State & Region Briefs

Group raises money to treat injured dog tossed from van

BOSTON — A Boston veterinary hospital is raising money to treat an injured dog that was tossed from a van and abandoned in the middle of a road. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says a good Samaritan picked the dog up last week in Taunton after seeing it tossed into the street. The dog was taken to the group’s Angell Animal Medical Center for treatment.

They say it had multiple puncture wounds likely caused by an attack by a larger animal. Because the source of the wounds is unknown, the dog will be quarantined for four months before it is put up for adoption. The organization is asking the public to donate funds to pay for treatment of the dog, which they have named Cheddar.

Woman to be sentenced for role in drug killing in Maine

HOULTON, Maine — A woman is due to be sentenced this week after pleading guilty to felony murder and robbery in drug-related killing in northern Maine.

The lawyer for Tia Ludwick of Leominster says she was part of a group that drove from Massachusetts for a drug deal with her cousin, and she had no idea anyone was going to be killed. She’s due to be sentenced on Wednesday. The victim, Douglas Morin, was found inside his car on Oct.

16, 2016, in Sherman. Ludwick pleaded guilty to felony murder and robbery in February, and another defendant, Darin Goulding, pleaded guilty to robbery. A third defendant, Marcus Asante, of Fitchburg, is awaiting a November trial.

Truck pulling trailer full of cows catches fire

SALISBURY — A truck pulling a trailer full of cows caught fire on a Massachusetts interstate, but the driver and the cattle were not injured.

The fire happened Tuesday on Interstate 495 in Salisbury. Police say the driver got out of the truck safely and the flames did not spread to the trailer, which contained 13 cows. The cattle were being moved from a farm in Maine to a livestock auction.

Another vehicle was sent to pick them up. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Man held without bail in death of ex

PITTSFIELD — Prosecutors say a man fatally shot his ex-girlfriend during an argument when she came to his home to pick up their children. Michael Boulais was held without bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday in district court in Pittsfield to a murder charge in the death last week of Kassedi Clark.

Authorities say the 32-year-old Boulais shot the 24-year-old Clark multiple times with a 9 mm handgun in her car when she came to his Hinsdale home on Friday. An autopsy determined she suffered gunshot wounds to her head, torso and upper extremities. Family members told The Berkshire Eagle that Boulais and Clark had four children together and she was a nursing student at Berkshire Community College.

Boulais’ attorney did not immediately return a message left before business hours Wednesday.

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