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Prosecutors seek seven-year prison sentence for Boston Marathon bomber’s friend

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might have prevented a university police officer’s shooting death by helping authorities find Tsarnaev instead of helping him, the officer’s family said in a court filing Wednesday. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier was killed in an encounter with Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in Cambridge hours after authorities publicly released photographs and videos of them …

Man admits guilt in fatal jewelry heist

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WOBURN (AP) — A man who acted as the lookout during a jewelry heist at a Woburn department store that resulted in the shooting death of a veteran police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder. Scott Hanright, 23, of Wakefield, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years. He was sentenced in Middlesex Superior Court after …

IRS believes identity thieves from Russia

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press. The information was stolen as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax …

Area police news

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ Ronald J. Wutka, 52, of Monson, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Saturday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on East …

Monson man arrested after driving into ditch in Amherst, and other area police news

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amherst ■ Ronald J. Wutka, 52, of Monson, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Saturday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on East …

Officials marvel at survival of Calif. woman missing for two weeks

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

By Tony Perry Los Angeles Times (TNS) SAN DIEGO — A 68-year-old Fullerton woman remains hospitalized as San Diego County law enforcement personnel continue to marvel at how she survived for two weeks in her disabled car on fruit, pie slices and rainwater. Dianna Bedwell was found Sunday …

Amherst police say decorative UMass banners stolen from downtown light posts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AMHERST — Several decorative banners that line the streets of downtown Amherst and serve as a welcome to visitors were stolen from downtown light posts last week, according to police. Detective Jamie Reardon said Tuesday that police are investigating the thefts, reported at 11:32 a.m. Friday. Each of …

At Ludlow jail, addicts must wear shirt and tie

Monday, May 25, 2015

LUDLOW — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. …

Anonymous threats disrupt several commercial flights

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible. They described searches done …

Ex-Israeli PM gets 8 months

Monday, May 25, 2015

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country …

Malaysia unearths graves at human traffickers’ camps

Monday, May 25, 2015

WANG KELIAN, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional …

Cleveland, feds settle on policing

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The city of Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the police department, and the agreement could be announced as soon as Tuesday, a senior federal law enforcement official said. The official …

Police cruiser damaged as officers break up crowd near Mill River

Monday, May 25, 2015

Northampton ∎ A Northampton police cruiser was damaged about 4 p.m. Sunday after police dispersed a group of people near a dam behind Chartpak on River Road in Leeds. Police said they plan to summon a 21-year-old Chicopee man on charges of trespassing, trespassing with a motor vehicle, …