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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 …

UMass student turned informant to avoid parents learning of drug charge OD'd; university informant program under scrutiny

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student recruited as a confidential informant after being caught selling drugs was able to keep his crime a secret from his family and remain in school, only to die last fall of …

Hiker injured in fall on J.A. Skinner State Park in Hadley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

HADLEY — Fire crews worked late into the night Sunday rescuing an injured hiker who fell at J.A. Skinner State Park. Emergency personnel from the Hadley fire and police departments were called to the scene just before 7 …

Tomas Clark of Florence dies in early morning crash in Williamsburg

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A 25-year-old Florence man extricated from a vehicle that smashed into a utility pole at high speed in Williamsburg early Sunday morning died in the hospital several hours later from his injuries. Tomas Q. Clark was …

Two Amherst officers break hands in separate incidents involving same suspect

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst Police officers won’t be able to work for an undetermined amount of time after they each suffered a broken hand during separate incidents Saturday involving the same person. The incidents occurred to officers, who Amherst Police did not identify, in the morning and in …

Area police news

Friday, September 26, 2014

Northampton ∎ A 44-year-old Ashland woman was stopped by police Sunday at 10:44 a.m. at 300 N. Main St. after police observed her driving erratically and almost hitting a guardrail. Police said the woman appeared groggy and lethargic. They took prescription medications that were in the car and …

Motorist avoids serious injuries after driving through tobacco barn in Whately

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WHATELY — A man avoided serious injury after driving his car through the end of a State Road tobacco barn Friday afternoon. “The driver claimed that he fell asleep behind the wheel,” said Fire Chief John Hannum. The …

Person hospitalized after cigarette burns carpet at Michael’s House

Saturday, September 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One person was taken to the hospital Friday night after firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the hallway at Michael’s House, 71 State St. Firefighters and police responded to a 911 call at 8:35 …

Police: Ambush suspect spent years planning attack

Friday, September 26, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Eric Frein’s Internet searches included how to avoid police during manhunts, use law enforcement technology and survive in the wilderness. That evidence, retrieved from a computer, suggests Frein spent years planning an attack and retreat into the Pocono Mountains, a state police commander said …

Feds urge judge to uphold job-rigging convictions

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors urged a judge Friday not to disturb the convictions of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies in a job-rigging case. The U.S. Attorney’s office filed a 61-page response to earlier motions from lawyers for O’Brien, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke …

500 pounds of squash stolen from Pittsfield church

Friday, September 26, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — Members of a Pittsfield church say they’re heartbroken by the theft of 500 pounds of squash grown in a church garden that was going to be donated to the needy. The theft of acorn and butternut squash from the Pittsfield Church of Christ’s “Giving Garden” …