State & Region Briefs

Thursday, March 01, 2018
New report outlines issues around regulating sports betting

BOSTON — Massachusetts gambling regulators are releasing a report looking at the legalization of sports gambling in the state.

The state Gaming Commission on Thursday issued a “white paper” that highlights some of the issues Massachusetts lawmakers might have to consider as they weigh legalizing sports betting.

The issues include how much to tax the games, addressing gambling addiction, assuring consumers are protected and providing legal alternatives to black market online and smartphone apps for sports betting.

State lawmakers are weighing a bill that would convene a special commission to propose legislation to regulate sports betting in the event the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the federal ban, known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The high court is currently weighing a case brought by the state of New Jersey.

Ex-Boston man convicted of child rape charges from 1990s

BOSTON — A man who fled Boston 25 years ago after he was indicted on charges of sexually assaulting two boys ages 6 and 9 has finally been brought to justice.

John Hartin was convicted by a jury on Wednesday of five counts of child rape.

The 48-year-old Hartin was indicted in 1993, but fled before he was brought to trial.

He was arrested in Walkertown, N.C., in June 2016, where he had been living under the name Jay Matthew Carter.

Hartin was in a romantic relationship with a relative of one victim and the second victim was that boy’s friend.

Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Hartin’s lawyer declined comment after the verdict.

Officials rescue 61 dogs and cats from filthy home

AUBURN — Police and animal rescue workers have removed more than 60 cats and dogs from an Auburn home.

Authorities were called to the home Tuesday after they received a report of the animals living in filthy conditions. Police say some animals were ill and the home smelled of urine and feces.

Auburn police say a total of 61 animals — including kittens and puppies — have been taken to the Animal Rescue League of Boston for evaluation. The home was deemed unfit for habitation.

Police say the homeowners are facing charges of animal cruelty and operating a kennel without a license.

Lenox high school to keep ‘Millionaires’ mascot name

LENOX — Students at a Massachusetts school want to remain Millionaires.

The Lenox Memorial Middle and High School student council on Wednesday announced that a school-wide poll found a majority of students want to keep the sometimes contentious Millionaires mascot.

About 96 percent of the school’s 438 students voted last month. Fifty-one percent voted to keep the nickname, 32 percent wanted to change it, and 17 percent had no opinion.

Students last spring voted to change it because it is divisive, leads to taunts from opposing schools, and doesn’t accurately reflect the picturesque town’s economics.

Superintendent Timothy Lee said the latest vote “puts the issue to rest.”

The nickname is a tribute to wealthy out-of-towners, called “cottagers,” who built mansions during the gilded age and employed the locals.

From Associated Press