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Two plead guilty to 2011 Springfield slaying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two Springfield men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal shooting in the city three years ago. James Texidor and Manuel Lora had originally been charged with murder in the August 2011 slaying of 25-year-old Jonathan Tallaj but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge. The Republican reports that the 20-year-old Texidor was sentenced to 10 years in state prison followed by two years …

Absent judge delays hearing for probation officials

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday postponed a hearing on requests from former Massachusetts probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies to throw out their convictions in a job-rigging case or grant them a new trial. The hearing, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, was canceled because the judge was unable to attend. The court said the proceeding would be rescheduled …

Alleged leader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York indicted on 29 more charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on 29 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on those charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New York-based insurance scam. “The indictments stem from the largest car insurance fraud investigation and prosecution …

UMass student Chloe Malast found dead in dorm; no foul play suspected

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student died at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area Sunday night, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. A campuswide email sent Monday afternoon informed students, faculty and staff that Chloe …

US Marine suspected in Philippine killing

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OLONGAPO, Philippines — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits …

Malfunctioning traffic signals snarl traffic at intersection of Route 9 and Damon Road Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Malfunctioning signals briefly caused a traffic jam on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge Sunday afternoon. Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz said police received a report that the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 9, Damon Road and the I-91 northbound exit ramp were …

UN: Iraq has executed 60 this year

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities have executed at least 60 people so far in 2014, a United Nations report said Sunday, expressing concern that “irreversible miscarriages of justice” were taking place in some death penalty cases. Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special envoy to Iraq, urged the Iraqi government to …

Va. police seek clues where remains found

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic …

Pumpkin fest in NH gets unruly

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the …

Cyanide homicide trial likely battle of experts

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Nobody had any reason to question why a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher bought more than a half-pound of cyanide with his school-issued credit card, until his neurologist wife suddenly fell ill and died a few …

Remains found Saturday may be those of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham

Saturday, October 18, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Police searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are …

Cause of South Hadley fire that killed nine dogs remains under investigation

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Officials continue to investigate a kitchen fire Friday in a house at 5 Grandview Road that killed nine dogs and displaced one woman. No cause of the fire had been determined as of Sunday evening. …

Woman hospitalized after head-on crash on South Maple Street near malls in Hadley

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HADLEY — One woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a head-on collision Saturday afternoon on South Maple Street. The two vehicles collided at 12:42 p.m. as one left the Hampshire Mall and the other exited the Mountain Farms Mall, said Officer Jesse Green. One …