November 10, 2015 |
A woman whose body was found burning near railroad tracks in a Massachusetts town earlier this week has been identified as a 29-year-old from New Jersey. The remains of Ashley Bortner, 29, were found Tuesday night after police in Bridgewater, Mass. received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's railroad tracks. When police arrived, they spotted a fire by the tracks, and discovered her body. Firefighters put out the blaze and declared Bortner dead at the scene.
March 6, 2015
I FOUND OUT that my brother had committed suicide from my mother. It was hard, particularly when I saw how devastated and small she looked sitting on the living room couch, as if the life had been siphoned from her in one inhuman pull. But the way that I found out was nothing compared to the way she'd learned of his death about an hour before: a telephone call from a kind, but anonymous police officer who'd investigated the death. There was no gentle preparation from a family member, no call from a priest or nun, nothing but the cold news that her middle child had died by his own hand in his adopted hometown in Massachusetts.
January 22, 2015 |
DEANDRE' Bembry, Saint Joseph's 6-6 sophomore forward, might be the best player in the Big 5. In the Atlantic 10, he's the leading scorer in conference games, at 19 points per. But the next time he wins Player of the Week honors in either will be his first. Fair or whatever, that's what can happen when your team is a shade under .500 just past the season's halfway point. "We need to be paying attention," Hawks coach Phil Martelli, after last night's 62-56 win over Massachusetts at Hagan Arena.
January 22, 2015 |
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Hagan Arena TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network/WIP-AM 610. Records: UMass, 10-8, 3-2 Atlantic Ten; St. Joseph's, 7-9, 1-4. Coaches: UMass, Derek Kellogg (seventh season, 119-94); St. Joseph's Phil Martelli (20th season, 369-256). Last game: UMass beat visiting Rhode Island, 60-56, on Saturday. St. Joseph's lost, 70-61, at St. Bonaventure on Sunday. Last game in the series: St. Joseph's won, 73-68, at home on Feb. 1, 2014.
November 24, 2014 |
THE LAST THING Dan Vassallo had on his running bucket list was to qualify for the United States Olympic Team Trials. In fact, throughout the duration of yesterday's Philadelphia Marathon, that's all that was on the 29-year-old Peabody, Mass., native's mind. That is until there was about a mile left to go and the gap between he and Birhanu Dare Kemal - an Ethiopian who lives in Manhattan - was starting to close. "I didn't think I was going to be able to catch him," Vassallo said.
September 22, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Nittany Nation had been awaiting this day since Penn State boarded the charter flight last month for Ireland - a team that consistently could pound the ball on the ground and dominate the game. No one, however, loved seeing this offensive development more than the Nittany Lions players. "Whenever you can run the ball and physically impose your will on the defense, it's definitely good for the team," senior Bill Belton said Saturday, after scoring two of Penn State's five rushing touchdowns in a 48-7 romp over winless Massachusetts on a sun-splashed day at Beaver Stadium.
June 20, 2014 |
Sighs of relief, applause, and thank-yous came from the teary-eyed friends and family of Ernesto Torres on Wednesday when a judge set bail for Jonathan Cruz at $1 million. Cruz, 23, is accused of murdering Torres, 22, of Camden, in April. He was arrested June 2 in Massachusetts, where he had moved from Camden after the killing. According to the probable-cause document presented in court by Camden County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher St. John, just after 8 p.m. April 3, a witness saw Cruz approach Torres on Wayne Avenue in Camden and point a gun at his head.
February 3, 2014 |
St. Joseph's made its biggest basketball statement of the season, but it wasn't without plenty of anxiety. After taking a 16-point halftime lead, the Hawks held off a late Massachusetts surge to defeat the Minutemen, 73-68, on Saturday in an Atlantic Ten game at Hagan Arena. St. Joseph's is 15-6 overall and tied for third in the A-10 with a 5-2 mark. UMass, ranked No. 19 in the coaches poll and No. 21 by the Associated Press, is 17-4, 4-3. It was the Hawks' first win over a ranked team since beating No. 20 Notre Dame, 79-70, in overtime on Nov. 16, 2012.
August 30, 2013 |
DREXEL'S Class of 2014 went from zero to two in a week. Last week, it was Roman Catholic's Rashaan London who committed. Yesterday, it was 6-4 combo guard Sammy Mojica (Chelsea, Mass.) from the Brimmer and May School. "He can play the 1, 2 and 3 and he can defend the 1, 2 and 3," said his high school coach, Tom Nelson. "He played the 1 for me all last year when my point guard went down with a broken collarbone. He averaged 18.5 points per game last year. His average was a little bit higher when he was playing the 2 guard.