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    Fatal shooting in Back Bay

    One person was confirmed dead Saturday night in a shooting in Back Bay that occurred just after 9:30 p.m., officials said. Police responded to Gloucester Street for a report of a possible double shooting, said Officer Stephen McNulty, a department spokesman. Police investigators blocked off a stretch of Gloucester Street, between Newbury and Boylston streets. Gloucester and Boylston streets are expected to be closed to traffic for several more hours, police Superintendent Kevin Buckley told reporters at the scene just after 11 p.m. No further information was available.


    Man fatally shot outside bar

    A 42-year-old man was fatally shot outside Dylan’s Bar on Centre Street in Brockton at 2:02 a.m. Saturday , the Plymouth district attorney’s office said. David J. Carroll of Brockton was pronounced dead at Brockton Hospital, where he was taken with multiple gunshot wounds, the office said in a statement. “The investigation is active and ongoing and police are conducting interviews with witnesses,” the statement said. Anyone with information about the shooting has been asked to contact State Police detectives at 508-894-2600.

    North Brookfield

    Man shot while shoveling driveway

    A 35-year-old man was shot in the abdomen while shoveling snow Jan. 5 after he spotted another person carrying a rifle, officials said Friday. Police are asking the public to help identify the suspect, who was dressed in several layers of clothing, including a dark jacket and a full-face knit hat, the statement said. The suspect ran from the scene after the shooting, police said. The victim, who was not identified, was shoveling his driveway on Bigelow Street around 10 p.m. when he turned and briefly saw a person holding a rifle, police said in a statement posted to Facebook. He was treated and released from UMass Memorial Medical Center.


    Ex-MIT teacher pleads not guilty to charges


    A former business professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he tried to swindle his dead son’s family out of millions. The Salem News reports that 75-year-old John Donovan Sr., of Hamilton, pleaded not guilty in Salem Superior Court on Friday to charges including larceny, forgery, and witness intimidation. Prosecutors said Donovan forged his youngest son’s signature to gain title to at least four properties that his son left after dying of cancer in 2015. The court has scheduled a pretrial conference for March 7. Donovan was found guilty in 2007 of staging his own shooting in Cambridge in an attempt to frame another of his sons to gain advantage in a family dispute. (AP)


    Kayaker reported missing on river

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    The Coast Guard suspended its search late Saturday afternoon for a 46-year-old man who was overdue from a kayaking trip on the Providence River. Michael Perry, of Warwick, left in a 10-foot kayak around noon Friday near Conimicut Point in Warwick and was expected to be on the water for an hour. When he didn’t return as planned, his wife called 911. Rescue boats from the Coast Guard, the Aids to Navigation Team in Bristol, and the Providence Police Department were searching for him. It wasn’t known if Perry was wearing a life jacket.

    Concord, N.H.

    Public nudity case headed to high court

    Three women part of the Free the Nipple campaign who were ticketed for going topless at a New Hampshire beach are taking their fight to the state’s highest court. Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair, and Ginger Pierro are challenging an ordinance in the city of Laconia prohibiting public nudity. The women were cited in 2016 for sunbathing topless at a beach over Memorial Day weekend. The women appealed to the state Supreme Court after a District Court judge rejected their request to dismiss the case. Oral arguments are scheduled for Feb. 1. (AP)