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Prosecutors seek seven-year prison sentence for Boston Marathon bomber’s friend

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might have prevented a university police officer’s shooting death by helping authorities find Tsarnaev instead of helping him, the officer’s family said in a court filing Wednesday. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier was killed in an encounter with Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in Cambridge hours after authorities publicly released photographs and videos of them …

Man admits guilt in fatal jewelry heist

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WOBURN (AP) — A man who acted as the lookout during a jewelry heist at a Woburn department store that resulted in the shooting death of a veteran police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder. Scott Hanright, 23, of Wakefield, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years. He was sentenced in Middlesex Superior Court after …

IRS believes identity thieves from Russia

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press. The information was stolen as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax …

Orlando Rodriguez gets five to 10 years in prison after admitting to beating then-girlfriend, her daughter in Belchertown

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kimberly Gemme and her teenage daughter described in Hampshire Superior Court the terrifying night in February 2014 when Gemme’s then-boyfriend beat her unconscious in her bed, gave her daughter a concussion when she tried to intervene and threatened Gemme with a knife. Gemme told a judge …

Family, friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. plead for return of Route 10 roadside memorial

Friday, May 22, 2015

WESTFIELD — The family and friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. of Southampton say they don’t know why someone took the roadside memorial at the site of his 2013 motorcycle crash — they just want it back. …

Construction worker hurt when 700-pound granite foundation stone falls on him at UMass job site

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — A worker suffered injuries to his shoulder, hip and leg after a granite slab estimated at 700 pounds fell on him while he was working Friday on the South College Academic Facility renovation and expansion project on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, according to a …

Northampton firefighters knock down brush fire near Northampton Airport

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Firefighters extinguished a brush fire that began in a pile of mulch near the Northampton Airport late Friday morning. The fire was reported around 11:15 a.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Duane Nichols, who was at the scene. The fire started in a mulch pile dropped …

Third trial for Cara Rintala, accused of murdering wife, moves forward after Supreme Judicial Court denies motion

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A decision by a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justice has cleared the way for a third trial for Cara Rintala, the Granby woman accused of killing her wife in 2010. No date has been set for …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Six officers indicted in Baltimore death

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state’s attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite …

Christopher Conley of Northampton charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to poison seriously ill daughter

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city man accused of trying to kill his 7-year-old daughter by poisoning her with Liquid-Plumr allegedly told police Wednesday that he wanted to end her pain because she has a serious illness. Christopher W. Conley, 32, of 73 Barrett St., Apt. 5155, was ordered held …