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COURTESY SHAYLA HOWE
Andy, a pit bull who was missing for three days after an accident in Williamsburg early Friday, is seen after he was rescued Monday.

Pit bull missing for three days after accident found in Williamsburg with help of social media, large group of searchers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A scared, tired and hungry pit bull was rescued Monday afternoon with the help of social media which attracted a large group of searchers. The dog spent three nights roaming in the woods of Williamsburg following a motor vehicle accident. Andy, a 5-year-old, brown-and-white pit bull had been traveling with Sean Linehan, 26, of Warren, who was caring for the dog while its owners, Maddy Davis-Hayes and Michael Cook of Ashfield, were on vacation in Colorado. According to the Massachusetts State Police, the accident occurred at 3 a.m. Friday near Bacon’s Power Equipment at 23 Goshen Road (Route 9). It had been raining …

Defiant Tsarnaev shown flipping off jail camera

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON — First, the jury was shown large, vibrant pictures of the four people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Then prosecutors pulled out the photo they saved for last: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the finger to the security camera in his jail cell. “This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — unconcerned, unrepentant …

No criminal charges in blaze that killed Boston firefighters

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Employees and the owner of a welding company found responsible for a fire in a brownstone last year that killed two firefighters won’t face criminal charges, investigators said Tuesday. Criminal charges would have required proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the workers acted with conscious disregard of a known risk of death or serious injury, said Daniel Conley, Suffolk County …

Death penalty protest resumes

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSTON — Death penalty opponents are renewing their calls for mercy as the federal trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters the penalty phase. More than a dozen protesters held signs and banners outside the federal …

Man’s death protested as feds open Baltimore police probe

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — The Justice Department said Tuesday it has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put …

DEA chief to step down over agents’ sex parties

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — The embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday that she plans to retire after three decades with the agency, an announcement that came amid mounting pressure for her resignation from members of Congress who …

State sues attorney Hyman Darling and his law firm, Bacon Wilson PC, over handling of late woman’s estate

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield law firm and one of its attorneys are in hot water over the handling of an elderly woman’s estate and what health care regulators allege were fraudulent transfers of real estate, according to court complaints filed in Suffolk Superior Court. The state Executive Office …

Zachary Bryant faces charges of giving false name to police after arrest in Amherst

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMHERST — A West Springfield man arrested early Monday morning now faces additional charges after Amherst Police said they determined he provided false information to the arresting officer, including using the name of another man who lives at …

Area police news

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police questioned a man wearing only a bathrobe running in the middle of West Street near the Atkins Corner roundabouts at 8:30 p.m. Monday. The man told police he was out on a “punishing run” after breaking up with his boyfriend at Hampshire College. College officers …

Convict offered sale of art stolen in 1990

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A reputed mobster told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two of the long-sought paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and could negotiate a sale of each for …

Motorcycle riders injured in collision with deer in Williamsburg

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A motorcycle rider and his passenger were injured Sunday evening after colliding with a deer while traveling on Ashfield Road in Williamsburg, emergency responders reported. The accident occurred around 8 p.m., with the Williamsburg police and …

Sunny weekend, big events keep Amherst police busy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMHERST — Thousands of people converged on Amherst over a three-day weekend to take advantage of warm, sunny weather and two popular events — Extravaganja on the Town Common and the spring concert at the University of Massachusetts. Even though no arrests were linked to either event, police …

Utah woman gets life for six newborn deaths

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A mother who killed six of her newborn babies and hid their bodies in her garage was sentenced to up to life in prison Monday at an emotional hearing in which a prosecutor depicted …