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  • Investigators examine burned vehicles in front of a burned home in Dudley, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Authorities say one person has been found dead at the central Massachusetts property where several fires were reported. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP) Rick Cinclair

  • Investigators look around the back and side yard of a burned home in Dudley, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Authorities say one person has been found dead at the central Massachusetts property where several fires were reported. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP) Rick Cinclair


Tuesday, December 04, 2018
One found dead where several fires reported

DUDLEY — Authorities say one person has been found dead at a central Massachusetts property where several fires were reported.

Fire officials say two vehicles, a shed and a house on the property in Dudley were reported on fire at about 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Investigators also found a body of a person the state fire marshal’s office said “is believed to have been intimately involved with the start of the fires.” The body was found in the home.

Authorities did not release a name or cause of death.

The fires and death remain under investigation.

The single-family house is currently for sale.

Police charge man whose passenger leapt to death on Pike

WORCESTER — Police say a 23-year-old man has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident in connection with the discovery of his friend’s body on the Massachusetts Turnpike over the summer.

Court documents say Samuel Lenihan, of Holyoke, is scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 21 in Worcester.

Authorities say it appears that 22-year-old Johannes Songdahl, of Norwell, jumped from a moving SUV being driven by Lenihan on the westbound Turnpike in Auburn on Aug. 29.

Songdahl was then struck by multiple cars and died.

Police say Lenihan did not stop and witnesses told police he sped away while weaving through traffic. Police say both were under the influence of drugs.

Lenihan told police he thought Songdahl was asleep in the back of the vehicle the whole time.

Suspect in Chicopee home invasion shot by police

CHICOPEE — Police say three people have been arrested following a home invasion, including one suspect who was shot by police.

Chicopee police posted on Facebook that they received a 911 call about a home invasion just before 7 p.m. Monday.

Three suspects fled on foot and encountered officers investigating a car crash.

An officer shot one of the suspects following a foot pursuit.

The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Ayman Khalifa, of Springfield. He was treated at a hospital and released into police custody.

Khalifa, 20-year-old Austin Shephard, of Adams, and 23-year-old Efrain Diaz-Martinez Jr., of Springfield, were all held without bail Tuesday pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Dec. 11.

Their lawyers did not comment except to enter the not guilty pleas on their clients’ behalf.

Police: Man shoots, kills pit bull that was attacking him

YARMOUTH — Police say a man shot and killed a pit bull in his home after it clamped down on his arm and refused to let go.

Yarmouth police say the 25-year-old man and his girlfriend were lying in bed with the dog he was fostering on Sunday evening when he tried to move the animal and it attacked him.

After unsuccessfully trying to dislodge the animal, the man reached into his nightstand where he kept a 9 mm handgun, and fired a single shot, killing the dog.

The man is licensed to own the gun. He was treated at the hospital for severe injuries to his left arm.

Police took the handgun, a shotgun and ammunition from the home for safekeeping during the investigation.

No names were released.

Police: Man uses hammer to kill brother, injure mother

EAST BROOKFIELD — A man is charged with attacking his family with a hammer, leaving a brother dead and his mother seriously injured.

Alexander Asia was held without bail at his arraignment Monday on two counts of assault and battery, pending a hearing next week to determine whether he is a danger to society.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old suspect attacked his family in their Paxton home on Sunday night.

Police responded to the home after 53-year-old Leticia Asia went to a neighbor’s home to report the attack.

Responding officers found 23-year-old Innocent Asia dead inside. Leticia Asia was taken to a hospital with facial and head injuries.

No motive was disclosed, but the investigation remains open and an autopsy is scheduled.

The suspect’s attorney was not immediately clear.

From Associated Press