News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) - Boston police have made an arrest in connection with an exchange of gunfire between officers and a suspect this week that left the suspect dead. Police announced Wednesday that 21-year-old Ernest Watkins was arrested Tuesday night. He faces arraignment Wednesday on charges including assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police allege Watkins was with a 19-year-old man who was shot and killed by officers on Monday.
BOSTON (AP) - A lawyer for a judge charged with helping a defendant evade an immigration enforcement agent says it's unfair to take away her salary while she's fighting to clear her name in court. Attorney Michael Keating is asking Massachusetts justices to let Shelley Joseph work on administrative tasks. Prosecutors say she helped a man from the Dominican Republic who was living in the U.S. illegally to sneak out the back door of Newton District Court. She has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice.
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) - The suspect in a fatal stabbing at an East Longmeadow home has pleaded not guilty. Matthew Scavotto was held without bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Palmer District Court to murder. Police responded to the home on Somers Road, which is Route 83, on Tuesday afternoon. No information about the victim has been released.
BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts mayor charged with stealing investor funds intended for his app company is headed for trial in February. The Feb. 24 trial date for Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II was agreed to in federal court on Tuesday. Authorities say Correia spent more than $200,000 from investors and then filed fraudulent tax returns to cover the theft. Correia pleaded not guilty to wire and tax fraud charges and has maintained his innocence.
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