Emily Sweeney

Emily Sweeney covers local news and writes the “Blotter Tales” column for the Globe. She’s also a regular contributor to the Names page. A proud native of Dorchester, Sweeney graduated from Northeastern University and played on NU’s championship-winning women’s ice hockey team. She has been on the Globe staff since 2001, and currently serves on the board of directors for the New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC) and the New England Society of News Editors (NESNE).

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An owl is saved, and a priest gets hacked

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An owl is rescued in Burlington, a priest says someone hacked into his payroll checks, an employee in Wellesley is mistaken for a robber, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

A wealthy Mass. widow married a younger man. Her family did not approve, so they put her in an insane asylum

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On Feb. 14, 1895, a wealthy Massachusetts widow caused an uproar and made national headlines because she was married to a man less than half her age. She was 50, he was 21.

Slain Timberland employee remembered for loving the outdoors and having ‘the biggest heart and personality’

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Catherine “Cassie” Heppner, 46, is being remembered by her friends, family and colleagues for her warm, fun-loving personality and love of the outdoors.


Police find a van packed with donated clothes

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A victim of a scam drinks his sorrows away, a husband receives an alarming text message from his wife, and other odd tales from local police blotters.