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Po­lice: Man fa­tally shot mo­tor­cy­clist then woman at home

BOS­TON (AP) — A Bos­ton man was charged Fri­day with fa­tally shoot­ing a mo­tor­cy­clist rid­ing on a city high­way and then just hours later killing a woman in a home.

Lance Hol­lo­man, 30, was charged with two counts of mur­der as well as other of­fenses in con­nec­tion with the fa­tal shoot­ings Sun­day that left a third vic­tim in­jured.

Po­lice said Hol­lo­man shot Scott Stevens Jr., 32, of Taun­ton, and his 54-year-old fa­ther as they rode mo­tor­cy­cles on In­ter­state 93 around 5 p.m. Sun­day. Stevens died at the hospi­tal Tues­day. His fa­ther, whom po­lice did not iden­tify, is ex­pected to sur­vive.

The body of Michaela Gin­gras, 24, of Manch­ester, New Hamp­shire, was found shot to death in Hol­lo­man's home in Bos­ton around 10:30 p.m. Sun­day.

Hol­lo­man was ap­pre­hended early Mon­day morn­ing by po­lice in Franklin, about 25 miles south­west of Bos­ton, on three out­stand­ing war­rants fol­low­ing a car crash. One war­rant charged him with un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a firearm for al­legedly telling an­other per­son to throw a loaded hand­gun from a ve­hi­cle while flee­ing a traf­fic stop.

Hol­lo­man was be­ing held on $150,000 bail on those war­rants. It could not im­me­di­ately be de­ter­mined if he had a lawyer.

Mo­tives for the shoot­ings have not been dis­closed.

Po­lice pre­vi­ously said Hol­lo­man did not know the mo­tor­cy­clists, and it was un­clear if the shoot­ing was a case of road rage.

Po­lice did not dis­close the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Hol­lo­man and Gin­gras.

Pro­fes­sor files dis­crim­i­na­tion suit against school

WENHAM (AP) — A pro­fes­sor at a Chris­tian col­lege in Mas­sachusetts has filed a law­suit al­leg­ing she was de­nied a pro­mo­tion for speak­ing out against the school's LGBTQ po­lices.

Gor­don Col­lege as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Mar­garet DeWeeseBoyd filed a dis­crim­i­na­tion com­plaint in Essex Su­pe­rior Court on Wed­nes­day. DeWeese-Boyd is seek­ing dam­ages and an in­junc­tion or­der­ing the col­lege to end dis­crim­i­na­tion and re­tal­i­a­tion.

She al­leges col­lege Pres­i­dent Michael Lind­say and Provost Janel Curry dis­crim­i­nated against her be­cause she op­posed the school's pol­icy against "ho­mo­sex­ual prac­tice." DeWeese-Boyd also says she has faced harsher penal­ties com­pared to male col­leagues who have vo­cally op­posed the school.

Col­lege stu­dent fac­ing drug charges af­ter traf­fic stop

NOR­TON (AP) — Po­lice in Mas­sachusetts have ar­rested a col­lege stu­dent they say had more than five pounds of mar­i­juana and sev­eral other drugs in his ve­hi­cle.

Nor­ton po­lice say an of­fi­cer no­ticed a ve­hi­cle be­hind him at about 11:30 p.m. Thurs­day that was fol­low­ing too closely with its high beams on.

The of­fi­cer stopped the ve­hi­cle and no­ticed the driver spray­ing aerosol and reach­ing for an open duf­fel bag. A search yielded the mar­i­juana as well as what po­lice say is co­caine, ec­stasy and hal­lu­cino­genic mush­rooms.

Po­lice ar­rested 20-year-old Jede­diah Daniel, of Sho­hola, Penn­syl­va­nia, a stu­dent at nearby Wheaton Col­lege.

Man gets pro­ba­tion in killing of baby swans

WRENTHAM (AP) — A Mas­sachusetts man has been sen­tenced to 18 months of pro­ba­tion for killing three baby swans.

Eric Davis, 38, of Norfolk, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of an­i­mal cru­elty. In ex­change, prose­cu­tors dropped a third count.

Davis also pleaded guilty to an as­sault charge re­lated to a con­fronta­tion with a 72year-old man who lived on Mir­ror Lake in Norfolk af­ter the killings.

Prose­cu­tors say Davis and an­other man had been drink­ing when they took a fish­ing boat on the lake in July 2014 and killed the swans. The other man was ac­quit­ted.

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