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Police confiscate marijuana from youths on the Rail Trail — and other area police news

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Daniel Taylor, 18, of 93 Pomeroy St., was arrested Sunday at 4:17 p.m. at 264 Main St. on a charge of disturbing the peace after police responded to two calls complaining that Taylor was being disruptive while arguing with his girlfriend. ∎ A resident of Maple Street reported to police Friday at 8:07 p.m. that around $5 in change had been stolen from her vehicle. The woman believes …

NSA will stop looking at old US phone records

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. When Congress passed a law in June ending the NSA’s bulk collection of …

Bulger asks for new trial

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger asked a federal appeals court Monday to grant him a new trial, arguing that his defense was eviscerated when he was barred from testifying about his claim that he received immunity for his crimes. Attorney Hank Brennan said a ruling by Judge Denise Casper …

Former Easthampton man pleads not guilty to child rape charges

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Monday to a half dozen child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Kevin Paulin, 43, now of Palmer, was charged with two counts each of aggravated statutory rape of a child, indecent assault and …

House, Senate clash over highway bill

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rebuffed their Senate counterparts Monday over must-pass highway legislation, setting the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. As House members …

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous,’ ‘sad’

Monday, July 27, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television …

SJC to hear appeal in Rintala case, defense attorney says

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s full Supreme Judicial Court will hear an appeal by defense attorney David Hoose on whether there is insufficient evidence to conduct a third trial for Cara Rintala, who is accused of strangling her wife, Annamarie Rintala, in their Granby home in March 2010. Hoose, …

Holyoke woman pleads not guilty to armed robbery in Superior Court; bail set at $2,500

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman accused of robbing a King Street bank with a toy gun in June was arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court Monday and ordered held on $2,500 bail — a reduction from the amount set at her initial arraignment in district court. Vivian Poreda pleaded …

Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him …

Woman awarded $300,000 after state trooper pulls her out of car

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts state trooper used excessive force against a woman even though he had probable cause to arrest her for traffic violations, a jury has ruled. Beth Shea, of Milton, was awarded $300,000 in damages on Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported (http://bit.ly/1KrAoCA) Sunday. Shea, 52, claimed …

Taxi crashes into Springfield pizza shop

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A taxi has crashed through a chicken and pizza shop in Springfield, but authorities say no one has been hurt. WGGB/WSHM television (http://bit.ly/1Im1Qy3) reports police and fire personnel were called to the New York Fried Chicken and Pizza shop on State Street at about 1 p.m. …

Texas county where inmate died has history of racial tension

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HEMPSTEAD, Texas — In the searing 100-degree Texas heat, Sylvester Nunn uses three worn beach umbrellas to protect himself and the produce piled in the bed of his old Chevy pickup truck as he carries on a generations-old …

Boy, 16, to be charged with brother as adult in stabbing deaths of parents, 3 siblings

Sunday, July 26, 2015

TULSA, Okla. — An Oklahoma 16-year-old will be charged as an adult alongside his older brother in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings at a suburban Tulsa home, authorities said Saturday. The suspect will face …