Ashland Police report arresting Jose Arevalos-Avalos, 37, of Holliston, for indecent assault and battery and attempting to pay for sexual conduct for an incident Friday afternoon: Read more.
About 18 hours after somebody was hit and killed by a commuter-rail train in Chelsea, somebody has been hit and killed by another train, this time by an Amtrak train in downtown Ashland. Transit Police report a man, 62, was hit and killed by the train at Front Street around 1:50 p.m..
Brendan M. watched the Marathon at Ashland State Park this morning.
Hours after Planet Aid sued Ashland over a town order to remove its ubiquitous yellow boxes, the town agreed to let the boxes stay.
The charity sued Ashland in US District Court on Friday - and asked for a temporary restraining order - charging a June 1 order from the town building inspector that it remove its ten collection boxes within ten days violated its First Amendment rights. At issue was a proposed town bylaw to regulate donation boxes and charge fees for them.
In its complaint, Planet Aid argued: Read more.
Channel 4 reports officials broke up what they said was a bird-fighting ring run out of an Ashland resident's basement. Authorities say they rescued 50 battle-hardened finches. Wait, what? Finches? Yes, with sharpened beaks, the better to gore their opponents to death.
Mels reports spending 45 minutes in Clocktown at night trying to get back to Rte. 9:
... It is one thing to get lost in the city, where things are well lit, and there are gas stations or Store 24s where you can pull over and get your bearings or ask for directions. The middle of Metro West is a whole other story, driving around on dark winding roads where you need to have your high beams on until a car coming the other direction, with its high beams on, forces you to cut the lights and drive blind for a moment or two. We had to retrace our steps not once, but twice, when we finally found a man getting into his car in Ashland Center who told us how to get to Route 9, and, from there, the Pike. (Bless him.) ...
Julia Spitz reports she learned her lesson the hard way, when she decided to walk across the ice to an island in the Ashland Reservoir:
... It must be safe, right? Look, grownups, kids, dogs, all out on the ice. And I'd always wanted to see what the view looked like from one of the islands in the Ashland Reservoir.
Things were going real well until I got a few feet from the island. Then came the sound. Then came the gushing cold water.
... I love my hometown, I truly do. But from time to time we've been known to have some, well, issues. All variety of water woes, lingering concerns about Nyanza, the occasional flare-up of drugs and motorcycle gangs. Now we seem to be a magnet for prostitution. ...