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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 …

Judge OKs $200M settlement in 2012 meningitis outbreak

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Victims of a 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by a now-closed Massachusetts compounding pharmacy will have access to a $200 million compensation fund, following approval Tuesday by a federal bankruptcy judge. The new fund will be available to compensate creditors and victims who became ill or …

Local banks report increase in fraudulent debit card activity

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HATFIELD — A spike in fraudulent debit card activity this month left several residents’ bank accounts compromised, including one woman who discovered over $5,000 in fraudulent charges. Hatfield resident Sally Winings said that when her husband went online …

Stephen MacDonald, arrested May 12 for alleged assault, charged Tuesday with attempted murder and rape

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man arrested last week for allegedly beating a woman at a home on Ice Pond Drive was arraigned Tuesday on new charges including attempted murder and aggravated rape, based on statements the woman made at the hospital where she was being treated for her …

Jeffrey Miller denies distributing drugs from his Cosmic Cab office in Northampton

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of Cosmic Cab was arraigned in Northampton District Court on Tuesday on drug distribution charges after police allegedly found marijuana packaged for sale in his office. Jeffrey D. Miller, 39, of 78 Conz St., pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession with intent …

Judge rules three remaining defendants in alleged UMass gang rape case will be tried separately

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The three remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged 2012 gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be tried separately, a judge ruled, despite the state’s efforts to combine two of the trials. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Friday denied …

Eric Bertrand committed for mental health treatment, delaying proceedings on charges of arson at Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper at Hadley shoppers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Court cases against Eric Bertrand, the former Easthampton man accused of lighting a fire at Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper on Whole Foods shoppers, will be delayed after he was committed to a Worcester hospital for one year. There is a chance the court case …

Area police news

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating two minor accidents Monday night involving the same vehicle operated by a possibly intoxicated driver. At 8 p.m., a resident at Ann Whalen Apartments, 33 Kellogg Ave., reported that a 2014 Ford Mustang struck a tree, causing no damage, before leaving. About 45 …

Improper disposal of smoking materials in mulch ignited fire that destroyed Southampton home

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Improper disposal of smoking materials that ignited wood mulch caused a fire that destroyed a home at 30 Helen Drive late Monday night, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Fire Chief John C. Workman ruled …

SJC issues decision in drug lab scandal

Monday, May 18, 2015

BOSTON — Thousands of defendants convicted of drug crimes after a chemist in a state lab tampered with evidence can’t be charged with more serious crimes or given harsher sentences if granted a new trial, Massachusetts’ highest court …

Texas files charges vs. 170 bikers

Monday, May 18, 2015

WACO, Texas — About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organized crime Monday, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18. The crowd of suspects …