CRIME

Mike Earielo in Worcester, Massachusetts, says of himself, "Gang member, drug dealer, sold drugs, used drugs. My life was really spiraling out of control from a very early age."
Saskia de Melker / NEPR

In Massachusetts, two-thirds of offenders who are incarcerated have been in prison or jail before. One program in Worcester has been serving ex-prisoners who are coming back home, in an effort to bring the rate down.

The campaign manager for an unaffiliated candidate for governor has been arrested for embezzling money from his former employer. Kyle Lyddy was arrested by Norwalk police on Monday. 

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early holds a press conference Wednesday to discuss the first-degree murder charges against Mathew Locke.
Shannon Dooling / WBUR

A 32-year-old Ware, Massachusetts, man already charged with lying to investigators is now the prime suspect charged in the gruesome slayings of a woman and her three young children inside the family's West Brookfield home.

Mug shot of Alexander Ciccolo.
U.S. Department of Justice

Updated at 2:24 p.m.

Federal Judge Mark Mastroianni on Wednesday signed off on a plea deal for Alexander Ciccolo that will send the 26-year-old Adams, Massachusetts, man to prison for 20 years, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Ciccolo pleaded guilty in May to an ISIS-inspired plot.

Updated at 12:24 p.m. ET

Fox & Friends was the natural venue for President Trump to strike back against Michael Cohen. The former self-described "fixer" for Trump had said under oath, before a federal judge, that he and Trump had violated the campaign finance law together.

The problem was the hush payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels. During the campaign, each had taken a six-figure payment that kept their claimed affairs with Trump out of the public eye.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Commissioner John Barbieri.
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The first full casino resort in Massachusetts opens this week in Springfield. MGM and city officials say they expect up to 15,000 visitors to attend Friday's grand opening.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling sits down with members of the media in his office on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A Cambridge, Massachusetts, man has been charged with offering $500 to anyone who would kill a federal immigration officer. 

Stewart Weldon in a mug shot.
Springfield Police Department

Last spring, investigators found three bodies inside the home of a Springfield, Massachusetts, man who had just been charged with apparently unrelated crimes.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stopped in Boston Thursday to announce federal charges against 28 people in Massachusetts who prosecutors say committed identity fraud through social insurance programs like Medicaid.

Sessions said 22 of them are in this country illegally.

“The alleged fraudsters in this case are primarily Dominican nationals residing here,” he said. “Their victims are predominantly American citizens in Puerto Rico.”

South Hadley, Massachusetts author Enid Sichel holds her book, "Death And Turtles."
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Our summer fiction series continues with a mystery called "Death and Turtles." It takes place during the Depression -- 1934 -- in England. 

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