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Kevin Norton and James Stumbo leave the courtroom following their dangerousness hearing at Boston Municipal Court, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The Iowa men, accused of making online threats of violence against the World Pokemon Championships competition in Boston, were ordered held without bail Tuesday after Judge Thomas Horgan rejected arguments by their lawyers that their comments amounted to idle online bravado. (Angela Rowlings/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)

Accused in Pokemon threats denied bail

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Two Iowa men accused of making online threats of violence against a Pokemon competition in Boston were ordered held without bail Tuesday after a judge rejected arguments by their lawyers that their comments amounted to idle online bravado. Judge Thomas Horgan ordered Kevin Norton, 18, of Ames, and James Stumbo, 27, of Boone, held for at least four …

Irish nanny to be deported after murder charge is dropped

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — An Irish ex-nanny is being deported a day after Massachusetts prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her in the death of a 1-year-old girl. Aisling Brady McCarthy, 37, surrendered Tuesday at the Burlington office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spokesman Shawn Neudauer confirmed. She’s been arrested and placed …

Ky. clerk remains defiant on gay marriage

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Invoking “God’s authority,” a county clerk denied marriage licenses to gay couples again Tuesday in direct defiance of the federal courts, and vowed not to resign, even under the pressure of steep fines or jail. “It is not a light issue for me,” Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said later …

UMass football player Da’Sean Downey to be arraigned in October in connection with altercation that injured 2 students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — A linebacker for the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team will be arraigned in October on assault charges stemming from an altercation at a Hadley house party earlier this year that left one victim temporarily unconscious …

Dog bites man in front of Easthampton business and other police news

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Scott R. Plogger, 44, of 499 Burts Pit Road in Florence, was arrested after a motor vehicle stop on Florence Road Wednesday at 11:23 p.m. on charges of marked lanes violation and a third offense of operating under the influence of liquor. ∎ Police received a …

Fire crews battle smoky conditions

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. — Smoke from big wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range hurt air quality Wednesday and hampered efforts by crews battling the flames in Washington state. Smoky conditions grounded helicopters and airplanes that had been fighting …

Northampton PD launches user-friendly website with modern look

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Department launched a new website Tuesday, which Police Chief Jody Kasper said is more modern and user-friendly. The site features new graphics, drop-down menus and pictures, and reflects the new community programs and …

Saudi arrested in 1996 bombing that killed 19 Americans

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. and a Saudi official said Wednesday, ending a …

Train gunman charged with terrorism

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PARIS — The Moroccan suspect in a foiled attack on a high-speed train in France is facing terrorism charges over what authorities say was a plan to unleash carnage among hundreds of passengers — but his family defended …

Colo. theater gunman begins 12 life sentences

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Belittled by the judge and jeered by spectators, James Holmes was sent to prison for the rest of his life Wednesday, while the survivors of his murderous attack on a Colorado movie theater wondered aloud …

Fired reporter kills 2 ex-colleagues on live TV

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MONETA, Va. — A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television Wednesday by their former colleague, a journalist who also recorded himself carrying out the killings and then posted the video on social media. …

Man rides bike into CVS in Amherst

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ An officer observed a man riding a bicycle through the parking lot at the CVS Pharmacy, 165 University Drive, and then into the store through the main entrance at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday. No one inside the store was injured, though some customers were frightened and upset …

Jurors in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial see text messages exchanged by defendants

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Unlike his two co-defendants who have already been convicted, Adam T. Liccardi did not text much with his friends about the night in October 2012 that led to the four of them being charged with raping …