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Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, makes her appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court,  Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  Authorities allege Tsarnaeva of North Bergen, N.J., claimed people she knew could bomb the home of a woman who was previously involved with her husband.  Her lawyer, Susan Marcus, said Tuesday that the claim is “uncorroborated.”  Bail was set at $5,000.   Her brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  has pleaded not guilty in the April 2013 marathon explosions, which killed three people. Her other brother, Tamerlan, died after a gunbattle with police.  (AP Photo/New York Post, Steven Hirsch, Pool)

Marathon bombing suspects’ sister charged with threats

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW YORK — A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was led away in handcuffs Tuesday after a brief court appearance on allegations that she threatened to “put a bomb” on a perceived romantic rival, which her lawyer called “an uncorroborated claim.” Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was held on aggravated harassment charges. She is accused …

Alleged molester held without bail

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — A Connecticut man described by prosecutors as a serial child molester has been held without bail in Massachusetts after being charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. The Berkshire Eagle reports that a judge Monday ruled that 74-year-old Arturo Bravo was a danger to society. Bravo lives in New Britain, Connecticut, but has a cabin Becket, Massachusetts. Prosecutors allege …

UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald explains confidential informant program

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald on Tuesday defended a confidential informant program that has come under scrutiny, saying it reduces illegal drug activity and the potential for gun violence on campus. He said the program using students, which dates back to at least 2009, is part of the department doing everything in its power to pursue potentially bigger …

Massachusetts chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving honors Amherst police

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — The state chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Amherst police Tuesday as its “department of the month.” Amherst police officers Scott Soverino, Richard MacLean, Rita Contardo, Andrew Hulse, Benton Carr and Nicholas Chandler, were recognized for their efforts to enforce impaired driving laws and prevent …

Area court news

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Northampton ∎ Jesse K. Sherman, 24, of 17 Paquette Ave., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to charges of assault and battery of a person over 60, assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidation of a witness and malicious destruction of property valued …

Jorge Vicenty sentenced to three years in jail for cocaine trafficking after traffic stop in Hatfield

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Monday in Hampshire Superior Court to drug charges resulting from a Jan. 23 traffic stop in Hatfield. Jorge Vicenty, 35, pleaded guilty to trafficking between 18 and 36 grams of cocaine …

After student's death, UMass eyes parental notice in informant cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program run by the University of Massachusetts police will be reviewed by UMass officials to determine whether parents of informants in drug cases should be notified. Campus spokesman Edward Blaguszewski issued a statement …

Thomas and Jeannine Clark of Florence share memories of son killed in car crash

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Twenty five years ago, Tomas Clark was born two months prematurely to an impoverished mother in Peru. Although the hospital staff advised Thomas and Jeannine Clark to adopt a healthier child, they fell in love with …

Nikolai James of Leverett denies charges resulting from injuries he allegedly inflicted on two Amherst police officers

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A Leverett man who allegedly injured two police officers in separate incidents Saturday pleased innocent to a half dozen charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown Monday. Nikolai R. James, 21, of 253 Long Plain …

Hiker’s injured ankle triggers six-hour rescue on Holyoke Range

Monday, September 29, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Four friends, three from Springfield and one from Amherst, were helped off the Holyoke Range Sunday night in a six-hour rescue by about four dozen emergency workers. No one was seriously injured in the incident …

Anthony Rogers of Amherst injures ankle, rescued from Mount Israel in New Hampshire

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — It took six hours to get an Amherst man off the mountain, but the ankle injury he received when he slipped on a trail on Mount Israel Saturday was described a routine for hikers in the White Mountains this time of year. Anthony Rogers, 65, of …

Area police news

Monday, September 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ Mitchell Aaron Strojny, 21, of 5 Laurie Drive, Southampton, was arrested at 10:05 p.m. Monday outside downtown bars on a charge of violating the town’s open container bylaw. ∎ A 20-year-old Kings Park, New York, man will be summoned to court on a charge of malicious …

Hot-air balloon makes emergency landing in breakdown lane of Interstate 91 morthbound in Whately

Monday, September 29, 2014

WHATELY — Cars, pickups and an occasional tractor-trailer truck are common enough sights in the Interstate 91 breakdown lane. Hot air balloons are not so frequent. Dorothea Wrobel of North Adams was headed home from Northampton on Saturday night after dropping her daughter off at college when she …