The victim, Richard Silva, 64, formerly of Lowell, was serving a 9 to 10 year sentence for assaulting a child.
The cat is alive and in stable condition, but now needs extensive amputation surgery.
A state legislator wants the utilities to give customers rebates if they lose power for an extended period of time.
Authorities say a printer placed on a desk in a workstation most likely caused a two-alarm blaze that briefly forced the evacuation of an administration building at the state prison in Norfolk.
Police say two men accused of breaking into more than 30 stores in six different counties were caught thanks to their Fast Lane transponder.
Four men have been arrested on allegations they were part of a smash-and-grab theft ring that stole about $340,000 from ATMs in six Massachusetts counties.
Some local schools are closing their doors Friday over roof concerns due to the recent snow and rain.
The family of a worker killed in an explosion at a Massachusetts condominium project last year is suing a propane gas distributor and plumbing firm.
State fire investigators has found that a fatal condominium explosion last July was not the result of the delivery of odorless propane gas from a Westfield distributor, as initially thought.
An independent examiner has begun testing supplies of propane in Massachusetts to make sure they contain a chemical that gives a distinctive smell to the normally odorless gas, enabling homeowners to detect possible leaks.