sentenced to serve six months of a 2 ½ year jail term. His 53-year-old wife will serve three years of probation.

Prosecutors say the couple owned a North Andover company called Four Star Vending, and distributed illegal gambling devices to several establishments in Massachusetts and New York. Authorities say Four Star employees collected the proceeds from the machines and shared profits with the Morleys.

The Morleys have agreed to forfeit $1.1 million in cash, six cars and dissolve the business.

Convicted forger charged with falsely saying he’s a lawyer

BOSTON — A man previously convicted of stealing a laptop from the law school he was attending, and then tampering with a jury verdict slip, is facing new charges of falsely portraying himself as a lawyer.

David Scher, of Newton, was held Tuesday for allegedly violating conditions of parole.

Prosecutors allege the 35-year-old Scher, after his release from jail in October, told a recruitment agency that he had a law degree and was employed as a patent attorney for a business.

Scher was convicted of stealing a school laptop while attending Suffolk University Law School in 2014, and never completed his law degree. Prosecutors say he later replaced the verdict slip in his case file with a forgery saying “not guilty.”

From Associated Press