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State & Region Briefs


Friday, December 29, 2017
Woman offers $5,000 reward for safe return of dogs

BRIDGEWATER — A woman is offering a $5,000 reward for the safe return of her beloved dogs that went missing three weeks ago.

Bridgewater resident Janyce Woodward says she goes out at night looking for her two wheaten terriers, Marcie and Morrie.

She is offering the reward no questions asked, as long as the dogs are returned safe and unharmed.

Woodward was cleaning off her car Dec. 9 as her dogs played in the snowy driveway. When she turned around, they were gone. She says she and family been searching extensively, but having found no sign of the dogs; she thinks someone may have them.

Expert: Mural inside fast-food joint could be worth $60K

BEVERLY — An expert says a mural depicting a city’s waterfront that was painted by a noted artist on the interior wall of a fast-food restaurant may be worth more than $60,000. The mural of Beverly’s waterfront was painted in a McDonald’s by Emile Gruppe in the 1970s.

The McDonald’s closed in the mid-1990s, and the property most recently served as city harbormaster headquarters. The building is for sale and will likely be demolished to make way for a new restaurant, so the city wants to move and preserve the mural.

Art dealer Peter Kiernan said the mural’s two panels could be worth $25,000 to $30,000 each. Together, they measure about 20 feet long and 3 to 3 1/2 feet high.

Woman pleads not guilty in death of 80-year-old man

SPRINGFIELD — A driver who was reportedly unconscious when her vehicle went out of control and fatally struck an 80-year-old Massachusetts man outside his favorite breakfast place has pleaded not guilty to motor vehicle homicide.

Meaghan Scahill was released without bail at her arraignment Thursday.

Several witnesses told police the 38-year-old Westfield woman appeared to have passed out on Nov. 11 when her car struck Nelson Dionne in the parking lot of Little George’s restaurant in West Springfield. The Westfield man died at the hospital later that day. Friends say he ate breakfast there almost every day.

Police say Scahill did not appear to be impaired by drugs or alcohol and was eager to cooperate.

Man arrested after showing up to claim marijuana shipment

WAREHAM — Police in Massachusetts have arrested a Rhode Island man they say showed up at a shipping company in a brand-new pickup truck he had paid cash for to claim two crates that contained 112 pounds of marijuana.

Wareham police say they were tipped off by employees of Cape Cod Express, who were suspicious of the two wooden crates.

When 40-year-old Michael Chen, of Providence, R.I., showed up at the facility on Wednesday to claim them, he was confronted by police and consented to a search of the crates.

Police say they contained 112 pounds of pot combined.

Chen was charged with trafficking in marijuana over 100 pounds. Police also seized his 2017 pickup.

From Associated Press