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Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser listens at left as Police Chief Cathy Lanier speaks during a news conference in Washington, Thursday, May 21, 2015, to discuss the investigation into the mysterious slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper. Lanier said investigators believe a suspect in the slayings is in the Brooklyn area of New York City.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Suspect in killings of DC family arrested

Friday, May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine and ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper was arrested Thursday, a week after authorities said the family was killed in their mansion and it was set on fire. Daron Dylon Wint, 34, was arrested in northeast Washington shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, said David Neumann, a U.S. …

Suspect in slaying of DC family hunted in NY

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police and federal agents searched Thursday for a welder suspected in the slayings of a wealthy construction executive, his wife, their 10-year-old son and a housekeeper inside their Washington mansion last week. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said “just about every law enforcement officer across the country” is on the …

Couple found dead in Greenfield identified as Dennis and Margaret Pekkala

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern district attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Dennis Pekkala, 54, and Margaret Pekkala, 53. Investigators released no further details Thursday about the circumstances of their deaths. Greenfield police found the two dead in their bedroom after a roommate discovered them unresponsive early Wednesday morning. Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh …

Big banks to pay $5B, admit market rigging

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Four of the world’s biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission …

Area police news

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Amherst ∎ Management at Exscape Smoke Shop, 96 North Pleasant St., reported at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday that one of its exterior windows was smashed overnight by a thrown object. Entry was not gained to the store. Police said repairs are estimated at up to $500. Northampton ∎ Eileen …

One motorcyclist hurt in Leverett accident succumbs to injuries

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LEVERETT — One of two motorcyclists injured in a three-vehicle accident in Leverett Sunday night has died, according to Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Carey said Wednesday that she did not expect the identity of the person killed to be made public until …

Northampton police seek man seen in surveillance video about the time of reported downtown attacks on women

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police detectives say they hope the public can help identify a man seen in surveillance video footage from downtown Northampton Sunday night, when two women were allegedly attacked. Detective Corey Robinson said the man was seen …

Cruise ship freed after running aground off Bermuda

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Norwegian Cruise Line ship heading to Boston with nearly 3,500 passengers and crew was freed late Tuesday about 6½ hours after it ran aground while leaving Bermuda, officials said. Small boats, divers …

Iraqis left US tanks, artillery in Ramadi

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Iraqi troops abandoned dozens of U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces when they fled Islamic State fighters in Ramadi on Sunday, the Pentagon said Tuesday. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, …

Unions call for 2nd crew member in locomotives

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more …

Motorcycle gang shootout started with parking dispute

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WACO, Texas — A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member’s foot, police said Tuesday. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said an uninvited group …

Scotland Yard arrests 9 in major London jewel heist

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LONDON — With meticulous planning and remarkable good fortune, the thieves who broke into a safe deposit in London’s diamond district seemed to have pulled off the perfect jewel heist. But their luck ran out Tuesday when more …

Bomber sentencing set for June

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be formally sentenced to death next month after at least 20 victims describe the impact the terror attack had on their lives. Judge George O’Toole Jr. said during a status …