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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A payroll director for the Massachusetts State Police has been charged with larceny for allegedly stealing money from the department. The Middlesex District Attorney's office says 49-year-old Denise Ezekiel, of Holbrook, was charged Wednesday with larceny of over $250. Ezekiel is accused of misappropriating more than $23,000 in travel and reimbursement funds as payroll director for the state police. reports Ezekiel was placed on leave in November.

BOSTON (AP) - The killing of a Massachusetts police officer has some Republicans calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the murder of law enforcement officers. On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Republican Party reaffirmed its backing of capital punishment for criminals who kill police. An aide to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says he also supports the death penalty for those who kill officers. But there's little appetite in the Democrat-controlled Legislature to debate the penalty.

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) - A strange archway built from the jawbone of a finback whale has been taken down from outside a historic home on Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Times reports a jawbone archway was removed from the Captain Edward Penniman House on the Cape Cod National Seashore this week because it is deteriorated and posed a danger to the public. Park officials say the bone was cracked and infested by insects. Preservationists will determine whether the gate should be replaced with another jawbone or a man-made replica.

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man won a $1 million prize in the state lottery for the second time this year. Jason Williams won the first prize in January and claimed the second one on Tuesday. In both cases, he opted to take the one-time cash payment of $650,000. Williams tells the Boston Globe that his wife had a dream last year that they would win the lottery in 2018, adding, "2018 isn't over, so we'll keep playing." The Methuen man says he's saving the money for his children.

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