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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 …

Emails show FBI privacy concerns about license-plate readers

Saturday, May 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The FBI has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in license-plate reader technology, but it halted a purchase order at least temporarily after lawyers raised privacy concerns about the surveillance three years ago, according to emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press. The heavily …

Reaction to Marathon bomber’s death sentence

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Here is some of the reaction to the death sentence a federal jury imposed Friday on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: ∎ “Now he will go away and we will be able to move on. Justice. In his own words, ‘an eye for an eye.’” — Bombing victim …

Jury orders death for the Boston Marathon bomber

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BOSTON — A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother. Tsarnaev, 21, stood with …

New mystery in crash: Was it hit by object?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that derailed along the nation’s busiest tracks may have been struck by an object in the moments before it crashed, investigators said Friday, raising new questions about the deadly accident. National Transportation Safety …

Bicyclist taken to hospital after hitting guardrail on Flat Hills Road in Amherst

Friday, May 15, 2015

AMHERST — A bicyclist riding on Flat Hills Road Friday night was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton after hitting a guardrail and falling off of his bike into the woods, possibly breaking his leg, police said. Police received a call at 7:03 p.m. No on else …

Doctor, runner from area who were near finish line at 2013 Boston Marathon voice indifference about death penalty

Friday, May 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Pierre Rouzier of Amherst was volunteering in the medical tent just 25 yards from the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon when two homemade pressure cooker bombs were detonated. After realizing what had happened, Rouzier, a physician at the University of Massachusetts, ran toward …

Matthew Brace of Ware sentenced to 2½ years for holding glass shard to girlfriend’s throat

Friday, May 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Ware man was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in the Hampshire County House of Correction after he admitted that he held a shard of glass to his girlfriend’s throat while saying, “How would you like it if I killed you?” in September, and then asked …

Area police news

Friday, May 15, 2015

Amherst ∎ Zachary M. Brown, 22, of Weymouth, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Friday on North Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst on a charge of disorderly conduct after getting into a fight with two other people, including one who was injured and requested an ambulance to go to …

Northampton attorneys David Hoose and Harry Miles react to Tsarnaev death sentence

Friday, May 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney David Hoose, one of a few Massachusetts lawyers who have tried death penalty cases, said Friday he was disappointed not only by the verdict jurors delivered in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, …

Accident in Northampton reduces Interstate 91 southbound to one lane, causing traffic backups in both directions

Friday, May 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — There were no serious injuries reported as the result of an accident on Interstate 91 southbound in Northampton Friday afternoon, but traffic was backed up after the left lane was closed. State Trooper Joseph Nesbitt said …