DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) - A man convicted of raping three women in Massachusetts has been sentenced to 36 to 40 years in prison more than three decades after he fled the state and began living a secret life in Maine. Gary Alan Irving was sentenced today in Norfolk Superior Court. He could have faced a possible life sentence.
BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously backed a plan to overhaul the state's procedures for classifying convicted sex offenders. The proposal was approved as an amendment to the Senate version of the state budget. It is also designed to strengthen information sharing between the Sex Offender Registry Board and other state agencies.
GRANBY, Mass. (AP) - Three students are recovering after getting struck by lightning at a western Massachusetts private school. Steve Griffin, head of the MacDuffie School in Granby, says the students were struck while sitting outside at a picnic table on Tuesday afternoon. He tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette that two students were knocked unconscious while a third suffered less serious effects.
BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest suspended a year ago after he was accused of child sexual abuse has been reinstated after the allegation was found to be unsubstantiated. The Boston Archdiocese announced today that the Reverend Joseph Byrne has returned to ministry and been granted senior priest status.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Foxborough man has been sentenced to five years in prison for what prosecutors say was his 15th drunken driving conviction. The Telegram & Gazette reports a lawyer for 65-year-old Kenneth Norman said in court that his client has a heart condition and the 5-year sentence is as good as a death sentence. He noted that Norman had never hurt anyone.
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