Summer marks the start of a lot of things in Massachusetts - the time we all move en masse down the Cape, lobster roll and ice cream season, and, apparently, grisly crime. On the first weekend of summer, here are the major crime headlines we all missed while out enjoying the weather:
- On Friday night, State Police were called after someone on Longfellow Bridge called to report a body. State Police identified the body as a 61 year old man with connections to a local homeless shelter. There were no obvious signs of trauma.
- An 82 year old man was found murdered in his Groveland home on Saturday, which is the first murder in Groveland in over 25 years. The man was identified as Patsy Schena, a local who was well-known and involved in his community. No further details have been released at this time.
- A Rhode Island woman was shot and killed in a shopping plaza parking lot in North Attleboro this Saturday. After being found unresponsive in her car, she was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Steven Fregeolle, 32, also of Rhode Island.
- The deadliest incident of the weekend was a crash in New Hampshire, where a pickup truck killed seven bikers on their way to a Blessing of the Bikes ceremony. Two of those bikers were MA residents.
There was also some less deadly news this weekend, including:
- The Encore Boston Harbor Casino in Everett is open for business! Tens of thousands showed up to experience its inaugural weekend.
- A group of Cambridge officials are challenging state law that says the state flag must be displayed in the main administration building of each government institution in the state. The officials argue that the icon of the Native American man is offensive to the Native American community, and have proposed a state resolution to redesign the state flag to be more inclusive. Whether you agree with the political aims of these officials or not, it should be noted that the state flag is really ugly and includes, for some reason, a disembodied arm wielding a sword as a major feature. Purely on an aesthetic level, we could probably do better.