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Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders. Experts say the findings, published this week in The Journal of Adolescent Health, could lead to better training for correction … 0

Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

Friday, April 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is right only about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws … 0

Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

Friday, April 18, 2014

ORLAND, Calif. — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week’s fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them. “What did the bus hit?” the dispatcher asked. The student who had just escaped from … 0

Adrian Quinn of South Hadley held on $5,000 bail after denying rape in Granby

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GRANBY — A 20-year-old South Hadley man was arrested April 8 and charged with raping a woman at a home on Miller Street in Granby. Adrian Quinn of 152 East St. in South Hadley pleaded not guilty in Eastern Hampshire District Court and is being held on $5,000 … 0

Two men face charges after drugs, more than $10,000 seized in Amherst

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — Two men who allegedly had a variety of drugs, including LSD, mushrooms and ecstasy, as well as more than $10,000 in cash, were arrested at a Main Street residence Tuesday afternoon as part of a joint investigation by the Amherst Police and the Northwestern Anti-Crime Task … 0

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend because she thought he was cheating on her has been ordered held. Latrisa Pace pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Monday to charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness. The … 0

Leader vows rebuilding effort after Chile fires

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

VALPARAISO, Chile — President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 11,000 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected … 0

NY police disband unit that spied on Muslims

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW YORK — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis … 0

Supremacist held on $10M bond in Kansas shootings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his … 0

Woman injured in hit-and-run in Easthampton

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A woman was struck and injured by a motor vehicle in a hit-and-run accident on Northampton Street (Route 10) Tuesday night. The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to police. The woman was struck near the intersection of Northampton Street and Florence Road about 8:30 p.m., … 0

Colorado man arraigned in Franklin County on child enticement charges

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A 23-year-old Colorado man was arraigned Monday in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on charges related to an alleged online relationship he had with a 12-year-old girl in Orange. Daniel Gordon, of Colorado Springs, was charged with enticement of a child under 16, two counts of disseminating obscene … 0

Suspected bomber’s link to 2011 Waltham killings raises questions

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — It was a shocking slaying in a Boston suburb that sometimes goes years without one homicide, let alone three at once. The victims’ throats had been sliced in a home on a tree-lined street, marijuana and … 0

Solemn tributes on bombing anniversary

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the … 0