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Five fires put out overnight

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. — Fire officials are offering a reward for information after five fires were reportedly intentionally set in Southbridge over the weekend.

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The overnight fires damaged homes at 44, 45 and 46 Cohasee St;, Oakridge Street and 173 Everett St, according to the state fire marshal. No injuries were reported.

“Neighbors should keep an eye on each other’s property and report any suspicious activity,” Southbridge Fire Chief Mark DiFronzo said.

An award of up to $5,000 is available for anyone with information that helps solve the arson crime. The number for the statewide Arson Hotline is 1-800-682-9229.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel missing in blizzard

A picture of B.K., short for Butterscotch Kiss, who went missing from her Attleboro yard just before the snowstorm.

ATTLEBORO, Mass. —An extensive search is underway in Attleboro for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and veteran show dog, which has been missing since Thursday morning, the Sun Chronicle reported.

“I’m very worried about B.K. because of the snow and cold weather,” Tracie Laliberte, the dog’s owner, told the newspaper.

B.K. was last seen being picked up by a woman near Bliss’s Dairy in Attleboro Friday  morning, said Joan Geoghegan of Cavalier Communications.

B.K., short for Butterscotch Kiss, wears a pink collar and was last seen running down Davis Street in Attleboro around 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Laliberte said.

Laliberte said she has been posting fliers and trying to spread the word on social media. She said many area residents and shelter volunteers at the Attleboro Animal Shelter are helping with the search.

“The outpouring of support has been amazing. It really spread like wildfire,” Laliberte told the newspaper. “B.K. has fans all over the world that have been super helpful in getting the word out.”

Laliberte is offering a $3,000 reward for the safe return of the dog.

USPS offers $50k reward for suspect information

BOSTON —A United States Postal Service worker was shot in Dorchester Friday night in a robbery attempt, Boston police said.

The postal worker was shot near the Ashmont MBTA station on Bailey Street near Dorchester Avenue before 7 p.m.

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On Saturday, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced a reward of up to $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

The worker was in the rear of his mail truck when the shooter tried to steal mail and packages, police said. The two then got into a scuffle, and the postal worker was shot in the wrist.

The shooter hit the victim in the forehead with a handgun and ordered the worker to strip out of his USPS letter carrier uniform, according to police.

With the postal worker still in the rear of the truck, police said the suspect tried to drive away. But the worker was able to open the rear door of the cab and jump out onto Bailey Street, police said.

The mail truck was found nearby in a snowbank on Clermont Street.

After further investigation, police said they determined that the suspect fled in a U-Haul rental van. The van was found at a Sunoco gas station at the intersection of Gallivan Boulevard and Washington Street and towed for evidence.

The postal worker described his attacker as a black man in his 20s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches, wearing a hooded black jacket and black face mask, police said.

“I can’t believe someone would do that,” said neighbor Antoria Lee. “Our letter carrier is such a sweet guy, he always makes sure we get our packages.”

The postal worker was taken to Boston Medical Center with serious injuries.

Anyone with information should call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.