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Lowell police investigate murder after 15-year-old found dead

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said police are investigating a homicide in Lowell after the body of a 16-year-old was found in a Lowell Street apartment. (Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)

Police said they were investigating a homicide in Lowell after the body of a 15-year-old girl was found in a Lawrence Street apartment.

Investigators said police received a 911 call shortly after 6 p.m. Friday from a person reporting the body. A family member who found the woman noted “traumatic injuries,” District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement.

“When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim with obvious gunshot wounds. In addition, several cartridge cases were found. Later that night, investigators received a search warrant for the apartment and the investigation is currently in full swing,” the prosecutor's office said in a statement on Saturday.

A picture of the woman arrested by MBTA Transit Police for allegedly assaulting a bus driver. (Courtesy of MBTA Police)

Courtesy of MBTA Police

A picture of the woman arrested by MBTA Transit Police for allegedly assaulting a bus driver. (Courtesy of MBTA Police)

Woman allegedly attacked MBTA bus driver

MBTA Transit Police have arrested a 23-year-old woman who allegedly assaulted a bus driver earlier this week.

Police said officers at Nubian Square “interrupted and prevented” the woman's attack, claiming she was “unhappy with where the driver dropped off the passengers.”

“MBTA bus drivers provide an invaluable service to the public. The Transit Police Department takes attacks on bus drivers with the utmost seriousness,” the department said in a statement.

Haverhill teacher charged with sending pornographic images to minors

A 25-year-old Haverhill teacher was charged Friday with sending pornographic images of himself to a 16-year-old student, prosecutors said.

Justin Smith is charged with two counts of distributing obscene material to minors. The “educational support worker” at Gateway Academy in Haverhill was arrested by police on Thursday and arraigned on Friday, police said.

Judge Cesar Archilla set bail at $4,000 after prosecutors requested bail of $15,000.

“Smith is prohibited from having contact with the alleged victim and minors, must stay away from schools and submit to house arrest,” the Essex District Attorney's Office wrote about Smith's release conditions.

According to District Attorney Paul Tucker's office, Smith is due back in court on July 8.

Springfield resident found guilty of torture during burglary

A jury on Friday found two Springfield residents guilty of beating, torturing and burning a person during a burglary in September 2019, according to the Hampden District Attorney's Office.

Paul Gayle, 30, and Malik Erskine, 24, bound a man with zip ties and tortured him by burning him with accelerant and explosives in an attempt to rob him, prosecutors said. The man eventually electronically transferred $4,000 to a third party's account, police said.

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said the victim in the case “suffered tremendously, both physically and emotionally, from the barbaric attack by the defendants.”

“I am confident that this verdict will bring some sense of justice to the victim, who will live forever with the trauma she suffered,” Gulluni said in a statement.

After the break-in, the man was taken to a Boston hospital for a lengthy recovery period with second- and third-degree burns on 60 percent of his body, according to prosecutors.

A judge has scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 27 in Hampden Superior Court.

Two people shot in Pittsfield

According to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, two people were shot in Pittsfield on Friday afternoon.

The two people were in the area of ​​North Street and Bradford Street, authorities said.

Authorities “believe this was not a random act and there is no immediate danger to the public,” prosecutors said in a statement. “However, since no suspect has been identified, police urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.”

Person hits side mirror of MBTA bus

According to MBTA Transit Police, a scooter driver drove up to a bus on Friday morning and punched the side mirror.

After the mirror cracked and caused a delay, the bus was temporarily taken out of service.

“The scooter driver fled,” police said.