Top Westfield State administrator steps down
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Changes at the top of the Westfield State University administration are continuing.
A school spokesman says the school's vice president for administration and finance Milton Santiago has submitted his resignation.
The resignation comes just weeks after President Evan Dobelle stepped down after some people questioned what they called extravagant travel and spending habits. Dobelle said his spending was to promote the university.
A university spokeswoman says Santiago's resignation less than a year after he was hired was voluntary and the controversy over Dobelle may have been a factor. Trustees last month had asked Santiago to develop a plan to reduce the number of credit cards issued to administrators from 40 to around five and centralize all travel in a single office.
Police: Woman found in Worcester was slain
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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The death of a 20-year-old woman whose body was found on a footpath behind a Worcester home has been ruled a homicide.
The victim was found at about 8 a.m. Wednesday on Suffolk Street.
Police say a positive identification has not yet been made, but they do not think the death was a random act.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that according to court documents, the woman had been beaten and then the body burned.
Dominic Jackson of Worcester is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in connection with the death. Police say although Jackson did not kill the woman, he helped move the body and helped burn it.
It was not clear if he has a lawyer.
The death was the city's ninth homicide of the year.
Lowell driving instructor faces harassment charges
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LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - A 69-year-old driving instructor from Lowell faces charges for allegedly inappropriately touching young female students.
Jose Perregil was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Thursday to charges of accosting/annoying a person of the opposite sex, assault and battery and criminal harassment. He was ordered not to teach at the Safety First Driving School he co-owns with his wife and to not have unsupervised contact with children under 16.
Prosecutors say he kissed the teenage students' hands, and rubbed legs and arms. He also allegedly asked them inappropriate questions about their sexuality.
The Lowell Sun reports that Perregil's attorney filed a motion to dismiss the charges based on a lack of probable cause. The defense attorney said that while "unsavory," his client's actions were "not unlawful."
Northampton nurse agrees to deal in assault case
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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A former nurse at a Northampton hospital charged with assaulting a patient has pleaded to sufficient facts in the case, even though he maintains his innocence.
Steven Coughlin on Thursday submitted to facts sufficient for a guilty finding on a charge of assault and battery.
The 27-year-old Coughlin was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation. If he avoids further legal trouble during that time, the case will be dismissed.
Coughlin was fired by Cooley Dickinson Hospital in August after allegedly shoving a patient's head into a metal sink after the patient became belligerent.
Coughlin said the patient fell.
Coughlin told The Daily Hampshire Gazette that based on the expected testimony of witnesses, which he claims is incorrect, accepting the deal seemed the best way to resolve the matter.
Mother sentenced for urging daughter to fight
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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A Fall River mother has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an online video that showed her encouraging her teenage daughter to beat up a younger girl.
Melissa Silvia was sentenced Thursday to serve six months of a one-year jail sentence, with the remainder suspended for two years.
The profanity-laced video, posted on YouTube, shows the 34-year-old Silvia urging her 16-year-old daughter to continue punching the younger girl, and at one point pushing away a man who tries to break up the fight.
The video has since been taken down.
The younger girl, now 14, tells The Herald News that the December 2012 fight was over a comment about a boy she had posted on Silvia's daughter's Facebook page.
Silvia pleaded guilty to charges including assault and battery.
Boston approves first parking-free condo building
BOSTON (AP) - Boston regulators have approved construction of the city's first condominium complex with no parking for residents' cars.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority on Thursday approved the 15-story, 175-unit building at Lovejoy Wharf in the West End.
In recent years, Mayor Thomas Menino's administration has begun backing away from city requirements that all new residential buildings come with parking spaces.
The developer says parking and transportation demand could be met by surrounding garages and public transit services, including commuter rail and the Green and Orange subway lines.
Some area residents and business owners are skeptical. Scott Nogueira tells The Boston Globe the dearth of parking in the area makes it inhospitable to short-term parkers and visitors who stay overnight and patronize area businesses.
Mass. Gov. Patrick leading trade mission to Asia
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick is heading off on another trade mission, this time to Asia with planned stops in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Patrick said the goal is to expand economic development and job creation in the clean tech, life sciences, financial services and transportation sectors.
In Japan, Patrick and the delegation plan to visit Kyoto and Tokyo. The trip begins Friday and concludes Dec. 17.
Patrick said that in order for the state to create lasting economic growth it has to compete for jobs on a global playing field.
Patrick said he'll be accompanied by representatives from state government involved in the innovative sector. He's also planning to meet with the prime minister of Japan.
The governor has led several international trade missions in recent years, including trips to Canada, Great Britain, Israel, Brazil, Chile and Colombia.
Quincy creche figures recovered
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QUINCY, Mass. (AP) - The Holy Family has been recovered.
Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus figures stolen from a crèche in Quincy on Thursday were recovered Friday morning.
Capt. John Dougan said the figures were spotted on a dead-end West Quincy street, where they had been left in plain sight.
A lamb figurine that also went missing has not been recovered.
He tells the Patriot Ledger the figures appear to be undamaged.
There was no word on arrests.
The popular near-life sized Nativity display is located at the city-owned Hancock Cemetery, next to the Old City Hall.
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