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FILE - At left, in a May 21, 2015, file photo released by the New York State Police is David Sweat. At right, in a May 20, 2015, file photo released by the New York State Police is Richard Matt. Joyce Mitchell, a prison worker who was "in over her head" with the two inmates convicted of murder, tearfully pleaded guilty, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run. (New York State Police via AP, File)

NY prison worker admits she made ‘horrible mistake’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A prison worker who got “caught up in the fantasy” of a prison escape planned by two killers told investigators she performed sex acts with one man and took naked photos of herself for the other. Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday …

Ohio cop faces murder charge in motorist’s death

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.” Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand …

Holmes’ mother says therapist never told her he spoke of killing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes’ mother insisted Wednesday she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said her son’s campus psychiatrist never told her James Holmes had homicidal thoughts when …

Boy, 16, to be charged with brother as adult in stabbing deaths of parents, 3 siblings

Sunday, July 26, 2015

TULSA, Okla. — An Oklahoma 16-year-old will be charged as an adult alongside his older brother in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings at a suburban Tulsa home, authorities said Saturday. The suspect will face …

Obama urges Kenya to root out corruption

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility …

Vehicle accidents send five to hospital, delay traffic on Route 9 in Hadley

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash sent five people to Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Sunday afternoon, two of them children. Police received a call at 3:46 p.m. that a rear-end accident took place in front of Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters at 227 Russell St. A Subaru driven by a 26-year-old …

Police break up underage party — and other area police news

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Northampton ∎ Noah Edward Chouinard, 19, of 597 Westhampton Road in Florence, and Adam Isaac Osherow, 19, of 357 Kennedy Road in Leeds, were arrested at 12:32 a.m. on Sunday after police responded to a report of an underage drinking party at Osherow’s home. Osherow was charged with …

Juveniles face trespassing charges in Hadley after one survives fall through skylight at Hopkins Academy

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HADLEY ­— Two male teenagers are facing trespassing charges after they climbed onto the roof of Hopkins Academy on Saturday, where one of them fell through a skylight. The juvenile sustained injuries in the fall — said to be at least 15 feet — that police said were …

Motorcyclist falls off during police chase in Hadley Friday night

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HADLEY — A brief police chase of a motorcyclist Friday night ended after the driver fell off his vehicle and was later arrested, police said. Nathan Tobias, 22, of Durham, Connecticut was arrested on charges of failure to stop for police, operating to endanger and a passing violation …

Suicides in jail get new look

Friday, July 24, 2015

DALLAS — When Sandra Bland died in a small Texas jail last week, she became just the latest name on a long list of inmates whose deaths were determined to be suicides. Bland’s death following her arrest for …

Wildfire near Napa Valley burns 6,900 acres as weather conditions improve

Friday, July 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A wildfire that quickly raced out of control toward homes near Napa Valley because of erratic winds has slowed its spread in recent days as weather conditions have turned in firefighters’ favor, officials said Friday. “Thank goodness the winds aren’t like they’ve been on that …

Reporters banned after revealing juror’s name in James Holmes case

Friday, July 24, 2015

Newsweek reporters have been banned from the Arapahoe County Justice Center, site of the Aurora, Colo., shooting trial, after the magazine published the name of a juror in the James Holmes case online in both a story and a tweet. A visibly angry Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr., …

Convicted spy Pollard could be freed from prison soon

Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, an American who was convicted of spying for Israel in a sensational espionage case that inflamed public sentiment, could be released from federal prison within months, his lawyer and the Justice Department said Friday. …