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FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2015, file photo, A. Ryan McGuigan, attorney for Robert Gentile, stands outside federal court, in Hartford, Conn. A federal prosecutor said, Monday, April 20, 2015, that McGuigan's client Gentile told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two paintings stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and was willing to negotiate a sale of individual works for $500,000. A judge ordered Gentile detained following his arrest Friday, April 17, on weapons charges. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Convict offered sale of art stolen in 1990

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A reputed mobster told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two of the long-sought paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and could negotiate a sale of each for $500,000, a prosecutor said Monday. Robert Gentile, a 79-year-old convict from the Hartford, Connecticut, suburbs with a criminal record dating to the …

Motorcycle riders injured in collision with deer in Williamsburg

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A motorcycle rider and his passenger were injured Sunday evening after colliding with a deer while traveling on Ashfield Road in Williamsburg, emergency responders reported. The accident occurred around 8 p.m., with the Williamsburg police and fire departments, and Highland Ambulance arriving shortly thereafter. According to Fire Chief Jason Connell, the …

Sunny weekend, big events keep Amherst police busy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AMHERST — Thousands of people converged on Amherst over a three-day weekend to take advantage of warm, sunny weather and two popular events — Extravaganja on the Town Common and the spring concert at the University of Massachusetts. Even though no arrests were linked to either event, police were kept busy over a weekend in which officers handled 298 calls for service between …

Northampton Police

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Northampton ∎ Police responded to Wal-Mart, 180 North King St., around 3:05 p.m. Saturday for a report of a shoplifting incident. Arrested was Kyle S. Facto, 41 West St., Hadley, on a charge of shoplifting after police say he attempted to leave the store with a bicycle lock …

Few bombing survivors seek help for ‘invisible’ wounds

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Two years after the Boston Marathon bombings, few survivors appear to be taking advantage of free wellness programs meant to help with anxiety, stress, insomnia and other “invisible injuries” that can be just as devastating as …

Students charged in beach sex assault

Sunday, April 12, 2015

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Two Alabama college students have been suspended after authorities discovered a cellphone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a Florida beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches. …

Sharpton praises response to police shooting in SC

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — During a sermon at a North Charleston church, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Sunday that swift action taken by a white mayor and police chief in the South could set the tone for handling …

Police arrest four teens on underage drinking, drug charges

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested four teenagers on charges of underage drinking and drug charges in the parking lot of a Pleasant Street business after officers spotted them sitting in a car whose windows were fogged up, according to police reports. According to Police Detective Patrick Moody, police confiscated …

Police team gears up for Meadows sweeps as weather improves

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Four Northampton Police officers teamed up with six members of the state Environmental Police and one officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to spend four hours Saturday night patrolling the Meadows section of the city off Hockanum Road in Ward 3. “It’s basically to …

Two pedestrians taken to hospital after being hit by car; details scant

Sunday, April 12, 2015

AMHERST — Two pedestrians were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car around 2 p.m. Sunday, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. He said the accident happened at the intersection of Main and South Pleasant streets. He …

Minister says shooting of black man in South Carolina ‘motivated by racial prejudice’

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — The death of a black man shot in the back while fleeing a white police officer was the act of a racist cop, a minister told hundreds who gathered Saturday for the funeral of Walter …

A long and tortured death penalty history in Massachusetts

Saturday, April 11, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts hasn’t executed anyone since 1947, but during most of its history it allowed capital punishment for crimes ranging from murder to witchcraft. Jurors weighing whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should die under the federal …

Penalty phase of marathon bombing trial to start after race

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The second phase of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin on April 21, after the second anniversary of the attack and the day after this year’s race. U.S. District Judge George …