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Merrimack College Professor Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

(BOSTON) - Officials arrested a Merrimack College professor Friday on charges of child pornography.

Gary Spring, chairman of the college's civil engineering department, also worked as the administrator for the school's residential summer camp serving middle and high school-aged children.

Merrimack College uncovered "suspicious activity" linked to one of the school's loaned computers through virus threat detection alerts in June, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. An investigation found the device had been given to Spring and was used to access child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted.

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Teen Girl Reported Missing in Canton

(CANTON, Mass.) -- Authorities in Canton are looking for a missing teenage girl.

The Canton Police Department says 15-year-old Lajanae Russell has been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

Russell is described as a light-skinned black girl who stands at about 5 feet tall and weighs about 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie and jeans.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Canton Police Department at 781- 828-1212.

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Man Caught with Heroin at Car Stop in Milton

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- A man was caught with heroin when a trooper pulled his car over in Milton Tuesday night.

The Massachusetts State Police says a trooper on patrol stopped a car for a violation, and found the passenger, Luis Cortez, 29, in possession of about 25 grams of heroin.

Cortez, the passenger, was charged with trafficking heroin/morphine/opium, while the driver, Carmen Figueroa, 27, was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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Man Wanted for Questioning in Purse Theft

New Bedford Police Department(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- Authorities are looking to identify the man in this photo to aid in an investigation.

According to the New Bedford Police Department, the man pictured is wanted for questioning in a case involving a stolen purse at a supermarket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Lopes at 508-991-6300.

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State Police: Trooper Hit by Impaired Driver

(WORCESTER, Mass.) -- A state trooper was hit by an impaired driver in Worcester on Monday night.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, the trooper was on Route 290 when his cruiser was struck from behind by an impaired driver just after 8 p.m.

The trooper did not appear to have serious injuries but was hospitalized as a precaution.

The driver, a 25-year-old man from Fitchburg, was taken into custody.

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