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This undated photo from a wanted poster released by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Pedro Flores. Flores and his twin brother, Margarito Flores, are scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Jan, 27, 2015, at federal court in Chicago on drug trafficking charges. The Flores twins cut deals to buy tons of narcotics from Joaquin "El Chapo” Guzman, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel in the 2000s, and later cooperated with U.S. investigators. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)

Twin traffickers get shorter time for cooperation

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHICAGO — Identical twin brothers who ran a drug-trafficking ring that spanned much of North America were sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison after a judge agreed to sharply reduce their penalty as a reward for becoming government informants and secretly recording Mexico’s most notorious drug lord. In a rare courtroom display, it was a federal prosecutor who poured praise on Pedro and Margarito Flores, portraying them as among the most valuable traffickers-turned-informants in U.S. history and describing the courage they displayed in gathering evidence against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and other leaders in Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. With credit for time served awaiting sentencing …

Ga. couple shot in head; suspect denied bond

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ATLANTA — A magistrate judge in Telfair County on Tuesday denied bond for Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns, who has been charged with malice murder and armed robbery in the deaths of Bud and June Runion. The Cobb County couple was shot in the head with a small caliber gun, Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy results showed Tuesday. It’s believed Towns was the last …

Area police news

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Northampton ■ Thomas P. Olstead, 68, whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton, was arrested at the Police Station at 29 Center St. at 5:03 p.m. Monday on two warrants issued by Northampton District Court for disorderly conduct and a municipal ordinance violation. ■ The theft of a ring, a watch and other jewelry from a home at River Run Condominiums, …

Northampton Internal Medicine Associates hoping to see restitution after revelation that office manager of 17 years embezzled over $1.5 million

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Belchertown woman who embezzled more than $1.5 million from a Florence medical practice pleaded guilty Thursday, but for the physicians at the Northampton Internal Medicine Associates, the ordeal is far from over. Between seeing patients and attending meetings Friday, Dr. Deborah E. Smith said that …

Easthampton police release surveillance video, seek public’s help in identifying three suspects in Summer Street home invasion

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police are seeking help identifying three men who allegedly broke into a Summer Street home earlier this month, the second time in eight months the home has been targeted. Police have released a surveillance video and photos of the latest invasion, which shows the men entering …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative charged with embezzling $60,000

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative, which runs Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, has been charged with embezzling approximately $60,000 from the member-owned food cooperative over nine months. Dwight Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, was hired by the cooperative …

Start date hard to predict for Boston bombing trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A federal court in Boston announced Thursday that it is no longer “realistic” to begin the marathon bombing trial on Monday, an acknowledgment of the difficulty in finding an impartial jury after a week of questioning prospective jurors. Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. had scheduled opening statements and …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown pleads guilty to embezzling $1,562,206 from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Belchertown woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the Northampton medical practice where she formerly worked as an office manager. Roxanne Tubolino, 56, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and six counts of tax evasion. Maximum …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley sentenced to 2½ years after admitting role in drunk driving accident that killed his best friend, Wesley Schutt of Feeding Hills

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mark Ducharme wept in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday as his late best friend’s family told him that his choice to drive drunk June 14 robbed them of an affectionate, caring man who was beloved by all who knew him. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, South …

Argentine president now says prosecutor’s death not suicide

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez made an about-face Thursday, saying she now is “convinced” prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death was not a suicide just days after she suggested the man who accused her of protecting Iranians …

NY speaker arrested on charges of bribery

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York’s most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly …

Area court news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Williamsburg ■ Moses D. Miller, 48, of 57 Main St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault on a family or household member. According to court records, Miller’s girlfriend told police Wednesday that on Tuesday night at his home he had …

Area police news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Amherst ■ A 20-year-old Lexington woman will be summoned to court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident after her vehicle struck a parked vehicle in the lot at Big Y Supermarket, 175 University Drive, at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday. The woman then left, …