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State & Region Briefs


Wednesday, February 07, 2018
UMass students arrested after Super Bowl appear in court

BELCHERTOWN — Seven University of Massachusetts-Amherst students arrested during a violent post-Super Bowl disturbance on campus have pleaded not guilty.

Six were arraigned Tuesday and one was arraigned Monday.

The university says about 2,000 students gathered outdoors in a residential area after the New England Patriots lost Sunday’s game to the Philadelphia Eagles and they destroyed property, started fights and set off firecrackers.

One of the students arrested allegedly threw a chunk of ice at an officer trying to quell the crowd, while another allegedly threw a road flare at officers.

They face charges including assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

All were released on personal recognizance and face punishment up to expulsion if they are found to have violated the university’s student conduct code.

Man convicted of Springfield gang slaying gets life sentence

SPRINGFIELD — A reputed member of the violent Latin Kings gang has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing an 18-year-old man.

Lee Rios was sentenced Wednesday, five days after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the March 2015 shooting death of 18-year-old Kenneth Lopez in Springfield.

Prosecutors say Rios “meticulously planned” the killing, lured Lopez from his home with the help of other gang associates, then boasted of the killing afterward.

Prosecutors say Lopez and Rios knew each other but had a falling out.

A defense attorney says the only evidence against the 25-year-old Rios was the testimony of others looking to cut a deal with prosecutors.

A second man facing murder charges in Lopez’s death is awaiting trial.

Dunkin’ Donuts to stop using foam cups by 2020

NEW YORK — Foam cups at Dunkin’ Donuts will soon be history, removing what the company estimates will be a billion of them each year from the waste stream.

Dunkin’ said Wednesday that the polystyrene foam cups will be completely phased out from its stores globally by 2020.

Because foam packaging decomposes slowly, ends up in oceans and can harm marine life and other animals that ingest it, there has been push to ban its use.

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., based in Canton, Massachusetts, joins other chain restaurants trying to diminish its footprint.

McDonald’s said last month that it would use only recycled or other environmentally friendly materials for its soda cups, Happy Meal boxes and other packaging by 2025.

Couple getting mystery packages wants it to stop

ACTON — A couple says it was fun when they started receiving free mystery packages from Amazon they hadn’t ordered.

Now they want it to stop.

Mike and Kelly Gallivan, of Acton, said the first package arrived in October. They have continued to receive one or two a week with mostly cheap stuff like plastic fans and phone chargers.

The Gallivans say Amazon told them the merchandise was paid with a gift card with no sender’s name.

Two experts say the Gallivans are likely being used to manipulate Amazon buyer reviews. The anonymous sender is likely writing glowing reviews of their own product.

From Associated Press