News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts judge has blocked prosecutors' request for the names of witnesses who cooperated with an internal investigation into former state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and his estranged husband Bryon Hefner. Superior Court Judge William Sullivan said in Monday's decision that the witnesses did not come forward willingly in the Senate investigation and spoke to Senate-hired investigators only "after repeated assurances" their names would remain confidential.
BOSTON (AP) - A civil rights group is arguing that federal immigration officials are setting a deportation "trap" for immigrants seeking legal residency as they attend required government interviews. The American Civil Liberties Union says in a Monday legal brief that documents show U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is actively coordinating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to facilitate arrests when people visit USCIS offices for marriage interviews. USCIS and ICE didn't immediately comment.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of the woman found dead in the trunk of a car pulled over in Maine. Prosecutors in Massachusetts on Monday identified 28-year-old Maddilyn Burgess, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, as the victim of what they describe as a murder-suicide. Burgess' body was found in the trunk of a car driven by Gyrth Rutan, of Sturbridge, after a traffic stop on Interstate 295 in Gardiner, Maine, last Thursday. Rutan pulled out a shotgun and killed himself during the traffic stop.
SPENCER, Mass. (AP) - Authorities in Massachusetts say a prominent defense attorney was killed when a crowbar flew through the windshield of his SUV and struck him in the head. Police say 63-year-old John Madaio, of Paxton, was driving east on Route 9 in Spencer on Monday when a crowbar fell from another car or was kicked up and struck his windshield. Madaio was hit in the head and died at an area hospital.
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