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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 …

Los Angeles police kill gunman on busy shopping street

Friday, July 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A man with a gun was fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Friday in a busy shopping district in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said. The shooting occurred after police responded to a call of a man with a gun on Ventura Boulevard in …

Police: Theater gunman killed with handgun he bought legally

Friday, July 24, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. — A man who lost his family, home and businesses as he spent years angrily espousing right-wing extremism on television, the Internet and to anyone else who would listen did not say a word as he …

Local police officers on FBI’s Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force work daily to investigate, foil suspected terrorist plots

Friday, July 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. District Court grand jurors who indicted Alexander Ciccolo Thursday on charges connected to an alleged terrorist plot had help in making their decision from a western Massachusetts task force consisting partly of local police …

One taken to hospital by helicopter after Belchertown crash Friday

Friday, July 24, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — One person was taken to the hospital by helicopter Friday afternoon after being involved in a single-car crash. Police received a 911 call at 12:30 p.m. Friday that a car had flipped over onto its roof on George Hannum Street, trapping the driver inside. The driver, …

Police chiefs retire from Chesterfield and Cummington

Friday, July 24, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — The towns of Chesterfield and Cummington will have interim police chiefs until officials can fill the positions left open by the mandatory retirements of longtime police chiefs Gary Wickland in Chesterfield and Dennis Forgea in Cummington. Both towns had secured special legislation allowing each chief to …

Moose on the loose -- and other area police news

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Amherst ∎ Kathleen Brennan, 50, of 16 Kestrel Lane, was arrested at 5:57 p.m. Wednesday on an Amherst street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and possession of an open container …

Alleged terrorist plotter indicted

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Boston police captain’s son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts. Federal prosecutors say a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday indicted 23-year-old …

Western fires menace homes

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HELENA, Mont. — Firefighters braced Thursday for a fresh run by a wildfire that sent tourists fleeing from hotels and campgrounds in Montana’s Glacier National Park, while a blaze threatening hundreds of homes in Northern California shot flames …

Movie theater shooting in La. leaves 3 dead

Thursday, July 23, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. — A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Louisiana on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before fatally shooting himself, officials said. The gunman, a 58-year-old “lone white male,” …

Cosby lawyers object to release of deposition

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers on Thursday asked a judge to hold an accuser’s attorney responsible for the release of the comedian’s deposition in a 2005 Pennsylvania case. They fault Andrea Constand’s lawyers for the weekend release …